New York Sports

Empire State Winter Games torch relay in home stretch

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The torch relay for the Empire State Winter Games is in the home stretch.
This year’s relay began last Sunday and is split into two segments, one coming east from Buffalo and one heading north from New York City.
Barring weather delays, runners on the two routes will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in Malone, a symbolic gesture uniting the state. They’ll then travel together to Lake Placid for the opening ceremony Thursday night. Olympic ski jumper Nick Farrell is the keynote speaker.
More than 2,300 athletes are expected to participate in more than 30 sports in the games, which end Sunday.

New York Sports

Bishop’s shutout, Benn’s goal help Stars beat Sabres 1-0

DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop was so solid in net it didn’t matter that the Dallas Stars were held under two goals for the fifth time in six games.
Jamie Benn scored in the first period and Bishop stopped 30 shots to help Dallas beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Wednesday night.
“As the game progressed, I thought (Bishop) got better and better,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “In the third, he was our best player and he had to be and he really broke pucks out really well.”
Bishop made 13 saves in the final period, earning his third shutout this season and the 27th of his career. He is 11-0-1 against Buffalo.
“I’ve got to keep it going. I don’t want to talk about it,” Bishop said with a laugh. “So far, so good, and knock on wood. I don’t know what it is about them.”
Benn scored 8:39 in off a pass from ex-Sabre Taylor Fedun. Benn stickhandled to the front of the net, put the puck on his forehand and sent a wrist shot inside the right post.
“There was kind of a slow-moving puck out of the zone,” Fedun said, “and I was able to grab it before it hit the blue line, and then (Benn) was able to beat his guy back to the net. When you see a guy like Jamie Benn going to the net and he’s all alone, it’s a pretty mindless play to just slide it to him.”
Linus Ullmark stopped Dallas’ other 26 shots on goal.
“(Benn’s) a terrific player. You saw their goal, kind of a nifty move and puts it five-hole,” he said.
Buffalo appeared to score 4:28 into the third when Marco Scandella’s shot from the left point went over Bishop and into the net. The goal was disallowed because a referee ruled Nathan Beaulieu interfered with Bishop.
The Sabres challenged the call, but a replay review upheld the decision.
“I was just driving the net,” Beaulieu said. “On replay, it felt like I got pushed in, but it can go either way. I’m not going to argue. You can’t overturn it now. You’ve just got to live with it.”
Sabres coach Phil Housley defended his challenge.
“It could’ve gone to either way. I knew the call on the ice was a no goal, but I thought it was a good time to challenge. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way,” he said.
Dallas holds the first wild card in the Western Conference, two points ahead of Colorado and Vancouver.
Buffalo fell three points behind Columbus for the second wild card in the East. The Sabres have 56 points to 59 for the Blue Jackets, who were knocked out of third place in the Metropolitan Division by Pittsburgh’s win over Tampa Bay.
The Sabres were playing on back-to-back nights. Dallas hadn’t played since Jan. 19.
“We knew they played last night, but we haven’t played in 10 days, so I don’t know who had the advantage,” Bishop said.
Benn nearly scored a second goal in the first minute of the second period, but Ullmark turned away a backhand deflection off Benn’s stick.
NOTES: Benn’s team-leading 19th goal was his first in five games. … D Rasmus Dahlin played for the first time in the arena where Buffalo selected him first overall in the 2018 draft. He had scored six goals in his previous seven games. … Sabres RW Jason Pominville, 36, was a healthy scratch for the first time since April 4, 2006. … Buffalo had not been shut out since a season-opening 4-0 loss to Boston. … The Stars have four straight wins over Buffalo. … Dallas improved to 2-3 on a six-game homestand. … Each team committed only one penalty, both in the first period.
Sabres: Begin a team record-tying seven-game homestand Friday against Chicago.
Stars: Complete their longest homestand of the season Friday vs. Minnesota.
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New York Headlines

Cuomo vows crackdown on truckers who violate Thruway ban

By The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — State police will crack down on truckers who violate a travel ban on the western section of Thruway, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Thursday, a day after a tractor-trailer crash near Rochester caused a major pileup that left a trooper with serious injuries.
Truckers who ignore traffic bans during severe weather and cause a crash which results in injury could be charged with reckless endangerment and assault as well as be ticketed, Cuomo said during a morning news conference at a state transportation facility outside Buffalo.
A ban prohibiting tractor-trailers and buses from traveling Interstate 90 between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border along New York’s southwest corner remained in effect Thursday. Bans were also in place for other Buffalo-area intestates and expressways, although restrictions on traveling local streets were lifted for the city and most Erie County towns.
Cuomo said a tractor-trailer whose driver ignored the ban jackknifed west of Rochester on Wednesday afternoon, causing a 19-vehicle pileup that injured several people, including a state trooper. Buffalo and Rochester media outlets reported several instances of truckers ignoring the ban and traveling on highways and roads despite whiteout conditions.
“That tractor-trailer ban is serious. We’re not asking tractor-trailers and buses to stay off the road. That is a legal ban,” Cuomo said. “If you violate the law in this situation you could be endangering human life.”
State police said the truck that caused the pileup was traveling east on I-90 when it jackknifed between Rochester and Buffalo and struck the rear of the patrol vehicle of Trooper Dominique Wilson, who had pulled over to assist stranded motorists. Her vehicle was then sideswiped by a second truck, troopers said.
Wilson was treated at a Rochester hospital for numerous injuries but is expected to recover, officials said. Two other people were treated and released, police said.
The two truckers were issued several tickets, including failing to heed the roadside traffic control devices that alerted commercial truck and bus drivers that a travel ban was in effect, troopers said.
After the news conference, Cuomo headed out in an emergency services truck to get a look at local road conditions. His entourage came upon two trucks police had stopped from getting on another route closed to truck traffic. Cuomo jumped on the running board of one of the trucks and told the driver to pull over because the roads were dangerous.
“They were a little surprised to see me, to tell you the truth,” said Cuomo, adding that both truckers would be ticketed by state police.
The weather was blamed for one death so far, Cuomo said. According to state police, a 59-year-old man died Thursday morning when his vehicle hit a snowdrift and then slammed into police in Livingston County, south of Rochester.
The storm that dumped up to 20 inches (508 millimeters) of snow on western New York was over by Thursday, giving way to subzero temperatures and dangerously low wind chills. The arctic conditions caused problems from Buffalo to Brooklyn, where about 200 firefighters battling an early morning blaze in a commercial building took turns getting warm on buses amid the frigid conditions.
On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a water main break shut down a section of Broadway as water gushed from manhole covers and formed icy patches at an intersection. Crews shut off the water and spread road salt on the street as utility workers repaired the break.
In New Jersey, firefighters contended with single-digit temperatures as they fought a blaze in a parking garage at Newark Liberty International Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the fire started on the rooftop of the garage at Terminal C and damaged more than a dozen vehicles. No injuries were reported.
This story has been corrected to show the number of vehicles in the pileup was 19 not 21.

New York Headlines

Defense lawyer: Government case against El Chapo ‘a fantasy’

By JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A defense attorney for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman assailed the federal case against the Mexican drug lord as “a fantasy,” telling a U.S. jury Thursday that the prosecution relied on a parade of cooperating witnesses who “lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people” for a living.
In an impassioned closing argument, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said prosecutors failed to address a “600-pound gorilla” of reasonable doubt in their bid to convict one of the world’s most notorious drug traffickers. He dismissed the testimony of government witnesses as “repulsive, dishonest garbage” and called into question the motives of the U.S. Justice Department, which he accused of disregarding another man the defense calls the actual cartel leader.
The prosecution, Lichtman added, orchestrated a “scripted event” over the past three months in federal court in Brooklyn based on the shifting accounts of degenerate drug dealers seeking leniency in their own cases.
“A house that’s built on a rotten foundation won’t stand for long,” Lichtman said. “We have to trust the word of these lunatics?”
The argument followed one by a prosecutor on Wednesday who told jurors the evidence against Guzman is overwhelming. The jury is expected to begin deliberating Monday.
Guzman faces drug and murder conspiracy charges and could spend the rest of his life in an American prison if convicted.
Lichtman scoffed at the notion that Guzman amassed a multimillion-dollar wealth over the course of three decades, referring to his client as a man of “plastic chairs and wooden planks for night stands.” He said the government had failed to produce evidence of ill-gotten gains beyond the word of the cooperating witnesses.
Prosecutors “expect you to ignore all the problems in their case,” Lichtman said. “They expect you to ignore the dishonesty of their witnesses.”
Lichtman singled out an allegation by a cooperator that Guzman had paid a $100 million bribe to a Mexican president to call off a manhunt. He argued that made no sense since authorities still arrested his client and sent him to the U.S. in 2017 to face drug-trafficking charges.
Guzman “pays the bribe and gets hunted down like an animal,” he said. “Is that logical?”
The lawyer said it would make more sense that the bribe was paid by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, since he’s never been arrested. The defense has sought to portray Zambada as the true leader of the cartel.
The bribe allegation was made by Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian trafficker who admitted on cross-examination that he had a history of lying to everyone around him, except when it came to his testimony about Guzman, Lichtman said.
Referring to another cooperating witness, Cifuentes’ brother, Lichtman asked jurors whether they would be comfortable buying a used car “from a Cifuentes” or entrusting their child to be babysat by one of the brothers.
The car would break down before it left the lot, Lichtman argued, while “the kid would be sold for a kilo of cocaine.”
Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

Hawaii Headlines

Carcass of young humpback whale washes up on Kauai beach

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are investigating the death of a young humpback whale that washed up on a Kauai beach.

Kekaha resident Kevin Rogers told the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the carcass after finding it during a Monday morning beach walk, The Garden Island reported.

The nearly 10-foot whale carcass was covered in wounds, Rogers said.

“It’s definitely a baby, and its body is full of lacerations,” Rogers said. “It’s missing a fin — there was maybe something nibbling on it at some point.”

Kauai County Ocean Safety officials helped remove the carcass and took it to the Pacific Missile Range Facility for a necropsy.

A veterinarian contracted by NOAA and an University of Hawaii stranding team were flown from Oahu to examine the carcass, said David Schofield, a stranding coordinator for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Officials were working to determine the cause of death.

The whale calf was likely dead in the water for some time, and the lacerations could have been caused by sharks, Schofield said.

“It’s too early to tell — we have to wait for the necropsy to be sure,” Schofield said.

The carcass could lead to clues about the fewer humpback whale sightings reported in recent years, Schofield said.

“It’s important that we send the team over and try to get as thorough a necropsy as possible because it could give us an understanding of why we are seeing less humpback whales this year,” Schofield said.

Hawaii Headlines

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hires the son of Senate president

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s leading business advocacy group has hired a new lobbyist, the son of the state Senate president.

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has hired 28-year-old Dan Kouchi to serve as its new assistant vice president for government affairs and alliances, which some state officials say could disrupt proposals to increase the state minimum wage, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

The chamber has been an outspoken opponent of proposals for minimum wage increases. Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, has introduced a new bill that would incrementally increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Democratic Senate President Ron Kouchi said he sees no problem in his son lobbying at the state Legislature.

“He’s got a job to do. I got a job to do,” Kouchi said.

When asked if his son might use family ties to influence state issues, Kouchi said “the last time I checked, I paid his tuition and paid for his braces, so I don’t see how he has something over me.”

The Senate president’s obligation “first and foremost” is to his caucus, he said.

Dan Kouchi did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

“Our business advocacy team tracks numerous bills and Dan, as part of the team, will be advocating at the county and state levels, including at the Legislature,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO of the chamber.

The public’s perception of the relationship could become an issue, depending on how the minimum wage measure proceeds, said Gary Hooser, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party.

“The failure to pass or the weakening of the minimum wage proposal will be blamed no doubt on the strength of the lobbying efforts of the Chamber of Commerce,” Hooser said. “People will inevitably connect the dots, rightly or wrongly, and those dots will lead to the Senate president.”

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5 New Year’s resolutions for your career in 2019

‘Tis the season… to come up with all the ways your life will be better, more healthy, and more profitable next year. In a few weeks, all our best intentions will kick in and we’ll be ready for changes. Some may stick, and some may not, but it’s always good to have a plan.

Here are some resolutions you can dedicate yourself to in order to boost your career in 2019.

Resolutions to boost your career in the coming year

Resolve to be more accountable

The reason so many New Year’s resolutions fail is that although we’re great at coming up with things we need and want to improve, actually getting the work done tends to get lost in the realities of everyday life and routine. If you want to make lasting changes to your professional fortunes in 2019, start by committing to a set of (reasonable) goals. If you lay out your goals and write down the steps you’ll need to take to get there, you’re more likely to stick to them. Setting small goals along the way and having the satisfaction of ticking them off makes distant year-long goals seem more attainable and may keep you on the right path.

Resolve to take the next step in your career, even if you’re not ready to quit

“Find a new job” is a pretty common resolution. But if you don’t want to leave your job, job hunting isn’t the only way to move up. Think about what it will take to get a promotion in your current gig. What skills will you need? Start working on those. What does that next step look like? Talk to your boss and let him or her know that you’re looking to take the next step, and discuss your options for taking on more responsibilities, getting more training, or doing whatever you need to do to level up.

Resolve to be less stressed

Work stress is not only an impediment to your goals, but it can also damage your health and overall happiness. Resolve to find good outlets for work stress. Maybe it’s a new hobby. Maybe it’s arriving at work half an hour early to have some peaceful time before emails need answering and coworkers start arriving for the day. Whatever would help you feel more calm and centered when things are chaotic, try to build some of it into your routine on a daily basis.

Resolve to build your network

Your professional network is one of the best assets you have in your career. It can be a sounding board, or a pipeline to new opportunities. Unfortunately, social media is a double-edged sword here—it makes it easier to add people to your network, but also easier to keep those relationships shallow and stagnant without having to put in much effort.

To get the most out of your network, build relationships outside of Facebook likes and LinkedIn notifications. Start with your existing network and think about which relationships you’d like to polish. If you live in the same area as a key contact, have lunch with that person every few months. If you’re distant, drop an email to get a conversation going.

If you want to make your network bigger, set a goal of adding X number of new contacts per month—maybe find friends of friends who work in industries or at companies you’re interested in, or join professional meetups or other communities.

Resolve to take more risks

One of the best things you can do, career-wise, is take a chance on new opportunities. This could mean taking on tasks or projects that are new to you, or attempting a new job that’s outside of your comfort zone. That’s not to say you should quit your job tomorrow and go where the job market takes you, but at least be willing to consider making changes outside your routine.

The “new year, new you” novelty and enthusiasm may last about as long as your new January gym routine. However, if you approach them realistically and with commitment, the goals you set for your career now can help set you up for a whole year of successes and learning opportunities.

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North Dakota Sports

NDSU, former football player disagree

FARGO — Former North Dakota State fullback Brock Robbins said the ingested supplement that ended his Bison football career was supplied by somebody within the program and he had no idea it contained a banned substance.
His mother, Lori Robbins, said a “trusted program staff member” provided a pre-workout powder that contained an illegal substance or substances.
The university denies the supplement came from a staff member.
NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said Robbins “got it from another student-athlete.” He didn’t elaborate.
Robbins tested positive to a random NCAA drug test during his team’s Division I FCS national title run. He said the substance in question was mixed into a drink and taken before practice or a game to help energize his body.
“I was completely shocked,” Robbins said about failing the drug test. “I hadn’t been doing anything to my knowledge that was anything wrong.”
Robbins declined to identify a specific name or names of who supplied the powder. His parents, Chuck and Lori Robbins, said they’re leaving that decision to their son. But Lori Robbins expressed her disappointment with the program.
“It’s all out there that Brock tested positive for a stimulant and that’s true,” she said. “That is a true statement. But nobody is saying, ‘Where did you get it?’ These guys bringing it in that gives you a little energy, whatever it is, and Brock doesn’t think twice about it. Other players don’t think twice about it. And then this happens. You reel from it. This ruined him as far as his career goes. I mean, he’s healthy, he’s got everything and football isn’t life, however, it’s all gone. … Brock took it and he has to bear some responsibility, but does he have to bear it all? No. But he has to pay for the whole thing.”
Larsen said the NDSU athletic department does not provide supplements.
“The only thing we do is through our fueling station,” he said of a nutrition center located in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. “It’s all natural, whether it’s snacks, smoothies, those kind of things. But we don’t provide supplements.”
Contacted again on NDSU’s response that a student-athlete provided the substance, Lori Robbins said, “That is extremely incorrect. It was a product that was brought in by a trusted staff member.”
Attempts on Tuesday and Wednesday to reach former Bison head coach Chris Klieman, now at Kansas State, were unsuccessful.
The NCAA penalty calls for a one-year suspension, meaning Robbins — a junior — won’t be able to play next season. It’s possible he could transfer to an NAIA school for his final year of eligibility, something that is still a possibility since NAIA schools, who are not bound by NCAA rules, have contacted him about transferring. But for now, he’s going to school at NDSU this semester and is scheduled to graduate with a degree in general agriculture next December.
Robbins said he wants people to know he did not intentionally take an illegal supplement.
“Just basically the fact that when people hear this, they think steroids or marijuana,” Brock said. “That’s the reason we want the story out.”
He said he first started taking the supplement about halfway through the 2018 season. It seemed routine, he said, since he’s taken dietary aids dating back to high school in Cavalier, N.D.
Energy drinks mixed with protein and carbohydrate powders are common with athletes. They’re usually associated with helping the body’s muscles recover more quickly after strenuous workouts. They’re available in most retail or food stores.
“You can’t get this specific one at Walmart or anything, but it’s a basic ‘pre-workout,’” Brock said.
Lori Robbins said she believes the Bison staff member in question didn’t know the true nature of the supplement, but said it should have been tested by the university.
“I can take it if Brock did this on his own, but he didn’t,” she said. “He didn’t know a thing. And he trusted, he really trusted those people and it cost him. It really did cost him. And I thank God a bunch of those kids didn’t get pulled in (for random testing) because it was used throughout the locker room.”
Lori (Knetter) Robbins was NDSU’s first women’s basketball All-American, is still the program’s all-time leading rebounder and is a member of the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame. Brock is the youngest of three boys, with the other two also having been college athletes.
“Brock lost everything and I knew the institution would not suffer from this, not in public,” Lori said, with her voice breaking. “Everybody that knows Brock …”
NDSU appealed the suspension to the NCAA, but it was denied two days before the FCS national title game against Eastern Washington on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. Lori Robbins said the appeal was largely based on her son’s lack of knowledge of the supplement that she said was supplied by somebody at the university.
She calls the penalty “too harsh,” especially for first-time offenders.
“He knew he was taking a ‘pre-workout’ and that’s all he knew,” she said. “(The NCAA) doesn’t see it that way. It’s black and white. So there’s no wiggle room, and that’s unfortunate because I think there’s extenuating circumstances that were involved here, and I don’t think he has complete blame on this. They brought it into the locker room, they told their kids to take it.”
Klieman addressed the issue in the post-game press conference after the 38-24 championship win over Eastern Washington. When he was asked why Robbins wasn’t dressed for the game, he acknowledged it was because of a banned stimulant.
“Feel awful for Brock,” Klieman said. “Everybody in that locker room loves Brock. Brock was a part of this national championship and that’s what happened.”
The NCAA randomly tests approximately 18 players from each team after each FCS playoff game. Specifically, the NCAA, according to its website, lists the banned “drug classes” as anabolic agents, stimulants, masking agents such as diuretics, street drugs, peptide hormones and analogues, anti-estrogens and Beta-2 Agonists.
The NCAA, on its website, makes it clear “There is NO complete list of banned substances.” It states “Any substance that is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned!”
NDSU also does its own random internal testing with the football program throughout the season, using the same company — Drug Free Sport International — the NCAA uses in its testing. New NDSU head football coach Matt Entz said Robbins’ situation was addressed in Entz’s first team meeting as the Bison head coach, telling the players to make sure they know what they’re putting in their bodies.
Teams losing players to NCAA drug testing has been common in recent years. Clemson was without three players in its College Football Playoff title game last month. Before the 2016 FCS title game, James Madison had seven players test positive and Youngstown State had four players test positive.
The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Robbins was a major part of the Bison offense. He was used in multiple ways, either as a tight end or fullback. The latter is mostly a blocking position in NDSU’s West Coast offense, but Robbins had five carries for 31 yards and caught eight passes, including one touchdown, last season.
His absence in the title game was notable.
“He could have had a great senior year,” Lori said. “Maybe there’s the next level, who knows. The coaches thought so.”

Minnesota Sports

Towns sinks Grizzlies, Wolves win in OT

By Brian Hall
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns scored all 16 of his points after halftime, including a buzzer-beating desperation shot in overtime to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97 on Wednesday night.
Memphis led twice during overtime, but Towns helped Minnesota closed it out. On the final possession, Andrew Wiggins ran the clock down to six seconds before shooting a pull-up 3. The rebound fell to the right side, where Towns grabbed it, dribbled once and floated up a shot as he faded toward the corner. The ball went in, and Towns tossed up his hands before getting mobbed by teammates.
Towns dealt with foul trouble through the first three quarters but was in the right position for Minnesota to win it’s fourth in a row. He added 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes.
Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Timberwolves on a frigid night with an announced crowd of 13,615 in Minnesota. Many fewer actually showed up for the game between two teams with losing records.
Mike Conley had 26 points and eight assists for Memphis, which lost for the 12th time in 13 road games. Marc Gasol had 19 points, and Ivan Rabb had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Grizzlies.
Towns tied it at 93 with 33.6 seconds left in regulation, and neither team could convert to avoid overtime.
Trying to recover after blowing a 25-point lead in a loss to Denver on Monday, the Grizzlies fell behind early against Minnesota.
Memphis started the game 1 of 6 from the field with five turnovers less than five minutes into the game and scored just 16 points in the first quarter.
Bayless hit a jump shot to end a 7-0 run for the Wolves to start the second quarter and open up a 15-point advantage. The Grizzlies countered with a 26-9 spurt of their own, and neither team was able to pull away in the second half.
Minnesota signed Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract Wednesday as the Wolves are missing three point guards because of injury. Canaan, 27, played 13 minutes with three points and one assist.
A six-year veteran, Canaan played in 19 games this season for Phoenix and averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 assists in 26.5 minutes per game.
Timberwolves: Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones all missed the game. Teague has missed five games with soreness in his left foot. Rose hasn’t played in the past three games with a sore right ankle, and Jones has missed seven games with a sprained left ankle. F Robert Covington missed his 14th straight game with a right knee bone bruise. …. Bayless had his first double-double since Nov. 7, 2015 and just the fifth of his career.

Minnesota Sports

Martin Perez, Twins finalize $4M, 1-year contract

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins and former Texas left-hander Martin Perez have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees $4 million, Minnesota’s first offseason acquisition for the rotation.
Perez gets a $3.5 million salary this year, and the Twins have a $7.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. The option price could escalate to $8.5 million based on innings this year. He also could earn $500,000 in performance bonuses this season.
Perez went just 2-7 with a 6.22 ERA in 22 appearances in 2018, including 15 starts. He didn’t bounce back from surgery on his non-throwing elbow, an injury that occurred last winter when he was startled by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela and fell on his arm. Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow limited Perez to 22 starts over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He went 23-23 with a 4.60 ERA and a team-leading 65 starts for the Rangers over the 2016 and 2017 seasons.