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Is Bryce Harper lobbying the Nationals to spend more money? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:31:26 PST

Sometimes it’s difficult to fully grasp the concept or context of a tweet. Fortunately, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper spared us any emojis in his much-talked about tweet from Wednesday, which focused on the potential addition of two new free agents. To present the full picture, Harper was responding to a tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, which noted Washington’s lingering interest in free agents Matt Wieters and Greg Holland.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:01:44 PST

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short of the necessary 75 percent.

Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:22:10 PST

The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting is announced Wednesday night. Ivan Rodriguez, eligible for the first time, and Trevor Hoffman also could make it.

2017 Category Sleepers: Wins (Rotoworld)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:13:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes possible wins sleepers for the 2017 season.

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.

Angels avoid arbitration, reach deals with 5 players (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:32:18 PST

The Los Angeles Angels have avoided salary arbitration this year, reaching deals new second baseman Danny Espinosa and four other players Friday. The Angels also settled on one-year contracts with right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado and right-handed starters Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker. Richards will make $6.85 million next season, while Calhoun is getting $6.35 million.

MLB-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:51:39 PST

Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13.625 million deal Friday. The four-time All-Star was unanimous National League MVP in 2015 when he batted .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs. -- The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million contract.

Report: Rangers agree to one-year deal with Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:49:15 PST

Free agent Tyson Ross has finally decided on a new home for the 2017 season. According to’s T.R. Sullivan, the veteran right-hander reached a one-year agreement on Friday with the Texas Rangers. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports the deal is for $6M guaranteed, and with incentives as Ross battles back from thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:52:53 PST

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration and more than doubling the slugging outfielder's salary two years before he can become a free agent for the first time. The Nationals also reached one-year deals with their three other arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange proposed salary figures ahead of hearings. Third baseman Anthony Rendon will earn $5.8 million next season, right-hander Tanner Roark gets $4,315,000 and new catcher Derek Norris agreed to $4.2 million.

Jennings ($1.4M), Petricka ($825,00) agree with White Sox (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:55:35 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- Relief pitcher Dan Jennings agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, and right-hander Jake Petricka struck an $825,000, one-year deal.

Ivan Rodriguez: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:06:13 PST

Among the first-time eligible Hall of Fame candidates, there’s only one with a truly great chance of getting in this year. That would be Ivan Rodriguez, who many would argue is the greatest all-around catcher baseball has even seen.

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: Rays sign outfielder Colby Rasmus (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:36:27 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.

Scherzer reveals he pitched since August with injured finger (The Associated Press)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:13:14 PST

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, without offering any details of the problem. The team said the ongoing rehabilitation will keep Scherzer off the U.S. team at the WBC, which is in March, but he is still ''expected to be a full participant'' at spring training, which starts next month.

Donald Trump benches ex-Washington Senators announcer for inauguration (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:54:02 PST

Charlie Brotman has announced every inauguration parade since 1957. For the first time in nearly 60 years, former Washington Senators announcer Charlie Brotman will not be heard during the presidential inauguration parade. President-elect Donald Trump has decided to replace the 89-year-old for the event.

Hot Stove Digest: Teams still pursuing trade for Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:51:08 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.

Bryce Harper remains a very strong and determined human being (Big League Stew)

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:19:17 PST

Bryce Harper could turn back into a beast next year. The Washington Nationals outfielder is at it again this winter, showing off his immense power and even larger dedication to physical fitness through a series of videos on his Instagram account.

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.

Hot Stove Digest: Tyson Ross is being chased by Rangers, Cubs (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:27:43 PST

HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: Free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross, who was surprisingly cut loose by the San Diego Padres, has a number of teams interested, but most notably, he met with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers on Wednesday, according to our own Jeff Passan. Source: Before visiting the Texas Rangers today, Tyson Ross met with the Chicago Cubs. They are the two favorites to sign the right-hander.

Bryce Harper reminds Yankees prospect he can't have glorious hair (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:56:02 PST

Bryce Harper knows no one can challenge his hair/beard combo. Actually, we might want to change our answer above to read “not yet.” After Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account asked whether fans needed Harper’s hair and smile back in their lives, one minor-league player promised to top Harper’s current look. The minor leaguer in question is New York Yankees outfield prospect Clint Frazier.

Noah Syndergaard leaves unflattering comment on Bryce Harper's Instagram (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:00:51 PST

Are Noah Syndergaard (left) and Bryce Harper not on good terms? Forgive us for venturing into the world of social media name-calling, but it’s not every day said name-calling involves two of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars. On Saturday, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper posted a video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him decked out in Ohio State gear ahead of the football team’s national semi-final game against Clemson.

Wieters Of National Interest? (Rotoworld)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:52:00 PST

Nate Grimm parses Matt Wieters free agency rumors and wonders about a Jose Bautista reunion in Toronto in Friday's Offseason Lowdown.

Hot Stove Digest: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays are in 'active discussions' on a new deal (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:22:46 PST

HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: Reps for Jose Bautista, the No. 1 free agent remaining in this bleak field, are said to be in “active discussions” with the Toronto Blue Jays about a return to the team he’s played with for the past nine seasons. ICYMI: Our dude Jeff Passan on why Toronto is the best landing spot for Bautista, especially since Edwin Encarnacion left for Cleveland.

Hot Stove Digest: Will Mike Napoli be the next domino to fall? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:43:54 PST

Some expected the market for free agent first baseman/designated hitter types to develop quickly after Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians on Dec. 22. Napoli will be a good fit for any team seeking a power bat in the middle of the order, and he’ll provide that without requiring the same long term commitment or money as Encarnacion. Mike Napoli may have a new home soon.

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.

Outfielder Ben Revere agrees to $4M, 1-year deal with Angels (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:41:08 PST

Outfielder Ben Revere has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, three weeks after Washington allowed him to become a free agent. Revere can earn an additional $2.25 million in performance bonuses under the deal announced Friday. A left-handed hitter, he figures to back up Cameron Maybin, who bats from the right side.

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.

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.

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.

Nationals catcher finds perfect way to repurpose his broken bats (Big League Stew)

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:18:46 PST

In an ideal world, baseball players wouldn’t have to improvise at all. Think about it. For the most part, players are creatures of habit. They eat the same meal before each game. They try to follow the same exact pattern during a hot streak. They read and follow scouting reports.