efender Virgil van Dijk says Gini Wijnaldum is a k

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right fielder posted the only hit of the game for the Mets in Saturday’s spring finale against the Orioles. The 1-for-2 day gives Byrd a .357/.393/.571 line to close out the Grapefre full of confidence ahead of today’s Copa del Rey final.Barca meet Valencia as they chase the Double.”This game is very important to us because it bringrry Winks is pleased with the support of England assistant coach Steve Holland.Winks is “a player we have very much been waiting for”, according to Holland. The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “The whole game is about dealing with prs the opportunity of winning another double and bringing another trophy to the club, which is whauit League season.

Byrd, who secured a spot on the team’s 25-man roster Friday, could see regular playing time this season in a Mets outfiham will hand manager Mauricio Pochettino a bumper transfer kitty this summer.The Sun says Pochettino will be handed a £100million transfer kitty this summer at Tottenham.Spurs failed to spend a penny in the past two windows, but have still managed eld without many appealing options.

Edwin Andersson is excited to make the move to Che

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CBSacy andnich in the Champions League last-16.Bayern were the only team to win all six group stages matches and they will now travel to Stamford Bridge for the first leg on February 25.Lampard was part of the Chelsea team which defeated Bayern in the 2012 fin powerful winger has drawn a lot of inManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian is being lined up for a move to Spain.Valencia have made a move for Darmian, says Sky Italia.The Manchester United full-back is one of several players set to leave Old Trafford this summer.He has been linked with a return to Serie A but could now have a La Liga chance.Darmian’s agents are meeting with Valencia officials in Milan today.terest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while tSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports third baseman (rib) appears likely to be ready for opening day. Wright has been playing in minor-league games in case the Mets had to backdate his disabled list stint. 

PHOTO: Big bump on Jesus Montero’s head

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As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):

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— Steve Kinsella (@MrNegative1)

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Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims on opening day

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On April 1 at Yankee Stadium, the and will team up to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Wall Street Journal :

Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a momentnce Leroy Sane about a move.Bayern powerbrokers have confirmed plans to sign the Germany international from Manchester City.And Rummenigge said, “I cannot answer that seriously today. But one must not forget that he has a two-year contract and Manche of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-fnandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesield scoreboard.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

The Yankees will also host “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” on July 7.

This is obviously a commendable gesture on the part of these two long-time rivals.

For mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tmore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

as set the record straight over claims he wants to

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rotatireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talon candidate took the mound on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against Toronto. Possibly a longer shot to win a starting job this spring than some of the other options, Arrieta was solid against the Blue Jays. 

Last season’s opening day starter, Arrieta went 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday. He allowed three hits and walked three with two strikeouts and his Grapefruit League ERA is now 2.38. 

return to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – sharing the dressin

Arrieta has allowed three earned runs this spring over 11 1/3 spring innings with five Ks. He is looking to regroup this season after a terrible 2012 that saw him get demoted to the minors and go 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA over to the end of the season.The news has been officially announced via a statement on the club’s official website:”AC Milan announces that Ricardo Rodríguez has joined PSV Eindhoven on a temporary basis.”The Club wishes the player all the best for the24 appearances and 18 starts for the Orioles. 

ty attacker Kevin de Bruyne says David Silva deser

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The Royals announced Tuesday they optioned pitchers aned the winner in Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Guinea in the African Cup of Nice they want to sell.AC Milan and Roma are keen on bringing Seri to Serie A.”We know that there is a lot of talk about Milan for Seri. At this moment, I can only say that we’ll wait and see,” agent Franklin Mala told Calciomercato.com.“We’d take tations on Wednesday.The Chelsea defender’s 73rd minute header made the Super Eagles the first time to qualifingham Forest have signed Wolves striker Rafa Mir on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old helped Spain win the European Under-21 Championship this summer, having spent last term on loan at Spanish second division side Las Palmas – where he scored seveny for the last-16 stage.Omeruo rose like a colossus above the Guinead to Triple-A Omaha. The team also optioned pitcher to Northwest Arkansas.

McCann takes batting practice for first time since shoulder surgery

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catcher took batting practice on Thursday for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in October, reports . He will hit again on Saturday and will be on an every-other-day routine for another week.

“It was nice to get back in there and see sohas announced his retirement.While the 38-year-old has not been playing for the past 18 months since departing from Kerala Blasters in India, his future was in doubt.Now he has confirmed that he will hang up his boots to focus on the next chapter of mething coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace. Everything they have asked me to do, I’ve done.”

McCann, 29, was hampered by shoulder problems last year and hit just .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers. He’d produced a .281/.362/.482 line with 82 homers from 2008-11, when he established himself as one of the two or three best catchers in baseball.

McCann will earn $12 million this year and is scheduled to be in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which arcome a free agent next offseason. A full, healthy year of his typical productioi says the club didn’t know enough Mario Lemina to complete a deal this summer. The Southampton midfielder instead joined rivals Galatasaray on a season-long loan.Discussing Lemina, Avci said: “We looked at him and thought he could be a good player, n should bring a sizeable free-agent contract given the dearth of quality catchers.

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ly Echo says Saints aren’t interested in loaning o

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Reds outfield prospect has been a standout bat early in spring training. The 20-year-old outfielder is batting .500 (3 for 6) with one homer, two doubles and five RBI in three sbate.Turkish media sources say Leicester are holding out for €3Rodgers’ first summer signing when he arrived for a fee reported to be in the region of £8m – a transfer record for Luton Town.Since Justin’s arrival, the Foxes have splashed out £30m on Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez before Youri Tielemans arrived in am for the winger, but Besiktas are keen to get him for €2m.The Malian international, who joined the Foxes for €2m in January 2018 , impressed on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Sivaspring games. He even has a stolen base. “Talent wasn’t the issue with him,” manager Dusty Baker said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Talent never was an issue. It’s getting the head and attitude right.” Baker said Rodriguez went through a transformation at Class A Dayton in 2012. “It’s part of grod legend Gary Neville says Manchester City could rue not signing Harry Maguire.The England international signed for United instead, and City have now lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I said awing up and being a man,” Baker said. “That’s why he’s in camp. He really didn’t deserve to be in camp. They’re hoping that camp and being around the guys would help put him back on track.”

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 .

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: Diamondbacks mulling Atlanta offer for Justin Upton

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The are currently from Atlanta for outfielder , Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported Wednesday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed the report . The Braves are now generally considered the frontrunner for Upton if he is dealt.

Pieces in the offer have not been revealed. The best comparison available is the rejected deal between the and Diamondbacks for Upton, which r finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the officiawould have sent top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, shortstop prospect Nick Franklin and relievers Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush to Arizona. 

Last week, our R.J. White put together for Justin Upton based on prospect rankings. His hypothetical deal from the Braves would send pitching prospects and , shortstop prospect and reliever to Arizona. Although the names are unlikely to match up exster United youngster Angel Gomes was blocked from a loan departure on deadline day last week.The Manchester Evening Nith Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, Corriere dello Sport says AS Roma and AC Milan are also keen.The pair want to take the 19-year-old on loan in the January transfer window.There could also be an option to buy included for €25m.His estranged father Jews says Gomes’s camp made a last-ditch attempt to secure the 19-year-old a loan to a top-flight team on Friday, even though the Uniactly if the trade comes to fruition, the general shape of the deal — one or two solid pitching prospects, one or two relievers, and a middle infield prospect — makes sense given the Diamondbacks’ stated needs and their nixed trade with the Mariners.

If the Braves do manage to acquire Upton, their Opening Day lineup will look something like this:

Martin Prado 3B

Jason Heyward RF

Justion Upton LF

Freddie Freeman 1B

B.J. Upton CF

Brian McCann C

Dan Uggla 2B

Andrelton Simmons SS

Although the National League will have some strong lineups this season — the Reds and Nationals stand out, with the Cardinals and Brewers bringing back high-scoring lineups as well — this hypothetical Atlanta team could compete with all of the above.

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s offering little yesterday over the sudden resign

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The Tigers and catcher agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, f nine Champions League finalists named in Eraine set-up.Yarmolenko started in the Euro2020 qualifier win over Lithuania after missing a year of action with his national team.Speaking after the game, Yarmolenko reflected: “I consider myself a team player. I didn’t score, but the team won, so angland’s squad for the Nations League finals.Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out after his injury in a friendly in the US on Wednesday.England squadKEEPERS: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom HeatoCBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Avila, who is currently rehabbing a troublesome left knee injury, recorded a .243 batting average with just nine homers and 48 RBI last season. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training as he prepares for tAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has announced he’s taking time away from social media.Morata made the decision a day after posting a picture of him and his dad at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for Father’s Day.”I’m leaving social media indefinitely,” Morata wrote on Instagram.”I hope everything passes quickly and that you’re all well. Hugs.”he start of his fourth full season.

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?

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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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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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Report: Mets offer David Wright six-years, $100 million extension

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The have offered third baseman a six-year, $100 million extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of . CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wrote in early October that the team was Wright an extension of about $100 million. 

Wright is likely to decline the offer, according to Rosenthal. The reported offer would match recent extensions handed to Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria. Wright is said to be looking for at least a seven-year deal and will likely command more money than Zimmerman and Longoria. Wright, who will be 30 next month, is the oldest of the three players but also has been theZazzarsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lauded Dani Ceballos for training like an ‘animal’.The Spaniard made his first start under Arteta in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle. And Arteta believes his countrymen was the best player on the park at the Emirates.”roni insists his ‘Black Friday’ headline isn’t racist.The newspaper has been criticised for the headline and featuring Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma defender Chris Smalling on the front page.Zazzaroni told Radio 24: “Someone pleas most productive over his career. His career slash line is .301/.381/.506 over nine seasons with the Mets. 

Wright is coming off a fantastic bounce-back year, in which he hit .306/.391/.492 in 670 plate appearances. He is under contract for next season at $16 milto Arsenal.Round is set to join Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff at Arsenal – and Allardyce outlined all the things he’ll bring to north London. Allardyce said on BT Sport: “A great coach. Really good coach, Steve, very detailed, very organised.”Likes tlion. If the team doesn’t think they can work out an extension, they could look to trade Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey. But since both players are only under contract for one more season, the team wouldn’t receive huge offers on the trade market, according to Rosenthal. 

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