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

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:21:58 PST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Giants have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with Nick Hundley to serve as Buster Posey's backup catcher.



Giants sign Korean prospect Hwang on minor league deal (AFP)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:22:15 PST

The San Francisco Giants have signed South Korean infielder Hwang Jae-Gyun on a minor league deal to strengthen their options at third base, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its website. Hwang, 29, could earn a $1.5 million payday if he manages to force his way onto the roster for the Giants upcoming Major League Baseball season. Hwang is reported to be the first Korean player to sign for the Giants, who tried out Lee Hak-Ju in a training camp last year but did not sign him.



AP source: Giants work to finalize deal with Korean Hwang (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:34:27 PST

The San Francisco Giants were working Monday to finalize a minor league contract with South Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, who could provide some insurance at third base. A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday the deal was not yet complete and would include an invitation to big league spring training if Hwang passes a physical. Hwang would earn $1.5 million if on the major league roster out of spring training, the person said.



Report: Giants close to signing Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang (Big League Stew)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:29:11 PST

The Giants took a shot on Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang. The San Francisco Giants are hoping they’ve found the next undervalued asset from the Korean Baseball Organization. The Giants are reportedly close to signing Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang to a minor-league deal worth $1.5 million, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.



Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:31:55 PST

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his life. Ventura, whose nickname ''Ace'' fit so perfectly, died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of highway near the town of San Adrian in his native Dominican Republic.



Tim Lincecum is preparing for one more shot at pitching glory (Big League Stew)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:05:34 PST

Former San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum knows that all too well. The former two-time National League Cy Young award winner and three-time World Series champion was once poised to become an all-time great and potential Hall of Famer. Now 32, Lincecum is no longer a star. As Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday, Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, says his client “is throwing and getting ready for the season.” That means the fact that no one is calling hasn’t stopped Lincecum from pushing to make what seems impossible now a reality later.



Closer Casilla signs two-year deal with Oakland A's (Reuters)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:50:07 PST

(Reuters) - The Oakland Athletics beefed up their bullpen on Friday by signing former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract worth $11 million, the Major League Baseball team said. Casilla, who went 2-5 with 31 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 62 relief appearances for San Francisco last year, returns to the franchise that signed him as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 31, 2000.



Baseball-Closer Casilla signs two-year deal with Oakland A's (Reuters)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:42:22 PST

The Oakland Athletics beefed up their bullpen on Friday by signing former San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract worth $11 million, the Major League Baseball team said. Casilla, who went 2-5 with 31 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 62 relief appearances for San Francisco last year, returns to the franchise that signed him as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 31, 2000.



Santiago Casilla returns to A's on $11M, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:22:46 PST

Casilla is crossing the bay once again, re-joining the A's with an $11 million, two-year contract after seven seasons with the Giants. While the right-hander lost his job as closer in mid-September last season for the Giants' struggling bullpen, he provides A's manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. ''To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better,'' Melvin said by text message.



Diamondbacks sign OF Blanco to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:51:13 PST

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed ex-San Francisco Giant Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract.



Even more MLB games will be available to stream in 2017 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:36:19 PST

MLB is loosening their grip on where and how you can watch baseball games. Good news for people who want more ways to watch baseball! NBC Sports Regional Networks has reached a deal with MLB Advanced Media on in-market streaming rights. Starting with the 2017 season, several Comcast regional sports networks will be able to stream baseball games online for their paid subscribers.



Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Hall of Fame (AFP)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:24:32 PST

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were named Wednesday as the newest Baseball Hall of Fame members while steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens edged nearer to selection. Players needed 75 percent support, or 332 of the 442 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to be elected among the sport's icons. Long-time San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman, an ace reliever with 601 career saves, just missed with 74 percent backing -- five votes shy after missing by 34 last year, with Vladimir Guerrero next at 71.7 percent, out by 15 votes.



President Obama pardons Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for tax evasion (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:01:34 PST

President Barack Obama is leaving office on Friday, and he’s had a busy week. He met with the Chicago Cubs on Monday to celebrate their World Series win, but that wasn’t the only baseball thing the Baseball-Fan-In-Chief had time for.



2017 Category Sleepers: Wins (Rotoworld)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:13:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes possible wins sleepers for the 2017 season.



Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:05 PST

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. Through the Giants, McCovey said: ''I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. The slugger was sentenced in June 1996 to two years of probation for evading taxes on baseball memorabilia.



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.



Mets settle with Familia, Harvey, deGrom, 3 others (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:01 PST

All-Star closer Jeurys Familia got a sizable raise from the New York Mets on Friday while still waiting to find out whether he'll be suspended by Major League Baseball under the sport's domestic violence policy. Starters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, who both had season-ending surgery, also settled on one-year contracts and averted arbitration. Harvey got a raise to $5,125,000 from $4,325,000 and deGrom's salary increased to $4.05 million from $607,000.



Nunez, Kontos, Smith agree to 1-year deals with Giants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:48:32 PST

Keeping Eduardo Nunez healthy and in the lineup could mean so much for San Francisco's infield and its chances. Nunez reached a $4.2 million, one-year agreement with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration. Right-handed reliever George Kontos received a $1.75 million contract and left-hander Will Smith earned $2.5 million as the club announced all of its arbitration-eligible players had reached new deals.



Gillaspie, Giants agree to $1.4 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:18:23 PST

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract, a raise from his $1 million salary last year. The sides avoided arbitration, and the deal was announced Wednesday night. Gillaspie had a great spring training last year then briefly began in the minors before re-joining the Giants in his second stint with San Francisco.



2017 Category Sleepers: RBI (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:11:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes hitters who could be RBI sleepers in 2017.



Hot Stove Digest: A's reach two-year agreement with Santiago Casilla (Big League Stew)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:44:41 PST

DONE DEAL: Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla is back with the Oakland A’s after agreeing to a two-year, $11M deal on Wednesday. Casilla was first signed by Oakland as an amateur free agent in 2000. Of course, he went on to become a big part of San Francisco’s bullpen, pitching for three World Series championship squads.



Vogelsong, Tepesch agree to minor league deals with Twins (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:08:02 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Right-handers right-handers Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch have agreed to minor league contracts with the Minnesota Twins, adding two veterans to the competition for spots in a rotation that was among the major leagues' worst last season.



Hot Stove Digest: Twins and Dodgers at impasse for Brian Dozier (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:53:08 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.



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.



Minor-league team to allow very good dogs at every home game (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:44:57 PST

Get ready to see more dogs at the ballpark in Lynchburg. This season, the Hillcats will become the first minor-league team ever to allow dogs at every single home game. This isn’t a “Bark in the Park” situation, where the team is allowing dogs on select dates. As part of that deal, players and employees from the Hillcats will volunteer regularly at the Lynchburg Humane Society.



Hot Stove Digest: Reds sign Drew Storen to solidify pen (Big League Stew)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:47:07 PST

Drew Storen is heading to Cincinnati. DONE DEAL: The Cincinnati Reds have signed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Storen posted a 5.23 ERA over 51 2/3 innings with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners last season.



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.



Noah Syndergaard hated 2016 just like everyone else (Big League Stew)

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:20:01 PST

Noah Syndergaard is ready to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. You can count New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard among those saying good riddance. The outspoken right-hander often shares his thoughts — usually humorous, though sometimes serious — on Twitter, and his most recent tweet is a depressing reminder of why 2016 was one long, drawn out letdown for his team.



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.



Hot Stove Digest: Everyone has interest in Tyson Ross (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:00:42 PST

Tyson Ross is drawing interest from a number of clubs. DRAWING INTEREST: About 20 teams are looking into free-agent pitcher Tyson Ross. The 29-year-old tossed just 5 1/3 innings in the majors last year before undergoing surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. Though he was still under team control, Ross was surprisingly non-tendered by the Padres in December.