Ranking the Chances for Every MLB Team to Land Masahiro Tanaka in Free Agency | Bleacher Report

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    The New York Yankees paid a $20 million posting fee to sign Masahiro Tanaka away from the Rakuten Golden Eagles prior to his age-25 season in 2014 and then inked him to a seven-year, $155 million contract.

    All things considered, it was money well spent.

    Tanaka went 78-46 with a 3.74 ERA (114 ERA+), 1.13 WHIP and 991 strikeouts in 1,054.1 innings over the life of that contract, earning two All-Star selections and going 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 10 postseason starts.

    Now he is a free agent once again, and in a thin market behind National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, he will likely generate interest from a number of teams.

    At 32 years old, he should still have several productive years left in the tank, though he does have 2,384.1 professional innings on his arm with his seven

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Report: Daniel Snyder Blocking Washington Minority Owners from $900M Sale | Bleacher Report

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is shown before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

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Washington Football Team majority owner Daniel Snyder is stymieing efforts by the franchise’s minority owners to sell their stakes, according to the Washington Post‘s Will Hobson, Mark Maske and Liz Clarke.

A group of outside investors has offered to purchase a 40 percent stake in the Washington Football Team for $900 million, only to have Snyder intervene, per the Post:

“Their offer has been tentatively accepted by the team’s three minority shareholders: FedEx chief executive Fred Smith, real estate magnate Dwight Schar and investor Robert Rothman. But Snyder is blocking the sale, according to people familiar with the situation, by attempting to selectively exercise his right of first refusal to buy back minority shares of the team before they’re sold to other parties. While the three minority owners are seeking to sell their 40 percent share in unison, according to these people, Snyder has offered

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Patrick Mahomes Card Collection Being Sold by Owners for $7.5M | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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A collection of rare Patrick Mahomes cards is up for sale by its owners, Robert DeArmitt Jr. and his wife Heidi, with an asking price of $7.5 million.

TMZ Sports reported Friday the couple, who put the cards for sale on eBay, are Texas Tech fans who watched Mahomes play in college and decided to start investing in his memorabilia in 2017.

The group of cards includes 33 pieces that are listed as “1 of 1,” meaning there are no duplicates floating around in the marketplace.

Robert told TMZ they invested around $20,000 in the collection and have received offers of over $1 million, but they decided to hold out seeking a larger return.

It’s a sellers’ market, with interest in using sports cards as a long-term investment exploding over the past couple years and accelerating at an even greater rate during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the

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Finding Homes for Top Available Free Agents After the NFL Trade Deadline | Bleacher Report

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    The NFL trade deadline passed with few moves as teams decided to be conservative during an irregular season with looming salary-cap uncertainties for 2021.

    Yet, that doesn’t mean front offices won’t look to improve rosters. Midway through the campaign, a handful of notable names remain available in the free-agent pool. Most of them had contact with clubs interested in their services. 

    Typically, teams in the playoff hunt will give a big-profile player a shot to reinvent himself in new surroundings with a low-risk, high-reward signing. Of course, these veterans are out of work for a reason—injuries, aging and character concerns top the list. 

    We’ve identified the top five free agents based on recent production and interest from teams while finding ideal homes for them with roster fits and needs in mind. 

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    Between the 2018 and 2020 seasons, Mohamed

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Steve Cohen’s Bid for Mets Ownership Approved by MLB Owners | Bleacher Report

The Washington Nationals play the New York Mets during the third inning of a baseball game at Citi Field Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Steve Cohen has been approved to take over as owner of the New York Mets. 

ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report Cohen’s approval.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced the New York City Law Department has approved the deal:

Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Cohen’s bid was for more than $2.4 billion.

Cohen was competing to purchase the franchise from, among others, a group led by former American League MVP Alex Rodriguez and his fiancee, Jennifer Lopez.

Rodriguez and Lopez issued a statement on Aug. 28

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Ranking the Chances for Every MLB Team to Land Trevor Bauer in Free Agency | Bleacher Report

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    Trevor Bauer will be the most sought-after pitcher on the upcoming free-agent market, and his unique view on the league’s financial structure promises to make him one of the most compelling stories of the winter.

    The 29-year-old led the National League in ERA (1.73) and WHIP (0.80) while racking up 100 strikeouts in 73 innings to establish himself as the NL Cy Young favorite and then tossed 7.2 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series.

    In normal circumstances, he could make a run at the seven-year, $245 million contract that Stephen Strasburg signed with the Washington Nationals last offseason.

    Instead, Bauer has indicated time and again that his preference is to sign one-year deals for the remainder of his career as a means of maximizing his annual earning potential and ensuring he is suiting up for a

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Drew Brees Reportedly Buys Condo with Golf Simulator Room for ‘Several Million’ | Bleacher Report

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Images/Rick Osentoski)

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has purchased a deluxe condo inside the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans in Louisiana. 

TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that Brees paid “several million dollars” for the unit, which includes views of the Mississippi River and the French Quarter, a golf simulator room, private access to a lounge with a bar and use of the residence’s 75-foot outdoor pool.

“When I heard The Four Seasons was coming to New Orleans, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase a condominium,” Brees said in a statement. “The Four Seasons is transformative for this city, and I’m excited to be part of it. My family and I will always love New Orleans and be proud to call the Four Seasons home.”

The Four Seasons is the “priciest development” in New Orleans history, per TMZ.

Brees signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension

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