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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:44:23 PSTNick 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.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:23:15 PSTThe 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.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PSTNEW 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:42 PSTNolan 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.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:51:39 PSTWashington 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:04:21 PSTOn 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PSTWinter 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.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 02:51:01 PSTAlways 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.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:13:13 PSTChad 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.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:29:47 PSTRight 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.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:06:36 PSTIf 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.
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PSTFor 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.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:37:30 PSTDENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies promoted Duane Espy to hitting coach, his second stint in the role for the team.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PSTEdwin 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.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:14:30 PSTTake 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.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:03:22 PSTThe 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.
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:56:38 PSTBefore 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:42:00 PSTNate Grimm looks at the Dodgers as a potential Brian Dozier fit and discusses Odubel Herrera's five-year extension in the Offseason Lowdown.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:06:35 PSTNew 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 PSTWelcome 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:39:35 PSTUsually 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.
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:24:54 PSTAccording 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.
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:57:04 PSTRockies 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.
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:04:00 PSTBig moves from the Dodgers lead our latest recap of offseason moves and Hot Stove news.
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:57:51 PSTAs 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:53:31 PSTThere 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:16:42 PSTColorado 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.
Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:05:09 PSTARLINGTON, 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.
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:31:45 PSTThe 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.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:31:00 PSTNate Grimm discusses the Cardinals' signing of Dexter Fowler, the Nats' pursuit of a closer and the Padres' Rule 5 haul in Friday's Dose.