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6:30 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
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Yankees fail to make qualifying offer to Gregorius
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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
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 …
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 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Just trying to have some fun’: Nationals' Kurt Suzuki explains wearing MAGA hat at White House visit  —  Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki says he was “just trying to have some fun” wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at the team's World Series championship ceremony at the White House with President Donald Trump on Monday.
Discussion: and The Nation
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Automated strike zone to debut in Minor League Baseball in 2020, Rob Manfred says  —  It's getting closer.  —  Tested already in the independent Atlantic League and the MLB-run Arizona Fall League, the automated strike zone is slated to arrive in Minor League Baseball in some capacity in 2020.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Super Two Cutoff Set At 2.115 Years Of Service  —  NOV. 5: This year's cutoff is set at precisely 2.115 days of service, MLBTR has learned.  —  OCT. 10: This year's cutoff point to determine Super Two status will be unusually low, per Adam McCalvy of (via Twitter).
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.
The Athletic:
Sources: The Cubs continue to make sweeping changes behind the scenes  —  Joe Maddon took a lot of the heat for the Cubs, facing the media before and after every game and deflecting some attention from the organization's deeper issues.  That cover is gone now that Theo Epstein dismissed …
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Bleacher Nation
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
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 …
Vincent Bonsignore / The Athletic:
With London ready for an NFL team, the Chargers have been discussed as a possible option  —  LONDON — The NFL concluded its annual four-game London series on Sunday in front of a robust, energetic crowd of 83,000 at Wembley Stadium.  In all, more than 286,000 fans packed Wembley …
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