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6:40 PM ET, November 17, 2021

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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Gabe Kapler wins NL Manager of the Year after leading Giants to 107 victories  —  Gabe Kapler, who guided the Giants to a franchise-record 107 victories, was named National League Manager of the Year.  Kapler jumped from eighth place on the 2020 ballot to the top spot in 2021.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Reds' Jonathan India nearly unanimous as NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year  —  Reds second baseman Jonathan India received 29 of 30 first-place votes to win the National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.  —  India and runner-up Trevor Rogers were the only players named on every ballot.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Rays' Kevin Cash wins back-to-back Manager of the Year honors, a first in the AL  —  Kevin Cash of the Rays was named American League Manager of the Year, making him the first in the AL to win the award in consecutive seasons.  —  Bobby Cox won the award in consecutive seasons with the Braves, in the National League, in 2004 and 2005.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Noah Syndergaard, Los Angeles Angels reach 1-year, $21 million deal  —  Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.  —  Syndergaard, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
New York Mets' search for new GM set to land on Billy Eppler, sources say  —  The New York Mets' long and winding search for a new head of baseball operations finally ended Monday.  —  Billy Eppler, the former Los Angeles Angels general manager who previously spent more than a decade …
Wall Street Journal:
Boston Red Sox Owner Fenway Sports in Talks to Buy Pittsburgh Penguins  —  Deal for the NHL franchise could be finalized later this week  —  Fenway Sports Group LLC, the holding company that owns the Boston Red Sox, is in advanced talks to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, according to people familiar with the matter.
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan State working on historic 10-year, $95 million contract extension for Mel Tucker  —  Chris Solari David JesseDetroit Free Press  —  If all goes as planned, Mel Tucker will become the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. And Michigan State will make a major show of strength that it plans …
Chris Haynes / Yahoo Sports:
DeMar DeRozan opens up about free agency move: ‘I felt like going to the Lakers was a done deal’  —  LOS ANGELES — DeMar DeRozan had multiple conversations with LeBron James in the offseason.  His agent, Aaron Goodwin, worked feverishly behind the scenes with the San Antonio Spurs' front office …
ESPN:
Source: Toronto Blue Jays, right-hander Jose Berrios reach 7-year, $131 million extension  —  Jose Berrios has reached agreement on a seven-year, $131 million extension with the Toronto Blue Jays, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.  —  The deal is pending a physical.
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Goodbye, Staples Center.  Hello, Crypto.com Arena  —  Staples Center is getting a new name for Christmas: Crypto.com Arena.  —  The downtown Los Angeles venue — home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks — will wear the new name for 20 years under a deal between the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Yankees face AL East competition in Justin Verlander pursuit  —  MORE FROM:  —  He hardly pitched for two seasons after Tommy John surgery and yet had his team place a qualifying offer on him.  —  If you were playing this “Jeopardy!” style and responded, “Who is Noah Syndergaard?”  That would be correct.
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