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4:00 AM ET, February 18, 2019


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
Baseball notebook: Source says Moustakas, Brewers nearing a deal  —  Source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing a deal  —  Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers To Re-Sign Mike Moustakas  —  4:38pm: There's a mutual option for 2020, Mark Feinsand of reports.  —  4:23pm: Moustakas will earn $10MM in 2019, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.  His deal is “likely” to include a mutual option, Heyman adds.
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Second base: Return of Mike Moustakas once again means changes at two infield positions
Discussion: Press Gazette Media
Chicago Tribune:
Padres offer Manny Machado an 8-year deal worth at least $240 million: reports  —  Look out, White Sox.  It appears the Padres are serious about signing free-agent infielder Manny Machado.  —  The Padres have offered Machado an eight-year contract worth at least $240 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Bobby Nightengale /
New position, no problem for Cincinnati Reds catcher, Rule 5 pick Connor Joe  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - When Connor Joe caught his first bullpen at the start of spring training, it was the first time he was behind the plate since he was in college.  The Reds had an idea it wouldn't be too much for him.
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto says he's ‘proud’ of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado for standing ground with contracts  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. - With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado available on the free agent market as players report to spring training complexes this weekend …
Buster Olney / ESPN:   If Bryce or Manny go to Philly, they'd better get dirty
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
The Yankees really need 24-year-old Jonathan Loaisiga to plug the rotation  —  TAMPA — Sure, the Yankees solidified their rotation this winter by bringing back JA Happ and CC Sabathia, and bringing in James Paxton in a trade.  Still, they will need at least seven or eight starters to make it through the season.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Aaron Judge fully healthy entering Yankees' spring training  —  TAMPA, Fla. — With his once-broken wrist fully healed, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is reporting to spring training camp this week in peak physical condition, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Aaron Boone is teasing Aaron Judge batting leadoff again
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Aaron Boone once ‘smack-talked’ CC Sabathia long before they were Yankees
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
J. Martinez, Gyorko would be hard to leave off Cardinals  —  Cardinals infielder Jedd Gyorko fields a ball while running drills during spring training on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Christian Gooden,
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Pena returns to Cardinals to back up Molina, but there's a catch
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals will go ‘live’ on Monday
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
5 takeaways from White Sox camp, including top prospects Zack Collins and Luis Robert there to be seen — and heard  —  Photos of the White Sox at spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., before the 2019 season.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Five takeaways from Sunday at White Sox camp:
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:   White Sox-Dodgers deal for outfielder Joc Pederson still possible, sources say
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   White Sox hope Ivan Nova can steady a young pitching rotation
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland, after being unsigned last offseason, has new take on free agency  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Diamondbacks closer Greg Holland closes his eyes, takes a deep breath and allows those unpleasant memories to slowly trickle back into his thoughts.  —  Bryce Harper is still unsigned.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Freddie Freeman talks Braves roster, expectations, MLB's stalled marketplace
Associated Press:
Rob Manfred says pitching clock will be introduced in spring training and brushes off players' free agency gripes  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Pitch clock is coming to Grapefruit games, says Manfred; ‘negativity’ an issue
Associated Press:
Yasmani Grandal takes proactive approach to learning Brewers' staff  —  PHOENIX — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Peter Alonso faces down Jacob deGrom in Mets' first live batting practice  —  PORT ST. LUCIE - Plenty of teams held their first live batting practice of the spring this weekend.  But only the Mets had a 2019 NL Rookie of the Year candidate digging in against the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets have to keep pitcher Kyle Dowdy on roster or return him to Indians
Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:
Buster Posey's comments on winning help Giants recruit new outfielder  —  The free agent outfielder joined the Giants after being influenced by Buster Posey  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-Like more than 100 other major league free agents, Cameron Maybin sat at home through the cold winter months wondering …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Madison Bumgarner says he was joking over opener refusal  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Madison Bumgarner was joking when he told manager Bruce Bochy he absolutely refuses to pitch behind an opener.  —  It won't happen anyway.  —  San Francisco's ace lefty is hardly a likely candidate …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos, won't sweat trade rumors, at spring training  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — After spending his offseason in trade rumors, working out in his garage and stating his preference to be traded by the start of spring training, Nicholas Castellanos returned to Tiger Town on Sunday morning …
Evan Woodbery /
Nicholas Castellanos is still a Tiger. How does he feel about that?
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Casey Mize thriving at Detroit Tigers camp with ‘big league mentality’
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Stroman lashes out at contract situation, trade speculation and overall state of the Blue Jays  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. — Marcus Stroman likes to bring the heat when he's on the mound, a place where he's comfortable and feels he can be one of the best pitchers in major league baseball.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Back-to-basics approach for Joe Maddon and the Cubs starts Monday  —  Photos of Joe Maddon, the 2015 NL Manager of the Year.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  After the principal talks to the students, the teacher will take a hands-on approach in the instruction of his students on the first full day of class.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   5 takeaways from Cubs spring training, including Ian Happ pushing for more time at second base
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks could break in Jon Duplantier, other rotation prospects as relievers  —  The Diamondbacks arrived at camp with a fully stocked starting rotation, the second consecutive year they have acknowledged there are no jobs up for grabs entering spring training.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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