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2:00 AM ET, January 12, 2019


 Top News: 
Pete Caldera / USA Today:
Yankees' addition of DJ LeMahieu casts more doubt on potential Manny Machado signing  —  .A lukewarm pursuit of Manny Machado might have just gone cold for the New York Yankees  —  On Friday, the Yankees and infielder D.J. LeMahieu agreed on a two-year, $24 million contract, first reported by the YES Network's Jack Curry.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Does DJ LeMahieu take Yankees out of Manny Machado mix?  —  Just like that, we have Brian Dozier to the Nationals, Jed Lowrie to the Mets and DJ LeMahieu to the Yankees, the free-agent second basemen suddenly dropping like fruit flies.  —  The second-base market was always going to be intriguing given …
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:
Manny Machado's camp wants you to think there's a mystery team in the mix: report  —  There's a mystery team in play for Manny least that's what his agent wants everyone to believe.  —  In addition to the Phillies and White Sox, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Friday that another team …
Scott Lauber /
Phillies hire Manny Machado's mentor as infield coach, as pursuit of megastar free agents heats up
Discussion: South Side Sox and
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
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Chicago Tribune:   Manny Machado's high school coach thinks he'll choose the White Sox
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 …
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
Mets Arbitration Tracker: Jacob deGrom receives record raise
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cards hope to complete one-year deals with Ozuna, Wacha before Friday's arbitration deadline
Mike Puma / New York Post:   Mets eye short-term Jacob deGrom fix with arbitration looming
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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Associated Press:
MLB notebook: Phelps has deal with Blue Jays
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Acquire Russell Martin
Blue Jays reach one-year deal with free-agent RHP David Phelps
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Avoid Arbitration With Francisco Lindor
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
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
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers prospect Gregory Soto suspended 20 games by MLB
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.
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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
D-backs avoid arbitration with Ahmed, Peralta, 7 others  —  FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo Oakland Athletics' Khris Davis follows through on his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, in Anaheim, Calif. Davis …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs sign suspended SS Addison Russell for below market value  —  CHICAGO — The Cubs have signed suspended shortstop Addison Russell to a one-year deal worth $3.4 million, avoiding an arbitration hearing, according to a source.  —  Russell can make up to a total of $4 million with roster time incentives …
Associated Press:
Angels reach deals with last 6 arbitration-eligible players  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have reached one-year contract agreements with all six of their remaining arbitration-eligible players.  —  Left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney got the biggest deals …
Discussion: ESPN
Wells Dusenbury / Baltimore Sun:
Marlins agree to salary terms with Realmuto, four others, avoiding arbitration  —  J.T. Realmuto came to an agreement with the Marlins on his salary, for a reported $5.9 million next season.  (Keith Srakocic / AP) South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  The Marlins reached agreements about salaries …
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