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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, speaking at a Dodgers holiday event, said he was "a little shocked" about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. "When the team and the players are doing what they can on the field to get the signs, that's obviously part of the game," he said. "But when technology comes into play, if that is really true, it sucks."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Brett Anderson gets $5m in his deal w the Brewers, plus potential for $2 million in performance bonuses.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees Assistant GM Michael Fishman on Brett Gardner's importance to the team: "He's significant in so many ways. He's been on the team longer than anyone else and the constant that he is means a lot to the organization as well as the production on the field. He's coming off one of his best seasons. Not just the additional power he had last year but the continued excellent defense that he's displayed throughout his career. He's a big part of our team."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen called the Mets "the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball." -- "With Lugo and Gsellman, on top of two added starting pitchers (Wacha, Porcello) we're now staring at eight potential starting pitchers ... As far as Syndergaard, we fully anticipate him to be at the front of our rotation along with Jake and Stroman and these other two guys that we've added and Matz. We're feeling very good about it. Don't have any intention of changing course."

Matt Marrone 

With the retirement of CC Sabathia after the 2019 season, Brett Gardner — who will return on a 1-year, $12.5 million deal — will be the sole remaining player in the clubhouse next year from the Yankees' most recent World Series title team (2009). He'll get at least one shot to help end the Bombers' decade-long Fall Classic drought, after the club failed to appear in the World Series in the 2010s — the first decade that's happened in exactly a century.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen said starting pitching was a priority for the Mets, and they continued to prove that today in reaching a one-year deal with 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Porcello will be looking to bounce back from a down year in 2019, where he posted a career-high 5.52 ERA over 32 starts. Including Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz, and after also adding Michael Wacha on a one-year deal, the Mets will have six pitchers competing for five spots.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

As expected, the Yankees' longest-tenured player, Brett Gardner, will remain with the team after reaching a one-year, $12.5 million deal. The 36-year-old outfielder, who hit a career-best 28 HR + 74 RBI in 2019, will add a necessary left-handed bat to the Yankee lineup.

Dan Mullen 

Two months after retiring from managing the Giants, Bruce Bochy has officially been named the skipper for Team France in the World Baseball Classic qualifier from March 22-27 2020. With the veteran manager in the dugout, France will be competing for a spot in the 2021 WBC.