Jerry Dipoto disputes Jarred Kelenic’s service time was manipulated

The Score

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto believes Kevin Mather misspoke when the team's former president and CEO suggested top prospect Jarred Kelenic didn't play in 2020 due to service-time manipulation.

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Gerrit Cole: Using analytics to make product worse is ‘just stupid’

North Jersey

New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole had some pointed words about MLB’s practice of manipulating service time, following incendiary comments recently made by former Seattle Mariners club president Kevin Mather.

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Trea Turner on Nationals Contract Talks: I’d Love to Play My Entire Career Here

Bleacher Report

With his free agency not so far on the horizon in 2023, Washington Nationals star Trea Turner signaled a desire to remain in the nation's capital for the long haul.

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Man City boss Guardiola on Villa’s Grealish probe: Team leaks ‘unprofessional, unethical’

ESPN

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said anyone leaking team news before games is "unethical and unprofessional."

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Tottenham want Nagelsmann to replace Mourinho

Pro Soccer Talk

Julian Nagelsmann is said to be the man lined up to replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham boss, as their season has unravelled very quickly.

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Albert Pujols to retire after 2021 MLB season

The Score

The 2021 campaign could be Albert Pujols' last in Major League Baseball, his wife, Deidre, announced on Monday.

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Mariners president Kevin Mather resigns

CBS Sports

The Seattle Mariners announced Monday that president Kevin Mather has resigned from his position following his disparaging comments that surfaced in a leaked video over the weekend. Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton will act as acting president and CEO until a successor is chosen, the team said in a statement.

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MLBPA Calls out Mariners CEO Kevin Mather for ‘Highly Disturbing’ Comments

Bleacher Report

The Major League Baseball Players' Association had harsh words for Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather, who made a number of controversial and offensive comments about various players during a Rotary Club meeting in early February. 

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UK government announces plans for Premier League fans to return

Pro Soccer Talk

The Premier League could see fans return for the final week of the 2020-21 season, as the UK government has announced its plan to come out of lockdown in the coming weeks and months.

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Freixa throws Hail Mary and says Haaland and Mbappe to Barca is possible

Barca Blaugranes

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa decided to throw anything he could out into the press this week. Freixa was asked about Barca’s current fiduciary situation and gave a thoughtful answer.

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Clayton Kershaw has ‘no intentions’ to stop after ’21

MLB.com

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is entering the final year of his three-year, $93 million deal in 2021, creating some uncertainty for the left-hander’s future with the team. But regardless of what happens with Kershaw and the Dodgers, the future Hall of Famer expects to be on a big league mound again in 2022.

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Mets Designate Guillermo Heredia For Assignment

MLB Trade Rumors

The Mets have designated outfielder Guillermo Heredia for assignment.  The move was made to create a 40-man roster spot for Kevin Pillar, whose contract with the team is now official.

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Yankees’ Domingo German to address teammates about domestic violence suspension

The Score

New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German is planning to meet with his teammates about his 81-game domestic violence suspension before talking to the media.

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Could Thomas Tuchel, Callum Hudson-Odoi beef drive him to Bayern Munich?

Bavarian Football Works

Callum Hudson-Odoi off started well under Thomas Tuchel, but it seems that he’s finally fallen afoul of his new manager. Speaking to the media following their draw with Southampton, the Chelsea boss was scathing in his criticism of the young winger. Could this create an opening for Bayern Munich to make another approach? 

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D.C. United interested in Levski Sofia forward Nigel Robertha

Black And Red United

An initial report from Bulgarian journalist Metodi Shumanov (confirmed stateside by Pablo Maurer) indicates that D.C. United is in pursuit of Nigel Robertha, a Dutch-born forward who plays for Levski Sofia and is eligible for the Curaçao national team. There is a slight difference between the two reports on their progress, with Maurer saying the talks are serious, while Shumanov claiming that Sofia has already accepted an offer in the neighborhood of $1.2 million and the deal should be made official in the coming days.

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How Francisco Lindor’s defense could transform Mets

MLB.com

Whether the Mets can sign Francisco Lindor to an extension this spring will be among the top baseball storylines to follow as Opening Day draws near. New York acquired the All-Star shortstop from Cleveland in January, along with starter Carlos Carrasco. Lindor, 27, can become a free agent following the 2021 season.

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A Huge Portion of Fernando Tatis Jr.’s New $340M Contract is Owed To Investment Fund That He Signed With As A Teen

Total Pro Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. signed a massive 14-year, $340 million contract on Wednesday with the San Diego Padres, which made it the third biggest contract in baseball history.

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Johnny Damon Released After DUI Arrest and Says Jail Sucks

TMZ

Former MLB star Johnny Damon has a clear view of jail after his DUI arrest … it sucks.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants Christian Pulisic stay but insists ‘no decisions’ made for summer

Evening Standard

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Gianluigi Donnarumma keen to become highest paid goalkeeper in the world

90 Min

Gianluigi Donnarumma wants to succeed Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as the highest paid goalkeeper in the world, but is happy to negotiate reduced terms to remain at Milan – even though talks over a new contract have reached an impasse.

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Yankees, Brett Gardner Agree to Deal; What it Means For New York

SI

Brett Gardner is back in pinstripes.

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10 most interesting non-roster invites

The Score

Baseball is back.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci cautiously optimistic about return of fans for 2021 MLB season

ESPN

Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of fans returning to the stands for the 2021 MLB season, telling ESPN's Buster Olney there's a "pretty good chance" of it happening if the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop.

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Man City ‘distance themselves’ from Messi move

Barca Blaugranes

Lionel Messi’s future continues to be the subject of speculation but the chances of the captain swapping Barcelona for Manchester City may be reducing.

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Manchester City Could Waive Jadon Sancho Sell on Percentage to Sign Erling Haaland

Bitter And Blue

Manchester City’s pursuit of the Norwegian striker is ramping up. For Erling Haaland, Man City are “willing to go above his £65M buyout clause [active in 2022]. The 15% sell-on clause on Jadon Sancho could be waived/negotiated to gain an advantage in the Haaland pursuit.”

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