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1:40 AM ET, February 9, 2019

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Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don't look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June's amateur draft.  —  Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes …
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Associated Press:   No designated hitter or draft changes likely in MLB this season
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB owners: Adopting DH in NL not likely until at least 2022 season
Discussion: NBCSports.com
ESPN:
Giants' Farhan Zaidi says ‘mutual interest’ led to Bryce Harper meeting  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bryce Harper's meeting with the Giants in Las Vegas this week was the product of “mutual interest on both sides,” new San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi said Friday.
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Associated Press:
Phillies set to open spring still waiting on Bryce and Manny  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Still chasing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the Philadelphia Phillies are headed to spring training with high hopes and a revamped lineup.  —  Expectations would increase if they finally land their superstar.
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants entered a Harper field lacking too many contenders
Discussion: ClutchPoints and South Side Sox
Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Think Hal Steinbrenner and Yankees are pinching pennies?  You can thank Jacoby Ellsbury and Giancarlo Stanton for that  —  The last position player the Yankees signed to a long-term free agent deal was Jacoby Ellsbury.  That happened in December of 2013.  —  If you want to get to the root …
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:   Yankees Spring Training Preview: Biggest questions as Bombers try to chase down Red Sox
ESPN:
Hal Steinbrenner says Yankees have made the right moves
Jimmy Golen / Associated Press:
6 things to watch for as the Red Sox begin spring training workouts
Discussion: Over the Monster and The Athletic
Associated Press:
Mets sign Danny Espinosa to minor league deal  —  NEW YORK — Danny Espinosa and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  —  The veteran switch-hitter gives the Mets even more depth in a crowded infield.  He could be a backup option at shortstop behind Amed Rosario.
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Scott Chiusano / New York Daily News:   Mets sign utility infielder Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giants, Rene Rivera Agree To Minor League Deal
Discussion: KNBR-AM and McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:
Ryan Tepera, Kyle Barraclough lose salary arbitration cases  —  Relievers Ryan Tepera of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kyle Barraclough of the Washington Nationals lost their salary arbitration cases Friday.  —  Tepera was awarded a $1,525,000 salary Friday rather than his request for $1.8 million.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Ryan Tepera, Kyle Barraclough Lose Arbitration Cases
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Toronto Sun:
Mets-Nationals or Cubs-Cardinals set for London in 2020  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.  —  Two people familiar with the discussions told …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Indians SS Francisco Lindor out 7-9 weeks with calf strain  —  Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is expected to miss 7-9 weeks with a right calf strain.  —  CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will get a later start to the 2019 season than either him or the club wanted.
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Tom Withers / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Indians All-Star SS Lindor out 2 months with calf strain
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Kansas City Star:
Yordano Ventura's guaranteed contract still not paid two years after death; estate is broke  —  Two years after Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a single-car crash in his native Dominican Republic, the $20.25 million remaining on his contract has not been paid.  —  And his estate is broke.
Jacob Bogage / Chicago Tribune:
Disability rights advocates praise MLB's decision to rename ‘disabled list’  —  The Washington Post  —  Heeding the words of disability rights advocates, Major League Baseball has renamed the roster designation for players recovering from injury.  Formerly known as the “disabled list,” …
Reuters:
Indians sign OF Joyce to minor-league deal  —  Outfielder Matt Joyce announced on Friday he has signed a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians.  —  Joyce, 34, spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics.  He announced the agreement on Twitter and will receive an invite to spring training with the Indians.
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Joe Noga / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians sign free agent outfielder Matt Joyce to minor-league contract
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The Marlins' trade strategy on Realmuto; baseball's staring contest; Moose and Milwaukee?; more notes  —  The Marlins do not deny it.  Their early “asks” for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto were high.  —  From the Dodgers, Miami wanted first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger.
Darren Sabedra / Mercury News:
Why these Mater Dei transfers caught De La Salle's attention  —  'If you look at it, transferring in for a semester, that's transferring for one specific thing'  —  When the California Interscholastic Federation softened its athletic transfer policy two years ago, making it easier to move …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Daily Breeze
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
All eyes on GM Mike Hazen as Arizona Diamondbacks spring training nears  —  The reaction from John Hazen's elementary school classmate was one of disbelief.  —  “It was just like, ‘Your dad traded Paul Goldschmidt?’”  Mike Hazen recounted.  —  Hazen did not enjoy the telling of the story …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
New York Post:
Baseball owners back MLB bid to buy Fox's regional sports networks  —  Major League Baseball's commissioner confirmed Friday that the organization is planning to make a play for 21 regional sports networks being sold by Disney — with a focus on the 14 networks that carry MLB team games.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
 
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Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
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CBS Detroit:
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Associated Press:
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
2019 will be an important year for both Joe Maddon and Rick Renteria, Chicago's yin and yang of managers
ESPN:
J.T. Realmuto deal continues stunningly sad Marlins tradition
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