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2:00 AM ET, February 14, 2016


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Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch  —  Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.  —  Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch …
Discussion: New York's PIX11
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Grassley joins call to delay Supreme Court nomination  —  The Senate should not take up the nomination of a replacement for Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court until after the November presidential election, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a statement on Saturday.
Discussion: WHTM-TV
Baseball America:
Top 100 Prospects  —  Prospect season never ends at Baseball America, but the Top 100 Prospects list is the natural demarcation line from one season to another.  All of our countless conversations with scouts, [...]  —  The post Top 100 Prospects appeared first on
Prospects who just missed Top 100
Jesse Winker / Baseball America:
Top 100 Prospects: Nos. 51-100
Discussion: Red Reporter
Christopher Brito / New York's PIX11:
Brooklyn teen tries to steal Air Jordans, loses arm in Craigslist robbery gone wrong: police  —  CANARSIE, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn teenager lost his arm in a Craigslist robbery gone horrifically wrong in Brooklyn Friday afternoon, authorities said.  —  Police say the 17-year-old boy connected …
Discussion: KLFY-TV, KTLA, and Fox 59
Adam RubinESPN / ESPN:
Jenrry Mejia first player to get permanent ban for 3rd positive PED test  —  NEW YORK — Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia made baseball history Friday, becoming the first player to be permanently suspended by Major League Baseball after testing positive again for a performance-enhancing substance.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jenrry Mejia Gets Lifetime Ban After Third Positive PED Test  —  Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been banned permanently from the majors after his third positive PED test, according to a league announcement.  Remarkably, Mejia tested positive for the banned substance boldenone after earning two suspensions just last year.
Tim Rohan / New York Times:
Mets Pitcher Jenrry Mejia Is First Major Leaguer to Get Lifetime Ban for Doping
Discussion: New York Post and Fan Interference
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
A wild pitch from Montreal: Split the Rays with Tampa Bay  —  If Montreal interests can't get the Rays to relocate, would they want them as part-time guests?  —  A creative, if not desperate, idea to bring baseball back to Montreal was floated today in the the French language newspaper La Presse …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays' position battles heading into spring training  —  There are plenty of things Rays officials don't know as they head to Port Charlotte this week to open spring training.  —  Who from a group of inexperienced options led by Alex Colome will emerge as the primary setup man for closer Brad Boxberger?
Alexis Brudnicki / Baseball America:
WBC Win Goes Beyond Field For South Africa  —  SYDNEY, Australia—The impact of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Australia for South Africa goes well beyond the four games that the team will have played.  —  Looking to advance after not winning a game in either of the first two WBC events …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Yankees Avoid Arbitration With Aroldis Chapman  —  The Yankees have avoided arbitration with recently-acquired lefty Aroldis Chapman by agreeing to a one-year, $11.325MM deal, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  —  That figure comes in $275K above the midpoint between the two sides' filing numbers of $13.1MM and $9MM.
Laura Albanese / Newsday:
CC Sabathia: Alcohol rehab couldn't wait until after postseason
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mark Feinsand / New York Daily News:
After alcohol rehab and family time, CC Sabathia ready for Yankees return
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Athletics Acquire Khris Davis, Designate Sean Nolin  —  The Athletics have acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers in a deal that will send catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and righty Bubba Derby to Milwaukee, per announcements from both teams.  Oakland has designated pitcher Sean Nolin to clear roster space.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
These teams are talking trades later than usual this offseason  —  Early February usually is a quiet time in baseball, reserved for non-roster invitations to spring training, maybe a stray free-agent signing or two.  —  Not this year.  —  Spring training camps open next week, and nearly 60 players remain free agents.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Claim C.J. Riefenhauser, Designate Edgar Olmos  —  The Orioles announced today that left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser, who was designated for assignment when they acquired Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres, has been claimed off waivers by the Cubs.  To create roster space …
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