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4:50 PM ET, November 16, 2022

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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
What I'm hearing about MLB free agency with Justin Verlander, Anthony Rizzo and more  —  What I'm hearing:  —  • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is quite active, and the early asks from the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodón— are, to no one's surprise, quite high.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Mets' Buck Showalter wins Manager of the Year for the fourth time, with four different teams  —  Mets' manager Buck Showalter won the National League Manager of the Year, the first time he'd won in the NL after winning three times in the American League.  —  His previous victories were in 1994 …
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Kris Willis / Battery Power:
BBWAA Awards Roundtable: Who will win Manager of the Year?
Ryan Lewis / USA Today:
Guardians manager Terry Francona named American League Manager of the Year
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former MLB Player Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Charge for Lying to Federal Agents Investigating Illegal Gambling Operation  —  LOS ANGELES - A former Major League Baseball (MLB) player has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge for lying to federal law enforcement officials about bets …
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Associated Press:
Agent says ex-MLB star Yasiel Puig felt ‘rushed’ at probe with feds  —  NEW YORK — Former major league outfielder Yasiel Puig did not have a criminal attorney with him and felt compromised partly because of his mental health at an interview with federal agents investigating an illegal gambling operation …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees could make star shortstop their Aaron Judge backup plan  —  While the Yankees are said to feel somewhat better about their chances to re-sign top target Aaron Judge, there are no guarantees in free agency and they are staying busy on multiple fronts.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez wins AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year  —  Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez took 29 of 30 first-place votes on his way to winning the 2022 American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.  —  Rodriguez, who was the only player to be named on every ballot …
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Braves' Michael Harris II edges teammate Spencer Strider for NL ROY
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Braves outfielder Michael Harris II wins battle of teammates for NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Inside the champion Astros' behind-the-scenes turmoil  —  In the six days between the Houston Astros winning a World Series and getting rid of their general manager, members of the organization, from players to coaching staff to front office, called one another trying to piece together what was happening.
ESPN:
Phillies' Bryce Harper set for elbow surgery; 2023 timeline unclear  —  Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper will undergo surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow next week, team president Dave Dombrowski told reporters Wednesday, though it was not immediately clear how long the recovery timeline will be.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Sources: Angels, LHP Tyler Anderson agree to 3-year deal  —  MLB, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers  —  The Los Angeles Angels, once again in need of a starting pitcher to slot near the top of their rotation, have agreed to a three-year contract with Tyler Anderson, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Press Enterprise:
2 killed, 2 hurt in crash between Moreno Valley and San Jacinto  —  MORENO VALLEY — Two people died Sunday and two more were injured in a head-on collision in the Moreno Valley area.  —  Traffic Collision:rpt@9:00 p.m. Gilman Springs Road X Bridge Street, west of San Jacinto.  Two vehicles and four victims.
New York Times:
New York City Reaches Deal to Build Soccer Stadium in Queens  —  The New York City Football Club will pay roughly $780 million to build the stadium in Willets Point in Queens as part of a project that will include housing and a hotel.  —  New York City officials have reached an agreement …
Associated Press:
Owner: Royals considering several sites for new stadium  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals have selected several potential sites to build a replacement for aging Kauffman Stadium, owner John Sherman said Tuesday.  —  In a letter to fans posted on social media, Sherman said the sites …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Source: Yankees, Anthony Rizzo agree to multiyear deal worth up to $51M  —  Anthony Rizzo is re-signing with the New York Yankees on a two-year deal with a club option in the third year, the team announced Tuesday.  —  Rizzo will make $34 million over the next two seasons plus a club option …
 
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