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9:35 PM ET, November 17, 2019

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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Astros exec suggested using cameras to spy in '17, sources say  —  A high-ranking Houston Astros official asked scouts to spy on opponents' dugouts leading up to the 2017 postseason, hoping to steal signs and suggesting the potential use of cameras to do so, sources familiar with the request told ESPN.
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The Athletic:
Astros executive asked scouts for help stealing signs and suggested using cameras, email shows  —  An Astros front-office executive wrote about the team's desire to steal signs in an August 2017 email that was obtained by The Athletic.  As the club discussed its advance scouting plans ahead of the playoffs …
Bill Madden / New York Daily News:
Rob Manfred's plan to destroy minor league baseball  —  As if they aren't squarely involved in enough transgressions against baseball, we should not be at all surprised to know the Houston Astros — the Jeff Luhnow Houston Astros — were the ringleaders of the MLB plan to essentially destroy …
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:
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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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TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Sign Matt Reynolds To Minor League Contract  —  The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of infielder Matt Reynolds to a minor league contract.  Reynolds has previously appeared in the majors with the Mets and Nationals.  —  Reynolds, 29 in December, was a 2nd round draft choice of the New York Mets back in 2012.
Discussion: Royals Review
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 …
Associated Press:
Judge says MASN should pay Nats based on MLB panel decision  —  MLB, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays  —  NEW YORK — A judge has ordered lawyers for the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles to submit a proposed judgment of what the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
ESPN:
AL Central offseason preview: Francisco Lindor's future, Twins' rotation in focus  —  With free agency underway, the offseason is going to pick up steam.  What are the big questions facing all 30 teams?  —  Here's a look at the AL Central, where the teams at the top could be in a state …
Lynn Worthy / Kansas City Star:
Royals will explore free-agent pitching market, plus other takeaways from GM meetings  —  Acquiring major-league caliber pitching clearly sits atop the list of offseason priorities for the Kansas City Royals.  —  Constructing a staff deep with quality arms capable of consistent performance …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Robust rotation, cutting-edge pitching approach has Reds rising as Central threat … SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — With front office execs from almost all of the 29 other clubs and definitely one from each of his National League Central rivals gathered in the same ballroom this past week …
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
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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