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9:45 PM ET, November 7, 2018


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Bryce Harper turned down $300 million offer from Nationals  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Washington Nationals' contract offer to All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper was for 10-year, $300 million that he rejected five weeks ago, two persons with direct knowledge of the proposed deal told USA TODAY Sports.
NL East offseason preview: Will Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto be on the move?  —  With free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam.  What are the big questions facing all 30 teams?  Here's a look at the NL East, where a changing of the guard seems to be taking shape.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies.  You can bank on it.  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — It was the Bryce Harper show Wednesday, or as agent Scott Boras cleverly called it, “Harper's Bazaar.”  —  It has nothing to do with the fashion industry, and everything to do with a man who's about to become …
Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats  —  Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple reports.  —  Washington tried to lock up Harper with one of the richest deals in baseball history …
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
The Marlins need to trade J.T. Realmuto. Here are five potential deals that make sense
Chuck Schilken / Los Angeles Times:   Bryce Harper turned down a 10-year, $300-million offer from the Nationals
Daily Record:   Yankees considering Bryce Harper at first base? Brian Cashman won't say
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Sources: Nationals made Bryce Harper ‘aggressive offer’ last month, did not reach agreement
Jon Tayler / Sports Illustrated:
The Yankees Still Need to Fix Their Pitching Staff Even After Re-Signing CC Sabathia  — The Yankees' lack of starting pitching depth was their biggest problem in 2018.  What can they do this offseason to fix it?  —  CC Sabathia's final ride will come in the Bronx.
Wallace Matthews / Baltimore Sun:   Now we'll see if Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner has some Boss in him, and here's what he can do to prove it
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia and Yankees close to finalizing one-year deal to bring veteran lefty back to Bronx
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Pete Caldera / USA Today:
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees agree on one-year contract
Discussion: Daily Record
Source: CC Sabathia, Yankees agree on 1-year, $8 million contract
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Expect a shift in ‘mindset’ to increase defensive shifts used by Cardinals  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.  • While the Cardinals canvass the market for possible upgrades at first or third base, the team has already assured there will be one change for their infielders in 2019.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ankiel's comeback delayed by elbow surgery, but Cardinals plan to have offer waiting
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As GM meetings open, Cardinals watch which way trade winds blow
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Fish Stripes
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants' new baseball chief Zaidi talks Bumgarner, rebuild, working with Bochy  —  Giants CEO Larry Baer first met Farhan Zaidi on Friday.  They reconvened Sunday and Monday, when Baer offered the Dodgers general manager the chance to lead San Francisco's front office for at least the next five years.
Scott Lauber /   MLB Free agency: Phillies unlikely dissuaded by Manny Machado's postseason antics
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Giants hire Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi as head of baseball operations
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Hire Dave Hudgens As Bench Coach  —  The Blue Jays announced Wednesday that they've hired Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens as manager Charlie Montoyo's new bench coach.  Hudgens, 62 next month, becomes the third member of Houston manager A.J. Hinch's staff to be hired away by another organization since season's end.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Agent Scott Boras believes Cubs will keep Addison Russell  —  Photos of Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Addison Russell's future with the Cubs has been in doubt since he went on administrative leave in September after his former wife made public her allegations of domestic abuse.
Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
Angels show interest in free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos … The Angels are among five teams interested in signing free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on it publicly.  —  Ramos is a nine-year veteran who was an all-star …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Maria Torres / Los Angeles Times:
Billy Eppler is working to upgrade Angels bullpen
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos will stay in right field in 2019  —  Examining Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos' All-Star credentials.  Video by Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press.  —  CONNECT  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Nicholas Castellanos is the Detroit Tigers' right fielder.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   How long until the Detroit Tigers are in the high-end free agent market?
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Freddie Freeman wins another defensive honor  —  Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was named Wilson defensive player of the year at first base.  The honor comes shortly after he won the Gold Glove for first base in the National League, tying Anthony Rizzo to split the distinction.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Gary Sanchez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery  —  Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder this offseason, general manager Brian Cashman tells reporters at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. (Twitter links via Lindsey Adler of The Athletic).
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Inside Pass: A Jimmy Butler update, a Terry Rozier dilemma in Boston, plus notes from around the NBA  —  The Jimmy Butler saga has hovered over the NBA ever since his trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves became public on the eve of training camp, and there doesn't appear …
White Sox give manager Rick Renteria extension  —  Chicago White Sox general manager Rich Hahn revealed at the MLB general managers meetings on Tuesday that manager Rick Renteria's contract has been extended beyond the 2019 season.  —  Hahn told reporters the extension wasn't announced …
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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