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4:45 PM ET, November 13, 2019

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The Athletic:
The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball  —  There is a broad story about this era of baseball that has yet to be told.  —  To this point, the public's understanding of sign stealing mostly rests on anonymous second-hand conjecture and finger-pointing.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Ex-Astros pitcher Mike Fiers: Team stole signs with camera  —  The Houston Astros used a center-field camera to help steal signs during their 2017 championship season, a former pitcher for the team told The Athletic, a practice that would have run afoul of rules against using technology …
Jon Paul Morosi / MLB.com:
Market for Zack Wheeler could be robust  —  Righty has until Thursday to accept or reject $17.8M qualifying offer  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Zack Wheeler has until Thursday at 5 p.m. ET to accept or reject the Mets' $17.8 million qualifying offer.  Thus, over the coming days …
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Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
The Rangers are willing to play the free agency game.  Now comes the hard part: winning it.  —  Convincing somebody to take a lot of money is not as easy as it sounds.  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — You can't win if you don't play.  —  That's the difference between the Rangers' approach …
Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres plan to work on contract for Tatis; coaching staff interviews continue  —  Padres would like to buy out a couple years of Fernando Tatis Jr.'s eventual free agency; Cubs GM talks about Andy Green  —  Amid the flurry of moves they expect to make this offseason via trade and free agency …
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:   Pete Alonso wins 2019 National League Rookie of the Year honors
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Mets' Pete Alonso, Astros' Yordan Alvarez Take Home Rookie of the Year Honors
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Ryan Wormeli / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Does Davey Martinez's snub highlight problems with Manager of the Year award?  —  Regardless of who ends up winning the National League Manager of the Year award — the finalists are Craig Counsell, Mike Shildt, and Brian Snitker —  Nationals fans will make the case their fearless leader was snubbed.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Federal Baseball
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Adding some pitching remains a priority for the Cincinnati Reds this offseason  —  Sports Pulse: Reporter Bob Nightengale predicts the MLB individual awards  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - After the Reds scored the fourth-fewest runs in the National League this season, it's clear the Reds …
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun-Times:
Can Cubs turn a free agent bust into low-risk bullpen answer with Brandon Morrow in 2020?  —  The once-dominant reliever appears healthy again and plans to pitch again in 2020 after missing the last year and a half with elbow problems — with the Cubs first in line for a minor-league deal.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Twins' first-year skipper Rocco Baldelli wins Manager of the Year  —  Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins was named American League Manager of the Year.  —  This election marks the second time in the AL and the eighth time overall that the award went to someone who was in his first full season as a major league manager.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina plans to play past current deal, possibly through 2022; La Russa, Pujols reunited with Angels  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Originally, Yadier Molina's plan was to play through the end of his current contract, trade in his pads and catcher's mitt maybe for a fungo bat and some time as a coach …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright  —  3:05pm: Wainwright's new contract guarantees him $5MM and includes an additional $5MM in possible incentives, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets.  —  10:08am: The Cardinals have agreed to re-sign righty Adam Wainwright, per a club announcement.
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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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 …
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