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9:00 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
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Fish Stripes
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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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB  —  The Tampa Bay Rays' inventive, controversial plan to split their home schedule with the city of Montreal was scrapped by Major League Baseball officials earlier this week, a decision that Rays owner Stuart Sternberg called “flat-out deflating.”
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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Alex Riggins / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Police conclude mother killed herself, 2-year-old son in Petco Park fall  —  Attorney for Raquel Wilkins' parents says police, city refuse to provide information backing up murder-suicide conclusion  —  A police investigation has concluded that a San Diego mother intentionally killed herself …
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 …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and Cubs Insider
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.
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Jake Fischer / Bleacher Report:
‘He Fits Everywhere’: Inside the Market for NBA Trade Deadline's ‘Grand Prize’
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
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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Bruce Feldman / The Athletic:
Sources inside Michigan think Jim Harbaugh would take Las Vegas Raiders job if offered  —  What will Jim Harbaugh do this winter with an NFL head-coaching market wide open?  Almost no one knows for certain at this point.  But it's worth keeping an eye on the Las Vegas Raiders.
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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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 …
Bill Plunkett / Orange County Register:
Friedman: New Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes brings ‘pretty rare executive profile’  —  A former pitcher for Friedman in Tampa Bay, the 37-year-old Gomes has risen quickly in the Dodgers' front office  —  LOS ANGELES — As a pitcher, Brandon Gomes was not a unique talent.
Discussion: Daily Breeze and Daily News
 
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