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3:55 PM ET, February 3, 2011

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Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte to announce retirement … NEW YORK — The Core Four is now down to We Three.  —  As many expected since the New York Yankees 2010 season ended in disappointment in Texas, Andy Pettitte will officially announce his retirement at a news conference at Yankee Stadium at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday.
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Andy Pettitte To Retire  —  It's the end of a three-month wait for the Yankees and a 16-year career for Andy Pettitte.  The left-hander is set to announce his retirement tomorrow, the team announced.  —  The Yankees waited all winter for Pettitte and would have welcomed him back for a 14th season in pinstripes.
Craig Calcaterra / HardballTalk:
Andy Pettitte to retire tomorrow  —  Yankees announcer and ESPN Radio host Michael Kay just tweeted the following: … Ken Rosenthal has a source that is confirming that Pettitte will retire tomorrow.  Jack Curry of YES Network has a full story on it here.  He's heading to New York where there will be a press conference.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Rumors:
Yankees Remain In Contact With Kevin Millwood
Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
White Sox have multiple ninth-inning options  —  CHICAGO — When the White Sox break from Glendale, Ariz., at the end of March, manager Ozzie Guillen will have named an official closer.  —  That original last line of pitching defense won't serve as the team's only closer for a 2011 campaign featuring championship-caliber expectations.
Discussion: HardballTalk and My Pinstripes
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Lastings Milledge  —  The White Sox agreed to sign Lastings Milledge to a minor league deal, the team announced.  Milledge, 25, has played in parts of five seasons for the Mets, Nationals and Pirates.  —  The Pirates non-tendered the 2003 first rounder after he hit .277/.332/.380 in 412 plate appearances.
Fox Sports:
White Sox, Milledge reach agreement  —  Lastings Milledge is younger than some previous White Sox gambles — Andruw Jones, Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez.  But even though Milledge is still only 25, he, too, is at a crossroads.  —  The White Sox reached agreement with Milledge …
Discussion: SBNation.com and Let's Go Tribe!
NY Daily News:
Lupica: Trustee aims to smear Wilpons  —  This is what you are supposed to believe now, as the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff, a lawyer named Irving Picard, tries to shake down Fred Wilpon, his family, his partners:  —  That after all these years in New York …
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Wall Street Journal:
SNY May Be Part of Mets Deal
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and ESPN
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Adding SNY to Mets' Sale Pitch Would Increase Allure
Discussion: Tedquarters and SNY
Mike Ozanian / SportsMoney:
New York Mets Book Value: -$225 million
Fox Sports:
Dye won't settle for minor-league deal  —  Jermaine Dye was first among AL outfielders in homers from 2005-09, yet can't get a job.  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since August 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Nats give Meredith, Cora Minor League deals
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Rays Sign Felipe Lopez
Discussion: Fanhouse MLB Blog
Howard Beck / Bats:
Cuban Declines to Enter Chase for the Mets  —  Mark Cuban is a big baseball fan with a lot of discretionary income who would love the chance to own a major league franchise.  But not now and not the Mets.  —  “I'm not chasing any more baseball teams,” Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks …
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Kevin Goldstein / Baseball Prospectus:
Texas Rangers Top 11 Prospects  —  System In 20 Words Or Less: One of the best systems in the game has dropped dramatically due to a combination of graduations, trades, and disappointments.  —  Five-Star Prospects  —  1. Martin Perez, LHP  —  Four-Star Prospects  —  2. Jurickson Profar, SS
Patrick Reddington / Federal Baseball:
Scott Boras Explains Jayson Werth's 7-Year/$126 Million Dollar Deal With The Washington Nationals.  —  More photos » Mitchell Layton - Getty Images  —  Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals poses in his jersey as he is introduced to the media on December 15 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington DC.
Ben Lindbergh / Baseball Prospectus:
A Little Bit Softer Now  —  “They have crooked arms.  They throw crooked, they walk crooked, and they think crooked.  They even wear their clothes crooked.  You have to figure they're a little crazy.”  —Al Schacht … —Ray Miller  —  “Just because I'm left-handed and quotable doesn't mean I'm from another solar system.”
Discussion: THE BOOK
Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Tigers close door on bringing Bonderman back  —  DETROIT — What little opening the Tigers left for Jeremy Bonderman to return has now officially closed.  Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that the club will not re-sign it right-handed rotation member for the past eight years.
Discussion: TigerBlog
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Discussion: HardballTalk
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Dodgers avoid arbitration with reliever Kuo  —  LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo reached agreement Wednesday on a one-year, $2.725 million contract, with another $675,000 possible through bonuses.  —  Kuo is coming off a record-breaking All-Star season.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Rumors:
Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Hong-Chih Kuo
Discussion: ESPN and True Blue LA
 
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