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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 …
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jacob deGrom joins elite company after winning second straight NL Cy Young award  —  Jacob deGrom has gone back-to-back.  —  The New York Mets ace was named the National League's Cy Young award winner again on Wednesday after a vote by the  —  Baseball Writers Association of America.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and True Blue LA
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Mets' Jacob deGrom cruises to landslide victory to take 2nd straight Cy Young Award  —  Jacob deGrom was named the National League Cy Young Award winner for the second consecutive season.  —  DeGrom becomes the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, a list that features seven …
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Justin Verlander edges Astros teammate to win 2nd Cy Young Award  —  Justin Verlander outpolled his Houston Astros teammate, Gerrit Cole, to win the American League Cy Young Award.  —  This is the first time in the history of AL Cy Young voting that teammates have finished first and second on the ballot.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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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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: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
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
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.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Qualifying offer thoughts; Contemplating Yelich's future in Milwaukee; Hamels is the new Happ; more notes  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In August, when the Brewers were still barely above .500, a rival executive suggested the team soon might need to trade right fielder Christian Yelich …
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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