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5:10 PM ET, December 2, 2019


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Red Sox ace Chris Sale (elbow) cleared to start throwing  —  Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been cleared to begin throwing.  —  Chaim Bloom, the team's chief baseball officer, told WEEI in Boston that Sale saw Dr. James Andrews last week in Pensacola, Florida, and got permission to being throwing …
Rob Bradford / WEEI:
Chris Sale gets green light after visit to Dr. James Andrews  —  The trip to Pensacola, Fla. was finally made.  Chris Sale has seen Dr. James Andrews.  —  According to Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom the pitcher's long-anticipated follow-up with Dr. Andrews …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Acquire Sandy Leon, Designate James Hoyt  —  The Indians announced Monday that they've acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista.  In order to open a spot for Leon on the 40-man roster, Cleveland has designated right-hander James Hoyt for assignment.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Josh Hader faces a unique offseason; Red Sox weigh Jackie Bradley Jr.'s value; Phillies' exits; more notes  —  In their never-ending quest for payroll efficiency, low-revenue teams often entertain ideas that, on the surface, appear to make little sense.  —  Trading Josh Hader would be precisely …
Justin Rimpi / Sports Illustrated:   Is J.D. Davis a Viable Everyday Option for New York Mets Heading Into 2020?
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres To Acquire Jurickson Profar  —  The Padres and Athletics have reportedly agreed to a trade that'll send infielder Jurickson Profar from Oakland to San Diego in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later.  Profar, who'd been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz …
Craig Calcaterra / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
James McCann signs with the White Sox  —  Chicago White Sox have agreed on a one-year, $5.4 million deal, avoiding arbitration.  —  McCann presumably lost his starting job when the White Sox signed  —  Yasmani Grandal, and was suspected by many to be a non-tender candidate …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Mike Moustakas agrees to four-year, $64M deal with Cincinnati Reds  —  Mike Moustakas has been waiting for something more than  —  a one-year contract and in his third test of MLB free agency, he finally got it.  —  Moustakas, the versatile 31-year-old infielder, has finally gotten a big payday, joining the
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Lou Whitaker's Hall of Fame case never far from Alan Trammell's mind  —  Get the numbers on a Detroit Tigers' all-time great, Lou Whitaker  —  When Alan Trammell hopped on a plane from San Diego to the 2017 Winter Meetings in Orlando, he wasn't thinking about being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Josh Norris / Baseball America:
CLICK HERE TO SEE CHICAGO'S TOP 10 2020 PROSPECTS  —  A homegrown frontline starter has mostly eluded the Cubs under Theo Epstein.  —  Soon, though, they hope that finally changes.  —  Lefty Brailyn Marquez headlines Chicago's system, which ended 2019 ranked among the worst in baseball.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Cubs Insider
T.R. Sullivan / Rangers News:
What's next for Rangers after adding Gibson?  —  ARLINGTON — The Rangers have a three-year agreement in place with right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson, a deal that is pending a physical.  The Rangers also need to make room on their 40-man roster, but the deal is expected to be officially announced later …
Bradford William Davis / New York Daily News:
Unearthing the best of Amed Rosario  —  Should Amed Rosario play shortstop?  —  It was an open question as recently as this past summer, when the Mets were flirting with converting Rosario into an outfielder to fill their still-massive chasm in center.  But in August, the team was encouraged enough …
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 …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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 …
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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