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8:50 PM ET, December 6, 2017

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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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John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Stanton, Ohtani, who comments on Posey's ‘great aura’  —  Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey's “great aura.”  —  Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants' meetings with the two players they're pursuing the most …
Associated Press:
Derek Jeter: Any Giancarlo Stanton talk to this point ‘just speculation’
ESPN:
Rafael Palmeiro, 53, says ‘no doubt’ he can make it back to MLB  —  Rafael Palmeiro, who is 53 and last played in 2005, said he is thinking about trying to make a comeback.  —  Palmeiro told The Athletic, “there's no doubt in my mind I can do it.”  —  A four-time All-Star first baseman …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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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 …
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
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Peter Sblendorio / New York Daily News:
Carlos Beltran believes Aaron Boone is a ‘great’ hire by the Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
No questions on Ohtani, but about that six-man rotation ...  ARLINGTON  —  The Texas Rangers sent out a news release and tweet explaining that they would announce the signing of a free agent at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.  —  The first thought for many was Shohei Ohtani, who met …
Discussion: The Seattle Times
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ESPN:   Shohei Ohtani meetings continue Tuesday with Cubs, M's, Rangers
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
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Maria Torres / Kansas City Star:   Former Royals first-rounder Christian Colon could get a second chance with Braves
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.
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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 …
Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
Red Sox take Henry Owens off 40-man roster, setting up potential acquisition  —  The Red Sox have put former top prospect Henry Owens on outright waivers, taking him off the 40-man roster, a baseball source said Wednesday.  —  The 40-man roster was full after the Red Sox protected players ahead of the Rule 5 draft.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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