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11:30 AM ET, November 24, 2017


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Gerry Fraley / Dallas Morning News:
Seattle set to make big run at Shohei Ohtani, foil Rangers: 'We're bringing the big guns'  —  At least two American League clubs will be heavily involved in the pursuit of soon-to-be free agent Shohei Ohtani, a two-way star in the Japan Pacific League.  —  The Texas Rangers have been interested …
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers have new targets should they miss on Ohtani  —  In the grand scheme of things on a busy Tuesday, the announcement of the Opening Day first pitch for the Texas Rangers next season was third on a list of three things.  (For the record, it's 2:30 p.m. March 29 vs. the defending world champions, the Houston Astros, on ESPN).
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Will the Nationals pursue Shohei Ohtani? What about suddenly free Braves prospects?
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles unlikely to capitalize on suddenly available international talent
Discussion: Camden Chat
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Shohei Otani will play in MLB next season as ‘tentative’ agreement for new posting system is reached
Charles Odum / Globe and Mail:
Atlanta Braves punished for circumventing international signing rules
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Unprecedented sanctions: MLB bans former Braves GM for life, makes 12 signees free agents
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Blue Jays investigating ‘disturbing’ PED use by minor leaguers  —  The Toronto Blue Jays have begun an internal investigation after the suspensions last week of six minor league players for the use of PEDs.  —  “This situation is very disappointing and disturbing to the organization …
Discussion: Jays Journal
Who, me?!  Why your team's next closer will probably be a total surprise — even to him  —  Consider the Houston closer.  —  Before the 2015 season, the Astros signed Luke Gregerson to be their closer for three years.  The next winter, they traded a hefty package for Ken Giles, a younger …
Barry Jackson / miamiherald:
Fox drops Marlins TV play-by-play man Rich Waltz, two former Marlins  —  The Marlins will have a significant change in their broadcast booth for the third consecutive season.  —  Fox Sports Florida on Wednesday dropped Marlins play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz, who had filled the position for 13 years.
Zachary Ripple / New York Daily News:
Fox Sports parts ways with trio of Marlins broadcasters, which looks like another Derek Jeter move  —  Derek Jeter is making one thing clear in Miami: He's “The Captain” now.  —  As the Marlins continue to transition under new ownership, Fox Sports Florida announced Wedensday …
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Marlins seeking investors with Project Citrus  —  The Miami Marlins' new ownership group, led by iconic Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Florida businessman Bruce Sherman, within two months of closing on the $1.2 billion deal to buy the team, has launched a campaign to add significant dollars to its coffers.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Marlins To Sign Yadiel Rivera  —  The Marlins have reached an agreement with infielder Yadiel Rivera, as Rivera himself announced via his Twitter feed that he is joining the organization.  Rivera elected to become a free agent after he was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster in late September.
Kyle Downing / MLB Trade Rumors:
Giancarlo Stanton Notes: Opt-Out Clause, Contract Value, No-Trade Clause  —  With rumors continuing to swirl around 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, Craig Edwards of Fangraphs took a close look at the value of the Marlins outfielder's opt-out clause, and how it might suppress his trade value.
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets trying to pluck the workhorse behind Indians dominant bullpen … In a quiet holiday week, the Mets are getting a better idea about the free-agent bullpen landscape.  —  One proven reliever is imperative to augment Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins in the late innings next season.
Mike Axisa /
MLB Hot Stove: Has the 2017-18 offseason been slower than the last few offseasons?  —  No, you're not imagining things.  This MLB offseason has been very slow compared to the last few years  —  The Hot Stove League has been abuzz with rumors and speculation, but very little action this offseason.
Discussion: Cubs Insider
Nick Ostiller / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Twins showing interest in Pirates' Gerrit Cole, Rays' Jake Odorizzi among others?  —  The Minnesota Twins won 28 more games in 2017 than they did the previous season and are eyeing several pitchers this winter as they attempt to continue their upward trajectory.
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