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Evaluating the trade: Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado is sizzling, Rockies’ return is a mixed bag

Nolan Arenado returns to Coors Field Tuesday night, 555 days since he was traded from the Rockies to St. Louis in a trade that shook Colorado baseball fans to their core and sparked World Series dreams for Cardinals nation.

Nolan is being, well, Nolan. On Monday, he was named National League player of the week for the second time this season.

As for the five players the Rockies received in the trade — left-hander Austin Gomber, corner infielder Elehuris Montero, infielder Mateo Gil and right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers — their performance has been decidedly mixed.

Kevin Durant reiterates trade request, delivers ultimatum to Joe Tsai in meeting: report

Kevin Durant has given Nets owner Joe Tsai an ultimatum: Tsai must decide between Durant, a 12-time All-Star universally regarded as one of the best basketball players in NBA history, and the pair of Brooklyn’s general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

Durant and Tsai met in London over the weekend, according to The Athletic, where Durant told Tsai he has lost faith in the team’s direction. And now Tsai must make a decision.

He must choose what type of ship he wants to run. In reality, that decision should have been made years ago.

Chicago Cubs are set to release Jason Heyward after the season: ‘We’re going to move in a different direction’

The situation between the Chicago Cubs and veteran outfielder Jason Heyward felt untenable.

A rebuilding Cubs organization wanting to look at other players did not fit with Heyward and his declining all-around production. What seemed inevitable became reality Monday when president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer announced the Cubs and Heyward will part ways after the season.

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