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Dose: Sale Switches Sox (Rotoworld)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:08:00 PST

Boston's blockbuster trade highlighted a busy first half of Winter Meetings week outside Washington DC.



Cubs to split up record $27.5 million in postseason pool money (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:41:41 PST

Thanks to another record year of revenue in Major League Baseball and a historic World Series victory, Chicago Cubs players are set to receive a hefty postseason bonus. As announced by MLB on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs will split up a record $27,586,017.75 postseason pot among their players. Since the Cubs will be issuing 66 full shares, that means each player will receive $368,871.59.



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.



Don't expect bullpen bingo from playoffs to become the norm (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:04:00 PST

Ned Yost enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians' lights-out bullpen go to work in the playoffs because it was so familiar. ''It was amazing to see - to watch games and kind of understand the feeling that other teams had against us,'' the Kansas City Royals manager said. Like the Royals on the way to the World Series in 2015, the Indians mixed and matched relievers, leaning on Andrew Miller for multiple innings in different spots and turning to Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in big situations.



Hot Stove Digest: The Nats are making progress on a Chris Sale trade (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:20:05 PST

Progress was made Monday night in Chris Sale trade talks between the Nats and the White Sox. The Washington Nationals reportedly turned up the volume in their trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about ace Chris Sale.



Winter Meetings: Day One (Rotoworld)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:26:00 PST

D.J. Short recaps a busy Monday at the Winter Meetings, including closer Mark Melancon signing a four-year deal with the Giants.



Swain wins Fishel award for MLB public relations work (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:27:05 PST

Bart Swain of the Cleveland Indians has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues. Swain has worked 25 seasons with the Indians, the past 22 as the main media contact for Indians players, managers, coaches and baseball operations. Swain has led the team's efforts for the last three years to raise money in the fight against cancer with a 50-mile bike race that benefits the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.



Scherzer, Posey, McCutchen commit to play for US at WBC (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:29:21 PST

Chris Archer was so excited to pitch for the United States at the World Baseball Classic that he offered to recruit more players to join him. It's OK, general manager Joe Torre said, that's under control. In addition to Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays' ace right-hander, the U.S. will have NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.



Winter Meetings Journal, Day 1: Welcome to the Biodome (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:20:10 PST

This is the 2016 Winter Meetings biodome. It’s the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, a marathon three-and-a-half days of rumor-starting and deal-making that this year has set up right outside of Washington D.C.



James makes good on wager, wears Cubs kit to Bulls game (AFP)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:56:14 PST

Cleveland star LeBron James made good on a World Series wager Friday, sporting a full Chicago Cubs baseball uniform upon arriving for the Cavaliers' Friday NBA game at the Chicago Bulls. In a bet with friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, now with the Bulls, James agreed that he would turn out in the Cubs kit if the Chicago team beat the Cleveland Indians in baseball's championship showcase this year. The Cubs did indeed end their epic title drought, battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to do so.



James makes good on bet with Wade, shows up in Cubs uniform (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:35:46 PST

LeBron James dressed like a champion - a World Series champion. James made good on a bet with close friend Dwyane Wade and showed up wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform before Friday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. James made a friendly wager on the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Cubs with his former Miami teammate Wade, a Chicago product who signed with his hometown team in the summer.



Outfielder Matt Joyce agrees to $11M, 2-year deal with A's (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:40:09 PST

Matt Joyce hopes to play more regularly again in his new role with the Oakland Athletics, who needed a new outfielder to fill a big void and put him high on their offseason list. The versatile Joyce reached agreement on an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday after passing a physical. ''Obviously the biggest thing that was kind of noticed for me was how interested they were and the opportunity to get substantial playing time again coming from the situations that I was in last year,'' Joyce said.



Owners back off international draft to move CBA talks forward (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:15:03 PST

The current collective bargaining agreement for Major League Baseball expires on Thursday and one of the major sticking points has been the creation of an international draft. It appeared that talks had come to a standstill — that is until Monday night, when Ken Rosenthal sent out several tweets that demonstrated a possible reversal on the part of the owners. Sources: Owners have backed off the international draft as a requirement for a new collective-bargaining agreement.



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.



How to survive Thanksgiving as a baseball fan: Volume 3 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:13:29 PST

Thanksgiving is here again, which means holiday season is underway. As much as we love Thanksgiving and all that it stands for, the day itself is not designed for baseball fans. All the good food and togetherness that’s celebrated does absolutely nothing to satisfy our cravings for actual baseball games.



Bartolo Colon riding a scooter is the offseason content we deserve (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:18:46 PST

You cannot deny Atlanta Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon is already having a fantastic offseason. Most 43-year-old free agents might find themselves struggling for work, but Colon found a job almost immediately. He quickly secured a one-year, $12.5 million deal with the Braves. With the hard part of his offseason out of the way, Colon can now dedicate the next few weeks to rest and relaxation. If this excellent picture from a Bartolo Colon Facebook page is to be believed, he’s doing just that.



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.



Cardinals add 4 to roster to protect from Rule 5 draft (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:53:06 PST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Cardinals have purchased the contracts of outfielder Magneuris Sierra, infielders Eliezer Alvarez and Edmundo Sosa and right-hander Rowan Wick and added them to their 40-man roster.



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.



Cubs slugger Bryant, Angels' Trout win MVP awards (Reuters)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:37:33 PST

Kris Bryant of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs capped off a dream season by winning the National League MVP award, while Mike Trout backed up his case as baseball's best by claiming AL honors for a second time. The versatile, power-hitting Bryant, 24, was still in the afterglow of joining with his teammates to end the Cubs' 108-year wait for a World Series triumph with their seven-game victory over the Cleveland Indians.



Baseball-Cubs slugger Bryant, Angels' Trout win MVP awards (Reuters)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:28:18 PST

By Larry Fine Nov 17 (Reuters) - Kris Bryant of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs capped off a dream season by winning the National League MVP award, while Mike Trout backed up his case as baseball's best by claiming AL honors for a second time. The versatile, power-hitting Bryant, 24, was still in the afterglow of joining with his teammates to end the Cubs' 108-year wait for a World Series triumph with their seven-game victory over the Cleveland Indians.



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.



Nationals' Scherzer, Boston's Porcello win Cy Young Awards (The Associated Press)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:13:11 PST

Max Scherzer celebrated aboard a boat off the British Virgin Islands, doused by college pals on a floating party. Rick Porcello enjoyed the moment at his parents' home in New Jersey, surrounded by family, friends and a few bottles of wine. As for Justin Verlander, well, fuming supermodel Kate Upton brought the heat for her fiance.



Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer win baseball's Cy Young awards (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:56:34 PST

Rick Porcello was named the AL Cy Young winner Wednesday despite not earning the most first-place votes while Max Scherzer won in runaway fashion in the NL. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers finished second despite 14 first-place votes.



Rockies bring in Mike Redmond as bench coach (The Associated Press)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:38:19 PST

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have brought in Mike Redmond to serve as the bench coach on new manager Bud Black's staff.



Cy Young 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:45:39 PST

The first two days of baseball’s award season were somewhat predictable, with fairly obvious choices getting their due for Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year. As we move to the Cy Young awards on Wednesday, though, things are a lot more unpredictable.



Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year (Reuters)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:11:16 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.



Baseball-Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year (Reuters)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:08:02 PST

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.



Dodgers' Roberts, Indians' Francona win Manager of Year (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:48:05 PST

Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked. Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base. It was Roberts' daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox - managed by Francona - rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.