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Pete Caldera / NorthJersey.com:
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
Hinch, Luhnow are suspended for '20, then let go
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Astros' Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch fired for sign stealing
Justin Toscano / NorthJersey.com:
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’
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.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
John Romano / Tampa Bay Times:
The Rays lineup could be a daily exercise in creativity this season  —  Defense remains strong up the middle, but could get a little wobbly elsewhere as the Rays try to figure out the best place to slot everyone in.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — So the offseason shopping list is mostly complete.
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