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11:05 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.
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.
Alex Pavlovic /
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 …
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
ESPN:   Mike Trout, Braves trio among 2019 Silver Slugger Award winners
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 …
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.
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.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Why Steven Matz is excited to play for new Mets manager Carlos Beltran  —  A teenaged Steven Matz, recently transitioned from Mets fan to Mets prospect, was sitting at a table inside the team's Port St. Lucie facility about a decade ago when a star from the major-league team joined him …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Yankees hire Matt Blake as pitching coach  —  The New York Yankees hired Matt Blake as their new pitching coach, poaching one of the key cogs in the Cleveland Indians' pitching-development machine as the replacement for longtime coach Larry Rothschild, sources told ESPN.
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.
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