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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: Bobby Witt Jr. agrees to 11-year, $288.8M deal with Royals  —  Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and the Kansas City Royals are in agreement on an 11-year, $288.8 million contract extension, sources told ESPN, a staggering guarantee that will keep the young star in Kansas City as the Royals attempt …
Michael Scotto / HoopsHype:
NBA Trade Deadline Intel: Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Cavs, Mavs, Nets, Pistons, Wizards, Grizzlies, Wolves  —  With the start of NBA trade deadline week upon us, here's the latest intel gathered by HoopsHype on the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers …
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Keith Law / The Athletic:
Top 100 MLB prospects 2024: Keith Law's rankings, with Jackson Holliday at No. 1  —  Welcome to this year's ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball.  I've been compiling and writing such rankings for 17 years now, and those of you who've read them before will find the format here similar to those from the recent past.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
How 2024 Caribbean Series was influenced by MLB legend Ralph Avila |  Nightengale's Notebook  —  The center of the baseball universe these days is the Caribbean Series in Miami, the first time in its glorious history that tournament is being played in a Major League Stadium at loanDepot Park.
Robert Murray / FanSided:
MLB Insider: What I'm hearing on Bobby Witt Jr., Gary Sanchez, Joey Gallo, Angels  —  Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and the Kansas City Royals have had conversations about a contract extension, according to sources familiar with the situation.  —  The Royals have been one of baseball's …
David Laurila / FanGraphs Baseball:
Sunday Notes: Pittsburgh Proud, David Bednar Steps on the Gas and Attacks  —  David Bednar was an unproven San Diego Padres pitcher when he was first featured here at FanGraphs in March 2020.  The burly right-hander had made just 13 big-league appearances, all in the previous season …
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees To Acquire Caleb Ferguson From Dodgers  —  12:08pm: The two clubs officially announced the deal, with right-hander Christian Zazueta as the prospect heading to Los Angeles.  The 19-year-old posted a 3.29 ERA in the DSL last year.  —  11:35am: The Yankees are acquiring left-hander Caleb Ferguson …
ESPN:
MLB Power Rankings: Who's No. 1 on our winter list?  —  Players soon will be reporting to camps, and yet, some of the top free agents still haven't signed.  So while we wait, let's take a look ahead toward the start of the 2024 season.  —  Where does every team stand heading into spring training?
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 …
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ESPN:
Sources: Twins, first baseman Carlos Santana agree to deal  —  The Minnesota Twins added a veteran bat on Friday, agreeing to a deal with free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, sources confirmed to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez.  —  Santana's contract is for one year and worth $5.25 million, according to multiple reports.
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.
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Jeff Howe / The Athletic:
What I'm hearing about Senior Bowl QBs' slow starts, Baker Mayfield's future, Pats GM  —  MOBILE, Ala. — Don't stress over the quarterbacks' performances during the week of Senior Bowl practices.  —  They struggled, yes, but that's the expectation.  They arrived in Mobile for the first phase …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Diamond Sports agrees with Rangers, Guardians, Twins on cable contracts  —  MLB, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Guardians  —  Diamond Sports Group, the regional sports operator hoping to emerge from bankruptcy, reached agreements with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Guardians …
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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