$tandings: Yankees first, Sox third.
Forbes said Wednesday it estimates the Yankees are worth $2.5 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Dodgers are next at $2 billion, a 24 percent hike and matching their actual sale price in 2012.
Boston was third at $1.5 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($1.2 billion), San Francisco ($1 billion) and Philadelphia ($975 million).
At the bottom were the Rays ($485 million), Kansas City ($490 million), Oakland ($495 million) and Miami ($500 million).
Major League Baseball's average team value rose 9 percent to $811 million.
Forbes says values rose primarily because of increased media rights fees.
Pirates, Marte have 6-year deal
The Pittsburgh Pirates plan on keeping promising left fielder Starling Marte playing alongside National League MVP Andrew McCutchen for years to come.
A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Pirates and Marte have agreed to a six-year contract that will keep the 25-year-old in Pittsburgh for remainder of the decade. CBSSports.com reported the new contract has a total value of $31 million.
Marte hit .280 with 12 home runs, 35 RBIs and a team-high 41 steals during his first full season in the majors in 2013. Marte was scheduled to make $516,000 this season. The new deal takes him through 2019.
Harper tossed from exhibition
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was ejected from a spring training game against St. Louis after being called out at first base.
Harper led off the fourth inning Wednesday with a slow roller that second baseman Mark Ellis barehanded and flipped to first. The throw appeared to beat Harper and umpire Jeff Gosney called him out.
The 21-year-old Harper kept his head down, screaming his displeasure as he passed Gosney on his way to the third-base dugout. Gosney threw out Harper, who didn't seem to initially realize he'd been ejected.
Harper turned in apparent disbelief to argue with Gosney, and Nationals manager Matt Williams joined in.
The game was delayed a few moments while Harper gathered his belongings and walked to the visiting clubhouse beyond the left-field wall.
Scutaro to start year on DL
San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro says he will begin the season on the disabled list.
Scutaro has been sidelined for most of the spring with back problems. The 38-year-old Scutaro says he is likely to remain in Arizona for more treatment when the team breaks camp. Scutaro was plagued by back stiffness for most of the 2013 season. He had a couple of epidural injections earlier this spring and recently had a cortisone injection.
Scutaro's situation likely will leave Joaquin Arias as the starting second baseman. Arias started at third base on Wednesday, with Pablo Sandoval nursing a small cut in his hand.
Blanton gets rich release
The Los Angeles Angels have granted right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton his unconditional release, but will still have to pay him $8.5 million.
The 33-year-old Blanton struggled in spring training with a 7.08 ERA in five appearances over 20⅓ innings. He was 2-14 last year and sent to the bullpen in midseason.
The Angels will absorb Blanton's contract and pay him $7.5 million this year, with another $1 million to buy out the $8 million club option for 2015.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Mar 27, 2014|
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