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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.



Wil Myers, Padres finalize $83 million, 6-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:52:43 PST

First baseman Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres finalized an $83 million, six-year contract on Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history. ''He's got all sorts of potential,'' Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on a conference call. San Diego has a $20 million team option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.



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.



President Obama becomes Cubs fan during final White House visit (Big League Stew)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:53:53 PST

President Obama ran his presidential campaign on the word “hope,” so it’s only fitting that the Chicago Cubs were the final team to visit him in the White House before his final term comes to an end.



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.



Bagwell's Hall of Fame wait likely to end after 7 years (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:26:08 PST

Jeff Bagwell spent a career putting up huge stats, the kind that often get posted on plaques in Cooperstown. Whether he's elected or not, Bagwell says he'll feel something other than happiness or disappointment when the results are announced Wednesday. This is Bagwell's seventh try on the ballot - he got just 41.7 percent of the votes the first time, and was up to 71.6 percent last year in selections by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.



Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.



Frazier agrees to $12 million, 1-year deal with White Sox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:56:04 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Third baseman Todd Frazier has agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract with the White Sox after a mixed first season in Chicago.



Jennings ($1.4M), Petricka ($825,00) agree with White Sox (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:55:35 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Relief pitcher Dan Jennings agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, and right-hander Jake Petricka struck an $825,000, one-year deal.



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.



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.



Former MLB pitcher, pitching coach Jackie Brown dies (The Associated Press)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:25:56 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Former major league pitcher and pitching coach Jackie Brown has died. He was 73.



Triple-A battery? Giovanni Soto to Geovany Soto for Chisox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:48:18 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox could have quite a Triple-A battery next season: Giovanni Soto pitching to Geovany Soto.



No reliever ready, no relief for manager in Dominican league (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:48:18 PST

There was no relief for a manager in the Dominican winter baseball league who signaled for a relief pitcher when nobody was warming up. Manager Pat Kelly, whose animated arguments with umpires have made for popular YouTube videos, was fired by Licey on Friday, a day after his gaffe in a game against big rival Aguilas. Licey reliever Rafael Soriano took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning before the former major league closer gave up two hits.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Orioles keeping tabs on Pedro Alvarez (Big League Stew)

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:27:52 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.



Chicago Firesale Rekindling? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:45:00 PST

In the latest Offseason Lowdown column, Nick Nelson examines rumors that the White Sox may further dismantle their veteran core.



Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays considering Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:08:26 PST

CHECKING IN: The Toronto Blue Jays have looked into trading for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, though nothing is considered “serious.” The 30-year-old McCutchen hit .256/.336/.430 over 675 plate appearances last year. Toronto is seeking an upgrade in right field, where Ezequiel Carrera is currently slated to start.



Tigers bring back catcher Alex Avila with $2M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:41:53 PST

Alex Avila got a present of sorts, indirectly from his father, and will host a celebration this weekend with his family minus any potential baseball-related drama. The Detroit Tigers brought back Avila to play behind starting catcher James McCann, giving him a $2 million, one-year contract. Avila's father, Al Avila, is Detroit's general manager.



Hot Stove Digest: The Pirates want Jose Quintana next (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:32:36 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.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: The Indians really want Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:27:29 PST

ALL OUT FOR EDWIN: There’s no indication the Cleveland Indians have emerged as a favorite to sign free agent Edwin Encarnacion, but they have emerged as his most aggressive suitor. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cleveland is “pulling out all the stops” to try to sign the power-hitting first baseman as the centerpiece of its offense. On Tuesday, Big League Stew’s Chris Cwik categorized Cleveland as one of two teams that needed to find a way to sign Encarnacion.



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.



Red Sox trade pitcher Clay Buchholz to Phillies (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:04:22 PST

The Red Sox kept adding starting pitchers, and Clay Buchholz kept getting bumped further down in the rotation. There was David Price last offseason and Drew Pomeranz mid-year. By the time Chris Sale was acquired from the Chicago White Sox at the winter meetings this month, Boston had seven starters to choose from - most of them more consistent than Buchholz, and a few of them on better deals.



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

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:45 PST

Jose Quintana is available, but should cost a lot. GO GET HIM: The New York Yankees are interested in Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. After last year’s midseason trades, the Yankees’ farm system is well-stocked, and the White Sox are reportedly interested in some of the team’s prospects.



Jimmy Rollins receives minor league contract from Giants (The Associated Press)

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:01:02 PST

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins could be headed back to his native Bay Area, agreeing to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes an invitation to big league spring training camp. General manager Bobby Evans confirmed the deal Monday. While the Giants' infield is all but set, San Francisco has learned the importance of depth at all of those spots with injuries to third baseman Eduardo Nunez down the stretch and also second baseman Joe Panik the past two seasons.



Abreu, White Sox agree on 1-year deal for nearly $11 million (The Associated Press)

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:59:06 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- First baseman Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox have agreed on a one-year contract for $10,825,000.