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Kiermaier, 8 other Rays avoid arbitration with 1-year deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:50:00 PST

Defensive whiz Kevin Kiermaier was among nine players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. The Rays also agreed to give substantial raises to infielder Brad Miller and outfielder Corey Dickerson. Miller agreed to a $3,575,000, one-year deal and Dickerson got a $3,025,000, one-year contract after both made just more than the league minimum in 2016.



Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:52:53 PST

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration and more than doubling the slugging outfielder's salary two years before he can become a free agent for the first time. The Nationals also reached one-year deals with their three other arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange proposed salary figures ahead of hearings. Third baseman Anthony Rendon will earn $5.8 million next season, right-hander Tanner Roark gets $4,315,000 and new catcher Derek Norris agreed to $4.2 million.



2017 Category Sleepers: RBI (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:11:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes hitters who could be RBI sleepers in 2017.



Hot Stove Digest: A's reach two-year agreement with Santiago Casilla (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:44:41 PST

DONE DEAL: Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla is back with the Oakland A’s after agreeing to a two-year, $11M deal on Wednesday. Casilla was first signed by Oakland as an amateur free agent in 2000. Of course, he went on to become a big part of San Francisco’s bullpen, pitching for three World Series championship squads.



Rays claim OF Coats, designate RHP Floro for assignment (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:47:01 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed outfielder Jason Coats off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and designated right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro for assignment.



Seattle acquires Drew Smyly as it makes pair of trades (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:33:20 PST

Jerry Dipoto's 11th trade this offseason rounded out the Seattle Mariners roster with his top target. ''I've probably spent more time through the course of our offseason trying to acquire Drew Smyly than any other thing that we've done,'' the general manager said Wednesday. Seattle made pair of deals on Wednesday that ultimately landed Smyly, a pitcher Dipoto thinks will fill out the Mariners starting rotation.



Mariners bolster rotation, acquire Drew Smyly from Rays (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:37:19 PST

Drew Smyly is heading to Seattle. There is no offseason for Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. The most active GM in the game was at it again Wednesday, making a series of deals that ultimately netted the club Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Smyly.



Lowdown: Dodgers Moving On? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:40:00 PST

Have Brian Dozier trade talks hit a dead end? Signs are beginning to point in that direction. If so, what's next?



Hot Stove Digest: Twins and Dodgers at impasse for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:53:08 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.



Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.



Slugger Ramirez set for Japan baseball comeback at 44 (AFP)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:39:35 PST

Former Major League Baseball slugger Manny Ramirez has joined Japanese independent league team the Kochi Fighting Dogs, the club said on its website. The 44-year-old, who has also played in Taiwan after retiring from the major leagues in 2011 as one of only 25 players to pass 500 home runs, is set to play in the four-team Shikoku Island League on the smallest of Japan's four main islands.



Hot Stove Digest: Rays sign outfielder Colby Rasmus (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:36:27 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.



Lowdown: Bautista in Limbo (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

The notoriously flashy slugger has encountered a surprisingly quiet market in free agency.



If Alex Rodriguez comes back to baseball, it won't be as a pitcher (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:14:54 PST

Alex Rodriguez, notable non-pitcher, ends his career with the New York Yankees. Ever since Alex Rodriguez retired from baseball in August after a 22-year career with three teams, everyone has been wondering what he’ll do next. A-Rod himself hasn’t said much about it, though he seems pretty happy in his post-baseball life.



Wish List: What does every MLB team want the most this Christmas? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PST

For the second straight season, we’ve obtained every single Major League Baseball team’s Christmas wish lists to Santa. Remember that one year when everyone desperately needed to have Furby, and was willing to physically injure others in order to get one? Consider this list every MLB team’s Furby. The Red Sox are going to boast a tremendous staff in 2017.



Manny Ramirez is eyeing another comeback, but where? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:21:36 PST

The baseball journey of slugger Manny Ramirez has been a long one (and sometimes filled with controversy). Eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, seven full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, a few seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and handfuls of games with the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. And then there are his comeback attempts with the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs (which included time as a batting consultant). But Manny’s not done. He wants his baseball journey to continue on, and he’s doing what he can to make it happen.



Figuring out the best suitors for Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PST

Edwin Encarnacion is the best player still on the market. Over the past five years, few hitters have been as dominant as Encarnacion. Encarnacion reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million deal to return to Toronto, and it doesn’t appear he’s received a more enticing offer since then.



Record six MLB teams hit with luxury tax bills ranging from $3M to $32M (Big League Stew)

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:11:58 PST

In case you weren’t aware, Major League Baseball is alive and thriving as the calendar nears 2017. The system is not perfect, as Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg pointed out this week. As evidence, check out the luxury tax bills that were sent out on Friday. According to the Associated Press, a record six teams — which makes up 20 percent of the league — exceeded the luxury tax — or “Competitive Balance Tax,” as it’s officially worded — with fees ranging from $2.96M to $31.8M.



Hot Stove Digest: Phillies sign Odubel Herrera for five years (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 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.



Jeffrey Loria will reportedly sell the Marlins for $1.7 billion (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:41 PST

Ever wanted to own a baseball team? Have $1.7 billion laying around? If so, you’re in luck, because you might have enough money to buy the Miami Marlins.



Why Rays owner cast the only vote against new CBA (Big League Stew)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:19:16 PST

Hours before the Dec. 2 deadline, Major League Baseball owners and the Players Association (MLBPA) reached an agreement on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that’s effective through the 2021 season and extends the league’s streak of labor peace to 26 years. All that remained Wednesday was the vote to ratify the CBA, which MLB owners did overwhelmingly. The official tally was 29-1, with the Associated Press reporting the lone hold out as Tampa Bay Rays managing general partner Stuart Sternberg.



MLB owners, players ratify labor deal through 2021 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:17:50 PST

Baseball owners and players have ratified the sport's new five-year collective bargaining agreement, extending their labor peace to 26 years through 2021. ''This agreement allows us to build on the positive momentum from last season and promote a generation of young players,'' baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. Teams voted 29-1 to approve, and Tampa Bay Rays managing general partner Stuart Sternberg was the lone dissenting vote, a person familiar with that meeting told The Associated Press.



APNewsBreak: MLB owners ratify labor deal in 29-1 vote (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:36:54 PST

A person with knowledge of the meeting says baseball owners have ratified the sport's new collective bargaining agreement by a 29-1 vote. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because no announcement was made, the person says Tampa Bay Rays managing general partner Stuart Sternberg was the lone dissenting vote during the telephone meeting Tuesday. Sternberg declined comment in an email to the AP.



Hot Stove Digest: Yankees and Mets looking to cut payroll (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:07:55 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.



'Cuba: Island of Baseball' gives in-depth at complex relationship (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:52:30 PST

Over the past few years, baseball has seen an influx of superstar Cuban players. Their talent is undeniable. Just this offseason, $229 million has been spent on Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman and Kendrys Morales. Yoan Moncada, the consensus top prospect in the game, headlined the trade that brought Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.



MLB's new hazing rule bans players from dressing up like women (Big League Stew)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:01:26 PST

Under Major League Baseball’s new anti-hazing rule, Superman is still OK, but Wonder Woman is now a no-no. According to MLB’s new rule — the details of which were made public for the first time Monday night — rookies won’t be forced to wear dresses anymore as part of their club’s annual rookie dress-up day.



Hot Stove Digest: Who's left on the closer market? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:54:23 PST

WHO’S LEFT: With Kenley Jansen off the market, the best relievers available include both Greg Holland and Brad Ziegler. Holland missed all of 2016 while recovering from an injury, while Ziegler performed well with the Diamondbacks and Red Sox. Should teams try and go the trade route, Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson is available, as is Rays reliever Alex Colome.



Wilson Ramos and Rays finalize $12.5 million, 2-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:00:37 PST

The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a two-year, $12.5 million contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos, a 29-year-old recovering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, is guaranteed $4 million next year and $8.5 million in 2018. Ramos was a NL All-Star last season with the Washington Nationals, batting .307 with 22 homers and 80 RBIs in 131 games.



World Series champion Chicago Cubs add new closer (AFP)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:17:34 PST

The reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed closing pitcher Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler, the Cubs announced on Wednesday. Davis is expected to fill the void as the closer for the Cubs, who look likely to lose left hander Aroldis Chapman to free agency. Chapman had served as Chicago's closer since a July trade.



Done Deals: Mariners get Chris Heston in trade with Giants (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:06:49 PST

Chris Heston, he of the 2015 no-hitter, is headed to the Mariners. Because Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto wasn’t leaving the Winter Meetings without making at least one trade, the M’s struck a deal with the Giants to acquire pitcher Chris Heston. BLS Take: Heston, 28, is best known for throwing a no-hitter in 2015 as a rookie.