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5:40 PM ET, January 20, 2022

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Baseball America:
2022 Top 100 Prospects  —  Editor's Note: Royals LHP Asa Lacy ranked ahead of C M.J. Melendez and 1B Nick Pratto on our Royals Top 10 Prospects list.  As we gathered feedback for our Top 100 Prospects list, we consistently heard suggestions that Melendez and Pratto should rank above Lacy on our Top 100.
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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
12 Breakout Prospects With Top 100 Potential  —  With the release of the Baseball America Top 100 yesterday, there are plenty of younger players who didn't quite make the cut this year but have the upside to vault their way up the Top 100 by the end of the 2022 season.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Fish Stripes
Elizabeth Merrill / ESPN:
Deaths of woman, 2-year-old son in fall at San Diego Padres' Petco Park ruled suicide, homicide  —  A woman who fell to her death at Petco Park while holding her toddler son last September died by suicide, according to a statement Wednesday from the San Diego Police Department.
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Claudine Zap / Real Estate News & Insights:
San Diego Padres Pitcher Mike Clevinger Scoops Up $2.57M Home
Discussion: Covering the Corner
Los Angeles Times:
Sources: ‘No current plans’ to replace Frank Vogel, but Kurt Rambis makes voice heard  —  Frank Vogel, his time with the Lakers at as perilous a point since he was hired as coach in 2019, wanted to make sure everyone knew.  —  “We put the work in every day,” he said before his team defeated the Utah Jazz on Monday.
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Jake Fischer / Bleacher Report:
‘He Fits Everywhere’: Inside the Market for NBA Trade Deadline's ‘Grand Prize’  —  If Ben Simmons is the linchpin of the NBA's trade season, Jerami Grant is being viewed by league personnel as the best player with the highest likelihood of being dealt prior to the Feb. 10 deadline.
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Keith Pompey / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sources: Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris could be traded West as the Kings continue to put on full-court press  —  How badly do the Sacramento Kings want Ben Simmons?  Multiple sources previously said the Western Conference team was willing to complete a deal for Simmons and Tobias Harris.
Associated Press:
Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022, one step away from major league baseball  —  NEW YORK — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season.  Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A …
Curly W Live:
Kevin Frandsen returns to Washington as MASN Color Commentator  —  The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Washington Nationals today named former player Kevin Frandsen as the network's color commentator for Nationals television coverage.  Frandsen joins the MASN booth after four seasons …
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Jeffrey Paternostro / Baseball Prospectus:
The Top 101: Candidates for the 2023 Top 101  —  Questions?  Drop one (or more) in the queue for Lead Prospect Writer Jeffrey Paternostro's chat, Friday at 1:15 pm  —  Editor's Note: The below list is searchable, sortable, and downloadable for your convenience.  —  THANK YOU FOR READING
Jared Weiss / The Athletic:
Brad Stevens starts making moves: Here's the latest on Celtics as trade deadline approaches  —  There's finally movement on the Celtics roster.  —  Brad Stevens made his first midseason trade late Tuesday night, sending Juancho Hernangomez out in a three-team deal to San Antonio …
Fred Robledo / SGV Tribune:
SGV boys athlete of the week: Buckley DeJardin, St. Francis  —  The senior helped the Golden Knights to four wins in four days against tough competition  —  SGV Boys Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Buckley DeJardin School: St. Francis Sport: Basketball Year: Senior
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
MLB kills Rays' split-city plan with Montreal  —  Team officials say they have no immediate plans to explore relocation to another market, and Stuart Sternberg has no plans to sell the team.  —  Updated Just now  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' proposed plan to split seasons in Montreal …
 
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