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11:50 PM ET, February 9, 2019

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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Giants president confirms ‘mutual interest’ with free agent Bryce Harper  —  Just days away from the official start of spring training, free agent Bryce Harper's meeting with the Giants was confirmed by the club's president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
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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 …
Thomas Lott / Sporting News:
Giants' Madison Bumgarner says he'll refuse to enter game following ‘opener’
Discussion: baseballmusings.com and KNBR-AM
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:
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 …
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
The new catcher for the Marlins has arm strength.  It's his plate discipline that raises questions.  —  Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro talks to the press during the 2019 FanFest at Marlins Park in Little Havana on Saturday, February.  9, 2019.  —  The Marlins love the strength in Jorge Alfaro's arm.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
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Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals add veteran starting pitcher Homer Bailey on minor-league deal
Associated Press:   Mets sign Danny Espinosa to minor league deal
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  —  A return to Milwaukee for Mike Moustakas “seems inevitable,” writes The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, who also suspects the Crew aren't willing to extend a multi-year offer to the 30-year-old third baseman.
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 …
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.
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.
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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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: Who hits leadoff and how will the lineup shape up?
Ryan Ford / Detroit Free Press:
Many Detroit Tigers went from spring studs to season duds
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:
Disability rights advocates praise MLB's decision to rename ‘disabled list’
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David Wellham / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
We now know Charlie Culberson's new jersey number, and some others
Discussion: Talking Chop
Toronto Sun:
Mets-Nationals or Cubs-Cardinals set for London in 2020
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Associated Press:
Ryan Tepera, Kyle Barraclough lose salary arbitration cases
Discussion: Associated Press
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
All eyes on GM Mike Hazen as Arizona Diamondbacks spring training nears
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors