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6:15 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
Washington Post:
The world just learned of the Astros' cheating. Inside baseball, it was an open secret.
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Dustin Pedroia's knee still sore, will not report to Red Sox on Monday  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will not arrive to spring training when position players are required to report to camp Monday, interim manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.
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 …
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 …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Notes: Maddon, Cubs, Anderson, Pena, Soriano  —  Joe Maddon is pleased to be returning to the Angels organization as the team's new manager, the veteran skipper tells's Alden Gonzalez.  Rumors about Maddon taking over the managerial post swirled for much of last season …
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 …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake has left wrist fracture, hopes to be ready for season  —  Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake has a fracture in his left wrist, an injury he hopes won't keep him from making the Opening Day roster.  —  Leake, who suffered the injury on a fall at home …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and D-backs News
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 …
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.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
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