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6:15 PM ET, December 6, 2018

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Buster Olney / ESPN:
Buster's Buzz: Biggest contender holes after run of major trades  —  Agents and executives have noted a trend — a concerning trend, for the veteran players — that will soon manifest for the middle class of the free-agent market: Teams are filling some of their big needs through trades.
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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.
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   Mets will be aggressive, but are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in play?
ESPN:
MLB players concerned about rebuilding teams, attendance drop
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
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Re-Sign Nathan Eovaldi  —  4:22pm: The deal has been formally announced.  Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter), Eovaldi's guarantee will actually be an even $68MM over the four-year term.  —  “We're very happy to have Nathan back with us,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a press release.
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Buster Olney / ESPN:   Where will Yankees turn after losing out on Corbin?
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
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 and Cubs Insider
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
2018 winter meetings: Braves still seek outfield, pitching help  —  The Braves contingent travels to Las Vegas with a shortened shopping list after reeling in catcher Brian McCann and third baseman Josh Donaldson.  Their go-get-it mentality still leaves three primary concerns: Corner outfield, rotation and bullpen.
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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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks didn't let emotions stand in way of Paul Goldschmidt trade  —  Discussing the possibility of a Paul Goldschmidt trade earlier this offseason, a rival evaluator mused about what the situation would say about the state of the Diamondbacks under General Manager Mike Hazen.
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
In midst of rebuild, Rangers won't spend big for 2019.  How far will their payroll drop?  —  Gone from the Texas Rangers' 2018 payroll are the salaries of Adrian Beltre, Cole Hamels, Matt Moore, Martin Perez, Doug Fister, Robinson Chirinos, Jake Diekman and others.
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.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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.
Manish Mehta / New York Daily News:
Inside look at Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles' eroding relationship  —  Todd Bowles' future with the Jets is a fait accompli, but there is another gigantic piece to the puzzle that must be finalized before this wayward franchise can move forward.  —  What should the powers that be do with general manager Mike Maccagnan?
 
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