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5:15 PM ET, December 6, 2017

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New York Daily News:
Aaron Boone calls Yankees manager job ‘the chance of a lifetime’  —  Welcome to the Aaron Boone era of Yankee baseball.  —  Boone was officially introduced Wednesday at the Stadium as the 33rd manager in Yankee history.  —  “This is a special, special day for me and my family,” Boone said.
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Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
10 questions for new Yankees manager Aaron Boone
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Cashman looks to reinforce roster in hopes of another postseason appearance
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Carlos Beltran believes Aaron Boone is a ‘great’ hire by the Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies hire Rob Thomson, formerly of Yankees, as bench coach
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks bring back reliever T.J. McFarland on one-year deal  —  The Diamondbacks signed pitcher T.J. McFarland to a one-year deal on Wednesday, reuniting with the left-handed reliever less than a week after non-tendering him on Friday.  —  McFarland received a major league deal …
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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks' Brad Boxberger joins Archie Bradley, others, as late-inning option  —  The Diamondbacks added a back-end reliever last week, but General Manager Mike Hazen said the roles in his bullpen remain undefined - and could remain that way even into the start of spring training.
Robert Murray / FanRag Sports:
Braves to sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal  —  The Atlanta Braves have an agreement in place with former Kansas City Royals and Miami Marlins infielder Christian Colon on a minor-league deal, a league source tells FanRag Sports.  The deal is expected to include an invitation to Spring Training
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Talking Chop
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Maria Torres / Kansas City Star:   Former Royals first-rounder Christian Colon could get a second chance with Braves
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals To Sign Wily Peralta
Discussion: Royals Review and MLB Daily Dish
Joe Frisaro / MLB.com:
Giants, Cards front-runners to acquire NL MVP from Marlins, according to source  —  MIAMI — The Giancarlo Stanton trade derby has become a two-team race, with the Giants and Cardinals established as the front-runners, according to a source, while the Dodgers continue to monitor the situation.
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Associated Press:
Indians, Twins extend safety netting at ballpark for 2018  —  The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are the latest Major League Baseball teams to announce plans to expand safety netting at their ballparks for the 2018 season.  —  The Indians will extend the current vertical netting behind home plate …
Tim Daniels / Bleacher Report:
Rafael Palmeiro: 'There's No Doubt' I Can Make MLB Comeback at Age 53  —  Longtime MLB first baseman Rafael Palmeiro is considering a comeback at age 53, 12 years after his last game in the major leagues.  —  On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic passed along comments from the four-time All-Star …
Natalie Wong / Bloomberg:
Rogers Evaluating Sale of Blue Jays, Cogeco Stake, CFO Says  —  Rogers Communications Inc. is considering selling assets such as baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and a stake in media company Cogeco Inc. to free up capital for other investments, Chief Financial Officer Tony Staffieri said.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Ohtani meets with eight-man contingent of Texas Rangers personnel  —  Officials with the Texas Rangers met Tuesday afternoon with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani at his agent's office in Los Angeles, where a contingent led by co-owner Ray Davis, general manager Jon Daniels …
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ESPN:   Shohei Ohtani meetings continue Tuesday with Cubs, M's, Rangers
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   Shohei Ohtani: Which of the seven remaining MLB suitors is the best fit?
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Playing two ways about survival for Rangers' Gose
ESPN:
Dallas Keuchel pitched in postseason with foot injury  —  Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched with an undisclosed injury to his left foot during the second half of the season and throughout the team's run to the World Series title in October, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards sign starter who found success in Japan  —  The route to a game at Roger Dean Stadium was a lot shorter when Miles Mikolas was a kid growing up in nearby Tequesta, Fla., but after a detour through Japan, he has found his way back to that ballpark.  —  As momentum starts to build …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
No Babe Ruth of Japan?  How about the King Kong of Slug?  Breaking down Boston's winter wish list  —  BOSTON — Five weeks since it began, this offseason has been brought to Boston Red Sox fans everywhere by Debbie Downer.  —  Shohei Ohtani is coming to the United States!
Discussion: Over the Monster
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
The rebuilding guide: Which Royals offer the most trade value this offseason?  —  As the Royals' brain trust prepares to descend on the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando, Fla., the offseason remains largely in flux.  —  The club is still monitoring the market — and waiting — on first baseman Eric Hosmer.
 
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Associated Press:
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SI.com:
From the Editors: Why J.J. Watt and José Altuve are SI's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees
Discussion: MLB.com, FanRag Sports and The Ringer
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract
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