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7:25 AM ET, December 6, 2017


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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 …
Shohei Ohtani meetings continue Tuesday with Cubs, M's, Rangers  —  Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani met with the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and was meeting with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday evening, according to multiple reports.  —  Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese righthander …
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Shohei Ohtani: Which of the seven remaining MLB suitors is the best fit?  —  Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, mostly a mystery to American fans, has shown some of his personality traits during the run-up to his incursion into the big leagues.  —  For one, Ohtani clearly doesn't put money first …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Playing two ways about survival for Rangers' Gose  —  The good news for the Texas Rangers if they miss out on Shohei Ohtani is that they already have a two-way player signed and ready to go to spring training.  —  Anthony Gose, a career outfielder who spent last season as a relief pitcher …
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why Giants make sense for Shohei Ohtani
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:   Tampa Bay Rays hot topics: Blame Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
How are the Cubs still in the running for Shohei Ohtani?
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Bullpen help remains a priority for Cubs despite their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani
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 …
Reports: Cards sign Miles Mikolas to 2-year deal; RHP 31-13 in Japan
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Bryan Hoch /
Cashman looks to reinforce roster in hopes of another postseason appearance  —  NEW YORK — The five weeks immediately following Game 7 of the American League Championship Series were an impressive balancing act for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who conducted an intensive managerial search …
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Yankees would be wise to acquire Kyle Schwarber to fill DH role after missing out on Shohei Otani  —  The Yankees wanted Shohei Otani mostly for his pitching, but they were also willing to let him hit as a DH when he wasn't on the mound, so his refusal to consider playing in the Bronx raises the question of who will get those at-bats.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
John Harper / New York Daily News:
With manager and Otani situations resolved, Yankees are free to move forward with offseason plans
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Carlos Beltran believes Aaron Boone is a ‘great’ hire by the Yankees  —  Carlos Beltran may not have been the Yankees' selection for manager, but he still believes the team hit a home run in hiring Aaron Boone.  —  Beltran, who was one of six men to interview for Yankees skipper job last month …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Matt Breen /
Phillies hire Rob Thomson, formerly of Yankees, as bench coach
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Leonys Martin agrees to one-year, $1.75 million deal with Tigers  —  DETROIT — The Tigers have agreed to terms with outfielder Leonys Martin on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.  —  Martin, who hit .172 in 49 games last season with the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers sign centerfielder Leonys Martin to Major League deal
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals To Sign Wily Peralta  —  The Royals became the latest team to strike on the pitching market, adding righty Wily Peralta on a one-year deal, as Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star first reported (Twitter links).  Peralta will receive a $1.525MM guarantee, $1.5MM of which will go to his 2018 salary.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Royals Review
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract  —  The Royals added to their pitching staff on Tuesday, signing right-hander Wily Peralta to a one-year contract with a club option for 2019 worth a guaranteed $1.525 million.  —  He will make $1.5 million in 2018 with incentives worth up to $1.25 million each year.
Associated Press:
Derek Jeter: Any Giancarlo Stanton talk to this point ‘just speculation’  —  MIAMI — New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says the team has made no decision regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block following an MVP season.  —  The San Francisco Giants …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Agree To Terms With Kevin Maitan, Livan Soto  —  9:07pm: The Halos have also landed another former Braves shortstop, according to Baseball America's Ben Badler.  Youngster Livan Soto is also heading to the Los Angeles organization after striking a $850K deal.  That's nearly as much as his original $1MM bonus.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Inspired by Yordano Ventura, former Braves pitching prospect signs with Royals
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