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The Opener: Shortstops, Astros, MLBTR Chat

With a frenzied Winter Meetings in the rear-view mirror, here are some things we’ll be watching around baseball throughout the day: 1. After Bogaerts stunner, what’s next for the shortstop market? Late last night, the Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a massive 11-year, $280MM deal. While things seemed to…

Week 14 NFL Predictions & Picks 2022

If you’re hoping to make the best bets, our friends at FanDuel ran all the numbers and are coming in hot with Week 14 NFL picks and predictions for the biggest games. Week 13 of the 2022 NFL campaign brought us a third straight win by the Cincinnati Bengals over…

NFL Week 14 betting notes

www.espn.com 1. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay are 3.5-point underdogs against rookie seventh-round pick Brock Purdy and San Francisco. Brady is 23-6 straight up, 14-15 against the spread versus rookie quarterbacks in his career. This is just the second time Brady has been an underdog against a rookie QB. Brock…

Raiders at Rams on Thursday Night

www.espn.com Week 14 of the NFL season gets underway Thursday with a matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders (-6, 44.5) and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The Raiders (5-7) have won three straight and are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the defending Super Bowl…

How Yankees build around Aaron Judge

www.espn.com Now that the New York Yankees are bringing back Aaron Judge after the two sides sweated out a negotiation that concluded with the reigning American League MVP agreeing to a nine-year, $360 million contract, what’s next? This is a franchise that has had plenty of success in recent seasons:…

TV ratings: U.S. World Cup no match for NFL

In the latest unsurprising example of the NFL’s popularity and the gap that soccer has to close to catch up, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” drew more viewers than either of last week’s two U.S. World Cup games on Fox. The Dallas Cowboys’ 54-19 blowout over the Indianapolis Colts averaged 18.13…

Buffalo takes on Pittsburgh after Thompson’s 5-goal performance

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Astros 2022 Winter Meetings recap

SAN DIEGO — The Astros landed their top free agent target — first baseman José Abreu — prior to coming to the Winter Meetings, and they were hoping to sign free-agent catcher Willson Contreras, who reportedly wound up going to the Cardinals on a five-year deal Wednesday. The Astros remained…

Padres, Xander Bogaerts Agree To 11-Year Deal

The Padres closed out the Winter Meetings with a stunner, reportedly agreeing to an 11-year, $280MM contract with Xander Bogaerts. The deal does not contain any options or opt-out provisions, although it does include a full no-trade clause. Bogaerts is represented by the Boras Corporation. Bogaerts had spent his whole…

Padres, Xander Bogaerts Agree To 11-Year Deal

Anthony Franco www.mlbtraderumors.com The Padres closed out the Winter Meetings with a stunner, reportedly agreeing to an 11-year, $280MM contract with Xander Bogaerts. The deal does not contain any options or opt-out provisions, although it does include a full no-trade clause. Bogaerts is represented by the Boras Corporation. Bogaerts had…

Aledmys Diaz Agrees With The A’s – MLB News

Aledmys Diaz Agrees With The A’s 14 hours agoThe Oakland Athletics agreed to a two-year deal in the $14 million range on Wednesday with free-agent utility man Aledmys Diaz, pending a physical. For the Houston Astros in the last four seasons, Diaz has worked mostly as a super-utility player, giving…