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Kevin Durant regrets cold reaction to Aaron Judge’s Yankees return

Nets star Kevin Durant didn’t intend to come off so cold in his response to Aaron Judge returning to the Yankees. After the Nets defeated the Hornets on Wednesday, Durant was asked about Judge’s nine-year, $360 million contract, to which he said: “I’m a Nationals fan. I really don’t care about Aaron Judge at all.” …

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The Pulse: Overnight Padres mega-deal, the Pelicans’ rise to No. 1 and Aaron Judge reaction

Start every morning with The Pulse in your inbox. Sign up here. Good morning! Chris is finishing up his parental leave this month, but the rest of The Pulse team has you covered. Onwards: While You Were Sleeping Padres get in on the action After missing out on both Aaron Judge and Trea Turner, the …

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Padres, SS Xander Bogaerts agree to 11-year, $280M contract: Sources

The San Diego Padres and free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts have agreed to an 11-year, $280 million contract, major-league sources confirmed to The Athletic. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report the news. Here’s what you need to know: Bogaerts slashed .307/.377/.456 with 73 RBIs and 15 home runs in 150 games last season. …

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Free-agent catcher Willson Contreras signs 5-year deal with Cardinals: Source

Free-agent catcher Willson Contreras is signing a five-year deal with the Cardinals, a league source confirmed to The Athletic on Wednesday. The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal first reported news of the Cardinals closing in on an agreement with Contreras and ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported terms of the $87.5 million deal, which is pending a physical. …

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Phillies solidify rotation with Taijuan Walker and put their stamp on Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO — Not four hours after Dave Dombrowski rested on a sofa on the seventh floor at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and said, “I can’t say we made any headway” in the quest for a mid-rotation starter, the Phillies had agreed. in principle to a four-year, $72 million deal for Taijuan Walker. The veteran …

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Everything we know about the Aaron Judge contract talks, including a late pitch by the Padres

SAN DIEGO — Aaron Judge agreed to return to the New York Yankees early Wednesday morning on a landmark nine-year, $360 million contract, but only after a last-minute push from a surprise entrant in the sweepstakes for the free-agent slugger — the San Diego Padres. Judge’s deal, which is pending a physical, gives him the …

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