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8:50 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.
Mark Feinsand /
Hinch, Luhnow are suspended for '20, then let go  —  Sign-stealing penalties include loss of top Draft picks, $5 million fine  —  Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were each suspended without pay for the 2020 season by Major League Baseball, which on Monday released …
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Technology, Once the Astros' Ally, Helps Do Them In  —  Jeff Luhnow built a powerhouse in Houston by trying to gain every edge possible.  In the end, he pushed the envelope too far.  —  This was in the summer of 2012, in Jeff Luhnow's office at the old Union Station in Houston, adjacent to Minute Maid Park.
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 …
Justin Toscano /
Here's what the Astros' punishment means for Carlos Beltrán and the Mets  —  Phew.  —  Carlos Beltrán, the Mets and their fans may breathe a collective sigh of relief.  Spring training in Port St. Lucie looks like it will be controversy free — something that seemed uncertain a few weeks ago.
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.
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.
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 …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Obvious interest, complex trade: Cutting through the clutter on Arenado and the Cardinals  —  When the Cardinals headed to California to woo Giancarlo Stanton and try to convince him, in person, to waive his no-trade clause and accept the trade the Marlins had to St. Louis …
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.)
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
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.
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