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9:35 AM ET, November 8, 2019

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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Union chief's rebuke of GM heats up baseball's cold war over free agency  —  In his public statements about the evolution of the free-agent market, Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, has taken pains not to use the word collusion.
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Alex Anthopoulos issues statement in response to MLBPA concerns  —  Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos issued a statement Wednesday evening in response to Players' Union chief Tony Clark's concern regarding comments the GM made during a conference call with media earlier in the week.
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Associated Press:
MLB union unhappy with Braves GM's ‘connecting’ comment  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Two days into the free agent market, the players' association already is angry at a club.  —  Union head Tony Clark issued a statement Wednesday in response …
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
Giants pare list of managerial candidates to Gabe Kapler, two bench coaches  —  The Giants' managerial search is down to three candidates, and while the club hopes to make the hire soon, team officials do not feel bound by a deadline, The Chronicle has learned.
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Alex Pavlovic / NBCSports.com:
How Madison Bumgarner's free agency fits into Giants' current rebuild  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner thought about the question for about 15 seconds, his face scrunching up as he prepared to give an answer.  On the final weekend of the Giants season, he had been asked to pinpoint …
Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
Minor League Free Agents 2019  —  The minor league free agent class of 2019 totals 510 players, listed here with their final organization and minor league assignment.  This list captures every player whose minor league contract terms expired on Nov. 4, or five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
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Todd Zolecki / Phillies News:
Hamels on Philly return: Ball's in team's court  —  First-time free agent open to 1-year deal with a postseason-level club  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies need starting pitchers and Cole Hamels needs a job.  —  It sure seems like an obvious fit.  —  “I know Philly is finally trying to make that push …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Devon Travis Elects Free Agency  —  The Blue Jays announced that second baseman Devon Travis has rejected an outright assignment in favor of free agency.  He's now eligible to sign with any club.  —  This was the obvious outcome when Toronto announced that Travis had cleared outright waivers earlier in the week.
Justin Leger / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Red Sox' Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts earn Silver Slugger awards  —  Xander Bogaerts both took home some hardware on Thursday.  —  Betts earned his second straight Silver Slugger award (third total) while Bogaerts also tallied the third of his seven-year career.  —  Tomase: Why J.D. won't be traded this winter
Brynne Connolly / WHDH-TV:
Worker dead, 10 hospitalized after chemical incident at Burlington Buffalo Wild Wings  —  BURLINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) - One employee has died and at least and ten other people were hospitalized following a chemical incident at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Burlington on Thursday, a fire official said.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs season ticket prices dropping by an average of about 2.5% for 2020, team says  —  The Cubs missed the postseason for the first time in five seasons in 2019, and season ticket holders will see an average price decrease of about 2.5% next year, according to the team.
Drew Davison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Josh Jung likes carrying Texas Tech legacy as Bobby Bragan Award winner  —  This has been a banner year for Josh Jung.  —  He reached the College World Series with Texas Tech in June.  He was the Texas Rangers' first-round selection later that month.  And he followed in one of his best …
 
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