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11:05 AM ET, November 16, 2023

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
It's official: Oakland Athletics' move to Las Vegas unanimously approved by MLB owners  —  ARLINGTON, Texas − The Oakland Athletics still don't exactly know where they'll be playing the next few years, but in 2028, they will be become Las Vegas' first Major League Baseball team.
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Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Oakland Athletics' move to Las Vegas expected to be approved by MLB owners this week: Sources
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Yankees' Gerrit Cole wins Cy Young unanimously  —  Yankees' right-hander Gerrit Cole unanimously won the American League MVP Award, marking the 11th time an AL pitcher has swept the voting.  —  The others were Justin Verlander in 2011 and 2022, Johan Santana in 2004 and 2006 …
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Padres' Blake Snell adds an NL Cy Young Award to his AL honor from 2018  —  Padres' left-hander Blake Snell, a previous winner in the American League with the Rays in 2018, won the National League Cy Young Award.  He joined the company of Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB considers reducing pitch clock with runners on  —  Major League Baseball's competition committee is weighing a proposal that would reduce the pitch clock with runners on base from 20 seconds to 18 next season, aiming to reverse a late-season trend that saw the average …
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
New manager Ron Washington promises Angels' focus will be to ‘run the West down’  —  Washington, 71, recalled that the Angels were ‘the top dog’ in the division when he began managing the Rangers in 2007, and they overtook them to reach the World Series in back-to-back seasons
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Mark Jackson loses MSG job after Knicks ban him from plane  —  Mark Jackson will not be calling games on MSG Network after the Knicks objected to him being on the team's chartered plane, The Post has learned.  —  MSG Network planned on having Jackson occasionally fill in for Clyde Frazier this season …
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
Phillies' offseason taking shape — What I'm hearing about their roster revamp  —  “We'll be back.”  — Bryce Harper, after the Phillies' National League Championship Series loss to Arizona  —  Memo to Bryce Harper: It's hard to get back.  It's not impossible.  It's not unprecedented.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs eyeing second chance to sign Shohei Ohtani  —  CHICAGO — If only the designated hitter rule had come to the National League prior to 2022.  It could have changed the course of Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani's career — as well as the trajectory of the Chicago Cubs.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's 2023-24 MLB offseason preview and predictions  —  In the 12 days since Major League Baseball's free agent season commenced, not one player has signed with a new team.  Nobody will mistake the MLB offseason for the NFL or NBA's, when early frenzies turn free agency into events …
The Athletic:
Zach LaVine, Bulls open to trade possibilities as teams probe availability: Sources  —  NBA teams are probing the availability of two-time All-Star guard Zach LaVine and there's been increased openness from the organization and player about exploring a trade, league sources said.  Here's what you need to know:
Anthony Franco / MLB Trade Rumors:
A's Acquire Abraham Toro  —  The A's have acquired infielder Abraham Toro in a trade with the Brewers.  Minor league pitcher Chad Patrick is headed back to Milwaukee.  Oakland already had four vacancies on the 40-man roster, so no further move was necessary.  —  Toro, 27 next month, has now been traded three times in his career.
 
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