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Starlin Castro Questioned By Police

Dec 28, 2014 1:01 PM

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was questioned by police in the Dominican Republic in connection with a shooting at a nightclub early Saturday morning that left six people injured, including one in serious condition, according to an report.

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IRS To Auction Off Darryl Strawberry Annuity

Dec 23, 2014 7:23 AM

The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning off the remaining annuity from the deferred compensation Darryl Strawberry agreed to when he signed a six-year contract with the New York Mets almost 30 years ago.

The total value of the contract was $7.1 million, but nearly 40 percent of his $1.8 million team option in 1990 ($700,000) was deferred and put into an annuity with a 5.1 percent annual interest rate.

Strawberry was forced to give a portion of the deferred money account to his wife, Charisse, as part of their divorce settlement in 2006, but the payments were never made.

In 2010, his ex-wife filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and, as part of the proceedings, asked for what was owed. But in September of this year, a judge in the Northern District of Florida ruled that the annuity was the property of the IRS, not Charisse, because Darryl still had not settled his tax debt owed for 1989, 1990, 2003 and 2004.

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Bryce Harper Skips Fan Festival

Dec 13, 2014 9:56 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said that club was "disappointed" that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival.

In a statement emailed by one of his agent's employees, Harper said: "I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this year's event due to matters out of my control. I look forward to next year's NatsFest."

The MLBPA has filed a grievance on Harper's behalf over whether he should be able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of a $9.9M, five-year contract he signed when drafted.

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