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Rodney, Diamondbacks finalize $2.75M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:53:20 PST

Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. Rodney agreed to the deal earlier this week, and it was completed Friday after he passed a physical.

Winter Meetings: Day Three (Rotoworld)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:38:00 PST

Ryan Boyer recaps a busy Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, which included the Nationals' acquisition of Adam Eaton.

A year after no-hitter, Giants trade Heston to Mariners (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:31:07 PST

One year after pitching a no-hitter, right-hander Chris Heston was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named. The Giants did not have a spot for the 28-year-old in their rotation featuring Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Moore and Matt Cain. Seattle's need for additional rotation depth made the Mariners a perfect partner.

Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:05:17 PST

The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale. The price of Wednesday's swap still was steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito, hard-throwing Reynaldo Lopez - who made the team's postseason roster - and 2016 first-round draft pick Dane Dunning. ''It's never easy to let go of your prospects,'' Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Winter Meetings Journal, Day 3: Time to wrap up that unfinished business (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:22:23 PST

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis is going to the Cubs. The Orioles said they won’t sign Jose Bautista because their fans don’t like him. Good times, right?

AP source: Rodney, D-backs agree to $2.75M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:21:09 PST

Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. While he had a 0.31 ERA for the Padres and was perfect in all 17 chances, his ERA climbed to 5.89 in 39 games with the Marlins, who declined a $2 million option and paid a $400,000 buyout.

Arizona Diamondbacks add Haren as pitching strategist (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:03:56 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named former starter Dan Haren as pitching strategist.

Mathis, Diamondbacks finalize $4 million, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:43:55 PST

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $4 million, two-year contract.

AP source: D-backs agreed to 2-year deal with catcher Mathis (The Associated Press)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:10:39 PST

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract. The 33-year-old Mathis, a 12-year major league veteran, played the last four seasons as the No. 2 catcher for the Miami Marlins. The acquisition came as the Diamondbacks decided not to offer a contract to last season's starting catcher, Welington Castillo.

Hot Stove Digest: Nationals bring back Derek Norris in trade with Padres (Big League Stew)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:38:33 PST

WELCOME BACK: The Washington Nationals made a trade Friday, but it wasn’t the deal everyone was anticipating. While the Andrew McCutchen watch continues into Saturday, the Nationals did acquire veteran catcher Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Pedro Avila. The trade brings Norris’ career full circle in many ways.

Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.

Hot Stove Digest: Marlins reel in Edinson Volquez for two years (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:13:04 PST

REEL HIM IN: The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Volquez is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.37 ERA over 189 1/3 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The deal is said to be for two years and $22 million, according to Chris Cotillo.

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.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:18:58 PST

Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the home run dubbed the ''Shot Heard 'Round the World,'' has died at the age of 90. Son-in-law Bobby Valentine, a former major league manager, says Branca died at a nursing home in Rye, New York. The home run that Branca gave up on Oct. 3, 1951, became one of the most famous in baseball history.

Segura to Seattle as Mariners, D-backs make 5-player trade (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:47:24 PST

The Seattle Mariners finally landed the established shortstop they've long been trying to find. Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade Wednesday night, with the Mariners acquiring speedy infielder Jean Segura and the Diamondbacks getting right-hander Taijuan Walker as the centerpieces of the deal. Segura immediately projects as Seattle's leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, solidifying an infield that already includes All-Star sluggers Kyle Seager at third base and Robinson Cano at second.

Hot Stove Digest: Yankees exploring several options in free agency (Big League Stew)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:31:36 PST

CASTING A WIDE NET: It’s unknown how aggressive the Yankees will be in terms of spending this winter, but it is reported they’ll be weighing several options. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees are indeed “casting a wide net,” which means they’ll at least explore up to a dozen top tier free agents. The Yankees are known to be exploring star hitters like Carlos Beltran, Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista, but Heyman also adds Dexter Fowler, Matt Holliday, Mike Napoli and Brandon Moss to that list, as well as starting pitchers Rich Hill and Jason Hammel.

Mariners acquire Jean Segura in five-player trade with Diamondbacks (Big League Stew)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:55:36 PST

Jean Segura is headed to the Mariners in a five-player trade. Late Wednesday night, the two men came together on a pretty big trade that will see veteran shortstop Jean Segura, along with minor leaguers Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis, head to Seattle in exchange for starting pitcher Taijuan Walker and infielder Ketel Marte.

AP source: RHP Cashner has $10M, one-year deal with Rangers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:35:05 PST

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is going home for a spot in the Texas Rangers' rotation. Cashner, a Texas native who was a first-round draft pick out of TCU in 2008, finished last season with the Miami Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29. Texas had inquired about Cashner before the non-waiver trading deadline last summer, and had previously been interested in him.

MLB wants more diversity, so it fired search firm Korn Ferry (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:04:39 PST

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on October 29, possibly thinking about diversity, but most likely thinking about the Reliever of the Year awards, which he was giving out. Diversity continues to be a huge issue in MLB hiring, both in front offices and in managerial positions. Commissioner Rob Manfred was so serious about it that he engaged the search firm Korn Ferry to help increase diversity in major league jobs.

Hot Stove Digest: Marlins looking to sign closer Kenley Jansen, build 'super bullpen' (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:21:31 PST

SUPER BULLPEN: With starting pitching options limited this winter, the Miami Marlins may turn their focus to building a “super bullpen,” according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Jansen became the Dodgers full-time closer under Don Mattingly in 2012, so there’s familiarity. Where the issue is likely to arise is money, as Jansen is believed to be seeking a $100M contract.

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.

Diamondbacks hire former Twins manager as bench coach (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:06:01 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ron Gardenhire will be the bench coach for new Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

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.

MVP 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:28:16 PST

Each league has a most valuable player, and that player is decided by a panel of 30 voters for each league. All of the voting happened before the playoffs, which is good for most of the finalists, and disappointing for Kris Bryant (who did pretty well in the 2016 playoffs). The race in the American League is wide open, despite the presence of Mike Trout, the best baseball player on planet Earth. Both Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts turned in stellar seasons full of personal bests, and their teams were in contention down the stretch.

Grudzielanek to manage White Sox's Triple-A affiliate (The Associated Press)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:02:43 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have hired former major league All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to manage Triple-A Charlotte.

Mets replace Teufel as 3rd base coach; will reassign '86 Met (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:38:56 PST

The Mets have replaced third base coach Tim Teufel and will reassign him to a different position in the organization. New York announced the move Tuesday. Teufel, a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, had been the third base coach since 2012 and also was New York's catching instructor.

Braves reportedly sign former Mets hurler Bartolo Colon (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:09:49 PST

Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Atlanta Braves are wasting no time in filling the openings they have in their starting rotation. Just one day after they signed veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Braves have reportedly done the same thing with veteran New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon, pending a physical.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:54:14 PST

Nov 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Jose Fernandez, the former Miami Marlins star pitcher who died in a boating accident in September, was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year by his peers at the MLB Players Choice Awards. Fernandez missed the first half of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and returned in July. In 2016, the 24-year-old was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a career-high 253 strikeouts in 29 starts before his death. Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year. ...

Good as Gold: Posey, Rizzo, Lindor among Gold Glove winners (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:30:47 PST

Catch this: Buster Posey is the new Gold Glove backstop in the National League. The San Francisco Giants star unseated Yadier Molina behind the plate Tuesday when Rawlings announced its annual honors for fielding excellence. Posey was picked as the NL catcher, ending Molina's eight-year reign with St. Louis.

Good as Gold: Rizzo, Posey, Lindor among Gold Glove winners (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:45:50 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- First baseman Anthony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Heyward from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs have won Gold Glove awards.