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3:00 AM ET, February 13, 2020


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Phillies reliever David Robertson blasts cheating Houston Astros  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Add David Robertson's name to the list of pitchers who believe they were victimized by the Houston Astros' cheating scheme in 2017.  —  “It's a disgrace what they've done and they're going to have to live …
Tom Verducci / Sports Illustrated:
AJ Hinch: ‘I Am Not Aware’ That Astros Used Buzzers to Communicate Stolen Signs  —  In a statement, former Astros manager AJ Hinch clarified his response about buzzers in his interview last week with SI and MLB Network.  —  Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch issued a statement Wednesday night …
Associated Press:
Angels' Stassi apologizes for Astros' sign-stealing scheme  —  SHARE URL EMAIL FBMSNGR WHATSAPP SMS  —  TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Stassi says he wishes he had done “the right thing” when he learned about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme late in their World Series championship season in 2017.
Shi Davidi /
Police: Blue Jays' Reese McGuire arrested for ‘Exposure of Sexual Organs’  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire was arrested last weekend for the exposure of sexual organs and given a notice to appear in court, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB Announces Rule Changes For 2020 Season  —  Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday the implementation of several rule changes that will take place in 2020 — most notably the previously reported three-batter minimum for pitchers, the expansion of standard roster size from 25 to 26 players …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Re-Sign Derek Dietrich  —  The Reds have re-signed infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training, per a team announcement.  He's represented by All Bases Covered Sports Management.  —  It's the second straight winter …
Eric Longenhagen / FanGraphs Baseball:
2020 Top 100 Prospects … Below is my list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.  The scouting summaries were compiled with information provided by available data, industry sources, as well as from my own observations.  —  Note that prospects are ranked by number but also lie within tiers demarcated by their Future Value grades.
Baseball America:
2020 MLB Organization Talent Rankings  —  Baseball America's first installment of farm system rankings for the 2020 season is here, reflecting a myriad of changes since our last update midway through the 2019 season.  —  The top farm system in baseball again belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays …
Discussion: and Bleacher Nation
Bill Shanks / Sports Illustrated:
Braves start day one with news of Cole Hamels' injury  —  On a day that is counted down to all winter, the day pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training, the Atlanta Braves had inauspicious news start spring training Wednesday morning.  —  Manager Brian Snitker told reporters …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Greg Bird comes to Texas Rangers camp early, healthy, ready to compete at first base  —  Feeling healthy again and with a job to win, Greg Bird is a week early to Texas Rangers spring training.  —  Once a top New York Yankees prospect, Bird was designated for assignment in November after four injury-plagued seasons.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pedro Baez Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Dodgers  —  Dodgers right-hander Pedro Baez won his arbitration hearing against the team,'s Jesse Sanchez reports (via Twitter).  Baez will be paid at the $4MM rate submitted by agent Kelvin Nova rather than the $3.5MM submitted by the team …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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