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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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Associated Press:
Shelby Miller signs 1-year deal with Texas; Jaime Garcia retires; Grandal to Brewers
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: Yasmani Grandal agrees to 1-year, $18.25M deal with Brewers
Discussion: Deadspin and The Crawfish Boxes
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia is still confident Yankees can land Manny Machado  —  CC Sabathia believes Manny Machado will come around on the Yankees.  They just need to wait him out.  —  “I feel like the longer it goes on, the better chance we have,” the veteran lefty said on his podcast with Ryan Ruocco.
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Corey Seidman / NBCSports.com:
Evolution of free agency is hurting players but could help Phillies with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:   Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still have us (and the Phillies) waiting | Extra Innings
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Yankees still in on Manny Machado, but if he wants more than Stanton, ‘good luck’
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets To Sign Jed Lowrie  —  In a fascinating development, the Mets have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran infielder Jed Lowrie, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (Twitter link).  The Excel Sports Management client will earn $10MM in each of the two seasons of the deal, SNY.tv's Andy Martino tweets.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers In “Heavy” Pursuit Of Infield Upgrade
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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 …
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Associated Press:
Source: Ex-Dodger Brian Dozier and the Nationals agree to $9-million, one-year deal  —  Brian Dozier found his latest team — and the Washington Nationals found a temporary solution at second base.  —  The free agent infielder and the Nationals agreed to a $9-million, one-year contract …
Steve Buffery / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays' Dalton Pompey answers call for Canada for Pan Am Games qualifiers  —  Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey had his bell rung at the 2017 World Baseball Classic playing for the national team, but when the phone rings from Baseball Canada, he still answers the call.
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 …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs will start spring training on Feb. 12 in Arizona  —  Photos through the years at Cubs and White Sox spring training.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  There's still a month left until spring training and dozens of available free agents for the Cubs to peruse.
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox make it official: Outfielder Jon Jay agrees to 1-year, $4 million deal  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The White Sox made it official Thursday, announcing they agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with free-agent outfielder Jon Jay.  —  The addition of Jay, along with the team's trade …
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 …
 
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