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1:35 AM ET, February 11, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
Lowdown: Limping Lindor  —  Limping Lindor  —  The Indians, and fantasy owners alike, were handed a bit of bad news on Friday when it was announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor had sustained a right calf strain while working out in preparation for spring training.
Bill Baer /
Steve Kerr: 'Bryce [Harper], come to the Giants.  Let's go.'  —  On Saturday, before the Golden State Warriors played the Miami Heat on Saturday evening, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about recent rumors linking free agent outfielder Bryce Harper with the Giants.  —  Kerr said, “That would be fun.
Discussion: Bleacher Report
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Larry Baer on Giants' pursuit of Bryce Harper: 'We're giving it a shot'
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Baseball notebook: Free agents abound as spring camps open this week  —  Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel won't be around when the bat and ball bags are opened at spring training throughout Florida and Arizona this week.  —  They are among the dozens …
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 …
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?
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
5 things to watch in the Cactus League, including an early start and a free-agency deep freeze  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Major League Baseball's decision to start the season in late March pushes up the beginning of the Cactus League season once again.  —  This year's schedule of games …
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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
Rob Goldberg / Bleacher Report:
MLB Trade Rumors: Indians' Corey Kluber Has ‘Almost No Chance’ of Being Moved  —  After some speculation the Cleveland Indians could trade Corey Kluber this offseason, it now appears any talks are now dead.  —  “Multiple sources said that there is almost no chance Kluber will be dealt …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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 …
Will Lester / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
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Discussion: Daily Breeze
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
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