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3:25 PM ET, November 5, 2019


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Yanks don't give qualifying offer to Didi Gregorius  —  The New York Yankees have decided not to extend the $17.8 million qualifying offer to shortstop Didi Gregorius, making him a free agent.  —  The Yankees now will not get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.  New York still could try to re-sign him.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins To Issue Qualifying Offer To Jake Odorizzi  —  The Twins will issue a qualifying offer to righty Jake Odorizzi, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports (Twitter link).  This year's qualifying offer value is $17.8MM.  —  While not unexpected, this move sets the stage for an interesting decision for Odorizzi.
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Yankees fail to make qualifying offer to Gregorius
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
MLB Awards Finalists Announced for MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year  —  Just days removed from the end of postseason play, MLB revealed its finalists for each of the four major awards on Monday night.  —  Just days removed from the end of postseason play …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Baseball News …
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB year-end awards: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger among finalists  —  There are no more games left to be played in Major League Baseball this year, but we can't officially put a bow on the 2019 season until the year-end awards are handed out.  —  That process will begin on Monday, Nov. 11 …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Brewers' First Base Plans  —  Although the Brewers declined first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames' 2020 option on Monday, that doesn't necessarily mean his time with the franchise is up.  General manager David Stearns stated after the decision that the team's open to re-signing Thames …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Decline 2020 Option On Eric Thames
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and Bless You Boys
Baseball Hall of Fame:
2020 Modern Baseball Era Ballot  —  Nine former big league players and one executive comprise the 10-name Modern Baseball Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 8 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.  —  Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson …
Chris Cwik / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Marvin Miller gets another shot at MLB's Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Era ballot
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado headlines Gold Glove winners with 7th straight
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Extend John Mozeliak, Mike Girsch, Mike Shildt  —  The Cardinals have announced new deals for three key members of their leadership, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers (links to Twitter).  President of baseball operations John Mozeliak gets three new years …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
2019-20 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions  —  MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our 14th annual Top 50 Free Agents list!  For the entire list of free agents, plus the ability to filter by signing status, position, signing team, and qualifying offer status, check out our mobile-friendly free agent tracker here.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
J.D. Martinez Will Not Opt Out Of Red Sox Contract  —  Outfielder J.D. Martinez will not opt out of his contract with the Red Sox, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter).  The 32-year-old Martinez had the option of collecting a $2.5MM buyout to forgo the remaining three years and $62.5MM …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Acquire Chase Anderson  —  12:39pm: The Blue Jays and Brewers have formally announced the trade.  —  10:40am: The Blue Jays are sending minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger to Milwaukee to complete the deal, TSN's Scott Mitchell tweets.  —  10:23am: The Blue Jays are set …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Passan answers 20 big hot stove questions as free agency starts and MLB's offseason drama begins  —  play  —  On the day after the World Series, an agent for a prominent free agent this winter expressed shock at how busy his day had been.  In the past two seasons, free agency began with a whimper — few texts, fewer calls.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Decline Option Over Kole Calhoun  —  The Angels announced that they have declined their club option over outfielder Kole Calhoun, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register first reported (Twitter link).  He'll receive a $1MM buyout rather than a $14MM salary for 2019.
FanGraphs Baseball:
2020 Top 50 Free Agents  —  Welcome to FanGraphs' top-50 free-agent rankings.  Dave Cameron had previously been responsible for this annual post; I took the reins last year.  I'm back leading the charge again, with some assistance from my colleagues.  —  In what follows …
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