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3:35 PM ET, November 17, 2012

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Sources: Marlins broke promises  —  Miami Marlins fans are not the only ones feeling betrayed by ownership's decision to break up the club.  —  Shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle, two of the five Marlins headed to Toronto in a pending blockbuster, are upset …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Amazin' Avenue
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Peter Gammons / MLB.com:
Stanton solely focused on ‘winning philosophy’  —  Marlins slugger frustrated after five teammates traded to Toronto  —  Giancarlo Stanton was home in Westwood, Calif., on Tuesday when he heard the news that five of his teammates were being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Miami Marlins
Fox Sports:
Mets may be close on offer to Dickey  —  The New York Mets could be on the verge of a breakthrough in their negotiations with National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.  —  Or, maybe not.  —  The Mets plan to offer Dickey a two-year contract extension, according to major league sources.
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David Lennon / Newsday:
Bud Selig gives Fred Wilpon's ownership group a vote of confidence
Discussion: Metsblog
Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
Wilpons should re-sign Dickey or sell Mets
Discussion: New York Post, Metsblog and MLB Rumors
ESPN.com:
Sources: Toronto close to naming new manager  —  The Toronto Blue Jays are close to announcing their next manager less than a month after John Farrell left for the same position as part of a trade with the Boston Red Sox, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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Globe and Mail:
Report: Blue Jays sign free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera
Discussion: Bats
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Nationals have talked with B.J. Upton  —  As the Nationals wait for a resolution to their ongoing talks with first baseman Adam LaRoche, they have had initial dialogue with free agent outfielder B.J. Upton, according to a person familiar with the situation, and are expected to have increased communication with Upton in the near future.
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Market heats up for B.J. Upton  —  The full-court press is on for free-agent center fielder B.J. Upton.  —  Upton not only met with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, but also spoke with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week, according to major-league sources.
Mark Bowman / Bowman's Blog:
B.J. Upton visits with Braves at Turner Field
Greg Johns / MLB.com:
Zduriencik says Mariners aren't targeting Hamilton  —  SEATTLE — Although the Mariners plan to pursue offensive upgrades this offseason, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday he doesn't see Seattle being big players in the pursuit of free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton.
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Salt River, Peoria set to clash for AFL championship  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Fall League is known, first and foremost, as a developmental league, a place where the game's top prospects can work on becoming big leaguers in a low-key setting.  But if you think that those here don't want to win …
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Gaslamp Ball
Dick Kaegel / MLB.com:
Trout is Negro Leagues Legacy Awards' AL MVP  —  Pirates outfielder McCutchen receives National League's top honor  —  KANSAS CITY — Mike Trout settled for runner-up when the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced its choice for American League MVP on Thursday …
Discussion: Pinstriped Bible
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Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Science gives Crew edge in keeping arms healthy  —  Injury prevention for pitchers is focus of team's unique three-day medical symposium  —  MILWAUKEE — For nearly a decade, the Brewers quietly have been on the forefront of injury prevention, particularly in the pitching department.
John Manuel / Baseball America:
Brazil Upsets Host Panama In Qualifier Opener  —  Astros farmhand Murilo Gouvea retired the first 10 batters he faced, and Rays farmhand Leonardo Reginatto scored two of Brazil's runs and drove in a third as Brazil upset Panama 3-2 to open the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Debby Wu / MLB.com:
New Zealand bounces Thailand with qualifier upset
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mark Berman / MyFoxHouston:
Astros owner Jim Crane meets with Lance Berkman who is working as volunteer at Rice  —  Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told FOX 26 Sports he met last week with free agent first baseman Lance Berkman.  —  “We had a chat in my office,” Crane said.  “He was just seeing where we were at.
 
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