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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.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Chop and MLB Trade Rumors
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Lindsay Kimble / People.com:
Mookie Betts Engaged to Girlfriend of 15 Years Brianna Hammonds: ‘Putting a Ring on My MVP’  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers player and his longtime love share one child together and met in middle school  —  Mookie Betts just scored big.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers player, 28 …
Discussion: Boston.com and Page Six
ESPN:
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.
ESPN:
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.
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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.
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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Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Fired Angels employee names Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, 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.
Stephen Douglas / The Big Lead:
JuJu Smith-Schuster Not Worried About Cleveland: ‘The Browns is the Browns’  —  The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns will meet in the playoffs on Sunday.  The Steelers eliminated the Browns the last time they made the playoffs 18 years ago when Tommy Maddox out-dueled Kelly Holcomb in a Wild Card game.
 
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