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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 …
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?
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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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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.
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
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.
 
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