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Winter Meetings: Day One (Rotoworld)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:26:00 PST

D.J. Short recaps a busy Monday at the Winter Meetings, including closer Mark Melancon signing a four-year deal with the Giants.



Yankees land Holliday on one-year-deal (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:51:06 PST

(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have landed free agent Matt Holliday, agreeing to terms with the power-hitting outfielder on Sunday, according to a report on Major League Baseball's website. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb but finished the year batting .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. A seven-time All Star, Holliday spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.



Baseball-Yankees land Holliday on one-year-deal (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:47:21 PST

The New York Yankees have landed free agent Matt Holliday, agreeing to terms with the power-hitting outfielder on Sunday, according to a report on Major League Baseball's website. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb but finished the year batting .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. A seven-time All Star, Holliday spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.



AP source: Holliday, Yanks agree to $13M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:50:16 PST

Free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday, giving New York a veteran designated hitter as the team pivots to youth. Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement. A seven-time All-Star with a .303 career average, Holliday was drafted by Colorado in 1998, traded to Oakland after the 2008 season and then dealt to St. Louis the following July.



Big names in play as baseball winter meetings open (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:32:24 PST

Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander could be available for the right price. As baseball teams gathered for the start of the winter meetings Monday, star players were dangled along with the usual crop of free agents. ''When clubs take a dramatic change in direction or even a subtle one, that type of player can become available - although often it's just talk,'' New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday.



Yankees agree to deal with Matt Holliday for $13 million (Big League Stew)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:02:54 PST

Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday obliges the fans with a curtain call after hitting a pinch-hit home run during a 7-0 with against the Pirates. Before general manager Brian Cashman could make his grand entrance at the Winter Meetings, the New York Yankees have landed a key free agent. According to FanRag Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached a one-year, $13M agreement with Matt Holliday, who will likely serve as a part-time first baseman and designated hitter.



Mariners sign LHP Rzepczynski to 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:46:19 PST

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.



AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year (The Associated Press)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:37:00 PST

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him - and the Astros - a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday that the free agent slugger and the Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million. Beltran joins a rich, revamped lineup, with Houston recently adding catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick to a talented, young nucleus.



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.



Cardinals non-tender RP Maness, making him free agent (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:50:32 PST

The St. Louis Cardinals are not tendering a contract for 2017 to right-hander Seth Maness, who had elbow surgery in August. The move makes Maness a free agent. Maness was drafted in 2011 by the Cardinals and made his big league debut two years later.



Hot Stove Digest: Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from Cardinals (Big League Stew)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:43:42 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.



Cardinals send LHP Jaime Garcia to Braves for 3 prospects (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:19:17 PST

The Atlanta Braves made another move in the dramatic offseason retooling of their rotation on Thursday by acquiring left-hander Jaime Garcia from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals got a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra. The Cardinals also landed right-handers John Gant and Chris Ellis.



The five best landing spots for Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:38:52 PST

The 2016 Major League Baseball free-agent market may be the weakest the sport has seen in years, but an active trade market could save the offseason. A number of elite players are rumored to be on the block, including Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Archer. The latest big-name player to join that group is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.



Hot Stove Digest: Cubs add Jon Jay on one-year, $8M contract (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:05 PST

DONE DEAL: The Cubs, who could lose Dexter Fowler in free agency, announced Tuesday that they’ve signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract worth $8 million. Jay, 31, hit .291 last season in 90 games with the San Diego Padres. Jay’s best season came in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals (the bitter rivals of the Cubs) when he hit .305 with a .373 on-base percentage.



Hot Stove Digest: Forget about a Pablo Sandoval reunion with Giants (Big League Stew)

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:04:31 PST

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: The San Francisco Giants are not considering bringing back Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in a trade. An earlier report said the club had internally considered a reunion with Sandoval, but Giants general manager Bobby Evans refuted that rumor, according to MLB.com.



Hot Stove Digest: Nationals have entered the mix for Aroldis Chapman (Big League Stew)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:27:29 PST

The Washington Nationals are now believed to be in the mix after making a run for his services at the trade deadline. The Yankees ended up sending Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for several prospects, while Washington acquired Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh. Aroldis Chapman is trying a lot of interest on the free-agent market.



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.



How to survive Thanksgiving as a baseball fan: Volume 3 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:13:29 PST

Thanksgiving is here again, which means holiday season is underway. As much as we love Thanksgiving and all that it stands for, the day itself is not designed for baseball fans. All the good food and togetherness that’s celebrated does absolutely nothing to satisfy our cravings for actual baseball games.



2017 Category Sleepers: WHIP (Rotoworld)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:25:00 PST

Seth Trachtman breaks down sleepers who could help your WHIP in 2017.



Hot Stove Digest: Mariners asked Pirates about Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:01:18 PST

If Andrew McCutchen is available, he won’t come cheap. ASK AWAY: The Seattle Mariners reportedly asked the Pittsburgh Pirates about the availability of outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier in the offseason. With that said, you would think Pittsburgh still wants a huge package for a superstar-caliber player.



Brett Cecil, Cardinals finalize $30.5 million, 4-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:41:51 PST

The Cardinals filled the biggest void in their bullpen Monday with Brett Cecil, the only left-handed reliever that piqued their interest on the free-agent market. Cecil was introduced at Busch Stadium after finalizing a $30.5 million, four-year contract. ''Brett was the one person we thought if we were going to make a splash in the bullpen, he was the one we identified,'' Mozeliak said.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros place Jon Singleton and his unprecedented contract on waivers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:12:28 PST

CHANGE OF PLANS: The Houston Astros have placed first baseman Jon Singleton on outright waivers less than three years after signing him to an unprecedented five-year, $10M contract. The deal was unique in that Singleton signed it before taking a single MLB at-bat. As it turns out, Singleton may have actually done well to land that money.



What Brett Cecil's huge contract could mean for other top free-agent relievers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:48:45 PST

According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the St. Louis Cardinals joined the fray on Saturday, agreeing to a four-year contract with left-handed reliever Brett Cecil. Cecil, 30, is coming off a good but not great 2016 season, having posted a 3.93 ERA over 36 2/3 innings.  He was temporarily slowed by a torn lat muscle, which limited him to two innings between May and June. The reliever market is off and running after Brett Cecil reached a four-year, $30.5M agreement with the Cardinals.



Cardinals add 4 to roster to protect from Rule 5 draft (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:53:06 PST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Cardinals have purchased the contracts of outfielder Magneuris Sierra, infielders Eliezer Alvarez and Edmundo Sosa and right-hander Rowan Wick and added them to their 40-man roster.



Daily Dose: Astro-nomical (Rotoworld)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:10:00 PST

Nate Grimm recaps a big Thursday for the Astros, acquiring Brian McCann and signing Josh Reddick, and talks awards in Friday's Daily Dose.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Why trading Ian Kinsler will be difficult for Tigers (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:54:03 PST

COMPLICATIONS: The Detroit Tigers are reportedly listening on every player on the roster, including veteran Ian Kinsler. Reports on Wednesday suggested the Los Angeles Dodgers could be that team after reaching out to the Tigers about a potential trade involving Kinsler. After moving on from Howie Kendrick and potentially losing Chase Utley in free agency, Kinsler would give the Dodgers stability at the second base position.



The Cubs won, so this kid got his tooth pulled with a football (Big League Stew)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:04:13 PST

Well, if you’ve ever made an insane sports bet like that, you feel the pain of this kid who now has one less tooth because the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Yes, there is a young man out there who bet his friends that if the Cubs won the World Series, they could pull out one of his teeth. Promised us if the Cubs won the World Series we could rip out his tooth ????????



Dose: Dealing Dozier? (Rotoworld)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:03:00 PST

In Friday's Dose, D.J. Short looks at a possible Brian Dozier trade, R.A. Dickey's return to the National League, and much more.



St. Louis' Matt Holliday becomes final free agent (The Associated Press)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:04:49 PST

Outfielder Matt Holliday became the final free agent, formally leaving the St. Louis Cardinals when he and the team agreed to waive a provision in his contract that would have guaranteed his 2017 salary if he finishes among the top 10 in NL MVP voting. The 36-year-old certainly will not finish among the top 10 when voting is announced Nov. 17, so the move makes him a free agent one week earlier. On the start of the season's last weekend, the Cardinals said they planned to decline his $17 million option for 2017.