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9:30 PM ET, February 9, 2019

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Bob Brookover / Kansas City Star:
Phillies need Bryce Harper or Manny Machado to win the offseason and the NL East  —  We learned long ago and many times over that the team that wins the offseason does not always win the actual season.  —  The Atlanta Braves, for example, spent less money during the offseason than any other team …
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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:   Giants president confirms ‘mutual interest’ with free agent Bryce Harper
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
MLB owners aren't dumb — they see the need for changes — but don't expect anything in the immediate future
Discussion: Fish Stripes
ESPN:
Giants' Farhan Zaidi says ‘mutual interest’ led to Bryce Harper meeting
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:   Phillies set to open spring still waiting on Bryce and Manny
Bobby Nightengale / Courier-Journal:
Former Reds, Bats pitcher Homer Bailey signs with Royals minor league team  —  Homer Bailey will try to prove himself with a new team this spring.  —  Bailey signed a minor league contract with the Royals, the team announced Saturday, which includes an invitation to spring training.
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Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals add veteran starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor-league deal  —  The Royals added right-handed former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor-league contract Saturday, adding another veteran pitcher with big-league experience to the mix as they head into spring training.
Associated Press:
Alex Wilson agrees to minor league deal with Indians  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Right-hander Alex Wilson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.  —  The 32-year-old had a 3.36 ERA in 59 games for Detroit last year, including a 0.71 ERA in his last 14 games.
Associated Press:
Miami Marlins' president wants fans to give team a chance  —  MIAMI — The outfield grass at Marlins Park was a worn-out mess on Saturday, with those who arrived for the team's annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.
Discussion: ESPN
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Wells Dusenbury / Orlando Sentinel:
Marlins to play Brian Anderson at third base; Prado shifting to utility role  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  One of the bright spots from a rough 2018 Miami Marlins season was the emergence of rookie Brian Anderson.  —  Splitting between right field and third base …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Pursuing Mike Moustakas  —  The Brewers are reportedly the front-runners to sign free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but they're facing competition from at least one team.  The Padres, who have prioritized finding a third baseman this offseason, are “going after” Moustakas, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com.
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Ty Bradley / MLB Trade Rumors:
NL Notes: Brewers, Moustakas, Shaw, Marlins, Anderson
John Fay / Cincinnati.com:
RedsXtra: What the proposed rule changes for mean to the Reds  —  When word got out of the big changes that were on the table for baseball, the first thought was the Reds will have a good spot for Matt Kemp.  —  That's in reference to the Players Association's proposal that the designated hitter …
George A. King III / New York Post:
Gary Sanchez is now Yankees' biggest key to catching Red Sox … The Yankees stayed away from signing free-agent stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who wanted too many years and too many dollars.  They also didn't acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:   Think Hal Steinbrenner and Yankees are pinching pennies?  You can thank Jacoby Ellsbury and Giancarlo Stanton for that
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: Who hits leadoff and how will the lineup shape up?  —  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: Who hits leadoff and how does the lineup shape up?
Ryan Ford / Detroit Free Press:
Many Detroit Tigers went from spring studs to season duds  —  Finally, baseball is back!  The Detroit Tigers open spring training on Tuesday when pitchers and catchers report to Tiger Town in Lakeland, Fla.  —  For Tigers fans, February and March will be a chance to get ready for the upcoming season …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Two of the Cardinals' most intriguing arms don't belong to pitchers  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • While activity at the Cardinals' campus this weekend will be limited as players continue to arrive and speed toward the official opening of camp, some of the early workouts have hinted at the work ahead for several players.
 
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Thomas Lott / Sporting News:
Giants' Madison Bumgarner says he'll refuse to enter game following ‘opener’
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Choo typically leads Rangers in OBP. He wants to help lead them, period, in 2019
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Phil Miller / The Charlotte Observer:
Bottom line: Twins didn't make any major offseason deals
Jacob Bogage / Chicago Tribune:
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Darren Sabedra / Mercury News:
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David Wellham / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Associated Press:
Mets sign Danny Espinosa to minor league deal
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Ryan Tepera, Kyle Barraclough lose salary arbitration cases
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All eyes on GM Mike Hazen as Arizona Diamondbacks spring training nears
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