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Sources: Cubs, D-backs discussed Upton dealESPN.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Sources: Cubs, Diamondbacks discussed a Justin Upton trade.Upvote Share Tweet
Irish alum Samardzija won't rush to judge Te'oCubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was an All-America wide receiver at Notre Dame before committing to baseball, has watched the recent coverage of Manti Te'o in disbelief.Upvote Share TweetOutfielder Alfonso Soriano has two years remaining on his contract with the Cubs, which may be his last.Upvote Share TweetThe Cubs avoided arbitration with Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and James Russell on Friday, which was a relief for the three pitchers as well as the team.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jan 18, 2013The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Jed Lowrie, right-handed pitcher Bud Norris and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Bailey, Choo among six to swap figures with RedsAt Friday's deadline, the Reds and their six remaining players eligible for arbitration exchanged salary figures.Upvote Share TweetA St. Louis County judge has ruled against St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny in his court battle with a bank over foreclosure of property he once owned.Upvote Share Tweet
Freese among trio to swap salary figures with CardsThe Cardinals' list of unsigned arbitration-eligible players shrunk to three on Friday, as the organization announced that it had reached contract agreements with relievers Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica.Upvote Share TweetThe Brewers avoided arbitration with all three of their unsigned players Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers John Axford, Burke Badenhop and Marco Estrada.Upvote Share Tweet
Breaking Down The Craziest Half-Inning In Television Historydeadspin.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Originally published in Baseball Prospectus. More »Upvote Share TweetFirst baseman Gaby Sanchez, one of four Pirates players eligible for salary arbitration, reached agreement on a $1.75 million contract for the 2013 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' HarbaughJan 18ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…Jan 18The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Championship roundJan 18Teams put up 276 points in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will the trend continue?
The Sports Guy's All-Te'o MailbagJan 18Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.