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Manfred: Nearly 60 interviewed in Astros probe

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that nearly 60 witnesses have been interviewed in the ongoing investigation into sign-stealing allegations regarding the Houston Astros. Manfred wouldn't predict how long the investigation will last.

Manfred details ongoing Astros investigation (1:27)

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred calls the Houston Astros sign-stealing probe "probably the most thorough investigation that the commissioner's office has ever undertaken." Manfred says there have been nearly 60 witness interviews, and 76,000 emails have been reviewed, plus "troves of instant messages." He didn't give a timeline for a resolution, saying he wanted it to conclude "as promptly as possible" and adding it would not be appropriate for him to comment on possible discipline at this time.


BBTN: Reaction To Gerrit Cole's Record Contract

Nine years. $324 million. Karl Ravech reacts to Gerrit Cole's record deal with the Yankees, its impact on the AL East and how the signing makes the Yankees the biggest World Series favorite in years. Then, New York Post's Joel Sherman on what Cole's decision ultimately came down to (19:15) and ESPN's Marly Rivera with a story on the moment she found out about the signing (37:23). And, SNY's Steve Gelbs with the latest on the Mets and how MLB's investigation into the Astros will impact new manager Carlos Beltran (37:23).

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Sources: Cole to join Yankees for 9 years, $324M

Gerrit Cole and the Yankees have agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract that surpasses the deal Stephen Strasburg finalized with the Nats for most total money and annual average salary for a pitcher, sources told ESPN.

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Hinch deflects, Roberts candid on sign-stealing

Although Astros manager AJ Hinch told reporters that he could not comment on the sign-stealing scandal, the Dodgers' Dave Roberts offered some thoughts, including the fact that his team was wary of whether the Astros were working for an extra edge.


Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch addresses "the elephant in the room" — MLB's sign-stealing investigation of his team — with an opening statement during his press conference at the winter meetings.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the crowd that surrounds Astros manager AJ Hinch, who said he cannot comment on the sign-stealing accusations against his team.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was thoroughly grilled regarding the sign-stealing allegations that have enveloped the Astros. He said he has spoken to Houston manager AJ Hinch, but declined to characterize the conversation. Added that Hinch remains one of his good friends.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

First-year New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran declined to comment on the sign-stealing investigation involving his former team, the Houston Astros. He also declined to answer when he was asked if MLB investigators had interviewed him in the matter. "I'm here to talk Mets baseball."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

New Phillies skipper Joe Girardi managed the Yankees in 2017, when the Bombers lost to the Astros in the ALCS. What did he think when he heard Houston is being investigated for illegally stealing signs that season? "I wasn't shocked," Girardi said. "We had put in a lot of things to try to combat certain things. You know, word gets around." Still, he added: "I thought we did a pretty good job of combating it. I don't know how great of a job we did, but I thought we did a pretty great job."

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Astros trade OF Marinsick to Mets for 2 prospects

Jake Marisnick, an outfield defensive replacement who hit .233 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs for the Astros last season, has been traded to the Mets for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.

Jeff Passan ESPN 

Jake Marisnick is headed to the Mets, sources confirm to ESPN. Two prospects will head back to the Astros. Neither is considered big name. @Ken_Rosenthal had Marisnick going to New York.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The Twins announced plans Wed. to increase the length & height of Target Field's safety netting, becoming the 14th team to install or commit to extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. They join the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chisox, D-backs, Dodgers, Jays, Nats, O's, Phils, Pirates, Rangers & Royals.


BBTN: Where Will The Top Free Agents Land?

With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).

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Reports: Yanks set meetings with Cole, Strasburg

Yankees officials were set to meet with top free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole in California on Tuesday, and are expected to meet with Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

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Biagini agrees to deal with Astros, who cut Sanchez

Reliever Joe Biagini agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year deal with the AL champion Houston Astros, who declined to offer a contract to starter Aaron Sanchez and allowed the former All-Star to become a free agent.

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Astros begin catching overhaul, sign Garneau

With Robinson Chirinos and Martín Maldonado off to free agency, the Houston Astros began an offseason catching rebuild, signing Dustin Garneau as a backup.

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Sources: MLB querying players on Astros' actions

Major League Baseball officials investigating whether the Astros have cheated the past three seasons by electronically stealing signs have been speaking with players associated with the team about alleged techniques, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2741st
On Base Percentage.3521st
Slugging Percentage.4951st
Earned Run Average3.663rd
Quality Starts891st