The Columbus Clippers and Eugene Emeralds are wagering on the college football championship game

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If you think major league baseball is slow in January, imagine if you have to work the minor league beat. If you do, at least there’s this: the Columbus Clippers — who play in the same town as the Ohio State Buckeyes — and the Eugene Emeralds — who play in the same town as the Oregon Ducks — are making a friendly wager.

Forgive the Ohio-centric wording of this, Ducks fans and Buckeyes-haters, but it came from the Clippers’ website:

The losing team will participate in their city’s Polar Bear Plunge event. So when the Buckeyes win on Monday, January 12, the Emeralds staff, while wearing a mixture of Ohio State and Clippers gear, would participate in Polar Plunge Eugene on February 7 at Maurie Jacobs Park. If the Buckeyes happen to lose, the Clippers staff, while wearing a mixture of Oregon and Emeralds gear, would participate in Columbus Polar Plunge on February 21 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The event will be documented on the team’s social media accounts.

Seems a tad unfair given that the average temperature is way lower in Columbus than it is in Eugene this time of year, but I suppose that’s not our problem.

They’re calling this a “Pass a Cold One” wager and will benefit each team’s local chapter of the Special Olympics.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.