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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB Winter Meetings return with prospect of pandemonium on the horizon  —  SAN DIEGO — It's another gorgeous, serene day in San Diego, but stroll inside the Manchester Grand Hyatt, there is turbulence and a lobby full of folks running for cover.  —  It's the annual MLB Winter Meetings …
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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 …
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 …
ESPN:
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
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins fall to 49ers and backup QB Brock Purdy, ending Miami's five-game win streak  —  SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA — The pupil could not top the mentor, even as the mentor lost his starting quarterback.  —  It went from a win that would be difficult to pull off on the road against a really good team …
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins remain firmly in control of playoff hopes with Chargers, Bills next
Discussion: Denver Post and ProFootballTalk
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins, without Armstead, faced 49ers with backup tackles; SF's Nick Bosa goes on sack spree
Discussion: Mercury News and ProFootballTalk
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'  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 42  —  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields …
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Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Week 13 recap: Justin Fields returns, but Chicago Bears lose their 6th straight game — and 8th straight to Green Bay Packers  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 42  —  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) embrace after a Packers victory …
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.
Baseball Hall of Fame:
Fred McGriff unanimously elected to Hall of Fame  —  (SAN DIEGO, Calif.) - Five-time All-Star and 1995 World Champion Fred McGriff earned election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday via the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee process, it was announced today on MLB Network.
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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Fred McGriff elected to Hall of Fame by contemporary era committee
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 …
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Rob Bradford / audacy.com:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and masslive.com
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.
 
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