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7:15 AM ET, January 10, 2019


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Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Yankees still in on Manny Machado, but if he wants more than Stanton, ‘good luck’  —  The Yankees pursuit of Manny Machado may have hit a roadblock.  —  Then again, it may not have.  —  A team source told the Daily News that while the team has still not presented a formal offer …
Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Momentum Growing For Sox In Machado Sweepstakes
Mike Chiari / Bleacher Report:
Manny Machado Rumors: Decision Coming Within a Week amid Yankees Links
2019's stealth contenders and the next move each should make
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
Associated Press:
Mets, Travis d'Arnaud agree to $3.5 million deal  —  NEW YORK — Catcher Travis d'Arnaud got a $40,000 raise from the New York Mets to $3,515,000 despite missing nearly all of last season following Tommy John surgery.  —  D'Arnaud, who turns 30 on Feb. 10, has been on the disabled list …
Associated Press:
Dustin Ackley returning to Mariners with minor league deal  —  SEATTLE — Former No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley is returning to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal after spending the past two seasons in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners, Dustin Ackley Agree To Minor League Deal
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Ed Kranepool is waiting on a miracle, but the Mets great knows all about Amazin' finishes  —  Ed Kranepool has beaten seemingly insurmountable odds before.  —  As a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets, Kranepool completed a seven-year journey that started with a team that lost 120 games in its inaugural season …
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky excited for upcoming events honoring Mets' 1969 title team  —  Ed Kranepool (l) and Art Shamsky (r) discuss the 1969 title team  —  NEW YORK - For some of the members of the 1969 Mets, one of the great underdog title teams, it's as if they only played one season with the Mets.
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Passan: Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration  —  With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him.  So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel …
Mark Fischer / New York Daily News:
How David Wright reacted to infamous Marlin catching final Mets at-bat  —  David Wright had some fun with the Marlin responsible for putting a slight damper on his Amazin' finale.  —  Infamous in Flushing for capping off the captain's final at-bat in his triumphant return …
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
How David Wright's restructured deal opens up millions for Mets
Discussion: Forbes, Fish Stripes and SNY
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Reach Agreement With Yasmani Grandal  —  10:16pm: Yahoo's Tim Brown reports that Grandal will be guaranteed $18.25MM in 2019 (Twitter link).  —  10:06pm: The Brewers are in agreement on a contract with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).
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
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Chris Duncan leaves radio role to focus on his battle with brain cancer
Discussion: New York Post and
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF Giants' home now called Oracle Park after AT&T split  —  Tell AT&T Park goodbye, Giants fans.  —  Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and their mates henceforth will play ball at Oracle Park.  —  The Giants on Thursday will announce a 20-year agreement with the Redwood City technology company …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft  —  The A's expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, the team's top pick in June, to declare for the NFL draft Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday.  —  Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Sign Shelby Miller  —  5:00pm: The Rangers have announced the signing.  Texas also formally announced its previously reported minor league signings of right-hander Jeanmar Gomez and infielder/outfielder Danny Santana.  Both Gomez and Santana will be in Spring Training as non-roster invitees.
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Marty Pevey to return for record seventh season with Iowa Cubs  —  A season after becoming the franchise's all-time wins leader, manager Marty Pevey will add another line to the Iowa Cubs' record book.  —  Pevey will become the longest tenured manager in Iowa history when he returns …
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