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Associated Press:
Justin Bour agrees to play for Japan's Hanshin Tigers, report says  —  TOKYO — The Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League are set to acquire major league free agent Justin Bour.  —  Per the Kyodo News agency, Tigers general manager Osamu Tanimoto said this week the team has reached …
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Japan Times:
Hanshin Tigers to acquire Justin Bour, GM Osamu Tanimoto says  —  KOBE - The Hanshin Tigers are set to acquire major league free agent Justin Bour for the 2020 season, Tigers general manager Osamu Tanimoto said Thursday.  —  Tanimoto said in an interview that the Central League team has reached …
George A. King III / New York Post:
Phillies interested in Dellin Betances and Austin Romine  —  There is a chance Dellin Betances and Austin Romine will remain teammates in 2020 — and won't have to travel far from The Bronx to do so.  —  According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Phillies have an interest …
ESPN:
Seymour Siwoff, longtime Elias Sports Bureau owner, dies at 99  —  Seymour Siwoff, the statistics maven who turned the Elias Sports Bureau into the place to go for exact information on teams and athletes for more than a half-century, died Friday.  He was 99.
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Justin Rimpi / Sports Illustrated:
Is J.D. Davis a Viable Everyday Option for New York Mets Heading Into 2020?  —  Should the New York Mets find a replacement for J.D. Davis next season  —  New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis had the best year of his MLB career in 2019.  In 2017 and 2018, the first two seasons of Davis' career …
Jason Coskrey / Baseball America:
Analyzing Japanese Baseball Stars Aiming For MLB Debuts In 2020 And Beyond  —  Four talented Japanese players already this offseason have been given a path to pursue a career in the majors, and all four are big-ticket names in Japan.  —  Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi …
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ESPN:
Source: Catcher Yan Gomes agrees to 2-year, $10M deal with Nationals  —  Veteran catcher Yan Gomes has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal to return to the World Series champion Washington Nationals, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Wednesday.  —  Gomes caught the final …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Dave Birkett / Detroit Free Press:
Matt Patricia's future in limbo as Detroit Lions eliminated from playoff contention  —  Matt Patricia looked and sounded like a beaten man.  —  The Detroit Lions lost their fifth straight game Thursday in frighteningly familiar fashion.  —  They got off to a decent start …
Anthony Franco / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLBTR Poll: Grading The Brewers/Padres Trade  —  Yesterday, the Brewers and Padres linked up on an interesting four-player swap.  MLBTR's Jeff Todd discussed the players involved in the immediate aftermath of the deal, but it's worth pondering a little further.
 
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