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9:50 PM ET, January 16, 2020


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Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. City Council to seek World Series titles for Dodgers amid cheating scandal  —  The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 …
Brian McTaggart / Astros News:
Potential targets in Astros' managerial search  —  HOUSTON — The Astros' search for a manager to replace AJ Hinch will stretch beyond just bench coach Joe Espada, with owner Jim Crane opening up a national search that will include experienced names like Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Technology, Once the Astros' Ally, Helps Do Them In
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Jenna West / Sports Illustrated:
Giants Add Alyssa Nakken to Coaching Staff in Historic Hire  —  Alyssa Nakken is believed to be the first female coach in MLB.  —  The Giants have completed their hiring process for manager Gabe Kapler's staff and added Alyssa Nakken in a historic hire.  —  The club announced Thursday …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Associated Press:
Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coach  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
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.
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
Florida Fire Frogs To Play At Braves' North Port Facility In 2020  —  The Florida Fire Frogs finally have a (temporary) home.  —  Minor League Baseball has approved the Fire Frogs to play at the Braves new North Port facility for the 2020 season.  The decision gives some finality to a question that hung over the team all offseason.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria  —  The Braves have signed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a one-year contract worth $1MM,'s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter link).  The club has officially announced the deal.  —  Hechavarria returns to Atlanta after first joining the team on a free agent deal midway through August 2019.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Jay Jaffe / FanGraphs Baseball:
Out Before Reaching Home: Carlos Beltrán, Ex-Mets Manager  —  Carlos Beltrán won't set foot in a Citi Field dugout anytime soon.  In my conclusion to Thursday's article on Beltrán's place in the Astros' 2017-18 sign-stealing mess — he was the only position player mentioned …
Brandon Contes / WFAN Sports Radio 66AM 101.9FM:
Bronx To Rename Street After Derek Jeter  —  Borough Presented Mariano Rivera With Same Honor Last Year  —  As a five-time World Series champion, Derek Jeter is used to being celebrated by New York.  While Jeter awaits confirmation of being a 2020 Hall of Fame inductee …
Tom Verducci / Sports Illustrated:
Jose Altuve Denies Wearing Electronic Device Under Jersey  —  Jose Altuve and his agent vehemently deny any allegations of wearing an electronic device during games.  —  Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve issued an unqualified denial in response to speculation on social media …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Marlins Acquire Stephen Tarpley, Designate Brian Moran  —  The Yankees have traded left-hander Stephen Tarpley to the Marlins in exchange for minor league third baseman James Nelson and cash, the two teams announced.  In order to open a spot for Tarpley on the 40-man roster, fellow southpaw Brian Moran was designated for assignment.
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.
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