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10:15 AM ET, January 12, 2020


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2020 MLB arbitration tracker: Follow along at Jan. 10 deadline  —  Friday was the deadline for 155 arbitration-eligible players and their MLB teams to agree on salaries or exchange desired numbers for 2020.  This year, big names including Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Aaron Judge …
Discussion: Forbes and
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Kris Bryant, Javier Baez  —  3:07pm: The Cubs will pay Javier Baez an even $10MM, per Jeff Passan of (via Twitter).  That's $700K north of his projected earning point.  The sides are said to be interested in hammering out a longer-term contract …
Source: Mookie Betts, Red Sox agree to record $27M deal  —  Outfielder Mookie Betts is getting a one-year, $27 million deal from the Boston Red Sox in a record agreement to avoid arbitration, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Friday.  —  The amount breaks the arbitration record of $26 million …
Discussion: Over the Monster, and USA Today
Connor Grott / UPI:
Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox avoid arbitration with record $27M deal  —  The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with star outfielder Mookie Betts after both sides agreed on a record-setting deal, the team announced Friday.  —  League sources told ESPN and MLB Media that Betts signed a one-year, $27 million agreement with the Red Sox.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jose Martinez part of Cardinals' package for Rays lefty prospect Matt Liberatore  —  MLB, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays  —  The St. Louis Cardinals are trading outfielders Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to the Tampa Bay Rays for left-handed prospect Matt Liberatore …
Discussion: DRaysBay and Let's Go Tribe
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals trade Jose Martinez, Arozarena to Rays for standout lefty prospect, and leave open other options
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals finalizing deal to send Jose Martinez, Arozarena to Rays for top pitching prospect
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Only two months until Globe Life Field opens.  How much work is left on new Rangers home?  —  The first event at Globe Life Field is scheduled for March 14, when the Chris Stapleton All-American Road Show comes to Arlington.  —  That's in 62 days.  The ballpark, as of Thursday, was 90% complete.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Earlier weekend starts for Texas Rangers games another bonus of Globe Life Field roof
Discussion: The Athletic
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Amed Rosario hopes new offseason regimen will put defensive struggles in the past  —  Ain't no rest for the wicked and for Amed Rosario, the grind only intensified this offseason.  —  The Mets shortstop is spending his time away from the field, well, on the field.
TC Zencka / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Announce Brett Gardner Signing, DFA Stephen Tarpley  —  The Yankees officially announced the signing of Brett Gardner to a one-year contract with a club option for 2021.  Left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Discussion: SNY and Pinstripe Alley
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Avoid Arbitration With Trevor Bauer  —  The Reds have worked out a deal with right-hander Trevor Bauer, according to's Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).  He'll pitch for $17.5MM in 2020 rather than going to a third-straight hearing.  —  The MLBTR/Matt Swartz model projected …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Red Reporter
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels, Max Stassi Avoid Arbitration
Source: Twins, Miguel Sano agree to three-year extension  —  Third baseman Miguel Sano is in agreement with the Minnesota Twins on a three-year contract extension, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan.  —  Sources confirmed to ESPN that the extension …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte looking likely to return to center field in 2020  —  With spring training about a month away, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen sounded more resigned to the fact that he again might not be able to land the center fielder he has wanted.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2019 Dominican Summer League Top 20 Prospects  —  For most Latin American signings, their first official games on their way up the minor leagues come in the Dominican Summer League.  —  It's also a level that continues to become more heavily scouted, with clubs hoping to pick the pocket …
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Diamondbacks To Extend David Peralta  —  The Diamondbacks and outfielder David Peralta are in agreement on a three-year extension that'll guarantee the Onyx Sports Management client a total of $22MM, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale (Twitter links).  He can earn another $1.25MM annually via incentives.
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