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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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 ESPN.com.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Brewers' Offseason Plans  —  Having already trimmed a laundry list of notable players from their 40-man roster — some through free agency, others via trade, yet more through non-tender — the Brewers now face a wide open remaining offseason.  Just what course it'll take isn't really evident …
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MLB Rumors: A scenario emerging where the Red Sox hang on to Mookie Betts?  —  Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer has much bigger decisions ahead.  —  It was reported months ago that the  —  Sox would attempt to move superstar  —  Mookie Betts this offseason, but it seems that things have taken a turn.
Discussion: Over the Monster and NBCSports.com
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2019-20 MLB International Reviews: Boston Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
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
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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Marlins acquire infielders Jonathan Villar and Jesús Aguilar
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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.
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giants Sign Tyler Anderson  —  The Giants have signed lefty Tyler Anderson to a one-year, Major League contract, the team announced Tuesday evening.  Anderson, who was claimed off waivers out of the Rockies organization, had been non-tendered yesterday.  Terms of the contract weren't disclosed …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
 
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