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2:55 PM ET, January 10, 2019


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Toronto Sun:
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, Brewers reportedly agree to one-year deal  —  NEW YORK — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $18.25 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press.  —  The person spoke on condition …
Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Brewers reach agreement on one-year, $18.25 million deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal  —  With so many players returning from their 2018 NLCS squad, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell said recently the margins are thinner for improving the team's talent base.
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Buster's Buzz: Brewers' discipline gets Grandal at their price  —  Agents have nice things to say about working with David Stearns, the Milwaukee Brewers' general manager, with many mentioning his affability.  “Good guy,” one agent said recently, relating some of the pleasant conversations he's shared with Stearns.
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).
Associated Press:
Shelby Miller signs 1-year deal with Texas; Jaime Garcia retires; Grandal to Brewers  —  Free agent righthander Shelby Miller, who won 15 games as a rookie with the Cardinals in 2013, signed a $2 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.  He can make another $3 million in performance bonuses.
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: Yasmani Grandal agrees to 1-year, $18.25M deal with Brewers
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Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
Madison Bumgarner to Brewers Blockbuster Would Create Cubs' Worst 2019 Nightmare
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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 …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
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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 …
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 …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As market starts to move, Cardinals have decisions to make now  —  ST. LOUIS  • With players yet to sign and a deadline arriving, the Cardinals had reason to circle back to Scott Boras and his office this week for a conversation about an outfielder.  —  After all, arbitration looms.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Yankees pitcher to MLB scout to bench.  One man's journey to get back to baseball.  —  Baseball is all Wade Taylor has known, or really ever wanted.  —  He pitched for the New York Yankees.  He won three World Series rings as a scout with the Yankees.  He was hired by Don Mattingly …
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:
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 …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and FenwayNation
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 …
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
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