As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, it's decision time for big league G.M.'s. Who's buying? (With 17 teams within eight games of a playoff spot, almost everybody.) Who's selling? (The White Sox, for starters.) Who's the best pitcher on the market? (Assuming Cliff Lee isn't available, the choices are Bud Norris, Jake Peavy and Francisco Rodriguez.) Go to SI.com/mlb for the latest news. Plus, in advance of this week's Hall of Fame inductions, SI.com's Jay Jaffe looks at players who could get the call to Cooperstown in 2014.
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Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith (above, left) signed a reported four-year, $5 million deal on Monday, the first NFL deal struck by Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. Before Smith's signing, his agent, Kim Miale, had never negotiated an NFL contract, leading many to wonder if inexperience was the reason Smith, a second-round pick, was still unsigned. Get more of the latest sports buzz at tracking.SI.com
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With a stunning combination of speed, accuracy and arm strength, Colin Kaepernick is redefining the role of an elite NFL quarterback.
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