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12:45 PM ET, November 20, 2023


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Nightengale's Notebook: What made late Padres owner Peter Seidler beloved by his MLB peers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball owners arrived at their meetings this week, holding back tears, still trying to grasp that beloved San Diego Padres owner Peter Seidler is gone.
Luca Evans / Orange County Register:
UCLA football pummels USC in lopsided rivalry matchup  —  LOS ANGELES — Seconds after the end of a beatdown at the Coliseum, USC quarterback Caleb Williams hugged his mother, leaning down over the guardrail of the family section.  He hugged his father, standing on the dirt track around the grass.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Phillies, pitcher Aaron Nola agree to $172M deal  —  Right-hander Aaron Nola and the Phillies agreed to a seven-year contract on Sunday, the team announced, as Philadelphia locked up its longtime rotation stalwart after nearly three weeks of inactivity in the MLB free agent market.
Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
Zack Britton, former Yankee, Oriole All-Star reliever, retires  —  Zack Britton is officially retiring from baseball after a 12-year big-league career, the 35-year-old pitcher told The Athletic in an exclusive interview earlier this month.  Britton was a two-time All-Star with three 30-save seasons under …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Sign Reynaldo Lopez  —  The Braves announced Monday morning that they've signed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez to a three-year contract that will guarantee him $30MM.  The CAA client will be paid $4MM in 2024 and $11MM in both 2025 and 2026.  There's an $8MM club option for the 2027 season with a $4MM buyout.
James L. Edwards III / The Athletic:
'We're bad': Pistons lose 11th straight, and it's time to do something about it  —  TORONTO — What's worse than a 10-game losing skid?  An 11-game losing skid that came served up with a biscuit and a 29-point loss.  —  The Detroit Pistons were fortunate to walk away from Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night with that margin of defeat.
Maddie Lee / Chicago Sun Times:
Coaches Johnny Washington, Andy Green leave Cubs to join Angels, Mets  —  The Angels hired Washington as hitting coach, and sources confirmed Green is set to join the Mets front office.  —  New Cubs manager Craig Counsell said the process of filling out his coaching staff would be slow.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto talks with MLB teams set to start, source says  —  The negotiating window for major league teams to attempt to acquire Japanese star pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to start Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.  —  Yamamoto is expected to be posted Monday …
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Will Sammon / The Athletic:
Mets musings: Luis Severino could be a target, Daniel Vogelbach gets non-tendered  —  After announcing Carlos Mendoza's hiring as manager, the New York Mets' busy offseason continued to roll along this week with trade rumors, free-agent pursuits and coaching staff news.
Daniel Kramer /
Why Ohtani may not be part of Mariners' plans  —  This story was excerpted from Daniel Kramer's Mariners Beat newsletter.  To read the full newsletter, click here.  And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.  —  SEATTLE — The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes have been underway for nearly two weeks now …
Associated Press:
Mariners acquire Luis Urías from Red Sox for Isaiah Campbell  —  SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners acquired infielder Luis Urías from the Boston Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Isaiah Campbell on Friday.  —  Urías, a utility infielder who can play second and third base and shortstop …
Matt Bonesteel / Washington Post:
Las Vegas F1 race stumbles out of the gate after canceled practice  —  A loose drain cover damaged a driver's car and caused the cancellation of the first practice session for Saturday night's Formula One race in Las Vegas, an inauspicious start for a buzzy event that already is facing a number of questions.
Max Rieper / Royals Review:
Royals acquire reliever Nick Anderson from Braves  —  The 33-year-old was a dominant reliever before elbow surgery.  —  The Royals have acquired right-handed reliever Nick Anderson from the Braves for cash, according to reporter Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
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