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12:35 AM ET, November 8, 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.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Agent Scott Boras ready to listen to ‘historical’ offers for Bryce Harper  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Declaring “Harper's Bazaar” open for business on Wednesday, baseball superagent Scott Boras is ready to listen to high-priced offers for Bryce Harper, his 26-year-old superstar client.
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 …
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Let the games begin between agent Scott Boras and the Yankees over Bryce Harper  —  CARLSBAD, Ca.  - Super agent Scott Boras says Bryce Harper is a “generational player,” a once-in-a-lifetime talent who over the course of what is expected to be a 10-year, $300 million-plus free agent contract will …
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.
ESPN:   Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats
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
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
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
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.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Giants hire Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi as head of baseball operations
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Future of Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey in question after report he's on way out  —  Photos of Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs President Theo Epstein on Wednesday declined comment on an WMVP-AM 1000 report that pitching coach Jim Hickey willl not return in 2019.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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.
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
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.
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves will address bullpen needs - prudently  —  The Braves won't be dabbling in the high-priced reliever market, meaning dreams of a reunion with Craig Kimbrel are likely just that.  —  While corner outfield and catcher are the team's stated priorities, the bullpen and bench will also be addressed.
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