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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Mattingly echoes the thoughts of many who don't want baseball to codify a policy against defensive shifts: "I don't worry about the shift so much as finding guys who can use the whole field. You can use the whole field, they're not going to shift."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Reds let go Billy Hamilton go this offseason (he just signed with the Royals), so new manager David Bell doesn't have an obvious starting center fielder at the moment. "We have options," he said and one of those could be Nick Senzel, the team's top prospect who has played third and second in the minors but will get some reps in center as the Reds bank on his athleticism to potentially play multiple positions.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, on Miami's place is a rapidly improving NL East, "You're realistic about the division and where we are right now. (However) we can't just say this will be another year like last year. We have to get to get guys into their next phase. Anything can happen."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirms the team will stick with the "opener" strategy in 2019 and says the internal discussions right now are whether they'll do it two times through the rotation or three times.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Looking for a surprising team to watch at the winter meetings? Try the Cincinnati Reds, who keep coming up in conversations about team who could make an unexpected splash in Las Vegas.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Baseball's winter meetings are officially underway in Las Vegas and the one topic on everyone's mind in Sin City is Bryce Harper. Will the superstar free agent sign a mega-deal while the baseball world is gathered in his hometown or wait to let the hot stove process play out?

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will not hire a general manager to replace Farhan Zaidi this offseason, but he did hire Jeff Kingston as vice president and assistant GM. Kingston previously held the same title with the Mariners for nine years and oversaw the club's analytics department during that time.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Today's Game committee got the Las Vegas edition of the winter meetings off to a festive start by electing both Harold Baines and Lee Smith to the Hall of Fame. The pair will join whomever makes it next month in Cooperstown next summer.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Dodgers appear to be in the middle of the outfield market, both in trades (Kemp? Puig? Pederson) and free agents (Harper? Pollock?)