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Agent: Peppers moving on with Panthers

Julius Peppers' agent said Sunday night that he has not heard from the Carolina Panthers since the end of the regular season and that he believes the club has "moved on" with the intent of allowing Peppers to become an unrestricted free agent. That would mean letting Peppers go without getting anything in return, but saving the $20million tender offer for 2010 it would take to franchise him for the second straight year. (Charlotte Observer) Comment

Sources: Dodgers close to signing Johnson

The Dodgers are close to signing Reed Johnson to a one-year deal to be their fourth outfielder, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been completed. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

D'Antoni: Knicks looking to trade

Coach Mike D'Antoni said the reeling Knicks continue to search for trade opportunities before the Feb. 18 deadline, but with the club starting to fall out of the playoff race, they might be more inclined to do a deal that opens up more 2010 cap space. D'Antoni said the 2010 free-agency plan is a major factor in any deal, and the Knicks continue to shop Jared Jeffries, whose trade could open up more cap room. Whether a Jeffries trade turns into a roster upgrade is debatable because he's having a good season. (New York Post) Comment

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