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11:55 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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Associated Press:
J.T. Realmuto, the catcher the Mets wanted, traded from Marlins to Phillies for 3 players  —  MIAMI — In October, J.T. Realmuto's agent predicted the Miami Marlins' All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training.  —  He was right.  —  After months of speculation over what they'd do …
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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.
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 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Phillies get All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto in trade with Marlins
Associated Press:
Reaction to the death of baseball great Frank Robinson  —  Reaction from the baseball world and beyond to the death of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson on Thursday at 83:  —  ___  —  “Frank was my first big league manager.  I still remember being so nervous to walk into his office and introduce myself.
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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 …
Joe Erwin / New York Daily News:
Frank Robinson was an amazing ballplayer, but a true trailblazer as the first black manager  —  February is Black History month, and the biggest moments of black history in Major League Baseball share a common bond.  —  Robinson.  —  Frank Robinson, who died Thursday at the age of 83 …
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.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Tyler Carey / KHOU-TV:
Baseball legend, Beaumont native Frank Robinson dies at 83
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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Associated Press:
DL shelved: Baseball's disabled list becomes injured list  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is changing the name of its disabled lists to injured lists.  —  Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday the change is being made at the suggestion …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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 …
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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:   The broken winter: Why baseball must fix free agency ASAP
Gabriel Burns / The Charlotte Observer:
Are Braves favorites in competitive NL East?
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
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
Dave Sheinin / Baltimore Sun:   MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games and create universal DH
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians agree to minor league deals with Ryan Flaherty, Dioner Navarro  —  CLEVELAND — Infielder Ryan Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.  —  The 32-year-old would get a one-year contract paying $800,000 …
Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:
Hal Steinbrenner wants Yankees fans to know he's 'never done until I'm done' when it comes to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper  —  The Yankees just keep teasing their fans.  —  There was a time when they didn't have to tease, when it was expected they would be not just in the mix for every frontline player, but the top contender.
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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Jacob Fisher / Cincinnati.com:
You can play as a Cincinnati Reds legend in ‘MLB The Show 19’
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
 
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Arlington product Pence to attempt to extend MLB career with hometown Rangers
Daily Record:
Mets sign catcher Devin Mesoraco to minor-league contract
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goldschmidt, clad in Cardinals red, and Ozuna join early 'Birds already in Jupiter
Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks 2019 promotional schedule: Haboob Globe highlights special giveaways
Daily Record:
It's ‘Zack’ Britton, not Zach: New York Yankees reliever clarifies name spelling
Jacob Bogage / Chicago Tribune:
After 1968's ‘Year of the Pitcher,’ MLB lowered the mound. Now, the league could do it again.
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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
ESPN:
Reliever Brad Boxberger agrees to deal with Royals
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
 

 
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