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8:15 AM ET, February 11, 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 …
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Rotoworld.com:
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.
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 …
Bill Baer / NBCSports.com:
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'
Discussion: NBCSports.com
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 …
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Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:   Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and other stars remain free agents. What's going on?
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 …
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tommy Pham doesn't regret ripping lack of Rays fans, would like to see more of them
Discussion: Sporting News
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers positions that are up for grabs in spring training  —  Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Detroit Tigers' top three position battles heading into spring training:  —  1. Fifth starter  —  Daniel Norris.  (Photo: Andy Marlin USA TODAY Sports)
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
3 Detroit Tigers prospects to watch in spring training
Discussion: Bless You Boys and Detroit News
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
One thing to watch at spring training for all 30 teams  —  Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned.  As pitchers and catchers begin reporting this week to Arizona and Florida, that remains the big story across the majors, an ugly blot on what otherwise is a cheerful time of the year: The return of baseball.
Associated Press:
Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As Oquendo returns to minor-league role, he's still much in demand with Cardinals  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Jose Oquendo, now a roving minor-league infield instructor instead of third-base and infield coach, will be on the big-league side for only about two weeks this spring.
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
Will Lester / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
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Discussion: Daily Breeze
 
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Kyle Newman / Denver Post:
Rockies Insider: What are the chances Carlos Gonzalez re-signs with Colorado?
Discussion: Purple Row
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Confident and healthy Yu Darvish eager ‘to do something for Chicago and the Cubs’
ESPN:
Melky Cabrera agrees to minor league deal with Pirates
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carlson, Knizner headline handful of non-roster players at Cardinals' camp
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
2019 Cincinnati Reds questions: How good is the National League Central?
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Carlos Monarrez / Detroit Free Press:
It's time to elect Tigers' Lou Whitaker to Baseball Hall of Fame
Brian Robin / Orange County Register:
Kyle Allman Jr., Cal State Fullerton avenge earlier loss to UC Riverside
Associated Press:
Miami Marlins' president wants fans to give team a chance
Discussion: Fish Stripes