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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.

Hot Stove Digest: Bryce Harper, Manny Machado among stars avoiding arbitration (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:01 PST

MAKE A DEAL: Friday was a busy day for bookkeeping around Major League Baseball as the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration came and went. As a result, several notable players reached salary agreements for 2017 to avoid a future arbitration hearing. The Nationals and Bryce Harper won’t have contract issues this offseason.

Grandal, Wood, Avilan, Fields avoid arbitration with Dodgers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:16:56 PST

Catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Luis Avilan, Josh Fields and Alex Wood agreed Friday to one-year deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers, avoiding arbitration. Grandal's deal is worth $5.5 million. Grandal hit .228 last season with 72 RBIs and 27 home runs, which tied for the team lead and ranked second among major league catchers.

Braves agree to deals with relievers Vizcaino, Krol (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:17:00 PST

The Braves avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with relief pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Ian Krol on Friday. Vizcaino received $1.55 million, while Krol settled for $900,000. The 26-year-old Vizcaino was Atlanta's closer over the first half of 2016, but injuries limited the hard-throwing right-hander to just five appearances after the All-Star break.

Podcast: Dansby Swanson on the New Era of the Braves (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:03 PST

The Atlanta Braves may not win a ton of games next season, but Dansby Swanson is going to make that watchable. Swanson’s performance may have gone under the radar last year due to the Braves’ struggles, but that’s not going to continue. If being lumped together with those names is intimidating, Swanson isn’t showing it.

Carlos Gomez clearly did not learn bat-breaking from his dad (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:34:22 PST

Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez has his share of signature moves on the field. From his epic bat flips and home runs celebrations, to his flashy home run robberies, he’s not shy about bringing his brand of flair to the game or stirring emotions in both dugouts.

Padres catcher aims to become baseball's ultimate utility player (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:15 PST

During his time with the Atlanta Braves, the now 25-year-old Bethancourt was ranked among baseball’s top 100 prospects. Barring remarkable development, he’d likely be labeled too good for minor league baseball, but not good enough for the majors. Bethancourt wouldn’t be the first highly regarded prospect to land in that zone, but based on recent developments he might be the most determined to escape it. Of course, he also wouldn’t be the first to reinvent himself while looking for another avenue to a long career in MLB.

Seattle acquires Drew Smyly as it makes pair of trades (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:33:20 PST

Jerry Dipoto's 11th trade this offseason rounded out the Seattle Mariners roster with his top target. ''I've probably spent more time through the course of our offseason trying to acquire Drew Smyly than any other thing that we've done,'' the general manager said Wednesday. Seattle made pair of deals on Wednesday that ultimately landed Smyly, a pitcher Dipoto thinks will fill out the Mariners starting rotation.

Mariners bolster rotation, acquire Drew Smyly from Rays (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:37:19 PST

Drew Smyly is heading to Seattle. There is no offseason for Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. The most active GM in the game was at it again Wednesday, making a series of deals that ultimately netted the club Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Smyly.

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: Mariners cap busy day with trade for Jarrod Dyson (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:36:39 PST

MAKING MOVES: Never one to stay quiet for long, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto went to work on Friday with a pair of notable trades. Early in the day, Dipoto pulled off a swap with the Baltimore Orioles, acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo in exchange for Seth Smith.

Brandon Phillips reportedly blocked a trade to the Braves in November (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:31:02 PST

Second baseman Brandon Phillips has been with the Cincinnati Reds for the past 11 seasons, and even though he’s got just one more year left on his contract, it certainly seems like he wants to play it out in Cincinnati. Phillips doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract, but he does have 10-and-5 rights, which entitles a player who has been in the majors for ten years and with the same team for five consecutive years to block any trade. It gives players — especially players who have been with one team on a long contract — a chance to control their destiny a little bit, and that’s what Phillips chose to do.

Phillips Stays Put, Again (Rotoworld)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:19:00 PST

Nate Grimm touches on the Brandon Phillips saga and looks at Tyson Ross' suitors in Friday's edition of the Offseason Lowdown.

Billy Joel to hit baseball stadiums on 2017 tour (The Associated Press)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:07:40 PST

Billy Joel will play Dodger Stadium for the first time in May in a return to the city where he first gained attention. The May 13 show was announced in a news conference at the iconic baseball stadium. The Dodgers will be on a seven-game road trip when Joel takes over their home.

2017 Category Sleepers: SB (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:42:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes sleepers for stolen bases in 2017.

Noah Syndergaard hated 2016 just like everyone else (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:20:01 PST

Noah Syndergaard is ready to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. You can count New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard among those saying good riddance. The outspoken right-hander often shares his thoughts — usually humorous, though sometimes serious — on Twitter, and his most recent tweet is a depressing reminder of why 2016 was one long, drawn out letdown for his team.

Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays considering Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:08:26 PST

CHECKING IN: The Toronto Blue Jays have looked into trading for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, though nothing is considered “serious.” The 30-year-old McCutchen hit .256/.336/.430 over 675 plate appearances last year. Toronto is seeking an upgrade in right field, where Ezequiel Carrera is currently slated to start.

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.

Hot Stove Digest: Angels add Ben Revere to outfield mix (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:31:29 PST

Free agent Ben Revere is headed to the now crowded Angels outfield. ANGEL IN THE OUTFIELD: The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $4M contract with free-agent outfielder Ben Revere, according to’s Buster Olney. Revere joins an outfield mix that already includes Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin.

Ender Inciarte, Braves agree to $30.5M, 5-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:01:40 PST

Outfielder Ender Inciarte has avoided salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $30,525,000, five-year contract. The deal, announced Friday, covers four years of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, and gives Atlanta a club option for 2022. Inciarte gets a $3.5 million signing bonus payable on Jan. 15 and salaries of $2 million next year, $4 million in 2018, $5 million in 2019, $7 million in 2020 and $8 million in 2021.

Report: Braves give Ender Inciarte a five-year, $30.5 million extension (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:12:06 PST

Inciarte began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 when they signed him as an international free agent. Inciarte was part of the famous trade between the Braves and the Diamondbacks that makes the Diamondbacks look monumentally stupid.

2017 Category Sleepers: ERA (Rotoworld)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:26:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes ERA sleepers for the 2017 season.

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.

Rockies, reliever Mike Dunn agree on $19M, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:39:35 PST

Usually more frugal this time of year, the Colorado Rockies are crossing quite a few big-ticket items off their free agency shopping list. It's the second splashy move the Rockies have made in recent days. Colorado may not be done shopping, either.

Braves GM to aspiring workers: 'Don't worry about the money' (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:34:59 PST

Braves GM John Coppolella’s Twitter Q&A didn’t go as planned. With the offseason in full swing, and baseball news at a bit of a halt, the Atlanta Braves decided to try and cheer up their fans by offering a Twitter chat with general manager John Coppolella. Coppolella was honest, and didn’t shy away from answering tough questions.

Bartolo Colon gives us the offseason workout video we deserve (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:18:14 PST

Bartolo Colon is already getting ready for 2017. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Atlanta Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon is currently in the Dominican Republic getting himself prepared for next season. It may be December, but Bartolo is already getting himself into playing shape.

Braves agree to minor-league contract with LHP John Danks (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:30:10 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander John Danks.

Cardinals have addressed biggest needs during busy offseason (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:53:31 PST

There are two ways to look at the St. Louis Cardinals' offseason. The optimists will say that general manager John Mozeliak aggressively filled his two biggest needs, signing outfielder Dexter Fowler and reliever Brett Cecil to big contracts. The pessimists will say that he overpaid for both of them, and that could back the Cardinals into a corner when they need the financial flexibility to make other moves next season.

MLB's new hazing rule bans players from dressing up like women (Big League Stew)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:01:26 PST

Under Major League Baseball’s new anti-hazing rule, Superman is still OK, but Wonder Woman is now a no-no. According to MLB’s new rule — the details of which were made public for the first time Monday night — rookies won’t be forced to wear dresses anymore as part of their club’s annual rookie dress-up day.

Hot Stove Digest: Who's left on the closer market? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:54:23 PST

WHO’S LEFT: With Kenley Jansen off the market, the best relievers available include both Greg Holland and Brad Ziegler. Holland missed all of 2016 while recovering from an injury, while Ziegler performed well with the Diamondbacks and Red Sox. Should teams try and go the trade route, Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson is available, as is Rays reliever Alex Colome.