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Massive deal for Machado...Don Newcombe dies...Steelers, Antonio Brown agree

February 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s a whopper of a deal. Infielder Manny Machado (mah-CHAH’-doh) has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the San Diego Padres. That’s the biggest contract ever for a free agent. Someone familiar with the deal’s details says Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again. Machado, who must pass a physical, is expected to fill the team’s gaping need at third base. He began last year with Baltimore and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers

PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $10 million, one-year contract that keeps the third baseman in Milwaukee. Moustakas gets a $7 million salary this year. It includes an $11 million mutual option for 2020 with a $3 million buyout.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He was one of the first black players in the major leagues. Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe has died. He was 92. Newcombe went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. The right-hander helped the Dodgers win their first World Series in 1955, when he had a 20-5 record.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended a contract spat. Brown, who has asked to be traded, posted a picture on social media that showed him arm in arm with team president Art Rooney ii in Florida. Brown said he and Rooney “cleared the air” and that both sides agreed “it is time to move on.” Brown still has three years remaining on the $72 million contract he signed in the spring of 2017, and remains one of the most dynamic performers in the league.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys aren’t picking up a team option on the final year of Terrance Williams’ contract, making the receiver an unrestricted free agent after he spent his first six NFL seasons in Dallas. Williams, who is 29, had just two catches for 18 yards in a season spent mostly on injured reserve because of complications following offseason surgery for a broken right foot. He also served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.