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12:35 PM ET, January 12, 2021


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Rob Manfred: MLB teams should plan for spring training to start on time, full 162-game season to be played  —  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed clubs Monday that they should be preparing for spring training to start on time in February and to plan on a full 162-game season being played …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
MLB 2021 fan plan: No mandate for vaccines or COVID-19 tests  —  Major League Baseball does not plan to mandate that fans provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before entering a ballpark this year.  —  In a memo sent to teams Monday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times …
Tim Brown / Yahoo Sports:
DJ LeMahieu engaging other teams in free agency with Yankees slow to meet his price  —  In a winter fraught with unsteady economics and politics, along with the perils of a chronically undershot pandemic, DJ LeMahieu's baseball free agency hasn't looked different than most.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Francisco Lindor says he's open to discussing long-term deal with New York Mets  —  The New York Mets have been searching for years for a superstar position player.  They now have one in Francisco Lindor, and the big question on everyone's mind: Will he sign a long-term deal with the Mets?
Peter Abraham Globe / The Boston Globe:
Mets' deal for Francisco Lindor had look of Betts-to-Dodgers trade  —  Eleven months after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, Mets executives Sandy Alderson and Jared Porter followed a similar blueprint in obtaining Francisco Lindor from Cleveland.
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Christian Nicolussi / Sydney Morning Herald:
‘I just got released because I got injured’: Manny Ramirez cut loose by Blue Sox  —  Baseball superstar Manny Ramirez says he was cut loose by the Sydney Blue Sox due to an oblique injury, and the “ongoing medical issue” had nothing to do with drugs.  —  Blue Sox owner Adam Dobb confirmed …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s extension talks with Padres have not started, but could heat up soon.  How big will contract be?  —  There's one little problem with these breathless reports that the San Diego Padres are on the verge of signing shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a historic contract extension exceeding $300 million.
Mark Feinsand /
How Bauer stacks up against Cole, Stras  —  Trevor Bauer's stature as the top pitcher available in free agency is very clear.  What remains unclear is how much the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is worth on the open market.  —  It's unclear precisely what type of contract Bauer is seeking …
Kyle Schwarber agrees to one-year deal with Washington Nationals  —  Free-agent outfielder Kyle Schwarber, one of the heroes of the 2016 World Series title run for the Chicago Cubs, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals, it was announced Saturday.
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