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Marlins reach deals with 5 arbitration-eligible players (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:27:02 PST

The Marlins have rewarded reliable All-Star closer A.J. Ramos with a $6.55 million contract as Miami reached agreement on one-year deals with five of its six arbitration-eligible players Friday. Ramos recorded 40 saves in 2016 and is expected to anchor a bullpen that could be the Marlins' strength. Right-hander Tom Koehler received a $5.75 million contract and infielder Derek Dietrich will earn $1.7 million.

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.

Who should call the Home Run Derby now that Chris Berman is out? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:22:42 PST

The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby is about to undergo one massive change. Chris Berman is taking a reduced role over at ESPN. On top of no longer hosting his usual NFL shows, Berman will relinquish his role as the voice of the Derby. With Berman now out, MLB and ESPN will have to go back, back, back, back, back to the drawing board in order to find a new host.

Royals acquire right-hander Karns from Mariners for Dyson (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:15:38 PST

The Royals were interested in Seattle right-hander Nathan Karns going back to the winter meetings, but the Mariners were reluctant to give up a power arm under club control through 2020. After the Mariners traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Baltimore Orioles for veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo, the idea of shipping Karns away became a bit more palatable.

Hot Stove Digest: Twins to resolve Brian Dozier trade talks in 'next week' (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:52:48 PST

HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: If it feels like there’s been a lot of stops and starts to the Brian Dozier trade rumors, that’s because there have been. Now though, it appears the Twins are seriously serious about reaching a decision after requesting best offers from interested teams over the weekend. The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon.

2017 Category Sleepers: Saves (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:24:00 PST

Seth Trachtman looks at sleepers for save opportunities in 2017.

The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Top-10 moments (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:15:41 PST

Jose Bautista took a punch to the jaw, Alex Rodriguez road off into the sunset and Dee Gordon provided fans with one of the most emotional  and dramatic home runs of all-time. Oh yeah, and some team broke a century-long curse and won the World Series. Given all the circumstances surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win, it should come as no surprise that they top our list of the top-10 moments from the 2016 season.

Ten things MLB teams wish they could take back (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:06:36 PST

If it’s possible for the Red Sox to un-retire David Ortiz, they’d probably do that. MLB teams also got a number of questionable, uh, “gifts” throughout the year, and there’s no question they want to return them. It cannot be overstated how much the Diamondbacks keep making their future more difficult with every move they make.

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.

Marlins finalize $16M, 2-year deal with pitcher Brad Ziegler (The Associated Press)

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:46:05 PST

The Marlins sealed a deal Friday with right-hander Brad Ziegler, their latest move in an attempt to emulate recent playoff teams by building a strong bullpen. Ziegler reached an agreement last week on the $16 million, two-year contract, which became final after he passed a physical. Miami also gave right-hander Junichi Tazawa a $12 million, two-year contract.

Pirates claim reliever Ogando off waivers from Marlins (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:02:52 PST

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed reliever Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Miami Marlins on Friday to give their bullpen another right-handed arm heading into spring training.

AP source: Pirates, Ivan Nova agree to $26M, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:01:53 PST

Ivan Nova rejuvenated his career during a solid two-month stint with the Pirates at the end of 2016. The pitcher hopes to build on that with Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday that Nova has agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract to give Pittsburgh's young rotation an established starter behind ace Gerrit Cole.

Cubs-Cardinals rivalry set to take over 'Sunday Night Baseball' (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:55:22 PST

Major League Baseball had already announced the longtime rivals would play the last of three season-opening games on Sunday, April 2, at Busch Stadium. Now that ESPN has announced a significant portion of its Sunday night schedule, we’ve learned that Cubs-Cardinals will get the Sunday night spotlight three different times, including June 4 and July 23 in Chicago.

MLB's most coveted player this winter is someone you don't know (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:46:04 PST

The offseason can be a time of uncertainty for baseball players. With so many transactions going on, it’s tough to feel safe. One minute, you’re at home prepping to be a member of the Miami Marlins. A phone call later, you have to totally uproot your family across the country as you prepare to join the San Diego Padres.

Hot Stove Digest: Everyone has interest in Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:00:42 PST

Tyson Ross is drawing interest from a number of clubs. DRAWING INTEREST: About 20 teams are looking into free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross. The 29-year-old tossed just 5 1/3 innings in the majors last year before undergoing surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Though he was still under team control, Ross was surprisingly non-tendered by the Padres in December.

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.

Familia Facing Suspension? (Rotoworld)

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:09:00 PST

Nate Grimm runs down the latest news, including Jeurys Familia's potential suspension and the Orioles making moves in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.

AP source: Ziegler gets $16 million, 2-year deal with Miami (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:03:22 PST

The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins have become big spenders in the late innings. Two people familiar with the deal said right-hander Brad Ziegler agreed Friday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, who added their second former Red Sox reliever in as many days. The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it won't be final until Ziegler passes a physical.

Marlins reach reported agreement with Brad Ziegler as bullpen takes shape (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:15:57 PST

The Miami Marlins struck out on adding an elite closer to the their bullpen this offseason, but have reportedly struck a deal with an appealing consolation prize in veteran Brad Ziegler. According to Ken Rosenthal FOX Sports, Miami reached a two-year, $16M deal with the 37-year-old side-armer on Friday. The agreement reportedly includes performance incentives, but won’t be finalized until the veteran takes a physical. The Marlins have now added two key relievers in a span of 24 hours.

Tazawa finalizes $12 million, 2-year contract with Marlins (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:56:38 PST

Before signing reliever Junichi Tazawa, the Miami Marlins consulted with an expert on Japanese pitching: Ichiro Suzuki. Tazawa finalized his $12 million, two-year contract with the Marlins on Friday after passing a physical. The deal came with an endorsement from Suzuki, the Marlins' outfielder and 3,000-hit club member.

Yankees' Chapman: Cubs' Maddon misused me during postseason (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:42:03 PST

Aroldis Chapman says Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused him during the postseason, putting the hard-throwing reliever on the mound too often in Chicago's successful effort to win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Traded from the New York Yankees to Chicago in late July, Chapman got the victory in Game 7 against Cleveland after wasting an eighth-inning lead.

AP source: Tazawa takes $12 million, 2-year deal with Miami (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:15:16 PST

A person familiar with the situation says free agent right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the contract won't be final until Tazawa passes a physical. Tazawa gets $5 million next season and $7 million in 2018.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:06:35 PST

New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia had a simple assault charge dropped against him by a judge in Fort Lee, N.J. Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, said she did not wish for the case to be pursued any further and feels she and her child are not in danger. Familia was arrested Oct. 31 after he allegedly caused a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his wife. - - - The Philadelphia Phillies reached agreement with 2016 All-Star outfielder Odubel Herrera on a five-year contract extension, the team announced.

Hot Stove Digest: Phillies sign Odubel Herrera for five years (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 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.

Jeffrey Loria will reportedly sell the Marlins for $1.7 billion (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:41 PST

Ever wanted to own a baseball team? Have $1.7 billion laying around? If so, you’re in luck, because you might have enough money to buy the Miami Marlins.

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.

This Giancarlo Stanton workout video should terrify every MLB pitcher (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:29:05 PST

Giancarlo Stanton wants to hit even more homers in 2017. While many of us are losing the war of willpower against the homemade holiday treats, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s offseason working includes beating the bejesus out of a tire with a big ol’ hammer. Just look at his most recent Instagram video, in which we find Stanton, the reigning Home Run Derby champ, showing off his superhuman strength.

Banning hazing with female costumes is a step forward for MLB culture (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:00:13 PST

News broke on Monday night of the details of MLB’s new ban on a specific type of hazing that’s been common in baseball for years. This means that the days of MLB teams making their rookies dress up as princesses, “Baywatch” lifeguards and cheerleaders are over. To some people within baseball, this is a time-honored tradition, so current and former MLB players weren’t thrilled about the new rule.

AP Exclusive: MLB rookie hazing rules ban dressing as women (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:06:26 PST

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice.

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.