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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: The baseball amateur draft is being moved to Omaha and will no longer overlap with the College World Series. The first day of the draft will now be June 10. The idea is to give top picks a better draft day experience.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

There has been a fair amount of chatter today about whether MLB has officially landed on instituting the three-batter minimum for pitchers and the 13-pitcher maximum for the newly expanded 26-player rosters in time for the 2020 season. Neither change is yet official, even as teams work to build their rosters for next season. However, these issues may be addressed when commissioner Rob Manfred meets with the media on Wednesday.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have discussed the possibility of switching positions with Justin Turner, which would obviously hinge on them adding a third baseman. Andrew Friedman said Turner is willing. First base would be the position he would move to, not second.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers have zeroed in on roughly 12 players they're targeting at the moment. Almost all of them, perhaps with the exception of relievers, are elite. "I'd say it's a much more narrow group than it has been in some other years in my career," Friedman said.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

A whole new look in the Mets dugout! Manager Carlos Beltrán alongside his bench coach, Hensley Meulens.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Brewers fans concerned about the composition of their team's 2020 starting rotation may have to be patient. General manager David Stearns said today, "Frankly, at this point right now we don't think too much about that. We try to get through the progression of the off-season and as we get closer to spring training, we worry exactly what our starting rotation will look like, at that point. We've got a bunch of pitchers returning who have starting experience."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's White Sox GM Rick Hahn on his team's level of urgency during the winter meetings.

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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."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein, on waiting for a decision, regarding Kris Bryant's grievance hearing: "We're fairly confident in what the outcome is going to be but the timing is a bit frustrating. It would be nice to know. We're at the winter meetings and there hasn't been a ruling. I understand these things take time. It's not going to be more than a couple weeks away but it would be nice to have that final confirmation."

Joon Lee ESPN 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he's been regularly talking to outfielder Mookie Betts, who becomes a free-agent after next season, this offseason amidst trade rumors. "I know how much he can impact the game of baseball. Look forward to managing him." Betts has been the center of trade rumors for months after the Red Sox stated their public goal to get under the luxury tax penalty.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler said he has had active discussions for "6 or 7" catchers, both via trade and free agency. It's almost as big a priority as starting pitching at this point. Martin Maldonado and Willson Contreras seem to be a couple of guys who could make sense.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

With Stephen Strasburg set to make $35 million next season, the Nationals will be paying the rotation's Big Three of Strasburg, Max Scherzer ($35.9 million) and Patrick Corbin ($19.6 million) just over $90 million in 2020.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen states once again that starting pitching continues to be a priority for the Mets.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora declined to comment about the sign-stealing allegations under MLB scrutiny regarding the Houston Astros "out of respect for the investigation." Cora served as A.J, Hinch's bench coach during Houston's championship season in 2017. He said he has spoken to league investigators.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"I couldn't have handpicked anyone who I'd rather go in with," Ted Simmons said about fellow Hall inductee Marvin Miller, after explaining how the late MLBPA leader changed everything for the players.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"It was really the sabermetrics people who really revived my candidacy," Ted Simmons said. His example, where our appreciation for once overlooked aspects of the game changes, is exactly why we have things like era committees. What a player actually did is frozen in time, but our understanding of it is always growing.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"I gotta chance here. I know all these people. And I know them pretty well," said Ted Simmons, relating his reaction when he saw the names of those who were on the committee evaluating this year's Modern Era ballot.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"I've just decided that they've just become my best and favorite friends," said new Hall of Famer Ted Simmons, addressing the committee who selected him for enshrinement.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, announcing the re-signing of World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg alongside the ace's agent, Scott Boras, said the deal doesn't preclude the team from also bringing back free-agent third baseman Anthony Rendon. Halfway through his answer on Rendon, though, he was reminded that Nats owner Mark Lerner recently said the team couldn't afford both players. That was apparently news to Rizzo.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras was told the Stephen Strasburg negotiations "took a while." "Took a while?" he said. "I don't know where you've been the last two years, but this is like the beginning of the summer for me."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras said the Nationals "built a trust based upon an early position" with Stephen Strasburg, referencing how they shut him down for the postseason after Tommy John surgery. Boras said it set a foundation for this deal "even though the immediate affect caused a great deal of angst."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Arte Moreno recently spent $325 million to acquire Angel Stadium and 133 acres of surrounding land from the City of Anaheim. The pursuit of Gerrit Cole might now cost something close to that, given the monster deal Stephen Strasburg just got. The thought has been that Moreno will not be outbid this winter, but every man has his limits.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

As predicted by several execs before the meetings began, the week could be action filled, beginning soon. Asked to be more specific, one GM said 'tonight,' adding the free agent pitching market is picking up steam again. The Angels are among the teams that would like to make another move on the mound soon.