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Hamilton signs minor league deal with Rangers, will try 1B (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:47:22 PST

Josh Hamilton walked into a room at the Texas Rangers' ballpark carrying a new first baseman's mitt and feeling the way he did 10 years ago. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who has had surgery three times on his left knee since last playing in 2015, knows he has to earn a spot on the roster this spring. ''The first thing that comes to mind is 2007 spring training with the Reds.

Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.

Rockies, Alexi Amarista complete $1.25 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:23:15 PST

The Colorado Rockies have completed a $1.25 million, one-year deal with utility player Alexi Amarista. Amarista gets a $1.1 million salary this year, and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. Amarista played all over the field, too, seeing time at second base, shortstop, outfield, third base and even recording an out as a pitcher.

Angels paying Josh Hamilton $26 million to play for rival Rangers (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:13:59 PST

Josh Hamilton is still owed a lot of money. After playing in just one minor-league game in 2016, outfielder Josh Hamilton is ready to make a comeback. While that seems like a far cry from what Hamilton was making in his prime, that’s not exactly the case.

Rangers sign slugger Josh Hamilton to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:29:46 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Slugger Josh Hamilton is getting another shot with the Texas Rangers.

Diamondbacks, Iannetta agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:47:53 PST

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .210 with seven home runs in 94 games with the Seattle Mariners last season. Iannetta will compete with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis for playing time.

Angels avoid arbitration, reach deals with 5 players (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:32:18 PST

The Los Angeles Angels have avoided salary arbitration this year, reaching deals new second baseman Danny Espinosa and four other players Friday. The Angels also settled on one-year contracts with right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado and right-handed starters Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker. Richards will make $6.85 million next season, while Calhoun is getting $6.35 million.

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.

Duda, Mets agree to $7.25M deal after injury-plagued season (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:24:38 PST

First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract, a small raise after an injury-plagued season. Duda, who hit 57 home runs from 2014-15, missed four months last year and was limited to 47 games because of a stress fracture in his lower back. The soft-spoken first baseman, who turns 31 next month, had a $6,725,000 salary last year and can become a free agent after the upcoming season.

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.

Triple-A battery? Giovanni Soto to Geovany Soto for Chisox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:48:18 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox could have quite a Triple-A battery next season: Giovanni Soto pitching to Geovany Soto.

Vladimir Guerrero: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:12:14 PST

Known as baseball’s best bad ball hitter, Vladimir Guerrero is ready to state his case for Hall of Fame consideration. The former Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels great — who also spent time with the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers — is on the ballot for the first time after playing his final game in 2011, and he’s immediately become one of the more fascinating names on a loaded ballot. For most of Guerrero’s 16-year career, he was a true five-tool player with very strong numbers to back it up.

Andrew Heaney destroys gingerbread houses 'Office Space' style (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:45:22 PST

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney love to smash gingerbread houses. For Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney and wife Jordan, the end of the holiday season and dawning of a new year means it’s time to smash things.

Mike Trout could opt out of his contract because of an obscure law, but would he? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:24:48 PST

Can you imagine the frenzy that would be caused if Mike Trout ever hits free agency? Now imagine the frenzy if Mike Trout decided to declare himself a free agent tomorrow and was granted that status thanks to an obscure California law that to date no professional athlete has invoked. The idea comes from Fangraph’s Nathaniel Grow, who uncovered and examined the little-known provision that could seemingly allow Trout to forego the final four years and $122M on his contract right now if he so chooses.

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.

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.

Jhoulys Chacin joins Padres, who keep Clayton Richard (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:02:07 PST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin is joining the San Diego Padres, who kept left-hander Clayton Richard.

Column: No more Lady Gaga, and that might not be a bad thing (The Associated Press)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:31:05 PST

If you've ever seen a grown baseball player in a dress and wig, you'd quickly realize most are no RuPaul. Don't even think of violating a pitch count, or a new-age manager like Dave Roberts of the Dodgers will head to the mound with a hook even when a pitcher (Rich Hill) is throwing a perfect game. Actually, they did last year when manager Joe Maddon had his Cubs wear pajamas on the flight home from a tough 1-0 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Angels pitcher Street: Rookie Dress Up a healthy ritual (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:43:33 PST

A part of the game that was openly and happily shared with fans in an effort to show our child-like spirit or humble ourselves in wearing something funny as a team-building moment is now gone but truthfully won't change much, and I don't really care that much.

Current, past baseball players criticize hazing restrictions (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:15:16 PST

The Los Angeles Angels closer, like many players expressing their views Tuesday, disagrees with Major League Baseball's ban on the hazing ritual of dressing up rookies in costumes that could be considered offensive, including women's outfits. New York Mets rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo was among the last group to participate this past season. Wouldn't trade that,'' Nimmo said at the team's Citi Field holiday party.

Hot Stove Digest: Yankees and Mets looking to cut payroll (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:07:55 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.

Brewers get Bandy, deal Maldonado to Angels in catcher swap (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:35:25 PST

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Jett Bandy from the Angels on Tuesday and Martin Maldonado is headed back to Los Angeles in an exchange of defensive-minded catchers. The Brewers also sent minor league pitcher Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles in the deal. Bandy hit .234 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Los Angeles after being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on May 20.

MLB raises money for field in memory of Shannon Forde (The Associated Press)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:12:15 PST

Major League Baseball and its affiliates raised more than $235,000 to fund Shannon Forde Field in Little Falls, New Jersey, in memory of the late New York Mets public relations executive. MLB Advanced Media, the MLB Network and all 30 teams participated in last week's online auction of memorabilia and meetings with current and former players and announced the results Monday. Tickets to next year's All-Star week in Miami, including a meet-and-greet with Hall of Famer Joe Torre, went for a top price of more than $20,000.

Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg thinks new slider hurt arm (The Associated Press)

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:06:11 PST

Stephen Strasburg thinks relying too much on his new slider put stress on his pitching arm and contributed to the injury problems that sidelined him during the second half of last season and the playoffs. ''I fell in love with it,'' the Washington Nationals right-hander said Sunday at the team's annual fan festival, ''because it was working, especially the first half. Strasburg threw sliders on 17.1 percent of his pitches last season, according to Fangraphs, more than changeups (13.1 percent) or curveballs (12.6).

Angels acquire infielder Espinosa in trade with Nationals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:41:06 PST

The Los Angeles Angels acquired Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, picking up their new starting second baseman in a trade for two minor league pitchers. The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals for Espinosa, who presumably lost his starting job in Washington when the team obtained outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels hours after skipping Nationals WinterFest (Big League Stew)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:13:29 PST

Veteran infielder Danny Espinosa took a stand on Saturday, electing to skip the team’s annual WinterFest event in protest of his assumed role with the team. Hours later, general manager Mike Rizzo took a stand of his own, sending Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitchers Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams. It honestly took a few minutes for the news to sink in, as many were still digesting the news of Espinosa’s discontent.

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.

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.