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Padres enter Winter Meetings with no million-dollar player on roster (Big League Stew)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:02:02 PST

In a span of two years, A.J. Preller’s Padres have gone from baseball’s most aggressive team to not employing a million-dollar player. Remember two years ago when the San Diego Padres were the most aggressive team in baseball under new general manager A.J. Preller? In fact, over the past 18 months, the Padres have gone aggressive in the other direction, having unloaded every large contract that existed before and after Preller’s arrival.



Tyson Ross among interesting new free agents following non-tender deadline (Big League Stew)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:41:13 PST

Not tendering a contract means the player immediately becomes a free agent eligible to sign with any team. With that in mind, we’ll take a quick look at the four most interesting players who are now free agents and who are likely to draw some serious interest. Tyson Ross is an intriguing new free agent after being non-tendered by the Padres.



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.



Nationals reacquire catcher Derek Norris from Padres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:33:42 PST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.



This Week in 'Pitch': Will they or won't they? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:40:01 PST

Everyone knows that Mike is about to be traded to the Cubs, and Oscar the GM and Charlie the president of baseball operations specifically do not want Mike to play that day because if he gets injured, that would blow the whole deal. Not the way he wanted to potentially end his Padres career, but the crowd doesn’t care.



Hot Stove Digest: Cubs add Jon Jay on one-year, $8M contract (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:05 PST

DONE DEAL: The Cubs, who could lose Dexter Fowler in free agency, announced Tuesday that they’ve signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract worth $8 million. Jay, 31, hit .291 last season in 90 games with the San Diego Padres. Jay’s best season came in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals (the bitter rivals of the Cubs) when he hit .305 with a .373 on-base percentage.



OF Jay agrees to $8 million, 1-year deal with Cubs (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:41:23 PST

The Chicago Cubs and outfielder Jon Jay have agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract, likely signaling the end of Dexter Fowler's time with the World Series champions. Jay batted .291 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 90 games with San Diego last season. The Cubs have an opening in center after Fowler turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer two weeks ago.



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: 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.



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.



Padres introduce lame and generic new uniforms (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:42:08 PST

The Padres swung and missed with their new uniforms. It’s a tough time to be a San Diego Padres fan. The on-field product seems destined to struggle in 2017, but that doesn’t mean the Padres have to look bad doing it.



Rangers, RHP Cashner finalize $10 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:27:15 PST

Andrew Cashner wanted to come home to Texas to pitch, and the Rangers have long coveted the right-hander. Cashner, a free agent for the first time, was introduced by the AL West champions Monday night after he underwent a physical and then finalized a $10 million, one-year contract. Cashner finished last season with the Miami Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29, after the Rangers had also inquired about the starter.



Blue Jays sign free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:07:25 PST

The Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a three-year, $33 million contract with free agent Kendrys Morales, and say the deal lowers the chances that slugger Edwin Encarnacion will return next season. Encarnacion and Jose Bautista both became free agents after helping Toronto reach the playoffs.



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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:26:43 PST

Nov 18 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Andrew Cashner on Friday, according to published reports. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million. Cashner will be looking to rebound in 2017 after going just 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA while splitting last season with the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins. The 30-year-old Cashner has a 31-53 record and 3.89 ERA over seven big-league seasons, beginning with the Chicago Cubs in 2010. ...



This Week in 'Pitch': Rain delay theater (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:01:19 PST

What happens in a clubhouse during a rain delay? Or the president of baseball operations keeps trying to interfere with the grounds crew and the umpires. This week’s entire episode takes place during a rain delay, so we’ll give “Off the Field” and “In the Past” a little vacation.



Andrew Cashner reportedly signs one-year deal with Rangers (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:40:11 PST

It looks like the Texas Rangers have finally gotten their man. The team has reportedly signed right handed starter Andrew Cashner to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Cashner started 2016 pitching for the San Diego Padres, racking up a 4.76 ERA in 79.1 innings.



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.



AP source: Bartolo Colon, 43, and Braves agree on deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:25:10 PST

The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season. Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement is expected from the Braves until next week on the reported $12.5 million, one-year deal with Colon.



This Week in 'Pitch': Mike's Turn (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:43:11 PST

This week on “Pitch,” we take a little break from Ginny’s busy life to focus on what’s happening with her catcher, superstar Mike Lawson. More circumstances: the team’s backup catcher has gotten hurt, so they’re calling up Levon Duarte, the Cuban catcher that Oscar the GM signed over the All-Star break. Ugh.) When the Padres’ manager tells Mike that he’ll be trying out first base for a few games, Mike gets even more worried.



Manfred: Trump should not impact MLB international plans (The Associated Press)

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:53:15 PST

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred does not think Donald Trump's election as president will slow the sport's plans to stage more events in Latin America. Expanding international play has been one of Manfred's goals since succeeding Bud Selig as commissioner in January 2015. San Diego and Houston played a two-game spring training series this year in Mexico City, where the sport opened an office last March and which Manfred has mentioned as a possible expansion site.



Dose: Huston Problem? (Rotoworld)

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:27:00 PST

Who will close for the Angels next year? The answer may not be as obvious as we thought.



Preller mixes with other GMs for first time since suspension (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:53:05 PST

Three weeks after his 30-day suspension ended, San Diego general manager A.J. Preller is mixing with his fellow general managers at baseball's annual GMs meeting. Major League Baseball suspended Preller without pay on Sept. 15 after a league investigation showed the Padres had withheld medical information from trade partners, including a July deal that sent All-Star left-hander Drew Pomeranz to Boston. ''I think you always learn from everything,'' Preller said Tuesday.



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.



Giants fill out coaching staff, hiring Alguacil, Nevin (The Associated Press)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:05:28 PST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has finalized his coaching staff, naming Phil Nevin third base coach and Jose Alguacil first base coach.



Shields keeps deal with White Sox rather than go free (The Associated Press)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:29:11 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- James Shields is keeping his contract with the Chicago White Sox rather than become a free agent after tying for the big league lead in losses.



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.



Dose: Cespedes Opts Out (Rotoworld)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:08:00 PST

Nate Grimm checks in on Yoenis Cespedes' free agent prospects, a pair of new managers in the NL West and more in Monday's Offseason Dose.