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Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:15:46 PST

Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season. In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.

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.

Lee Smith: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:05:51 PST

When Lee Smith began his career as a reliever, he (like other relievers) was often deployed for more than one inning at a time. When Smith retired in 1997, he did so with a lifetime ERA of 3.03, 1289.1 innings pitched, and 1,250 strikeouts.

Brewers avoid arbitration with Peralta, Torres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:34:24 PST

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers agreed to a $4,275,000 deal with Wily Peralta and a $2,175,000 contract with Carlos Torres for 2017, avoiding arbitration with both right-handers.

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.

Matt Garza sent a ridiculous tweet about birth control (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:11:15 PST

Matt Garza is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, but he’s a person just like the rest of us. Jessica Chastain is an Academy Award-nominated actress and film producer, and she also has opinions on current issues of the day. #BirthControl is no longer covered by health insurance.

2017 Category Sleepers: RBI (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:11:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes hitters who could be RBI sleepers in 2017.

Hot Stove Digest: Twins and Dodgers at impasse for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:53:08 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.

Cubs agree to 3-year extensions with TV broadcasters (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:54:53 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have agreed to three-year contract extensions through 2019 with television play-by-pay announcer Len Kasper and analyst Jim Deshaies.

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.

Edwin Encarnacion has an interesting incentive in his Indians contract (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:32:31 PST

Edwin Encarnacion officially became a member of the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, and he’s already getting a lot of love from Cleveland fans. And that’s just what the Indians’ front office was hoping for.

Jung-ho Kang’s off-field issues may get him cut from South Korea WBC team (Big League Stew)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:46:04 PST

Jung Ho Kang of the Pittsburgh Pirates sits in the dugout in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 20, 2016. Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung-ho Kang had been planning to play for the South Korea national team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic after being named to the team back in November. Kim In-sik, manager of the South Korean WBC team, spoke to the Yonhap News Agency about Kang’s future with the team, and he wasn’t optimistic.

Jonathan Villar is very fast, steals home in Dominican League game (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:29:47 PST

Right now, there is no baseball and everyone misses it. The playoffs for the Dominican Winter League are happening, which means thankfully there’s baseball going on somewhere. Jonathan Villar, infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, is playing in the Dominican Winter League.

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.

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.

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.

Righties Ben Rowen, Cory Burns agree with Mets (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:16:23 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Ben Rowen has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will attend big league spring training.

Brewers add infielder Eric Sogard, left-hander Tommy Milone (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:02:42 PST

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former Oakland infielder Eric Sogard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and will attend major league spring training.

Hot Stove Digest: Yankees and Mets looking to cut payroll (Big League Stew)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:07:55 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.

Brewers get Bandy, deal Maldonado to Angels in catcher swap (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:35:25 PST

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Jett Bandy from the Angels on Tuesday and Martin Maldonado is headed back to Los Angeles in an exchange of defensive-minded catchers. The Brewers also sent minor league pitcher Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles in the deal. Bandy hit .234 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 70 games for Los Angeles after being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on May 20.

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.

Moreland, Red Sox finalize $5.5 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:34:40 PST

Free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland was already excited about joining the Boston Red Sox when the team made a move that made it even more appealing. One day after trading for five-time All-Start left-hander Chris Sale, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Moreland on a $5.5 million, one-year deal to share time with Hanley Ramirez at first base. ''It just shows you that we're in it and trying to go all out and trying to make that happen,'' Moreland told reporters Thursday.

Gimme a hundred: Red Sox-Brewers trade contains $100 clause (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:59:59 PST

This week, the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers made a trade involving two big leaguers, two minor leaguers and a player to be named later or cash. Major League Baseball rules require an alternate cash consideration to be listed for deals that involve a player to be named, just in case something goes awry. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in this case, he and Milwaukee general manager David Stearns were sure there would be no problems.

Done Deals: Mariners get Chris Heston in trade with Giants (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:06:49 PST

Chris Heston, he of the 2015 no-hitter, is headed to the Mariners. Because Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto wasn’t leaving the Winter Meetings without making at least one trade, the M’s struck a deal with the Giants to acquire pitcher Chris Heston. BLS Take: Heston, 28, is best known for throwing a no-hitter in 2015 as a rookie.

How much did Red Sox World Series odds improve following Chris Sale trade? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:33 PST

The Chicago Cubs are still the team to beat, according to Bovada Las Vegas oddsmakers, but a flurry of moves on Tuesday has the Boston Red Sox right on their heels. In a span of hours, Boston added another ace by acquiring Chris Sale in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. To cap off their big afternoon, Boston signed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.

Sale traded to Red Sox, who's the next big name to move? (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:45:00 PST

The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Andrew McCutchen is still available, perhaps the Tigers really would deal Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, and Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton might be on the move. The AL East champion Red Sox sent a package of four prospects including high-priced and highly talented hitter Yoan Moncada to the Chicago White Sox for the All-Star ace.

Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:34:29 PST

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. ''The ability to get a Chris Sale doesn't come along very often,'' Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Sale joins an already talented rotation with the AL East champions, now pitching alongside 2016 AL Young Award winner Rick Porcello, former winner David Price and knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:21:03 PST

Even before landing Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox got the man they wanted - a setup man, in fact. The AL East champions locked down their eighth-inning spot Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw. Relief pitchers have been a main focus across the majors this offseason, and Thornburg was the centerpiece in the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:20:06 PST

Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chris Sale is headed to Boston in a winter blockbuster deal. The Red Sox reportedly acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for top prospect Yoan Moncada and prospects Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz. Sale, a five-time All-Star and the American League strikeouts leader in 2015, joins forces with reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young recipient David Price. ...

Don't expect bullpen bingo from playoffs to become the norm (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:04:00 PST

Ned Yost enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians' lights-out bullpen go to work in the playoffs because it was so familiar. ''It was amazing to see - to watch games and kind of understand the feeling that other teams had against us,'' the Kansas City Royals manager said. Like the Royals on the way to the World Series in 2015, the Indians mixed and matched relievers, leaning on Andrew Miller for multiple innings in different spots and turning to Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in big situations.