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5:05 PM ET, November 25, 2020


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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Reds open to trading Sonny Gray; possible suitors for DJ LeMahieu  —  The Reds are certain to lose the National League Cy Young award winner, free-agent right-hander Trevor Bauer.  So why on earth would they entertain trading another valuable member of their rotation, righty Sonny Gray?
Mark Feinsand /
Rays open to trading ace Snell (sources)  —  A reigning Cy Young Award winner is currently available on the free-agent market, but could another former winner be on the move via trade this winter?  —  According to multiple sources, the Rays have told other clubs that they're open to the idea …
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena detained after domestic violence allegations  —  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena has been detained in Mexico's Yucatan state for a situation involving allegations of domestic violence.  —  The Yucatan state prosecutors' office confirmed Tuesday …
Discussion: Associated Press and New York Post
Mark Feinsand /
Ready to play, Puig drawing interest (sources)  —  Yasiel Puig didn't play in 2020, but the enigmatic outfielder has plans to be back on a big league field when the '21 season gets underway.  —  After announcing this week that he had signed with agent Rachel Luba of Luba Sports …
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets retaining Luis Rojas as manager  —  The new Mets are keeping the old manager, for at least next year.  —  Team president Sandy Alderson said Monday that he was retaining Luis Rojas as manager, something he previously only committed to being “very likely.”
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
How Mets should spend money saved from Robinson Cano's steroid suspension  —  Robinson Cano, batting second as DH, led off the top of the fifth inning against the Nationals on Sept. 27 in the Mets' final game of the 2020 season.  He popped out to shortstop on the first pitch from right-hander Austin Voth …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Analysis: J.T. Realmuto is the free agent the Mets should sign  —  As Mets owner Steve Cohen and president Sandy Alderson search for someone to lead their baseball operations department, a reminder about the player front: J.T. Realmuto, arguably the best free agent, period, available this offseason …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Waiting on the Cubs; Arenado an eventual fit for Cardinals?; more notes  —  For all the talk of the Cubs dramatically reducing their payroll, do they truly want to provide sub-standard entertainment in the second year of their Marquee television network?  And can they even justify massive …
Sam Miller / ESPN:
Why everybody should vote Andy Pettitte into the Hall of Fame  —  Every year, two Hall of Famers are born.  —  OK, it's not quite that precise, but as an average, it works out: 20 future baseball Hall of Famers (from the Negro Leagues and the American and National Leagues) were born in the 1910s, and so on from there:
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Pinstripe Alley
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Nikola shares fall after CEO fails to reassure investors GM won't pull out of $2 billion deal  — Shares of embattled electric vehicle start-up Nikola Corp. fell by about 15% in pre-market trading.  — Nikola CEO Mark Russell failed to reassure investors of a deal being finalized with GM …
Discussion: New York Post
Dan Caesar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Fox Sports Midwest intends to become a bookie joint  —  For decades, Fox Sports Midwest has wanted you to watch its telecasts of St. Louis pro and college sports teams.  Now it wants to be your bookie, too.  —  FSM parent company Sinclair Broadcasting has struck a deal …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Could Theo Epstein help MLB fix its pace-of-play problem?  —  The questions for Theo Epstein the other day were rightly about why he's leaving the Cubs now and what he's going to do next.  But in the middle of his explanations, he talked briefly about his worry about where the sport is as an entertainment product.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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