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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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Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker hoists the trophy as first baseman Freddie Freeman cheers after the Braves won the baseball World Series with a win over the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the series, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Houston. (Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Braves bring home a World Series title to Atlanta that few saw coming

- Associated Press

These Braves -- who didn't climb above .500 until early August, who endured a devastating rash of injuries and other setbacks, who had to wheel and deal ahead of the trade deadline to assemble a whole new outfield -- finally brought the tortured A-T-L another title. No one could've seen it coming.