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Chad Jennings / Boston Herald:
Don't bet on Red Sox trading for Giancarlo Stanton  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — From the sound of things in sunny Florida, it might be time to rain on the Red Sox' offseason parade.  At least when it comes to the biggest name on everyone's mind at this year's general managers meetings.
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Associated Press:
Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies at 99  —  Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and life-long friend Ted Williams, has died.  He was 99.  —  Doerr died Monday, the Red Sox said Tuesday in a statement.
Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Carlos Santana, Logan Morrison on Red Sox's radar?  —  With a clear hole at first base this offseason, the Boston Red Sox are considering several of the top available options at the position.  —  The Red Sox met with the representatives for free agent Logan Morrison on Monday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Discussion: NBCSports.com, CBS Boston and NESN.com
Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Padres to make run at Eric Hosmer?  —  The San Diego Padres could be a surprise suitor in this winter's Eric Hosmer sweepstakes.  —  The Pads are internally discussing the idea of pursuing the coveted free-agent first baseman, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Orioles entertaining offers for Zach Britton?
Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Royals eyeing Cameron Maybin?
Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Angels interested in Logan Morrison?
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Heyman | Dodgers and Cubs interested in Orioles closer Britton
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Schoendienst, 94, now is oldest living Hall of Famer  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  • The death Monday of former Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr at age 99 leaves former Cardinals infielder and manager Red Schoendienst the oldest living Baseball Hall of Famer at 94.
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UPI:
Boston Red Sox great Bobby Doerr dies
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:   Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Fame second baseman, dead at 99
Tom Schad / USA Today:   Hall of Famer, Red Sox legend Bobby Doerr dies at 99
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs seeking leadoff man for 2018  —  A day after the team's elimination from the playoffs, Cubs President Theo Epstein reflects on the team's accomplishments Oct. 20, 2017.  (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Who will lead off for the Cubs next year?
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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Offseason moves the Cubs should make to keep their playoff streak alive
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Are the Cubs looking to trade Jason Heyward? ‘Not at all’
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards, others know Stanton has all the power  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  • As the clock ticked toward baseball's Aug. 31 trade deadline and his staff gathered for seafood and yellow rice at his house, Detroit general manager Al Avila dispatched two trusted colleagues to go to an address and wait, a sheet of paper at the ready.
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Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Phillies unlikely to pursue Giancarlo Stanton?
Fox Sports:
Marlins have Stanton on the market as GM meetings start
Associated Press:
Judge, Bellinger unanimous picks as Rookies of the Year  —  The only major question was whether it would be unanimous — and it was.  —  Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are baseball's Rookies of the Year, after their record-setting home run binges left no need for any dissenting opinions.
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Fran Kilinski / New York Daily News:   Here are the eight other Yankees in addition to Aaron Judge who have won Rookie of the Year
ESPN:
Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger earns NL Rookie of the Year honors
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Should a team allow Ohtani to be a two-way player?  —  The question that continues to pop up here at the GM meetings, especially to the general managers but even beat writers, is if a team would allow Shohei Ohtani, the Babe Ruth of Japan, to play both ways.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
From 7,000 miles away, Shohei Ohtani - Japan's Babe Ruth - has MLB teams dreaming big  —  ORLANDO - He's here, but he's not here.  —  You can visualize him, but you can't see him.  —  Shohei Ohtani, 23, the most fascinating man in baseball, is 7,000 miles away from baseball's general manager meetings …
CBS Chicago:
Levine: White Sox Will Be Patient On Trade Market But Have No Untouchables  —  By Bruce Levine-  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Arguably the most active team in baseball last season, the White Sox may be sitting on the sidelines early on the trade market and free-agent market this offseason.
Discussion: South Side Sox
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Chris Kuc / Chicago Tribune:   White Sox GM Rick Hahn on trading Jose Abreu or Avisail Garcia: ‘Everything is in play’
Chicago Tribune:   Japanese star Shohei Otani is the talk of the GM meetings
Jorge Castillo / Washington Post:
Nationals to pay new Manager Dave Martinez a base salary of about $1 million per year  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo's work in Florida this week won't conclude when he and his peers around the majors disperse from the general managers' meetings at the Waldorf Astoria on Wednesday afternoon.
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Matt Gelb / Philly.com:   Phillies could hire unconventional bench coach for Gabe Kapler
ESPN:
Oscar De La Hoya: ‘Can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds’  —  It remains to be seen whether Oscar De La Hoya is truly serious, but he said Monday he has been “secretly training” and called out UFC star Conor McGregor for his comeback fight after nearly a decade in retirement.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers, Bush to discuss pathway to rotation; Andrus honored  —  Matt Bush continues to express a desire to transition from the Texas Rangers' bullpen to their starting rotation, and club officials are planning to sit down with him after Thanksgiving to discuss the move in more detail.
Associated Press:
Lou Gehrig's bat from last 2 homers up for auction  —  NEW YORK — The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an exhibition game in 1939, is being auctioned off again.  —  Once owned by actor Kurt Russell's family, the bat is part of a Yankees Legends offering by Heritage Auctions.
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees to interview Hensley Meulens, ex-Bomber and current Giants bench coach, for manager job  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Add a new name to the Yankees' managerial search: ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens.  —  And add another name who would like to be considered for the job: Carlos Beltran.
Discussion: ESPN, Pinstripe Alley and The Comeback
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Brian Cashman appears intrigued with adding a two-way player — such as Shohei Otani — to Yankees' roster
USA Today:
Our picks for MLB MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year  —  USA TODAY Sports' panel of nine baseball writers and editors submitted selections for the game's major awards at the end of the season and now, with the major awards released this week by the Baseball Writers' Association …
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Could Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce get multi-year deals averaging $12M/year?  —  Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2011-current) and former Reds Todd Frazier (2011-2015) and Jay Bruce (2008-2016) were all teammates in Cincinnati from 2011 (when Cozart and Frazier made their MLB debuts …
Discussion: CBS Cleveland
Kyle Brasseur / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Mariners interested in Carlos Santana?  —  Yet again looking to add a first baseman in the offseason, the Seattle Mariners appear to be eyeing one of the top free-agent options at the position.  —  The M's are interested in Carlos Santana, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
 
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Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Angels looking for a left-handed bat and already have eyes on one as offseason opens
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Astros' Luhnow savors overdue title
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