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3:45 PM ET, November 16, 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.
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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 …
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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 …
Robert Murray / FanSided:
Around the Horn: Notes and MLB trade rumors for 11 teams  —  Coming out of the annual GM meetings, Around the Horn takes a spin around the league looking at MLB trade rumors and offseason buzz for 10 teams.  —  Everyone, and I mean everyone, in the industry expect the owners to lock …
ESPN:
Julio Lugo, shortstop for 2007 champion Boston Red Sox, dies at 45  —  MLB, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies  —  Julio Lugo, who played for seven teams in a 12-year major league career and was the shortstop …
Associated Press:
Miami Marlins acquire RHP Louis Head from Tampa Bay Rays  —  MLB, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays  —  MIAMI — The Miami Marlins acquired right-hander Louis Head from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday for either a player to be named later or cash.  —  Head made 27 appearances for the Rays this past season, two of them starts.
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From the Corner of Edgar & Dave:
Mariners Announce 2022 Major League Coaching Staff  —  Tony Arnerich (Hitting Coach), Kristopher Negrón (First Base Coach) and Andy McKay (Major League Coach & Sr. Director of Baseball Development) added to Big League staff; Manny Acta, Trent Blank, Jarret DeHart, Perry Hill …
Bill Oram / The Athletic:
Gone in a blink: The inside story of Alex Caruso's departure from the Lakers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Caruso woke up to an avalanche of alerts Wednesday morning.  He was a lead topic on morning debate shows and the reason much of the Lakers' global fanbase was, to put it mildly, pissed.
Associated Press:
Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies reach deal  —  DENVER — Right-hander Jhoulys Chacín is staying with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing Saturday to a guaranteed $1.25 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
After season-long suspension, how much does Robinson Cano have left?  —  Get ready for Robinson Cano to be relevant again.  —  With his season-long steroid banishment complete, Cano began playing in the Dominican Republic winter league in recent days and will attend spring training with the Mets.
R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:
MLB free agent predictions: Landing spots for top 20 players, with Yankees signing Correa; Bryant to the Mets  —  Major League Baseball's offseason is officially underway, with free agents able to sign wherever they please.  Some players, like left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney …
 
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