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7:15 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
With Realmuto joining Phillies, could Harper or Machado follow?  —  The Philadelphia Phillies, perhaps growing impatient waiting for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to choose their landing spots, maybe sensing that neither wants to play in Philadelphia, or possibly even looking to make the team …
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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 …
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Phillies acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Marlins  —  The Phillies and Marlins agreed to a trade that will send All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot, league sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Phillies get All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto in trade with Marlins  —  It took longer than expected, but the Miami Marlins finally traded J.T. Realmuto, sending the All-Star catcher to the Philadelphia Phillies and setting his new team up for a blockbuster winter haul.
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
Frank Robinson, MLB's first black manager and civil rights leader, dead at 83  —  Prolific slugger.  Quintessential hard-ass player and manager.  Baseball trailblazer.  —  Frank Robinson, who died in Los Angeles after a battle with bone cancer, was all of those things in a 60-year Hall …
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ESPN:
Frank Robinson, MVP, first black manager, dies at 83  —  MLB, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals  —  Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win MVP in both leagues, has died at age 83, MLB said Thursday.
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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?
Tyler Carey / KHOU-TV:
Baseball legend, Beaumont native Frank Robinson dies at 83  —  Robinson was one of the best all-around players in the game's history and also its first African American manager.  —  Frank Robinson, who made his mark as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, has died at the age of 83.
Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Major League Baseball to rename disabled list as ‘injured list’  —  The disabled list is going on the permanent DL.  —  Major League Baseball will rename the disabled list as the “injured list,” a source familiar with the plan told ESPN.  —  The league will make the change out of concern that the term …
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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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
Jesse Dougherty / Chicago Tribune:
Giants join the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, which grow stranger by the day  —  The Washington Post  —  Add another team to the list of those pursuing Bryce Harper — a list that could be as big as 10 franchises, or actually as small as one or two, and now includes the San Francisco Giants …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Would adding the DH to the National League help the Rangers find a trade for Choo?  —  The reported consideration being given to adding the designated hitter to the National League for this season has generated mixed feelings among baseball fans, though the majority of those tied to American League teams are for the universal DH.
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John Romano / Tampa Bay Times:
Changes baseball should and shouldn't make  —  Some of the proposed changes are bureaucratic; others seismic  —  Baseball's career home run record was set by Babe Ruth in 1935.  It stood until 1974 before Henry Aaron broke it, and then again until 2007 when Barry Bonds broke it.
Dave Sheinin / Baltimore Sun:   MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games and create universal DH
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Arlington product Pence to attempt to extend MLB career with hometown Rangers  —  Hunter Pence is coming home, potentially.  —  The Texas Rangers signed the former Arlington High School and UT Arlington star to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
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.
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
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.
 
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goldschmidt, clad in Cardinals red, and Ozuna join early 'Birds already in Jupiter
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It's ‘Zack’ Britton, not Zach: New York Yankees reliever clarifies name spelling
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs have struck out with homegrown pitchers in recent years, but they're working to change that
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mazara gives health a thumb's up. But another change could help fuel his 2019 for Rangers
Jack Etkin / Forbes:
Coming Off A Superb Season, Kyle Freeland Hopes To Be Even More Effective By Varying Two Pitches
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ESPN:
Reliever Brad Boxberger agrees to deal with Royals
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Jacob Fisher / Cincinnati.com:
You can play as a Cincinnati Reds legend in ‘MLB The Show 19’
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Associated Press:
Junichi Tazawa, Chicago Cubs reach agreement on minor league deal
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
‘EVERYBODY LOVES HIM’: New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo brings passion, personality to rebuilding team
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Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards
 

 
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