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Marlins, Stanton agree on $325 million contract

ksdk.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.

Nightengale: Marlins buy credibility with Stanton deal

azcentral.com — It's like waking up to the shrill of that alarm clock, groggily getting out of bed, and being jolted to your senses when you see your next-door-neighbors pulling up in a new Bentley. Yes, the same neighbors who recently had a foreclosure notice on their home, whose idea of fine dining is the local burger joint, and who snubbed the troop selling Girl Scout cookies.

Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton finalize 13-yr, $325M deal

wtsp.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.

Giancarlo Stanton nearing $325M extension with Marlins

cincinnati.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls than their two World Series titles, are on the verge of a complete image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history.

Report: Boras tried to cover up Ramirez's PED use

usatoday.com — Scott Boras, baseball's most powerful agent, urged Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch to fabricate records in an effort to overturn a 50-game suspension for Manny Ramirez, according to a published report.

Nightengale: No reality show can top A-Rod saga

usatoday.com — USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg talks about Alex Rodriguez and his return to baseball after his suspension for PED use. USA TODAY Sports Video Transcript Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate) If Alex Rodriguez doesn't want to tell the truth, we'll go ahead and tell it for him.

Former pitcher Brad Halsey, 33, dies in climbing accident

usatoday.com — Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey, who appeared in 88 games for three teams, has died at 33, according to his agent. Halsey, who last pitched in the major leagues for the Oakland Athletics in 2006, was drafted and developed by the New York Yankees, and was part of a trade package that sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Randy Johnson.

Joe Maddon: Cubs in 2015 playoffs 'without a doubt'

indystar.com — CHICAGO -- The fans dressed in their Chicago Cubs jerseys and jackets started chanting his name, louder and louder Monday afternoon, as he walked down Clark Street to his inaugural press conference.

High expectations come with Joe Maddon as Cubs manager

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- The fans dressed in their Chicago Cubs jerseys and jackets started chanting his name, louder and louder Monday afternoon, as he walked down Clark Street to his inaugural press conference.

Cubs fire Rick Renteria, clear way for Maddon

usatoday.com — The Chicago Cubs, while feeling some remorse, perhaps even guilt, announced Friday that they have fired manager Rick Renteria after just one season, clearing the way for the hiring of Joe Maddon. The Cubs offered Renteria a chance to stay in the organization, which he rejected.
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