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8:25 PM ET, November 11, 2019

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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Food for thought: That Brodie Van Wagenen-Pete Alonso dinner really paid off  —  Among the moments that have marked Pete Alonso's rise to stardom — to the Home Run Derby title and All-Star Game, to all sorts of major-league and franchise records, to his expected National League Rookie …
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Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Mets' Pete Alonso, Astros' Yordan Alvarez Take Home Rookie of the Year Honors  —  Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke the record for home runs by a rookie, hitting 53 this season.  So to no one's surprise, on Monday he took home the Baseball Writers' Association of America's National League Rookie …
Discussion: Camden Chat and The Crawfish Boxes
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Three Teams Exceeded 2019 Luxury Tax Threshold  —  The Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs were the three teams to exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2019, as Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times noted over the weekend.  MLBTR has confirmed that is the complete and final list of organizations identified …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
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Jorge Castillo / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers to shop for starting pitchers, right-handed power as offseason begins  —  It's been more than a month since the Dodgers suffered their stunning exit from the postseason.  —  The reasons for the latest disappointment were dissected and analyzed.  The manager was criticized.  Players were blamed.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Dylan A. Chase / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates' GM Search Reportedly Down To Three Finalists  —  Since the exit of longtime GM Neal Huntington on Oct 28, the Pirates have been connected to a number of respected front office figures in their search for a new head of baseball operations.  Two names, Blue Jays VP …
Chris Cwik / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Giants poach talent from Cubs, hire Scott Harris as general manager  —  The San Francisco Giants are bringing in one of the men responsible for the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series.  The Giants have decided to poach some front-office talent from the Cubs, hiring Scott Harris to be their next general manager.
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Maria Guardado / Giants News:
Giants hire Scott Harris as new GM  —  Harris spent seven years with Cubs, two as assistant GM  —  The Giants will have a new face representing them at the General Managers Meetings this week.  —  President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced Sunday that the Giants …
Marc Carig / The Athletic:
Source: Mets to interview Jeremy Hefner for pitching coach job  —  NEW YORK — Former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner didn't wait long to begin his second act.  Not long after injuries ended his playing career, he joined the Twins as an advance scout, then earned a promotion to the major-league …
Darren Hartwell / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Latest Mookie Betts report heightens trade speculation entering GM meetings  —  Boston Red Sox entering Major League Baseball's general manager meetings, which begin Monday in Arizona.  —  Jon Morosi's report Monday morning should intensify that spotlight.  —  Several MLB executives believe at least one of Betts,
Discussion: Boston.com and Cubs Insider
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Francisco Lindor isn't Yankees' only option to fill lefty-hitting hole  —  Brett Gardner is a free agent.  So is Didi Gregorius, who did not get a qualifying offer from the Yankees.  Aaron Hicks needed Tommy John surgery and will miss at least a few months next season.
Associated Press:
San Diego Padres unveil new uniforms with brown-and-gold color scheme  —  SAN DIEGO — Brown is back for the San Diego Padres.  —  The Padres unveiled new uniforms Saturday night that feature a brown-and-gold color scheme, similar to the one used from the franchise's inception in 1969 through 1984.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Let's Go Tribe
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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
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and MLB Trade Rumors
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays head to GM meetings seeking offense  —  Rays Tales: Erik Neander says 2019 success provides “a stronger starting point” than they have had in a while.  Plus, rumblings.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Rays GM Erik Neander and crew will be in Arizona this week for the annual general manager meetings …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Trade Rumors
 
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