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Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:34:11 PST

Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.



AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year (The Associated Press)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:37:00 PST

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him - and the Astros - a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday that the free agent slugger and the Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million. Beltran joins a rich, revamped lineup, with Houston recently adding catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick to a talented, young nucleus.



Astros continue aggressive offseason with signing of Carlos Beltran (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:38:08 PST

Veteran Carlos Beltran is staying in Texas, but headed to Houston. The addition of Beltran comes on the heels of Houston acquiring catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the New York Yankees and signing Josh Reddick to a four-year contract.



Twins hire James Rowson as hitting coach (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:37:24 PST

The Minnesota Twins have hired James Rowson as their hitting coach. Rowson was the minor league hitting coordinator for the New York Yankees for seven of the last nine seasons. Between stints, the 40-year-old Rowson was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs for 1+ seasons after a midyear promotion from minor league hitting coordinator.



Ryan, Larkin, Ortiz among private equity investors (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:23:34 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Barry Larkin along with recently retired David Ortiz are among the investors in Dugout Ventures, a new private equity group that says it will support baseball-focused companies.



Jeter says golf most frustrating sport he's played (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:39:21 PST

Derek Jeter needed something to fill his competitive void when he retired from baseball. The New York Yankees shortstop chose golf, and just like everyone else, it's been a challenge to master. ''It's frustrating,'' Jeter said Wednesday after playing the pro-am with Rickie Fowler at the Hero World Challenge.



AP source: Cespedes, Mets agree to $110M, 4-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

Yoenis Cespedes is staying with the New York Mets - again. After testing free agency for the second straight offseason, the slugging outfielder agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract with New York, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to Cespedes successfully completing a physical.



Owners back off international draft to move CBA talks forward (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:15:03 PST

The current collective bargaining agreement for Major League Baseball expires on Thursday and one of the major sticking points has been the creation of an international draft. It appeared that talks had come to a standstill — that is until Monday night, when Ken Rosenthal sent out several tweets that demonstrated a possible reversal on the part of the owners. Sources: Owners have backed off the international draft as a requirement for a new collective-bargaining agreement.



Yankees release Eovaldi, Rumbelow, Mantiply (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:42:06 PST

Injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has been released by the New York Yankees along with right-hander Nick Rumbelow and lefty Joe Mantiply. The trio had been designated for assignment on Nov. 18, and the Yankees announced their release Monday. Eovaldi will be sidelined next season as he recovers from Aug. 19 surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.



Meacham promoted to manage Buffalo, Blue Jays Triple-A team (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:02:08 PST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Bobby Meacham is moving up the Toronto Blue Jays coaching ranks after being named manager of the team's Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.



Yankees GM Brian Cashman doesn't like the current CBA one bit (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:37:05 PST

Everyone remembers the free-spending New York Yankees of the recent (and long) past. A team can make a one-year qualifying offer to their players entering free agency, and if a player rejects it, the team the player is leaving will get an extra draft pick and the team that signs the player will lose their first round draft pick.



Did Fidel Castro nearly have a career in professional baseball? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:08:33 PST

Fidel Castro, the father of communist Cuba who led the country as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008, died on Friday. In fact, Castro was just in the sports headlines on Friday when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to defend Castro’s legacy despite his oversight of an oppressive regime that would seemingly contradict Kaepernick’s recent protests. As the story goes, Castro was a pitcher at the University of Havana when he began drawing the attention of scouts in the United States in the late 1940s.



Branca, who gave up legendary homer, dies at 90 (AFP)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:26:06 PST

Ralph Branca, who tossed the ball Bobby Thomson hit in 1951 for Major League Baseball's iconic "Shot Heard Round the World" home run, died Wednesday at age 90. Branca's pitch led to Thomson's three-run homer in the ninth inning that gave the New York Giants a 5-4 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in a playoff game at the Polo Grounds, costing Brooklyn the 1951 National League pennant and a trip to the World Series.



Ralph Branca, 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' pitcher, dies at 90 (Big League Stew)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:32:35 PST

Ralph Branca, the pitcher who gave up the famous “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951, died early Wednesday morning at age 90. The news was made public by none other than former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine, who is married to Branca’s daughter Mary. Ralph Branca Passed this morning.



Hot Stove Digest: Jason Castro signs three-year deal with Twins (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:29 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.



Tainted Ramirez, Rodriguez on Hall ballot with Guerrero (The Associated Press)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:36:24 PST

Steroids-tainted stars Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time along with Vladimir Guerrero. Jeff Bagwell is the top holdover on the 2017 Baseball Writers' Association of America 34-player ballot announced Monday. Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers for using a banned female fertility drug.



Yankees cut Ackley, Eovaldi and trade Pazos to Mariners (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:15:46 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees released utilityman Dustin Ackley on Friday and announced that injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was designated for assignment.



Yankees trade McCann, $11M to Astros for 2 young pitchers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:19:04 PST

Brian McCann still wanted to catch, a lot. McCann waived his no-trade clause and was sent, along with $11 million, to the Astros on Thursday for a pair of young minor league pitchers. The Yankees acquired right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.



Mike Trout, Kris Bryant win baseball's MVP awards (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:08:38 PST

While the Los Angeles Angels stumbled, Mike Trout soared again. Trout won the AL MVP award Thursday for the second time in three years, and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was voted NL MVP in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. ''To win it one time, it's hard to do,'' Trout said.



Yankees trade Brian McCann to the Astros in three-player deal (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:42:05 PST

Brian McCann is headed to the Astros after a three-player trade. The New York Yankees have rid themselves of another veteran with a bloated contract. — have traded catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros in a three-player deal, the clubs announced Thursday.



Baseball kicks off owners' meetings in Chicago (The Associated Press)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:52:59 PST

Tom Ricketts was walking back to the owners' meetings Wednesday when he was stopped by a few people on the street, eager to congratulate him on the Chicago Cubs' World Series title. Such is life for Ricketts these days. It has been two weeks since the franchise won its first championship since 1908, and the party is still going strong.



Seager, Fulmer take Rookie of the Year honors (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:08:23 PST

Corey Seager won the NL Rookie of the Year award unanimously. Michael Fulmer took the AL honor - and that vote wasn't all that close, either. Seager and Fulmer were announced as the winners Monday night, when votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America were made public.



Corey Seager, Michael Fulmer win MLB's Rookie of the Year awards (Big League Stew)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:10:38 PST

When we remember the rookies of the 2016 baseball season, there will be Corey Seager and then there will be everybody else. For that, he was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday in a unanimous vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Had it been a league-wide award, you can bet Seager would have won that too.



No Notts County takeover bid by Yankees: report (AFP)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:21:28 PST

Major League Baseball's New York Yankees are not involved in takeover talks for English League Two side Notts County, ESPN reported Monday. The report, citing an unnamed club source, told ESPN a report of club interest was "not true" and cited the team's current relationship with English Premier League side Manchester City as co-owners of Major League Soccer's New York City FC.



Soccer-Man Utd are football's top payers, says survey (Reuters)

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:51:33 PST

Manchester United pay the highest wages in world football, according to the latest edition of the Global Sports Salaries Survey. Average basic first-team pay at the Premier League club has been calculated at 5.77 million pounds ($7.27 million) per year or 110,962 pounds per week. United are ranked fourth in the overall sporting pay league behind the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, which pays an average annual salary of $8.7 million, baseball's New York Yankees ($7.68 million) and another NBA team, the LA Clippers ($7.65 million).



AP source: Bartolo Colon, 43, and Braves agree on deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:25:10 PST

The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season. Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement is expected from the Braves until next week on the reported $12.5 million, one-year deal with Colon.



Braves sign another senior starter in Colon: report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



Baseball-Braves sign another senior starter in Colon - report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:31:16 PST

Nov 11 (The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



Rookie of the Year 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:00:58 PST

Over in the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager seems like a lock to take home the hardware. Seager’s teammate, Kenta Maeda had a nice year, but can’t match Seager’s numbers. Had Washington Nationals outfielder Trea Turner been up all season, he may have had a chance to threaten Seager.



25 MLB players who could get traded this offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:34:33 PST

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is one of the biggest names on the trade market. The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway! The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have taken notice thus far, bringing in R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to strengthen their staff. While Atlanta is winning the offseason right now, that seems unlikely to continue. There is significant talent available on the free-agent market, but it’s also pretty clear this year’s crop is watered down.