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3:50 PM ET, January 9, 2021

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ESPN:
Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies at 93  —  LOS ANGELES — Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
In one blockbuster move, the Mets become World Series contenders after acquiring Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco  —  Remember when New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson said they were more than one player away, and it could take years before they were serious World Series contenders?
Peter Abraham Globe / The Boston Globe:
Mets' deal for Francisco Lindor had look of Betts-to-Dodgers trade  —  Eleven months after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, Mets executives Sandy Alderson and Jared Porter followed a similar blueprint in obtaining Francisco Lindor from Cleveland.
Discussion: Talking Chop and MLB Trade Rumors
Lindsay Kimble / People.com:
Mookie Betts Engaged to Girlfriend of 15 Years Brianna Hammonds: ‘Putting a Ring on My MVP’  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers player and his longtime love share one child together and met in middle school  —  Mookie Betts just scored big.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers player, 28 …
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METS ACQUIRE FOUR-TIME ALL-STAR FRANCISCO LINDOR & RHP CARLOS CARRASCO FROM CLEVELAND  —  The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in exchange for infielder Amed Rosario …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Lindor trade market; digging into the Darvish, Snell deals; more notes
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Fired Angels employee names Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, others he says used his illegal product  —  The text message from then-Houston Astros star Gerrit Cole to former Angels visiting clubhouse manager Brian “Bubba” Harkins was sent Jan. 17, 2019, at 11:39 a.m.
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Fired Los Angeles Angels clubhouse attendant names pitchers in ball-doctoring case  —  A revealing text message from star pitcher Gerrit Cole has been submitted as evidence in Brian Harkins' quest to prove he was unfairly made a scapegoat when the Los Angeles Angels fired him as their clubhouse attendant …
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Will Deshaun Watson ask for a trade?  —  The Texans have suggested that they'll listen to quarterback Deshaun Watson when hiring a coach.  But what if they ultimately don't hire the person he'd like to be coached by?  —  Rumors already are circulating, and we've already heard …
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goold's Hall of Fame ballot, plus his take on a possible fit for David Peralta with the Cardinals  —  Comment: At the beginning of the chat, Derrick Goold released his Hall of Fame ballot, on which he checked eight boxes of the 25 nominees.  Goold voted for (alphabetically): Bobby Abreau …
Helene Elliott / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers legendary manager Tom Lasorda dies at age 93 of a heart attack  —  Tom Lasorda, who in 20 years as the Dodgers manager won two World Series championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles and always insisted that he bled Dodger blue out of loyalty to the organization, has died at age 93.
Stephen Douglas / The Big Lead:
JuJu Smith-Schuster Not Worried About Cleveland: ‘The Browns is the Browns’  —  The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns will meet in the playoffs on Sunday.  The Steelers eliminated the Browns the last time they made the playoffs 18 years ago when Tommy Maddox out-dueled Kelly Holcomb in a Wild Card game.
 
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