Will Anaheim wind up making a decision between re-signing Zack Greinke, or Dan Haren and Ervin Santana during the offseason? The Angels' preference, I'm told, is still to re-sign Greinke. A source familiar with the team's thinking told me recently that he expects the Angels to cut ties with both Santana and Haren this offseason and focus their efforts on signing him to a multi-year extension. So, I expect the Angels to decline their team options on Santana ($13 million) and Haren ($15.5 million) during the exclusive negotiating window and go hard after Greinke (six years, $125 million is the price tag many have associated with him). But if they can't resign him, perhaps then -- and only then, in my mind -- they try to bring back Haren and/or Santana. (MLB.com) Comment
The Michigan-Notre Dame series is apparently coming to an abrupt end, and fingers were pointed quickly on Tuesday. Contrary to the indications Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick gave the Free Press after Saturday's 13-6 Notre Dame win over U-M in South Bend, Ind., a Michigan official said [Tuesday] that the Fighting Irish are opting out of the series as soon as they can: following the 2014 matchup. The current contract states that a three-year notice is required to withdraw from the series. Michigan received a letter before Saturday night's game regarding Notre Dame's intention to cancel the scheduled games in 2015-17. ... [Said Brady Hoke:] "My reaction is Notre Dame made a decision and it's not our decision." (Detroit Free Press) Comment
The Bears, thin at running back, brought in two more for a look on Tuesday, one of whom has since signed with Washington. Running backs Ryan Grant and Jacob Hester were present along with guard Rishaw Johnson and wide receiver Raymond Radway, according to a source. The Bears worked out running backs Steve Slaton and DuJuan Harris last Tuesday so that means they have looked at four backs in eight days. ... Bears running back Matt Forte missed Sunday's 23-6 victory over the Rams with a sprained right ankle. Coach Lovie Smith said the team is "hopeful" Forte will return to practice this week and be available for Monday's game at Dallas. But [Jason La Canfora] reported Forte is likely to miss one more week. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Freddie Freeman hits a walkoff home run against the Marlins to clinch a playoff berth for the Braves. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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