Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado is upset at the team's general manager, and he's not getting over it, and he doesn't care who knows, he indicated Monday.
Arenado said he feels disrespected after Colorado General Manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged listening to trade offers for the seven-time Gold Glove-winning third baseman. Arenado agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract with the Rockies last February.
Asked via text message about Bridich's comments, Arenado told the Associated Press: "I don't care what he says there's a lot of disrespect around there." Arenado also responded to questions from various other news outlets.
Arenado insisted he doesn't envision mending fences with Bridich.
"There is no relationship anymore it's just play hard for my teammates and the fans," Arenado said.
Arenado was set to become a free agent after last season before signing his long-term contract, which includes a full no-trade clause. He can opt out of the deal after the 2021 season and become a free agent.
King Felix gets a shot in Atlanta
• Longtime Seattle ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with Atlanta that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The righthander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.
• Veteran lefthander Jerry Blevins , who had a 3.90 ERA in 45 appearances last season for Atlanta, agreed to a minor league contract with San Francisco that includes an invitation to spring training.
Controversial surgery set for midfielder Bradley
Midfielder Michael Bradley, who plays for Toronto of MLS and for the United States, needs surgery on his right ankle and likely will be sidelined about four months.
It's a controversial turn of events because Bradley was injured on Nov. 10, in Major League Soccer's championship game. Seattle's Roman Torres attempted a shot and hit the ankle with his follow-through.
Jozy Altidore, Bradley's teammate on Toronto and the U.S. national team, said the club mishandled the injury.
"Make no mistake, in my opinion, for me, it was handled poorly," Altidore said Monday after Toronto's first preseason training session that was open to reporters. "This was an injury from two months ago, and it's not the first time this has happened [at the club]."
Toronto General Manager Ali Curtis said Bradley will have surgery Tuesday in New York. Curtis called the injury "very severe and complicated" and said surgery is "the last resort."
Lopez wins LPGA event on seventh playoff hole
Gaby Lopez rolled in a 30-foot putt for birdie, winning the LPGA Tour's Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on the seventh playoff hole after darkness stopped the playoff after five holes Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Lopez defeated Nasa Hataoka, who missed a 12-foot putt that would have extended the playoff. Lopez and Hataoka played the 197-yard par-3 No. 18 eight times in two days. Lopez's two birdies, one to put her in the playoff and the other to win it, were all that separated them.
"I proved to myself that I can win in any situation," Lopez said. "My first win was in the lead. My second win was coming from behind. And being able to put all those moments together and recall them while I'm walking on the fairway here and try to stay patient, that's what I proved to myself the most, my ability to stay in the moment."
Around the horn
College football: Former Houston quarterback D'Eriq King said he is transferring to Miami. King played in four games for Houston before announcing in late September that he would redshirt to preserve eligibility for 2020.
NFL: Phil Snow is rejoining head coach Matt Rhule in Carolina as the Panthers' new defensive coordinator. Snow previously served as defensive coordinator under Rhule at Baylor from 2017-19 and at Temple from 2013-16.