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5:50 PM ET, February 9, 2024


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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.
Keith Law / The Athletic:
MLB 2024 farm system rankings: Keith Law ranks all 30 teams, Orioles are new No. 1  —  As part of my annual prospect rankings, I've also ranked all 30 major-league teams' farm systems here, with a brief explanation of why they're in this order — although I think you'll get an even clearer picture …
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
2024 MLB prospect rankings for every American League team  —  I have now ranked the top 100 MLB prospects and all 30 MLB farm systems heading into the 2024 season along with taking a deeper dive into the best prospects on every National League team earlier this week.
Anthony DiComo /
Eppler placed on Ineligible List for '24 following investigation  —  NEW YORK — Former Mets general manager Billy Eppler has been placed on Major League Baseball's ineligible list through the end of the 2024 season due to violations of MLB's injured list rules, according to the results of an investigation released Friday.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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:
MLB commissioner pegs 2025 target for a half-league streaming package  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Commissioner Rob Manfred is targeting 2025 for the introduction of a direct-to-consumer streaming package that would include, at a minimum, roughly half of the teams in Major League Baseball.
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.
When will the ‘Big Four’ sign?  Insiders answer lingering Hot Stove questions  —  By next Thursday, all 30 teams' pitchers and catchers will have reported to Spring Training, and we are less than six weeks away from the season-opening Seoul Series between the Dodgers and Padres in South Korea.
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