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7:10 PM ET, January 12, 2018

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Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
Comics take swings at ‘skinny’ Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant at Anthony Rizzo's benefit  —  Chicago Tribune  —  “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor and Cubs fan Jeff Garlin was a last-minute scratch as host of Anthony Rizzo's Laugh Off for Cancer on Thursday night at Studio Paris …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
Source: Cubs' Kris Bryant gets $11M, most for first-time arbitration-eligible player  —  CHICAGO — Former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant received a record settlement for a first-time arbitration-eligible player on Friday as he agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal with the Chicago Cubs …
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs agree to terms with Kyle Hendricks, Justin Wilson, Tommy La Stella  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms Friday with pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Wilson.  —  The agreements were reached hours before teams and arbitration eligible players face a noon deadline …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Globe and Mail:
Jays sign Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million contract  —  Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $23 million (U.S.), one-year contact, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.  —  The new deal gives the 2015 AL MVP a $6 million raise.
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ESPN:
Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season  —  Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday broke the record for the highest salary among players eligible for arbitration, reaching agreement on a one-year deal for $23 million, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, confirming multiple reports.
ESPN:
Source: Manny Machado avoids arbitration with $16M deal  —  Manny Machado agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday to avoid a salary arbitration hearing in February, a source told ESPN.  —  Machado, 25, is a three-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves over parts of six seasons with the Orioles.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Zach Britton, Brad Brach
Discussion: Camden Chat
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Eduardo Nunez would give the Mets the speed and athleticism they need  —  During many an off-the-record chat at his locker, Alex Rodriguez loved to play fantasy GM and tell me what he'd do if he were in charge.  And the one guy he was always insisting should play more was Eduardo Nunez.
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Bill Madden / New York Daily News:   Mets' Jay Bruce signing just latest example of MLB's frozen free-agent market
Matt Ehalt / NorthJersey.com:   Mets have added quality reliever and power bat, but still have open spot for infielder
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals, Ozuna avoid arbitration with $9 million deal for 2018  —  ST. LOUIS  • With the Cardinals relatively new hard-line stance when it comes to arbitration-eligible players, Friday afternoon's deadline had greater resonance because it wasn't just a pause in negotiations any more.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Wainwright heads into final year of contract with renewed fire
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals sign Grichuk to one-year deal, continue talks with Ozuna, other arb players
Associated Press:
Yankees settle with six players, on track to get under tax line  —  NEW YORK — The Yankees reached one-year contracts with their remaining six players eligible for arbitration on Friday, leaving their projected luxury-tax payroll at $177 million — $20 million below the threshold.
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Associated Press:
Reliever Tommy Kahnle, Yankees agree to one-year deal worth $1.3M
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Yu Darvish refutes report that Yankees offered him long-term contract  —  Yu says it's not true.  —  After revealing earlier in the week that the Yankees were on his list of six teams he's considering in free agency, Yu Darvish took to Twitter again on Friday to refute a report that the Bombers recently made him a long-term offer.
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John Harper / New York Daily News:   What Brian Cashman can do to help Yankees' chances of landing Yu Darvish
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Yu Darvish a pitcher of interest to Brian Cashman and Yankees
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:
Buster Olney's top 10 teams: Are the Astros and Dodgers still baseball's best?  —  Postseason performances have outsize value in Major League Baseball, and this is why David Freese shares emotional space with Bob Gibson in St. Louis, why several generations of New Englanders …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
New York Daily News:
Mets and Matt Harvey avoid arbitration with one-year, $5.625 million deal: report  —  The Mets and Matt Harvey reportedly avoided arbitration on Friday with an agreement on a one-year, $5.625 contract.  —  After a 2017 season marred by injury, a team-mandated suspension and poor pitching …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers agree to deals with relievers Shane Greene, Alex Wilson  —  The Detroit Tigers have agreed to contracts with two of their four remaining arbitration-eligible players this afternoon.  —  According to multiple people with knowledge of the situation, right-handed relievers Shane Greene …
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Mary Kay Cabot / Plain Dealer:
Browns hiring Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach in reunion with Hue Jackson  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns will likely draft a quarterback such as Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold No. 1 overall, and now he'll have a new position coach guiding him, a league source told cleveland.com.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries  —  President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting.
 
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ESPN:
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies avoid arbitration with $14M deal
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Jeff Howe / Boston Herald:
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Associated Press:
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks reach $7.5M, one-year deal, avoid salary arbitration
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George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers shuffle minor league staff assignments for 2018
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