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Cahill finalizes $1.75 million, 1-year contract with Padres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:09 PST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Right-hander Trevor Cahill and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract.

Marlins acquire RHP Straily from Reds for 3 minor leaguers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:13 PST

Replacing Jose Fernandez will be a collective task for the Miami Marlins, with 14-game winner Dan Straily joining the effort Thursday. Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers, including right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, both highly regarded prospects in the Marlins' thin system. Outfielder Isaiah White was also dealt to Cincinnati.

Yankees headed to arbitration with Betances (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:10:15 PST

The New York Yankees plan to go to salary arbitration with reliever Dellin Betances, which would be the team's first hearing in nearly a decade. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Betances submitted a proposed $5 million salary last week and the Yankees filed at $3 million. ''We're not going to reach a resolution with Dellin,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday.

Even more MLB games will be available to stream in 2017 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:36:19 PST

MLB is loosening their grip on where and how you can watch baseball games. Good news for people who want more ways to watch baseball! NBC Sports Regional Networks has reached a deal with MLB Advanced Media on in-market streaming rights. Starting with the 2017 season, several Comcast regional sports networks will be able to stream baseball games online for their paid subscribers.

President Obama pardons Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for tax evasion (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:01:34 PST

President Barack Obama is leaving office on Friday, and he’s had a busy week. He met with the Chicago Cubs on Monday to celebrate their World Series win, but that wasn’t the only baseball thing the Baseball-Fan-In-Chief had time for.

Yankees bring Baby Bombers to NY to promote season (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:07:11 PST

Rather than bring veterans, the Yankees had Frazier and fellow Baby Bombers James Kaprielian, Gleyber Torres and Chance Adams respond to fans' question at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night along with infielder Starlin Castro and general manager Brian Cashman. ''There's something to be said about this group, not only the ones that are here, but the ones that aren't here,'' Kaprielian told the crowd of several hundred at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Pivoting to youth, the Yankees have jettisoned Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann.

Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.

Alex Rodriguez to host show helping ex-athletes manage their money (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:43:09 PST

Alex Rodriguez has excelled behind the microphone. Alex Rodriguez’s baseball-playing career might be over, but he’s still looking for another hit. Since leaving the game, A-Rod has excelled both in the boardroom and in the broadcast suite. He’s managed A-Rod Corp. with ruthless efficiency (even though we’re not sure what they do), and he emerged as a future broadcasting star with Fox Sports during the postseason.

Aroldis Chapman gets no praise from President Obama during visit (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00:28 PST

Monday was a big day for the 2016 Chicago Cubs. President Obama welcomed them to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory, just days before he’ll be leaving office. In the speech he gave commemorating the visit, President Obama made a point to call out the many Cubs who made a difference to the team during the regular season and the postseason.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:58 PST

The president, who has a home in Chicago, is a diehard Chicago White Sox fan but rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the postseason. The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians in November.

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:49:41 PST

President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people. ''Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided,'' Obama said at a White House ceremony for his hometown team. ''It is a game and celebration,'' he said, and noted that ''there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here.'' Robinson, a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, broke Major League Baseball's color line to become its first black player.

President Obama becomes Cubs fan during final White House visit (Big League Stew)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:53:53 PST

President Obama ran his presidential campaign on the word “hope,” so it’s only fitting that the Chicago Cubs were the final team to visit him in the White House before his final term comes to an end.

St. Louis Cardinals expect to add speed this season (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:42:14 PST

A year after St. Louis finished last in the National League in stolen bases, the Cardinals are putting an emphasis on becoming more athletic and aggressive on the base paths. The arrival of newly acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler is leading that push, though the rest of the Cardinals - including manager Mike Matheny - are on board, too. St. Louis stole only 35 bases last season, second to Baltimore's 19 for lowest in all of baseball.

Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to $65M, 5-year contract (The Associated Press)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:08 PST

Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news. The team announced a $65 million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could have become a free agent after the upcoming season.

Cardinals intent on improving, not chasing champion Cubs (The Associated Press)

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:39:07 PST

A month before spring training, the St. Louis Cardinals already have plenty of motivation - they're focused on returning to the playoffs, rather than trying to overtake the rival Chicago Cubs. In fact, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak really wants to avoid any notion that the Cubs winning the World Series is the driving force behind the St. Louis push to improve after missing the postseason for the first time since 2010. While St. Louis might not say it's directly chasing the Cubs, it certainly added a key component from its rival in the offseason with the signing of outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Hot Stove Digest: Is Jake Arrieta preparing for life after the Cubs? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:40:46 PST

MOVING ON?: With free agency looming at the end of the 2017 season, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta knew what was coming this weekend. As the team reunited for the Cubs Convention in Chicago, Arrieta was face-to-face with the media for the first time in two months, which meant he couldn’t avoid questions about his future. To his credit, Arrieta addressed the issue head-on rather than sweeping it under the rug with a “no comment.” However, his answers aren’t likely to instill much confidence in a potential extension.

Maddon rehashes dicey Game 7 logic: 'There's no Game 8' (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:35:52 PST

There's no ivy in sight and the river running alongside the downtown hotel where thousands of Cubs fans gathered this weekend is frozen solid. Namely: What was manager Joe Maddon thinking when he pulled starter Kyle Hendricks in Game 7, starting a chain-reaction collision in the bullpen that nearly cost the Cubs the Series? As for the Schwarber mystery, no one in the Cubs organization has a good answer yet.

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.

Cubs OF Heyward hard at work on revamped swing (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:09:48 PST

A year ago, Jason Heyward was one of the main attractions at the Chicago Cubs' winter convention. The team got that title, but for Heyward, it was a bumpy road all the way to the very end. Heyward played Gold Glove defense in right field and was a solid clubhouse presence as Chicago claimed its first championship since 1908.

Arrieta skipping White House trip, cites family reasons (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:32:11 PST

When the World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, star pitcher Jake Arrieta won't be with them. Arrieta said he needs to be home - his mother-in-law is recovering from brain surgery, son Cooper is having a tooth pulled that day. The decision, Arrieta insists, has nothing to do with politics.

David Ross lands interesting new job with the Cubs (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:08:25 PST

Beloved Cub David Ross will remain with the team in a behind-the-scenes role. For David Ross, the 18-year major-league catcher who retired following the Chicago Cubs historic World Series win in November, the door of opportunity opened quickly. On Friday, the Cubs announced that Ross would remain with the organization as a special assistant to baseball operations. In his new role with the organization, Ross will contribute to all elements within the club’s baseball operations department, including major league operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the front office.

Cubs, Arrieta avoid arbitration with 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:44 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and ace right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a $15,637,500, one-year deal.

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.

Nunez, Kontos, Smith agree to 1-year deals with Giants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:48:32 PST

Keeping Eduardo Nunez healthy and in the lineup could mean so much for San Francisco's infield and its chances. Nunez reached a $4.2 million, one-year agreement with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration. Right-handed reliever George Kontos received a $1.75 million contract and left-hander Will Smith earned $2.5 million as the club announced all of its arbitration-eligible players had reached new deals.

Pineda, Gregorius reach deals; Betances and Yanks $2M apart (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:50:42 PST

Right-hander Michael Pineda and shortstop Didi Gregorius were among six Yankees who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving reliever Dellin Betances as the only remaining player remaining eligible for salary arbitration. Betances asked for a raise to $5 million and was offered $3 million by the Yankees. Betances made the minimum $507,500 last year after the team renewed his contract.

CC Sabathia will make more than the entire Indians rotation in 2017 (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:34:17 PST

Corey Kluber is giving the Indians Cy Young-level production at a bargain price. The Cleveland Indians boast one of the best teams in the majors heading into 2017. After pushing the Chicago Cubs to Game 7 of the World Series, the Indians added Edwin Encarnacion to an already impressive lineup. How were the Indians, typically a low-spending club, able to find the money to bring in a premier free-agent?

World Series champion Cubs to visit White House on Monday (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:10:52 PST

President Barack Obama will welcome the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the White House on Monday, just five days before he leaves office. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama is ''really looking forward to it,'' as were a number of West Wing colleagues who are Cubs fans. ''I think anybody who's a sport fan, even if you're not a baseball fan and not a Cubs fan, appreciated the historic run that the Chicago Cubs had through the playoffs and to a World Series title this year,'' Earnest said.

Jewish-American pros look to boost baseball in Israel (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:57 PST

Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Major leaguers Ike Davis, Sam Fuld and Ryan Lavarnway were among 10 team members who visited Israel for the first time this month to get a glimpse of the country and people they will represent - and to boost a sport that remains on the fringes of the local athletic scene. For Israel, the option of tapping into a deep pool of Jewish big leaguers offers a rare opportunity to compete internationally against powerhouses like the U.S., Japan and the Dominican Republic and lift baseball out of its longtime obscurity in the Holy Land.