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2:00 PM ET, January 26, 2020


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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Dallas Keuchel apologizes for sign stealing, says ex-teammates should as well  —  MLB, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox  —  About a week after some of his former Houston Astros teammates were mum on the subject of illegal sign stealing, Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel was both apologetic …
Associated Press:
Athletics' Mike Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower.  —  Fiers declined to answer questions Friday about revealing the sign-stealing scandal …
Dennis Lin / The Athletic:
Sources: Padres and Red Sox have discussed potential Mookie Betts trade  —  In the latest sign of their ambitions, the Padres have discussed a trade centered around Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, sources told The Athletic.  —  Such a deal would shatter the relative monotony of the past month.
The Boston Globe:
How can the Red Sox be so confident MLB's investigation will end well for them?  —  Every day there seems to be another Red Sox person or media report expressing confidence that Major League Baseball's investigation into alleged cheating by the 2018 Sox will not result in significant punishment …
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
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Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
‘Where I belong’: Alex Gordon says he made up his mind last year to return to Royals  —  A Kansas City Royals veteran left fielder, franchise mainstay, champion and a regional folk hero produced by the cornfields of Nebraska, Alex Gordon knew he wasn't going to entertain thoughts of playing …
Discussion: Royals Review
Chris Bumbaca / USA Today:
Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield on missing 2018 All-Star Game: ‘Jose Altuve took my spot’
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals cornerstone, veteran LF Alex Gordon returns to Kansas City on a one-year deal
The Top 100 prospects for 2020, team by team  —  MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list for 2020 is live, led by an 18-year-old with an 80-grade hit tool.  —  But what about the rest of the list?  Who made the cut from your favorite team?  Here's a team-by-team look at every organization's representatives on this year's list:
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Nearing Multi-Year Contract With Trevor Story  —  8:39pm: It is indeed an arbitration-only contract,'s Jeff Passan tweets.  Story will receive $27.5MM over the two-year term.  The Rockies will not gain control over any prospective open-market seasons but will gain some cost certainty as part of the work-out.
2020 Mets Fanfest  —  Photos from the 2020 Mets Fanfest on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020 at Citi Field.  —  The Mets' Edwin Diaz speaks to the press at the Mets Fanfest at Citi Field on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020.  —  The Mets' Brandon Nimmo greets fans during Fanfest at Citi Field on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020.
Randy Miller / New Jersey Online:
Yankees tell Miguel Andujar to learn new positions, and he needs to do so fast or else ...  Yankees manager Aaron Boone recently spent some time in the Dominican Republic meeting up with a few of his most important players.  —  That's where two-time All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez and two-time All-Star pitcher Luis Severino live.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals To Re-Sign Ryan Zimmerman  —  The Nationals have reached a one-year, $2MM guarantee with first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, pending a physical, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports.  The deal can max out at $5MM with performance bonuses, and it includes a full no-trade clause.
Connor Grott / UPI:
Four-time All-Star Justin Morneau elected to Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame  —  All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau was selected as the newest member of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, the team announced Friday.  —  Morneau will officially be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Claim Nick Margevicius  —  The Mariners have claimed lefty Nick Margevicius off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement.  Right-hander Reggie McClain was designated for assignment to create roster space.  —  Margevicius was designated for assignment recently by the Friars.
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