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8:30 AM ET, January 9, 2021

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
In one blockbuster move, the Mets become World Series contenders after acquiring Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco  —  Remember when New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson said they were more than one player away, and it could take years before they were serious World Series contenders?
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Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies at 93  —  LOS ANGELES — Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died.
Helene Elliott / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers legendary manager Tom Lasorda dies at age 93 of a heart attack  —  Tom Lasorda, who in 20 years as the Dodgers manager won two World Series championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles and always insisted that he bled Dodger blue out of loyalty to the organization, has died at age 93.
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Fired Angels employee Bubba Harkins names Cole, others he says used his illegal product  —  The text message from then-Houston Astros star Gerrit Cole to former Angels visiting clubhouse manager Brian “Bubba” Harkins was sent Jan. 17, 2019, at 11:39 a.m.  —  “Hey Bubba, it's Gerrit Cole …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Fired Los Angeles Angels clubhouse attendant names pitchers in ball-doctoring case  —  A revealing text message from star pitcher Gerrit Cole has been submitted as evidence in Brian Harkins' quest to prove he was unfairly made a scapegoat when the Los Angeles Angels fired him as their clubhouse attendant …
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METS ACQUIRE FOUR-TIME ALL-STAR FRANCISCO LINDOR & RHP CARLOS CARRASCO FROM CLEVELAND  —  The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in exchange for infielder Amed Rosario …
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Lindor trade market; digging into the Darvish, Snell deals; more notes  —  The Mookie Betts trade, a rival executive was saying on Tuesday night, amounted to a perfect storm.  The Dodgers had a win-now mentality, the money to absorb Betts' original $27 million salary for 2020, and interest in signing him long-term.
MLB Insiders / ESPN:
Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets — Grading the trade, what's next for both teams and more  —  The New York Mets made their first bold offseason splash since owner Steve Cohen took control of the team in November, acquiring star shortstop Francisco Lindor and veteran starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco …
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Will Deshaun Watson ask for a trade?  —  The Texans have suggested that they'll listen to quarterback Deshaun Watson when hiring a coach.  But what if they ultimately don't hire the person he'd like to be coached by?  —  Rumors already are circulating, and we've already heard …
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Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Report: Texans won't trade Deshaun Watson, if he asks for it  —  The Texans aren't waiting to see whether quarterback Deshaun Watson asks for a trade.  They're pre-emptively putting out word that Watson will not be traded.  —  “Under no circumstances will the Texans trade Watson,” …
Chris Haynes / Yahoo Sports:
Sources: Lakers hope to visit White House after President-elect Biden takes office  —  The  —  Los Angeles Lakers are looking forward to reconvening a post-championship tradition of visiting the White House at some point during the 2020-21 season after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goold's Hall of Fame ballot, plus his take on a possible fit for David Peralta with the Cardinals  —  Comment: At the beginning of the chat, Derrick Goold released his Hall of Fame ballot, on which he checked eight boxes of the 25 nominees.  Goold voted for (alphabetically): Bobby Abreau …
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