The New York Yankees and Brien Taylor ended their stalemate last night when the nation's No. 1 draft pick signed a minor-league contract only hours before a final deadline.
Taylor, selected in June after his senior year in high school, was scheduled to begin classes at Louisburg, N.C., Junior College at 8:40 a.m. today. If the 18-year-old pitcher had started school, major-league rules would have prohibited the Yankees from negotiating with him again until after Louisburg's baseball season ended in May.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, although it was estimated to be worth $1 million for three years.
* JACKSON: Bo Jackson, trying to work his way back to the major leagues, singled twice in four at-bats for the class AA Birmingham Barons in a 1-0 Southern League loss to the visiting Charlotte Knights.
Jackson said he is "just counting the days until I get back" with the Chicago White Sox. "I'm going to do what I have to do to get back with the team."
Jackson, leading off his last three times at the plate, hit a single and a ground-out before being stranded.
* REDS: Cincinnati activated outfielder Eric Davis and recalled outfielder Chris Jones from Class AAA Nashville for the fifth time this season.
Outfielders Glenn Braggs and Reggie Sanders were each put on the 15-day disabled list. Both were hurt in a weekend series with the New York Mets.
Sanders has a mild shoulder separation from a home plate collision Friday night. Braggs pulled his right hamstring running out an infield hit Sunday night in New York.
* BRAVES: Relief pitcher Marvin Freeman, after prolonged treatment for a herniated disk in his lower back, will have surgery for removal of the damaged disk, the team announced.