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Daniel Myrick / Front Office Sports:
Las Vegas Mayor: A's Plans 'Don't Make Sense'  —  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman applauds the city's rise as a sports destination with one exception: the Oakland A's.  Mayor Goodman told Front Office Sports that she believes the team's plans at the Tropicana site don't make sense and that the team ought to stay in Oakland.
Jake Fischer / Yahoo Sports:
Andrew Wiggins appears to be Warriors' biggest trade chip, but a deal remains a challenge  —  If you haven't been to Warriors games in a minute, let us say it's quite easy to forget the pregame spectacle that still comes with Stephen Curry's joyful warmup.  His schoolyard routine …
Paul Lukas / Uni Watch:
2024 MLB Batting Practice Cap Collection Appears Online  —  A handful of this year's MLB batting practice caps (not to be confused with the spring training caps or clubhouse caps) appeared on a lifestyle website earlier this week.  Now almost the entire set — for every team but the Mets — has appeared on ShopJustSports.com.
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Andrew Porter / audacy.com:
Dombrowski admits Phillies ‘were very involved’ in Yamamoto, but he wanted Dodgers  —  Exclusive interview with the 94WIP Morning Show  —  Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spent 20-plus minutes talking with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on Wednesday's 94WIP Morning Show.
Associated Press:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wins record $19.9M in arbitration vs. Jays  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won a record $19.9 million in salary arbitration Wednesday when a three-person panel picked his request rather than the Toronto Blue Jays' $18.05 million offer.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Jose Altuve signs five-year, $125 million contract extension with Houston Astros  —  The Houston Astros made sure that Jose Altuve will spend the rest of his career in an Astros' uniform, signing him to a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Tuesday, two people with direct knowledge of the contract told USA TODAY Sports.
The Athletic:
MLB offseason grades: Which teams passed —and which teams failed  —  According to a report by an economics professor at Yale University, roughly 80 percent of all grades handed out to undergraduate students last year were As.  Too bad for major-league executives, then, that they don't attend Yale …
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
How the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics could include MLB stars  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Some Major League Baseball owners are increasingly supportive of sending major leaguers to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and a prominent executive's presentation to the owners Wednesday outlined …
Keith Law / The Athletic:
The 10 MLB prospects who just missed Keith Law's top 100 ranking: Abel, Jones and more  —  Every year that I produce a top-100 ranking, I go through an iterative process where I start with more than 100 players, circulate the first cut to industry sources, move some guys around …
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Keith Law / The Athletic:
Top 100 MLB prospects 2024: Keith Law's rankings, with Jackson Holliday at No. 1
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Sources: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers reach agreement  —  Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached agreement on a new contract, ensuring that one of the greatest players in franchise history will remain with the only organization he has ever pitched for, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
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Marc Stein:
My Wednesday latest from NBA Trade Season  —  Let's discuss everything we're hearing from around the league with Thursday's NBA trade deadline almost here  —  The NBA trade deadline, as of this posting, is just 24 hours and change away.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays reward Erik Neander, Kevin Cash with multiyear extensions  —  The president of baseball operations and manager have been keys to the team's extended run of success.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Rays baseball operations president Erik Neander and manager Kevin Cash both have received long-term contract extensions.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and ClutchPoints
Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Netflix film crew will follow Red Sox in '24  —  BOSTON — The 2024 season will be one in which the Red Sox will allow viewers worldwide a rare chance to sneak behind the curtain and see what the grind of a Major League season is all about.  —  It was announced on Wednesday that Netflix …
 
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