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11:45 PM 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.”
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
DJ LeMahieu's desire to stay in NYC makes it Yankees vs. Mets  —  Did the Yankees do too good a job of selling DJ LeMahieu not only on them, but also on New York City?  —  Could Steve Cohen pull the same, “Thanks for proving yourself elsewhere, we'll take it from here” …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano tests positive for steroid, will be suspended 162 games  —  Robinson Cano's legacy was at stake, and he blew it.  —  The Mets second baseman tested positive for stanozolol and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
Jon Paul Morosi /
Chernoff leader in Mets' search (sources)  —  Indians general manager Mike Chernoff has emerged as a leading candidate to become the Mets' new president of baseball operations, sources told  —  In recent days, the Mets formally requested permission to speak with Chernoff about the job …
Jon Paul Morosi /
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  —  Stearns, 35, signed a multiyear contract extension with the Brewers prior …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Sources: Wrigley Field to be given federal landmark status  —  CHICAGO — Seven years after filing the paperwork, Wrigley Field is to be given federal landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places, according to sources.  The move will give owners of the Chicago Cubs …
Democrat and Chronicle:
Rochester Red Wings have new parent club: Washington Nationals  —  Justin Murphy Sean LahmanRochester Democrat and Chronicle  —  The Rochester Red Wings have a new parent club: the Washington Nationals.  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the affiliation Thursday morning, saying he had spoken directly with Nationals owner Mark Lerner.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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