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10:05 AM ET, January 13, 2020


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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Cody Bellinger on Astros, Red Sox allegations: Dodgers did it ‘the right way’  —  MALIBU, Calif. — The sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed Major League Baseball throughout the offseason centers mostly on two teams, the 2017 Houston Astros and the 2018 Boston Red Sox.  An obvious link: the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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 …
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.
George Miller / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers To Sign Todd Frazier  —  The Rangers have reached an agreement with free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.  The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $5MM guarantee that includes a club option for a second year.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers avoid arbitration with deals for four players  —  Last year, the Detroit Tigers attended a salary arbitration hearing for the first time in 18 seasons.  —  This year, order has been restored.  —  The Tigers agreed to one-year contracts with all four of their remaining salary …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Cardinals emerging in Arenado talks (sources)  —  The Cardinals have emerged in recent days as a viable suitor in the Nolan Arenado trade discussions, multiple sources said Sunday.  —  One source said the Rockies and Cardinals have engaged in “preliminary” trade negotiations regarding Arenado …
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
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.
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.
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: AZ Snake Pit and MLB Trade Rumors
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
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 …
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