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Baseball America:
2021 Top 100 Prospects, Brought To You By Rapsodo  —  Baseball America's annual preseason Top 100 prospects ranking is here!  —  A lack of minor league season and scouting access in 2020 presented a challenging set of circumstances this year.  Still, there was a bevy of new information …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
The MLB teams with the most serious work still to do this offseason  —  I write this with great respect for my many friends who are Mets fans: It might be redundant to say they are irrational.  It wasn't surprising, then, that within a few weeks of Steve Cohen being installed as the team's new owner …
The Athletic:
Cavaliers expected to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr. after outburst: Sources  —  CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events.
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
Phillies make J.T. Realmuto 5-year, 9-figure offer  —  Amid signs that the free-agent market is finally beginning to awaken from its two-month hibernation, the Phillies have made a new nine-figure offer to free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.  —  According to an industry source familiar with the negotiations …
The Athletic:
Eagles set to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: Sources  —  Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is scheduled to fly to Florida for a Sunday meeting with Jeffrey Lurie as the Eagles continue their coaching search, The Athletic has learned.
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Associated Press:
Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto among 8 New York Mets players to reach 1-year deals  —  NEW YORK — The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with eight players Friday to avoid salary arbitration, including shortstop Francisco Lindor, outfielder Michael Conforto and first baseman-outfielder Dominic Smith.
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2020-21 MLB International Signings Tracker  —  2020-21 International signing tracker  —  *Click each team to go directly to that team's outlook.  —  The 2020-21 international signing period opens today, a signing class that normally would have started on July 2, 2020 but moved back to Jan. 15, 2021.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season  —  PHOENIX — Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning …
 
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