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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.
Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and NESN.com
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Price at which Manny Machado would be worth risk to Yankees
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Troy Tulowitzki says he would welcome Manny Machado on the Yankees
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:   How Troy Tulowitzki sees the Yankees-Machado sweepstakes and an uncertain future
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Kelvin Herrera
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
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:   Mets ticket rep appears to take bizarre approach to win fan back
Mike Puma / New York Post:
D'Arnaud upside, minor league star: What Mets' busy day of trades means
Rotoworld.com:   Lowdown: Bringing Back Britton
Associated Press:
Indians acquire C Plawecki in trade with New York Mets
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
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