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FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer walks off the field after being relieved in the fifth inning in Game 2 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Atlanta. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Nov. 29, because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Scherzer to join Mets in massive free agent deal

- The Washington Times

Former Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to join the New York Mets in a massive three-year, $130 million deal, according to multiple reports. The Nationals traded Scherzer to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer at the trade deadline and will now have to regularly face off against their former ace as Scherzer joins an NL East rival.

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander throws to the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a spring training baseball game on March 3, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. Verlander has agreed to a $25 million, one-year contract with the Astros that includes a conditional $25 million player option for a second season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) **FILE**

Verlander gets $25 million from Astros, Belt remains with Giants

- Associated Press

Justin Verlander reached a $25 million deal to remain with the Houston Astros as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, and Brandon Belt accepted an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash watches players before the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 8, 2021, in Baltimore. Cash won the American League Manager of the Year award Tuesday night, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams, File)

Cash wins 2nd straight Manager of the Year; Kapler NL winner

- Associated Press

Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash became the second skipper to win Manager of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, taking the American League award Tuesday night. San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor.

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Sports agent Scott Boras, wearing a jacket with his personal logo, speaks at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego on Dec. 10, 2019. Boras, baseball’s most influential agent said the sport was the victim of a “competitive cancer” caused by teams unloading veterans to accumulate draft picks and said the Atlanta Braves’ World Series title was a direct result of tanking. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) **FILE**

Boras: MLB cancer of trading veterans helped Braves win

- Associated Press

Baseball's most influential agent said the sport was the victim of a "competitive cancer" caused by teams unloading veterans to accumulate draft picks and said the Atlanta Braves' World Series title was a direct result of others' tanking.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto runs to third on a single by Keibert Ruiz during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Juan Soto named finalist for NL MVP

Associated Press

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto leads a list of finalists for the National League MVP in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

New York Mets relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano throws during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Former Mets reliever Feliciano, who pitched so often he earned the nickname “Perpetual Pedro,” has died. He was 45. Friends and former teammates told the Mets that Feliciano was found dead in his sleep Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at home in Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) **FILE**

Ex-Met lefty Pedro Feliciano dies at 45

Associated Press

Former New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano, who pitched so often he earned the nickname "Perpetual Pedro," has died. He was 45.