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4:50 AM ET, December 6, 2022


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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Mets agree to two-year, $86 million deal with Justin Verlander  —  SAN DIEGO — The Mets have their ace.  —  Just one day into the winter meetings the Mets are reportedly in agreement on a two-year contract with right-hander Justin Verlander.  According to ESPN's Jeff Passan …
Ken Rosenthal / MLB - The Athletic:
What I'm hearing at MLB Winter Meetings 2022  —  In recent weeks, one of the rumors circulating throughout baseball was that Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer did not like each other, dating to their time with the Tigers from 2011 to 2014.  —  The buzz prompted me to call two other members …
Sources: New York Mets, Justin Verlander reach agreement  —  MLB, New York Mets, Houston Astros  —  Three-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has agreed to a two-year, $86 million deal with the New York Mets, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday.  —  The deal includes a vesting third-year option, a source told ESPN.
USA Today:
Justin Verlander, New York Mets reach agreement on two-year, $86.6 million deal  —  SAN DIEGO — The New York Mets wasted no time making up for the loss of ace Jacob deGrom, opening the MLB Winter Meetings on Monday with a blockbuster.  —  The Mets agreed to a deal with three …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mets, Dodgers adding third year would sweeten Justin Verlander chase  —  Hall of Fame-bound Justin Verlander has two-year offers from multiple big-market clubs — presumably including the Dodgers and Mets, who seem to be the co-favorites — but there are indications that a deal could be struck if any of these teams adds the third year.
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins remain firmly in control of playoff hopes with Chargers, Bills next  —  SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Sunday's loss against the San Francisco 49ers was a disappointing one for the Miami Dolphins, especially since the Kansas City Chiefs also lost, meaning the Dolphins would've been up to No. 1 in the AFC had they won.
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins, without Armstead, faced 49ers with backup tackles; SF's Nick Bosa goes on sack spree
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Ryan Wood / Packers News:
After getting beat by ‘scrub,’ Jaire Alexander's gambling pays off with game on line  —  CHICAGO - It came down to personal history.  Maybe a bit of a gambler's itch.  Jaire Alexander, like all great cornerbacks, has a short memory.  —  Doesn't matter how many times he gambles wrong.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Aaron Rodgers — in a quieter performance — builds on his legacy vs. Chicago Bears: 'You never know when it's going to be your last time playing at a place'
Alex Speier / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox made a three-year offer to José Abreu, but it didn't come close to what he signed for with the Astros  —  SAN DIEGO — While the Red Sox saw first baseman/designated hitter José Abreu as a great fit — a righthanded run producer in the middle of their order …
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Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets pursuing Andrew Benintendi in Brandon Nimmo hint  —  SAN DIEGO - The Mets are among the teams talking with free agent Andrew Benintendi, The Post has learned.  —  The Yankees would like to reunite with Benintendi and he is a much more natural fit with them or the Astros or several other clubs pursuing the lefty swinger.
Rob Bradford /
Rick Porcello finally re-emerges, officially retires  —  MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - It wasn't just the media that hadn't seen or heard from Rick Porcello.  It was virtually everyone in the baseball community.  —  That was evident by the reaction from some of Porcello's former teammates …
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Fred McGriff elected to Hall of Fame by contemporary era committee  —  MLB, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers
Baseball Hall of Fame:
Fred McGriff unanimously elected to Hall of Fame
The Good Phight:
Phillies agree to terms with Trea Turner  —  The Phillies will reportedly have the All-Star shortstop for the next 11 years  —  According to Jeff Passan, the Phillies have agreed to contract terms with shortstop Trea Turner. … It looks like Turner is taking the Bryce Harper route …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger officially signs with the Chicago White Sox: ‘It was the place I wanted to be’  —  SAN DIEGO — Mike Clevinger looks forward to having a discussion with Chicago White Sox head groundskeeper Roger Bossard.  —  “That was one of my favorite mounds in all the big leagues …
Pat Leonard / New York Daily News:
Brian Daboll's conservative coaching lands Giants in 20-20 tie with Commanders  —  The most frustrating part of the Giants' 20-20 tie with the Commanders on Sunday was that Brian Daboll seemed to be coaching for one.  —  Neither teams' players were pleased with this result at MetLife Stadium.
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
With QB Lamar Jackson injured, backup Tyler Huntley leads late TD drive as Ravens rally past Broncos, 10-9  —  Ravens' quarterback Tyler Huntley talks replacing a injured Lamar Jackson and conducting the winning drive.  (Baltimore Sun)  —  Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley scored …
Alex Pavlovic /
Everything to know as Giants prepare for busy MLB Winter Meetings … SAN DIEGO — It has been three years since executives, agents and the media gathered in one hotel for the annual MLB Winter Meetings, but the Texas Rangers weren't going to wait for everyone to arrive to get the fireworks started.
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