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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB rule changes: League still discussing universal DH and expanded playoffs for 2021 season  —  PHOENIX — Major League Baseball, fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again, is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheaders and extra-inning games beginning …
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Emma Baccellieri / Sports Illustrated:
MLB's To-Do List: What Needs to Be Answered Before the 2021 Season  —  How many teams are going to make the playoffs?  Will there be a universal DH?  Will there be a full season?  So many questions.  So few answers.  —  The last few offseasons have gotten baseball fans increasingly used …
Jayson Stark / The Athletic:
Phillies make J.T. Realmuto 5-year, 9-figure offer  —  Amid signs that the free-agent market is finally beginning to awaken from its two-month hibernation, the Phillies have made a new nine-figure offer to free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.  —  According to an industry source familiar with the negotiations …
Buster Olney / ESPN:NEW!
The MLB teams with the most serious work still to do this offseason  —  I write this with great respect for my many friends who are Mets fans: It might be redundant to say they are irrational.  It wasn't surprising, then, that within a few weeks of Steve Cohen being installed as the team's new owner …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
2020-21 MLB International Signings Tracker  —  2020-21 International signing tracker  —  *Click each team to go directly to that team's outlook.  —  The 2020-21 international signing period opens today, a signing class that normally would have started on July 2, 2020 but moved back to Jan. 15, 2021.
Dan Caesar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Media Views: Shannon could be entering final season as Cards broadcaster … Will it be a 50 finale for Mike Shannon?  —  Multiple sources say 2021 will be the last year in the Cardinals' radio booth for Shannon, who began there in 1972 and is heading into his 50th season in that role.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina stays ready, waits, says in interview he could retire with ‘head held high’ if no offer fits  —  On his social media platform of choice, Instagram, free agent Yadier Molina shared video Tuesday of him taking batting practice with his brother's team in an otherwise empty ballpark.
The Athletic:
Eagles set to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: Sources  —  Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is scheduled to fly to Florida for a Sunday meeting with Jeffrey Lurie as the Eagles continue their coaching search, The Athletic has learned.
Discussion: Boston Herald and The WooderBoys
Associated Press:
Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto among 8 New York Mets players to reach 1-year deals  —  NEW YORK — The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with eight players Friday to avoid salary arbitration, including shortstop Francisco Lindor, outfielder Michael Conforto and first baseman-outfielder Dominic Smith.
Scott Lauber / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Three former Phillies who could return and be a big boost to the 2021 roster  —  If anything, the Chicago White Sox's four-year, $54 million agreement this week with reliever Liam Hendriks affirmed that, even in a pandemic, some teams will still pay a premium for top-level talent.
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Here's where top int'l prospects are signing  —  January 15th is the new July 2nd.  —  The date has changed, but the excitement and its significance to baseball remains the same.  —  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the international signing period that was scheduled to begin on July 2, 2020, starts today and ends on Dec. 15, 2021.
Liam McKeone / The Big Lead:
Aaron Rodgers Remembers Every One of His 89 Career Interceptions  —  Truly elite professional athletes operate on a completely different plane than the rest of us mere mortals.  It is rarely so apparent as it is when watching Aaron Rodgers play quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
 
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