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2:40 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: Which version of Yasiel Puig will show up this season?  —  Editor's note: With Spring Training approaching, we'll answer an important question about the Cincinnati Reds each day until pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12.  Today's question: Which version of Yasiel Puig will the Reds get?
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Coley Harvey / ESPN:
'Don't run from the fire.  Run toward it': Inside Clint Frazier's long, rockin' road to recovery  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Clint Frazier's ears have been ringing a lot lately.  —  In recent months, they've been bombarded with booming bass beats, decibel-deafening melodies and sudden, piercing shrieks from excited music fans.
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Associated Press:
Yanks' Clint Frazier feeling good after concussion cut short 2018 season
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
The broken winter: Why baseball must fix free agency ASAP  —  On this, the 97th day of free agency, four days before the first pitchers and catchers report to spring training, less than six weeks ahead of Major League Baseball opening its regular season, the two best free agents in more than a decade remain unemployed.
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Randy Miller / Associated Press:
MLB rumors: New suitor for Bryce Harper; Front-runner for Manny Machado?  Phillies in on J.T. Realmuto?
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goldschmidt, clad in Cardinals red, and Ozuna join early 'Birds already in Jupiter  —  New Cardinal first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has arrived in Jupiter early and was getting started with a workout Thursday morning.  (Photo by Derrick Goold)  —  New Cardinal Paul Goldschmidt has arrived early …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   It's Truck Day — and the unofficial start of Cardinals spring training
Gabriel Burns / The Charlotte Observer:
Are Braves favorites in competitive NL East?  —  BY GABRIEL BURNS THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION  —  The more I look at it, the more I'm convinced there isn't a more competitive division top-to-bottom than the National League East.  That isn't exactly a hot take, but a week away from spring training …
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phillies, Marlins Working Out Details Of Prospective J.T. Realmuto Swap  —  Reports emerged this morning that momentum was growing between the Phillies and Marlins on a deal to send star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia.  Now, it seems, the sides have made yet further strides …
Jacob Bogage / Chicago Tribune:
After 1968's ‘Year of the Pitcher,’ MLB lowered the mound.  Now, the league could do it again.  —  The Washington Post  —  During Bob Gibson's record-setting 1968 season, he hung a sign above his locker that read, “Here comes the judge.”  He felt untouchable, he said.
Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 promotional schedule: Haboob Globe highlights special giveaways  —  Sometimes its hard deciding which baseball games to attend.  —  Each MLB team does have 81 home games in a season.  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks have helped make the task easier for 2019 with the release of their promotional schedule.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs have struck out with homegrown pitchers in recent years, but they're working to change that  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Dylan Cease didn't advance very far in the Cubs organization before they traded him to the White Sox.  But he hasn't forgotten the special care the Cubs gave …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Cubs' last hurrah on WGN-TV could be a tearjerker
Daily Record:
It's ‘Zack’ Britton, not Zach: New York Yankees reliever clarifies name spelling  —  It's Zack Britton, not Zach.  Big difference.  Or is there?  —  In a tweet sent out Thursday, the New York Yankees reliever put to rest one of the burning offseason questions: Is it spelled Zack or Zach?
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
After injury-devastated season, Dustin Pedroia plots his comeback for Red Sox  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, sitting on the weight bench in the gym of his palatial home, is restless, rubbing his hands together, chugging another bottled water …
Associated Press:
Junichi Tazawa, Chicago Cubs reach agreement on minor league deal  —  CHICAGO — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training.  —  If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mazara gives health a thumb's up.  But another change could help fuel his 2019 for Rangers  —  An injured thumb can wreck a season, as Nomar Mazara discovered in 2018.  —  His right thumb was damaged just before the All-Star break, while making a play in right field at Camden Yards.
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 …
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Gabe Lacques / USA Today:   MLB rule changes are wise - but be careful what you wish for
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB, union discussing dramatic rule changes
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Report: MLB, players considering sweeping rules changes for 2019 season
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
‘EVERYBODY LOVES HIM’: New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo brings passion, personality to rebuilding team  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — You are about to know him as an energetic man with a quick smile and even quicker wit, a baseball lifer committed to mining the best out of those who surround him.
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Yahoo Canada / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bryce Harper's fit with Blue Jays isn't a fan fever dream
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
 
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Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
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Chicago Tribune:
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