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Yankees Pick Up Abreu's One-Year Option for $16 Million

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Bobby Abreu's $16 million option for next season was exercised yesterday by the New York Yankees.

The 33-year-old right fielder overcame a slow start to hit .283 with 101 RBI this year, and he finished second in the AL with 123 runs. He has reached 100 RBI in five consecutive seasons.

"Bobby Abreu possesses a unique skill set and has proven to be a durable and reliable asset to this club," General Manager Brian Cashman said. "Consistency has been a hallmark throughout his career." . . .

The Yankees were told by agent Scott Boras that they could not meet with Alex Rodriguez unless they presented an extension offer that guaranteed the star $350 million "as a floor."

Boras's remarks, first reported by, were made Oct. 25 during a conversation between the agent and Cashman, a baseball official said. . . .

Matt Stairs and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million contract. . . .

Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell pulled his name out of consideration for the Pittsburgh Pirates' managing job.

Farrell wants to manage in the majors, and he moved from Cleveland's front office to the Red Sox' bench last season partly for that reason. But Farrell said in a statement this is not the right time to leave a World Series-winning club.

¿ BOXING: Rau'shee Warren took control with a big third round and then finished off Azerbaijan's Samir Mammadov in the flyweight semifinal of the World Boxing Championships in Chicago.

Warren could become the first American since 1999 to win a gold medal at the world championships. His opponent today will be Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand.

He was joined in the finals by American teammate Demetrius Andrade, who defeated Turkey's Adem Kilicci, 22-6, in a welterweight semifinal.

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