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1:45 PM ET, January 19, 2023

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Baseball America:
2023 Top 100 Prospects  —  The 2023 Prospect Handbook is at the printer.  All 30 team Top 10s are published.  Pitchers and catchers are less than a month away from reporting to spring training.  —  All of that can only mean one thing: It's time for the grand finale, the 2023 Top 100 Prospects.
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Dodgers taxed $32M, MLB payrolls record $4.5B  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit with a $32 million luxury tax for the second straight season, among six teams paying a penalty as baseball payrolls rebounded after the lockout to a record $4.56 billion.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's 2022-23 MLB free agency takeaways  —  Spring training starts in less than a month.  Every major free agent is signed.  Almost all of the second- and third-tier ones have jobs, too.  It's almost like Major League Baseball free agency doesn't need to bleed into the beginning of a new season.
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Bleacher Nation
Kyle Goon / Orange County Register:
Lakers' late-game struggles continue in loss to Kings  —  LeBron James has 32 points and Russell Westbrook adds 19, but the Lakers get outplayed in the final 70 seconds of a 116-111 defeat, their third tight setback in four games during this homestand  —  LOS ANGELES — It's been rare enough …
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves, Kevin Pillar Agree To Minor League Deal  —  The Braves and outfielder Kevin Pillar are in agreement on a minor league deal, reports MLBTR's Steve Adams.  Pillar will make a $3MM salary if he cracks the club's roster.  He's a client of All Bases Covered Sports Management.
Dan Hayes / The Athletic:
With Carlos Correa in tow, Twins look to further upgrade roster via potential trades  —  Carlos Correa's shocking return has prompted the Twins to try to improve their roster, including further exploration of trading American League batting champion Luis Arraez to acquire starting pitching help, multiple team sources say.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: New York Mets, Tommy Pham agree to 1-year, $6M deal  —  Outfielder Tommy Pham and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $6 million contract Wednesday, sources told ESPN, continuing the team's offseason bonanza and pushing the Mets' record payroll past the $450 million mark.
Discussion: Lookout Landing and New York Post
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' Grier talks Gesicki, Wilkins, Byron Jones; McDaniel to take time assessing coaching staff  —  Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier considers season “successful” but says he's not satisfied as ultimate goal is a Super Bowl.  (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Discussion: Reading Eagle
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Patrick McAvoy / Sports Illustrated:
Red Sox Reportedly Interested In Intriguing Padres Duo; Would Be Solid Trade Candidates  —  Boston reportedly has shown an interest in two Padres defensive wizards  —  There surely will be another move or two in Boston for the 2023 Major League Baseball season comes along.
Discussion: The Athletic
Fred Robledo / SGV Tribune:
San Gabriel Valley Girls Boys Athlete of the Week: Nate Garcia, Damien  —  The Damien sophomore set a school record for points in a game last week.  —  San Gabriel Valley Boys Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Nate Garcia  —  School: Damien  —  Sport: Basketball  —  Year: Sophomore
Miami Herald:
Marlins continue search for hitters via trade market.  Ten notes as spring training nears  —  Ten Marlins notes, less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter:  —  ▪ As the Marlins continue to discuss trading starting pitching, one thing hasn't changed …
Fred Robledo / SGV Tribune:
San Gabriel Valley Girls Athlete of the Week: Mimi Dominguez, Bishop Amat  —  The Bishop Amat striker scored a last-minute goal to defeat La Salle last week.  —  San Gabriel Valley Girls Athlete of the Week  —  Name: Mimi Dominguez  —  School: Bishop Amat  —  Sport: Soccer  —  Year: Junior
Discussion: Press Telegram
MLB.com:
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