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2:50 PM ET, December 5, 2018


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Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Does Corbin joining Nats signal end of Harper's time in D.C.?  —  Signing Patrick Corbin doesn't mean the Nationals are done with Bryce Harper.  But it is one more sign that they're more than prepared for life without him.  —  To be perfectly clear, Corbin isn't a power-hitting outfielder like Harper.
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
Yankees smart to not give Patrick Corbin the 6-year, $140M deal the Nationals foolishly did  —  Two weeks after his wedding, in which his best man younger brother saluted him by donning a Yankee cap, Patrick Corbin has signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
What Patrick Corbin snub says about Yankees' new mindset  —  The Yankees liked Patrick Corbin, projected him as the best starter in this free-agent class.  Their appreciation went beyond just his performance.  Their homework was that the lefty had terrific makeup and he had the fringe benefit …   Lowdown: Nationals Ink Corbin
ESPN:   Patrick Corbin agrees to terms with Nationals
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With everybody making moves, the NL East is suddenly baseball's most compelling division
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Don't be fooled — this Mets deal will be judged on Robinson Cano's production and whether it translates to wins  —  Let's get this straight right from the start: Fans don't care about offsetting salaries, or how much their team pays into the luxury tax, or staying under some owner's arbitrarily-set payroll cap.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets' Brodie Van Wagenen pushed and got the deal done
Discussion: Newsday
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets say it would take this to trade Noah Syndergaard, plus a David Wright update
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Phillies' interest in Edwin Diaz forced Mets to go all-in on closer
ESPN:   Jeff Wilpon: Mets wanted to ‘block’ rival Phillies from All-Star closer Edwin Diaz
Associated Press:
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. hired as Marlins pitching coach  —  MIAMI — Former Seattle Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has been hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins.  —  Also joining manager Don Mattingly's staff is former Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, who will be first base and infield coach.
Alex Rodriguez / PodcastOne:
LATEST EPISODE … PAST EPISODES  —  NFL Week 13 fastest 2 minutes.  (2:20-8:57) Mike McCarthy fired and we broke the news, not to brag.  Recapping NFL Sunday, the Chargers big win, AFC WC cluster fuck, Done Chain, Texans are still winning, Chase Daniel is Chase Daniel …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Sutcliffe gets contract extension from ESPN: ‘A terrific analyst who is as dialed into the game as anyone’  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Rick Sutcliffe, a Cy Young winner with the 1984 division champion Cubs who joined ESPN as a baseball analyst in 1998, has agreed to a multiyear contract extension …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
DeWitts have fond memories of President Bush  —  It was early in the morning after one of those playoff games that went late into the night when Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. heard his phone buzz to life and opted to ignore it.  —  It had to be 2005, or maybe 2004 …
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Yankees president Randy Levine says 'We're as good as the Red Sox'  —  Conceding the Red Sox are superior is forbidden in these parts and Randy Levine is staying within the ideals of the Evil Empire.  —  Even if it means stretching popular opinion.  —  “I think we're as good as the Red Sox right now …
Chicago Tribune:
Dodgers enter Bryce Harper sweepstakes — and that's a game-changer
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants' Dave Righetti to remain in organization  —  Former Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti is not riding into the sunset just yet.  Righetti, whose contract with the club was due to expire at the end of the year, will have a place in the new baseball administration.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Another Japanese star pitcher is headed to MLB.  How strongly will Rangers pursue him?  —  Texas Rangers general manager Jon McDaniels talks about Adrian Beltre's accomplishments at Beltre's fairwell retirement conference from Major League Baseball at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
What would happen if baseball killed the shift?  Support for the idea is building inside the game  —  What if baseball banned The Shift?  —  We don't ask that question because we're looking for clicks.  We don't even ask it because we're trying to get invited to the potentially epic End of the Shift party at Matt Carpenter's house.
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
David Ortiz: J.D. Martinez not getting credit he deserves  —  CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Sitting in a golf cart at the 11th Annual David Ortiz Golf Classic, the function's host got increasingly animated as he spoke.  —  For David Ortiz, the topic of J.D. Martinez hits home.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Hot Stove update: Cardinals explore Goldschmidt trade, look for market clarity as meetings approach
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
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