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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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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.
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.
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
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Why a Cubs-Braves Kris Bryant trade makes sense now that Anthony Rendon has signed
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Analyzing Each 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft Pick's Chances To Stick  —  Here is analysis of the 11 players selected in the MLB phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft.  —  To see full results from the draft, including the minor league portion, click here.  —  To see a full preview (with scouting reports) of available players, click here.
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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
Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft: Giants take right-handed reliever Dany Jimenez  —  SAN DIEGO — It'll be easy to tell when the Giants once again are elite on the field, but when it comes to the health of the minor league system and back end of the 40-man roster, the indicators aren't as clear to the public.
Discussion: DRaysBay
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.
Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
MLB News  —  This is where Red Sox stand in Price talks  —  SAN DIEGO — In the weeks leading up to the Winter Meetings, much of the talk surrounding the Red Sox involved the possibility of trading Mookie Betts.  —  As the meetings get set to conclude on Thursday, it appears …
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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 …
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.
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 …
 
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