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Kevin Kernan / New York Post:
What Mets told Carlos Beltran regarding sign-stealing scandal  —  The Mets are playing by MLB's investigative rules and they have told their center of the storm, new manager Carlos Beltran, just that.  —  General manager Brodie Van Wagenen has told Beltran the Mets will let MLB handle …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Yu Darvish is conflicted over Astros sign-stealing allegations  —  He was like the Olympic athlete who finished fourth, only to learn years later that one or more of the medalists were on steroids.  —  Or the student denied entry into a prestigious university because his place went to the child of parents who bribed school officials.
Will Leitch / MLB.com:
These are the 10 best teams of the decade
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Angels' Mike Trout edges Astros' Alex Bregman for AL MVP  —  Over the final 22 days of the regular season, Mike Trout couldn't do anything but sit and watch.  His right foot, plagued by pain practically every time it hit the ground, could no longer give.  He needed season-ending surgery …
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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cody Bellinger earns NL MVP after leading Dodgers to 106 wins
Discussion: Federal Baseball and AZ Snake Pit
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun-Times:
Watch Cubs' extension talks with Javy Baez, interest in Japanese CF Shogo Akiyama for 2020 insight  —  Shogo Akiyama, hitting against a team of MLB All-Stars last year, is on the Cubs' radar as a potential solution to center field and the top of the order.  Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images
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Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
On the Cubs' radar: Mike Napoli, Shogo Akiyama, Brandon Morrow  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Party at Napoli's!  —  Mike Napoli, the recently retired big-league player known for his clubhouse leadership, is expected to join the Cubs as the quality assurance coach on David Ross' staff, according to a source familiar with the team's plans.
Jason Mackey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
What Ben Cherington as GM means for Pirates  —  Shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, Ben Cherington's United flight from Newark touched down at Pittsburgh International Airport, arriving at Gate A10.  —  Wearing jeans, a flannel shirt and rocking an old-school pair of EarPods …
Discussion: Sportsnet.ca and Bucs Dugout
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates To Name Ben Cherington General Manager  —  Former Red Sox general manager and current Blue Jays senior vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington has accepted an offer to become the next GM of the Pirates, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (via Twitter).
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Irv Noren, a Bridge Between DiMaggio and Mantle, Dies at 94  —  After a strong rookie year with the Washington Senators, he joined the Yankees to fill an outfield gap.  He won three World Series rings with the team.  —  The Yankees had a problem in the spring of 1952.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Claim Eric Yardley  —  The Brewers have claimed righty Eric Yardley off waivers from the Padres, per a club announcement.  While the MLB.com transactions page indicates that Yardley was released, he evidently had not yet cleared release waivers.  —  With the move, the Milwaukee club …
Andy McCullough / The Athletic:
Kenta Maeda wants to start, so the Dodgers have a suggestion: pitch better  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, the past three seasons have followed a similar trajectory.  He prepares to be a starter during spring training.  Over the course of two dozen outings, he performs like a credible member of the rotation.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and NBCSports.com
US Food and Drug Administration:
Greenbrier International, Inc dba Dollar Tree MARCS-CMS 574706 — November 06, 2019  —  Delivery Method: … Product: … Warning Letter 320-20-07  —  Dear Mr. Philbin:  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected your corporate headquarters, Greenbrier International …
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Why J.T. Realmuto's contract extension with the Phillies might take some time  —  SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Phillies went into this offseason prioritizing a contract extension for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.  —  Even as the Phils pursue pitching and possibly a third baseman …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Alex Anthopoulos assesses Braves' rotation, bullpen  —  The Braves' offseason shopping list includes retaining third baseman Josh Donaldson (or replacing him), adding another catcher and upgrading their rotation.  They have no shortage of opportunities to do the latter.
Discussion: Talking Chop
 
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