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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
White Sox to sign Jon Jay to one-year, $4 million contract  —  Free-agent outfielder Jon Jay agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, a source confirmed to ESPN, adding another close friend of Manny Machado as the White Sox pursue the star in free agency.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Free agent Bryce Harper set for meeting with Phillies  —  The Philadelphia Phillies front office - including owner John Middleton - is flying to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with prized free agent Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in their first face-to-face talks …
Associated Press:
Baseball notebook: Harper scheduled to meet with Phillies on Saturday  —  The Phillies are set to visit Bryce Harper's hometown on Saturday for a sales pitch as they fly to Las Vegas to continue their pursuit of the superstar free agent, Philly.com reported Monday.
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Price at which Manny Machado would be worth risk to Yankees  —  Look over there: A gorgeous mansion for sale.  —  The price is sky-high, though, and a layman's inspection reveals major concerns about the foundation.  The house could bring unprecedented joy ... or it could turn into a life-draining albatross.
Craig Calcaterra / NBCSports.com:
White Sox sign outfielder Jon Jay  —  Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last night that the White Sox have agreed to terms with Jon Jay, pending a physical.  It's a one-year, $4 million deal.  —  Jay, who will turn 34 in March, hit .268/.330/.347 with three homers for the Royals and Diamondbacks last season.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
Red Sox talking contract extension with one of their core players
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
From hot stove to death march, baseball is screwing itself one cold winter at a time
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Why Manny Machado's wife, Yainee, could lead star to Yankees
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and NESN.com
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Choosing Travis d'Arnaud over Kevin Plawecki could backfire on NY Mets  —  Mets welcome Wilson Ramos to Flushing  —  Once the Mets signed Wilson Ramos to be their everyday catcher, it made either Travis d'Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki expendable.  —  D'Arnaud has a higher ceiling but comes …
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Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:   David Wright to join NY Mets front office as assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Sources: David Wright set to move into Mets front office
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:   Mets ticket rep appears to take bizarre approach to win fan back
ESPN:
2019's stealth contenders and the next move each should make  —  I think many of us share an idea of who makes up the cream of the MLB crop.  In the American League, it would be a shock not to see the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros return to the playoffs.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Jerry Buchek dies; ‘South St. Louis kid’ played for Cardinals  —  March 1967 — Jerry Buchek, a veteran all-purpose infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 24, and rookie infielder Jimmy Williams find something to smile about.  Williams is returning to the baseball wars after completing six months of military service.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers, Giants Have Reportedly Discussed Madison Bumgarner Trade  —  The Giants and Brewers have had “substantive communication” this offseason regarding a potential Madison Bumgarner trade, Jon Morosi of MLB.com wrote this morning.  While there's no indication that the sides are particularly likely …
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
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Bob Hille / Sporting News:
MLB trade rumors: Giants, Brewers talk deal for Madison Bumgarner
Maury Brown / Forbes:
MLB Sees Record Revenues Of $10.3 Billion For 2018  —  The bottom line for Major League Baseball continued to be strong in 2018, even as growth slowed compared with previous years.  —  For the 16th consecutive year, MLB saw record gross revenues.  For 2018, baseball-related revenues were $10.3 billion …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:
Yankees sign outfielder Billy Burns to minor-league deal with spring training invite  —  NEW YORK — Switch-hitting former Athletics and Royals outfielder Billy Burns has agreed to a Yankees minor league contract with an invitation to big-league camp.  —  The signing of Burns, 29, was announced by the Yankees on Monday.
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.
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Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Troy Tulowitzki says he would welcome Manny Machado on the Yankees
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Report: Dallas Kuechel to Cincinnati Reds not probable, but more likely than Sonny Gray  —  The Cincinnati Reds are continuing in their pursuit of a starting pitcher with multiple years of control, according to a report Monday via Twitter from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who adds that a signing …
Evan Woodbery / MLive.com:
For Tigers, talk of ‘timeline’ is taboo, but all signs point to pivotal 2020  —  DETROIT — Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila has sensibly declined to put a public “timeline” on the team's rebuilding process.  Why increase the pressure that will continue to bubble with each losing 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.
 
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