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2:30 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.
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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.
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 …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:   Mets Reportedly Looking To Move Bad Contracts
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 …
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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.
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MLB Rumors: A scenario emerging where the Red Sox hang on to Mookie Betts?
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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2019-20 MLB International Reviews: Boston Red Sox
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 ESPN.com's Jeff Passan (via Twitter).
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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
 
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