Harper contract enhancements...Royals’ All-Star catcher may face surgery... Eagles give Graham contract extension
NEW YORK (AP) — The $330 million may not be all the Philadelphia Phillies pay Bryce Harper. To entice him, the team agreed to bonus provisions in the 13-year contract. According to contract details, Harper would earn an extra $50,000 each time he is an All-Star, wins a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger or is selected League Championship Series MVP. A World Series MVP trophy would be worth an additional $100,000. Those are some of the extras in the deal.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said a MRI revealed the damage. Perez will travel next week to California for a second opinion from Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles and defensive end Brandon Graham have agreed to a three-year contract extension, preventing the team’s longest-tenured defensive player from testing free agency. Graham has 42 ½ sacks, 16 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 127 games, including 70 starts. He had just four sacks last season after a career-high 9 ½ in 2017, including a strip-sack on Tom Brady in the 2018 Super Bowl.
UNDATED (AP) — Free agent defensive lineman David Irving has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Irving was suspended the first four games of each of the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The 25-year-old is set to be an unrestricted free agent after playing just two games on a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in 2018, his fourth year with Dallas.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has suspended leading scorer Kaleb Wesson indefinitely for violating an athletic department policy the school did not specify. Ohio State did not say when the 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore could return, only that he will play again this season. The action by coach Chris Holtmann was announced today. Wessen is averaging 14.6 points per game for the Buckeyes and is their top rebounder with 6.7 per game average.