MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner |

MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner

• Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, was chosen to replace the 80-year-old Selig in August over Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. He will assume office Jan. 25.

Giancarlo Stanton will pay more in taxes than 24 Major League Baseball teams pay their players. The Marlins outfielder signed a 13-year, $325 million contract, the richest in North American sports history. Stanton will surrender about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total after federal, state, city and payroll taxes, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s total haul to about $184.1 million.

• The Marlins reportedly made offers to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche , a two-year offer worth $20 million, and are set to make a run at veteran right-hander James Shields.

• Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said he has been given “every indication” free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions and could decide on contract offers as soon as Thanksgiving.

• The Nationals are telling teams right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is available for a trade, USA Today reported. Zimmermann, 28, went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 2014.

• Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expressed regret for the 25-game suspension he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, reported. “I haven’t really talked a lot about it,” Davis said during an interview with a contemporary Christian music station. “I didn’t want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.”

— Wire reports

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