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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The New York Mets and Jason Bay have agreed to terminate their contract a year early and make the outfielder a free agent.


The 34-year-old Bay was a major disappointment in New York after signing a $65 million, four-year deal. The former All-Star hit .234 in three seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBIs, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs this year.


Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says the results weren't there and we are in a results-oriented business.


Wider expansion of instant replay considered

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Baseball is considering a broader expansion of video review for umpires than first discussed.


Instant replay in baseball began in August 2008 and has been limited to checking whether potential home runs were fair or cleared over fences. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has been saying since early 2011 he wants to expand it to two additional types of calls.


He was talking about really basically fair-foul, trap plays. But we're looking into more than that, Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, said Wednesday at the general managers' meetings. MLB experimented with the Hawk-Eye animation system and the TrackMan radar software during tests late this year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.


GMs discussing head protection for pitchers

At their first meeting since a pair of pitchers were hit on the head by line drives, baseball general managers discussed ways to protect hurlers from injuries in the future.


Major League Baseball staff have said a cap liner with Kevlar, the high-impact material used by military, law enforcement and NFL players for body armor, is among the ideas under consideration.


If we settle on something that is going to make sense, and obviously the pitcher has to be comfortable with it, we'll obviously put that in as soon as possible, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said Wednesday.


MLB thinking of changing rule on September callups

Major League Baseball is considering a change to its longtime rule allowing active rosters to expand from 25 to 40 from Sept. 1 through the rest of the regular season.


MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre said general managers discussed the matter Wednesday on the opening day of their annual meeting.


Some teams have been reluctant to use the larger limit late in the season. They have cited not wanting to disrupt minor league teams in their playoffs, and those decisions have led to big league games in which teams have differing numbers of available players.


Each team should have equal number of players available every day, Torre said. I just think you play the whole season with one set of rules and the most important time of the year, especially for clubs that are in a pennant race, I just don't think it's fair for it to be done (with a) different number of roster people.


Torre said one possibility would be setting a fixed number of players who must be on the active roster for September games.





BBWAA announces finalists for awards


NEW YORK — Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is one of five finalists for the AL MVP award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.


The Detroit third baseman is joined by Texas' Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton, the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano, and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout, who also is one of three nominees for AL Rookie of the Year.


For the first time Wednesday, the BBWAA announced finalists for its awards. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.


Milwaukee's Ryan Braun has a chance for a repeat as NL MVP. He's pitted against San Diego's Chase Headley, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, St. Louis' Yadier Molina and San Francisco's Buster Posey.


Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is among the three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. Washington's Gio Gonzalez and 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers are also competing.


Detroit's reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander has another shot for top pitcher in the AL. Tampa Bay's David Price and the Angels' Jered Weaver are the other two finalists. The winner in each league will be picked Wednesday.


Trout is competing with two foreign-born stars Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletics and Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of the Rangers for Rookie of the Year in the AL.


Washington's Bryce Harper, Cincinnati's Todd Frazier and Arizona's Wade Miley are the nominees in the NL.


Of the six finalists for Manager of the Year, only White Sox rookie skipper Robin Ventura is not a previous winner. He was nominated along with Bob Melvin (2007) and Buck Showalter (1994, 2004) in the AL.


In the NL, the Reds' Dusty Baker (1993, 1997, 2000), World Series champion Giants Bruce Bochy (1996) and Washington's Davey Johnson (1997) got the nod.



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