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9:15 AM ET, December 5, 2019


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Sources: Zack Wheeler joins Phillies on five-year deal worth $118 million  —  Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a five-year, $118 million contract, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.  —  Wheeler turned down a larger offer from the Chicago White Sox …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As free agency dominoes fall, Madison Bumgarner is expected to fetch at least $100 million  —  The free-agent pitching market broke wide open Wednesday, but the biggest winner of the day might be Madison Bumgarner.  —  With the Philadelphia Phillies signing Zack Wheeler for $118 million …
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 …
New York Times:
Steve Cohen in Talks to Buy Majority of Mets From Wilpons  —  The deal with Mr. Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund manager, would represent a significant change in the New York sports landscape.  —  Steven A. Cohen, a minority investor in the Mets, is negotiating with the Wilpon family to purchase …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Nearing Acquisition Of Omar Narvaez  —  The Brewers are closing in on a deal with the Mariners to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).  The trade return remains unknown.  —  Narvaez is one of the few backstops in baseball that can match …
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.
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 …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
2020 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order  —  Major League Baseball has determined the orders of Competitive Balance Rounds A and B for the 2020 amateur draft, Jonathan Mayo of reports.  Comp Round A takes place after the first round of the draft, while Comp Round B goes down at the conclusion of the second round.
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.
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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).
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 …
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