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6:45 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
Justin Toscano /
Here's what the Astros' punishment means for Carlos Beltrán and the Mets
Discussion: New York Daily News
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 …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phillies Designate Odubel Herrera For Assignment, Claim Nick Martini  —  The Phillies announced Tuesday that center fielder Odubel Herrera has been designated for assignment.  His 40-man roster spot will go to Nick Martini, whom the Phillies have claimed off waivers from the Reds.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Acquire Matt Andriese  —  4:13pm: The Diamondbacks have announced the trade.  —  3:47pm: The Angels and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send right-hander Matt Andriese from Arizona to Anaheim, tweets MLB Network's Jon Heyman.  Minor league righty Jeremy Beasley is among …
Carlos Collazo / Baseball America:
MLB Mock Draft  —  Note: We have removed Houston's first round pick following MLBs punishment of the organization for sign-stealing.  —  The amateur baseball season has not yet begun, but with the release of the top 100 draft prospects last week, here at Baseball America we are already getting excited about the 2020 draft.
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.)
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.
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
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