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1:15 PM ET, January 7, 2019


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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.
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  —  Bringing Back Britton  —  The market for relief pitching continues to be very active.  Just days after the Phillies signed former Yankees' reliever David Robertson to a two-year, $23 million contract, the Bombers' locked up one of their own, inking Zach Britton to a three-year, $39 million deal.
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
Mets ticket rep appears to take bizarre approach to win fan back  —  Brodie Van Wagenen might as well have delivered the “Always be Closing” spiel instead of Alec Baldwin.  —  Other than the Mets GM being a spitting image of the character Baldwin portrayed in the 1992 cult classic, the …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
Mets acquire OF Keon Broxton from Brewers for Wahl, 2 prospects  —  The New York Mets have acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Bobby Wahl and minor leaguers Adam Hill and Felix Valerio.  —  The teams announced the trade Saturday.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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:
Yankees re-sign reliever Zach Britton for 3 years, $39 million  —  Zach Britton is staying with the Yankees, agreeing to a $39 million, three-year contract, a deal that could be worth $53 million over four seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
New York Daily News:
Yankees bring back Zach Britton to boost formidable bullpen: sources
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Yankees bringing back Zach Britton on three-year, $39 million deal
Discussion: The Runner Sports
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 …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Free-agency possibilities abound for Kimbrel; Yankees tighten their spending; Keuchel's shrewd move  —  The best bet for free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, it would seem, is to emerge as the final “must-have” piece in the increasingly competitive NL East.  —  The Red Sox still want Kimbrel …
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.
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Lenny Green dies on 86th birthday  —  The Detroit Tigers announced Sunday that former outfielder Lenny Green, who played six games for the 1968 World Series champions in his final MLB season, died on Sunday, his 86th birthday.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jeff Banister Joins Pirates' Front Office  —  The Pirates have hired Jeff Banister as a special assistant, baseball operations, the team announced.  He joins fellow new hire David Eckstein in that regard.  —  The 54-year-old Banister is headed back to Pittsburgh, which selected him in the 25th round of the 1986 draft.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Lone Star Ball
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.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Bleacher Nation
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