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9:50 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.
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Gabriel Baumgaertner / Sports Illustrated:
How Well Would Bryce Harper Fit With the Yankees?  It's Complicated  — Bryce Harper will have plenty of options during this free agency.  Are the Yankees a feasible one?  —  When the Yankees acquired reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and the $286 million remaining on his contract in December 2017 …
Discussion: CBSSports.com and NESN.com
Jesse Dougherty / Chicago Tribune:   'Harper's bazaar has begun' — and so has the Scott Boras Show
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Scott Boras rips teams that won't spend while downplaying idea Yanks won't consider Harper
Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:   The Best Free-Agent Class in Baseball History Has Lost Its Luster
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Gary Sanchez to have shoulder procedure, but expected to be ready for Opening Day
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 and USA Today
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Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Manny Machado to the Mets not happening despite team needing a bat
Discussion: USA Today and NorthJersey.com
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets kicking the tires on bringing back Asdrubal Cabrera
Associated Press:
Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Zunino, Heredia  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours.
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ESPN:   Rays finalizing trade for Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, per report
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’
Associated Press:
Gary Sanchez to have shoulder surgery, expected to be ready by Opening Day
Discussion: Sporting News and MLB Daily Dish
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
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Which players 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.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Future of Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey in question after report he's on way out
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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.
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
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 …
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.
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:
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. …
Discussion: NESN.com and USA Today
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
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
Paul Sullivan / Sacramento Bee:
After knocking off the Cubs in the NL Central, the Brewers are primed for an encore  —  The Cubs ended their season with a thud, blowing the division to the Brewers and losing in the wild-card game to the Rockies.  —  President Theo Epstein vowed to fix a “broke” offense in the offseason …
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Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Cubs Scouring Market For Bullpen Help
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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