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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Prepare for 162

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Rob Manfred says prepare for a full spring training and season, DRob lands with the Brewers, and Puppies!!!

Division Series - San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

This baseball news feels really unimportant right now. But it is a nice distraction, so here we go.

Commissioner Rob Manfred says teams should be ready for a 162 game season.

Ken Rosenthal on why expansion is on hold right now despite some financial incentives.

Old friend Daniel Robertson lands a deal with the Brewers.

MLB Pipeline on one of the new Rays acquired in the Nate Lowe deal.

Chaim Bloom continues the Rays-ification of the Red Sox, including the expected trade of Andrew Benintendi.

Andrew Simon on which five teams have the most to gain from a big, splashy move. (Hint - Not the Rays.)

DJLM is now talking to other teams as the Yankees drag their feet.

ESPN asks how we view the Astros one year after the cheating scandal news broke.

In Hall of Fame speculation: though he won’t get in this year, Billy Wagner’s path may be opening up.

Lastly: As I alluded to at the top, there is a massive pile of shit going on in the real world right now (WHICH WE WON’T TALK ABOUT HERE) that has me super-stressed out. Maybe you’re stressed too. So, here are a couple of puppies that are neither Republican nor Democrat. Feel free to share your own in the comments.