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8:15 PM ET, February 10, 2019


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Giants serious about Bryce Harper as late entrants into free-agent frenzy  —  The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been the favorites to land free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper all winter, suddenly have serious competition in the San Francisco Giants.  —  One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts …
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other stars remain free agents.  What's going on?  —  Neither Bryce Harper nor Manny Machado plies his trade as a pitcher or a catcher, so this week's milestone is imprecise but still significant.  As battery mates report to Arizona and Florida during the next few days …
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Larry Baer on Giants' pursuit of Bryce Harper: 'We're giving it a shot'  —  The Giants haven't done much roster-building in the wake of consecutive down years and aren't expected to make the playoffs in 2019.  —  During Saturday's FanFest, CEO Larry Baer, appearing during a Q&A session under …
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Giants president confirms ‘mutual interest’ with free agent Bryce Harper
Discussion: Bleacher Report
Adam Woodard / Lansing State Journal:
Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham stands by comments blasting fans, pleads for more support  —  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham has doubled down on his criticism of his team's lack of fan support.  —  While addressing the Rays' poor attendance, Pham said in December that the organization has …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tommy Pham doesn't regret ripping lack of Rays fans, would like to see more of them  —  Pham said he appreciates fans the team does have and that more support would help.  —  ST. PETERSBURG - Outfielder Tommy Pham had no apologies or regrets Saturday for his recent comments saying the Rays had …
Discussion: Sporting News
Bobby Nightengale /
2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: How good is the National League Central?  —  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: How good is the National League Central?
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Melky Cabrera agrees to minor league deal with Pirates  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.  —  The agreement was first reported Sunday by The Athletic.
Associated Press:
Alex Wilson agrees to minor league deal with Indians
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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: Fish Stripes
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
The new catcher for the Marlins has arm strength. It's his plate discipline that raises questions.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Wells Dusenbury / Orlando Sentinel:   Marlins to play Brian Anderson at third base; Prado shifting to utility role
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves preview: A bench built on versatility  —  Baseball's current climate favors flexibility.  Teams see less value in carrying a one-position player for the sake of a single tool.  The better franchises are those with options; not just assets for the front office, but pieces for the manager to contruct.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager ‘to do something for Chicago and the Cubs’  —  Photos of Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The mound that Yu Darvish stood atop Sunday felt like a cozy home.  —  Entering his second season with the Cubs as he attempts …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carlson, Knizner headline handful of non-roster players at Cardinals' camp  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The wheeling, waiving, and maneuvering the Cardinals did earlier this offseason to squeeze a few prospects onto the 40-man roster assured this year some of the young players expected to surprise …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers prospects to watch in spring training  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers' top three prospects to watch in spring training:  —  1. RHP Franklin Perez  —  Hooks pitcher Franklin Perez throws against the Tulsa Drillers at Whataburger Field on August 10, 2017.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
'We don't want to put any limits on Willie entering camp.  He's earned a real look'  —  Willie Calhoun showed improvement defensively from spring training until his 2018 Rangers debut after the All-Star break.  He has shown more improvement all around this off-season.
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