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Four more things you need to know about the new CBA (Big League Stew)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:17:49 PST

On Wednesday, the owners and Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with hours to spare before the old agreement ran out and possible chaos ensued. Have a tip?



Dragmire to Texas on waivers, Rollins to 4th team in month (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:57:53 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have received right-hander pitcher Brady Dragmire on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.



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.



Spike back to minors after filling in as Rangers 3B coach (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:27:29 PST

Spike Owen is returning to the minor leagues as a manager in the Texas Rangers' organization after filling in as the interim third base coach for the AL West champions while Tony Beasley went through cancer treatments this year. Beasley is expected to be back full time with the Rangers next season. The Rangers said Thursday that Owen will manage at Low-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League.



Report: Jung-ho Kang arrested after fleeing scene of DUI accident (Big League Stew)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:39:11 PST

PIrates infielder Jung-ho Kang has once again found himself in trouble with police. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang has reportedly been arrested for fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in Korea, according to Yonhap News. The 29-year-old Kang was allegedly involved in an alcohol-related accident in the early hours of the morning Friday in Korea.



The five best landing spots for Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:38:52 PST

The 2016 Major League Baseball free-agent market may be the weakest the sport has seen in years, but an active trade market could save the offseason. A number of elite players are rumored to be on the block, including Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Archer. The latest big-name player to join that group is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.



Pirates designate pitcher Jeff Locke for assignment (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:23:25 PST

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are done waiting to see if pitcher Jeff Locke can return to the form that made him an All-Star in 2013.



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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:51:22 PST

The Baltimore Orioles named Roger McDowell as their pitching coach and Alan Mills as their bullpen coach, the team announced Tuesday. McDowell, 55, spent the past 11 seasons as the Atlanta Braves' pitching coach. In that span (2006-16), the Braves pitching staff went 905-876 and ranked fourth in the majors with a 3.88 ERA.



Rangers receive lefty David Rollins on a waiver claim (The Associated Press)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:27:59 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have received left-hander David Rollins on a waiver claim.



Rangers prospects accused in Dominican sex assault case (The Associated Press)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:03:45 PST

Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Tuesday that they are investigating a group of Texas Rangers prospects accused of sexually assaulting six underage teammates. The suspects were identified as Panamanian Guillermo Villarreal, 18, and Venezuelans Yohel Pozo, 19, Adrian Pernalete, 18, and Rougned Jose Odor, 19, who is the younger brother of the MLB Rangers player with the same name. A judge told authorities to seize their passports and ordered the four players to be available for questioning, Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican prosecutor's office, told The Associated Press.



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.



Texas Rangers sexual assault case proves hazing must stop (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:04:57 PST

The Rangers sexual assault case highlights the dangers of hazing in sports. Eight Rangers’ prospects were questioned by police, and at least four are expected to be charged after a video surfaced of the players sexually assaulting an underage teammate as part of a hazing ritual, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Two of the men expected to be charged include the 19-year-old brother of Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, who is also named Rougned, and 19-year-old catching prospect Yohel Pozo.



Texas Rangers promote 3 to assistant GM roles after Levine (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:54:27 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Rangers have promoted three people from their operations department to assistant general manager after Thad Levine's departure to become Minnesota's general manager.



Pudge, Manny and Vlad headline 2017 Hall of Fame ballot (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:27:20 PST

Ivan Rodriguez is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2017. Sure, no baseball games are currently being played, but that doesn’t mean the constant online debates have to stop. With the BBWAA’s release of the 2017 ballots Monday, it’s officially Hall of Fame season! This year’s ballot contains three fairly significant newcomers.



Dose: Reliever Roulette (Rotoworld)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:15:00 PST

Nate Grimm runs down the rumors surrounding the top-flight relievers and talks Chris Sale's perceived availability in Monday's Dose.



Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays GM hasn't closed door on Edwin Encarnacion return (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:34:18 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.



AP source: RHP Cashner has $10M, one-year deal with Rangers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:35:05 PST

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is going home for a spot in the Texas Rangers' rotation. Cashner, a Texas native who was a first-round draft pick out of TCU in 2008, finished last season with the Miami Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29. Texas had inquired about Cashner before the non-waiver trading deadline last summer, and had previously been interested in him.



Andrew Cashner reportedly signs one-year deal with Rangers (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:40:11 PST

It looks like the Texas Rangers have finally gotten their man. The team has reportedly signed right handed starter Andrew Cashner to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Cashner started 2016 pitching for the San Diego Padres, racking up a 4.76 ERA in 79.1 innings.



Yankees trade Brian McCann to the Astros in three-player deal (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:42:05 PST

Brian McCann is headed to the Astros after a three-player trade. The New York Yankees have rid themselves of another veteran with a bloated contract. — have traded catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros in a three-player deal, the clubs announced Thursday.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Could the Yankees trade for Mike Trout? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:38:13 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.



Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year (Reuters)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:11:16 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.



Baseball-Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year (Reuters)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:08:02 PST

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.



Dodgers' Roberts, Indians' Francona win Manager of Year (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:48:05 PST

Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked. Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base. It was Roberts' daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox - managed by Francona - rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.



Terry Francona, Dave Roberts win MLB's Manager of the Year awards (Big League Stew)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:08:40 PST

Terry Francona proved again in 2016 that he’s a man who can make the best out of a tough situation — and that’s just what he did, guiding a beat-up Cleveland Indians team to the AL Central crown and eventually the World Series. For that, both Roberts and Francona were recognized as NL and AL Manager of the Year on Tuesday, based on a vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In the AL, Francona earned 22 of 30 first-place votes.



Manager of the Year 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:58:29 PST

Youth was served Monday night with the announcement of MLB’s top rookies. Now we shift our attention to the very best dugout generals, as the league is set to reveal the Manager of the Year award winners on Tuesday night. This year’s group of finalists represent a wide range of personalities and experience levels. On the American League side, you’ll recognize some familiar names.



Walker, Hellickson accept $17.2M qualifying offers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:30 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson have accepted $17.2 million qualifying offers, giving up free agency to stay with their teams.



All-Star OF Desmond turns down qualifying offer from Rangers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:42:16 PST

All-Star outfielder Ian Desmond has turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers. The Rangers announced Monday that Desmond had turned down the qualifying offer. If Desmond signs with another club before the amateur draft next June, the Rangers would receive a draft pick as compensation at the end of the first round.



Rangers sign Middlebrooks, Bernier to minor league deals (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:54:39 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have signed third baseman Will Middlebrooks and infielder Doug Bernier to minor league contracts.