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12:15 PM ET, December 4, 2019


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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Wheeler will be a $100 million man; the market for Bumgarner and Castellanos; more notes  —  Oh, to be free-agent right-hander Zack Wheeler.  —  His stuff is elite.  His career innings total is low.  His recent durability is encouraging.  —  Any day now, he will be a $100 million man.
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Sources: Phillies seen as top bidder for Zack Wheeler  —  The bidding for right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to progress toward resolution, with the Philadelphia Phillies seen by sources as the most potent bidders — and the Reds, White Sox and Rangers also involved.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Ready to make a splash, White Sox going hard in pursuit of free agent Zack Wheeler  —  The Chicago White Sox, believing they can make a playoff push in 2020, are willing to pay a huge price for free agent starter Zack Wheeler, and have engaged in preliminary trade talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Source: Free agent Zack Wheeler has eliminated the Rangers from consideration  —  Wheeler is expected to make a decision on destination before the winter meetings begin  —  The Rangers will not land their top free agent pitching target this winter.  —  Right-hander Zack Wheeler has informed …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers, White Sox Have Had “Preliminary” Trade Talks On Joc Pederson  —  For a second consecutive offseason, the White Sox are showing some interest in Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, writes USA Today's Bob Nightengale.  Last winter's talks between the two sides (obviously) didn't lead to a deal …
Discussion: Royals Review and Al's Ramblings
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Reportedly Looking To Move Bad Contracts
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Cubs' Offseason Plans  —  The Cubs, just a couple months from the end of a bitterly disappointing campaign, may be on their way to an offseason shakeup.  The club has been “aggressive,” “manic,” “motivated” and “obvious” in its effort to trade someone, executives have told Jeff Passan of
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
One blockbuster move for all 30 MLB teams  —  Teams have made their 40-man roster additions, the non-tender deadline passed on Monday, the winter meetings loom next week and there have already been a few signings and trades of note this MLB offseason.  So let's play everyone's favorite party game …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Mookie.  Lindor.  Arenado?  Players who will (or should be) in MLB offseason trade talks  —  For the many thousands of hours executives have spent talking with their counterparts about potential trades since the end of the baseball season, there have been a grand total of four deals involving players …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
MLB Rumors: A scenario emerging where the Red Sox hang on to Mookie Betts?
Discussion: Over the Monster and
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2019-20 MLB International Reviews: Boston Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett: Kyrie Irving didn't have the ‘cojones’ for Boston  —  Kevin Garnett was quick to answer whether he was surprised Kyrie Irving left Boston.  —  “No,” he said flatly before pausing for laughs and implying that Irving, who signed with the Nets for $144 million, didn't have the mental makeup for Beantown.
Dalton Johnson / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB rumors: Giants interested in free-agent slugger Nicholas Castellanos  —  Giants fans were scratching their heads and typing furiously Monday night when the team decided to part ways  —  with center fielder Kevin Pillar.  —  The veteran tied for the team lead in homers with 21 …
Bradford William Davis / New York Daily News:
Orioles' Jonathan Villar salary dump demonstrates MLB's toxic commitment to their bottom line  —  Why would anyone pay a good player what he's worth when you can, instead, pay a bad player nothing at all?  After waiving infielder Jonathan Villar as part of their strategic downsizing …
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jared Martin / Sports Illustrated:
Derek Shelton Officially Introduced as Pirates Manager - Reaction to the Press Conference  —  Derek Shelton will be announced today as the next manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It was reported a week ago that Shelton beat out the other finalist, Matt Quatraro, for the job.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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