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Could successful comeback solidify Johan Santana's Hall of Fame bid? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:42:38 PST

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will include some interesting new names and cases, such as Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. Former Minnesota Twins and New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana is also currently slated to be among that group. As we first learned in November and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reminded us Friday, Santana is working out again in hopes of making a comeback in 2017. Johan Santana is part of a strong crop of newcomers on next year's HoF ballot.



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.



Chipper Jones, Jim Thome highlight 2018 Hall of Fame ballot (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:41:50 PST

Making the baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot is no easy task. There’s a Mike Piazza, a player who sits on the ballot for years even though it’s clear they are deserving of enshrinement. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines were the two highest voter-getters, each receiving around 86 percent of the vote despite the fact that they’ve been on the ballot for a number of years.



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.



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.



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.



Cardinals agree to deals with relievers Rosenthal, Siegrist (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:16:29 PST

The Cardinals agreed to terms with Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist on one-year contracts Friday to avoid arbitration with both of the pitchers. Rosenthal will be paid $6.4 million this season, a bump from the $5.6 million he made last year. The Cardinals plan to stretch him out in spring training, perhaps with an eye on the rotation.



Cardinals, 1B Matt Adams agree to $2.8 million contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:22 PST

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal Thursday to avoid arbitration, though his role remains unclear with Matt Carpenter taking over his everyday job.



There's an alternative to Tommy John surgery that could cut recovery time (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:38:16 PST

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has all the details, including the story of Seth Maness, the former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who had the surgery in 2016. This surgery, which doesn’t have a name yet, differs from Tommy John surgery in a few ways. Maness has called the surgery “primary repair,” and it’s a procedure borrowed from repairs in ankles and knees.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Rays sign outfielder Colby Rasmus (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:36:27 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.



Adam Wainwright belts out Taylor Swift tune in the shower (Big League Stew)

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:43:32 PST

Adam Wainwright is ready to host the Big League Impact Sing off and Karaoke Challenge on Jan. 16 in St. Louis. What you’ve just witnessed is not a lost audition for “The Voice.” It’s Wainwright preparing for the Big League Impact Sing off and Karaoke Challenge he’ll be hosting on Jan. 16 at Dave & Buster’s in Maryland Heights, MO.



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.



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.



The Stew's MLB look ahead: Major storylines for 2017 (Big League Stew)

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:17:48 PST

Will the Cleveland Indians finally win the World Series? With the Cubs finally winning the World Series, the longest championship drought in the sport now falls on their opponent: The Cleveland Indians. Cleveland overcame a number of significant injuries to even make it to the postseason, and then somehow tore through their opponents and forced a Game 7 with a Cubs team that looked far stronger on paper.



How the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry is spilling over into the Winter Classic (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:24:58 PST

Busch Stadium in St. Louis will be the site of the 2017 Winter Classic. Monday’s NHL Winter Classic in St. Louis will obviously have a lot of baseball flavor. As we’ve now learned, a goalie from each team will be sporting masks inspired by the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs respectively, which is a truly fantastic touch.



This is what Bill Murray did to Jon Hamm's St. Louis cap during the World Series (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:55:50 PST

Here’s one of them that’s coming out now, via ESPN The Magazine’s year-end issue, that involves two celebrity fans, Bill Murray and Jon Hamm, and an old St. Louis cap that sure seemed out of place at Wrigley Field. You may recall that Hamm — the former “Mad Men” star and well-known fan of the Cubs’ most bitter rival, the Cardinals — was in the Wrigley seats wearing a St. Louis cap during all the games in Chicago. Turns out Bill Murray, the comedy icon who is so famous a Cubs fan that he partied in the clubhouse after Game 7, wasn’t giving Hamm a pass for his cap.



Chicago Firesale Rekindling? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:45:00 PST

In the latest Offseason Lowdown column, Nick Nelson examines rumors that the White Sox may further dismantle their veteran core.



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.



Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez had a post-holiday workout war (Big League Stew)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:44:54 PST

For many people, the holidays means a little time for rest and relaxation. Sleep late, eat good food, lounge and binge some Netflix. Right? It’s not necessarily a time for working out or keeping in shape.



Hot Stove Digest: Yet another team is trying to trade for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:02:00 PST

The Cardinals are the latest team to surface in Brian Dozier trade talks. HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: You can add the St. Louis Cardinals to the list of teams interested in trading for Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier, 29, is coming off a 42-homer, 99-RBI season and he’s on a team-friendly contract, making him one of the most-talked about trade prospects this offseason.



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.



Former major league player Phil Gagliano dies at 74 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:09:06 PST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Phil Gagliano, who played for four different teams in a 12-year major league baseball career, has died. He was 74.



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.



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.



Cardinals get go-ahead for $220 million ballpark village (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:46:12 PST

The St. Louis Board of Alderman have approved plans for a $220 million ballpark village that will include a residential tower, office, retail, restaurant and entertainment space near Busch Stadium. The highlight of the construction will be a 29-story glass-and-steel apartment tower, while office and retail space is expected to revitalize the area of downtown around the Cardinals' ballpark.



Dodgers A Dozier Fit? (Rotoworld)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:42:00 PST

Nate Grimm looks at the Dodgers as a potential Brian Dozier fit and discusses Odubel Herrera's five-year extension in the Offseason Lowdown.



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.



2017 Category Sleepers: SO (Rotoworld)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:08:00 PST

Seth Trachtman looks at potential strikeout sleepers for the 2017 season.