Someone could sign today

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Doug Miller at MLB.com reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league:

Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the
New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work
day.”

Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in
2003, when he and club president and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to Phoenix
and showed up at the home of then-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt
Schilling. The two actually ate Thanksgiving dinner with Schilling and
his family while Epstein tried to convince the right-hander to waive a
no-trade clause and accept a contract extension, presumably between
bites.

It worked. They carved out the turkey and the trade that
brought Schilling — and the following year’s World Series title — to
Boston.

The famous Josh Beckett-Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez swap occurred on Thanksgiving too, as did the Mets’ trade for Carlos Delgado.  Omar traveled to the Dominican Republic on Thanksgiving to woo Pedro Martinez as well.

The upshot: something big could happen today, and if I’m not buzzed on Beaujolais, zonked out on tryptophan or filling my pie hole with pie, I’ll tell you all about it. 

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.