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Ken Rosenthal / MLB - The Athletic:
What I'm hearing on the MLB Hot Stove about the Dodgers, Brewers and more  —  The Dodgers are capable of pivoting in virtually any direction, which is just how they like it.  —  Including the return of Clayton Kershaw, whose deal is pending a physical, the Dodgers are about $45 million under …
Anthony Franco / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays To Sign Zach Eflin To Three-Year Deal  —  The Rays are dipping into the free agent pitching market, agreeing to terms with right-hander Zach Eflin on a three-year deal.  It's reportedly a $40MM guarantee for the O'Connell Sports Management client.  Eflin will make $11MM in each of the next …
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Tampa Bay Rays, Zach Eflin reach agreement on 3-year, $40M deal  —  Right-hander Zach Eflin and the Tampa Bay Rays are in agreement on a three-year contract worth $40 million, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.  —  The deal, which is pending a physical, is the largest free-agent contract in Rays history …
Brad Biggs / Chicago Tribune:
QB Justin Fields takes a step toward starting Sunday for the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 171  —  Bears quarterback Justin Fields warms up before the game against the New York Jets on Nov. 27, 2022, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
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Pete Thamel / ESPN:
Rose Bowl agrees to deal allowing early CFP expansion in '24  —  The last remaining obstacle to expanding the College Football Playoff to 12 teams in the 2024 and 2025 seasons has been cleared.  —  The Rose Bowl reached an agreement that officially paves the way for the College Football Playoff …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Astros' Justin Verlander reluctance could open door for other teams  —  Word is, the Astros and Justin Verlander are “far apart” in talks.  Verlander seeks $130 million for three years (the Max Scherzer deal), and the Astros, with their deep rotation, seem pessimistic on Verlander …
Hayes Gardner / Baltimore Sun:
State knocks $600,000 off Orioles' annual Camden Yards rent for team's reconstruction of left field wall  —  It's nearly impossible to quantify all the effects a deeper, taller left field wall at Camden Yards had on the Orioles' 2022 season.  —  The wall — which the team built …
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Pete Thamel / ESPN:
Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne decides to enter the transfer portal  —  Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne tweeted Friday that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal.  —  Pyne, who will have three years of eligibility at his next destination, is not planning to play in the team's bowl game, sources told ESPN on Friday.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Predicting where top MLB free agents will land with winter meetings looming  —  MORE FROM:  —  The nine top free agents, all likely to command nine-figure deals, remain on the board.  But if history is a guide, they may start signing soon — maybe at the winter meetings, beginning this weekend.
Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Edwin Diaz, Mets made contract happen with ease: ‘We know what they want, they know what we want’  —  Edwin Diaz wanted the Mets to come to him “quick” to talk about a new contract.  The Mets talked to him as soon as they could and the process went so smoothly that they were able to lock …
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Competitive Balance rounds set for '23 Draft  —  While the top of the 2023 Draft order is yet to be determined, with the first-ever Draft Lottery set for Tuesday, some things are starting to take shape later on in the Draft, particularly after the first and second rounds.
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins LT Terron Armstead showing encouraging signs in recovery from pectoral strain  —  Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel updates injury status of offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Austin Jackson leading up to game against San Francisco 49ers.  (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
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Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Wendell Carter hopes to return to Magic in 1-2 weeks  —  One thing has been clear during the Orlando Magic's recent stretch of losses: They miss Wendell Carter Jr.  —  The Magic (5-17) have lost six straight and seven of their last eight after Wednesday's 125-108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks …
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