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2:10 PM ET, February 2, 2024

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Baseball America:
2024 MLB Farm System Talent Rankings  —  Image credit: Jackson Holliday (Photo by Isaiah Jones)  —  For the second consecutive year, the Orioles enter the season with the best farm system in baseball.  —  Baltimore is built for the long run.  The Orioles are coming off a 101-win season …
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Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Top 100 MLB prospects for 2024, ranked by Kiley McDaniel  —  It's that time of year again when we rank the top prospects in Major League Baseball, some of whom will be in the majors in 2024 and others who will rise through the minors during the upcoming season.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
2024 MLB farm system rankings: Prospect insights, predictions  —  Now that we have ranked the top 100 MLB prospects heading into the 2024 season, let's see how all 30 major league farm systems compare.  —  While it's nice to have baseball's best farm system, it is still one degree removed …
Pamela Wood / The Baltimore Banner:
Orioles sale left state leaders in the dark, capping year of difficult negotiations  —  Baltimore Orioles Chairman John Angelos did not give Maryland Gov. Wes Moore a heads-up that he was selling the team on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
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The Athletic:
Industry analysts and MLB insiders on the Orioles' $1.725 billion valuation: ‘Low’  —  Around baseball, the reaction to the valuation of the Baltimore Orioles at $1.725 billion was one of surprise and in some cases disbelief.  —  Seven industry analysts and rival officials …
John Ourand / Puck:
The Orioles Prepare for Private Equity Control
ESPN:
Reports: Orioles to be sold to group led by David Rubenstein
Brendan Coffey / Sportico:
Theo Epstein Returns to Fenway Sports as Part Owner, Advisor  —  One-time Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is returning to the organization, taking part ownership of Fenway Sports Group and joining in the role of senior advisor, FSG will announce Friday morning.
Morning Call:
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, forecasting early spring  —  Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow Friday, predicting an early spring from Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania, the scene of the country's largest and best known Groundhog Day celebration.
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John Misinco / Morning Call:
Replay: Groundhog Day 2024: Did Phil see his shadow?  —  UPDATE: Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, forecasting early spring  —  Groundhog Day has arrived, and all eyes are on Punxsutawney Phil as he makes his annual weather prediction Friday morning.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Orioles acquire former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes from Brewers  —  MLB, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers  —  The Baltimore Orioles have acquired former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, the teams announced Thursday, giving up infielder Joey Ortiz …
Andy Martino / SNY:
Mets likely putting finishing touches on offseason work  —  The Mets are holding $10-to-15 million in reserve for the trade deadline  —  Mets in talks with lefty reliever Diekman … RECENT STORIES
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Jeff Agrest / Chicago Sun Times:
Marquee Sports Network will broadcast majority of Cubs spring-training games remotely  —  The lead tandem of Jon Sciambi and Jim Deshaies will be in Arizona for the first weekend of games at the end of this month.  Most of the remaining games will be called remotely.
USA Today:
Predictions for MLB's top remaining 2024 free agents: Who will sign Cy Young winner?  —  As the calendar flips to February with spring training just weeks away, some of Major League Baseball's best free agents remained unsigned.  —  It's been a relatively quiet winter (new Dodgers Shohei Ohtani …
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Mark Feinsand / MLB.com:
Let's build a team from best remaining free agents
 
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