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2:10 PM ET, December 6, 2019


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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Yankees make signing righty Gerrit Cole top offseason priority  —  The New York Yankees have made signing right-hander Gerrit Cole their clear offseason priority and have ownership-level approval to offer him a record-setting deal, sources familiar with their plans told ESPN.
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Nationals owner Mark Lerner says team can't afford Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon  —  The prime question as soon as Stephen Strasburg opted out of his contract was this: Could the Nationals afford to bring back Strasburg and Anthony Rendon?  According to managing principal owner Mark Lerner, the answer is no.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick  —  9:00am: The two sides have finalized a one-year deal that promises Kendrick a $6.25MM guarantee, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link).  It's the same guarantee that Steve Pearce received from the Red Sox on the heels of his own postseason heroics following the 2018 World Series.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Five burning questions for MLB's Winter Meetings  —  It's not yet time to suggest baseball's offseason will move at a pace much quicker than a tugboat.  Yet for the first time in several years, the game's Winter Meetings may actually provide significant movement.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins To Re-Sign Michael Pineda  —  The Twins have re-signed right-hander Michael Pineda to a two-year deal, Pierre Noujaim of FOX 9 Minneapolis reports (Twitter link).  The Athletic's Dan Hayes reports that Pineda will earn $20MM on the deal, which will become official after Pineda passes a physical.
Bill Baer / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays, Padres Agree To Tommy Pham-Hunter Renfroe Trade  —  FRIDAY, 2:00am: It appears the Rays will also land another prospect in the deal, per Juan Toribio of  —  12:27am: The Padres will also acquire minor leaguer Jake Cronenworth in the trade, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Tommy Pham headed to Padres; Rays to get Hunter Renfroe
Discussion: Associated Press
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The Chicago Cubs should trade Kris Bryant to the ...  Texas Rangers for RHP Cole Winn and 3B Josh Jung: Rangers third basemen ranked 25th in the majors in wOBA, which is why Texas is on the prowl for free agent Anthony Rendon.  That will work, but imagine Bryant in those new powder blue Sunday home uniforms …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
Tim Tucker / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
How the signing of Cole Hamels affects Braves' 2020 payroll
Discussion: Talking Chop
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins To Sign Alex Avila  —  The Twins have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Alex Avila, ESPN's Jeff Passan tweets.  The Excel Sports client will take home a $4.25MM guarantee on the new deal, per the report.  —  Avila, 33 in January, is no stranger to the AL Central …
Yoo Jee-ho / Yonhap News Agency:
Two S. Korean players posted for MLB clubs  —  A pair of former South Korean baseball MVPs have been made available to major league clubs.  —  The Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner's Office announced Thursday (local time) that SK Wyverns' left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun …
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
2019 MLB Coach Of The Year: Derek Johnson  —  Sometimes the best technique a good coach can apply to help a struggling pitcher is to wait and say nothing.  —  Advice needs to be given.  Potential remedies to fix problems need to be proposed.  But the right advice at the wrong time is not helpful.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Redleg Nation
Sam Miller / ESPN:
How is WAR calculated, really?  Breaking down a single play to find out  —  Bryce Harper charged a soft line drive on Sept. 5, fielded it cleanly and fired a strong throw home.  The baserunner, Michael Lorenzen, who had started the play on second base, held at third.
Discussion: Royals Review and Over the Monster
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
What we know about the Angels' deal with Anaheim  —  In the department of sports, the city of Anaheim is on a pretty good run.  In a 13-month span, the city's two pro teams have agreed to extend their residency through the first half of this century.  —  The Ducks last November agreed to call Honda Center home through 2048.
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The Dodgers are in position to make a big move this winter. Will they take advantage?
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Dodger Blue
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Sign Nick Ciuffo, Wei-Chieh Huang To Minors Deals
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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2019 Minor League Manager Of The Year: Corey Ragsdale
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