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12:00 AM ET, January 14, 2020


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The Athletic:
Exclusive: MLB hands down unprecedented penalties for Astros after sign-stealing investigation  —  In the most dramatic ruling of his five-year tenure, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred came down hard on the Astros Monday for illegally stealing signs during their World Series championship season in 2017.
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Astros' Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch fired for sign stealing  —  Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were fired by owner Jim Crane on Monday after Major League Baseball's announcement of discipline following the sign-stealing scandal.  —  A league investigation confirmed …
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Astros owner Jim Crane fires manager A.J. Hinch, GM Jeff Luhnow after MLB suspensions in cheating scandal  —  Houston Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane has fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow following Major League Baseball's sign-stealing investigation, he announced in a press conference on Monday.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB To Suspend Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch For One Year; Astros Stripped Of Draft Picks  —  Major League Baseball is set to bring forth an unprecedented set of penalties against the Astros organization in light of the sign-stealing scandal against them, Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic report.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Source: Rangers agree to deal with free agent infielder Todd Frazier  —  Frazier fills third base need, could play some first base if another third baseman is acquired.  —  With the likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade dimming by the day, the Rangers on Sunday, acted to fill one of their pressing needs …
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.
Peter King /
FMIA Divisional: Aaron Rodgers, Packers Aren't Finished, Derrick Henry Can't Be Stopped, and more  —  GREEN BAY, Wisc.  — That pass.  That Aaron Rodgers pass.  It's still there.  He's still got it.  —  I came to Green Bay wondering about Rodgers.  (Stupidly, as it turns out.)
Jon Paul Morosi /
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 …
Alex Pavlovic /
Pat Burrell back with Giants organization, named Single-A hitting coach  —  Pat the Bat is back and will try to mentor the next generation of Giants sluggers.  —  The organization announced Monday that Pat Burrell, a key piece on San Francisco's 2010 championship team, will be the hitting coach for the San Jose Giants.
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
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.
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
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