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C Nick Hundley, Giants agree to $2 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:44:23 PST

Nick Hundley agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Giants on Tuesday to serve as Buster Posey's backup catcher. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy likes to give Posey regular days off and some time at first base. Posey started 122 games at catcher and 11 at first last year.

Rockies, Alexi Amarista complete $1.25 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:23:15 PST

The Colorado Rockies have completed a $1.25 million, one-year deal with utility player Alexi Amarista. Amarista gets a $1.1 million salary this year, and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. Amarista played all over the field, too, seeing time at second base, shortstop, outfield, third base and even recording an out as a pitcher.

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.

Rockies' Arenado agrees to $29.5 million, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:42 PST

Nolan Arenado shies away from talk about his big numbers, whether that topic is his gaudy statistics or his big, new contract. Money's like my least favorite topic ever,'' Arenado said Friday after he avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $29.5 million, two-year contract with the Colorado Rockies. Arenado will make $11.75 million this season and $17.75 million in 2018.

MLB-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:51:39 PST

Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13.625 million deal Friday. The four-time All-Star was unanimous National League MVP in 2015 when he batted .330 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs. -- The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million contract.

Rockies still tinkering with team as spring training nears (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:04:21 PST

On the utility player front, Colorado is close to finalizing a deal with Alexi Amarista, who hit .257 in 150 plate appearances last season for the San Diego Padres. The 27-year-old Amarista would be another versatile piece for the Rockies as he reunites with Black, the longtime Padres skipper who's taking over for Walt Weiss.

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.

Chad Bettis now cancer-free, prepares for spring training (The Associated Press)

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 02:51:01 PST

Always so optimistic, Chad Bettis vowed to be ready for spring training even after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November and undergoing surgery. Now, he knows for sure: The Colorado Rockies right-hander will most certainly be ready to pitch next month. On his drive home to Texas for the holidays, Bettis received an early present in the form of a telephone call from his doctors - his blood work showed no more signs of cancer.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is cancer-free and resuming workouts (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:13:13 PST

Chad Bettis of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. In an interview with MLB Network Radio’s Power Alley show, Chad Bettis, a pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, revealed that he’s been declared totally cancer-free by his doctors. Yay! Bettis, 27,  was diagnosed with testicular cancer only a few months ago. He discovered a lump in mid-November, and immediately talked to his doctor about it.

Jonathan Villar is very fast, steals home in Dominican League game (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:29:47 PST

Right now, there is no baseball and everyone misses it. The playoffs for the Dominican Winter League are happening, which means thankfully there’s baseball going on somewhere. Jonathan Villar, infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, is playing in the Dominican Winter League.

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.

Rockies promote Duane Espy to hitting coach (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:37:30 PST

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies promoted Duane Espy to hitting coach, his second stint in the role for the team.

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.

Jayson Werth didn't even crack a smile at Bryce Harper's wedding (Big League Stew)

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:14:30 PST

Take note, eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, because Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is officially off the market. Harper got married to long-time girlfriend Kayla Varner over the weekend.

AP source: Ziegler gets $16 million, 2-year deal with Miami (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:03:22 PST

The perennially thrifty Miami Marlins have become big spenders in the late innings. Two people familiar with the deal said right-hander Brad Ziegler agreed Friday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, who added their second former Red Sox reliever in as many days. The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it won't be final until Ziegler passes a physical.

Tazawa finalizes $12 million, 2-year contract with Marlins (The Associated Press)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:56:38 PST

Before signing reliever Junichi Tazawa, the Miami Marlins consulted with an expert on Japanese pitching: Ichiro Suzuki. Tazawa finalized his $12 million, two-year contract with the Marlins on Friday after passing a physical. The deal came with an endorsement from Suzuki, the Marlins' outfielder and 3,000-hit club member.

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.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:06:35 PST

New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia had a simple assault charge dropped against him by a judge in Fort Lee, N.J. Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, said she did not wish for the case to be pursued any further and feels she and her child are not in danger. Familia was arrested Oct. 31 after he allegedly caused a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of his wife. - - - The Philadelphia Phillies reached agreement with 2016 All-Star outfielder Odubel Herrera on a five-year contract extension, the team announced.

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.

Rockies, reliever Mike Dunn agree on $19M, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:39:35 PST

Usually more frugal this time of year, the Colorado Rockies are crossing quite a few big-ticket items off their free agency shopping list. It's the second splashy move the Rockies have made in recent days. Colorado may not be done shopping, either.

Domestic assault charges against Jeurys Familia have been dismissed (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:24:54 PST

According to Jim Baumbach of Newsday, Familia’s wife Bianca Rivas asked prosecutor Arthur Balsamo to drop the charges in November, saying that she didn’t fear for her safety. Balsamo met with Rivas before the court appearance on Thursday to help him make a decision about whether or not to pursue the charges or to have them dropped.

Rockies' Chad Bettis plans to be ready for spring training despite cancer diagnosis (Big League Stew)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:57:04 PST

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer on Nov. 28, but plans to be ready for spring training. Pitching half of his games at Coors Field is a challenge Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis has always met head on. Before he gets there though, Bettis will have to face another challenge head on: cancer.

Back in Blue: Stars Stay in LA (Rotoworld)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:04:00 PST

Big moves from the Dodgers lead our latest recap of offseason moves and Hot Stove news.

Rockies finalize deal with 1st baseman Ian Desmond (The Associated Press)

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:57:51 PST

As a longtime shortstop, Ian Desmond knows all too well the value of a good first baseman. Although the Rockies' solution at first base seems out of left field - Desmond did play 29 games in left for Texas last season - it's really not that farfetched. Or so the Rockies' are banking on, finalizing a $70 million, five-year contract Tuesday with the two-time All-Star who's gone from shortstop to outfielder and now back to the infield.

Cardinals have addressed biggest needs during busy offseason (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:53:31 PST

There are two ways to look at the St. Louis Cardinals' offseason. The optimists will say that general manager John Mozeliak aggressively filled his two biggest needs, signing outfielder Dexter Fowler and reliever Brett Cecil to big contracts. The pessimists will say that he overpaid for both of them, and that could back the Cardinals into a corner when they need the financial flexibility to make other moves next season.

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis diagnosed with testicular cancer (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:16:42 PST

Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis hopes to be back on the mound for spring training after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Bettis said in a statement that he underwent surgery on Nov. 29 to have a testicle removed after bloodwork revealed an abnormality. Bettis added that doctors are confident the cancer was isolated and hasn't spread.

Rangers re-sign Gomez on deal reached at winter meetings (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:05:09 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have re-signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez, finishing the one-year, $11.5 million agreement reached during winter meetings.

The Rockies' bold, new strategy? Scout Broncos players (Big League Stew)

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:31:45 PST

The Colorado Rockies are willing to make some surprising moves this offseason. They proved as much with the Ian Desmond signing. Though Desmond isn’t a clear fit on the current roster, the team liked what it saw, and wanted to secure his talent.

Dose: Birds Get Fowler (Rotoworld)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:31:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses the Cardinals' signing of Dexter Fowler, the Nats' pursuit of a closer and the Padres' Rule 5 haul in Friday's Dose.