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1:20 PM ET, February 6, 2019

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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game  —  Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a collective bargaining agreement …
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Three-batter requirement for all pitchers, universal DH part of proposals that could bring big change to baseball  —  The left-on-left specialist — a left-handed reliever who sometimes faces only one left-handed hitter — soon might be an endangered species in Major League Baseball.
Dave Sheinin / Baltimore Sun:
MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games and create universal DH  —  The Washington Post  —  Major League Baseball and its union have had substantive discussions in recent days over a series of proposals, among the most drastic proposed changes in years …
MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB, Union Discussing Significant Rule Changes  —  Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark have recently been discussing a series of potential rule changes centering around pace of play, roster size and roster construction, writes Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link).
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Al's Ramblings
Andrew Seligman / Associated Press:
Outfielder Brandon Guyer agrees to a minor-league deal with the White Sox  —  The Clevelands' Brandon Guyer fields a ball during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Oct. 8, 2018.  (David Dermer / AP)  —  A person familiar with the situation says outfielder Brandon Guyer has agreed …
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Jason Rollison / Bucs Dugout:
Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Nick Franklin to a Minor-League Deal  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Nick Franklin to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a minor league deal (with an invite to ST) with INF Nick Franklin.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox, Brandon Guyer Agree To Minor League Deal
Discussion: NBCSports.com and The Sports Daily
Associated Press:   White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech throws for first time since surgery
Randy Miller / Associated Press:
MLB rumors: New suitor for Bryce Harper; Front-runner for Manny Machado?  Phillies in on J.T. Realmuto?  —  RHP Jake Barrett  —  Adrian Beltre, 3B  —  Advance Local  —  Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) …
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Morning Call / Baltimore Sun:
Report: Phillies engaged in trade talks regarding J.T. Realmuto  —  The Major League Baseball offseason seems to have ground to a complete stop as the league waits with bated breath for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to pick their destinations.  —  The Phillies are waiting too …
Rotoworld.com:
Offseason Lowdown: Get Paid  —  At least someone is getting paid.  —  As we wait for literally anything to happen on the free agent market, arbitration cases are working themselves out between clubs and players.  And while no teams seem willing to voluntarily lay out money for players' services …
Discussion: Crossing Broad, NESN.com and DRaysBay
Sporting News:
MLB trade rumors: Phillies recently checked on J.T. Realmuto
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Yankees are content without Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, says Aaron Boone: 'We're a complete team'  —  As any barroom pool shark will tell you, so long as the 8-ball remains on the table the game is not over.  —  In the cases of the free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado …
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Coley Harvey / ESPN:   Yankees' Aaron Judge would welcome fellow right fielder Bryce Harper
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball
Associated Press:
Former Cubs closer Lee Smith ‘still in awe’ after touring Baseball Hall of Fame  —  Lee Smith had seen the Hall of Fame several times.  This visit was completely different.  —  “I'm still in awe,” Smith said after the tour Tuesday, in preparation for his July induction.
Discussion: Sporting News
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:   Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster named to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Associated Press:
Tobias Harris' late basket caps Clippers' comeback win against Hornets  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Still not quite healed from a shoulder strain he suffered last week, Tobias Harris came up big for the Clippers.  —  Harris scored 34 points, including a running jumper in the lane with 4.3 seconds remaining …
Discussion: Whittier Daily News
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
There's a clear front-runner to be Rangers' center fielder.  Will he benefit from new manager?  —  Everything that Delino DeShields needs to become a big-league regular appears to be in place.  —  He has the speed, the work ethic and the bloodlines.  He has a sharp mind and an openness to learning.
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Local leaders want action — not just words — from the Cubs in response to Joe Ricketts' racist and Islamophobic emails  —  Chicago Tribune  —  An apology won't be enough for Muslim leaders in Chicago should they get their wish to meet as soon as next week with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts …
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