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Hot Stove Digest: Rich Hill expected to re-sign with Dodgers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:19:10 PST

COMING BACK: Though a deal is not yet complete, multiple reports on Saturday suggested that the Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons was the first to report that at least one rival executive believed that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that while no deal is confirmed, the known competition for Hill had reportedly moved on, leaving the door open for a deal to be completed soon. Rich Hill seems pumped up at the thought of returning to the Dodgers.

McGee, Rockies agree to $5.9 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:37:00 PST

DENVER (AP) -- Reliever Jake McGee and the Colorado Rockies agreed Friday to a $5.9 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.1 million as part of a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

Lyles, Rockies agree to $3,175,000, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:33:08 PST

DENVER (AP) -- Facing the possibility of getting cut by the Colorado Rockies later this week, right-hander Jordan Lyles agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $3,175,000 - a $200,000 raise.

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.

Hot Stove Digest: Jason Castro signs three-year deal with Twins (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:29 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.

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.

2017 Category Sleepers: BA (Rotoworld)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:53:00 PST

Seth Trachtman looks at batting average category sleepers for the 2017 MLB season.

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.

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.

Rockies bring in Mike Redmond as bench coach (The Associated Press)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:38:19 PST

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have brought in Mike Redmond to serve as the bench coach on new manager Bud Black's staff.

25 MLB players who could get traded this offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:34:33 PST

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is one of the biggest names on the trade market. The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway! The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have taken notice thus far, bringing in R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to strengthen their staff. While Atlanta is winning the offseason right now, that seems unlikely to continue. There is significant talent available on the free-agent market, but it’s also pretty clear this year’s crop is watered down.

Big bats: Here are this year's Silver Slugger award winners (Big League Stew)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:55:15 PST

There’s nothing better than hitting a go-ahead home run. It’s dramatic, it gives your team the lead and it usually ends up with you being the hero. Hit enough of those homers, and you might just find yourself taking home some hardware at the end 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.

Honor thy glove: Here are this year's Gold Glove winners (Big League Stew)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:57:41 PST

Baseball’s best defenders were honored Tuesday night with the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. The best gloves in baseball — some first-time winners and some long-standing repeat champs — got their moment to shine.

Alderson says Mets 'extremely disappointed' over Familia (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:05:14 PST

In his first public comments since a domestic violence complaint was filed against New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia, general manager Sandy Alderson said the team already was likely to seek bullpen help before the legal problem surfaced last week. ''Obviously, we were extremely disappointed and frankly shocked at the allegations,'' Alderson said Monday at the major league general managers meeting. The 27-year-old Familia led the majors with a franchise-record 51 saves this year and has 94 over the past two seasons for the Mets.

Rockies sign Bud Black to 3-year deal as manager (The Associated Press)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:28:36 PST

Bud Black really has no radical or revolutionary ideas about how to reliably pitch in the thin air at Coors Field. Good pitching and making pitches and getting outs,'' Black said Monday after being introduced as the manager of the Colorado Rockies. Black signed a three-year deal to take over for Walt Weiss, who stepped down last month when his contract expired after four years in charge of the Rockies.

Ex-Padres manager Black to guide Rockies (AFP)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:44:41 PST

Bud Black, who guided the San Diego Padres for more than eight Major League Baseball seasons before being fired last year, was named Monday as the new manager of the Colorado Rockies. Black, 59, went 649-713 with the Padres, a National League West division rival of the Rockies, from 2007 until being axed 65 games into the 2015 campaign. "I'm very honored to be the Rockies manager," Black said.

Weekend Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:18:58 PST

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has revoked the credentials for two ESPN reporters who cover the team but isn't saying why. Cuban said Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein weren't banned from the American Airlines Center, but wouldn't be allowed to cover games there. MacMahon has covered the Mavericks primarily for several years but has spent more time in other cities this season.

AP source: Bud Black hired as manager of Colorado Rockies (The Associated Press)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 20:03:21 PST

Bud Black is taking his pitching expertise to hitter-friendly Coors Field. The highly regarded mound guru has been hired as manager of the Colorado Rockies, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The 59-year-old Black managed the San Diego Padres for nearly nine seasons before he was fired in June 2015.

Report: Bud Black hired as next Rockies manager (Big League Stew)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:08:55 PST

Bud Black will reportedly be the next manager of the Rockies. The Colorado Rockies, according to reports, have filled the final open managerial gig in Major League Baseball, deciding to hire veteran skipper Bud Black. The Rockies haven’t announced the hire yet, but it was first reported by Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and a host of other reporters.

AP source: Bud Black has been hired as manager of the Colorado Rockies (The Associated Press)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:41:04 PST

DENVER (AP) -- AP source: Bud Black has been hired as manager of the Colorado Rockies.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:35:17 PDT

The dramatic final game of the 2016 World Series was the most-watched baseball game in 25 years. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday night and Fox announced that its Game 7 broadcast averaged just over 40 million viewers. - - The Minnesota Twins appointed Thad Levine as the team's senior vice president and general manager Levine, who turns 45 on Nov. 12, has served as the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers for the past 11 seasons.

New York Mets exercise options on Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:32:55 PDT

Outfielder Jay Bruce's $13 million option has been exercised by the New York Mets, who also exercised an option on infielder Jose Reyes for next year's major league minimum. New York also declined a $10.5 million option on Jon Niese and will play a $500,000 buyout to the left-hander, who becomes a free agent. Bruce was an All-Star for the third time this year, hitting .265 with 25 homers and 80 RBIs for Cincinnati before the Mets acquired him on Aug. 1.

Twins tab Thad Levine as GM and No. 2 in command (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:23:28 PDT

The Minnesota Twins have named Thad Levine as general manager under new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey in their attempt to rebound from a club-worst 59-103 record. Levine was the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers for the last 11 seasons. The 44-year-old previously worked for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers and played baseball at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Top 111 Free Agents (Rotoworld)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:19:00 PDT

Matthew Pouliot ranks this winter's top 111 free agents in the Strike Zone.

Baseball-List of World Series winners (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:59:49 PDT

(Refiles to remove errant word from headline) Nov 2 (Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2016 - Chicago Cubs 4, Cleveland Indians 3 2015 - Kansas City Royals 4, New York Mets 1 2014 - San Francisco Giants 4, Kansas City Royals 3 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. ...

Finalists announced for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Big League Stew)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:26:01 PDT

Much like the Hollywood awards season, baseball has its own awards season. With the World Series already at Game 3 and the end of baseball staring everyone in the face, that means awards time is upon us. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given for defensive excellence, got an early jump on things, announcing the three finalists for every American League and National League position on Thursday afternoon.

Blue Jays stave off ALCS elimination, beat Indians 5-1 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:13:55 PDT

Just in time, Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays broke out the bats to save their season. Now they have a chance to really make things interesting in this AL Championship Series. Donaldson backed up his fiery pep talk to teammates before the game, hitting a home run and turning in a timely diving stop Tuesday to help the Blue Jays avert a sweep with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.