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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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December

06
Yankees focused on Aaron Judge, not going to rush him

The New York Yankees want to make clear that Aaron Judge is their top — and currently only — priority in free agency. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated Monday at the MLB winter meetings that the team is continuing to have conversations with Judge and his representatives, and that the two sides have been exchanging contract offers. He said owner Hal Steinbrenner, who said last month that he wants Judge to “be a Yankee for the rest of his life,” met with the 2022 American League MVP personally in Tampa, Florida. Steinbrenner is “putting his money where his mouth is,” Cashman said. “We’d […]

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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

01
Royals hire Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as manager

The Kansas City Royals hired Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as manager Sunday, turning over the young core of a rebuilding franchise to a forward-thinking manager with experience winning in a small market. Quatraro replaces Mike Matheny, who was fired as part of a wide-spread shakeup within the Royals after a 65-97 finish for their sixth consecutive losing season. Quatraro was chosen by Royals general manager J.J. Picollo, who took over as head of the club’s baseball operations after the firing of longtime front-office executive Dayton Moore. “We are extremely excited to have Matt leading our club and core of talent,” Picollo […]

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September

22
Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo arthroscopic surgery on left knee in Los Angeles

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will undergo an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee and will be reevaluated in four to six weeks, the team revealed on Wednesday. The surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday in Los Angeles — the procedure will take place eight months after an initial knee surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus. Ball has not played in a game since Jan. 14. Before the surgery in January, the team announced a recovery timeline of six to eight weeks, but the discomfort in his left knee has persisted throughout the rehab process whenever he tries to ramp up […]

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September

08
New York Jets QB Zach Wilson likely out until Week 4; Joe Flacco to start season opener vs. Baltimore Ravens

Two days after hinting that Zach Wilson could play in their season opener, the New York Jets revealed Wednesday that the second-year quarterback will miss at least three games as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Jets coach Robert Saleh stated Wilson won’t play until Week 4 “at the earliest” — a road game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. This means the Jets will open the season with Joe Flacco at quarterback, starting Sunday at MetLife Stadium versus the Baltimore Ravens — the team that drafted him in 2008. “We’re going to make sure mind and body are 110 percent and make sure we do right by him,” […]

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August

24
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler undergoes second Tommy John surgery, flexor tendon repair

Los Angeles Dodgers star right-hander Walker Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career on Tuesday, officially ending his season and likely keeping him out for 2023 as well. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “It was a tough blow but we’ll get him back. I know he’s already itching.” The 28-year-old Buehler last pitched June 10, when elbow discomfort forced him from the match. With imaging on his elbow unclear, Dr. Neal ElAttrache planned surgery for Tuesday during which he would determine whether Buehler needed a full reconstruction of his ulnar collateral ligament. […]

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August

03
Cleveland Browns’ Jacoby Brissett ‘ready to go’ as starter after Deshaun Watson suspension

Jacoby Brissett stated his past experiences as a backup quarterback have prepared him for the situation in Cleveland, where he’s in line take over for suspended Cleveland Browns starter Deshaun Watson. “It’s been my situation throughout my career,” Brissett said Tuesday. “Nothing that I’m unfamiliar with. Always been ready to go, whenever my number’s called and that’s the case at this point now.” On Monday, disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson suspended Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct. The NFL Players Association and the league have until 9 a.m. ET Thursday to file a written appeal of […]

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July

29
Bogaerts homers to help Boston salvage split with Guardians

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 on Thursday night for just their fifth victory in 20 games. Guardians starter Triston McKenzie, who had permitted one run total in four previous July starts, took a one-hit shutout into the sixth before putting two on with one out for Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop hit an 0-2 slider out to center field to turn a one-run deficit into a 3-1 lead. Boston scored another off McKenzie, who hadn’t allowed an extra-base hit all month, when Franchy Cordero led off the seventh with a double and scored […]

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July

13
Sale works 5 scoreless in debut, Red Sox lose 3-2 to Rays

Chris Sale worked five scoreless innings in his season debut, but the Boston bullpen couldn’t hold a two-run lead in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Sale, out all season with a fracture in his right rib cage, permitted three hits with one walk and struck out five. The lefty reached 97 mph on his fastball during a 78-pitch, 53-strike outing. “I felt better as it went on,” Sale said. “Feeling strong in the fourth and fifth inning, that’s nice. I’ll just keep building off of that.” The Red Sox are hoping the 33-year-old Sale can boost their […]

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