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9:05 AM ET, November 12, 2023

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Patrick Mooney / The Athletic:
Cubs appear to be heading in a different direction after Marcus Stroman's opt-out decision  —  In the end, it was a fairly straightforward decision for Marcus Stroman to opt out of his contract with the Chicago Cubs.  Assuming good health, Stroman should be able to easily top the $21 million …
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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.
Associated Press:
U.S. women's hockey team tops Canada in Rivalry Series opener  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Hilary Knight has played in four Olympics, 13 world championships and been a part of the U.S. women's national team since 2007.  —  Now the Americans' captain at 34, she might be getting better instead of slowing down.
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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Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Rankings, contract projections for top 50 MLB free agents
Ben Clemens / FanGraphs Baseball:
2024 Top 50 MLB Free Agents
Internal Revenue Service:
IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2024  —  News Releases for Frequently Asked Questions  —  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions for tax year 2024, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes.
Discussion: KREM-TV, Plain Dealer and Mercury News
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
TV Actors Getting Back To Work After SAG-AFTRA Strike As Series Start Setting Return To Production Dates  —  Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV  —  Film and TV cameras are finally set to roll again as SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement.  The strike is officially over at 12:01 AM tonight …
Discussion: Daily News
Pete Thamel / ESPN:
Big Ten bans Michigan's Jim Harbaugh from sideline for 3 games  —  The Big Ten on Friday suspended Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for the remainder of the regular season as the conference disciplines the program under its sportsmanship policy amid the ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's in-person sign-stealing ring.
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.”
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers wanted to bring back Tyler Alexander, but Tampa Bay Rays claim him off waivers  —  The Detroit Tigers hoped to bring back Tyler Alexander.  —  But Alexander, a multi-inning left-handed reliever, was claimed off waivers by the Tamp Bay Rays on Friday afternoon after he was designated …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Trade Rumors
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 …
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Dodgers still in lead in Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes  —  The great Shohei Ohtani continues to be a man of mystery with agent Nez Balelo said to be “off site” for the GM meetings and no teams admitting to meetings.  But the consensus is the Dodgers remain the favorite because they cleared payroll space …
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 …
 
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