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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.



Twins promote Deron Johnson to senior adviser of scouting (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:27:14 PST

The Minnesota Twins have promoted Deron Johnson to senior adviser of scouting and Sean Johnson to director of scouting. The Twins announced the promotions on Monday. Both men have been in the organization for years and will continue with the team even after Derek Falvey and Thad Levine took over the baseball operations department.



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.



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.



Twins hire James Rowson as hitting coach (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:37:24 PST

The Minnesota Twins have hired James Rowson as their hitting coach. Rowson was the minor league hitting coordinator for the New York Yankees for seven of the last nine seasons. Between stints, the 40-year-old Rowson was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs for 1+ seasons after a midyear promotion from minor league hitting coordinator.



Twins sign catcher Jason Castro for 3 years, $24.5 million (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:17:15 PST

The Minnesota Twins badly need to improve their pitching staff, with a team ERA that ranked among the three worst in the majors in five of the last six seasons. ''We feel this is a great step in the right direction to building the team that we set out to build,'' chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. The Twins finished 59-103, their worst record in Minnesota and the worst in the major leagues in 2016.



Phillies hire former Twins GM Terry Ryan as scout (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:57:23 PST

The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout. Philadelphia announced the appointment Wednesday, about 4+ months after Ryan was fired in the middle of his 19th season as GM of the Twins. Ryan spent 31 years with the organization, starting in 1986 as the scouting director.



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.



Twins hire Cuddyer, Hawkins, Hunter as special assistants (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:31:32 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are bringing more of the band back together.



Hot Stove Digest: Giants have discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:42:35 PST

REUNION?: Would the San Francisco Giants really consider reuniting with Pablo Sandoval? According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, they have at least discussed that option internally. It’s unknown if those discussions will morph into serious trade talks, or whether the Red Sox would even be receptive, but it’s one of the more interesting rumors out there.



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.



Dose: Twins Catch Castro (Rotoworld)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:11:00 PST

The Twins signed their top free agent target. How does Jason Castro fit in the Minnesota lineup?



Hot Stove Digest: Jason Castro signs three-year deal with Twins (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:29 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.



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.



Phil Hughes continues having fun at A-Rod's expense on Twitter (Big League Stew)

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:56:42 PST

The Minnesota Twins hurler is as perceptive as he is effective on the pitching mound, and no one knows that better now than former Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez. For example, a couple months ago Rodriguez posted a photo with his two daughters on Twitter. It was a little weird, but it was nothing compared to what Hughes spotted in A-Rod’s most recent Twitter photo on Friday night.



Twins cut 3B Trevor Plouffe and C Juan Centeno (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:57:04 PST

The Minnesota Twins have cut longtime third baseman Trevor Plouffe, the first significant move by new front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. The 30-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the Twins back in 2004. Plouffe hit .247 with 96 home runs and 357 RBIs in seven seasons with the Twins.



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.



Daily Dose: Astro-nomical (Rotoworld)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:10:00 PST

Nate Grimm recaps a big Thursday for the Astros, acquiring Brian McCann and signing Josh Reddick, and talks awards in Friday's Daily Dose.



Diamondbacks hire former Twins manager as bench coach (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:06:01 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire will be the bench coach for new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.



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.



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.



Busy Blue Jays sign designated hitter Morales (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:18:47 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Friday, a move that may point to the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure with the franchise. Morales, 33, batted .263 with 30 homers and 93 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals. Toronto targeted the switch-hitting Cuban after negotiations with free agent Encarnacion began to break down.



Baseball-Busy Blue Jays sign designated hitter Morales (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:13:35 PST

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Friday, a move that may point to the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure with the franchise. Morales, 33, batted .263 with 30 homers and 93 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals. Toronto targeted the switch-hitting Cuban after negotiations with free agent Encarnacion began to break down.



25 MLB players who could get traded this offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:34:33 PST

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is one of the biggest names on the trade market. The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway! The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have taken notice thus far, bringing in R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to strengthen their staff. While Atlanta is winning the offseason right now, that seems unlikely to continue. There is significant talent available on the free-agent market, but it’s also pretty clear this year’s crop is watered down.



Tom Brunansky, Butch Davis won't be back as Twins coaches (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:46:40 PST

Hitting coach Tom Brunansky and first base coach Butch Davis will not be back with the Minnesota Twins next season. The team announced Tuesday that Brunansky and Davis would not be offered new contracts. Pitching coach Neil Allen, third base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and bench coach Joe Vavra will return in 2017 under third-year manager Paul Molitor.



Dose: Maybin On The Move (Rotoworld)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:13:00 PDT

Nate Grimm breaks down the trade of Cameron Maybin to the Angels and rounds up the noteworthy contract decisions in Friday's Offseason Dose.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:35:17 PDT

The dramatic final game of the 2016 World Series was the most-watched baseball game in 25 years. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday night and Fox announced that its Game 7 broadcast averaged just over 40 million viewers. - - The Minnesota Twins appointed Thad Levine as the team's senior vice president and general manager Levine, who turns 45 on Nov. 12, has served as the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers for the past 11 seasons.



Cubs' clincher was most-watched game in 25 years (AFP)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:05:35 PDT

The epic final game of the 2016 World Series between the victorious Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians was the most-watched baseball game in a quarter-century. An average of just over 40 million viewers tuned in to game seven of the series on Wednesday, when the Cubs defeated Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings in, the Los Angeles-based Fox Broadcasting Co. announced.



Twins tab Thad Levine as GM and No. 2 in command (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:23:28 PDT

The Minnesota Twins have named Thad Levine as general manager under new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey in their attempt to rebound from a club-worst 59-103 record. Levine was the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers for the last 11 seasons. The 44-year-old previously worked for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers and played baseball at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.



Cubs' victory is most-watched Series game since 1991 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:43:26 PDT

The Chicago Cubs' curse-breaking victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 reached 40 million viewers, making it the most-watched World Series game since 1991. The Nielsen company said the World Series as a whole averaged 23.4 million viewers. The victory early Thursday marked the team's first World Series championship since 1908.