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12:15 PM ET, November 10, 2023

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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
What I'm hearing in MLB free agency about Brewers trades, Bobby Witt Jr. and more  —  PHOENIX — Rebuilding might be the new market inefficiency.  Only the Oakland A's and Washington Nationals were in that mode last season.  The Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals might …
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Ben Clemens / FanGraphs Baseball:
2024 Top 50 MLB Free Agents  —  Welcome to the offseason.  As is customary, FanGraphs' annual top 50 free agent rankings come out the week after the World Series.  In recent years, we've rotated through the writers principally responsible for the list - first Dave Cameron, then Kiley McDaniel, Craig Edwards, and, more recently, me.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Why baseball is buzzing about Padres trading Juan Soto  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In his annual offseason gathering with the media, Scott Boras, the superagent who has made a tradition out of hyping his clients with a tapestry of puns, described this year's free agent market as a “frenzy for pitching.”
Jim Henry / Tallahassee Democrat:
David Ross on his firing as Cubs manager: ‘Anger ... is poison for me’  —  David Ross is still processing his thoughts and feelings about being fired by the Chicago Cubs.  —  However, the Tallahassee resident is thankful for the opportunity to manage the club for four seasons.
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NBC News:
Taylor Swift's headed to Argentina for her Eras Tour — Travis Kelce plans to be there, too  —  The Kansas City Chiefs tight end looks to be assuming the role of cheer captain in South America.  —  Taylor Swift has been on the sidelines rooting Travis Kelce on while he works, and now it's his turn.
Jeff Fletcher / Orange County Register:
Angels hire Ron Washington as new manager  —  The Angels pick the 71-year-old Washington, who last managed the Texas Rangers in 2014 and had been the Atlanta Braves' third base coach since 2017  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ron Washington is getting another chance.
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Rob Bradford / audacy.com:
The second baseman that seems to be on the Red Sox' trade radar  —  IS CRAIG BRESLOW PREPARED TO MAKE A BIG TRADE?  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Craig Breslow is starting to get more specific when it comes to filling out his roster, as was evidenced Wednesday at the GM Meetings when talking about finding a second baseman.
Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
Phillies could be open to trading one of their core stars  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Phillies have enjoyed great success during the past two seasons, reaching the World Series in 2022 and the NL Championship Series this past October.  —  But as Philadelphia embarks on its offseason plans …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
More than standings at stake in Cardinals' pitching quest.  There are ticket sales to spur.  —  Video by Allie Schallert, aschallert@post-dispatch.com  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Within the 30 minutes he spent Wednesday talking to reporters, Cardinals executive John Mozeliak diagnosed his team's need for pitching upgrades in bulk.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
As Cardinals seek trade routes for pitching, here are four clubs with conversation-starters
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Rankings, contract projections for top 50 MLB free agents  —  Welcome to the offseason!  I'll do just a quick rundown of what you need to know about these 2023-24 MLB free agent rankings and projections, since I think you'll likely scroll immediately to the players and then return back here when you have a question.
Chris McCosky / The Detroit News:
Why new Tigers play-by-play voice Jason Benetti left his hometown White Sox for Detroit  —  Detroit — Jason Benetti was asked three different times during a 40-minute zoom conference Thursday, what was so enticing about the opportunity to be the television play-by-play announcer …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets have no ‘need’ to add a No. 1 pitcher, David Stearns says  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Acquiring a top-notch starting pitcher apparently is not an absolute need for the Mets, in the view of president of baseball operations David Stearns, despite their rotation holes for 2024.
John W. Davis / Press Telegram:
Press-Telegram Boys Athlete of the Week: Jason Parra, Millikan  —  Parra set a 3-mile course record at Heartwell Park in the Moore League Finals meet.  —  PRESS-TELEGRAM BOYS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK  —  Name: Jason Parra  —  School: Millikan  —  Sport: Cross country  —  Year: Senior
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John W. Davis / Press Telegram:   Press-Telegram Girls Athlete of the Week: Nadia Mejia, Millikan
 
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