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Tigers agree to minor league deal with Infante (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:44:40 PST

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with infielder Omar Infante on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.



Hot Stove Digest: Cubs agree to deal with Koji Uehara (Big League Stew)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:45:58 PST

Koji Uehara will pitch for the Cubs in 2017. WHAT A RELIEF: The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free-agent reliever Koji Uehara. The 41-year-old Uehara posted a 3.45 ERA over 47 innings with the Boston Red Sox last year.



2017 Category Sleepers: HR (Rotoworld)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:22:00 PST

Seth Trachtman breaks down possible sleepers for home runs in 2017.



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.



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.



Red Sox conscious of new luxury-tax penalties this offseason (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:27 PST

The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball's new luxury tax rules. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the new collective bargaining agreement's stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the team's plans. The Red Sox had $209 million committed to player salaries last season, fourth in the majors.



The 10 most fascinating players of baseball's Winter Meetings (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:25:19 PST

Andrew McCutchen could be on the move from Pittsburgh soon. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Baseball’s Winter Meetings have begun, meaning you can count on a week of free-agency rumors and trade innuendo. This year’s Winter Meetings ought to be especially interesting because the free-agent class is historically weak and the man who had the No. 1 spot on the list, Yoenis Cespedes, is already off the market.



Big names in play as baseball winter meetings open (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:32:24 PST

Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander could be available for the right price. As baseball teams gathered for the start of the winter meetings Monday, star players were dangled along with the usual crop of free agents. ''When clubs take a dramatic change in direction or even a subtle one, that type of player can become available - although often it's just talk,'' New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday.



Ex-Tiger McGehee signs 1-year deal with Japan's Giants (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:43:17 PST

TOKYO (AP) -- Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.



Hot Stove Digest: Rich Hill expected to re-sign with Dodgers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:19:10 PST

COMING BACK: Though a deal is not yet complete, multiple reports on Saturday suggested that the Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons was the first to report that at least one rival executive believed that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that while no deal is confirmed, the known competition for Hill had reportedly moved on, leaving the door open for a deal to be completed soon. Rich Hill seems pumped up at the thought of returning to the Dodgers.



After getting $110M deal, Cespedes wants to finish with Mets (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:20:17 PST

Acquired by the Mets at the July 31 trade deadline in 2015, Cespedes helped the team reach the World Series, became a free agent and signed a $75 million, three-year contract that allowed him to opt out after one season and $27.5 million. ''This is the third time that we have acquired Yoenis in the last 17 months, and it appears that two legal separations have only strengthened the marriage,'' Alderson said at a Citi Field news conference Wednesday evening. Cespedes was the second free-agent regular retained by the Mets this offseason.



Mets aren't crazy for giving Yoenis Cespedes $27.5 million per year (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:43:54 PST

Car dealerships around New York better get ready to pop some champagne, because Yoenis Cespedes just got paid. The 31-year-old outfielder returned to the New York Mets again, but he’s in for the long haul this time around, signing a four-year, $110 million deal. Cespedes was considered the best player on the market, so everyone knew he was in line to make a ton of money. Because of that, Cespedes’ new deal will average $27.5 million per year over the next four years.



AP source: Cespedes, Mets agree to $110M, 4-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

Yoenis Cespedes is staying with the New York Mets - again. After testing free agency for the second straight offseason, the slugging outfielder agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract with New York, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to Cespedes successfully completing a physical.



Hot Stove Digest: Forget about a Pablo Sandoval reunion with Giants (Big League Stew)

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:04:31 PST

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: The San Francisco Giants are not considering bringing back Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in a trade. An earlier report said the club had internally considered a reunion with Sandoval, but Giants general manager Bobby Evans refuted that rumor, according to MLB.com.



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.



Kate Upton is not done criticizing the Cy Young voting process (Big League Stew)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:49:03 PST

Kate Upton is still upset Justin Verlander lost out on the Cy Young award. It’s been a week since Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young award over Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, and Kate Upton is still upset about it. Upton defending Verlander during her Twitter rant should come as no surprise.



Ralph Branca, 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' pitcher, dies at 90 (Big League Stew)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:32:35 PST

Ralph Branca, the pitcher who gave up the famous “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951, died early Wednesday morning at age 90. The news was made public by none other than former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine, who is married to Branca’s daughter Mary. Ralph Branca Passed this morning.



Trout, Bryant win Most Valuable Player awards (AFP)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:44:23 PST

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout were named Thursday as winners of the 2016 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player awards. Bryant, who took the National League award, helped propel the Cubs to their first World Series crown in 108 years and became only the fourth player in Major League history to follow up the Rookie of the Year with the MVP award the next year. Trout won the American League honor for the second time in his career after 2014.



Lew Wolff gives up A's managing partner role (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:43:48 PST

The Oakland Athletics are staying put under new leadership and determined to find the right location for an intimate new ballpark that brings together the community with a great vibe for fans. Committed new team President Dave Kaval just pulled off something similar in his other job: Building the San Jose Earthquakes' second-year, state-of-the art Avaya Stadium, which just so happens to boast the largest outdoor bar in North America. ''I know they're starving for a place to call home,'' Kaval, also president of the MLS Earthquakes, said Thursday when he was formally introduced.



Baseball to study success of some high-profile positions (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:17:31 PST

Commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball wants to study high-profile positions within the sport to see if certain qualifications predict success, a step that ''has everything to do'' with minority hiring. Baseball had no Latino managers before Rick Renteria took over the Chicago White Sox last month. Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals and Dave Roberts from the Los Angeles Dodgers are the only black skippers among the league's 30 teams.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Why trading Ian Kinsler will be difficult for Tigers (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:54:03 PST

COMPLICATIONS: The Detroit Tigers are reportedly listening on every player on the roster, including veteran Ian Kinsler. Reports on Wednesday suggested the Los Angeles Dodgers could be that team after reaching out to the Tigers about a potential trade involving Kinsler. After moving on from Howie Kendrick and potentially losing Chase Utley in free agency, Kinsler would give the Dodgers stability at the second base position.



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.



Scherzer, Porcello take Cy Young Awards (AFP)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:30:23 PST

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer became only the sixth pitcher to win Cy Young Awards in both of baseball's major leagues after being handed the honor for the second time. Scherzer, winner of the award in 2013 while playing for the Detroit Tigers in the American League, joins an exclusive club which includes Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Roy Halladay.



Cy Young voter who snubbed Justin Verlander: ‘I did the best I could’ (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:59:16 PST

The fallout from the 2016 American League Cy Young award voting has been as dramatic as the announcement itself. Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello was named the winner by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America despite finishing with six fewer first-place votes than runner-up Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. The crux of the controversy centers around two ballots that didn’t even include Verlander.



Porcello nips Verlander, Scherzer romps in Cy Young win (Reuters)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:12:26 PST

(Reuters) - Boston Red Sox 22-game winner Rick Porcello won one of the closest votes ever in claiming the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, while Washington's Max Scherzer won National League honors with ease. Porcello finished ahead of the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander 137-132 in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cleveland's Corey Kluber was third with 98 points.



Baseball-Porcello nips Verlander, Scherzer romps in Cy Young win (Reuters)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:05:14 PST

Boston Red Sox 22-game winner Rick Porcello won one of the closest votes ever in claiming the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, while Washington's Max Scherzer won National League honors with ease. Porcello finished ahead of the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander 137-132 in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cleveland's Corey Kluber was third with 98 points.



Kate Upton goes on colorful Twitter rant after Justin Verlander barely loses Cy Young award (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:31:49 PST

In one of the craziest award votes in recent memory, Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young award despite receiving six fewer first-place votes than runner-up Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. The stunning result was announced during Wednesday’s Baseball Writers’ Association of America Cy Young award show on MLB Network, and it was immediately met with criticism from every angle. Among the first and most vocal (or as vocal as one can be on Twitter) was Verlander’s fiancée Kate Upton.



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.



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.