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December

07
Aaron Judge cashes in with 9-year, $360M Yankees deal

Aaron Judge’s bet on himself paid off in a big way. Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN early Wednesday morning, giving the slugger nearly $150 million more than what the team had offered him in the spring. He decided to remain with the Yankees after flirtations with the San Francisco Giants, the team located about 100 miles from where Judge grew up in California, and the San Diego Padres, who have made it clear they are open to making big moves this winter. The looming specter of Judge leaving for […]

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November

28
Pittsburgh Pirates, 1B Carlos Santana agree on 1-year, $6.7M deal

First baseman Carlos Santana and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year, $6.7 million contract, pending the results of a physical, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. Santana, 36, concluded with a league-average OPS last year, hitting .202/.316/.376 between stints with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. But his expected numbers, based on how hard he hit the ball (an 81st-percentile exit velocity) and his elite walk rate (97th percentile), projected far better results, something that drove his market. Further, nobody was shifted a higher percentage last year than Santana, who saw altered defense in 356 of his 362 left-handed batting appearances. With […]

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November

22
Dodgers non-tender Cody Bellinger, making him a free agent

Cody Bellinger, a 27-year-old outfielder who was an MVP as recently as 2019, was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, a somewhat expected move that nonetheless encapsulates his precipitous downfall offensively. Bellinger was due to make something in the neighborhood of $18 million in 2023, which would have been his final season before free agency. Instead, he’ll venture into the free agent market a year early, though the Dodgers and Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, can renegotiate a different contract, perhaps one that covers multiple years at a lower rate. Regardless, a Dodgers team coming off back-to-back 100-plus-win seasons is in […]

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November

14
Astros, Rafael Montero reach 3-year, $34.5M deal

Reliever Rafael Montero agreed to a three-year, $34.5 million deal that will bring the right-hander back to the Houston Astros’ dominant bullpen a week after the team rode its pitching staff to a World Series title, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. Montero, 32, thrived in his first full season with the Astros, posting a 2.37 ERA in 68⅓ innings and allowing just three home runs while striking out 73. The deal came together on a transformative Friday for the Astros, who saw general manager James Click reject a one-year contract from owner Jim Crane and leave the organization. Re-signing Montero deepens an Astros […]

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November

08
First baseman Anthony Rizzo opts out of contract with Yankees

First baseman Anthony Rizzo officially opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees on Monday night, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and multiple reports. It was an expected move in a deal that would have paid him $16 million next campaign. Now, Rizzo enters free agency looking to secure a new deal coming off a season in which he had 32 home runs and 75 RBIs. But the 33-year-old veteran hit just .224, and was among a host of Yankees who did not hit for average during a season that included an American League East title. New York outlasted the Cleveland Guardians in the […]

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September

26
Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with fractured toe, won’t need surgery

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely after suffering a fractured left big toe, the team revealed Sunday. The Magic stated Fultz has been placed in a walking boot but will not need surgery. The team did not disclose a timeline for Fultz’s return, but the Orlando Sentinel reported that the former No. 1 overall draft selection likely will miss training camp. Fultz, 24, suffered the injury during a preseason workout, according to the team, which said his “return to play will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment.” He is the second key backcourt player to suffer an offseason injury for […]

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August

17
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers agree to 2-year, $97.1 million extension that includes 3rd-year player option

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that contains a player option for the 2024-25 season, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN on Wednesday. The extension, which includes a 15% trade kicker, makes James the highest-earning player in NBA history with $532 million in career guaranteed money, surpassing Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. James is ineligible for a no-trade clause because he agreed on an extension — not a new deal. But the new contract’s starting salary of $46.7 million, the 15% trade kicker and James’ stature as one of history’s great players likely make him a […]

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August

01
Jacob deGrom set to make 2022 debut for New York Mets on Tuesday vs. Washington Nationals

New York Mets star Jacob deGrom will make his season debut versus the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said before a series finale against Miami. “I’m definitely excited,” deGrom said Sunday. “It’s been a long time. This has been a pretty slow process of coming back, so excited to be out there. Nerves haven’t really set in yet, but I’m sure Tuesday I’ll be pretty nervous and I have a feeling it’s going to feel like my debut.” The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has not pitched for the Mets since July 7, 2021. The 34-year-old right-hander was sidelined the final three […]

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July

27
Boston Celtics among teams to engage in talks with Brooklyn Nets on possible Kevin Durant deal

As Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant’s trade request approaches a fourth week, the Boston Celtics have emerged among teams engaged in talks on a possible deal, sources told ESPN. The Celtics appear no closer to acquiring Durant than others in discussions with the Nets, but Boston’s capacity to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown as a centerpiece in offers does help make the team formidable in its pursuit, sources said. The Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors have been well-known to have varying degrees of interest in Durant, but the Celtics have also been in regular contact with the Nets, sources said. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? […]

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June

20
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson not saying how he’ll handle training camp, season without new contract

In his first media session in five months, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson offered little clearness about his contract situation or how he would handle the lack of a new deal before training camp or the start of the season. Jackson deflected questions about his contract situation Thursday, saying a variation of “We’re having a conversation about it” eight times during a 10-minute news conference. He did express confidence when asked if he considered he would play in Baltimore for the rest of his career. “I expect so,” Jackson said. “So, yes, I do.” Jackson is set to make $23.016 million on his fifth-year […]

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