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Nationals don't tender contract to OF Ben Revere (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:15:48 PST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals did not tender a contract to outfielder Ben Revere before Friday's deadline, making him a free agent.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:21:24 PST

Major League Baseball and its players association were prepared to go extra innings but instead agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, with the five-year deal completed only hours before the old one was to expire. MLB announced that the sides reached a tentative agreement, pending ratification by both management and the players. - - The Pittsburgh Pirates are actively trying to trade 2013 National League MVP and center fielder Andrew McCutchen for top prospects, according to multiple reports.



The five best landing spots for Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:38:52 PST

The 2016 Major League Baseball free-agent market may be the weakest the sport has seen in years, but an active trade market could save the offseason. A number of elite players are rumored to be on the block, including Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Archer. The latest big-name player to join that group is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.



Dose: Cespedes Stays (Rotoworld)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:29:00 PST

Yoenis Cespedes is remaining with the Mets, but his foray into free agency yielded lucrative returns.



Eric Thames joins Brewers, who cut Chris Carter (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:38:17 PST

Free agent Eric Thames agreed Tuesday to a $16 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who cut first baseman Chris Carter after a 41-homer season that tied for the National League lead. A 30-year-old first baseman and outfielder who spent the last three seasons with the NC Dinos in South Korea, Thames gets $4 million next season, $5 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019. Milwaukee has a $7.5 million option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.



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.



Big League Stew's holiday gift guide (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:29:18 PST

This cap with Ken Griffey Jr.’s silhouette is something you or the MLB fan in your life will want. Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. If you’re wondering what to buy the baseball fans in your life, or if you need to put together a wish list for others, Big League Stew has your back.



What every MLB team should be thankful for this Thanksgiving (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:13:56 PST

The holiday season is here. For some, that means consuming good food while being surrounded by old friends and loving family members. Your turkey is juicy, your conversations are rich and your weird uncle decided not to show up this year.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Mariners asked Pirates about Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:01:18 PST

If Andrew McCutchen is available, he won’t come cheap. ASK AWAY: The Seattle Mariners reportedly asked the Pittsburgh Pirates about the availability of outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier in the offseason. With that said, you would think Pittsburgh still wants a huge package for a superstar-caliber player.



Brett Cecil, Cardinals finalize $30.5 million, 4-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:41:51 PST

The Cardinals filled the biggest void in their bullpen Monday with Brett Cecil, the only left-handed reliever that piqued their interest on the free-agent market. Cecil was introduced at Busch Stadium after finalizing a $30.5 million, four-year contract. ''Brett was the one person we thought if we were going to make a splash in the bullpen, he was the one we identified,'' Mozeliak said.



Marcus Stroman revives rap career on latest Mike Stud single (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:59:23 PST

Marcus Stroman was back in the music studio this offseason. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman made his triumphant return to the rap game recently. The 25-year-old pitcher appears on Mike Stud’s latest single “Shine,” which was released Sunday.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros place Jon Singleton and his unprecedented contract on waivers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:12:28 PST

CHANGE OF PLANS: The Houston Astros have placed first baseman Jon Singleton on outright waivers less than three years after signing him to an unprecedented five-year, $10M contract. The deal was unique in that Singleton signed it before taking a single MLB at-bat. As it turns out, Singleton may have actually done well to land that money.



Blue Jays' rookie gets redemption after botched high five on 'Tonight Show' (Big League Stew)

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:52:06 PST

If at first you don’t succeed, hope Jimmy Fallon notices, get invited back to the Tonight Show, and try it all over again. Biagini, a reliever who’s also known for his humor in the clubhouse, was part of the Tonight Show audience last week when Fallon totally whiffed on a high-five, leaving him completely miffed. Biagini was seated in an aisle seat right next to the stage and right in Fallon’s path, yet all he could do was stare at an empty hand as Fallon continued up the aisle.



Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays GM hasn't closed door on Edwin Encarnacion return (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:34:18 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.



Blue Jays sign free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:07:25 PST

The Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a three-year, $33 million contract with free agent Kendrys Morales, and say the deal lowers the chances that slugger Edwin Encarnacion will return next season. Encarnacion and Jose Bautista both became free agents after helping Toronto reach the playoffs.



MLB wants more diversity, so it fired search firm Korn Ferry (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:04:39 PST

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on October 29, possibly thinking about diversity, but most likely thinking about the Reliever of the Year awards, which he was giving out. Diversity continues to be a huge issue in MLB hiring, both in front offices and in managerial positions. Commissioner Rob Manfred was so serious about it that he engaged the search firm Korn Ferry to help increase diversity in major league jobs.



BLS Draft: MLB teams most likely to win the 2017 World Series (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:38:09 PST

The offseason is barely underway. While some players have signed, the big-name free agents still remain on the market. On top of that, trade rumors are already brewing, and some significant players appear to be available. In just a few months, the whole landscape of baseball could change drastically.



Walker, Hellickson accept $17.2M qualifying offers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:30 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson have accepted $17.2 million qualifying offers, giving up free agency to stay with their teams.



Cuban prospect Gurriel gets $22M, 7-year deal with Blue Jays (The Associated Press)

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:58:12 PST

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the younger brother of Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel, has agreed to a $22 million, seven-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. According to the Blue Jays, the 23-year-old - primarily a shortstop and center fielder - hit .344 with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 59 games in 2015, the last of his six seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. Yulieski Gurriel agreed to a $47.5 million, five-year contract with the Astros in July.



Angels sign RHP Jesse Chavez to $5.75 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:19:47 PST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have signed right-hander Jesse Chavez to a $5.75 million, one-year contract.



Report: Angels sign Jesse Chavez as efforts to bolster rotation depth begin (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:55:37 PST

Veteran Jesse Chavez pitched for the Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2016. What’s expected to be a busy offseason for the Los Angeles Angels will begin with the addition of free agent pitcher Jesse Chavez. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Angels have agreed to a one-year, $5.75M contract with the 33-year-old right-hander.



Busy Blue Jays sign designated hitter Morales (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:18:47 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Friday, a move that may point to the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure with the franchise. Morales, 33, batted .263 with 30 homers and 93 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals. Toronto targeted the switch-hitting Cuban after negotiations with free agent Encarnacion began to break down.



Baseball-Busy Blue Jays sign designated hitter Morales (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:13:35 PST

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Friday, a move that may point to the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure with the franchise. Morales, 33, batted .263 with 30 homers and 93 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals. Toronto targeted the switch-hitting Cuban after negotiations with free agent Encarnacion began to break down.



Report: Blue Jays sign Kendrys Morales to three-year deal (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:30:10 PST

Kendrys Morales will replace Edwin Encarnacion in Toronto. The Edwin Encarnacion era in Toronto appears to be over. The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly agreed to a deal with his replacement Friday, inking designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million deal, according to multiple reports.



RA Dickey agrees to $8M deal with Braves (The Associated Press)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:51:43 PST

R.A. Dickey was won over by an Atlanta Braves sales team that included two Hall of Famers, including a fellow knuckleballer. Dickey said he knew the Braves would be a good fit after meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, with a group that included manager Brian Snitker, general manager John Coppolella and two Hall of Famers - former manager Bobby Cox and knuckleballer Phil Niekro. ''I had a great feeling then there was great hope I would be able to join the organization,'' Dickey said Thursday after agreeing to a one-year contract with an $8 million guarantee.



Dose: Dealing Dozier? (Rotoworld)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:03:00 PST

In Friday's Dose, D.J. Short looks at a possible Brian Dozier trade, R.A. Dickey's return to the National League, and much more.



Big bats: Here are this year's Silver Slugger award winners (Big League Stew)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:55:15 PST

There’s nothing better than hitting a go-ahead home run. It’s dramatic, it gives your team the lead and it usually ends up with you being the hero. Hit enough of those homers, and you might just find yourself taking home some hardware at the end of the year.



Many stars available on trade market as GMs head home (The Associated Press)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:36:32 PST

While no trades were completed at the first meeting of the offseason, many found the session illuminating: a constellation of stars are in play. Detroit will listen to offers for pitcher Justin Verlander, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, second baseman Ian Kinsler, right fielder J.D. Martinez and designated hitter Victor Martinez. The Chicago White Sox would deal ace pitcher Chris Sale for the right price.



R.A. Dickey puts off retirement and signs one-year deal with Braves (Big League Stew)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:06:47 PST

It’s hot stove time in MLB, and the Braves have pulled a pot off that hot stove and made a free agent signing. They’ve signed veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, most recently of the Toronto Blue Jays, to a one-year deal. Dickey, who is 42, had reportedly been considering retirement. But this deal was apparently enough to make him put that off for at least another year. Dickey has said he wants to be on a championship club, which makes the Braves a slightly puzzling choice.