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10:15 PM ET, May 23, 2024

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Dan Martin / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner's blunt payroll confession complicates Juan Soto's Yankees future  —  Don't get used to seeing the Yankees with the payroll they have this season — just north of $300 million — going forward, whether Juan Soto is in The Bronx or not.  —  With Hal Steinbrenner again singing …
Associated Press:
MLB says robot home plate umpires unlikely for 2025  —  NEW YORK — Major League Baseball says robot home plate umpires are unlikely for 2025.  —  “We still have some technical issues,” baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday at a news conference following an owners meeting.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Updated 2024 top 50 MLB prospects: Skenes, Holliday, more  —  Nearly two months into the 2024 MLB season, most of the big prospect promotions we've been waiting for have happened and many of the best young players going into the season have graduated from top 100 eligibility.
ESPN:
Padres' Xander Bogaerts has fractured shoulder, lands on IL  —  CINCINNATI — San Diego Padres All-Star second baseman Xander Bogaerts broke his left shoulder attempting a diving pickup and was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.  —  “I'm not a big timetable guy,” Padres manager Mike Shildt said.
Ricardo Sandoval / Sports Illustrated:
Former Padres Pitcher Chooses to Leave Dodgers, Sign Minor League Deal Elsewhere  —  Former San Diego Padres reliever Nabil Crismatt has signed a deal with the American League West powerhouse Texas Rangers.  After being designated for assignment on May 15 by the Los Angeles Dodgers …
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Associated Press:
MLB expanding financial assistance for Negro Leagues players  —  NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced they are expanding existing financial assistance programs to support living Negro Leagues players.  —  Players who played in fewer …
Discussion: Covering the Corner and Forbes
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets reliever Brooks Raley to undergo Tommy John surgery, source says  —  CLEVELAND — Brooks Raley plans to have Tommy John surgery next week, a source told Newsday on Tuesday, ending his season and perhaps his Mets career.  —  That is a brutal blow for both Raley, who is 35 and had gotten off …
Jack Flemming / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani buys La Cañada Flintridge mansion from Adam Carolla for $7.85 million  —  Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani just put down roots in the L.A. area, dropping $7.85 million on a modern mansion in La Cañada Flintridge.  —  The massive purchase comes …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
How Josh Hader set unprecedented rules to protect his health  —  ON APRIL 30, with the Houston Astros tied 8-8 with the Cleveland Guardians in the ninth inning, Josh Hader emerged from the bullpen to pitch.  This wasn't unusual — Hader, whom the Astros signed to a five-year deal in January …
Rob Neyer / ESPN:
Four-man or five?  Most rotations fall in between  —  Upon further review, the Toronto Blue Jays are not my new favourite team.  Or even my new favorite team.  —  They were, but for only a few hours last week.  For those few hours, I thought the Blue Jays were committed to a four-man rotation …
Andy Martinez / Marquee Sports Network:
Adbert Alzolay getting second opinion on injured forearm  —  While the Cubs worked to find a way to pick up 13 outs from their bullpen Tuesday, a key member of last year's relief corps set out to Dallas for a second opinion in the hopes of finding clarity.  —  Adbert Alzolay visited …
Tom Withers / Associated Press:
Lindor goes 0-fer in homecoming against Guardians, Mets shortstop most misses ‘winning’ in Cleveland  —  Three years later, Francisco Lindor finally came home.  Walking back into Progressive Field as a visitor for the first time on Monday, Lindor's mind quickly filled with memories of spraying champagne …
 
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