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Andy Martino / SNY:
Update on Yankees' Juan Soto trade talks: Teams talking players, but not close on agreement  —  New York continues to explore a trade, and see if the sides can find a fit  —  POPULAR IN THE COMMUNITY  —  MORE FROM SNY  —  Knicks advance to Knockout Round of In-Season Tourney as a wild card
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Rangers face uncertainty in free agency, plus Yankees' payroll, White Sox's options for Cease  —  World Series champions almost always count on a boost in revenue, and often increase their payrolls accordingly.  The Texas Rangers, coming off their first Series title, still figure to follow such a path.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Sonny Gray welcomes leading role in Cardinals' rotation.  ‘You want someone with edge.’  —  Before he took his seat on the dais at Busch Stadium or slipped on his new Cardinals No. 54 jersey, Sonny Gray set down the baseball he brought along on the trip and had been carrying around in his right hand.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goold's chat: Does signing All-Star Sonny Gray cap Cardinals' rotation revival?
Gus Garcia-Roberts / Washington Post:
Maverick Carter told feds he used illegal bookie to bet thousands on NBA  —  LOS ANGELES — Maverick Carter, the longtime manager and business partner of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, admitted to betting on NBA games through an illegal bookie, according to federal law enforcement records reviewed by The Washington Post.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Blue Jays emerging as surprise entrant in Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes  —  The Jays are an interesting surprise entrant for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.  They couldn't confirm he's planning a visit but one Jays person said he heard Ohtani liked previous stops there.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Where Yankees stand in push to land both Juan Soto and Yoshinobu Yamamoto  —  The Yankees' currently are focused on two top targets - Juan Soto and Yoshinobu Yamamoto.  —  They have relatively high hopes for both - although there's much more competition for Yamamoto.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Reds, RHP Nick Martinez agree to $26M deal, sources say  —  Right-hander Nick Martinez and the Cincinnati Reds agreed on a two-year, $26 million contract that includes an opt-out after the first season, sources told ESPN, capping a busy Wednesday in which the Reds bulked up their pitching staff …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Retired Nelson Cruz joins Dodgers as adviser  —  Longtime major league outfielder Nelson Cruz has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as an adviser who is expected to work mostly out of the team's academy in his native Dominican Republic, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Brewers discussing deal with top prospect Jackson Chourio that could influence team's direction  —  The Milwaukee Brewers are talking with top outfield prospect Jackson Chourio about a landmark contract that could influence the direction of their offseason and the makeup of their 2024 roster.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
What's behind the trade talks with Juan Soto, Bo Bichette and Alex Bregman  —  Anything can happen at this time of year, but the reported trade discussions involving star position players such as Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman seemingly are more a reflection …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Oakland-area fans start Ballers, an independent baseball team  —  If the Oakland A's leave for Las Vegas, the East Bay will still have a baseball team to root for.  —  The Oakland B's.  —  A consortium of dozens of Oakland-area fans, led by a pair of high school friends …
Brian Murphy / MLB.com:
Hendriks, Bellinger win Comeback Player of the Year Awards  —  Liam Hendriks and Cody Bellinger were named the 2023 Comeback Player of the Year in the American League and National League, respectively, on Tuesday.  They were honored for seasons that were triumphant for very different reasons.
Chris Low / ESPN:
Sources: Bobby Petrino to be Arkansas offensive coordinator  —  Bobby Petrino has agreed to become the next offensive coordinator at Arkansas, and the two sides are finalizing the deal, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.  —  The former Razorbacks head coach is slated to be on campus in Fayetteville on Wednesday.
 
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