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Padres near deal to acquire Blake Snell from Rays

Morning news and notes for Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

MLB: World Series-Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to a week with more good than bad.

Tribe News

Mission for Cleveland front office: Can they keep threading the needle |

Hint, hint... the Rays threaded the needle again. More below.

From Terry Pluto:

Tampa Bay, Oakland and the Tribe have been the best at competing with modest cut-rate budgets in a sport with no salary cap that punishes teams in smaller markets. The A’s and Rays had cheaper payrolls than the Tribe in 2020. All three made the playoffs.

“For the last eight years, we have been very competitive,” said Francona. “Have we gotten to the final prize? No, and that’s disappointing. But we’ve remained extremely competitive, and that’s our goal moving forward.”

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