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Ken Rosenthal / Bay Area:
Multiple suitors for Josh Donaldson; Kris Bryant not necessarily a fit for Braves; Josh Hader update; more notes  —  Josh Donaldson is next.  —  Donaldson, 34, is 4 1/2 years older than Anthony Rendon, so he will not command as long or as large a free-agent contract as the one Rendon agreed …
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ESPN:
Sources: Anthony Rendon agrees to 7-year, $245M deal with Angels  —  MLB, Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals  —  Third baseman Anthony Rendon has agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Wednesday.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees, Dodgers, Mets Reportedly In Market For Josh Hader  —  With the top end of the relief market going off the board early, teams looking for elite pen arms have been eyeing trade possibilities.  The most intriguing of those: star Brewers lefty Josh Hader, who was recently reported to have been made available in talks.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Why a Cubs-Braves Kris Bryant trade makes sense now that Anthony Rendon has signed  —  SAN DIEGO — The third-base dominoes began to fall around baseball when Anthony Rendon signed his megadeal with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.  It means a market that Washington Nationals general …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Anthony Rendon agrees to a seven-year, $245 million deal with Angels  —  Another top free agent domino has fallen, with third baseman Anthony Rendon agreeing on a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the agreement.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Elizabeth Swinton / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Anthony Rendon Agrees to Seven-Year, $245 Million Deal with Angels  —  Anthony Rendon led MLB in doubles and RBI in 2019.  —  Free agent Anthony Rendon has agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.
Jake Seiner / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
With extra roster spot, teams test options at Rule 5 draft  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major league teams are getting an extra roster spot in 2020, and clubs went fishing for options at the Rule 5 draft Thursday.  —  The  —  Detroit Tigers selected right-hander Rony Garcia from the
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Ethan Cadeaux / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft  —  The Nationals' No. 13 overall prospect is no longer in the organization, and it's not because of a trade that Washington made.  —  That's because the  —  Miami Marlins selected pitcher Sterling Sharp with the No. 3 overall pick during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Phillies make a minor trade, sign a familiar utility man on final day of winter meetings  —  SAN DIEGO — The Phillies wrapped up the winter meetings with a blip of activity in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.  The club selected Vimael Machin, a shortstop from the Chicago Cubs organization …
Dalton Ross / EW.com:
Survivor host Jeff Probst talks about first player ever ejected from the game  —  For the first time in the history of Survivor, a player was pulled from the game due to unacceptable behavior.  Dan Spilo was removed at the end of the Dec. 11 episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols after an off-camera incident.
Nick Goss / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB trade rumors: Blue Jays have ‘explored taking on David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr.’  —  The Boston Red Sox are a team to watch in the MLB trade market with a few high-priced veterans that could be moved to shed payroll.  —  Starting pitcher  —  David Price, who makes $32 million annually …
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
MLB doesn't expect ‘governance issues’ with pending sale of Mets to Steve Cohen  —  SAN DIEGO — Major League Baseball doesn't expect any “governance issues” as a result of Steve Cohen's pending purchase of the Mets, which would leave the Wilpons in charge for five years, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.
 
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