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Manning in Ariz., Talking With Cardinals

Peyton shopping hard for a team before free agency starts Tuesday

(Newser) - Peyton Manning's Tour de NFL teams continues, last night making a stop in the Arizona desert for talks with the Cardinals. The hush-hush stop marks his second—the Colts' former golden boy earlier met with the Denver Broncos and will likely drop by the Miami Dolphins ahead of Tuesday,... More »

Peyton Manning, Colts to Part Ways

Big announcement planned for tomorrow: ESPN

(Newser) - Big, long-expected news out of Indianapolis: ESPN reports that Peyton Manning and the Colts will announce at a news conference tomorrow that the football star and team are parting ways after 14 years. Manning is owed a $28 million roster bonus on Thursday; but the Colts hold the top draft... More »

Angels Land Albert Pujols for $250M

Deal is for 10 years, $250 million

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Angels made two huge splashes today, snatching up two of the biggest free agents on the market: Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Pujols has agreed to a 10-year deal worth between $250 and $260 million, a source tells Yahoo! Sports . Depending on the exact number, it may... More »

Martinez Lands With Phillies

3-time Cy Young winner agrees to $1M contract

(Newser) - Pedro Martinez has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the team’s general manager said today. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth $1 million for one year. The 37-year-old Martinez went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the New York Mets last season.... More »

Believe It or Not, Baseball Offers Frugal Lessons

Sport re-evaluates its pay structure

(Newser) - Looking at baseball, you’d think the country wasn’t in a recession—clubs are charging exorbitant ticket prices and shelling out tens of millions of dollars on top free agents. Will the bubble ever collapse? Probably not, writes Nate Silver for Esquire. MLB is, after all, a legally protected... More »

Griffey Returning to Seattle

Home run hero taking his career back to city where it started

(Newser) - Slugger Ken Griffey Jr. will return to Seattle almost nine years to the day after he left the Mariners, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The prolific home-run hitter has signed an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2009. Griffey became a free agent after his short stint with the White Sox ended, and... More »

In Risky Move, Yanks Sign Burnett

Oft-disabled pitcher gets 5-year, $82.5M contract

(Newser) - The New York Yankees have snapped up free agent pitcher AJ Burnett with a 5-year, $82.5 million contract—and the deal could be a risky one, writes Jay Jaffe in Baseball Prospectus. Burnett’s contract forces the team to hold onto him for all 5 years unless they trade... More »

Yankees: Sabathia a Done Deal

(Newser) - Yankees officials are confident that pitcher CC Sabathia will sign with the team, the New York Times reports. The seven-year, $160 million deal is the priciest ever for a pitcher. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently met twice with Sabathia in Las Vegas and again yesterday in San Francisco. Sabathia had... More »

Yankees Pitch Sabathia Record Breaking Deal

$140M 6-year offer for southpaw knocks rivals out of the park

(Newser) - The Yankees opened free-agent season yesterday by offering CC Sabathia the highest bid in major league history for a pitcher, ESPN reports. The 6-year offer for the southpaw, believed to be in the ballpark of $140 million, tops the $137.5 million deal Johan Santana signed with the Mets last... More »

Packers to Favre: No Go

Team denies QB's request to become free agent

(Newser) - Green Bay won't be releasing retired quarterback Brett Favre from his contract as he has requested, and aren't promising to start him if he rejoins the team, AP reports. "This is a hot-button issue that surpasses anything I've ever gone through," says Packers GM Ted Thompson. Favre had... More »

LeBron's In a New York (or New Jersey) State of Mind

Cavs star knows Knicks, Nets ready to court him

(Newser) - LeBron James knows how much Knicks fans would love to see him suit up in Madison Square Garden come 2010 or 2011, but the Cleveland star isn't committing to anything yet, writes ESPN. What he is saying might have New York coach Mike D'Antoni worried, though: LeBron's favorite borough is... More »

NFL's Top 10 2008 Free Agents

This class isn't too deep, but there's some strong talent available

(Newser) - Free agents can mean the difference between a losing season and the Super Bowl. This year’s crop is wanting, but quality is available. Here’re 10 of the best:
  1. Patriot CB Asante Samuel: A playmaker
  2. Patriot WR Randy Moss: Stands pat?
  3. Bears LB Lance Briggs: Washington bound?
  4. Steelers OG
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Bonds Hitless in Search for New Club

Free agent slugger, 43, has yet to find a home for 2008

(Newser) - Barry Bonds might have a bulked-up home run record on his resume, but his steroids-related indictment has thus far made his MLB job search a strikeout, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The all-time home run leader, now 43, remains a free agent after San Francisco cut him loose last year—... More »

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