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Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:40:56 PST

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge to start his career, hitting two homers in his major league debut and seven in the opening week.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:07:25 PST

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson expects to be sidelined two to three weeks due to a right calf strain. Donaldson admitted that he felt something grab his muscle while running sprints during a workout on Friday. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star underwent an MRI exam the following day and required the use of crutches while walking in the clubhouse on Sunday.

Reds expect to sign Ryan Raburn to compete for backup role (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:37:01 PST

The Cincinnati Reds expect outfielder Ryan Raburn to pass a physical and sign a minor league deal Sunday, giving them another player to compete for a role off the bench. The 35-year-old Raburn has played for the Tigers, Indians and Rockies. Improving the bench has been one of Cincinnati's offseason priorities.

Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:57:41 PST

Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing.

Cashman: Yankees not waving white flag in transition year (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:26:11 PST

Brian Cashman says the Yankees are ''not waving any white flag while transitioning'' to a younger team. The Yankees have made just one playoff appearance over the last four years, getting shut out in the 2015 AL wild-card game to Houston. ''So, that's the balancing act we're taking,'' Cashman added.

Chris Carter, Yankees finalize $3.5M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:55:47 PST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carter, who tied for the National League in home runs last season, has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Huston Street welcomes competition for job as Angels' closer (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:01:01 PST

Huston Street has been a durable, dependable big league closer for 12 seasons. After knee surgery ended the least impressive season of his career, Street is in for a fight this spring with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-time All-Star with 324 career saves is competing with youngster Cam Bedrosian and well-traveled veteran Andrew Bailey for the top job in the Angels' bullpen.

AP sources: Napoli passes physical, set for 3rd Texas stint (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:22:03 PST

Mike Napoli has passed his physical, clearing the way for an $8.5 million, one-year deal and his third stint with the Texas Rangers. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the deal was done and that Napoli will be introduced Thursday. While not saying who, the team announced a news conference at its Arizona spring training complex before workouts Thursday morning to announce a free-agent signing.

Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:53:27 PST

When Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle guested on this week’s episode of 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards, it was practically a walk through the last few years of Hall of Fame inductions. Hurdle got stories too!

Brewers' Peralta looking to carry late '16 success into 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:20:45 PST

Wily Peralta, Milwaukee's opening day starter last season, is just hoping to crack the rotation in 2017. The 27-year-old right-hander was 4-7 with a 6.68 ERA through his first 13 starts and allowed a major league-high 97 hits over 66 innings. Milwaukee demoted him to Triple-A Colorado Springs in June.

Cubs no longer sole favorite to win World Series according to odds (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PST

The first repeat championship in Chicago since the late ’90s Chicago Bulls dynasty has been put on hold. After being favored to win the 2017 World Series all offseason, the Chicago Cubs now have some competition to bring home baseball’s ultimate prize. The company released its latest World Series odds Monday, and for the first time all offseason, the Cubs are not the odds-on favorite.

Texas Rangers head to spring after 'incomplete mission' (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:11:10 PST

The Texas Rangers have been AL West champions in each of manager Jeff Banister's first two seasons, and their 95 wins last year were the most in the American League. You've got to have talent, but desire overrides a lot of that,'' Banister said. Texas heads to spring training in Arizona five seasons removed from their only World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Jose Fernandez's absence looms large as Marlins open camp (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:58:24 PST

For the Miami Marlins, the magical phrase that marks the beginning of baseball is tinged with sadness this season. The absence of charismatic ace Jose Fernandez will cast a shadow over the sun-splashed fields of spring training. ''We spent a lot of time this offseason trying to measure the size of that long and dark shadow,'' team president David Samson said.

Rockies spend big in offseason to bolster bullpen, 1st base (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:08:59 PST

The usually cost-conscious Colorado Rockies went on a little bit of a spending splurge in free agency. The Rockies signed All-Star outfielder Ian Desmond ($70 million, five years) to transition over to first base, added left-handed reliever Mike Dunn ($19 million, three years), brought in versatile infielder Alexi Amarista ($1.25 million, one year) and, in their boldest move of all, scooped up righty Greg Holland ($7 million, one year), the once-dominant closer who's coming back from elbow reconstruction surgery. Black is the first Rockies skipper with a bona fide pitching background, which should come in handy at Coors Field.

Stanton, Jones headline US roster for World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.

Hot Stove Digest: Javier Lopez retires after 14 seasons, four World Series championships (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:00:39 PST

Javier Lopez is hanging up the cleats after 14 seasons, 839 appearances and four World Series championships. Javier Lopez, a side-arming left-hander who played on four World Series champions, has retired after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball. Lopez was a fourth round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998, but didn’t debut in the majors until 2003 with the Colorado Rockies.

Three ways baseball could attract younger fans (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:09:12 PST

Commissioner Rob Manfred is on a crusade. Eliminating the four-pitch walk will save a little bit of time every game (though some games go by without a single intentional walk). Speaking to Yahoo Sports on Wednesday after his appearance at Yahoo’s All Markets Summit in New York City, Manfred said:  “Our goal is to make sure that our product is as tight and compelling as possible.

Chris Carter agrees to $3.5M, 1-year deal with Yankees (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:37:14 PST

Last year's National League home run co-leader found a new home on Tuesday when Chris Carter agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees. ''I am excited to go play for a bigger market team with more national exposure,'' Carter said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

AP source: Mike Napoli, Rangers working on another reunion (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:07:49 PST

Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers are working toward another reunion, this time to fill pressing needs the AL West champions have for a first baseman and another big bat in the middle of the lineup. Texas general manager Jon Daniels didn't respond to messages from the AP. The AL West champion Rangers would have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Napoli, which means a deal may not be finalized until after spring training opens.

Daniel Descalso agrees to $1.5M deal with Diamondbacks (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:35:12 PST

Versatile infielder Daniel Descalso has agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona has a $2 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout. The 30-year-old, who bats left-handed, hit .264 with 12 doubles and 38 RBIs in 99 games with Colorado last season.

Hot Stove Digest: Indians agree to one-year deal with Boone Logan (Big League Stew)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:55:15 PST

Reliever Boone Logan is the newest member of the Indians. DONE DEAL: The Cleveland Indians continued their aggressive push for a World Series title Thursday, shoring up their bullpen by signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan. The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 3.69 ERA over 46 1/3 innings with the Colorado Rockies in 2016.

Mark Reynolds agrees to minor league deal with Rockies (The Associated Press)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:05:10 PST

Mark Reynolds is staying with the Colorado Rockies, at least for the start of spring training. Reynolds agreed to a minor league contract, the team announced Thursday, and will report to big league spring training. If Reynolds earns a roster spot, he likely would be a backup to Ian Desmond, who agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract.

AP source: Indians, Boone Logan agree to 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:43:07 PST

A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent left-hander Boone Logan and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract. Logan's deal includes a 2018 club option, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The 32-year-old Logan pitched for Colorado last season, going 2-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 66 appearances for the Rockies.

Hot Stove Digest: Are the Rangers making a push for Jose Quintana? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:14:17 PST

It’s going to take another big haul to pry Jose Quintana from the White Sox. HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has never been afraid to aggressively pursue a key player. Whether or not that’s true regarding Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana was a matter of conflict on Wednesday after a pair of contradictory reports.

Cubs pick up right-hander Eddie Butler in deal with Rockies (The Associated Press)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:03:39 PST

DENVER (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have acquired Eddie Butler from the Colorado Rockies for James Farris in a swap of right-handed pitchers.

Hot Stove Digest: Chris Carter could look for jobs in Japan (Big League Stew)

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:23:34 PST

A year after leading the NL in home runs, Chris Carter is struggling to receive offers. Just a few months after being non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers, reigning home run champ Chris Carter is considering taking his talents to Japan. Carter’s agent, Dave Stewart, confirmed Carter has been in touch with the Tampa Bay Rays, but there hasn’t been significant movement to get a deal done.

Holland can make $35M over 2 years under Rockies contract (The Associated Press)

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:55:14 PST

Reliever Greg Holland can earn up to $35 million over two years, including performance bonuses, under his new deal with the Colorado Rockies. If he fails to reach either of those, there would be a $10 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout if Holland declines to exercise it. There is an $8 million maximum for performance bonus this year.

Rockies officially sign reliever Greg Holland (The Associated Press)

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:18:48 PST

Greg Holland has no guess as to how hard he's throwing these days. Holland certainly showed enough to impress the Colorado Rockies, who officially signed him to a one-year, $7 million contract on Saturday. Holland's deal includes an additional $7 million in performance bonuses.

Jim Leyland's remarkable career to be chronicled on MLB Network (Big League Stew)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:03:53 PST

Former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has spent 54 years in baseball. The next time we see legendary baseball manager Jim Leyland in the dugout, he’ll be calling the shots for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. You could definitely say Leyland has lived his life in baseball.

Quintana wants to stay with rebuilding White Sox (The Associated Press)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:43:00 PST

Jose Quintana pulled on his No. 62 White Sox jersey for the first day of the team's fan convention. While the crosstown Cubs prepare for their title defense, the rebuild is in full swing on the south side of Chicago. Ace pitcher Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton were traded away during the winter meetings, but the 28-year-old Quintana remains with the White Sox after posting a career-high 13 wins last season and reaching 200 innings for the fourth straight year.