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Council Bluffs baseball fields could be in for a big league upgrade

Baseball fields throughout Council Bluffs could soon attract leagues and tournaments to the city with a new feature — replica Major League Baseball stadiums surrounding the playing fields. At the Nov. 28 city council meeting, council members voted to approve a resolution awarding a $98,500 contract to HGM Associates, Inc. for the design and engineering …

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Winter Meetings Prospect trades Rule 5 Draft Draft lottery

For people who track prospects, baseball action never really stops. The Arizona Fall League carries us past the World Series. LIDOM and other winter leagues featuring up-and-coming stars really start cooking shortly thereafter, bringing us within a few short weeks of pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. The clear high point between November and …

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing on the MLB Hot Stove about the Dodgers, Brewers and more

The Dodgers are capable of pivoting in virtually any direction, which is just how they like it. Including the return of Clayton Kershaw, whose deal is pending a physical, the Dodgers are about $45 million under the first luxury-tax threshold of $233 million. And if their history under Andrew Friedman is any indication, they are …

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Zach Eflin agrees to deal with Rays (source)

ST. PETERSBURG — While their top priority this offseason is improving their lineup, the Rays’ first significant addition was a move meant to upgrade their already-imposing starting rotation. The Rays are in agreement on a three-year, $40 million contract with right-hander Zach Eflin — the first notable strike on the free-agent pitching market this offseason …

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Bally Sports reports subscriber losses, lower cash flow as RSN model teeters

Diamond Sports owns 19 regional sports channels airing games of 42 NBA, MLB and NHL teams, feeding those clubs substantial sums that cover a large part of their player payrolls. Times are generally good for the economics of these sports, but hovering over these teams is the very real possibility Diamond could file for bankruptcy, …

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Ex-UK, CovCath star Maile signs with hometown Cincinnati Reds

Former UK standout Luke Maile has spent seven seasons in the majors playing for four different teams. On Monday, he signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds. Ron Schwane AP Luke Maile has spent years constructing a successful Major League Baseball career far from his roots. This week, the former University of Kentucky …

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing on the MLB free-agent market with the Padres, Astros and more

A three-year, $58.5 million contract seemed high for free-agent first baseman José Abreu, who turns 36 on Jan. 29. The Athletic‘s Keith Law told the Astros for paying him that much. But the competition for Abreu, according to major-league sources and media reports, perhaps explains how, even at an advanced age, he exceeded his previous …

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