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8:50 AM ET, November 9, 2018

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Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Harper vs. Machado: Whose big payday promises bigger returns?  —  A couple of days ago, I put together a look at how well premier free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper fit on all 30 teams.  What I didn't get into was the question of what player I'd rather have.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
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Gabriel Baumgaertner / Sports Illustrated:
How Well Would Bryce Harper Fit With the Yankees? It's Complicated
Discussion: CBSSports.com and NESN.com
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:   Top agent Scott Boras calls rebuilding MLB teams a ‘competitive cancer’
Buster Olney / ESPN:   Bryce Harper rejects $300 million? All part of Scott Boras' blueprint
Jesse Dougherty / Chicago Tribune:   'Harper's bazaar has begun' — and so has the Scott Boras Show
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants' new boss Farhan Zaidi gets down to business at GM meetings  —  CARLSBAD, San Diego County — As Farhan Zaidi tried to hurry across the hotel grounds at the general managers' meetings Thursday, two young men approached asking him to sign baseballs.  —  “Can you write ‘Go Giants’ on there?” one asked.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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ESPN:
NL West offseason preview: Will Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado be dealt?  —  With free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam.  What are the big questions facing all 30 teams?  Next up is the NL West, in which the Dodgers are trying to figure out how to take that last step to a World Series title.
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:   Agent Scott Boras calls Giants and Bryce Harper ‘a perfect fit’
ESPN:
25 players eligible for MLB arbitration as super 2s  —  Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots.
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ESPN:   25 players eligible for MLB arbitration as super 2s
ESPN:   25 players eligible for MLB arbitration as super 2s
ESPN:   25 players eligible for MLB arbitration as super 2s
Associated Press:
Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto not distracted by trade rumors  —  TOKYO — Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto isn't letting trade rumors become a distraction either at home or in Japan, where he is currently part of an MLB All-Star tour.  —  Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill …
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Associated Press:   J.T. Realmuto, Amed Rosario drive in two runs each to power MLB All-Stars over Yomiuri Giants
Associated Press:
Man wins $100,000 lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers  —  A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox.  —  The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr. …
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WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor and 3B Jose Ramirez earn American League Silver Slugger Awards  —  Ramirez and Lindor are the first Indians teammates to win back-to-back Silver Sluggers since Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez in 1999-2000.  —  Author: Dave “Dino” DeNatale
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Silver Slugger winners announced for 2018  —  Baseball award season is in full swing.  While we won't know the major individual award — MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year — winners until week, Major League Baseball has set the table this week with a couple tasty appetizers.
David Whitley / Baltimore Sun:
Tim Tebow gets baseball promotion, and outrage ensues  —  Orlando Sentinel  —  Spring training is three months away, but it's always Tebow season for baseball skeptics.  —  They have come out firing after the New York Mets said Tim Tebow would likely start the year in Triple-A. That's …
Discussion: New York Post
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Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Manny Machado to the Mets not happening despite team needing a bat
Discussion: USA Today
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers mailbag: How long will rebuild last?  Don't sugarcoat it  —  Taking a look at what the Tigers' starting lineup and pitching rotation could look like to open the 2019 season.  Video by Anthony Fenech and Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press.  —  CONNECT  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. - Buckle up for boredom.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark W. Sanchez / New York Post:
Yankees sign veteran catcher as more Gary Sanchez insurance  —  A day after the Yankees announced a surprise Gary Sanchez surgery, they moved to further solidify his position.  —  The Yankees have signed veteran catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, The Post's Joel Sherman reported Thursday.
Discussion: Over the Monster
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New York Daily News:   Yankees announce Gary Sanchez's shoulder surgery went ‘as expected’
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As GM meetings conclude, Cardinals are all about the upgrades  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.  • By the end of the 72-hour mixer Major League Baseball held this week for executives from all 30 clubs, the Cardinals' front office had talked with almost every team, explored a variety of trades …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
MLB focused on use of technology to steal signs  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Major League Baseball is continuing to take a hard look at the use of technology in order to steal signs during games, according to MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem.  Discussions this winter will help determine if they expand in-game security.
Dan Caesar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina, other big leagues playing games in Japan on MLB Network  —  Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, a fan favorite, is on a team of big-league baseball players touring Japan to play a series of games against standout players from that nation.  —  Molina shined in a tune-up game Thursday …
Steve Buffery / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays have major decisions to make with their infield  —  CARLSBAD, CA - The Blue Jays infield, with all the intrigue and possible plot lines, is worthy of a Agatha Christie novel.  —  There are so many different scenarios that could unfold next season, or even this off-season …
 
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Pete Grathoff / Kansas City Star:
Former MLB general manager says Royals should trade catcher Salvador Perez
Discussion: Royals Review
EndPlay / WPXI-TV:
Steelers' Antonio Brown cited for going 100+ mph on McKnight Road
Janie McCauley / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Willie McCovey remembered for humility and care for others
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:
Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Zunino, Heredia
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
Corey Kluber Blockbuster Trade Is the 1 All-in Risk Yankees Need to Win a Title
Discussion: Forbes
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Which players would the Cubs be willing to trade this offseason?
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Agree To Minor League Deal With Jett Bandy
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
ESPN:
AL West offseason preview: Can Angels keep Mike Trout happy?
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox GM Rick Hahn weighs in on Jerry Reinsdorf's patience level …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves GM Meetings recap: Anthopoulos has options
Discussion: Talking Chop
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
 

 
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