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Thomas Boswell / Chicago Tribune:
Column: The Nationals have built a contending roster without Bryce Harper.  What if he stays in D.C.?  —  The Washington Post  —  Where is the market for Bryce Harper?  Whose dog did Manny Machado kick?  —  And how smart-plus-lucky do the Nationals look right now?
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David Schoenfield / ESPN:   Does DJ LeMahieu take Yankees out of Manny Machado mix?
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:   Manny Machado's camp wants you to think there's a mystery team in the mix: report
Pete Caldera / USA Today:   Yankees' addition of DJ LeMahieu casts more doubt on potential Manny Machado signing
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Phillies hire Manny Machado's mentor as infield coach, as pursuit of megastar free agents heats up
Discussion: South Side Sox and NESN.com
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:   Zach Britton has one thing on his mind by returning to the Yankees …
Brendan Kuty / New Jersey Online:
Why Manny Machado's HS coach thinks he'll pick White Sox, spurn Yankees; defends work ethic
Associated Press:
MLB arbitration: Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom and Khris Davis land big pay raises  —  Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts follows through with his third home run of the game against the Royals during the seventh inning of a game May 2, 2018, in Boston.  (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)
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Evan Drellich / NBCSports.com:
Avoiding arbitration with all players gives Red Sox cost certainty
Discussion: Boston Herald
Newsday:   Mets avoid arbitration with everyone; Jacob deGrom to get $17M in 2019
Matt Ehalt / USA Today:
Jacob deGrom gets record contract; Mets still hopeful for long-term extension
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Jacob deGrom and the Mets avoid arbitration as Cy Young winner accepts $17M for 2019
Associated Press:
Mariners reach 1-year deal with Elias to avoid arbitration  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $910,000.  —  The left-hander was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in four starts and 19 relief appearances last season, when he made $598,000.
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Associated Press:
Slugger Davis, A's reach agreement on $16.5M, 1-yr deal  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics slugger Khris Davis is getting a $6 million raise after leading the majors in home runs last season.  —  Davis reached agreement Friday with Oakland on a $16.5 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   D-backs avoid arbitration with Ahmed, Peralta, 7 others
Associated Press:
Phillies avoid arbitration with six players, not Aaron Nola  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with six players, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco.  —  All-Star right-hander Aaron Nola didn't reach an agreement with the team.
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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Aaron Nola, Trevor Story likely to join Luis Severino in arbitration hearings  —  Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola did not reach settlements on one-year deals for the 2019 season and are expected to head to arbitration hearings to determine their salaries …
Associated Press:
Twins reach deals with eight players to avoid arbitration  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Kyle Gibson and left fielder Eddie Rosario were among eight Minnesota Twins players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts Friday.  —  Gibson and Rosario received hefty raises.
Associated Press:
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians reach deal for $10.55M; Trevor Bauer swaps figures  —  The Indians avoid arbitration with their three-time All-Star shortstop  —  CLEVELAND (AP) - All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Avoid Arbitration With Francisco Lindor
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Associated Press:
Brewers reach $5.1M deal with Corey Knebel  —  MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $5,125,000 deal for 2019 with reliever Corey Knebel.  —  The Brewers avoided arbitration with all their remaining players who were eligible, including Knebel, who went 4-3 with a 3.58 ERA …
Associated Press:
Nationals avoid arbitration with Rendon, Turner  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders, reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3,725,000 agreement with Trea Turner.  —  The one-year deals Friday with Rendon and Turner left …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Maria Torres / Baltimore Sun:
Dodgers trade for catcher Russell Martin  —  Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin tries to tag Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor at the plate on Oct. 9, 2015.  (Frank Gunn / Canadian Press / Associated Press)  —  The Dodgers on Friday found a solution for their vacancy at catcher …
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Associated Press:
MLB notebook: Phelps has deal with Blue Jays
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Acquire Russell Martin
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
Let's hold off on anointing Brodie Van Wagenen as the man who made Mets act like a big market team  —  Brodie Van Wagenen's signings and trades just keep on coming this winter with the new Mets GM being hailed as the great emancipator of the Wilpons' vault by swinging it wide open to the tune of some $191 million in spending so far.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Michael Fulmer could stand in way of Tigers arbitration-free streak  —  Who will start for the Detroit Tigers in 2019 after their offseason acquisitions  —  The streak is still intact — for now.  —  But with the Detroit Tigers and right-handed starting pitcher Michael Fulmer failing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers prospect Gregory Soto suspended 20 games by MLB
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals avoid arbitration with Ozuna, Wacha, Leone  —  Marcell Ozuna's one-year deal calling for him to receive $12.25 million next season, which avoided arbitration Friday, is believed to be the highest one-year contract for a Cardinals position player, just ahead of Lance Berkman's $12 million for one year in 2012.
Associated Press:
Rays avoid arbitration with trio of players  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Catcher Mike Zunino, third baseman Matt Duffy and relief pitcher Chaz Roe have agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays and avoided arbitration.  —  The deals Friday left the Rays with one player proceeding to arbitration, outfielder Tommy Pham.
 
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