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12:50 PM ET, February 13, 2020


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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 …
Jim Salisbury /
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 …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Aroldis Chapman calls Jose Altuve's 2019 actions ‘suspicious’  —  TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman joined the chorus of players criticizing the Astros for stealing signs in 2017, and speaking through an interpreter, he called the actions of Houston's Jose Altuve …
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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.
Elizabeth Swinton / Sports Illustrated:
Gary Sanchez Says 'It's Hard to Say' if Yankees Were Cheated Out of World Series by Astros
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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 …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Inside Mets' offseason pursuits of Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets worked harder and were more serious in conversations to try to obtain Cleveland's Francisco Lindor during the offseason, but they made numerous calls and exchanged several various concepts …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hope Hicks to Return to the White House After a Nearly Two-Year Absence  —  President Trump's former communications director will return as an aide to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.  —  Hope Hicks, a close aide to President Trump who resigned nearly two years ago …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
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Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Greg Bird comes to Texas Rangers camp early, healthy, ready to compete at first base
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Is Rays' Charlie Morton retiring after 2020?
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Carlos Gonzalez
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phillies Hope For 2nd Half Return From David Robertson
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