The Mets and Johan Santana, below, needed about an extra 90 minutes Friday but finally agreed to a six-year, $137.5-million contract to complete a trade with the Twins (an option in 2014 could make it worth $150.75-million). The $22.92-million average salary trails only the $27.5-million of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. And the $137.5-million represents the biggest for a pitcher ($11.5-million more than the Giants' Barry Zito) and fifth-biggest in baseball. 3C
Biggest contracts in millions:
Alex Rodriguez NYY $275
Derek Jeter NYY $189
Manny Ramirez Bos. $160
Todd Helton Col. $141.5
Johan Santana NYM $137.5
Bucs ticket prices to rise next season
The Bucs will increase ticket prices for next season, GMBruce Allen said. He declined to disclose details, saying only an announcement might come next week: "There was a lot of thought that went into it and discussion and planning. When you look at our situation, we'll be in the middle of the league with an increase (of ticket prices)." Last season, the Bucs' average price of $72.44 for nonluxury seats ranked eighth.
Maybe put the Trop in Tallahassee
FSU president T.K. Wetherell is trying to think outside the box on a coveted indoor practice facility for football. Perhaps a roof over Doak Campbell Stadium, he spitballed. "I think President Wetherell was suggesting that we are exploring all the options and being very creative in our thinking," FSU spokesman Rob Wilson said. He added FSU has received calls from several roofing companies that "are suddenly big Seminole fans."
Out of bounds
Thankfully, not our tax dollars at work
The Georgia House of Representatives on Friday passed a resolution urging the NCAA to create a I-A football playoff. The resolution, which passed 151-9, now goes to the Senate. Why do the legislators care? Because, they say, their team was cheated. Georgia was No. 4 in the BCS as No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia lost. But LSU rose from No. 7 to No. 2 after winning the SEC title to reach the national title game. Georgia, which was off, dropped to No. 5. "When you think about the economic impact of collegiate sports, we're talking about multimillion dollars," said Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs. "And from that standpoint, it's worth 10 minutes (of discussion)."
"We did talk, and he said to me that he had his No.55 (Derrick Brooks). We kind of chuckled at that and hung up the phone. I called him a jerk and went on. He's a great guy."
Pats linebacker Junior Seau, joking about his conversation with Jon Gruden after he temporarily retired in 2006
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