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10:10 AM ET, December 6, 2017

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ESPN:
Which Shohei Ohtani is the most fun Shohei Ohtani?  —  A couple weeks ago, Dan Syzmborski laid out the ZiPS projections for Shohei Ohtani as both a hitter (pretty good!) and a pitcher (close to great!).  This lines up with how we talk about Ohtani, how we plan for him, how we game out the best way for a team to use him.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and USA Today
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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 …
ESPN:
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?
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Playing two ways about survival for Rangers' Gose
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
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Bullpen help remains a priority for Cubs despite their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
10 questions for new Yankees manager Aaron Boone  —  The Yankees used to hold press conferences to introduce a new — or in Billy Martin's case, returning — managers every couple of months, or so it seemed.  On Wednesday, Aaron Boone will become just the third man to be so feted since 1996 …
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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
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
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 …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
Phillies hire Rob Thomson, formerly of Yankees, as bench coach
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
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ESPN:
Reports: Cards sign Miles Mikolas to 2-year deal; RHP 31-13 in Japan
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals sign relief pitcher Wily Peralta to one-year contract
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 …
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers sign centerfielder Leonys Martin to Major League deal
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
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.
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Inspired by Yordano Ventura, former Braves pitching prospect signs with Royals
Discussion: Royals Review
ESPN:
Ex-Braves GM John Coppolella ‘disgraced and humbled’
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 …
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.
Jerry DiPaola / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger:Ryan Shazier injury will ‘make you evaluate things’  —  The next time Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks about retiring, no one should be surprised.  —  Not when the game's violence continues to strike him and those close to him with greater and greater fury.
Discussion: FanRag Sports and ProFootballTalk
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ABC News:
Bengals lose Vontaze Burfict, Joe Mixon, Adam Jones to injury in loss to Steelers
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and FanRag Sports
 
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John Harper / New York Daily News:
Yankees would be wise to acquire Kyle Schwarber to fill DH role after missing out on Shohei Otani
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Bleacher Nation
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