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4:05 PM ET, January 7, 2019


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Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
How Troy Tulowitzki sees the Yankees-Machado sweepstakes and an uncertain future  —  Everything about the Troy Tulowitzki-to-the-Yankees deal reeks of a temporary assignment, almost as if the five-time All-Star shortstop has been hired as seasonal help by a department store.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
From hot stove to death march, baseball is screwing itself one cold winter at a time  —  Tickets for spring training games at Phoenix's lovely Camelback Ranch go on sale today, offering fans of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers an opportunity to throw down some cash and dream of warmer times just a few weeks away.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Troy Tulowitzki says he would welcome Manny Machado on the Yankees  —  If superstar free-agent Manny Machado does end up putting on pinstripes before spring training, another recently-added New York Yankees shortstop expects to be among the first to welcome him to the team, and embrace the chance to play with him.
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Why Manny Machado's wife, Yainee, could lead star to Yankees  —  The most important free-agent signing of the last off-season didn't occur until Feb. 26, precisely a month before Opening Day, when J.D. Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million deal, including two opt-out clauses, with the Boston Red Sox.
Dylan Hernandez / Kansas City Star:
Dodgers need to get on the ball and sign Harper already  —  Because of their relative frugality last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be penalized as first-time offenders if their payroll for next season exceeds the luxury-tax threshold.  And because they traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp …
New York Daily News:
Yankees bring back Zach Britton to boost formidable bullpen: sources
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and Baltimore Sun
Associated Press:
Indians acquire C Plawecki in trade with New York Mets  —  The Indians were in the market for a catcher after trading All-Star Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in December.  —  CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians have acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a trade with the New York Mets.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Acquire J.D. Davis  —  The Mets and Astros have swung a five-player trade centering on corner infielder/outfielder J.D. Davis, according to both teams.  New York has acquired Davis and minor league infielder Cody Bohanek in exchange for three minor leaguers - second baseman Luis Santana …   Lowdown: Bringing Back Britton
Mike Puma / New York Post:
D'Arnaud upside, minor league star: What Mets' busy day of trades means
David Lennon / Newsday:
Mets acquire centerfielder Keon Broxton from Brewers
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Associated Press:
Mets acquire OF Keon Broxton from Brewers for Wahl, 2 prospects
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Evan Drellich /
Red Sox talking contract extension with one of their core players  —  BOSTON — While free agency creeps along and the Red Sox continue their pursuit of relief pitching, the team too has actively tried to lock up at least one member of its core.  —  The Sox have recently had extension talks …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and FenwayNation
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Sources: David Wright set to move into Mets front office  —  When David Wright walked into Citi Field last September, his future was murky.  —  After years of battling injuries, the Mets captain admitted he was physically unable to play major league baseball any more, but he isn't entirely ready to leave the game.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Mets ticket rep appears to take bizarre approach to win fan back
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Yankees bringing back Zach Britton on three-year, $39 million deal  —  Reliever Zach Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the New York Yankees on Saturday, league sources told ESPN, fortifying one of the game's best bullpens after it lost reliever David Robertson in free agency earlier in the week.
Discussion: The Runner Sports
Associated Press:   Yankees re-sign reliever Zach Britton for 3 years, $39 million
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Kelvin Herrera  —  The White Sox are in agreement with free-agent righty Kelvin Herrera on a two-year contract that will promise him $18MM, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link).  The Wasserman client's contract will also come with a vesting option for a third season.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Why the Cubs are in a bind; the meaning behind the Mets' moves; ex-manager finds interesting new gig  —  Bryce Harper to the Cubs?  Hah.  —  In late November, the Cubs' budgetary restrictions caused them to lose free-agent reliever Jesse Chavez to the Rangers on a two-year, $8 million contract.
Bob Hille / Sporting News:
MLB trade rumors: Giants, Brewers talk deal for Madison Bumgarner  —  It's unclear whether the Giants will deal left-hander Madison Bumgarner before opening day or wait until the nonwaiver trade deadline in July, but if San Francisco does offload him this offseason the most likely destination is the Brewers, reported.
Discussion: Forbes and McCovey Chronicles
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