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General Manager Meetings Are Underway, Owners To Also Meet This Week

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Monday marked the first day of Major League Baseball’s annual general manager meetings, as some call the official beginning of the hot stove season.

All 30 GMs are gathered together in Orlando, Florida, where big business will be discussed.

As the biggest name on the trade market by far this offseason, Giancarlo Stanton is bound to be talked about heavily as the Miami Marlins are bound to deal him. Derek Jeter sure has his options, as several teams are said to be in the running for Stanton.

Another name to be discussed is two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. The 23-year-old Japanese star is on his way to the majors, as the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have allowed him to begin his career in North America.

The Fighters will receive a $20 million posting fee from the team that signs Ohtani.

The GM meetings run until this Thursday.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that off-the-field issues to be addressed between the GMs are pace of play, the posting-system negotiations, instant replay, and technology.

In addition to the GMs, all 30 owners will meet Wednesday and Thursday at the same location.

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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