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10:50 AM ET, January 10, 2019


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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 …
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
Bob Brookover /
Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still have us (and the Phillies) waiting |  Extra Innings  —  You've probably taken down the Christmas tree, put away the lights, lawn displays and menorahs, and come to the conclusion that the holidays are finally over.  You've obviously forgotten about the holiday …
Mike Cole /
Bryce Harper's Free Agency Should Be Of Interest To Mookie Betts, Red Sox  —  The offseason has been relatively quiet for the defending champion Boston Red Sox, but there's at least one development on which they should be fairly focused.  —  The Red Sox will have their eye on Manny Machado's flirtation …
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
Discussion: and New Jersey Online
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).
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.
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: Yasmani Grandal agrees to 1-year, $18.25M deal with Brewers  —  Free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN, joining the reigning National League Central champions on a short-term deal …
Discussion: Deadspin and The Crawfish Boxes
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
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 …
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 …
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
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Here's what's happening at Braves' 2019 Chop Fest  —  The Braves' 2019 Chop Fest will connect fans with their team before the buses head down to Florida for spring training.  The event, held Jan. 19 in and around SunTrust Park, includes a bevy of opportunities for interactions with players and coaches.
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.
Former Cardinal Chris Duncan takes leave from radio job
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