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9:25 PM ET, November 15, 2019

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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
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Angels' star Mike Trout joins select company by winning his 3rd MVP award  —  Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the AL MVP for the third time in the past six years.  —  Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and 2016, is the sixth three-time MVP in the history of AL voting …
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger wins MVP award  —  Dodgers' outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the National League MVP two years after he won the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.  —  Bellinger is the 18th former NL Rookie of the Year winner (2017) to go on to win an MVP Award, most recently Kris Bryant …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:   Angels' Mike Trout edges Astros' Alex Bregman for AL MVP
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cody Bellinger earns NL MVP after leading Dodgers to 106 wins
Discussion: Federal Baseball and AZ Snake Pit
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.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB contacts Astros, Red Sox as sign-stealing investigation expands
The Athletic:
Three major-league managers are connected to Astros' sign stealing
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.
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).
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers, Edinson Volquez Discussing Minor League Deal  —  The Rangers are in talks with veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez about a minor league contract, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com (via Twitter).  If a deal is reached, Volquez would head to Spring Training in hopes of winning a spot in the team's bullpen.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds seeking offensive upgrades in offseason after inconsistent year  —  Sports Pulse: Reporter Bob Nightengale predicts the MLB individual awards  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - When the Reds entered the offseason last year, their big focus was improving their starting pitching …
Discussion: Red Reporter and MLB Trade Rumors
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets ace Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for second straight season in landslide vote
Discussion: Newsday
 
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