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Ten lingering questions from the Winter Meetings (Big League Stew)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:55:38 PST

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are wrapping up today, and the affair proved to be an eventful three days. Chris Sale changed teams, Ian Desmond and Aroldis Chapman signed new contracts and that was just the tip of the iceberg. What will the White Sox do next?

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.

Red Sox reunite with INF Rutledge in winter meetings draft (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:30:09 PST

The Boston Red Sox have reunited with utility infielder Josh Rutledge, taking him in the draft of players left off major league rosters. Boston picked Rutledge in the Rule 5 draft Thursday at the winter meetings, plucking him off the Triple-A roster of the Colorado Rockies. The 27-year-old Rutledge spent his first three seasons in the majors with Colorado and played the last two years with Boston.

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.

Winter Meetings: Day Three (Rotoworld)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:38:00 PST

Ryan Boyer recaps a busy Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, which included the Nationals' acquisition of Adam Eaton.

Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:37:19 PST

Wade Davis already had closed out a World Series. In a trade between the last two champions, the Cubs acquired the All-Star reliever from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for outfielder Jorge Soler. Davis immediately takes over the spot held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first title since 1908.

World Series champion Chicago Cubs add new closer (AFP)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:17:34 PST

The reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed closing pitcher Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler, the Cubs announced on Wednesday. Davis is expected to fill the void as the closer for the Cubs, who look likely to lose left hander Aroldis Chapman to free agency. Chapman had served as Chicago's closer since a July trade.

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.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:18:27 PST

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-hander Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler on Wednesday. Davis is expected to be the closer for the reigning World Series champion Cubs, filling the potential void of free agent Aroldis Chapman. The left-handed fireballer Chapman served as Chicago's closer since a July trade.

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

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:50:51 PST

The World Series champion Cubs are hoping to finish off a deal for closer Wade Davis in a trade that would send outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis has been dominant for the last three years and would inherit the role left open when Aroldis Chapman became a free agent. Looking to make a splash, the hometown Washington Nationals struck out on trying to acquire ace Chris Sale when the Chicago White Sox instead sent him to the Boston Red Sox.

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.

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.

Full postseason shares on Chicago Cubs worth $368,872 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:56:32 PST

A full share on the Chicago Cubs following the team's first title since 1908 was worth $368,872, the commissioner's office said Tuesday. Chicago split $27.6 million into 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards. A full share on Cleveland, which wasted a 3-1 Series lead against the Cubs, was $261,805, down from the record $300,758 for a World Series loser, set by last year's New York Mets.

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.

President Obama hopes to schedule Cubs White House visit before leaving office (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:21:46 PST

Not long after the Chicago Cubs World Series victory there were rumblings of a visit to the White House before outgoing president Barack Obama left office in January. According to the Chicago Tribune, those talks are more than just rumblings now. With seven weeks remaining in Obama’s presidency, members of his office are working with Cubs officials to get the visit scheduled before his final day.

Beltran, Astros finalize $16 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:15:36 PST

Carlos Beltran has been trying to find a way to get back to Houston for years after spending a remarkable few months with the Astros more than a decade ago. On Monday he finally got his wish when he and the Astros finalized a one-year, $16 million contract.

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.

A letterman: Half-century later, Schuerholz gets Hall call (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:59:10 PST

John Schuerholz was perfectly happy at his job, teaching world geography and English to eighth graders in suburban Baltimore. A note the one-time Towson University second baseman wrote to the owner of the hometown Orioles, saying he really wanted to work in baseball, that he might be able to do some good. A half-century after he dropped that note with the post office, the game delivered its biggest prize: Schuerholz was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Selig, Schuerholz make Hall of Fame (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:43:37 PST

(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.

Baseball-Selig, Schuerholz make Hall of Fame (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:33:43 PST

Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.

Do Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner belong in the Hall of Fame? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:43:04 PST

Bug Selig and George Steinbrenner are among the 10 names on the Today’s Game Hall of Fame ballot. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Most years, the Veterans Committee voting for the Hall of Fame is an exercise that involves digging deep into the past. Not so this year, as the committee will vote Sunday on the Hall of Fame cases of some rather familiar names, including Bud Selig, Mark McGwire, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner.

AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year (The Associated Press)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:37:00 PST

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him - and the Astros - a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday that the free agent slugger and the Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million. Beltran joins a rich, revamped lineup, with Houston recently adding catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick to a talented, young nucleus.

Volquez finalizes $22 million, 2-year contract with Marlins (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:48:34 PST

Edinson Volquez admits he was ''tired'' toward the second half of last season. The 33-year-old right-hander, fresh off completing his $22 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins, assured everyone Friday that he is now rested and ready to go. ''I pitched a lot of innings the year before,'' Volquez said in Spanish, referring to the 200 1/3 innings he threw for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals in 2015, when he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA.

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.

AP source: Volquez, Marlins agree to $22M, 2-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:46:55 PST

The Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it won't be final until Volquez successfully completes a physical. An All-Star in 2008 when he won 17 games with Cincinnati, Volquez helped pitch Kansas City to the World Series title in 2015 as he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA.

Hot Stove Digest: Marlins reel in Edinson Volquez for two years (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:13:04 PST

REEL HIM IN: The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Volquez is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.37 ERA over 189 1/3 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The deal is said to be for two years and $22 million, according to Chris Cotillo.

How the Royals comforted a family struck by unthinkable tragedy (Big League Stew)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:56:55 PST

The Schwab family and the Kansas City Royals come together. Left to right: Mike Moustakas, Michelle Schwab, Danny Duffy, Alex and Nathan Schwab, Jarrod Dyson, Scott Schwab and Eric Hosmer. The Kansas City Royals recently proved that true again when they literally opened their clubhouse doors to a family reeling from an unspeakable tragedy.

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.

Royals sign catcher Drew Butera to $3.2M, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:52:03 PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals signed veteran catcher Drew Butera to a $3.8 million, two-year contract Friday, keeping him as the primary backup to four-time All-Star Salvador Perez.

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.