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Cook, Cruz, Lopez agree with Phillies

Cook, Cruz, Lopez agree with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-handers Aaron Cook, Juan Cruz and Rodrigo Lopez agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies and will report to spring training as non-roster players.

The 33-year-old Cook was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA in 18 starts for Boston last year. He spent the previous 10 seasons with Colorado, becoming the Rockies' career leader in wins (72), innings (1,312 1-3) and starts (206). Cook is 76-79 with a 4.60 ERA in 224 starts and 32 relief appearances.

Cruz, 34, was 1-1 with three saves and a 2.78 ERA in 43 appearances for Pittsburgh last season. He's 38-36 with a 4.05 ERA in 447 games over 12 seasons with seven teams.

The 37-year-old Lopez, 37, was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four relief appearances last year with the Chicago Cubs. He is 81-89 with a 4.82 ERA in 257 games over 11 seasons with six teams.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller talked all things NBA Draft.

They gave their picks for the best options for the Wizards, the safest and riskiest prospects, plus what they expect the team to do. Texas A&M big man Robert Williams also joined the show in a 1-on-1 interview.

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Charlotte Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets, per report

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Charlotte Hornets agree to trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets, per report

Let the trades begin.

The Charlotte Hornets are trading Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Timofey Mozgov, cash and two future second-round picks, according to league sources of ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi

One of the two future second-round picks will take place in Thursday's NBA Draft, the other in 2021. 

Howard, who is entering his 15th season in the league, had a $23.8 million expiring contract. He is changing teams for the third time in three years. 

Mozgov, who did not see a lot of playing time in Brooklyn during the 2017-'18 season, had two years, $32.7 million left on his contract. The trade will save the Nets close to $17 million during the 2019-'20 season, opening up two max salary slots for free agency in 2019. 

The deal can not become official until July 6th when the moratorium period ends. 

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