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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.

Edinson Volquez's brother murdered in Dominican Republic (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:05:23 PST

Edinson Volquez’s brother was murdered in the Dominican Republic on Monday. For the second time in 15 months, Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has tragically lost a family member. Brandy Volquez, the pitcher’s 25-year-old brother, was stabbed to death Monday, according to reports out of the Dominican Republic.

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.

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.

Duda, Mets agree to $7.25M deal after injury-plagued season (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:24:38 PST

First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets avoided arbitration when they agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract, a small raise after an injury-plagued season. Duda, who hit 57 home runs from 2014-15, missed four months last year and was limited to 47 games because of a stress fracture in his lower back. The soft-spoken first baseman, who turns 31 next month, had a $6,725,000 salary last year and can become a free agent after the upcoming season.

Man who forged baseball executive's signature gets 4 years (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:15:42 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New Jersey man who admitted to forging the signature of a Major League Baseball executive as part of an office equipment leasing scam will serve four years in federal prison for the crime.

Wheeler gets $800,000 deal with Mets after missing 2 years (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:50:11 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Zack Wheeler agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing two seasons because of a torn elbow ligament.

Jewish-American pros look to boost baseball in Israel (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:57 PST

Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Major leaguers Ike Davis, Sam Fuld and Ryan Lavarnway were among 10 team members who visited Israel for the first time this month to get a glimpse of the country and people they will represent - and to boost a sport that remains on the fringes of the local athletic scene. For Israel, the option of tapping into a deep pool of Jewish big leaguers offers a rare opportunity to compete internationally against powerhouses like the U.S., Japan and the Dominican Republic and lift baseball out of its longtime obscurity in the Holy Land.

Mets, Mejia go through formality of agreeing to contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:59:04 PST

Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. Mejia's salary was cut the maximum 20 percent from his $2.47 million salary last year - money he also did not receive.

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.

Noah Syndergaard leaves unflattering comment on Bryce Harper's Instagram (Big League Stew)

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:00:51 PST

Are Noah Syndergaard (left) and Bryce Harper not on good terms? Forgive us for venturing into the world of social media name-calling, but it’s not every day said name-calling involves two of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars. On Saturday, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper posted a video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him decked out in Ohio State gear ahead of the football team’s national semi-final game against Clemson.

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.

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.

Ex-Yankees great Stottlemyre 'doing better' son says (AFP)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 14:18:16 PST

Former New York Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre's health was improving Sunday after his son said Friday that the 75-year-old was fighting for his life in hospital. Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer, in 2000. "Please know that the greatest warrior I have ever known is doing a lot better," Stottlemyre's son Todd wrote on his Facebook page.

Justin Turner, Dodgers finalize $64M, 4-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:14:42 PST

Third baseman Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their $64 million, four-year contract. ''JT has been, and will continue to be, a vital part of the Dodgers on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community,'' Los Angeles President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. Los Angeles also has a pending $80 million, five-year agreement with closer Kenley Jansen.

Which baseball player would make the best Santa? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:27:36 PST

Is Santa an athlete? Is delivering presents to all the kids in the world on one night a sport? That’s sure something to consider isn’t it?

AP source: Pirates, Ivan Nova agree to $26M, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:01:53 PST

Ivan Nova rejuvenated his career during a solid two-month stint with the Pirates at the end of 2016. The pitcher hopes to build on that with Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday that Nova has agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract to give Pittsburgh's young rotation an established starter behind ace Gerrit Cole.

Cubs-Cardinals rivalry set to take over 'Sunday Night Baseball' (Big League Stew)

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:55:22 PST

Major League Baseball had already announced the longtime rivals would play the last of three season-opening games on Sunday, April 2, at Busch Stadium. Now that ESPN has announced a significant portion of its Sunday night schedule, we’ve learned that Cubs-Cardinals will get the Sunday night spotlight three different times, including June 4 and July 23 in Chicago.

Hot Stove Digest: Will Dodgers up the ante to acquire Brian Dozier? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:35:30 PST

WILLING TO PAY: Rumors surrounding a Brian Dozier trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers have been swirling for weeks and may gain some momentum now that the Dodgers are reportedly willing to include a top rated prospect. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Dodgers have shown a willingness to include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a potential trade for Dozier, which could tip the scales in their favor should Minnesota go through with moving the slugging second baseman.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:06:35 PST

New 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.

Hot Stove Digest: Phillies sign Odubel Herrera for five years (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 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.

Righties Ben Rowen, Cory Burns agree with Mets (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:16:23 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Ben Rowen has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will attend big league spring training.

Jeffrey Loria will reportedly sell the Marlins for $1.7 billion (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:41 PST

Ever wanted to own a baseball team? Have $1.7 billion laying around? If so, you’re in luck, because you might have enough money to buy the Miami Marlins.

Domestic violence case against Familia dropped (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:01:45 PST

A judge dismissed a charge Thursday stemming from a domestic violence complaint against New York Mets star relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the player's wife told a prosecutor that her husband did not hurt her. The 27-year-old, a first-time All-Star this year, faces a possible Major League Baseball suspension if he is found to have violated the sport's domestic violence policy. ''We are aware of MLB's investigation into this matter, and we will handle it in the appropriate course,'' said attorney Jay Reisinger, who is representing Familia in the league's probe.

Domestic assault charges against Jeurys Familia have been dismissed (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:24:54 PST

According 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.

Current, past baseball players criticize hazing restrictions (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:15:16 PST

The Los Angeles Angels closer, like many players expressing their views Tuesday, disagrees with Major League Baseball's ban on the hazing ritual of dressing up rookies in costumes that could be considered offensive, including women's outfits. New York Mets rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo was among the last group to participate this past season. Wouldn't trade that,'' Nimmo said at the team's Citi Field holiday party.