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7:50 PM ET, January 15, 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.
Pete Caldera /
CC Sabathia: Yankees were ‘cheated’ out of a pennant due to Astros' sign stealing  —  NEW YORK — In the opinion of CC Sabathia, the Yankees were cheated out of a trip to the World Series due to the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.  —  Commenting on Tuesday's edition of Showtime's …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Astros are still talented, but they are leaderless and flawed  —  The Houston Astros, the greatest team in baseball the past three years, woke up Tuesday morning, looked in the mirror, and gasped at the sight.  —  The makeup has come off, their hair is now gray and balding …
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
Mark Feinsand /
Hinch, Luhnow are suspended for '20, then let go
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Astros' Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch fired for sign stealing
Justin Toscano /
Here's what the Astros' punishment means for Carlos Beltrán and the Mets
Discussion: New York Daily News
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Cody Bellinger on Astros, Red Sox allegations: Dodgers did it ‘the right way’
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:
Red Sox, Rangers Swap Sam Travis For Jeffrey Springs  —  The Rangers have acquired first baseman Sam Travis from the Red Sox in exchange for left-hander Jeffrey Springs, the teams announced.  Boston has designated left-hander Bobby Poyner to make room on the 40-man roster.
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Twins Agree to Four-Year Deal With 3B Josh Donaldson  —  One of MLB's last remaining big-name free agents has reportedly found a new home.  —  One of MLB's last remaining big-name free agents has reportedly found a new home, as third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal …
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 and Angels 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.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Designate Dylan Covey, Announce Steve Cishek Signing  —  The White Sox have designated right-hander Dylan Covey for assignment, per a club announcement.  His roster spot goes to Steve Cishek, whose previously reported signing is now official.  —  Covey has certainly had his chances to forestall this result.
Aaron Hancock / WFIE:
Eickhoff signs minor league deal with San Diego Padres  —  EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - 2019 was a frustrating season for Mater Dei alum Jerad Eickhoff.  —  After recovering from the nerve issue in his pitching hand in 2018, he got off to a great start with a 1.50 ERA through five starts.
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.
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