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Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Cubs set up to be darlings of January after Winter Meetings  —  SAN DIEGO — These were the winter meetings dominated by Scott Boras.  His clients Stephen Strasburg ($245 million), Gerrit Cole ($324 million) and Anthony Rendon ($245 million) agreed to three of the 10 biggest contracts in history …
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Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
MLB News  —  This is where Red Sox stand in Price talks  —  SAN DIEGO — In the weeks leading up to the Winter Meetings, much of the talk surrounding the Red Sox involved the possibility of trading Mookie Betts.  —  As the meetings get set to conclude on Thursday, it appears …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Sign Brett Anderson  —  The Brewers have announced a one-year deal with lefty Brett Anderson.  The GSE Worldwide client will be guaranteed $5MM with up to $2MM in potential incentives, per ESPN.com's Buster Olney (via Twitter).  —  Anderson, who his closing in on his 32nd birthday …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Analyzing Each 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft Pick's Chances To Stick  —  Here is analysis of the 11 players selected in the MLB phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft.  —  To see full results from the draft, including the minor league portion, click here.  —  To see a full preview (with scouting reports) of available players, click here.
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Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft: Giants take right-handed reliever Dany Jimenez
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Jake Seiner / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
With extra roster spot, teams test options at Rule 5 draft
Ethan Cadeaux / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays finalizing deal with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo  —  It's a 2-year, approximately $12M deal for lefty who has power and patience at plate, can play outfield, corner infield, DH.  —  ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays appear to have found the power bat they were looking for …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Baseball News …
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Phillies to sign Matt Szczur, according to sources  —  The Phillies are about to sign a player with a resume chock-full of impressive — and important — accomplishments.  —  According to sources, Matt Szczur, the 30-year-old outfielder from South Jersey, has agreed to sign a minor-league contract with the Phils.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Starling Marte not on Mets' trade radar  —  SAN DIEGO — As Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and his front office departed the winter meetings Thursday, they were not close to acquiring Pirates centerfielder Starling Marte — and might never be, a source said.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers leave winter meetings with solid catcher in Austin Romine  —  SAN DIEGO, Calif. — They came here wanting a catcher, and as the baseball world departed the Manchester Grand Hyatt during Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft, they finally found one.  —  The Detroit Tigers …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Marlins Met With Yasiel Puig  —  As they continue to pursue outfield pop, the Marlins held a meeting recently with free agent Yasiel Puig, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter).  That adds another intriguing possibility to the club's widespread search.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets, Yoenis Cespedes Agree To Amended Contract  —  4:29pm: Much but not all of the guarantee can be recouped via performance and awards bonuses, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets.  —  3:58pm: There's more to this story (and more sure to come).  The Mets stopped paying his salary …
James Wagner / New York Times:
M.L.B. Updates Drug Policy to Include Opioid Testing  —  Major league players will now be tested for opioids and cocaine, but violators will be evaluated for treatment programs rather than immediately punished.  —  SAN DIEGO — After a season that saw the opioid-overdose death of a 27-year-old pitcher …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Announce Wacha Signing, Designate Chris Mazza  —  The Mets announced today that they have signed righty Michael Wacha, as previously reported.  To create 40-man space, the club designated fellow right-hander Chris Mazza for assignment.  —  Mazza made his MLB debut last year …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
SF Giants / Splash Hits:
SFGiants Unveil Designs for Relocated Bullpens  —  In a move designed to increase player safety and enhance fan engagement, the San Francisco Giants unveiled designs today for the new bullpens at Oracle Park that will be located behind the centerfield wall in 2020.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Why a Cubs-Braves Kris Bryant trade makes sense now that Anthony Rendon has signed  —  SAN DIEGO — The third-base dominoes began to fall around baseball when Anthony Rendon signed his megadeal with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.  It means a market that Washington Nationals general …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Anthony Rendon agrees to a seven-year, $245 million deal with Angels
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Phillies make a minor trade, sign a familiar utility man on final day of winter meetings  —  SAN DIEGO — The Phillies wrapped up the winter meetings with a blip of activity in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.  The club selected Vimael Machin, a shortstop from the Chicago Cubs organization …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees, Dodgers, Mets Reportedly In Market For Josh Hader  —  With the top end of the relief market going off the board early, teams looking for elite pen arms have been eyeing trade possibilities.  The most intriguing of those: star Brewers lefty Josh Hader, who was recently reported to have been made available in talks.
 
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