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1:15 AM ET, January 30, 2015


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Keith Law / ESPN:
Top 100 prospects of 2015  —  A slugging third baseman and a five-tool outfielder come out on top  —  Welcome to ESPN Insider's 2015 ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball.  —  This is my eighth such ranking for Insider, with a lot of the same names near the top of last year's list …
Keith Law / ESPN:
2015 ranking of all 30 farm systems
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Nationals' Jayson Werth pleads guilty to reckless driving, gets 5 days in jail  —  Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to a reckless driving charge in Fairfax County.  —  Under the terms of an agreement reached with prosecutors …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
MAKE RELIEVERS FACE MORE THAN 1 BATTER FOR FASTER GAME, MORE OFFENSE  —  The two goals seem at odds.  Baseball wants to increase offense?  Baseball wants to improve the pace of game?  Wait, wouldn't more offense lead to longer, slower games?  —  The answer seemingly is yes, but eureka!
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Commissioner Manfred talks pace, players, plans in new role  —  FOX Sports … ROSENTHAL: You're the commissioner now.  Your signature is on the ball.  What was your reaction when you first saw that?  —  MANFRED: You know, I never focused on the ball until they came to collect my signature.
Associated Press:
Report: Omar Minaya to join MLBPA  —  NEW YORK — Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is leaving his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres to become a special adviser to union head Tony Clark.  —  Minaya started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa.
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Trade Rumors
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays have private workout for Cuban prospect Moncada  —  The Rays most likely can't afford to sign Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, but they took at him Wednesday during a private workout at the Trop anyway.  —  Moncada showed impressive power in front of a group of team officials, inlcluding baseball operations president Matt Silverman.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and HardballTalk
Jesse Sanchez /
Cuban infield prospect has yet to be cleared by U.S. Government
Bob Raissman / NY Daily News:
Bobby Ojeda splits with SNY as sides fail to agree on new contract  —  The sticking point, as it usually is, was money.  The two sides remained far apart on the financial terms of a new package for Ojeda.  —  Bobby Ojeda will not return to SportsNet New York's Mets pre and postgame studio.
Discussion: Metsblog
Josh Gordon / Associated Press:
An Open Letter To Charles Barkley & Co. … Dear Sir Charles, Stephen A., Cris and other interested parties,  —  Thank you for your recent outpouring of concern about my well being.  In what has been a difficult time for my family, friends and fans, you—and those like you …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers To Sign Neal Cotts  —  6:53pm: Cotts' one-year deal is worth $3MM, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.  —  6:29pm: The Brewers have reached an agreement with left-hander Neal Cotts on a one-year contract, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (Twitter links).
David Murphy /
Gillick a curious choice for Phils  —  UNDERSTAND THIS: The only way the Phillies' latest shell-shuffling makes sense is if they have settled on Pat Gillick as their architect for the future.  Also, this: Making sense doesn't always seem to be a prerequisite at One Citizens Bank Way.
Todd Zolecki /
Giles becomes chairman emeritus; Gillick staying on as president in the short term
Discussion: The Good Phight
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Former Blue Jays teammates reunite in Arizona
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Chris Hine / Chicago Tribune:
Wrigley Field neighbors complain about parking, rats as renovation continues
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Twins' Buxton leads list again, followed by Pederson (Dodgers), Soler (Cubs), Winker (Reds)
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White Sox Sign Gordon Beckham, Designate Dayan Viciedo For Assignment
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