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Trumbo, Orioles finalize $37.5 million, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:47:19 PST

For the second year in a row, the Orioles negotiated a deal to keep the major league home run champion in Baltimore. Mark Trumbo's $37.5 million, three-year contract Friday was finalized Friday, a day after the sides reached agreement subject to a successful physical. Last offseason, the Orioles signed free agent Chris Davis to a $161 million, seven-year contract after he led the big leagues with 47 home runs in 2015.



Jorge Posada falls off Hall of Fame ballot after just one year (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:19:42 PST

The first member of the Core Four eligible for the Hall of Fame might be the only member who never gets the call. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada received just 3.8 percent of the vote Wednesday, falling off the Hall of Fame ballot after just one year. The fact that Posada was not inducted into Cooperstown shouldn’t come as a major surprise.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:40 PST

First baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club. Raines (380) garnered 86 percent on his final year on the ballot and Rodriguez (336) had 76 percent of the vote to become the second catcher in the history of the voting to be elected on his first year on the ballot.



Twins agree to deals with Gibson, Santiago, Kintzler (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:31:15 PST

Santiago agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal, Gibson got $2.9 million and Kintzler got $2,925,000. Pressly also agreed to a one-year deal for $1,175,000. Santiago went 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA in 11 starts for the Twins after being acquired in a midseason trade with the Angels.



Nunez, Kontos, Smith agree to 1-year deals with Giants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:48:32 PST

Keeping Eduardo Nunez healthy and in the lineup could mean so much for San Francisco's infield and its chances. Nunez reached a $4.2 million, one-year agreement with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration. Right-handed reliever George Kontos received a $1.75 million contract and left-hander Will Smith earned $2.5 million as the club announced all of its arbitration-eligible players had reached new deals.



Pineda, Gregorius reach deals; Betances and Yanks $2M apart (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:50:42 PST

Right-hander Michael Pineda and shortstop Didi Gregorius were among six Yankees who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving reliever Dellin Betances as the only remaining player remaining eligible for salary arbitration. Betances asked for a raise to $5 million and was offered $3 million by the Yankees. Betances made the minimum $507,500 last year after the team renewed his contract.



Hot Stove Digest: Orioles still negotiating with Mark Trumbo (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:09:13 PST

Mark Trumbo has lowered his demands, but the Orioles aren’t biting. IT’S COMPLICATED: The Baltimore Orioles are still negotiating with free-agent Mark Trumbo, but things are complicated. Trumbo has reportedly lowered his demands, requesting a three-year deal around $40 million.



Hot Stove Digest: A's reach two-year agreement with Santiago Casilla (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:44:41 PST

DONE DEAL: Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla is back with the Oakland A’s after agreeing to a two-year, $11M deal on Wednesday. Casilla was first signed by Oakland as an amateur free agent in 2000. Of course, he went on to become a big part of San Francisco’s bullpen, pitching for three World Series championship squads.



Twins to put Hunter, Hawkins in FSN broadcast booth in '17 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:59:38 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former Minnesota Twins stars Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins will serve as television analysts this season for broadcasts on regional cable outlet Fox Sports North.



Vogelsong, Tepesch agree to minor league deals with Twins (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:08:02 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Right-handers right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch have agreed to minor league contracts with the Minnesota Twins, adding two veterans to the competition for spots in a rotation that was among the major leagues' worst last season.



Lowdown: Dodgers Moving On? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:40:00 PST

Have Brian Dozier trade talks hit a dead end? Signs are beginning to point in that direction. If so, what's next?



Hot Stove Digest: Twins and Dodgers at impasse for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:53:08 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.



Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.



Hot Stove Digest: Rays sign outfielder Colby Rasmus (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:36:27 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: Twins request 'best and final' offers for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:07:08 PST

The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon. HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: It appears the Minnesota Twins are getting anxious as it pertains to trade negotiations surrounding All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier. For weeks we’ve heard speculation about his availability, who might be interested and what the Twins are seeking in return.



2017 Category Sleepers: SB (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:42:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes sleepers for stolen bases in 2017.



Chicago Firesale Rekindling? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:45:00 PST

In the latest Offseason Lowdown column, Nick Nelson examines rumors that the White Sox may further dismantle their veteran core.



Wish List: What does every MLB team want the most this Christmas? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PST

For the second straight season, we’ve obtained every single Major League Baseball team’s Christmas wish lists to Santa. Remember that one year when everyone desperately needed to have Furby, and was willing to physically injure others in order to get one? Consider this list every MLB team’s Furby. The Red Sox are going to boast a tremendous staff in 2017.



Snow turns minor league park into perfect holiday card (Big League Stew)

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 15:38:36 PST

If you’re looking for the perfect baseball theme for your holiday cards next year, you can’t do much better than the wonderful winter scene from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.



Outfielder Ben Revere agrees to $4M, 1-year deal with Angels (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:41:08 PST

Outfielder Ben Revere has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, three weeks after Washington allowed him to become a free agent. Revere can earn an additional $2.25 million in performance bonuses under the deal announced Friday. A left-handed hitter, he figures to back up Cameron Maybin, who bats from the right side.



Minnesota Twins name Smith, Pickler to coaching staff (The Associated Press)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:52:05 PST

The Minnesota Twins have hired Jeff Smith as first base coach. Smith replaces Butch Davis, who was not offered a new contract. The Twins also announced Wednesday that Jeff Pickler will serve as the team's major league coach and coordinator of major league development.



Hot Stove Digest: Everyone has interest in Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:00:42 PST

Tyson Ross is drawing interest from a number of clubs. DRAWING INTEREST: About 20 teams are looking into free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross. The 29-year-old tossed just 5 1/3 innings in the majors last year before undergoing surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Though he was still under team control, Ross was surprisingly non-tendered by the Padres in December.



Figuring out the best suitors for Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PST

Edwin Encarnacion is the best player still on the market. Over the past five years, few hitters have been as dominant as Encarnacion. Encarnacion reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million deal to return to Toronto, and it doesn’t appear he’s received a more enticing offer since then.



Hot Stove Digest: Will Dodgers up the ante to acquire Brian Dozier? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:35:30 PST

WILLING TO PAY: Rumors surrounding a Brian Dozier trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers have been swirling for weeks and may gain some momentum now that the Dodgers are reportedly willing to include a top rated prospect. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Dodgers have shown a willingness to include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a potential trade for Dozier, which could tip the scales in their favor should Minnesota go through with moving the slugging second baseman.



Hall of Famer Rod Carew undergoes successful heart and kidney transplants (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:48:29 PST

On the field, Hall of Famer Rod Carew was regarded as one of baseball’s greatest hitters of all-time. Carew approached every at-bat like it was the most important of his career, battling until the bitter end and often winning. For the last 15 months, Carew has brought that same tenacity to his biggest battle off the field, which has literally been a fight for his life. On Friday, that fight took a positive turn as the Minnesota Twins announced the six-time batting champion underwent successful heart and kidney transplants during a 13-hour operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.



Carew has successful heart transplant surgery: Twins (Reuters)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:51:29 PST

(Reuters) - Hall of Famer Rod Carew had successful heart transplant surgery on Friday, 15 months after a massive heart attack nearly killed him, the Minnesota Twins said in a statement. Carew, 71, who had a storied career with the Twins and California Angels, also had a kidney transplant during a 13-hour procedure at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Twins said in a statement. "Rod is resting in recovery.



Baseball-Carew has successful heart transplant surgery: Twins (Reuters)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:48:07 PST

Hall of Famer Rod Carew had successful heart transplant surgery on Friday, 15 months after a massive heart attack nearly killed him, the Minnesota Twins said in a statement. Carew, 71, who had a storied career with the Twins and California Angels, also had a kidney transplant during a 13-hour procedure at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Twins said in a statement. "Rod is resting in recovery.



Baseball great Carew receives heart transplant (AFP)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:16:11 PST

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew was in good condition after undergoing a heart and kidney transplant on Friday and is expected to make a full recovery, the Minnesota Twins said Friday. The Major League Baseball club said the 71-year-old Carew was in surgery for 13 hours in Los Angeles. Carew suffered a serious heart attack while playing golf in Corona, California, on September 20, 2015.



Hall of Famer Rod Carew has heart, kidney transplant (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:27:15 PST

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has undergone successful heart and kidney transplant surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said Friday that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that Carew is resting in recovery. ''We are overwhelmed with emotions right now - joy, relief, excitement and especially gratitude for all the doctors and nurses who have been with us at every step in this journey, and to the donor who made this possible,'' Carew's wife Rhonda told American Heart Association News.



Hot Stove Digest: Phillies sign Odubel Herrera for five years (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 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.