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4:05 PM ET, January 9, 2019


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Mike Chiari / Bleacher Report:
Manny Machado Rumors: Decision Coming Within a Week amid Yankees Links  —  Free-agent infielder Manny Machado is reportedly expected to sign with a team “within a week,” according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.  —  Levine noted that the Chicago White Sox …
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Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Momentum Growing For Sox In Machado Sweepstakes  —  Manny Machado is believed to be nearing a decision this week.  —  MLB  —  White Sox  —  (670 The Score) The prevailing feeling across the MLB landscape is that momentum is building for the White Sox in the Manny Machado sweepstakes.
Associated Press:
MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010  —  Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason.  —  Still, even a year with flat payrolls is unusual for MLB.
Paul Sullivan / Baltimore Sun:
Failing to land Manny Machado — or Bryce Harper — would be a double doink for the White Sox  —  Photos of Manny Machado, one of the top free agents this season.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  If the idea is to make Manny Machado's comfort zone so big he won't think twice about choosing …
Tim Bannon / Chicago Tribune:
The White Sox keep hiring Manny Machado's friends and relatives. Weird coincidence?
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
White Sox to sign Jon Jay to one-year, $4 million contract
Former Cardinal Chris Duncan takes leave from radio job  —  Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan has taken a permanent leave of absence from his radio job to battle brain cancer.  —  Duncan, the son of former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, hit 22 homers as a rookie during St. Louis' 2006 title run.
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Chris Duncan, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, battling brain cancer  —  Chris Duncan, the former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who was a part of the 2006 World Series championship team, has taken a permanent medical leave of absence from his ESPN radio show to focus on his battle against brain cancer.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Chris Duncan leaves radio role to focus on his battle with brain cancer  —  Chris Duncan, the Cardinals' slugger who found his swing with a championship team and later his voice with a local sports radio station, has taken a permanent leave from his on-air role to focus on his ongoing battle against brain cancer.
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Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
Kelvin Herrera says White Sox remind him of the rebuilding Royals who won the 2015 World Series  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kelvin Herrera played an integral role on the Royals team that won the 2015 World Series, and the White Sox's newest reliever said he sees some of the same signs …
Discussion: Sox Machine
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Red Sox crave back-to-back World Series championships, but road will be rough
2019's stealth contenders and the next move each should make
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Rankings and predictions for every top remaining free agent  —  It's time for a free-agency update!  There are still a lot of free agents out there beside Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — including some quality second basemen, one of the best closers of all time, some past-their-prime outfielders …
Rick Stroud / Tampa Bay Times:
How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs  —  Maddon and Arians grew up about 100 miles apart in Pennsylvania and a dinner at his south Tampa restaurant helped talk the Cardinals coach out of retiremment  —  Bruce Arians needed some convincing.
Baseball America:
2018-19 Q&A With Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner  —  Every year at the Winter Meetings, Baseball America sits down with Pat O'Conner, the president of Minor League Baseball, for a wide-ranging interview.  This year's sit down was conducted on the final day of the Meetings, at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay hotel.
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Astros Scouting And Player Development Is Extending Team's Contention Window  —  With the Mets needing corner infield depth, the Astros sent third baseman J.D. Davis to New York on Sunday and brought back in return Luis Santana, a promising teenaged middle infield prospect who is years away from the majors.
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
How David Wright's restructured deal opens up millions for Mets  —  In his first move in his new job, David Wright ... saved the Mets money?  —  He did.  An industry source confirmed (while also amending) information displayed in the popular website Cot's Baseball Contracts …
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