Tommy Milone became the first arbitration-eligible Twin to settle on a 2016 contract, agreeing Thursday to a $4.5 million salary, a source with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed.
Milone, 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 23 starts last season (plus a save in his lone relief appearance), receives a 63.6 percent raise over his $2.75 million salary of 2015. The lefthander, who turns 29 next month, is one of eight to 10 candidates the Twins will look at for a spot in their rotation this spring.
Milone's settlement comes on the eve of Friday's deadline for exchanging salary proposals with arbitration-eligible players, a group that includes five other Twins. Trevor Plouffe, in line for a contract worth $7-8 million, heads Minnesota's group, along with Eduardo Escobar, Casey Fien, Kevin Jepsen and Eduardo Nunez.
Sano signs with Roc Nation
Miguel Sano signed on with one of the most high-profile agencies in sports, announcing Thursday on Twitter that "I am so happy to join @RocNation!"
Roc Nation is the agency founded by hip-hop legend Jay Z in 2008, originally to represent music and entertainment stars. It expanded into sports in 2013 when then-Yankees star Robinson Cano signed on, and has since added players in the NBA, NFL, WNBA and international soccer, plus professional boxers.
Sano has been represented by Rob Plummer, a New York-based agent who specializes in representing players from the Dominican Republic, since signing as a professional when he was 16.
Singh doesn't show his age
Vijay Singh opened with a 7-under 63 for a five-way share of the lead at the Sony Open.Singh, who turns 53 next month and could be the oldest PGA Tour winner in history, narrowly missed an 8-foot eagle putt on his final hole and still posted his best score in 19 years playing Waialae Country Club. He was tied with Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Kisner, Ricky Barnes and Morgan Hoffmann. Singh was among three players 50 or older who shot 66 or better. Fred Funk, who turns 60 this summer, made a bid for the lead until a bogey on the 16th hole. He wound up with a 65. Davis Love III, who won the Wyndham Championship last August at age 51, birdied his last hole for a 66.
Eden Prairie's Coughlin injured
Eden Prairie senior Carter Coughlin confirmed Thursday that he suffered a concussion Saturday in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and the Gophers recruit also scheduled shoulder surgery in the coming days.
The surgery will repair a partly torn labrum. Coughlin said he should be able to resume upper-body lifting exercises in 3½ months and resume hitting in five to six months. He anticipates being back at full strength for the start of the Gophers' training camp in August.
Maye to join Murray in Senior Bowl
Former Gophers receiver KJ Maye accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30. The game, in fact, is played at Ladd Peebles Stadium, where Maye played his games for Murphy High School. Maye will join former Gophers cornerback Eric Murray in this year's game.
Alexandria's Hasz named CC runner of year
Bethany Hasz, a senior at Alexandria High School, was named Gatorade's Minnesota girls cross-country runner of the year. She took first in the Class 2A state meet last fall and fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals.
staff AND wire reports