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Cahill finalizes $1.75 million, 1-year contract with Padres (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:52:09 PST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Right-hander Trevor Cahill and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract.



Rangers complete free agent deal with RHP Tyson Ross (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:33:18 PST

Unable to acquire Tyson Ross through a trade in the past, the Texas Rangers made the right-hander a priority when he became a free agent this offseason. Ross and the Rangers on Thursday finalized a one-year deal that is worth up to $9 million for the pitcher whose only start last year came in the season opener for the San Diego Padres. ''A process a couple of years in the making,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.



Reds trade pitcher Dan Straily to Marlins for three players (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:30:34 PST

Dan Straily is no longer on the Reds, and now gets to spend his season in Miami. Teams are still trying to make themselves better as spring training rapidly approaches, and now there’s a trade to show for it. The Cincinnati Reds have traded right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins for three players: right-handed pitchers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, and outfielder Isaiah White.



Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:15:46 PST

Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season. In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.



Trevor Hoffman missed Hall of Fame call by five votes (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:25:53 PST

The excitement and anguish were palpable on Wednesday as the Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class. In one of the more dramatic votes in recent memory, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were revealed to have surpassed the 75-percent threshold, with Rodriguez barely inching in at 76 percent. Then came the dramatic revelation that the 2017 class nearly included a fourth player. Longtime San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman landed on 74 percent, which put him exactly five votes short of election.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.



Wil Myers, Padres finalize $83 million, 6-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:52:43 PST

First baseman Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres finalized an $83 million, six-year contract on Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history. ''He's got all sorts of potential,'' Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on a conference call. San Diego has a $20 million team option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.



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.



Padres sign Wil Myers to six-year, $83 million extension (Big League Stew)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:47:42 PST

Wil Myers committed to the Padres for six seasons. A few days after the Chargers deserted the city for Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres reached an agreement to keep their cornerstone first baseman around for at least another six seasons.



Lowdown: Bautista Going Back? (Rotoworld)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:55:00 PST

Nate Grimm has the latest on Jose Bautista's free agency and discusses Tyson Ross' 2017 outlook and beyond in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.



Hot Stove Digest: Is Jake Arrieta preparing for life after the Cubs? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:40:46 PST

MOVING ON?: With free agency looming at the end of the 2017 season, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta knew what was coming this weekend. As the team reunited for the Cubs Convention in Chicago, Arrieta was face-to-face with the media for the first time in two months, which meant he couldn’t avoid questions about his future. To his credit, Arrieta addressed the issue head-on rather than sweeping it under the rug with a “no comment.” However, his answers aren’t likely to instill much confidence in a potential extension.



Padres give Solarte $7.5M, 2-year deal, agree with 3 others (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:54:46 PST

Solarte had a career season in 2016, hitting .286 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs. The Padres have a $5.5 million option for 2019 with a $750,000 buyout, and if that is exercised the Padres have an $8 million option for 2020 with a $750,000 buyout. San Diego also agreed to terms Friday with left-handed starter Christian Friedrich ($1.79 million) and relievers Brandon Maurer ($1.9 million) and Brad Hand ($1,375,000).



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.



AP source: Rangers agree to $6M deal with RHP Tyson Ross (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:06:45 PST

Right-hander Tyson Ross and the Texas Rangers have agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday night. Ross, who started opening day for San Diego last season but didn't pitch again because of shoulder problems, becomes a candidate for a rotation led by aces Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish and including Martin Perez. Another possible starter is another right-hander coming from the Padres: Texas native Andrew Cashner, who agreed to a deal in November.



Hot Stove Digest: Bryce Harper, Manny Machado among stars avoiding arbitration (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:01 PST

MAKE A DEAL: Friday was a busy day for bookkeeping around Major League Baseball as the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration came and went. As a result, several notable players reached salary agreements for 2017 to avoid a future arbitration hearing. The Nationals and Bryce Harper won’t have contract issues this offseason.



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.



Report: Rangers agree to one-year deal with Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:49:15 PST

Free agent Tyson Ross has finally decided on a new home for the 2017 season. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the veteran right-hander reached a one-year agreement on Friday with the Texas Rangers. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports the deal is for $6M guaranteed, and with incentives as Ross battles back from thoracic outlet surgery in October.



Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:52:53 PST

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration and more than doubling the slugging outfielder's salary two years before he can become a free agent for the first time. The Nationals also reached one-year deals with their three other arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange proposed salary figures ahead of hearings. Third baseman Anthony Rendon will earn $5.8 million next season, right-hander Tanner Roark gets $4,315,000 and new catcher Derek Norris agreed to $4.2 million.



Padres 'deeply disappointed' Chargers are moving to Los Angeles (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:36:30 PST

The Padres are about to be the only show in town. The San Diego Padres are about to become single parents. With the news that the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, the Padres are now the only pro game in town.



Padres catcher aims to become baseball's ultimate utility player (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:15 PST

During his time with the Atlanta Braves, the now 25-year-old Bethancourt was ranked among baseball’s top 100 prospects. Barring remarkable development, he’d likely be labeled too good for minor league baseball, but not good enough for the majors. Bethancourt wouldn’t be the first highly regarded prospect to land in that zone, but based on recent developments he might be the most determined to escape it. Of course, he also wouldn’t be the first to reinvent himself while looking for another avenue to a long career in MLB.



Capps agrees to $987,500, one-year deal with Padres (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:54:23 PST

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Reliever Carter Capps has agreed to a $987,500, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres to avoid arbitration.



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.



Trevor Hoffman: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:42:17 PST

Asking whether Trevor Hoffman is a Hall of Famer isn’t really the right question. Instead, we should be asking: Are closers Hall of Famers? If the answer is yes, then there’s little doubt that Hoffman deserves a spot in Cooperstown.



Hot Stove Digest: Tyson Ross is being chased by Rangers, Cubs (Big League Stew)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:27:43 PST

HOT RUMOR OF THE DAY: Free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross, who was surprisingly cut loose by the San Diego Padres, has a number of teams interested, but most notably, he met with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers on Wednesday, according to our own Jeff Passan. Source: Before visiting the Texas Rangers today, Tyson Ross met with the Chicago Cubs. They are the two favorites to sign the right-hander.



2017 Category Sleepers: Saves (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:24:00 PST

Seth Trachtman looks at sleepers for save opportunities in 2017.



The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Top-10 moments (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:15:41 PST

Jose Bautista took a punch to the jaw, Alex Rodriguez road off into the sunset and Dee Gordon provided fans with one of the most emotional  and dramatic home runs of all-time. Oh yeah, and some team broke a century-long curse and won the World Series. Given all the circumstances surrounding the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win, it should come as no surprise that they top our list of the top-10 moments from the 2016 season.



The Stew's MLB Year in Review: Best home run of the year (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:38:47 PST

The end of 2016 is upon us, which means it’s a great time to look back at the best things baseball gave us in the past year. There was perhaps no better moment in baseball in 2016 then Gordon’s leadoff home run following Jose Fernandez’s death. In the first game following Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident, the Marlins took the field full of emotion.



Hot Stove Digest: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays are in 'active discussions' on a new deal (Big League Stew)

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:22:46 PST

HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: Reps for Jose Bautista, the No. 1 free agent remaining in this bleak field, are said to be in “active discussions” with the Toronto Blue Jays about a return to the team he’s played with for the past nine seasons. ICYMI: Our dude Jeff Passan on why Toronto is the best landing spot for Bautista, especially since Edwin Encarnacion left for Cleveland.



2017 Category Sleepers: SB (Rotoworld)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:42:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes sleepers for stolen bases in 2017.