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12:30 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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals To Sign Patrick Corbin  —  The Nationals have agreed to a deal with veteran lefty Patrick Corbin, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (via Twitter).  Corbin, a client of ISE Baseball, has landed a $140MM guarantee over a six-year term, Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets.
Lowdown: Nationals Ink Corbin  —  Corbin Lands with Nationals  —  The Nationals and left-hander Patrick Corbin agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract on Tuesday.  The deal is not official yet and is pending a physical.  Corbin turned down a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer …
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 …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
What Patrick Corbin snub says about Yankees' new mindset
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   With everybody making moves, the NL East is suddenly baseball's most compelling division
Chicago Tribune:
Dodgers enter Bryce Harper sweepstakes — and that's a game-changer
Discussion: Federal Baseball
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  —  GM went back and forth with Mariners until package was accepted for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.  —  Jeff Wilpon loves a big splash.  So when it came to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen approaching his offseason task of reworking …
Discussion: Newsday
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets say it would take this to trade Noah Syndergaard, plus a David Wright update
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
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 …
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.
Chris McCosky / Detroit News:
Tigers' Michael Fulmer, recovering from knee surgery, anxious to re-establish himself  —  Detroit — It was supposed to be a relatively routine meniscus repair.  But the way things had gone for Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer last season, who in their right mind would've expected a clean and easy surgery?
Bill Plaschke / The Charlotte Observer:
Dodgers make the right move by giving manager Dave Roberts a new contract  —  The roster changes daily.  The lineup changes nightly.  The bullpen reorganizes.  The rotation rotates.  —  Throughout the last three Los Angeles Dodgers seasons, amid the constant rearranging of a clubhouse …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Mariners' rebuild painful to watch, but it didn't have to be
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Associated Press:   World Series champ Red Sox accept invitation to White House
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