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Scott Boeck / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Six MLB players who could be traded over the winter  —  With Major League Baseball's winter meetings days away and the best free agent starting pitcher already off the market, the offseason is about to take off in earnest.  —  There already has been a burst of activity.
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Houston Chronicle:
Winter Meetings and the AL West: Seattle Mariners  —  Baseball's Hot Stove League is already in action ahead of next week's Winter Meetings.  A look at what's going on with the Astros' rivals in the AL West:  —  Today: Mariners  —  2018 record: 89-73  —  Noteworthy Departures …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets will be aggressive, but are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in play?  —  The Mets aren't planning on handing out any $200-million contracts this winter.  —  Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets have not offered deals to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and indicated the Mets cannot add their salaries.
ESPN:
MLB players concerned about rebuilding teams, attendance drop  —  NEW YORK — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and might be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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
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Buster Olney / ESPN:
Where will Yankees turn after losing out on Corbin?  —  The James Paxton trade was one of the first of Major League Baseball's offseason, and part of the New York Yankees' thinking in grabbing the left-hander from Seattle was that it would inoculate them from any desperation.
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox To Re-Sign Nathan Eovaldi  —  The Red Sox have struck a deal to bring back righty Nathan Eovaldi, pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).  The ACES client has secured a four-year, $67.5MM contract, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Who's up next for the Yankees after free-agent target Patrick Corbin takes the Nationals money?
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
ESPN:
Patrick Corbin agrees to terms with Nationals
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Athletic
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Does Corbin joining Nats signal end of Harper's time in D.C.?
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs might have to get creative without budget for a winter meetings splash  —  CHICAGO — What happens when you don't have the money to fix something that's broken?  Sometimes the answer is to find a creative solution instead.  That's seemingly what the Chicago Cubs' front office is facing …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Tulo and other Blue Jays veterans on notice as winter meetings approach  —  As the Blue Jays continue to fast-track to the future — and whatever that may hold — it's clear the team is willing to further distance itself from the recent past if and when it makes sense.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers hope to cash in Nicholas Castellanos for prospects  —  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  —  The names have changed, but the vision remains the same.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Alex Anthopoulos Discusses Braves' Remaining Offseason Plans  —  Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos chatted with reporters yesterday about his plans for the rest of the offseason.  David O'Brien of The Athletic covered the chatter (links to Twitter).  —  Perhaps most notably …
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Yankees manager's latest comments may be music to Manny Machado's ears  —  New York baseball took over the local airwaves Wednesday, and while many tuned into The Sports Pope's schtick with Mets brass, Yankees manager Aaron Boone dropped an intriguing tidbit elsewhere.
Jon Meoli / The Charlotte Observer:
Catching up to the modern game: Orioles put focus on analytics as they aim to rebuild organization  —  Fifteen years after “Moneyball” introduced the use of baseball data analytics to the masses, the likes of new Orioles assistant general manager of analytics Sig Mejdal can credit Michael Lewis' book …
Discussion: The Athletic and Camden Chat
 
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