From Comcast SportsNetMIAMI (AP) -- Former All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a 2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Miami Marlins, plugging the final hole in the team's projected lineup following a payroll purge.The 37-year-old, who can earn an additional 250,000 in performance bonuses, battled injuries this year and hit .257 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 90 games with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 15-year veteran is a career .299 hitter with 103 homers.Other projected starters include Logan Morrison at first base, Donovan Solano at second, Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop, Jeff Brantly at catcher, Giancarlo Stanton in right field, Justin Ruggiano in center field and Juan Pierre in left field.Hanley Ramirez played 90 games at third this year for Miami before being traded in July. That was part of the salary purge by the Marlins, who pared 146.5 million in future payroll when they swung a trade last month that sent former NL batting champion Jose Reyes, former NL ERA leader Josh Johnson and left-hander Mark Buehrle to Toronto.The Marlins have a projected 2013 payroll of about 45.75 million. Their payroll on opening day this year was 112 million, not including money received in the Carlos Zambrano trade, but the team finished last in the NL East and drew smaller crowds than expected in its new ballpark.Polanco was chosen to start in the All-Star game for the second time in 2011, but went only 10 for 58 (.172) after June 30 this year. The Phillies declined a 5.5 million option on Polanco after the season, and he received a 1 million buyout.Polanco was the 2006 AL championship series MVP for Detroit, and he also played for St. Louis. He has 2,044 hits, and he has won two Gold Gloves at second base and one at third.A native of the Dominican Republic, Polanco has a home in Miami and attended Miami-Dade Community College.He would earn an additional 125,000 each for playing in 100 and 120 games. The deal was negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson.
Minnesota added a few games to its future schedules Wednesday, announcing upcoming contests with BYU and Colorado.
The Gophers will take on the Cougars in Minneapolis on Sept. 26, 2020, and in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 20, 2025. The Gophers will battle the Buffaloes in Boulder on Sept. 18, 2021, and in the Twin Cities on Sept. 17, 2022.
Minnesota and BYU have never met in football, but the Gophers and Buffs have played three times, with Colorado winning all three of those games in 1972, 1991 and 1992.
The newly announced games might not be matchups against perennially elite programs, but they do provide Power Five conference and Power Five conference-caliber opponents for the Gophers.
Minnesota has pretty weak non-conference schedules over the next three seasons, with a road game at Oregon State next season being the lone game against a Power Five team in the next nine non-conference games. The other eight games come against Buffalo, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Fresno State, Miami (Ohio), South Dakota State and Georgia Southern.
These four games are the only announced non-conference games for the Gophers past the 2019 season.
Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.
|8||St. Charles East||9-0||24||8|
|10||Naperville Neuqua Valley||8-1||16||T-4|
Other receiving votes: Oswego 12, Stevenson 9, Lincoln-Way East 4, Glenbard West 2, Barrington 2
|1||East St. Louis (10)||9-0||109||1|
|4||St. Charles North||8-1||74||4|
|8||Rockford Auburn||8-1||28||5 (6A)|
Other receiving votes: Glenbard North 15, Glenbrook North 13, Lake Zurich 6, Highland Park 5, Lincoln Park 3, Lincoln-Way Central 2, Machesney Park Harlem 1, St. Rita 1
|1||Sacred Heart-Griffin (Spr.) (7)||9-0||97||1|
|2||Prairie Ridge (3)||9-0||93||2|
|8||Morgan Park||8-1||24||T-8 (5A)|
|10||Oak Lawn Richards||7-2||14||NR|
Other receiving votes: Montini 13, Galesburg 7, Danville 5, Riverside-Brookfield 3, St. Laurence 2, Rock Island 1, Marmion 1, Grayslake North 1
|3||Peoria Central (1)||8-1||88||1|
|7||Peoria Notre Dame||6-3||40||4|
|8||Chicago (Solorio Academy)||7-2||30||10|
Other receiving votes: Cahokia 5, Geneseo 4, Woodstock Marian 4, Nazareth 4, Kankakee 3, Metamora 3, Payton 3, Chicago (Goode) 3, Belvidere 2, Marion 1, Decatur Eisenhower 1, Rochelle 1, Woodstock North 1
|1||Althoff Catholic (8)||9-0||114||1|
|9||Aurora Central Catholic||8-1||19||9|
Other receiving votes: Plano 10, Rockford Lutheran 5, Canton 4, Breese Central 3, Richmond-Burton 2, Breese Mater Dei 2.
|1||IC Catholic (12)||9-0||129||1|
Other receiving votes: Williamsville 8, Bloomington Central Catholic 8, Pana 7, Tolono Unity 5, Carlinville 3, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2
|1||Downs Tri-Valley (13)||9-0||130||1|
|6||Hamilton West Hancock||9-0||62||6|
Other receiving votes: Carmi White County 10, Red Bud 8, Eldorado 6, Bismarck-Henning 2, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 1, Westchester St. Joseph 1, St. Bede 1
|5||Decatur St. Teresa||8-1||79||5|
|7||Decatur Lutheran (LSA)||9-1||44||7|
|9||Mt. Sterling (Brown County)||7-2||25||9|
Other receiving votes: Athens 5, Arcola 4, Bureau Valley 4, Camp Point Central 3, Dakota 3, Stark County 1, LeRoy 1