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9:50 AM ET, November 12, 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 …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Pete Alonso wins 2019 National League Rookie of the Year honors  —  Back in spring training, Pete Alonso stood at his locker with a vision: to make the Opening Day roster, and then, to be the best player on the diamond.  Months later, he slugged a major-league leading 53 home runs …
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Mets' Pete Alonso, Astros' Yordan Alvarez Take Home Rookie of the Year Honors  —  Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez took home the National League and American League Rookie of the Year Awards on Monday.  —  Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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: The Boston Globe and
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Houston Astros phenom Yordan Alvarez wins AL Rookie of the Year  —  Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez capped a meteoric rise by becoming the franchise's third Rookie of the Year winner and second since the club moved to the American League.  —  Alvarez was a unanimous selection of the 30 voters.
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
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 …
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