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9:40 AM ET, January 15, 2023

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Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
Arbitration roundup: 33 exchange figures  —  More than 200 arbitration-eligible players — a record-high — entered Friday with the hopes of settling on a contract figure for 2023.  The vast majority got their wish, agreeing to a salary for the upcoming season.
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Martin Gallegos / MLB.com:
A's agree with 3 arbitration-eligible players  —  OAKLAND — The A's reached agreements on one-year deals with all three of their remaining arbitration-eligible players before Friday's deadline, including All-Star right-hander Paul Blackburn.  —  In his first year of arbitration eligibility …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals commit $30 million to dodge arbitration with 7 players, but 2 head for hearings  —  The Cardinals avoided any friction that adversarial arbitration hearings may create with both of the starters who can be free agents this fall.  But the club was unable to sidestep that possibility …
Julian McWilliams / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox agree on contracts with their remaining five arbitration-eligibles  —  The Red Sox agreed to one-year deals with their final five arbitration-eligible players Friday, the deadline for the sides to exchange salary figures.  —  Alex Verdugo will make $6.3 million in 2023, up from $3.55 million last season.
New York Post:
Yankees' Frankie Montas to miss first month of season with shoulder inflammation  —  Frankie Montas' first full season with the Yankees will start much in the same way his ended last year, with him dealing with shoulder inflammation.  —  The right-hander is expected to miss the first month …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Sources: All AAA parks to use electronic strike zone in '23  —  The electronic strike zone will be used in all 30 Class AAA parks in 2023, sources told ESPN, seemingly another significant step toward the implementation of the technology at the big league level in the near future.
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Andrew McCutchen returning to Pirates on 1-year deal  —  Andrew McCutchen is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced Friday.  —  The 36-year-old, who was named the 2013 NL MVP when he was playing in Pittsburgh, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Pirates …
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Tom Ricketts talks long-term free-agent contracts and the smaller national reach on Marquee as the Cubs Convention opens  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 85  —  Ron Coomer, left, moderates as Cubs manager David Ross, from second left, first base coach Mike Napoli, third base coach Willie Harris …
G. Allan Taylor / The Athletic:
How the $13 million recruitment of Jaden Rashada for Florida fell apart  —  Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that the Gator Collective's Edward Rojas and Jen Grosso signed a contract with Jaden Rashada on Nov. 10.  Grosso, who's involved in coordinating post-agreement activities …
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Kristian Winfield / New York Daily News:
Nets play well in first game without Kevin Durant but still can't handle the Celtics  —  If anything became clear from the Nets' 109-98 loss to the Boston Celtics in their first game of Kevin Durant's projected monthlong absence after spraining the MCL in his right knee, it's this:
Kyle Goon / Orange County Register:
Lakers bested by Luka Doncic, Mavericks in two overtimes  —  The depleted Lakers put forth a scrappy effort, but Doncic (35-point triple-double) hits tying 3-pointers in the final seconds of regulation and the first OT as Dallas hands them a 119-115 defeat  —  LOS ANGELES …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
‘Juan Soto trade’: What Pirates want in Bryan Reynolds deal  —  MORE FROM:  —  One rival executive complained the Pirates are looking for a “Juan Soto trade” for Bryan Reynolds, who seeks a way out of Pittsburgh.  —  Reynolds does have three years to go in his contract …
 
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