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10:55 AM ET, November 19, 2020

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The Athletic:
Mets, Phillies aim high, but their front-office searches might be difficult  —  Oh, the Mets and Phillies are aiming high.  Mets president Sandy Alderson said he wants to hire the, “most accomplished baseball person we can find.”  New owner Steve Cohen added, “I'm not crazy about people learning on my dime.”
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Jon Paul Morosi / MLB.com:
Mets' request on Brewers' Stearns denied  —  The Mets' request to speak with Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns about the same position in New York has been denied, sources told MLB.com.  —  Stearns, 35, signed a multiyear contract extension with the Brewers prior …
ESPN:
Mike Clevinger to have Tommy John surgery after re-signing with Padres  —  SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres pitcher Mike Clevinger will miss the 2021 season because of Tommy John surgery, the team announced Monday after reaching an agreement with the right-hander on a two-year, $11.5 million contract.
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FriarWire:
Padres sign RHP Mike Clevinger to two-year contract  —  Clevinger will also undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday; expected to miss 2021 season  —  SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have signed right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger to a two-year contract through the 2022 season …
Ramona Shelburne / ESPN:
World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers latest MLB team to implement layoffs amid pandemic  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers are among the latest baseball teams to implement layoffs as MLB faces the possibility of a second season with limited fan access amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: The Good Phight
Sahadev Sharma / The Athletic:
With Theo Epstein leaving the Cubs, Jed Hoyer has his work cut out for him  —  Theo Epstein has always been willing to have some fun with his co-workers.  —  Before he left to become general manager in San Francisco, Scott Harris would often be on the receiving end of friendly pranks.
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Mets expressing MLB free-agency interest in Marcell Ozuna  —  The Mets' primary focus this winter falls on pitching, catching and center field.  So why, according to an industry source, have they expressed an interest in stud free-agent bat Marcell Ozuna?  —  Because their lineup leans to the left more than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
USA Today:
LSU mishandled sexual misconduct complaints against students, including top athletes  —  For more than a year, people at the highest levels of the Louisiana State University athletic department fielded complaints about their prized running back, Derrius Guice.
 
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