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Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

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The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reports on Thursday that the optioned to their Triple-A club in Toledo. 

Rondon, 22, had his name thrown around all winter as the team’s potential closer by general manager Dnager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesave Dombrowski, but he failed to deliver on the promise this spring, with a 5.84 ERA and 2.11 WHIP — including nine walkser can deliver trophies.The Frenchman joined his teammates for their trip to Australia on Sunday, despite his agent Mino Raiola confirming he wanted to leave the club over the weekend.Real ty legend Shaun Goater insists they can afford a defeat at Liverpool on Sunday in the title race.Goater, who scored 103 goals in 212 games over six season with the club between 1998 and 2003, insisted it was still too early for a loss to be fatal to Madrid are the frontrunners to sign the World Cup winner, wit — over 12 1/3 innings. 

Knobler says the team will go with a committee, which could include Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, and Al Alburquerque. 

Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United

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first g’s position as caretaker manager remains unclear as the club continue to plan for a full-time successor to Unai Emery: with the likes of Ans Jurgen Klopp has admitted he cried during the club’s Champions League trophy parade on Sunday.It was the German’s first title success since arriving at Anfield in 2015.”I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s scelotti in the running alongside the former Sweden international.But Allardyce reckons that Arsenal’s miserablbaseman hit his first home runs of the spring in Sunday’s Cactus League contest against the Brewers. He launched a three-run shot off starter Yovani Gallardo in his first at-bat and hit a two-run bomb off Brandon Kintzler in the fifth inning. Gonzalez also added a sac fly triker Lautaro Martinez admits he has ambitions for his son beyond Italy.Lautaro was impressive last season with Inter – his first in Europe.And father Mario Martinez admits he’d like to see the striker eventually pop up at Manchester City.He explainand finished 2 for 2 with six RBI in the 11-1 win. Both drives by the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez went to left field.”That’s where my swing should go,” he said. “Hopefully, I can carry that over into the regular season.”

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The Kansas City Star reports Friday that Royals pitcher will skip his nest Cactus League start due to shoulder soreness. Davis is scheclash with crosstown rivals Manchester United. The Belgian was absent for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday o offers for Callum Wilson in January.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Callum-Wilson-Bournemouth-Exclusive-Rumours”>Daily Star says Bournemouth have placed an eye-watering £75million price tag on Wilson, as Chelsea continue to mull over the idea of making in the FA Cup fifth-round. And manager Pep Guardiolat-again Diogo Dalot hopes for the chance to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Manchester United’s first-choice right-back.Hip and groin problems have restricted the 20-year-old — signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2018 — to just three appearan has confirmed De Bruyne has suffered an injury.”He [Kevin de Bruyne] fell downduled to pitch at some point next week.

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Angels starting pitcher turned in a solid performance as he picked up his first Cactus League win in Thursday’s contest against the Padres. Wilson pitched three innings of work and allowed with a run six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 12-3 victory. His only run allowed came in the second inning when he gave up a soloury isn’t serious after defeat to Chelsea.Zaha ended the game in some discomfort, however, Roy Hodgson revealed in his post-match press conference that he is hoping it’s nothing more than just a painful moment.The Eagles manager said: “I think he g shot to . “Even that’s something you need to practice,” Wilson said. “You have to recover after a home run. You have to fight through a long inning. It’s great when you’re coasting, but the regular-season won’t always go great. You have to respond, and you haancesco after defeat to Hellas Verona.The 2-0 result was their sixth defeat in seven Serie A games.“We are all disappointed, to England.The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe – and specifically England.Vermaelen’s wife is English and sh it’s clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.“We will get together, have a meeting and I wve to get mentally prepared for that right now.”

Report: Vladimir Guerrero seeking minor-league deal

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Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback and looking for a minor-league deal, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Guerrero, 38, signed a minor-league deal with the last season, but he only played in 12 minor-league games before asking for his release. His last significant role was in 2011, when he played in 145 games wletico and Inter Milan are interested in the veteran, with the La Liga club believed to be preparing a bid.Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to add an experienced midfielder to his squad and believes Matic fits the bill.Coughing up a fee would suit Uith the . 

That season, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 w defender, 17, joined this summer from PEC Zwolle.Van den Berg told NOS, “When I just came in, I was nervous. You could see that. “Now it’s normal. I have a good relationship with the trainer (Jurgen Klopp). He said I shouldn’t be in a hurry and justith 13 home runs in 590 plate appearances. It was a precipitous drop from his .318/.379/.553 career line. Guerrero was mainly used as a DH ima.The striker joined Leipzig on loan with option to buy this season.However, his injury problems have continued in Germany, where he has managed to make only two appearances so far.Pavel Paska, Schick’s agent, says a return to Roma could happen.“Hn 2011, and might have a better shot signing with an American League team. 

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id defender Ricardo Carvalho is happy for Eden Haz

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Despite spring traininger Mauro Icardi.Inter are seeking a buyer for the Argentine as they need to raise funds to land Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.After a difficult six months, Icardi has seen his asking price plummet from €110m a year ago to €60m now.Such games starting in less than two weeks, starting pitcher remains in the dwindling free-agent pool. Lohse posted a career-low 2.86 ERA over 33 starts with the Cardk Butland for below their asking price.Aston Villa and Bournemouth have been put off by the Potters demand of £20m for the England international goalkeeper.”We don’t want Jack to go. Jack’s a Premier League goalkeeper, no two ways about it,” said Joinals last season, but most teams have been reluctant toager Pep Guardiola.Mahrez is in his second season at City.He told France Football: “It is really very simple. He is a winner, he is there to make us progress. “Guardiola, he’ll explain everything to us, decrypt everything, from A to Z, with the aim o sign the veteran right-hander as it would cost a pick in the 2013 Draft. “He’s a good player and has been through this a couple of times,” his agent, Scott Boras, told MLB.com on Friday. “This was kind of anticipated with his draft compensation dynamic.”

2013 Prospect Watch: Toronto Blue Jays

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Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists but should provide a look at some key players within each tea by manager Unai Emery.Their frailties were ­exposed as soon as they came up against a top team, with ­ Liverpool beating them 3-1 last weekend. Petit told the Mirror: “I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ‘s opem’s organization.

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Prospects can have value in two ways. The primary one is obvious — when they reach their ceilings, they become the stars and role-players of the future. This offseason, the reminded us of their other value: trade chips. This offseason, Toronto turned most of their best prospects — numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 in their system according to  — into a team primed to compete for the American League East title. Still, the club had a deep system before the trades. It’s much weaker now, but the remains aren’t barren.

2013 Impact Player

The Blue Jays are in the enviable position of not needing to rely on a prospect in a prominent role for 2013. But between , and there’s a good chance the rotation needs a fill-in at some point. If so, it’ll likely be Nolin, a hulking 23-year-old lefty. Nolin is a four-pitch starter, with a low-90s fastball, excellent changeup and a developing slider and curveball. The changeup will be the key if he manages to make the majors in 2013, as he’s sure to be met with platoon right-handed batters in droves upon his arrival. Nolin is likely to begin in Double-A, but he tore through the low-minors and if he dominates like he did in 2012 — 2.04 ERA, 108 strikeouts against 27 walks in 101.1 innings — the Blue Jays could turn to him in the second half of 2013.

Future Star

Sanchez, Toronto’s 2010 first-round pick, was the sole jewel the club didn’t have to part with in assembling their new crew. The 20-year-old dazzled in his first run through full-season professional baseball in 2012 with a 2.49 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He allowed just 64 hits the entire season, setting the stage for the real test this year in Double-A. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Sanchez defines the projectable frame. He has an excellent fastball (rated tops in the system even before the trading frenzy by Baseball America, as was his curveball) and could just get better as his body fills out. The question is if he can shore up his control and command. Sanchez walked 51 and hit seven batters last season, a number he’ll need to slash before he reaches the majors. Still, his raw stuff and accomplishments in his young career make him one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Wild Card

Stroman was a possibility to reach the majors last season before he was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (specifically, methylhexaneamine, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement as well as a nasal decongestant). As such, we won’t be seeing Stroman early in 2013, but if he can return from his suspension and continue to show his excellent stuff, he’ll be an option for the Blue Jays’ bullpen around midseason. Stroman was a first-round selection by the Jays in 2012 out of Duke, and the polish he picked up in college is what could allow him to hit the majors so quickly. Stroman alreielder Marko Grujic.Speaking at Hertha’s AGM meeting on Sunday, Preetz revealed he is in constant talks with the Reds and Jurgen Klopp regarding a possible return to Berlin for the midfielder.”I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the ady features a major-league slider and used it to get 23 strikeouts in just 19.1 innings last season. He also features a fastball with upper-90s capability. The true wild card is Stroman’s height (5-9). Getting such velocity out of a short frame is a rarity, although it will make it difficult for Stroman to generate the angles necessary to get ground balls. Still, if he has two pitches that can generate swings and misses like his fastball and slider have the potential to, he can be a force out of the bullpen.

With the American League East looking as weak as it has at any time in recent years, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays knew they wouldn’t have any better chance to strike. It meant parting with many of the prospects that defined the system as one of the league’s greatest. But there’s still something to be mined from Toronto’s farm system, both now and down the road.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysiRoma have warned they must cough up big to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Taison.The Brazilian, 31, wants to join his former Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Roma.But agent Diego Dornelles told RomaPress: “The situation is stalled by Shakhtar’s refusal to negotiate.”They want the buyout clause paid. Another Italian side even tried to negotiate but they were unsuccessful.“The clause is €30m.”s on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

Quote of the Day: Tyler Austin’s mom on signing autographs

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Toward the end of on the challenges of snagging a autograph, recounts what his mother told him regarding his obligations to sign things and body parts fo Galega says Celta are willing to offer €11m for the midfielder.Castillejo arrived from Villarreal only a year ago for €25m.The winger has struggled to fit into new Coach Marco Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation and was used as a makeshift striker durr fans. Here’s what she said:

“One day you’re going to be there, and I swear if I ever see you walk by anybody and not sign a thing for them, I will come and personally slap you right across the face.”

Fair eving Fulham.The Germany attacker joined on-loan from Borussia Dortmund for two seasons, however he is leaving after 12 months due to the Cottagers’ relegation.He told the club’s website, “It is difficult for the family because we have signed for two nough!

Now contrast that sentiment with what a Yankees employee regularly tells those fans seeking Jeter’s autograph outside the team’s minor-league complex in Florida, where’s he rehabbing his broken ankle …

“Single file! No chitchat! He doesn’t want to hear about your personal life, so don’t ask him about his!”

“If anyone from the back moves forward, we’re going to cut the session off!”

This isn’t to pile on Jeter, who has no doubt endured countless absurd requests from fans. In fact, one wonders whether Tyler Austin’s mom will stick to her pledge if her son one day achieves stardom. I’m guessing they’d rather face that “problem” than not.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indnited’s schedule. The Red Devils defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday to keep their top-four hopes alive.They will take on Club Brugge in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday, and Solskjaer can’t understand why his team couldn’t play Chelseividually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

ce Luis Suarez insists he has no problems knowing

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The New York Post reports Mets starting pitcher , who was shut down last August because of a back injuryat Youri Tielemans will grow in importance at the club.The summer signing from Monaco, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club, is still finding his feet after rejoining.And Maddison believes that as they get more training sessio and concerns regarding his surgically repaired shoulder, is expected to throw Wednesday. “He says he feels great,” manager ham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham becTerry Collins said. “He is well-rested and said [the layoff] was real good for him, so I’m expecting him to come in, and he said he’ani Ceballos is attracting Bundesliga interest.Ceballos has been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane he should find himself a new club this summer.The midfielder is being linked with Tottenham, though a future in Germany could be on for the Spain U21 s ready to pitch like he’s capable of pitching. As long as his arm feels good, he will give us the innings.”

Report: Tigers may be out on Rafael Soriano

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A official says that a deal between the team and free-agent closer isn’t happening, to .com’s Peter Gammons.

Soriano, the highest-profile closer on the free-agent market this offseason, was to be looking for a four-year deary.Emery was sacked by the Gunners on Friday.And El Confidencial says beffter suffering a sprained internal ligament on his left knee.James has been struggling for fitness at Real Madrid and has been absent from Zinedine Zidane’s recent training sessions. However, he did travel to meet up with his national team.During a tore his dismissal, Emery was counting on the Gunners trying again for Vazquez after failing to prise the winger away from Real Madrid last summer.Emery was hoping to add the harl worth $60 million this offseason.

The Tigers reportedly with Soriano’s agent, Scott Boras, in late November.

Soriano, who turns 33 in December, saved 42 games for match of Barcelona’s season against Athletic Club, but was taken off at half time and hasn’t been used since.”There is no explanation for me being dropped after the game in Bilbao,” he told RAC1 while on Spain Under-21s duty.”No player likes being lthe in 2012, two years after saving 45 games for the . He owns a 2.78 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 502 innings over an 11-year career.

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Dodgers, Ryu Hyun-jin far apart in negotiations

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The have until 5 p.m. EST on Sunday to negotiate a contract with Korean left-hander Ryu-Hyun jin. However, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that Ryu, who is represented by Scott Boras, and the club are far apart in their talks and that those talks are likely to con Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enough to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, tinue right up until the deadline.

Boras has previously said his client projects as a third starter in the U.S. majors and . The Dodgers have already paid a posting fee of $25.7 million to Ryu’s Korean team in exchange for a 30-day negotiating window, but that fee would be returned to admits he was desperate for his first win as Arsenal manager. The Gunners appeased their new boss with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on New Year’s Day.Speaking after the game, Arteta said: “It feels great, incredible; I’m so happy and proud ofthe Dodgers in the event they fail to reach an agreement with Ryu. By the sounds of things, that’s a distinct possibility.

In seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, the 25-year-old Ryu boasts a 2.80 ERA and a WHIP of 1.15. He’s also struck out 1,238 batters in 1,269.0 Spanish tennis champ Rafa Nadal.Emery likes to unwind by taking to the court and admits that he admires the mentality of Nadal, having read the world number two’s autobiography.”I read his book and I know some things about his history and he is work innings pitched.

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Repeal Day celebration: Baseball-themed beer ads

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Although the recent heavy-on-sound, light-on-fury Winter Meetings caused us to give it short shrift, — which, on the fifth of each December, commemorates the end of black-hearted Prohibition — ought to be a holy day of obligation for baseball fans the world over. After all, the day marks our democratic triumph over the meddlesome Protestants who for too long deprived us of wholesome, nutritious alcohol, which, in turn, deprived us of full enjoyment of this, our baseball.

One not need be a Sommelier of the Good Life to know that alcohol in general and beer in particular pair quite swimmingly with the sport that binds us. So let us now pay homage to the beer-baseball nexus — and, by extension, to Repeal Day — by revisiting what entrusted advertisers have taught us about the enjoyment of baseball and sudsy potions.

Come with me, won’t you?

: 1889: E&J Burke (Guinness): Cap Anson and Buck Ewing : You can still enjoy beer even if you or your buddy is ! : $188,000:

: 1913: Hoster-Columbus: Connie Mack and John McGraw: There was no Eastern Hemisphere in 1913, and John McGraw conquered South America with nothing more than hard stares and a mighty will.  :

: 1945: All of beer: Gentlemen rooters of the base-ball: TheseSheyi Ojo is set to sign a new five-year contract with Liverpool.The Guardian says the Reds will immediately loan Ojo out after he commits his long-term future.The 21-year-old endured a tough loan spell with Stade de Reims this season.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a keen admirer of Ojo and the Scottish giants are one of many clubs interested in signing the Reds academy graduate. gentlemen are happy and fulfilled for no fewer than five reasons: 1) They are at a baseball game; 2) Beer is sold by the bucket-full; 3) The war is drawing to a close; 4) They live in a time and culture in which hot dogs are served on French porcelain dinnerware; and 5) Syphilis is now .   :

: 1950s: Schlitz: Revelry in general and as a guiding concept: “Schlitz” is not only a refreshing malt beverage but also a treacherously pronounced prefix. Also, the lady in the orange sundress is obviously testing the bounds of decency, perhaps as a consequence of both a rotten moral core and too much Schlitzing.    :

: 1959: Ortlieb’s: Pen-and-ink, lantern-jawed ballplayer and suburban temptress — quite possibly the cleat-chasing bimbo from the Schlitz ad (see the damnably similar hairstyle). : Ortlieb’s pursues a narrow demographic: the heteronormative “he-man” who drinks without ceasing before and after ballgames but not during them. In contrast to other potable liquids, Ortlieb’s is “wet.”    :

: 1962: Rheingold: Casey Stengel, you-know-who: So the floozy who favors hother in the first-half of Sunday’s defeat.The unbeaten Reds were seconds away from their first league defeat in 27 matches before Sadio Mane scored a header in the 94th minute to rescue all three points. “A lot of their players were arguing and youthe latest in orange-hued women’s fashions is as promiscuous with her men as she is with her domestic-swill loyalt for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackies! It matters not to her — smoldering weekender vacantly reliving what might have been, sun-kissed major-leaguer, or pickled skipper clinging to his faculties — as long as they wear the uniform and have a full cooler, she’s a consenting adult. But don’t blame the Ol’ Perfesser: For he knows a good-time dame when he sees one. Plus, syphilis has been cured for nigh 20 years or more! : , of all places

: 1970s: Pabst: Gorman Thomas. That has to be Gorman Thomas, right?: It’s not certain whether Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a baseball or even a mug of beer, but it is certain that Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a snifter of beer. And who can blame him?  :

Note: Further investigation reveals subject to be totally Gorman Thomas …

And although what follows has nothing to do with baseball, no cursory discussion of beer advertisements would be complete without it …

As the history of history teaches us, the past is way creepier than the present.

In closing and in further honor of Repeal Day, please do raise a half-emptied Gorman Thomas snifter to Hall-of-Famer and Drinking ManTM Ed Delahanty, who in 1903 hastened the occasion of his death by getting crocked on train, threatening his fellow passengers with a razor, being given the bum’s rush off that train, and then . “The Good Life,” is what they call it.

Cheers to baseball!

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Report: R.A. Dickey willing to accept a two-year extension

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k on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22,

pitcher is willing to take a two-year extension, to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Dickey and third baemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither player should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Sseman were said to be a “package deal” earlier this offseason. With Wright now in the fold, the Mets can turn their attention to the Cy Young winner. 

Coming together on a contract could be difficult. While Dickey is coming off a great season, he’s also 38-years-old. Making things even more tricky is that Dickey’s main pitch is the knuckleball. Normal aging curves don’t normally apply to knuckleball pitchers, as the pitch doesn’t put nearly as much stress on the arm. Still, the Mets want to proceed with caution and only give Dickey a two-year extension, as CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman in October. With Dickey willing to accept a deal for two years, both sides will now have to come up with an acceptable value for the deal. Rubin mentions that people with the Mets are “confident” a deal will be reached.

In 223 2/3 innings last season, Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and a 3.27 FIP with the team. He won the Cy Young awaon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ird in a landslide, receiving 27 out of a possible 32 first-place votes.

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