MLB, union ban personal-services deals

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and owners have banned the type of personal-services contracts agreed to by Albert Pujols and Ryan Zimmerman during the offseason.

Only new contracts will be affected under the agreement, reached March 29, and the previous deals will be allowed to stand. The prohibition first was reported Friday by ESPN.com.

Both sides also say they have prohibited the bonuses for milestone accomplishments contained in the deal Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels and the agreement between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees that began in 2008.

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