Celtics coach Doc Rivers said any increased expectations on the team's third-year guard are merely a media creation.
Royals Sign Veterans Tejada, Chavez to Minor League Deals
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals also signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract and invited him to big league spring training.
Tejada, 38, got a one-year contract that will be worth $1.1 million if he makes the big leagues. There is an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.
The six-time All-Star last played in the majors in 2011 with San Francisco. He played 36 games in Triple-A for Baltimore last season, batting .259 with no homers and 18 RBIs. He was released from his minor league deal on June 25 at his own request.
Tejada spent 15 seasons in the majors and was the 2002 AL MVP with Oakland. He is a career .285 hitter with 304 homers and 1,282 RBIs with the A's, Orioles, Houston, San Diego and the Giants.
The 34-year-old Chavez made his major league debut with the Royals in 2001. The fleet fielder hit .203 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games for Baltimore last season, and played in four postseason games for the Orioles.
Chavez is a career .269 hitter with 26 homers, 229 RBIs and 100 stolen bases in 11 seasons with the Royals, the Montreal-Washington franchise, Philadelphia, the Mets, Seattle, Texas and the Orioles.
RAYS: In Tampa Bay, David Price, the American League Cy Young Award winner, reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid salary arbitration, sources said.
Terms of Price's deal with the Rays weren't immediately available. Price made $4.35 million last season, and was projected to earn more than $9 million in 2013 because of his service time and track record.
Price, 27, is 61-31 with a 3.16 ERA in the big leagues. He has made three straight All-Star teams, and went 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA last season to narrowly edge Detroit's Justin Verlander for the Cy Young Award.