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8:15 AM ET, November 28, 2023


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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phillies, Jose Ruiz Agree To Minor League Deal  —  The Phillies and right-handed reliever Jose Ruiz have agreed to a minor league contract, reports Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.  He'll be invited to major league spring training this year and compete for a spot on the roster.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB free agency 2023: Ten teams to watch as free agency picks up  —  For nearly a month now, baseball's offseason has operated at a relative standstill.  That soon will change.  Because the hard reality of every winter in baseball will win out, regardless of the pace at which transactions occur …
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers sign 24-year-old former prospect Ryan Vilade to minor-league contract  —  The Detroit Tigers signed utility player Ryan Vilade, a 24-year-old former prospect who had a .370 on-base percentage at the Triple-A level last season, to a minor-league contract.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Free agent Kenta Maeda, Tigers reach 2-year, $24M deal  —  Right-hander Kenta Maeda and the Tigers agreed Sunday on a two-year, $24 million contract, lengthening Detroit's rotation as it hopes to improve on a 78-84 finish in the winnable American League Central, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.
Lynn Worthy / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals, Willson Contreras poised to move forward after catcher's strong finish  —  Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras concluded his first season in St. Louis on the injured list with a balky left wrist, but he still managed to carry some momentum with him into the offseason.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
Bruce Levine /
Cubs plan to be all in on Shohei Ohtani pursuit until the end  —  (670 The Score) This time around, the Cubs are on a more level playing field in their pursuit of two-way star Shohei Ohtani in free agency.  —  Back in late 2017, there was no designated hitter in the National League …
Roderick Boone / The Charlotte Observer:
What Steve Clifford said after LaMelo Ball's injury in Charlotte Hornets' loss to Orlando  —  Some 24 hours prior to the Charlotte Hornets embarking on their current road trip, Steve Clifford was eager to see how things would shake out during these final days of November.  —  “This is a tough week,” the coach said.
Discussion: Hoops Rumors and New York Post
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