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10:30 AM ET, November 15, 2021

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R.J. Anderson / CBSSports.com:
MLB free agent predictions: Landing spots for top 20 players, with Yankees signing Correa; Bryant to the Mets  —  Major League Baseball's offseason is officially underway, with free agents able to sign wherever they please.  Some players, like left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Business as usual’: GM meetings end as MLB's collective bargaining agreement set to expire  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Baseball's general managers and executives headed out to catch their flights Thursday as union executive director Tony Clark, chief negotiator Bruce Meyer poured into the same seaside resort they were vacating.
Associated Press:
Miami Marlins acquire RHP Louis Head from Tampa Bay Rays  —  MLB, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays  —  MIAMI — The Miami Marlins acquired right-hander Louis Head from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday for either a player to be named later or cash.  —  Head made 27 appearances for the Rays this past season, two of them starts.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
After season-long suspension, how much does Robinson Cano have left?  —  Get ready for Robinson Cano to be relevant again.  —  With his season-long steroid banishment complete, Cano began playing in the Dominican Republic winter league in recent days and will attend spring training with the Mets.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Sandy Alderson says luxury tax won't be an impediment to Mets' spending  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Eventually, after or while they hire a general manager and manager and a whole bunch of coaches, the Mets can get to the fun part of the offseason: Bringing in really good baseball players in an attempt to form a really good baseball team.
Associated Press:
Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies reach deal  —  DENVER — Right-hander Jhoulys Chacín is staying with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing Saturday to a guaranteed $1.25 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Party of two?  Cardinals, Brewers lay ‘groundwork’ at GM Meetings while NL Central rivals seem set to downshift  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — With planes to catch, homes to reach, and, for at least one official, a car to rent for a quick scouting peek across the border in Mexico …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Sources: Arizona Diamondbacks expected to name Brent Strom as pitching coach  —  The Diamondbacks are on the verge of hiring Brent Strom as their new pitching coach, a source said Friday, a move that would give them a highly respected instructor at a time when the organization is desperate to improve its run prevention.
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Why MLB seems headed toward a lockout — and how that'll create a free-agent frenzy  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Here in paradise, a place where the sun shines every hour available, a cloak of darkness was omnipresent this week.  Almost every substantive conversation at Major League Baseball's GM meetings touched …
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
MLB free agency, trades and offseason outlook: Jim Bowden answers 20 questions on Red Sox, Angels, Braves, more  —  As the MLB offseason plays out, I'll regularly do reader mailbags to answer your questions and share what I'm hearing around the league.  Let's get right to this edition, which hits on 20 teams.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Scott Boras says 17 MLB teams will try to win in 2022.  Here they are  —  Super-agent Scott Boras is never exactly who he believes he is - a de facto commissioner of baseball - nor exactly what others believe him to be - such as the shadow head of the MLB Players' Association.
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