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7:25 AM ET, November 8, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Scott Boras rips teams that won't spend while downplaying idea Yanks won't consider Harper  —  Brodie Van Wagenen on the GM Meetings  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Around 1:45 p.m. PT Wednesday, the entrance to the Omni hotel became crowded with reporters.  Mega agent Scott Boras was scheduled …
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 …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and New York Times
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Gary Sanchez to have shoulder procedure, but expected to be ready for Opening Day  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Yankees may have a reason for Gary Sanchez's lost season.  —  Sanchez will undergo a debridement procedure on his left shoulder, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Wednesday during the GM Meetings.
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.
Morning Call / Baltimore Sun:
Reporter says ‘bank on it,’ Phils will get Bryce Harper  —  At least one national baseball writer has hitched himself to the “Harper-to-the-Phillies” wagon.  —  USA Today's Bob Nightengale thinks the Phils are a shoo-in to sign Harper.  —  Harper, 26, has spent his entire career in Washington …
ESPN:   Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats
ESPN:   NL East offseason preview: Will Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto be on the move?
Chuck Schilken / Los Angeles Times:   Bryce Harper turned down a 10-year, $300-million offer from the Nationals
Barry M. Bloom / Forbes:
Dodgers Exercise Option To Bring Dave Roberts Back As Manager in 2019  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers have picked up the option on Dave Roberts, who will continue to manage the team next season with the hope they can negotiate a longer term deal over time.  —  Andrew Friedman …
Associated Press:   Dodgers exercise Roberts' option while eyeing long-term deal
Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers pick up option on manager Dave Roberts' contract
Gabriel Baumgaertner / Sports Illustrated:
The Dodgers Were Wise to Keep Dave Roberts as Their Manager. That Should Be Obvious to Everyone.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jon Tayler / Sports Illustrated:
The Yankees Still Need to Fix Their Pitching Staff Even After Re-Signing CC Sabathia
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 will not return in 2019.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Agent Scott Boras believes Cubs will keep Addison Russell
Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Cubs Scouring Market For Bullpen Help
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: After knocking off the Cubs in the NL Central, the Brewers are primed for an encore
Rays finalizing trade for Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, per report  —  The Mariners are finalizing a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays involving catcher Mike Zunino, the Seattle Times reported Wednesday.  —  Seattle would send Zunino and part-time outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay …
Jim McLennan / AZ Snake Pit:   Arizona Diamondbacks named Wilson Defensive Team of the Year
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.
Associated Press:
Farhan Zaidi ready to take a team effort leading Giants  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Farhan Zaidi understands the intrigue that stems from his unique baseball path: from the small-budget Oakland Athletics to the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and back to the Bay Area to join the rival Giants.
Andy McCullough / Baltimore Sun:
Dodgers have to figure out how to replace Farhan Zaidi  —  In the early days of the 2017 season, a name on the transaction wire piqued the interest of Farhan Zaidi.  He remembered Max Muncy from his time as a member of Oakland's front office, and retained affection for the squat infielder's plate discipline and simplified swing.
Associated Press:
White Sox extend manager Rick Renteria's contract past 2019  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — The rebuilding Chicago White Sox have extended manager Rick Renteria's contract.  —  General manager Rick Hahn declined to give specifics Wednesday other than the extension goes past 2019, when Renteria's original three-year deal was set to end.
ESPN:   White Sox give manager Rick Renteria extension
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
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.
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia and Yankees close to finalizing one-year deal to bring veteran lefty back to Bronx  —  CARLSBAD, Ca.  — So far, the 2019 Yankees are looking a lot like the 2018 Yankees.  —  A week after re-signing Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured player on their roster, to a one-year deal for next season …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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
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