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February

12
Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

The Boston Red Sox have replaced former manager Alex Cora with bench coach Ron Roenicke as interim manager, the team announced Tuesday. Cora parted ways with the team last month following his role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme in 2017 when he was the Astros bench coach. Cora, who led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2018, was not penalized in the Astros investigation because Major League Baseball is still investigating allegations that the Red Sox organization employed a similar system of using technology to steal signs during their World Series Championship season. “We were recently made aware of allegations […]

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February

11
Diamondbacks agree on 4 year extension with Nick Ahmed

The Diamondbacks have agreed to a four-year contract extension with shortstop Nick Ahmed, the club informed Monday afternoon. The deal is worth $32.5 million, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Ahmed was set to hit free agency after this coming season, so it includes his final arbitration year and the first three years of would-be free agency.  Ahmed heads to his age-30 season coming off the best year of his career. He’s long been an exceptional defender at a premium position, but last season he upped his offensive game, hitting .254/.316/.437 (93 OPS+) with 33 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, 82 RBI, 79 runs […]

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February

10
Clippers hand Cavaliers worst home loss in franchise history

The presence of Andre Drummond started the night with optimism for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That positive feeling was quickly dashed by a 133-92 defeat Sunday to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavaliers’ worst home defeat in franchise history. “Tonight was pretty ugly, so show ’em your worst first and you only can go up from there,” Kevin Love said. Drummond started in his first match with Cleveland after being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He scored 19 points, had 14 rebounds and even hit a pair of 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Drummond’s numbers weren’t nearly enough as the […]

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February

07
Max Muncy signs deal with Dodgers

Coming off an All-Star appearance in 2019, the Los Angeles Dodgers have rewarded Max Muncy with a contract extension.  Los Angeles announced the deal Thursday after The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Muncy’s deal is worth $26 million over three years and includes a fourth-year team option for $13 million. Muncy’s deal comes as the Dodgers continue to wait for their acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price as part of a three-team deal with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins to become finalized.  ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that trade is currently on hold after the Red Sox “were spooked” by their medical review of Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol. Graterol, 21, had Tommy […]

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February

06
Steelers sign GM Kevin Colbert through 2021 NFL draft

When Kevin Colbert joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2000, they were coming off 6-10 and 7-9 records, the first two losing seasons under coach Bill Cowher. Over the next 20 years, from Cowher to Mike Tomlin and through a title change for Colbert, the Steelers have had just one more. They have acquire two Super Bowls – one under each coach – and have enjoyed 15 winning seasons, 12 playoff berths and nine division titles under Colbert’s watch. “Kevin Colbert revitalized my football career,” Cowher said recently after being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Sitting down […]

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February

05
Felix Auger-Aliassime by to Montpellier final 16

Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the most promising youngsters on the ATP Tour but is yet to find his best tennis in 2020, heading to Montpellier with three victories and making a winning start following a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over a qualifier Damir Dzumhur. The encounter lasted for two and a half hours and Felix had the upper hand in sets two and three, delivering six breaks from 14 opportunities and suffering two from six opportunities offered to the Bosnian who fought well in the opener before losing ground versus the higher-ranked opponent. They traded early breaks in games […]

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February

04
Former Rays executive James Click joins Astros as new GM

Three weeks after being corrected by MLB for the sign-stealing scandal, the Houston Astros have a new head baseball operations executive. Monday evening the Astros informed James Click, formerly the Rays vice president of baseball operations, has been named their new general manager. “James has had an impressive career,” owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “He is a respected leader who has progressed in this game across all aspects of Baseball Operations and he has built great relationships with both front office and clubhouse personnel.  I am thrilled to introduce him as our new General Manager – he is a great addition to […]

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February

03
Rockies finalize 2 year contract with SS Trevor Story

The Colorado Rockies and All-Star shortstop Trevor Story finalized a $27.5 million, two-year deal Friday, eluding arbitration. His agreement leaves 18 players still headed to arbitration hearings, which run from Tuesday through Feb. 21. Story gets a $2 million signing bonus payable within 30 days and salaries of $8 million this year and $17.5 million in 2021. He can earn $100,000 bonuses for league MVP and World Series MVP, $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP. $50,000 for Silver Slugger and $25,000 each for All-Star selection and Gold Glove. Story still eligible to become a free agent following the 2021 World […]

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January

31
Panthers, Greg Olsen agree to part ways

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers and Greg Olsen informed that they have agreed to mutually part ways. The 34-year-old tight end just finished his 13th NFL season, and ninth with the Panthers. As Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network states, the Panthers can’t officially release Olsen until after the Super Bowl, but this announcement means that they will. He was on the books for $11.6 million against the cap. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Olsen’s agent Drew Rosenhaus says his client “is still interested in playing” and that he will be in communication with other teams after the Super Bowl. Olsen has also had a few sports broadcasting guest appearances and is […]

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January

30
Greg Holland agrees to deal with Royals

Reliever Greg Holland is back with the Kansas City Royals, agreeing Wednesday to a minor league contract. The 34-year-old right-hander would get a $1.25 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster plus the opportunity to earn performance bonuses. Holland was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA last year in 40 relief appearances with Arizona, which released him on Aug. 9. He signed with Washington and pitched in eight matches at Double-A but did not get called up. A three-time All-Star, he pitched for Kansas City from 2010-15, helping the Royals win straight AL pennants in his final two seasons. […]

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