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8:10 AM ET, January 19, 2019


 Top News: 
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:
Manny Machado's dad says his son isn't going to land where everyone thinks  —  Manny Machado's family members have a lot to say about where the prized free agent will end up.  —  First it was his wife, Yainee, who wants to live in New York City and has a strong hold over her husband's decision making …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Kris Bryant: ‘Not good’ that stars Bryce Harper, Manny Machado still unsigned  —  CHICAGO — Cubs star Kris Bryant expressed frustration for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who remain unsigned with less than a month to go before spring training begins.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Free agent Dallas Keuchel wonders what it takes to get signed  —  With spring training approaching and top free agents remaining unsigned, it's been an another icy winter for baseball's hot stove.  —  Left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel is one of the best players still available and took …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:
Avisail Garcia gets 1-year deal from Rays for as much as $6 million  —  Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Rays.  —  The team announced the deal Friday, an agreement that guarantees $3.5 million this season.  —  He can earn $250,000 each …
Chicago Tribune:
‘I feel strong’: Yu Darvish says he's pain-free after an injury-plagued 2018 season  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Yu Darvish will report to spring training next month with the comfort of knowing his teammates.  —  More important, he's headed to Arizona with a healthy right elbow.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Reliever Rob Scahill, a Willowbrook High alumnus, joins the Cubs on a minor-league deal  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs added bullpen depth Friday by agreeing to terms with right-hander Rob Scahill, a Willowbook High School alumnus, on a minor-league contract.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Shildt feels a ‘rightful buzz’ about 2019 season as Winter Warm-Up arrives  —  Mike Shildt (center) gets a hand slap from Jose Martinez as Martinez returns to the dugout after hitting a homer against the Pirates last Aug. 28.  (Photo by Christian Gooden,
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Longtime backup catcher Tony Cruz returns to Cardinals as minor-league instructor  —  ST. LOUIS  • True to their organization's goal of having one generation of players shape the next and so on, the Cardinals' list of managers and instructors for the minor-league system is dotted …
Evan Drellich /
Henry: Red Sox may not spend much more, but not because of luxury tax  —  MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The highest luxury tax threshold for 2019 isn't going to keep the Red Sox from adding a reliever, Sox owner John Henry indicated on Friday.  It's simply the dollars overall that may keep the team …
Buster Olney / ESPN:   Buster's Buzz: Red Sox repeat? Four question marks facing the champs
Evan Drellich /
Red Sox still need bullpen help in lame offseason
Discussion: Over the Monster
Steve Buffery / Toronto Sun:
With Guerrero at the helm, the young Blue Jays will have a lot of fun playing together, win or lose  —  The Blue Jays clubhouse in recent years hasn't always been the most pleasant place to be around.  Even when they were winning.  —  For every good guy there seemed to be as many prima donnas …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves plan to hold Chop Fest, ‘rain or shine’  —  The Braves' annual Chop Fest fan event is still scheduled for Saturday at SunTrust Park.  A team representative said Friday that the event will take place “rain or shine.”  —  Many of the events are scheduled for indoors …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Is baseball heading toward a strike?  Scott Boras warns the ‘noncompetitive cancer’ is spreading around MLB  —  Baseball is getting sicker.  —  The symptoms have been presenting for a while: sagging attendance, a growing number of “rebuilding” teams, a disappearing middle class of veteran players …
Discussion: CBS New York
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Mike Clevinger: Indians' roster moves show front office smart, adaptive to change  —  Mike Clevinger is confident in the Cleveland Indians' roster moves because the front office is smart, adaptive to change.  —  CLEVELAND — For starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and his Cleveland Indians teammates …
Angels reach one-year deal with Cody Allen to be closer next season
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Joe Maddon denies report that Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo urged Chili Davis' firing  —  For the Cubs' Community Service Day, the team partnered with Good Sports, a nonprofit that provides equipment, apparel and footwear youngsters in need, for an event on Jan. 17, 2019, at Patrick Henry Elementary School.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Joe Maddon likes his calm Cubs as NL Central competitors load up on talent
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