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11:50 AM ET, December 12, 2019


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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.
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.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks discussed significant offer with free-agent Madison Bumgarner  —  SAN DIEGO — The Diamondbacks floated the idea of a contract in the range of $70 million for starter Madison Bumgarner, sources said, though it seems likely that will fall well short of what it will take to land the free-agent left-hander.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Agree To Sign Michael Wacha  —  3:23pm: There's a deal in place pending a physical, per's Mark Feinsand (Twitter link).  It guarantees $3MM, per Sherman (via Twitter), with up to $7MM in possible incentives.  —  3:09pm: The Mets are “working hard to finalize” …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Carlos Beltran mum on Astros' scandal
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays To Sign Tanner Roark  —  The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Tanner Roark, Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet report.  It's a two-year, $24MM accord, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.  Roark is a client of Matt Colleran.
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's interested in Jed Lowrie reunion  —  SAN DIEGO — The answer to the A's need for a left-handed or switch-hitting second baseman might be exactly the same as twice before.  —  The Chronicle has learned that Oakland has had internal conversations about bringing back 2018 All-Star Jed Lowrie …
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Bruce Levine / 670 The Score:
Source: Cubs Meet With Shogo Akiyama  —  Akiyama could fill the Cubs' need for a center fielder and leadoff man.  —  SAN DIEGO (670 The Score) —With a real need to address their center field position and the leadoff spot in the lineup, the Cubs met with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama here at the Winter Meetings, a source said.
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