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6:35 AM ET, February 18, 2021

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'I know how I'm going to be judged': Tony La Russa welcomes the scrutiny in return as White Sox manager  —  PHOENIX - Tony La Russa is sitting outside a golf resort, wearing a New England Patriots cap and talking about the sensation searing through his body that he hasn't felt since, well …
Eric Longenhagen / FanGraphs Baseball:
2021 Top 100 Prospects  — Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2022 Top 100  — Which Kinds of Prospects Were Most Affected by the Year Off?  — Prospect Limbo: The Best of the 2021 Post-Prospects  — ZiPS 2021 Top 100 Prospects  — How Will Teams Approach This Year's Draft?
Medium:
TIM TEBOW ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT  —  The New York Mets today announced that outfielder Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball.  —  “It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he's been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” said Team President Sandy Alderson.
Shi Davidi / Sportsnet.ca:
Blue Jays set to open 2021 season playing home games in Dunedin  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced once again by pandemic border restrictions, will open the 2021 season at their spring home in Dunedin, Fla., according to multiple industry sources.
The Athletic:
‘This is a pattern’: Three women told Mets about sexual harassment in 2018  —  In the summer of 2018, three women who worked for or had previously been employed by the Mets spoke with a member of the team's human resources department to complain about the behavior of hitting performance coordinator Ryan Ellis.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Pitching depth is going to be critical to Yankees, other MLB teams a year after 60-game pandemic season  —  TAMPA — Wednesday the Yankees pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa, take their physicals and get ready for their first official workout of 2021 spring training.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
NBA trade news: Andre Drummond to Raptors coming?  Lonzo Ball interest and more  —  As the NBA's trade deadline nears, NBA team executives have noticed a somewhat abnormal trade market over the past few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic impacting the league and positive cases …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Dollars and years are disappearing from MLB free agents  —  As negotiations between MLB players and owners reached their apex last summer, the union held together strongly, with Max Scherzer and Jack Flaherty and others taking to social media to collectively reflect the group's insistence on 100% pay.
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Talking Chop
Keith Law / The Athletic:
A's 2021 prospect rankings: Keith Law on Oakland's top 20  —  The A's contend year-in and year-out without the benefit of a great farm system, boosting the team through trades and some smart finds on waivers or in the low end of free agency, along with the very occasional Matt Chapman.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
ESPN:
Oakland Athletics bolster bullpen, reach agreements with Yusmeiro Petit, Sergio Romo  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Veteran reliever Yusmeiro Petit has agreed to a $2.55 million, one-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, pending a physical, his agent said.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
 
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