Talking Points: Free agents turned loose

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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It didn’t take long for baseball’s offseason to get started after the World Series ended.

And no agent stands to have a bigger impact on this Mariners offseason than California-based Scott Boras. Not only does he represent slugger Kendrys Morales — one of five Mariners who became free agents when the World Series ended — but also Oregon native Jacoby Ellsbury, an outfielder Seattle is expected to make a prime target.

“I think the ball landed in Ross’ glove and I got three calls within the first 15 minutes,” Boras told the Seattle Times on Thursday.

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Players were competing for the $9,000 first prize at the PGA Assistants Championship golf tournament. With one swing, Logan Watts outdid them all.

Watts earned $25,000 with a hole-in-one. The 24-year-old PGA apprentice at Louisville (Ky.) Country Club used a 4-iron on the 214-yard 17th hole. He finished with 69.

His initial thought after making the ace was simple.

“I get to move out of my parent’s house,” Watts said. “I was shaking so bad that I had to walk all the way up to the next tee and back to collect myself.”

3

Winning another World Series didn’t automatically make the Boston Red Sox favorites to repeat next year.

Oddsmakers in this city’s sports books like the Los Angeles Dodgers to win it all in 2014 with most making them an 8-1 pick for the title.

At the Wynn hotel-casino the Detroit Tigers are next at 9-1, followed by the Red Sox at 10-1.

Those looking for a real longshot in 2014 need look no further than Houston, where the Astros are as much as 250-1 to win it all. Minnesota and Miami are next at 125-1.

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