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8:45 AM ET, November 19, 2018


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Mark Fischer / Baltimore Sun:
Manny Machado-Yankees free agency debate makes way to Joe Girardi  —  Joe Girardi's future in the majors seems as unclear as the crop of free agents he analyzed over the last season for MLB Network.  —  That group of course includes the prized — and controversial — Manny Machado.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:NEW!
Bryce, Manny, Corbin and more?  What a Yankees spending spree could bring  —  It's been a miserable, wretched nine seasons in the Bronx.  No World Series titles for the New York Yankees.  No World Series appearances.  The Yankees haven't finished in first place since 2012.
Bob Raissman / New York Daily News:
Manny Machado already the talk of the town as Gasbags hustle to paint possible Yankees target as a bad dude  —  In a recent interview on ESPN-98.7's “The Michael Kay Show,” Brian Cashman said: “To try him (Manny Machado) in public is something I don't want to participate in.”
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Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Widespread Interest  —  Free-agent starter Nathan Eovaldi has drawn considerable interest on the open market, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, who writes that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays and Giants join the previously reported Red Sox …
Mike Rosenstein / New Jersey Online:
MLB rumors: Yankees not chasing Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi?  —  Teams looking for right-handed starters during the offseason won't find many who are available.  —  The best arm on the trade market belongs to Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, who could be had for the right price.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Mets' end game in a possible Syndergaard trade; Orioles' skipper search; Rangers' rotation questions  —  If the Mets trade right-hander Noah Syndergaard, it will not be for a package of high-end prospects.  Or at least, that will not be the end game.  —  The Mets, intent on improving …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   NY Mets were open to Noah Syndergaard trade during summer; talks could heat up in winter
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers hope to be sellers this winter.  Here's who they may trade  —  Taking a look at what the Tigers' starting lineup and pitching rotation could look like to open the 2019 season.  Video by Anthony Fenech and Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press.  —  CONNECT
Thuc Nhi Nguyen / Orange County Register:
UCLA stuns USC to snap three-game rivalry losing streak  —  PASADENA — USC players spilled onto the field at the Rose Bowl.  They inched out from the sideline, past the numbers and close to the hash marks as they waved their arms and bounced up and down in anticipation of the fourth quarter against UCLA on Saturday.
Ashley Varela / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Astros acquire Aledmys Díaz from Blue Jays  —  Aledmys Díaz from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Trent Thornton, the teams announced Saturday.  —  Díaz, 28, was originally acquired by the Blue Jays last winter in a swap for minor leaguer J.B. Woodman.
Associated Press:   Astros get Diaz in a trade with Blue Jays
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves prospect injured after walk-off homer  —  Braves prospect Braxton Davidson blasted a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the Arizona Fall League championship game Saturday, clinching the title for Peoria.  —  However, as he approached home plate, the former first-round pick appeared to be injured.
John Fay /
RedsXtra: Predictions for '19 are impossible at this point and will be until we see which pitchers the Reds add  —  I was on a panel discussing all things Reds the other night at the Green Diamond Gallery.  Toward the end, someone asked for our predictions on the Reds record for 2019.
Matt Snyder /
Bryce Harper rumors: Why you shouldn't count out the Cubs despite supposed budget crunch  —  There's a report from a Chicago radio host that the Cubs are in on Harper  —  For the past few years, the Cubs and now-free agent Bryce Harper have been connected in rumors.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers' new staff may be piling up first-year coaches, but don't underestimate their ability to make a positive impact  —  They are treating this almost as if they are starting from scratch.  —  And maybe they are.  —  The Rangers have fallen on hard times, some of it self-inflicted …
Associated Press:   Rangers hire Julio Rangel to handle pitching staff
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