The St. Louis Cardinals have made a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to free agent Carlos Beltran. They just don't expect him to return next season.
General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny met with reporters Monday for the first time since losing a six-game World Series to the Boston Red Sox last week. Mozeliak says he expects the 36-year-old Beltran to seek a multiyear contract elsewhere.
"We never want to close doors," Mozeliak said. "Reality is when you look at the depth, trying to find ample playing time, I'm not sure how happy he will be." Boston made qualifying offers to free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew on the first deadline day of baseball's offseason.
The Yankees also extended offers to three players: second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
Players accepting are signed for next season. If a player signs elsewhere, his former team gets an extra draft pick at the end of the first round next June as compensation.
Free agents can start talking contract with all teams Tuesday.
A day after Tampa Bay exercised a $6.5 million option on outfielder David DeJesus, the sides reached an agreement on a two-year contract with a 2016 option. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month. Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, The New York Times reported, an accusation denied by a representative of the legal team for the New York Yankees' third baseman. The newspaper cited two unidentified people involved with baseball's drug-testing program. Rodriguez's legal team accused MLB of leaking the allegation of a positive test. Lanny Davis, a member of the legal team, called for a government probe into MLB's methods.
The Pac-12's university presidents and chancellors extended commissioner Larry Scott's contract through the 2017-18 academic year. As part of the extension, Scott also was named the executive chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises. Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart is the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America men's basketball team. Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was named on all but two of the 65 ballots from the national media panel. Louisville senior Russ Smith, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary were the rest of the first team. Freshman forward Julius Randle scored 21 points to lead five Kentucky players in double figures, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away for a 95-72 exhibition victory over Montevallo in Lexington, Ky. Authorities say former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles was shot in the arm during a robbery in the parking lot of a business park in suburban Columbia, S.C. Richland County Sheriff's spokesman Curtis Wilson said Miles, 23, was in stable condition at a hospital. Miles spent most of his career with the Gamecocks backing up current 49ers rookie Marcus Lattimore.
Juan Martin del Potro got past Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5 to win his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (0), 6-3. Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast after injuring his knee. Snedeker played in the HSBC Champions tournament in China over the weekend.