Heat re-sign James Johnson to reported 4-year, $60M contract

The Miami Heat have re-signed forward James Johnson to a reported four-year, $ 60-million deal, which includes a player option in the final year, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.

Johnson, 30, is coming off a career year with Miami, averaging 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, and a steal on 47.9 percent shooting.

After whiffing on Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward earlier in free agency, the Heat have worked quickly to use up their cap space, reportedly agreeing to deals with Kelly Olynyk and Dion Waiters this week.

The Heat are reportedly in advanced talks to send power forward Josh McRoberts to the Dallas Mavericks in order to clear enough cap room to make all their agreed-upon deals official.

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Sunken Place Steve Harvey’s Ex-Wife Suing Him For $60M

Steve Harvey‘s ex-wife—one of them—is demanding a massive bag for her alleged trouble. Mary Harvey is suing the comedian and Donald Trump delegate for a cool $ 60M. 

According to Mary, Steve’s second wife, the money is because he “damaged her soul.”

Reports TMZ:

Mary Harvey and Steve’s infamously bitter divorce was finalized back in 2005, but according to docs filed Wednesday … Mary’s still feeling a slew of ill-effects from their battle. She says she’s been suicidal and self-medicates to cope with their nasty breakup.

The suit is rambling at times, but Mary’s main point is she’s emotionally and physically destroyed after losing her son, her businesses, and the joy of Mother’s Days. As she puts it, “All was loss Mary L. Harvey was dead.”

She’s suing Steve for child endangerment, torture, conspiracy against rights, kidnapping, murder, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Worth noting … the document was not filed by a lawyer, but rather a woman who tells us she is Mary’s “civil rights activist.”

Wait…what?

Don’t expect this to go very far unless Mary gets herself a proper lawyer.

Also, the fact they’re divorce was finalized a dozen years ago is not helping her cause.

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Report: Indians agree to 3-year, $60M deal with Encarnacion

Christmas came early for the Edwing.

After weeks of drama, the Cleveland Indians came out victorious in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, agreeing to a three-year, $ 60-million deal with the designated hitter, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.

According to ESPN, the Indians have a fourth-year team option for Encarnacion worth $ 20 million. He also has a $ 5-million buyout for the fourth year, giving him a guaranteed contract of $ 65 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The deal isn’t believed to include an opt-out, though Encarnacion was trying to get one after the first year.

Prior to the winter meetings, Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, took a lot of heat for rejecting the Toronto Blue Jays‘ initial four-year, $ 80-million offer. It was then believed the slugger wasn’t going to get anywhere near that money.

But, considering how the market played against Encarnacion – with the Blue Jays signing Kendrys Morales, the Boston Red Sox signing Mitch Moreland, and the New York Yankees signing Matt Holliday, to name a few – the slugger ended up with a better-than-expected contract.

While at least 10 teams were linked with Encarnacion over the past month or so, eventually it came down to the Indians, the Oakland Athletics, and a third team that many believed to be the Texas Rangers.

The Athletics discussed a two-year deal with Encarnacion, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 33-year-old, though, didn’t bite on a low-budget team with a massive ballpark.

Last season, Encarnacion had a big year, matching his career high with 42 home runs while recording 127 RBIs. He also proved his durability with 160 regular-season games played.

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Report: Zobrist’s price rising, seeking 4-year, $60M deal

Ben Zobrist is a jack of all trades, and he expects to be rewarded handsomely for his versatile skill set.

Zobrist is drawing interest from a number of teams including the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Kansas City Royals, among others. The fierce competition for his services is driving up his asking price to four years and $ 60 million, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The 34-year-old is fresh off a World Series championship with the Royals, and even named his daughter after the club, which could indicate Kansas City is his sentimental favorite. He made $ 7.5 million in 2015, and should command a significant raise moving forward.

Zobrist – who can play almost every position on the diamond – boosted his free-agent value with an outstanding playoffs at the plate, hitting .303/.365/.515 with two homers and six RBIs in 16 postseason contests.

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