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Mets’ deal for Rick Porcello is a wise one for New York

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Phillies agree to 1-year deal with SS Didi Gregorius, source says

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The Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement with former New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Gregorius, who turns 30 in February, came back from Tommy John surgery in early June and hit .238 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in...
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Mookie Betts to the Reds (or White Sox) and more winter meetings trades we want to see

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7:00 AM ET Bradford Doolittle Close ESPN Staff Writer Sports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers Association David Schoenfield Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of...
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Zack Wheeler: How Phillies can take pitcher to next level

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MLB Rumors: How NL East moves impact division

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Zack Wheeler contract: Agrees to five-year, $118M deal with Phillies

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Zack Wheeler joins Phillies on five-year deal worth more than $100 million

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Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies are in agreement on a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, sources tell ESPN. Wheeler was considered the prize of the free agency class among starting pitchers for teams who didn’t want to compete in stratospheric bidding for Gerrit Cole and Stephen...
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MLB rumors: Phillies are top bidder for Zack Wheeler

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One blockbuster move for all 30 MLB teams

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Teams have made their 40-man roster additions, the non-tender deadline passed on Monday, the winter meetings loom next week and there have already been a few signings and trades of note this MLB offseason. So let’s play everyone’s favorite party game: Blockbuster Deals for Humanity, because we all deserve a...
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Sources — Phillies seen as top bidder for Zack Wheeler

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The bidding for right-hander Zack Wheeler continues to progress toward resolution, with the Philadelphia Phillies seen by sources as the most potent bidders — and the Reds, White Sox and Rangers also involved. Wheeler, 29, is widely viewed in the industry as the best of the second tier of free-agent...
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Which MLB players were cut loose or traded on non-tender night

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Non-tender night has becoming an increasingly interesting spot on the baseball calendar as teams increasingly decline to offer contracts to viable and sometimes quite productive major league players — but not so productive that their current team is willing to pay them what they might earn via the arbitration process....
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The MLB genie — One wish for fans of all 30 teams … with a catch

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9:00 AM ET Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” After much thought, the Giants fan finally asked the all-powerful baseball genie for his wish: That Tim Lincecum could still, in the year 2019, throw 97 mph...
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Giants name Gabe Kapler as Bruce Bochy’s replacement

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The San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve hired Gabe Kapler as their new manager. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired after the season. Kapler worked with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ head of baseball operations, when both were with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kapler received a three-year contract. “Our top...
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The good, the bad … and the Tigers — Ranking all 30 MLB teams based on their 2019 goals

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10:00 AM ET Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” Before the 2019 MLB season began, we tried to define what “success” could look like for each of the 30 teams. Obviously, winning a World Series would...
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Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado headlines Gold Glove winners with 7th straight

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Nolan Arenado extended his streak of winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in every season of his career on Sunday, when the Colorado Rockies star captured the award for National League third basemen for the seventh consecutive year. Arenado has won the award each year since he debuted in 2013....
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Source — Phillies hire ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi

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The Philadelphia Phillies are hiring former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi as their next skipper, a source confirmed to ESPN. A formal announcement is expected later Thursday. Girardi replaces Gabe Kapler, who was fired after two disappointing seasons. The Phillies went into last season with high hopes after signing...
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Reports — Phillies hire ex-Yanks manager Joe Girardi

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The Philadelphia Phillies are hiring former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi as their next skipper, according to multiple reports. A formal announcement is expected later Thursday. Girardi replaces Gabe Kapler, who was fired after two disappointing seasons. The Phillies went into last season with high hopes after signing Bryce...
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Bryce Harper — No jealousy to see Nationals in World Series

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Even though he’ll be watching from afar rather than playing, Philadelphia Phillies mega-signing Bryce Harper says there is no jealousy that his former team, the Washington Nationals, is about to make its first World Series appearance in franchise history. “I think it’s about being able to be the person that...
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How the new dead ball is faking out players, fans and even cameramen

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8:00 AM ET Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” It was a deep fly ball off the top of the wall that set up one of the loudest storylines of this postseason: Ronald Acuna Jr. “hoisted...

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