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DeGrom and Mets agree on contract...Yankees finalize deal with Britton... Former Broncos head coach hired by Cardinals

January 11, 2019

NEW YORK AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary. DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game. The 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 remarkably consistent starts for a team that finished 77-85.

NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Britton and the New York Yankees have finalized a contract that guarantees the reliever $39 million over three seasons and could be worth $53 million for four years. The 31-year-old left-hander was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances for New York.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator on new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. General manager Steve Keim had said he wanted a veteran defensive coordinator to pair with Kingsbury, who has no NFL coaching experience and will focus on offense Also, the Cardinals have hired Bill Davis as linebackers coach and say Jeff Rodgers will return as special teams coordinator.

UNDATED (AP) — Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.

UNDATED (AP) — Power winger Rick Nash has decided to retire from the NHL at 34 because of unresolved symptoms from a concussion he suffered in March. Nash scored 437 goals and had 368 assists for 805 points in 1,060 regular-season NHL games. The first overall draft pick in 2002, he played 15 seasons: nine with the Columbus Blue Jackets, five-plus with the New York Rangers and then finished with the Boston Bruins.

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