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Trumbo, Orioles finalize $37.5 million, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:15:25 PST

For the second year in a row, the Orioles negotiated a deal to keep the major league home run champion in Baltimore. Mark Trumbo's $37.5 million, three-year contract Friday was finalized Friday, a day after the sides reached agreement subject to a successful physical. Trumbo had a limited no-trade provision, allowing him to list seven teams each year he cannot be traded to without his consent.

Diamondbacks sign OF Blanco to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:51:13 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed ex-San Francisco Giant Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract.

Diamondbacks, Iannetta agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:47:53 PST

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .210 with seven home runs in 94 games with the Seattle Mariners last season. Iannetta will compete with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis for playing time.

Hot Stove Digest: Bryce Harper, Manny Machado among stars avoiding arbitration (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:01 PST

MAKE A DEAL: Friday was a busy day for bookkeeping around Major League Baseball as the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration came and went. As a result, several notable players reached salary agreements for 2017 to avoid a future arbitration hearing. The Nationals and Bryce Harper won’t have contract issues this offseason.

M's avoid arbitration with all players, like Smyly, Dyson (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:16 PST

The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades earlier this month. Smyly will earn $6.85 million, a raise from his $3.75 million last year, while Dyson is set to make $2.8 million after he earned $1,725,000 in 2016. Second baseman and shortstop Jean Segura earned a significant bump to $6.2 million, up from $2.6 million.

Curt Schilling: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:01:58 PST

Performance-enhancing drugs are still the mother of all character issues for Hall of Fame voters, but Curt Schilling is giving that particular issue a run for its money. By the end of his career, he had racked up a 3.46 ERA in 3,261 innings with 3,116 strikeouts.

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.

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.

Mariners acquire Gallardo from Baltimore for Seth Smith (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:28:18 PST

The Mariners landed another option for their pitching rotation on Friday, acquiring right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Seth Smith. Seattle also will receive $2 million from the Orioles, equalizing the 2017 salaries of the players, in a deal that may solve concerns for both teams. ''Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for,'' Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

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.

Lowdown: Bautista in Limbo (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

The notoriously flashy slugger has encountered a surprisingly quiet market in free agency.

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.

D-backs sue county to look into other stadium options (The Associated Press)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:15:16 PST

The Arizona Diamondbacks have filed suit against the Maricopa County Stadium District to ask for the removal of a clause in their contract that prevents the team from exploring other stadium options. At issue is the $135 million in capital improvements that the Diamondbacks say the county must make to Chase Field. The Diamondbacks' lease with the county prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024 and for the team to play at Chase Field until 2028.

Hot Stove Digest: Reds sign Drew Storen to solidify pen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:47:07 PST

Drew Storen is heading to Cincinnati. DONE DEAL: The Cincinnati Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Storen posted a 5.23 ERA over 51 2/3 innings with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners last season.

Diamondbacks trade O'Brien to Royals for minor leaguer (The Associated Press)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:49:45 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded outfielder Peter O'Brien to the Kansas City Royals for minor league right-hander Sam Lewis.

Lowdown: Hammel Down (Rotoworld)

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:06:00 PST

Nate Grimm takes a look at Jason Hammel's free agent case, Brian Dozier's trade market and more in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.

Hot Stove Digest: Twins request 'best and final' offers for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:07:08 PST

The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon. HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: It appears the Minnesota Twins are getting anxious as it pertains to trade negotiations surrounding All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier. For weeks we’ve heard speculation about his availability, who might be interested and what the Twins are seeking in return.

Ten things MLB teams wish they could take back (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:06:36 PST

If it’s possible for the Red Sox to un-retire David Ortiz, they’d probably do that. MLB teams also got a number of questionable, uh, “gifts” throughout the year, and there’s no question they want to return them. It cannot be overstated how much the Diamondbacks keep making their future more difficult with every move they make.

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.

Ender Inciarte, Braves agree to $30.5M, 5-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:01:40 PST

Outfielder Ender Inciarte has avoided salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $30,525,000, five-year contract. The deal, announced Friday, covers four years of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, and gives Atlanta a club option for 2022. Inciarte gets a $3.5 million signing bonus payable on Jan. 15 and salaries of $2 million next year, $4 million in 2018, $5 million in 2019, $7 million in 2020 and $8 million in 2021.

Report: Braves give Ender Inciarte a five-year, $30.5 million extension (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:12:06 PST

Inciarte began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 when they signed him as an international free agent. Inciarte was part of the famous trade between the Braves and the Diamondbacks that makes the Diamondbacks look monumentally stupid.

Hot Stove Digest: Everyone has interest in Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:00:42 PST

Tyson Ross is drawing interest from a number of clubs. DRAWING INTEREST: About 20 teams are looking into free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross. The 29-year-old tossed just 5 1/3 innings in the majors last year before undergoing surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Though he was still under team control, Ross was surprisingly non-tendered by the Padres in December.

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.

Daniel Hudson, Pirates agree to $11M million, 2-year deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:27:24 PST

The Pirates bolstered their bullpen on Monday, agreeing to an $11 million, two-year contract with reliever Daniel Hudson. Hudson went 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2016. Hudson's addition gives the Pirates some flexibility in their bullpen heading into spring training.

Hot Stove Digest: Yankees interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:45 PST

Jose Quintana is available, but should cost a lot. GO GET HIM: The New York Yankees are interested in Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. After last year’s midseason trades, the Yankees’ farm system is well-stocked, and the White Sox are reportedly interested in some of the team’s prospects.

Marlins reach reported agreement with Brad Ziegler as bullpen takes shape (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:15:57 PST

The Miami Marlins struck out on adding an elite closer to the their bullpen this offseason, but have reportedly struck a deal with an appealing consolation prize in veteran Brad Ziegler. According to Ken Rosenthal FOX Sports, Miami reached a two-year, $16M deal with the 37-year-old side-armer on Friday. The agreement reportedly includes performance incentives, but won’t be finalized until the veteran takes a physical. The Marlins have now added two key relievers in a span of 24 hours.

Catcher Welington Castillo finalizes deal with Orioles (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:59:53 PST

Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles and is set to replace Matt Wieters behind the plate. ''This is the best day of my life,'' Castillo said Friday. Castillo hit .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs in 111 games with Arizona last season, when he made $3.7 million.

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.

Catcher Welington Castillo agrees with Orioles (The Associated Press)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:45:55 PST

Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a medical review. Castillo's agreement includes a $7 million player option for 2018. The 29-year-old, who became a free agent when the Diamondbacks failed to offer a 2017 contract, is expected to take over from four-time All Star Matt Wieters, who became a free agent.