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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 …
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Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Adrian Beltre's decision on his playing career is coming, leaving 2 hard questions for him and Rangers to answer  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — I ruined Scott Boras' monologue Wednesday.  —  He had already dropped Harper's Bazaar to refer to the market for free agent Bryce Harper this winter.
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: New York Times and Pinstripe Alley
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.
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 …
Discussion: NorthJersey.com
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 …
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:   Agent Scott Boras ready to listen to ‘historical’ offers for Bryce Harper
Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:   The Best Free-Agent Class in Baseball History Has Lost Its Luster
ESPN:   NL East offseason preview: Will Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto be on the move?
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 …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers pick up option on manager Dave Roberts' contract
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
Associated Press:   Dodgers exercise Roberts' option while eyeing long-term deal
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 …
Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times:
Mariners working on a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays  —  Seattle will also send outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith, who hit .296 with the Rays last season.  —  Mike Zunino may not have to go far …
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ESPN:
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.
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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.
Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Cubs Scouring Market For Bullpen Help  —  Ideally, the Cubs want to add a power lefty reliever, among other needs.  —  MLB  —  Cubs  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. (670 The Score) — The Cubs are kicking the tires on free-agent relievers and trade scenarios to acquire bullpen help at the GM Meetings.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Agent Scott Boras believes Cubs will keep Addison Russell
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: After knocking off the Cubs in the NL Central, the Brewers are primed for an encore
ESPN:
Pirates re-sign Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed infielder Jung Ho Kang to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.  —  Kang played in only three games — the Pirates' season-ending series against the Cincinnati Reds — in 2018 after missing nearly …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Gary Sanchez to have shoulder surgery, expected to be ready by Opening Day  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Gary Sanchez will have surgery on his left shoulder this week, but the New York Yankees catcher is expected to be ready by Opening Day.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS  —  New York general manager Brian Cashman …
Discussion: Sporting News
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Gary Sanchez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
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.
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ESPN:   White Sox give manager Rick Renteria extension
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
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets kicking the tires on bringing back Asdrubal Cabrera … CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Mets' search for versatile infield depth includes an old friend.  —  In their effort to find a player who can play second base — either as a starter or reserve — and give the team a backup shortstop …
Discussion: SNY
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ankiel's comeback delayed by elbow surgery, but Cardinals plan to have offer waiting  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.  • A comeback attempt with the Cardinals 14 years in the making will have to wait at least a few more months as lefty Rick Ankiel had elbow surgery that, for the moment, will delay his planned returned as a pitcher.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Expect a shift in ‘mindset’ to increase defensive shifts used by Cardinals
 
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