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Winners, losers and trends at baseball's winter meetings (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:36:14 PST

All-Star closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis moved to different bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big rotation in Boston. Major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, fellow sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, and center fielder Dexter Fowler are available free agents.



With $86M Chapman deal, Yanks straddle present and future (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:11:01 PST

Boston's Dave Dombrowski walked up to Brian Cashman outside the room where the winter meeting draft was about to start Thursday and gave the Yankees general manager a slap on the back. ''You're so kind to stop by and say hello to us little guys,'' the New York general manager teased. Boston made the splashiest moves at the winter meetings, acquiring ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox and setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee while reaching an agreement with free-agent first baseman Mitch Moreland.



LEADING OFF: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:08:28 PST

A look at what's happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland:



Cubs get Davis, Yankees get Chapman, Nats trade 3 young arms (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:57:57 PST

The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. As for the Washington Nationals, well, they opened quite a debate Wednesday by trading not one, not two, but three talented, young pitchers for White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was still pending a physical - it would be the richest deal ever for a reliever, shattering the $62 million, five-year pact Mark Melancon got from San Francisco just a couple days ago.



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.



Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:05:17 PST

The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale. The price of Wednesday's swap still was steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito, hard-throwing Reynaldo Lopez - who made the team's postseason roster - and 2016 first-round draft pick Dane Dunning. ''It's never easy to let go of your prospects,'' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.



How much did Red Sox World Series odds improve following Chris Sale trade? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:33 PST

The Chicago Cubs are still the team to beat, according to Bovada Las Vegas oddsmakers, but a flurry of moves on Tuesday has the Boston Red Sox right on their heels. In a span of hours, Boston added another ace by acquiring Chris Sale in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. To cap off their big afternoon, Boston signed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.



White Sox trade Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:19:27 PST

The Washington Nationals are getting the centerfielder they’ve been chasing and the Chicago White Sox now look like a team stockpiling big-name prospects. The two teams completed a trade Wednesday that will send Adam Eaton to the Nats in exchange for a package of prospects led by Lucas Giolito, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher who is the Nats’ No. 1 overall prospect. The Sox are getting two more minor-league pitchers too.



Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag' (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:47:12 PST

Chris Sale said he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the Boston pitching staff after being added to a Red Sox rotation that already includes David Price and reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. ''We play for a trophy, not a tag,'' Sale said on a conference call Wednesday, a day after the AL East champions acquired him from the Chicago White Sox for a package of four minor leaguers that includes No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada. A five-time All-Star who finished in the top six of the Cy Young voting the last five years, Sale was traded to Boston on Tuesday at the winter meetings for four prospects - including Moncada, who was Baseball America's minor leaguer of the year this season.



Winter Meetings Journal, Day 3: Time to wrap up that unfinished business (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:22:23 PST

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis is going to the Cubs. The Orioles said they won’t sign Jose Bautista because their fans don’t like him. Good times, right?



David Ortiz teases return after Red Sox trade for Chris Sale (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:58:37 PST

Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz reiterated all season and continued promising after the fact that he has no intentions of playing again in 2017 or beyond. Could it be though that Boston’s monumental trade for Chicago White Sox Chris Sale on Tuesday has Big Papi rethinking his decision? “Thinking” can be interpreted any number of ways, of course, but if Ortiz is seriously thinking about what Red Sox fans hope he’s thinking about, then now might be a good time for them to start praying.



Sale traded to Red Sox, who's the next big name to move? (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:45:00 PST

The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Andrew McCutchen is still available, perhaps the Tigers really would deal Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, and Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton might be on the move. The AL East champion Red Sox sent a package of four prospects including high-priced and highly talented hitter Yoan Moncada to the Chicago White Sox for the All-Star ace.



Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:34:29 PST

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. ''The ability to get a Chris Sale doesn't come along very often,'' Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Sale joins an already talented rotation with the AL East champions, now pitching alongside 2016 AL Young Award winner Rick Porcello, former winner David Price and knuckleballer Steven Wright.



Red Sox 'go for it' with trade for lefty ace Sale (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:49:27 PST

The Boston Red Sox dramatically retooled to build anew after winning the World Series in 2013, but on Tuesday they revised the blueprint again to go all-in for another title chase. The time was right to send four promising players, including top Major League Baseball prospect Yoan Moncada of Cuba, to the Chicago White Sox for five-time All Star pitcher Chris Sale, said Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations. "We feel it gives us a chance to win now," Dombrowski told a news conference at MLB's Winter Meetings in Maryland on Tuesday.



Baseball-Red Sox 'go for it' with trade for lefty ace Sale (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:36:27 PST

By Larry Fine Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox dramatically retooled to build anew after winning the World Series in 2013, but on Tuesday they revised the blueprint again to go all-in for another title chase. The time was right to send four promising players, including top Major League Baseball prospect Yoan Moncada of Cuba, to the Chicago White Sox for five-time All Star pitcher Chris Sale, said Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations. "We feel it gives us a chance to win now," Dombrowski told a news conference at MLB's Winter Meetings in Maryland on Tuesday.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:20:06 PST

Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chris Sale is headed to Boston in a winter blockbuster deal. The Red Sox reportedly acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for top prospect Yoan Moncada and prospects Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz. Sale, a five-time All-Star and the American League strikeouts leader in 2015, joins forces with reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young recipient David Price. ...



Sale heading to Boston in White Sox trade (AFP)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:08:51 PST

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster trade, it was confirmed Tuesday. The deal will see Sale head to Fenway Park while highly rated prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz head to Chicago. Sale's arrival strengthens an already formidable Boston bullpen which includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young recipient David Price.



Baseball-White Sox deal Sale to Red Sox for top prospects-reports (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:21 PST

Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chicago White Sox ace left-handed starter Chris Sale is headed to the American League East champion Boston Red Sox in a Winter Meetings blockbuster deal. Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada, highly-rated young pitcher Michael Kopech and prospects Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz, according to a wide range of reports out of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings in Maryland. Chicago finished 78-84 in fourth place in the five-team AL Central last season. ...



Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:26:13 PST

Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer. All-Star righty Mark Melancon and the Giants reached agreement on a $62 million, four-year contract Monday. As baseball's winter meetings heated up, lefty Rich Hill re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $48 million over three years.



MLB meal money cut, but teams assume cost of clubhouse food (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:13 PST

Given his dining choices in the minor leagues a decade ago, Freddie Freeman is thrilled with big league chow. While daily meal money on the road for major league baseball players is being cut from $100.50 to $30 under the sport's new collective bargaining agreement, teams are assuming the cost of providing clubhouse food spreads for home games and road trips. In the minor leagues, you find a Waffle House and go get that,'' the Atlanta Braves star first baseman said Monday.



Nats GM Rizzo dodges question on long-term talks for Harper (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:14:35 PST

If Bryce Harper's representatives have had real discussions about a long-term contract with the Washington Nationals, general manager Mike Rizzo is not tipping his hand. Meeting with reporters Monday at baseball's winter meetings, Rizzo deflected a question about whether he's engaged Harper or agent Scott Boras about an extension for the slugger who was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP. ''It's not like us to discuss anything that we (say) when we're talking to players about anything, so I'm not going to answer any of those kind of questions,'' Rizzo said.



Bud Selig turns short-term job into Hall of Fame plaque (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:59:47 PST

Maintaining power for more than 22 years, Selig oversaw a revolution in baseball that included interleague play, the expansion of the playoffs from four teams to eight and then 10, dividing each league into three divisions with wild cards, instituting video review to aid umpires, revenue sharing to help small-market teams and 20 new big league ballparks. Selig became the fifth of the 10 commissioners voted to the Hall, joining Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44), Happy Chandler (1945-51), Ford Frick (1951-65) and Bowie Kuhn (1969-84). Every commissioner who has served at least five years is in Cooperstown.



Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.



White Sox agree to 1-year deals with OF Garcia, 2B Lawrie (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:45:15 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with outfielder Avisail Garcia and a $3.5-million, one-year deal with second baseman Brett Lawrie.



Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:48:46 PST

That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers - typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco - might be far less common next season. ''I think the smokeless tobacco ban is both logical and I am thankful,'' Los Angeles Angels reliever Huston Street said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday night. It is possible more than the 12 current major league cities with laws either in place or headed that way will have tobacco bans by the start of the 2017 season.



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.



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.



Braves counting on geriatric pitchers to lead a contender (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:36:16 PST

A mere 42, Dickey will be ceding that honor to 43-year-old Bartolo Colon. ''I gave myself the nickname Little Ugly,'' Dickey quipped Friday after formally introduced by the Braves in an office tower overlooking SunTrust Park. All kidding aside the Braves insist their unorthodox moves show how serious they are about contending again for a postseason spot.



White Sox purchase contracts of Engel, Goldberg, May (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:58:23 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have purchased the contracts of outfielder Adam Engel, right-handed pitcher Brad Goldberg and outfielder Jacob May from Triple-A Charlotte.



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.