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Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Before he was traded from the LA Rams to the Miami Dolphins at the October deadline, CB Aqib Talib made a commitment to take the Watts Rams on a holiday shopping spree. On Tuesday, Talib (Who remains on injured reserve) followed through and took the kids shopping in Inglewood. Former Rams teammate John Johnson joined him.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers still have a lot of ways they can go, and based on what Dave Roberts said earlier, they'll remain aggressive. They can sign 3B Anthony Rendon and trade for a starter, or they can sign a No. 2-ish starter (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner) and trade for offense/bullpen.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

With Gerrit Cole off the board, it'll be interesting to see if the Angels make a serious run at 3B Anthony Rendon or Josh Donaldson, both of whom they have expressed interest in. Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner make up the next tier of starters. The Angels might be able to afford two, but Arte Moreno has shown a tendency to be more willing to spend on offense.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

After trading Zack Cozart, the Angels project to be roughly — roughly! — $70M below the 2020 luxury-tax threshold, which is set at $208M. They won't reveal their operating budget, but Billy Eppler said they could "probably" afford multiple players who make $20-plus million, giving them options if they don't land Gerrit Cole.

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3hBradford Doolittle

Hinch deflects, Roberts candid on sign-stealing

Although Astros manager AJ Hinch told reporters that he could not comment on the sign-stealing scandal, the Dodgers' Dave Roberts offered some thoughts, including the fact that his team was wary of whether the Astros were working for an extra edge.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Roberts said Dodgers owner Mark Walter "has been at the center" of their offseason pursuit and that Justin Turner agreeing to switch positions "set the tone for the offseason." He also said this, which I thought was interesting: "I would say, as far as with my time here, I think this is probably the most turnover we'll have from one season to the next. I think that's fair."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that his club has been more aggressive than in years past. "When you look at the players that are available, you look at the economics of the flexibility that we have as a club — those two variables kind of made us a little bit more involved, more interested."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was thoroughly grilled regarding the sign-stealing allegations that have enveloped the Astros. He said he has spoken to Houston manager AJ Hinch, but declined to characterize the conversation. Added that Hinch remains one of his good friends.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler said he believes he has a fair amount of options to access a No. 1 or 2 starter on the trade market if they don't get Gerrit Cole. I asked if he could access it without giving up Jo Adell and he smiled. "Yes I feel confident in that."

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7hAlden Gonzalez

Angels trade INF Cozart to Giants in salary dump

In a move to trim payroll while pursuing star free agents, the Angels traded infielder Zack Cozart and touted prospect Will Wilson to the Giants for a player to be named of cash considerations. Cozart is due $12.67 million in 2020.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler recently said Zack Cozart is fully recovered from the litany of shoulder issues he has dealt with in recent years. But with Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo for 3B and 2B, Cozart was expendable.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels have traded infielder Zack Cozart and minor league middle infielder Will Wilson to the Giants. The Giants, a source said, will pay Cozart his entire $12.67M salary for the 2020 season. Significant savings for the Angels at a crucial time.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Scott Boras said when I asked how "close" were the Gerrit Cole negotiations: "'Close' has a broad definition but we're certainly well into the negotiation process to where you can say you can potentially see a finish line."

Windhorst: Bird likely target of PG's postgame comments (1:20)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

A pursuit of Anthony Rendon by the Angels, mentioned by Jon Heyman, could fall in line with what Billy Eppler recently alluded to about acquiring a position player that could then give them more flexibility on the trade front for a starting pitcher. One problem: Outside of trading Jo Adell (or Mike Trout, or Shohei Ohtani), I don't think the Angels have enough to access a frontline starter on the trade market.

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1dOhm Youngmisuk

PG teases tale of Indy exit: 'Not the one to boo'

After getting booed each time he touched the ball Monday in Indiana, Clippers star and ex-Pacer Paul George said he enjoys playing the villain but added cryptically, "I'm not the one to boo. ... The people they should boo is here a lot longer than I am."