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Selig, Schuerholz elected to baseball Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:51:20 PST

Bud Selig oversaw baseball during a time of transformation and turmoil - wild cards and a ballpark boom, the cancellation of a World Series and the Steroids Era. For much of his reign, though, there was one constant: those first-place Atlanta Braves, built by John Schuerholz. The former commissioner and the longtime general manager met up again Sunday, both elected by an overwhelming margin to the Hall of Fame.



Tyson Ross among interesting new free agents following non-tender deadline (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:41:13 PST

Not tendering a contract means the player immediately becomes a free agent eligible to sign with any team. With that in mind, we’ll take a quick look at the four most interesting players who are now free agents and who are likely to draw some serious interest. Tyson Ross is an intriguing new free agent after being non-tendered by the Padres.



Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.



Dose: Cespedes Stays (Rotoworld)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:29:00 PST

Yoenis Cespedes is remaining with the Mets, but his foray into free agency yielded lucrative returns.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:45:22 PST

After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team Tuesday on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market. Last winter, Cespedes' market never fully developed and as spring training approached, only the Baltimore Orioles appeared to be a realistic landing spot.



Eric Thames joins Brewers, who cut Chris Carter (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:38:17 PST

Free agent Eric Thames agreed Tuesday to a $16 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who cut first baseman Chris Carter after a 41-homer season that tied for the National League lead. A 30-year-old first baseman and outfielder who spent the last three seasons with the NC Dinos in South Korea, Thames gets $4 million next season, $5 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019. Milwaukee has a $7.5 million option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.



Chris Carter, NL home run co-leader, non-tendered by Brewers (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:20:20 PST

If any team is looking for a power hitter in the free agent market, they just got extremely lucky. The Milwaukee Brewers have decided not to tender first baseman Chris Carter a contract, making him a free agent. If you’re surprised that the Brewers would non-tender the National League co-leader in home runs instead of keeping him, that’s because it is surprising.



Hot Stove Digest: Marlins reel in Edinson Volquez for two years (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:13:04 PST

REEL HIM IN: The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Volquez is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.37 ERA over 189 1/3 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The deal is said to be for two years and $22 million, according to Chris Cotillo.



Here's the perfect Christmas gift for the Cubs fan in your life (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:04:14 PST

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. Since the victory, it’s been impossible to ignore the narrative, the World Series merchandise or Kris Bryant’s dreamy blue eyes. Everyone loves the Cubs right now, and they want you to know it. Whether you’re collecting as much Cubs memorabilia as you can, or just looking for the perfect gift to give to your favorite Cubs fan, we have another one to add to your list.



Hot Stove Digest: Giants have discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:42:35 PST

REUNION?: Would the San Francisco Giants really consider reuniting with Pablo Sandoval? According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, they have at least discussed that option internally. It’s unknown if those discussions will morph into serious trade talks, or whether the Red Sox would even be receptive, but it’s one of the more interesting rumors out there.



Big League Stew's holiday gift guide (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:29:18 PST

This cap with Ken Griffey Jr.’s silhouette is something you or the MLB fan in your life will want. Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. If you’re wondering what to buy the baseball fans in your life, or if you need to put together a wish list for others, Big League Stew has your back.



What every MLB team should be thankful for this Thanksgiving (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:13:56 PST

The holiday season is here. For some, that means consuming good food while being surrounded by old friends and loving family members. Your turkey is juicy, your conversations are rich and your weird uncle decided not to show up this year.



Segura to Seattle as Mariners, D-backs make 5-player trade (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:47:24 PST

The Seattle Mariners finally landed the established shortstop they've long been trying to find. Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade Wednesday night, with the Mariners acquiring speedy infielder Jean Segura and the Diamondbacks getting right-hander Taijuan Walker as the centerpieces of the deal. Segura immediately projects as Seattle's leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, solidifying an infield that already includes All-Star sluggers Kyle Seager at third base and Robinson Cano at second.



Braun wonders whether he will remain with Brewers next year (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:16:47 PST

Ryan Braun wonders whether he still will be with the Milwaukee Brewers when spring training starts. ''I learned some really good exercises during my rehabilitation process last year that I've been able to incorporate into my offseason routine,'' he said.



Twins cut 3B Trevor Plouffe and C Juan Centeno (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:57:04 PST

The Minnesota Twins have cut longtime third baseman Trevor Plouffe, the first significant move by new front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. The 30-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the Twins back in 2004. Plouffe hit .247 with 96 home runs and 357 RBIs in seven seasons with the Twins.



Brewers add top prospects to roster, claim Walker from Twins (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:28:55 PST

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have added top prospects including Josh Hader and Lewis Brinson to their 40-man roster, while claiming minor leaguer and Milwaukee native Adam Walker off waivers from the Twins.



BLS Draft: MLB teams most likely to win the 2017 World Series (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:38:09 PST

The offseason is barely underway. While some players have signed, the big-name free agents still remain on the market. On top of that, trade rumors are already brewing, and some significant players appear to be available. In just a few months, the whole landscape of baseball could change drastically.



Rangers sign Middlebrooks, Bernier to minor league deals (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:54:39 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have signed third baseman Will Middlebrooks and infielder Doug Bernier to minor league contracts.



Brewers, manager Craig Counsell agree to 3-year extension (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:24:08 PST

The Milwaukee Brewers and manager Craig Counsell announced a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season Friday. The 46-year-old Counsell just finished his first full season as skipper. The rebuilding Brewers finished 73-89 this past season, a five-win improvement from 2015.



25 MLB players who could get traded this offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:34:33 PST

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is one of the biggest names on the trade market. The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway! The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have taken notice thus far, bringing in R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to strengthen their staff. While Atlanta is winning the offseason right now, that seems unlikely to continue. There is significant talent available on the free-agent market, but it’s also pretty clear this year’s crop is watered down.



Brewers outfielder arrested after confrontation with police (Big League Stew)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:58:48 PDT

Keon Broxton was arrested early Friday morning in Florida. Keon Broxton needs to learn to take a walk when it’s being given to him. Broxton, a 26-year-old Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, was arrested early Friday morning by Tampa police on misdemeanor trespassing charges.



Rangers exercise '17 option on C Lucroy, will offer Desmond (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:26:37 PDT

The Texas Rangers have exercised their $5.25 million club option for next season on catcher Jonathan Lucroy and will extend a $17.2 million qualifying offer to All-Star outfielder Ian Desmond. General manager Jon Daniels also said Thursday that the AL West champion Rangers won't make qualifying offers to first baseman Mitch Moreland or right-hander Colby Lewis, but are open to bringing back those free agents. The Rangers aren't expected to exercise an $11 million team option for left-hander Derek Holland, but trading him could be an option before Monday's deadline.



Baseball-List of World Series winners (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:59:49 PDT

(Refiles to remove errant word from headline) Nov 2 (Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2016 - Chicago Cubs 4, Cleveland Indians 3 2015 - Kansas City Royals 4, New York Mets 1 2014 - San Francisco Giants 4, Kansas City Royals 3 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. ...



Finalists announced for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Big League Stew)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:26:01 PDT

Much like the Hollywood awards season, baseball has its own awards season. With the World Series already at Game 3 and the end of baseball staring everyone in the face, that means awards time is upon us. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given for defensive excellence, got an early jump on things, announcing the three finalists for every American League and National League position on Thursday afternoon.



Integration, expansion, MLB changes since Cubs' last Series (The Associated Press)

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:20:17 PDT

One way to realize just how long it's been since the Chicago Cubs last reached the World Series is to look at how much the game has changed since then, on and off the field. The Cubs are making their first appearance since 1945 and chasing their first title since 1908. INTEGRATION: Jackie Robinson became the first black player to reach the major leagues in 1947, two years after the Cubs' last World Series appearance.



Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDT

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.



Game Over: The 2016 Texas Rangers (Big League Stew)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:28 PDT

Sorry, Texas Rangers, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that doesn’t care one iota about run differential.



Game Over: The 2016 Seattle Mariners (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDT

Sorry, Seattle Mariners, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And if Bowser is in that castle, it would be the most on-brand one of these we’ve done.



Game Over: The 2016 Houston Astros (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:25:42 PDT

Sorry, Houston Astros, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Well, that, or maybe Colby Rasmus got there first and is off somewhere throwing an epic celebration party without you.



Game Over: The 2016 Kansas City Royals (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:00 PDT

Sorry, Kansas City Royals, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Probably the same one you left it in last year before losing the key.