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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.
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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 …
ESPN:
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.
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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
Discussion: New York Post and FOX2now.com
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 …
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.
Discussion: NESN.com
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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 …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and NESN.com
Paul Sullivan / Baltimore Sun:   Failing to land Manny Machado — or Bryce Harper — would be a double doink for the White Sox
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 …
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Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
How David Wright's restructured deal opens up millions for Mets
Discussion: Forbes, Fish Stripes and SNY
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 …
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners, Dustin Ackley Agree To Minor League Deal  —  Veteran infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley is headed back to his original organization, as he's agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners, according to multiple reports (including Fancred's Jon Heyman, on Twitter).
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.
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
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Red Sox crave back-to-back World Series championships, but road will be rough
ESPN:
2019's stealth contenders and the next move each should make
Discussion: NESN.com
 
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