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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Oakland approves new ballpark term sheet; A's say ‘not effective path forward’  —  Oakland City Council members voted 6-1 in favor of a nonbinding term sheet for the Oakland Athletics' proposed waterfront ballpark Tuesday, but the session ended with confusion as to whether negotiations between the city and the team would continue.
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Matt Kawahara / San Francisco Chronicle:
Agent Scott Boras among those awaiting A's stadium resolution  —  A resolution of the A's pursuit of a new ballpark could shed light on more than just the team's geographic future.  —  Agent Scott Boras, who represents A's third baseman Matt Chapman, was at the Coliseum on Monday …
Discussion: NBCSports.com
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB trade deadline - Who could rock the next 10 days?  Plus biggest stars available and teams looking to add  —  The calls started Monday.  For weeks, teams have danced around the looming July 30 trade deadline — the ones looking to add not wanting to jump the market …
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The 10 most intriguing questions of the 2021 MLB trade deadline  —  Major-league executives talk constantly at this time of year about “the line.”  Usually, they are referring to the line a buyer must cross for a seller to accept a trade.  But they also might be referring to the luxury-tax threshold …
Brendan Kuty / New Jersey Online:
Yankees, MLB ban fan for life after throwing baseball at Red Sox's Alex Verdugo  —  NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have banned the fan who threw a baseball and hit Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo from Yankee Stadium for life, a team spokesman said Sunday afternoon.
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Mike Fitzpatrick / Associated Press:
Yankee Stadium fan banned from MLB parks for hitting Verdugo  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending big league games.  —  The decision was confirmed Sunday …
Miami Herald:
A look at how contract talks between Marlins, Marte unfolded and ended with no extension  —  The Miami Marlins and outfielder Starling Marte, after two weeks of back and forth discussion, were unable to agree to a contract extension.  —  What happened?  Here's the rundown:
Discussion: NBCSports.com and MLB Trade Rumors
ESPN:
Texas Rangers shut out for third straight game as losing skid continues  —  The Texas Rangers were routed 14-0 by the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.  They've now lost six straight games, the last three by a combined score of 29-0.  —  The last major league team to allow that many runs …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Associated Press:
New York Mets manager Luis Rojas given two-game suspension, fine for arguing with umpires  —  MLB, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates  —  CINCINNATI — New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh.
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ESPN:
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom sidelined with forearm tightness; will miss Monday start
Pat Ragazzo / Sports Illustrated:
Source: Mets Looking To Make ‘Big Splash’ At MLB Trade Deadline  —  The Mets are looking to make a “big splash” at the deadline, an industry source tells Inside the Mets.  Find out what this could entail.  —  With the MLB trade deadline just 11 days away, the New York Mets are planning on making a …
Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
In divorce documents, Ben Zobrist says Julianna ‘coaxed’ him into returning to the Chicago Cubs, while she requests $4M of the $8M he forfeited while on leave  —  Ben Zobrist's estranged wife, Julianna Zobrist, says the former Chicago Cubs utility man was “guilty of failing to preserve marital assets” …
 
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