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Reaction to the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:18:17 PST

Reaction to the death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who played three full seasons with the Royals, was known to teammates by the nickname ''Ace'':



Bautista says he took less money but is happy in Toronto (The Associated Press)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:55:39 PST

Jose Bautista said Saturday he took less money to re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays but is happy even though he didn't get a long-term contract. The 36-year-old Bautista said he wanted to stay because he's been in Toronto a long time and enjoyed so much success. ''You get what you can get and the most important thing is being happy,'' Bautista said.



Darvish wants to prove himself in final year of Texas deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:43:10 PST

Yu Darvish marked his five-year anniversary as a Texas Ranger this week. ''It's not much about my contract, but coming back from Tommy John surgery,'' Darvish said through his interpreter at the Rangers' winter banquet Friday night. Darvish is entering the sixth and final year of the contract he signed with the Rangers in January 2012 after seven seasons in Japan.



Hot Stove Digest: Joba Chamberlain reportedly headed to Brewers (Big League Stew)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:23:07 PST

On Friday, Joba Chamberlain became the latest veteran to find a new home, reportedly agreeing to a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Chamberlain, 31, posted a 2.25 ERA over 20 innings for the Indians in 2016. Chamberlain was outright released on July 10 after refusing a minor league assignment, and ended up sitting home the rest of the season.



Francona on Encarnacion: I didn't think there was a chance (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:40:40 PST

When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ''I didn't think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,'' Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this month. ''You've got to be realistic that in the winter we play in a different neighborhood'' than during his tenure in Boston, when the Red Sox were among the top-spending clubs in baseball.



Blue Jays ownership involved in bringing Bautista back (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:38:39 PST

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said ownership got involved in the re-signing of veteran Jose Bautista. Atkins said Thursday the desire of Edward Rogers, the controlling shareholder of Rogers Communication, to help was ''abundantly clear.'' He said thanks to Rogers, they don't have to rebuild. A longtime fan favorite, Bautista hit 22 homers with 69 RBIs last year while batting .234 in an injury-slowed season.



Lowdown: Astros Eyeing Aces (Rotoworld)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:17:00 PST

The Houston Astros are casting a wide net in their search for a top starter on the trade market. Catch up on those rumors and more.



Bautista, Blue Jays agree to $18.5M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:03:10 PST

Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays, after all. Toronto said Wednesday the free agent slugger had agreed to an $18.5 million, one-year contract with Toronto that includes mutual options for more years.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.



Jose Bautista's new deal with Blue Jays is a far cry from what he wanted (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:08:09 PST

Jose Bautista is coming back home. The slugger has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, his home since 2008, and the team he broke out with nearly seven years ago. The deal contains a mutual option, making it possible Bautista stays in Toronto past 2017.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:58 PST

The president, who has a home in Chicago, is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan but rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the postseason. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians in November.



Phillies find perfect free-agent fit in Michael Saunders (Big League Stew)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:36:46 PST

Michael Saunders is heading to Philadelphia. Few teams understand exactly where they are in their contention cycle more than the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s tough to criticize any one-year deal, and Saunders’ contract with Philadelphia is no exception.



AP source: Phillies, Saunders agree to $9M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:15:55 PST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Outfielder Michael Saunders and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $9 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.



AP source: Bautista and Blue Jays working hard on return (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:04:52 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- Outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are ''working really hard'' to bring him back to the club, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.



Lowdown: Bautista Going Back? (Rotoworld)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:55:00 PST

Nate Grimm has the latest on Jose Bautista's free agency and discusses Tyson Ross' 2017 outlook and beyond in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry (The Associated Press)

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:36:22 PST

The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair. As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn looked on, center fielder Andre Dawson, catcher Gary Carter and left fielder Tim Raines were among five players wearing that tri-color hat of the hometown team. On Wednesday, Raines is likely to join Dawson and Carter as Expos in the Hall of Fame, expected to be voted the honor in his 10th and final year of eligibility.



Blue Jays avoid arbitration with reliever Aaron Loup (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:57:31 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have reached a $1,125,000 deal for 2017 with left-hander Aaron Loup, avoiding arbitration.



Barney, Carrera reach deals with Jays to avoid arbitration (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:57:17 PST

Darwin Barney has agreed to a $2,887,500, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays to avoid salary arbitration, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. Barney played at least 25 games each at second base, third and shortstop last season. Barney, who earned $1,050,000 last year, batted .269 with four homers, 19 RBIs and 13 doubles in 104 games for Toronto.



Hot Stove Digest: Orioles still negotiating with Mark Trumbo (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:09:13 PST

Mark Trumbo has lowered his demands, but the Orioles aren’t biting. IT’S COMPLICATED: The Baltimore Orioles are still negotiating with free-agent Mark Trumbo, but things are complicated. Trumbo has reportedly lowered his demands, requesting a three-year deal around $40 million.



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.



Reliever Gavin Floyd gets minor league deal with Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:07:51 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- Reliever Gavin Floyd is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays, agreeing Thursday to a minor league contract and an invitation to big league spring training.



Cleveland is already in love with Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:19:11 PST

On Thursday morning, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was officially introduced as the newest member of the Cleveland Indians. The ink on his three-year, $60 million contract had finally dried, and the Indians had a press conference to officially announce the signing and give Encarnacion his brand new jersey. While the official stuff is important (and necessary), Encarnacion knows what’s up.



Powered up: Indians, Encarnacion finalize deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:18:33 PST

One win from a World Series title last season, the Cleveland Indians finalized a $65 million, three-year contract with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday. Cleveland aggressively pursued Encarnacion, who has averaged 39 homers over the past five seasons. Encarnacion hit 42 homers and drove in 127 runs last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost to the Indians in the AL Championship Series.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Reds sign Drew Storen to solidify pen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:47:07 PST

Drew Storen is heading to Cincinnati. DONE DEAL: The Cincinnati Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Storen posted a 5.23 ERA over 51 2/3 innings with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners last season.



Lowdown: Hammel Down (Rotoworld)

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:06:00 PST

Nate Grimm takes a look at Jason Hammel's free agent case, Brian Dozier's trade market and more in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



Hot Stove Digest: Could the Red Sox consider reacquiring Clay Buchholz? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:25:30 PST

WEIRD SPECULATION OF THE DAY: The Hot Stove season can get weird from time to time, and there might be reason to believe something weird could happen soon. As ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote on Saturday, the Boston Red Sox will likely need to add another starting pitcher this winter. “It seems inevitable,” he writes, seeing as Eduardo Rodriguez recently tweaked his knee and the team has two other injury question marks in Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz.



The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Top-10 moments (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:15:41 PST

Jose Bautista took a punch to the jaw, Alex Rodriguez road off into the sunset and Dee Gordon provided fans with one of the most emotional  and dramatic home runs of all-time. Oh yeah, and some team broke a century-long curse and won the World Series. Given all the circumstances surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win, it should come as no surprise that they top our list of the top-10 moments from the 2016 season.



The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Best home run of the year (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:38:47 PST

The end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s a great time to look back at the best things baseball gave us in the past year. There was perhaps no better moment in baseball in 2016 then Gordon’s leadoff home run following Jose Fernandez’s death. In the first game following Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident, the Marlins took the field full of emotion.