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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:42:31 PST

The Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Mark Trumbo are nearing agreement on a three-year deal worth between $35 to $40 million, according to multiple published reports Thursday. Trumbo led the majors with 47 homers last season but there wasn't a high amount of interest in his services on the free-agent market. - - The Miami Marlins acquired well-traveled right-hander Dan Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for a trio of prospects.



Pitcher Feliz signs with Brewers, joins mix for closer job (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:38:37 PST

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz has signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for a closer in the bullpen.



Neftali Feliz's new one-year deal with the Brewers is a win-win (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:51:29 PST

One of the more overlooked free agents on the market finally find a new home.



Staff ace Cole, shortstop Mercer agree to deals with Pirates (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:29:09 PST

The quibbling over closer Tony Watson's salary is heading to a arbitration panel. The Pittsburgh Pirates and their young ace reached agreement Friday on a one-year deal that will pay Cole $3.75 million in 2017. Eligible for arbitration this time, Cole and the Pirates found common ground instead.



Jared Hughes, Drew Hutchison avoid arbitration with Pirates (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:12:01 PST

Right-handers Jared Hughes and Drew Hutchison agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and avoided salary arbitration. Hughes gets $2,825,000 under Thursday's deal, up from $2,175,000 last year. Hutchison receives $2.3 million, a raise of $100,000.



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.



Lowdown: Trades Ahoy (Rotoworld)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:07:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses the Mariners' trades for Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson, and talks Jason Hammel's market in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Mariners cap busy day with trade for Jarrod Dyson (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:36:39 PST

MAKING MOVES: Never one to stay quiet for long, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto went to work on Friday with a pair of notable trades. Early in the day, Dipoto pulled off a swap with the Baltimore Orioles, acquiring veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo in exchange for Seth Smith.



Triple-A battery? Giovanni Soto to Geovany Soto for Chisox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:48:18 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox could have quite a Triple-A battery next season: Giovanni Soto pitching to Geovany Soto.



Travis Snider agrees to minor league deal with Rangers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:29:20 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Travis Snider has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will attend big league spring training.



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.



Kang left off SKorea's WBC team amid DUI allegations (The Associated Press)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:04:48 PST

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been left off South Korea's roster for the World Baseball Classic while he remains subject to a criminal investigation into allegations that he fled the scene after crashing a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. The decision by South Korea manager Kim In-sik came after police in capital Seoul sent the case to the prosecution with a recommendation that he should be indicted. Prosecutors will also investigate Kang's friend, who after the crash in December falsely told police he was behind the wheel.



Nova can boost pay $2 million annually with Pirates (The Associated Press)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:46:13 PST

Ivan Nova can earn an additional $2 million annually in performance bonuses as part of his new contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which would raise his total to $32 million over three years if he makes 32 starts or pitches 200 innings in each season. Acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline last summer, Nova went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts with the Pirates.



Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County over Chase Field repairs (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:13:01 PST

According to the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Diamondbacks have made good on their promise from 2016 and are suing Maricopa County, where their ballpark, Chase Field is located. The 19-year-old ballpark is owned by the county, and the Diamondbacks contend that Maricopa County hasn’t set aside enough money for appropriate upgrades and upkeep, and are risking the safety of both staff and fans. The Diamondbacks submitted a $65 million maintenance proposal back in August, which would have covered the next 12 years.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Could the Red Sox consider reacquiring Clay Buchholz? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:25:30 PST

WEIRD SPECULATION OF THE DAY: The Hot Stove season can get weird from time to time, and there might be reason to believe something weird could happen soon. As ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote on Saturday, the Boston Red Sox will likely need to add another starting pitcher this winter. “It seems inevitable,” he writes, seeing as Eduardo Rodriguez recently tweaked his knee and the team has two other injury question marks in Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz.



Right-hander Nova inks three-year deal with Pirates (Reuters)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:06:54 PST

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have bolstered their 2017 prospects by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a new three-year deal, the Major League Baseball team announced on Tuesday. Free agent Nova ended the 2016 season in stellar fashion after being acquired from the New York Yankees in August. In 11 starts with Pittsburgh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA.



Baseball-Right-hander Nova inks three-year deal with Pirates (Reuters)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:05:01 PST

The Pittsburgh Pirates have bolstered their 2017 prospects by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a new three-year deal, the Major League Baseball team announced on Tuesday. Free agent Nova ended the 2016 season in stellar fashion after being acquired from the New York Yankees in August. In 11 starts with Pittsburgh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA.



Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays considering Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:08:26 PST

CHECKING IN: The Toronto Blue Jays have looked into trading for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, though nothing is considered “serious.” The 30-year-old McCutchen hit .256/.336/.430 over 675 plate appearances last year. Toronto is seeking an upgrade in right field, where Ezequiel Carrera is currently slated to start.



Five MLB moves that still need to happen this offseason (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:35 PST

The Major League Baseball offseason has come to a standstill. Impact players can still be found on the free-agent market, and big-name players remain available through trades. Jose Bautista is the best player left on the market.



Nova says decision to re-sign with Pirates an "easy" choice (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:27:55 PST

Given a chance to explore the free agency market for the first time in his career, pitcher Ivan Nova methodically went through the process, listening to offers but never really changing his mindset. All things being equal - and just as importantly, all money being equal - Nova wanted to stick with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the right-hander gave his uneven career a jump start with two occasionally brilliant months after being acquired at the trade deadline from the New York Yankees. ''My focus was trying to get it done with the Pirates,'' Nova said Tuesday after signing a three-year deal with Pittsburgh that will pay him just shy of $9 million a season.



Most Intriguing Remaining FAs (Rotoworld)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:50:00 PST

Nate Grimm runs down his 10 most intriguing remaining free agents in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



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.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: The Pirates want Jose Quintana next (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:32:36 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.



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.



Report: Pirates sign Ivan Nova to three-year, $26 million contract (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:54:56 PST

Another starting pitcher is off the market, and Pittsburgh Pirates fans have received a very affordable holiday gift from their team. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports is reporting that Ivan Nova has signed a three-year contract with the Pirates, worth $26 million with a $2 million signing bonus. Nova started his season with the New York Yankees, racking up an 4.90 ERA in 97.1 innings.



Hot Stove Digest: The Indians really want Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:27:29 PST

ALL OUT FOR EDWIN: There’s no indication the Cleveland Indians have emerged as a favorite to sign free agent Edwin Encarnacion, but they have emerged as his most aggressive suitor. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cleveland is “pulling out all the stops” to try to sign the power-hitting first baseman as the centerpiece of its offense. On Tuesday, Big League Stew’s Chris Cwik categorized Cleveland as one of two teams that needed to find a way to sign Encarnacion.



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.