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Buster Olney / ESPN:
Bryce Harper rejects $300 million?  All part of Scott Boras' blueprint  —  It's a tradition quite unlike any other at Major League Baseball's offseason gatherings.  The Boras Corporation will send a text message to reporters informing them that Scott Boras will be fielding questions at an anointed time and place.
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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 …
Jesse Dougherty / Chicago Tribune:
Bryce Harper's ‘bazaar has begun’ and so has the Scott Boras show  —  The Washington Post  —  The joke was either seven years in the making or it rolled off the top of Scott Boras' head.  —  Either way, the agent was ready to unleash it when asked about Bryce Harper at baseball's General Manager meetings on Wednesday.
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.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Scott Boras rips teams that won't spend while downplaying idea Yanks won't consider Harper
Discussion: USA Today and NorthJersey.com
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Gary Sanchez to have shoulder procedure, but expected to be ready for Opening Day
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Let the games begin between agent Scott Boras and the Yankees over Bryce Harper
Discussion: New York Times and Pinstripe Alley
Morning Call / Baltimore Sun:
Reporter says ‘bank on it,’ Phils will get Bryce Harper
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
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 …
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
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Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Cubs Scouring Market For Bullpen Help
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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
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
Andy McCullough / Baltimore Sun:   Dodgers have to figure out how to replace Farhan Zaidi
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox GM weighs in on Jerry Reinsdorf's patience level — 'It's not running out' — and Michael Kopech's season-ending injury — a ‘kick in the gut’  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Is Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf losing any patience with the rebuild after the White Sox's 100-loss season in 2018?  —  Not yet.
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Associated Press:   White Sox extend manager Rick Renteria's contract past 2019
ESPN:   White Sox give manager Rick Renteria extension
Associated Press:
J.T. Realmuto, Amed Rosario drive in two runs each to power MLB All-Stars over Yomiuri Giants  —  TOKYO — J.T. Realmuto and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 on Thursday in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan's national team.
Discussion: ESPN
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
ESPN:
AL West offseason preview: Can Angels keep Mike Trout happy?  —  With free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam.  What are the big questions facing all 30 teams?  We continue our division-by-division series with a look at the American League West.  —  2018 record: 103-59
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
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves GM Meetings recap: Anthopoulos has options  —  Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos leaves the general manager meetings with a better understanding of the market, but nonetheless in a similar spot before his arrival.  —  Anthopoulos and 29 other GMs, along with abundant agents and reporters …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' final season at Globe Life Park now has a farewell logo  —  CARLSBAD, CALIF.  —  The final season of Globe Life Park now has an official logo that will be prominently displayed in 2019.  —  The logo, which has the years of the ballpark above the façade and a banner that reads …
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 and Amazin' Avenue
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Document prepared for potential investors says Dodgers plan on staying under luxury tax threshold  —  The Dodgers plan to keep their player payroll below the level that would require a luxury tax payment for at least the next four years, according to a document prepared for potential investors and reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.
Discussion: SBNation.com and Bleacher Nation
 
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