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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Biden Team, Pushing Quick Stimulus Deal, Prepares for Renewed Recession

WASHINGTON — Advisers to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. are planning for the increasing likelihood that the United States economy is headed for a “double-dip” recession early next year. They are pushing for Democratic leaders in Congress to reach a quick stimulus deal with Senate Republicans, even if it falls short of the larger package Democrats have been seeking, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Until now, Mr. Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, have insisted that Republicans agree to a spending bill of $2 trillion or more, while Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, wants a much smaller package. The resulting impasse has threatened to delay additional economic aid until after Mr. Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Many of the president-elect’s advisers have become convinced that deteriorating economic conditions from the renewed surge in Covid-19 infections

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Smith & Associates Welcomes Seasoned Real Estate Pro to Leadership Team

Tampa, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tampa Bay, FL (November 18, 2020) –  Smith & Associates Real Estate welcomes Doug Swain as Director of Career Development. Swain brings almost thirty years of sales and management experience in the real estate industry. In his new role, Swain will be responsible for career development, agent recruiting, and employee retention. Smith is the market leader for luxury real estate in Tampa Bay and offers agents unparalleled access to career development and educational opportunities.
“Smith’s associates are admired in the community for their professionalism, passion for customer service, and market knowledge. To work for a luxury brand that is so highly esteemed and that functions as a big family are exciting, and I can’t wait to share my passion for development and training with my new team,” says Swain.
Swain will bring enhanced support, education, and training opportunities by utilizing the luxury brand’s

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Trader Interactive Wins International & American Awards for Search Team Results

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Trader Interactive announced their Audience Growth Team was named the winner of the “Best Global In-House Team” category at the 2020 Global Search Awards, and “Best Use of Search – Automotive” and “Best Use of Data (SEO)” at the 2020 US Search Awards. The team also made the shortlist of nominees for “Best Use of Search in Automation (SEO)” and “Best Use of Search in Automotive (PPC)” at the Global Search Awards and “Best In-House Team” at the US Search Awards.

Trader Interactive connects consumers with for-sale and for-rent inventory in the powersports, RV, watercraft, aircraft, commercial vehicle, and heavy equipment industries via ownership and operation of numerous online marketplaces. The company’s Audience Growth Team is tasked with expanding the audience for each of those marketplace websites through various digital marketing channels, such as organic search engine optimization (SEO) and paid

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Steve Cohen Closes on Mets Sale as Team Announces Front Office Departures

Steve Cohen, now officially the majority owner of the New York Mets, wasted no time in restructuring the organization to his liking.

The hedge fund titan closed on his $2.42 billion purchase of the Major League Baseball team on Friday, assuming control from the Katz and Wilpon families.

“I want to thank everybody who helped make this happen,” Cohen said in a statement. “The 2021 season is right around the corner and we’ve got a lot of work to do, so I’m excited to get started. Let’s go Mets.”

Within hours, it was announced by recently-hired Mets team president Sandy Alderson that General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen and most of the front office won’t be returning for the 2021 season.

Special Assistant to the general manager Omar Minaya, assistant general managers Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge and executive director of player development Jared Banner will also be leaving the organization.

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Will Vikings be the team to watch before trade deadline?

It wasn’t even lunchtime on Thursday, and the Minnesota Vikings had lost their two best pass rushers for the season.

Yannick Ngakoue, acquired in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars right before the season, was shipped off before Halloween. He was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for picks. Then news came from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that fellow defensive end Danielle Hunter would miss the rest of the season to get surgery on a herniated disc.

The Vikings are 1-5, coming off an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Ngakoue was unloaded for draft picks. The Vikings still have some big salaries that probably need to go, and a coach that is going to get some questions about his job security.

So what’s next for the Vikings?

Vikings ‘want to win as many games as we can’

If the Vikings were willing to dump Ngakoue, who has played well and

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SR Homes Restructures Executive Leadership Team

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SR Homes, known for building quality new homes in sought-after metro Atlanta locations, reorganized its senior leadership team with several internal promotions. Senior Vice President and CFO Les Stumpff is joined by James Tillman as Senior Vice President – Operations, and Jon Gajdik as Senior Vice President – Land Acquisition and Development.

As Senior Vice President and CFO, Stumpff is responsible for the growth and profitability of the company. He brings more than 30 years of homebuilding industry experience to the job at SR Homes, having previously served as CFO at Ryland Homes, Wilson Parker Homes and Kerley Family Homes. Stumpff holds a

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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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