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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.



APNewsBreak: Union backed out of deal to add 26th player (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:43:08 PST

Baseball players and owners had a deal to expand active rosters from 25 to 26 players for most of the season, but the union backed away in the final stages of collective bargaining. Union head Tony Clark characterized the talks differently and said the parties may revisit the topic during the five-year contract they agreed to Wednesday.



A's being phased out of revenue sharing, so ballpark urgency (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:37:55 PST

The Oakland Athletics will be phased out of revenue sharing in the coming years as part of baseball's new labor deal, and that puts even more urgency on the small-budget franchise's plan to find the right spot soon to build a new, privately funded ballpark. The A's revenue-sharing funds will be cut to 75 percent next year, 50 percent in 2018, 25 percent in 2019 and then phased out as part of the five-year agreement reached Wednesday and formally announced Friday. ''We are very excited that there is an agreement on a new CBA.



Nationals reacquire catcher Derek Norris from Padres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:33:42 PST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.



Athletics sign 1B Yonder Alonso to $4M contract for 2017 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:02:06 PST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with first baseman Yonder Alonso to avoid salary arbitration.



Dose: Garcia Heads South (Rotoworld)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:33:00 PST

Nate Grimm details the Braves acquisition of Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals and outlines changes to the CBA in Friday's Offseason Dose.



Dodgers, Latin American players losers in MLB labor deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:49:52 PST

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball's new labor contract, which includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs. The Oakland Athletics also came up short, with the team's ability to receive revenue-sharing money to be trimmed in stages and eliminated in 2020. Mid-tier free agents were winners, with management agreeing teams will no longer forfeit first-round draft picks for signing players who turn down qualifying offers.



MLB players, owners reach tentative labor deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:17:31 PST

Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract Wednesday night, a deal that will extend the sport's industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous fights in the first two decades of free agency. ''It's great! Another five years of uninterrupted baseball,'' Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said in a text message. In announcing the agreement, Major League Baseball and the players' association said they will make specific terms available when drafting is complete.



Hot Stove Digest: Don't believe those Edwin Encarnacion rumors (Big League Stew)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:55:06 PST

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Despite some rumors flying around, Edwin Encarnacion and the Houston Astros don’t have a deal in place. Furthermore, Encarnacion’s agent doesn’t expect a deal to get done before the Winter Meetings.



Outfielder Matt Joyce agrees to $11M, 2-year deal with A's (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:40:09 PST

Matt Joyce hopes to play more regularly again in his new role with the Oakland Athletics, who needed a new outfielder to fill a big void and put him high on their offseason list. The versatile Joyce reached agreement on an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday after passing a physical. ''Obviously the biggest thing that was kind of noticed for me was how interested they were and the opportunity to get substantial playing time again coming from the situations that I was in last year,'' Joyce said.



Barry Zito has reinvented himself as a country singer (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:23:44 PST

Barry Zito has always shown an interest in music. Barry Zito has made another comeback, but this one has nothing to do with baseball. The former Oakland Athletics Cy Young winner always showed an interest in music during his baseball career.



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.



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.



Rangers, RHP Cashner finalize $10 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:27:15 PST

Andrew Cashner wanted to come home to Texas to pitch, and the Rangers have long coveted the right-hander. Cashner, a free agent for the first time, was introduced by the AL West champions Monday night after he underwent a physical and then finalized a $10 million, one-year contract. Cashner finished last season with the Miami Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29, after the Rangers had also inquired about the starter.



AP Source: Astros agree to 4-year, $52M deal with Reddick (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:28:11 PST

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Josh Reddick has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Houston Astros. The 29-year old Reddick played for the Oakland Athletics from 2012 until he was traded to the Dodgers this summer. Reddick, who spent his first three seasons with the Red Sox, is a career .255 hitter with 96 homers and 346 RBIs.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:26:43 PST

Nov 18 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Andrew Cashner on Friday, according to published reports. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million. Cashner will be looking to rebound in 2017 after going just 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA while splitting last season with the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins. The 30-year-old Cashner has a 31-53 record and 3.89 ERA over seven big-league seasons, beginning with the Chicago Cubs in 2010. ...



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.



U.S. lawsuit over lack of baseball netting for fans is dismissed (Reuters)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:58:00 PST

(Adds Major League Baseball comment, netting recommendations, paragraphs 9-10) By Jonathan Stempel Nov 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to require the 30 Major League Baseball teams to extend netting at stadiums farther down the first- and third-base lines to protect fans from injuries caused by foul balls and broken bats. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled late Wednesday that two fans who brought the proposed class-action lawsuit lacked standing to sue because they could not show a sufficient likelihood they would be injured at future games. The plaintiffs, Oakland Athletics fan Gail Payne and Los Angeles Dodgers fan Stephanie Smith, said harder-throwing pitchers, wooden bats that splinter easily, and distractions such as Wi-Fi put unprotected fans at greater risk of harm, and justified netting from "foul pole to foul pole." Rogers agreed that "while rare, the severity of injuries that baseball spectators sustain in the modern era as a result of foul balls is significantly more severe than in the past." But the Oakland-based judge cited data from Major League Baseball that the risk of injury to the plaintiffs in future games was only a small fraction of 1 percent.



A’s reaffirm desire to stay in Oakland amid ownership shake-up (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:57:29 PST

A changing of the guard within the A’s ownership: Lew Wolff (left) is out as managing partner and John Fisher (right) is in. Changes are afoot within the Oakland Athletics, but the big one — when they’ll get a new stadium and whether it will indeed be in Oakland — is still yet to get decided. The A’s on Thursday announced that managing partner/owner Lew Wolff was stepping down from his post after 11 years.



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.



2 Athletics minor leaguers suspended for drug violations (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:02:07 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two minor league players in the Oakland Athletics' system have been suspended for 50 games each because of drug violations.



Daily Dose: Better with Age (Rotoworld)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:12:00 PST

In Monday's Dose, Dave Shovein looks at the Braves' signing of Bartolo Colon, the Mariners acquisition of Danny Valencia and much more!



Mariners acquire infielder Danny Valencia from Oakland (The Associated Press)

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:05:44 PST

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have acquired utility player Danny Valencia from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Paul Blackburn.



Braves sign another senior starter in Colon: report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



Baseball-Braves sign another senior starter in Colon - report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:31:16 PST

Nov 11 (The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



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.



Shields keeps deal with White Sox rather than go free (The Associated Press)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:29:11 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- James Shields is keeping his contract with the Chicago White Sox rather than become a free agent after tying for the big league lead in losses.



Thursday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:16:21 PDT

Jerry Colangelo says he won't seek a third term as chairman of USA Basketball, instead focusing on his role as managing director of the men's national team program. Colangelo says Thursday in a release that he will concentrate on the transition from coach Mike Krzyzewski to Gregg Popovich and building the player pool for the competition cycle through the 2020 Olympics. USA Basketball's board of directors will elect a new chairman at its annual meeting on Nov. 14.



Baseball-List of World Series MVP winners (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:04:24 PDT

Nov 2 (Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2016 - Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) 2015 - Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals) 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...