record luxury tax for dodgers
NEW YORK — The Dodgers have been hit with a record luxury tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll that fell just shy of $300 million this year.
For the first time, four teams exceeded the spending threshold and owe tax. The Yankees and Red Sox also will pay, along with the Giants, a first-time offender.
Los Angeles finished with a record payroll of $291 million, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball on Friday. For purposes of the tax, which uses a different calculation method and includes benefits, the Dodgers' payroll was $297.9 million.
New York owes $26.1 million. Boston owes $1.8 million and the Giants $1.3 million. The four teams will pay a combined record tax total of $72.8 million for one year.
Iwakuma agrees to return to Mariners
Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma agreed to return to the Mariners less than 48 hours after a deal to stay with the Dodgers fell through.
Iwakuma said that after a physical with the Dodgers this week, the team indicated it wanted to "renegotiate" the deal's terms. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston said the Mariners were comfortable with the results of Iwakuma's physical at the end of the regular season. The Dodgers had no comment.
Iwakuma's deal guarantees $12 million and could be worth $47.5 million over three years.
Mets: Pitcher Bartolo Colon finalized a $7.25 million, one-year contract.
Rangers: Former Rays pitching prospect Matt Bush was signed to a minor-league deal. Bush, 29, was released Oct. 30 from prison in Florida, having been incarcerated after a no-contest plea deal to DUI with serious bodily injury. He was arrested during 2012 spring training in Port Charlotte after a near-fatal accident.
Rays: Former Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen was hired as chief business officer.
alpine skiing: Lara Gut of Switzerland beat American Lindsey Vonn by .01 seconds to win a World Cup super-combined race at Val d'Isere, France, and deprive Vonn of a fifth straight win.
golf: Juli Inkster, captain of this year's Solheim Cup-winning U.S. team, will return as captain for the 2017 event at the Des Moines Country Club in Iowa.
track and field: The Russian doping scandal took a new twist when French newspaper Le Monde reported that Lamine Diack, former president of the sport's world governing body (IAAF), told French police he asked Russia for $1.6 million to fund the political opposition in his native Senegal in 2011. The request came when IAAF was dealing with a slew of suspected Russian doping cases. French police are investigating Diack on money-laundering and corruption charges. He is accused of pocketing $1.1 million in what prosecutors suspect was a scheme to blackmail athletes in exchange for hushing up suspected doping. Diack's lawyer had no comment.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires