Brooklyn Nets to wear Brooklyn Dodgers-inspired alternate jerseys

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The new NBA sleeved-jerseys are generally pretty terrible, but the Brooklyn Nets have found a nifty way to use the concept while paying homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who called the borough home until 1957. Here’s a look at Joe Johnson wearing one of them:

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, it’s all part of what will be called “Brooklyn Blue Nights” at the Barclays Center. We’ll see the jerseys for the first time on March 21 when the Nets play the Boston Celtics.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.