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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:47:53 PSTA 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:01 PSTMAKE 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:16:56 PSTCatcher 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:17:00 PSTThe 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.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:03 PSTThe 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:34:22 PSTTexas 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:15 PSTDuring 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:33:20 PSTJerry 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:37:19 PSTDrew 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PSTWinter 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.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:36:39 PSTMAKING 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.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:31:02 PSTSecond 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.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:19:00 PSTNate Grimm touches on the Brandon Phillips saga and looks at Tyson Ross' suitors in Friday's edition of the Offseason Lowdown.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:07:40 PSTBilly 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.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:42:00 PSTSeth Trachtman analyzes sleepers for stolen bases in 2017.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:20:01 PSTNoah 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.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:08:26 PSTCHECKING 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.
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PSTFor 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.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:31:29 PSTFree 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 ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Revere joins an outfield mix that already includes Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:01:40 PSTOutfielder 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.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:12:06 PSTInciarte 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.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:26:00 PSTSeth Trachtman analyzes ERA sleepers for the 2017 season.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PSTEdwin 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:39:35 PSTUsually 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:34:59 PSTBraves 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:18:14 PSTBartolo 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:30:10 PSTATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander John Danks.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:53:31 PSTThere 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.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:01:26 PSTUnder 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.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:54:23 PSTWHO’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.