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11:40 AM ET, November 9, 2019


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Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres to hire Larry Rothschild as pitching coach; Darren Balsley to work with minor leaguers  —  Longtime Yankees, Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild to replace Darren Balsley after 16-plus seasons on Padres staff  —  For the first time in more than 17 seasons, the Padres will have a pitching coach other than Darren Balsley.
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.
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
Discussion: Talking Chop
Associated Press:
MLB union unhappy with Braves GM's ‘connecting’ comment
Mike Trout, Braves trio among 2019 Silver Slugger Award winners  —  Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has received his seventh Silver Slugger Award after batting .291 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs this season.  —  The Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies …
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
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Re-Sign Darren O'Day  —  The Braves have re-signed veteran reliever Darren O'Day, per a club announcement.  He'll receive a guarantee of $2.25MM in the contract, which covers the 2020 campaign and includes a $3.5MM club option for another season.  —  As other clubs plot roster turnover …
Houston Chronicle:
Astros' shakeup: Jim Crane's son moves in as Reid Ryan moves to background  —  Chandler Rome , Houston Chronicle and David Barron , Houston Chronicle  —  Putting in place an early plan for his succession, Astros owner Jim Crane appointed his son Jared to help oversee the franchise's business operations …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Payroll space creates offseason possibilities for Arizona Diamondbacks  —  The Diamondbacks enter their offseason in a position largely foreign to them - or, at least, foreign to their current group of baseball operations executives.  They have money to spend.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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