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5:50 PM ET, December 5, 2018


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Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Who's up next for the Yankees after free-agent target Patrick Corbin takes the Nationals money?  —  The best man may have worn a Yankees cap at Patrick Corbin's wedding last month, but the next time Corbin takes a big-league mound, he'll be wearing the red hat of the Washington Nationals.
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 …
ESPN:   Patrick Corbin agrees to terms with Nationals   Lowdown: Nationals Ink Corbin
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Yankees president Randy Levine says 'We're as good as the Red Sox'
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With everybody making moves, the NL East is suddenly baseball's most compelling division
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets GM tells Mike Francesa the team would need to be ‘very creative’ to have a shot at Manny Machado or Bryce Harper  —  The Mets have not made offers to Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.  —  Brodie Van Wagenen told Mike Francesa on his WFAN radio show Wednesday that the Mets had not yet made an offer “to the two big boys.”
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
How long can Robinson Cano be a force in the NY Mets' lineup?  —  Robinson Cano discusses his trade to the Mets  —  Before introducing Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz on Tuesday, Brodie Van Wagenen had some good news for Brandon Nimmo.  —  “We joked that it's a tremendous opportunity …
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
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets' Brodie Van Wagenen pushed and got the deal done
Discussion: Newsday
ESPN:   Jeff Wilpon: Mets wanted to ‘block’ rival Phillies from All-Star closer Edwin Diaz
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Phillies' interest in Edwin Diaz forced Mets to go all-in on closer
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
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 …
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 …
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