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Weekend Dump: Kershaw gets huge deal; Cubs get new mascot; Braden forced into retirement

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Dilip Vishwanat

Dodgers give Clayton Kershaw record extension - CBS

Seven years, $215 million: that's $30.7 million annually, with an opt out option after five years. That's the highest average annual salary EVER, and the contract is the largest ever for a pitcher. It's a smart move, according to one LA Times writer.

Cubs unveil new mascot, aren't surprised by criticism - ESPN

Before Monday, the Cubs were one of a handful of teams without an official mascot. Now that they do, many of the reactions are less than favorable.

Dallas Braden forced to retire at 30 - BLS

The guy who told A-rod to "get off his mound" and threw a perfect game on Mother's Day 2010 has required numerous surgeries on his left shoulder that he says has become "shredded".

From SFGate:

There is nothing left in there, it's just a shredded mess. I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I'm OK with that.

Pablo Sandoval drops 42 pounds - San Jose Mercury

Considering he's a free agent after this year, this comes as no surprise. Speaking of surprises...

A-rod sues MLB - ESPN

Bet you didn't see THAT coming!

I normally avoid including any news regarding the soap opera surrounding A-rod. I'd suggest he just take the punishment he deserves like a man to preserve a smidgen of dignity, but I remembered he has none to spare.

Former MLB player arrested - CBS

Wladimir Balentien, who played 170 games over three years with the Mariners and Reds, has become a star in Japan, breaking the NPB single-season home run record. He was arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges.

Rays avoid arbitration with David Price - NBC

The arbitration deadline was this week, and Price was arguably the most notable name among those eligible. He'll make $14 million in 2014.

Coach sues Little Leaguer for $500,000 - Yahoo

Not MLB-related, but linked because of its gross absurdity.

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