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4:00 PM ET, November 8, 2018


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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.
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:
'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
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Scott Boras rips teams that won't spend while downplaying idea Yanks won't consider Harper
Discussion: and USA Today
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Gary Sanchez to have shoulder procedure, but expected to be ready for Opening Day
Morning Call / Baltimore Sun:
Reporter says ‘bank on it,’ Phils will get Bryce Harper
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Let the games begin between agent Scott Boras and the Yankees over Bryce Harper
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and New York Times
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
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Who would the Cubs be willing to trade this offseason?  —  Photos of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  As the Cubs seek to improve a 95-win team without adding significantly to an already bloated payroll, the same names are usually bandied about in trade rumors.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Future of Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey in question after report he's on way out
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Cubs Scouring Market For Bullpen Help
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Sacramento Bee:   After knocking off the Cubs in the NL Central, the Brewers are primed for an encore
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Agent Scott Boras believes Cubs will keep Addison Russell
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 …
Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers pick up option on manager Dave Roberts' contract
Andy McCullough / Baltimore Sun:   Dodgers have to figure out how to replace Farhan Zaidi
Associated Press:   Dodgers exercise Roberts' option while eyeing long-term deal
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 …
ESPN:   Rays finalizing trade for Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, per report
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.
Associated Press:   White Sox extend manager Rick Renteria's contract past 2019
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 …
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
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.
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:   Giants' new baseball chief Zaidi talks Bumgarner, rebuild, working with Bochy
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 …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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.
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
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Gary Sanchez To Undergo Shoulder Surgery
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
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Agree To Minor League Deal With Jett Bandy  —  The Rangers have agreed to a minor league pact with catcher Jett Bandy, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.  He'll add a bit of catching depth to the Texas system after the Rangers' surprising decision to move on from catcher Robinson Chirinos.
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Jim McLennan / AZ Snake Pit:
Arizona Diamondbacks named Wilson Defensive Team of the Year  —  So that's nice... Zack Greinke also followed up his Gold Glove with the award for best fielding pitcher.  —  Wilson, The Official Ball Glove of Major League Baseball, announced the 2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards tonight …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Freddie Freeman wins another defensive honor
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 …
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