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Jake Fischer / Yahoo Sports:
NBA trade deadline 2024: Interest in Bruce Brown Jr. gaining steam on trade market  —  Since Bruce Brown Jr. was sent to Toronto in January, as the major salary of the Pacers' package for Pascal Siakam, league personnel consistently mentioned two teams to monitor for Brown's next destination …
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
2024 MLB prospect rankings for every National League team  —  Last week, I ranked the top 100 MLB prospects and all 30 MLB farm systems entering the 2024 season.  Now let's take a deeper dive into each system with my team-by-team rankings, starting with the National League followed by the American League lists later this week.
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 …
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.
ESPN:
Adolis García, Rangers agree to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration  —  Adolis García and the Texas Rangers agreed Thursday to a two-year contract, the team announced.  —  The deal, according to multiple reports, is worth $14 million and avoids a salary arbitration hearing …
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.
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 …
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.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Manfred ‘disappointed’ if A's Vegas stadium not open by 2028  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As uncertainty still hovers around the move of the Oakland A's to Las Vegas, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is confident the plan will come together in time, both in the short and longer term.
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.
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.
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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