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6:20 PM ET, December 4, 2019


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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.
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 …
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Mets in Talks to Sell 80% of Team to Investor Steve Cohen  — Deal would value Major League Baseball club at $2.6 billion  — The billionaire would take control of team after five years  —  The owners of the New York Mets are in talks to sell up to 80% of the Major League Baseball team …
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 …
St. Pete, Rays end talks of sharing team's home slate with Montreal  —  The Rays and the city of St. Petersburg have broken off talks regarding the possibility of the team playing some home games in a location other than the Tampa Bay area, according to a letter released from the mayor's office Wednesday.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Sign Cole Hamels  —  1:15pm: The Braves have formally announced the signing and (unlike most clubs) confirmed the terms of the contract in their press release.  Their 40-man roster is now up to 38 players.  —  11:18am: The Braves have struck a one-year deal with lefty Cole Hamels, per's Jeff Passan (via Twitter).
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.
Alicia Robinson / Orange County Register:
Angels agree to stay in Anaheim through 2050, stadium to be sold for $325 million  —  Anaheim's hometown baseball team would continue playing in Angel Stadium for another 30 years, and the city would sell the stadium and 133 acres around it to a business partnership including team owner Arte Moreno …
Beyond The Bases:
Marlins Park To Sport New Look In 2020  —  Marlins Park continues to evolve with two significant changes to the field for the upcoming season.  The Miami Marlins will install a synthetic grass surface at Marlins Park as part of a multi-year corporate partnership with Shaw Sports Turf.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Acquire Dylan Bundy  —  4:16pm: The Orioles have announced the move.  Their 40-man roster is down to 37 players.  —  3:41pm: Also going to the Orioles in the deal are right-handers Zach Peek, Kyle Bradish and Kyle Brnovich, Jeff Passan of reports (Twitter link).
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Jed Lowrie does not deserve a second chance from the Mets  —  Second chances are, most of the time, a good thing.  They allow players to flush putrid seasons, bounce back and start fresh.  But Jed Lowrie, a career .261 batter who has yet to record a hit for the Mets, should not be given …
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
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Rangers honor retired jerseys with dimensions at new stadium  —  Texas Rangers' ballpark will be similar to their old stadium, with slightly altered distances designed to honor the team's retired jersey numbers.  —  The left field pole will be 329 feet from home plate, the 29 a reference to former third baseman Adrian Beltre's jersey.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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