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Braves agree to 1-year deals with Recker, Rodriguez (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:49:22 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves and reserve catcher Anthony Recker have agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract.



Catcher Rene Rivera, Mets agree to $1.75 million, 1-yr deal (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:39 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Catcher Rene Rivera and the New York Mets have agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract, a raise of $50,000.



After getting $110M deal, Cespedes wants to finish with Mets (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:20:17 PST

Acquired by the Mets at the July 31 trade deadline in 2015, Cespedes helped the team reach the World Series, became a free agent and signed a $75 million, three-year contract that allowed him to opt out after one season and $27.5 million. ''This is the third time that we have acquired Yoenis in the last 17 months, and it appears that two legal separations have only strengthened the marriage,'' Alderson said at a Citi Field news conference Wednesday evening. Cespedes was the second free-agent regular retained by the Mets this offseason.



Phillies hire former Twins GM Terry Ryan as scout (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:57:23 PST

The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout. Philadelphia announced the appointment Wednesday, about 4+ months after Ryan was fired in the middle of his 19th season as GM of the Twins. Ryan spent 31 years with the organization, starting in 1986 as the scouting director.



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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:45:22 PST

After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team Tuesday on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market. Last winter, Cespedes' market never fully developed and as spring training approached, only the Baltimore Orioles appeared to be a realistic landing spot.



Cespedes staying with Mets, agrees four-year $110 million deal (AFP)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:53:09 PST

Yoenis Cespedes has agreed a four-year $110 million (103.3 million euros) deal which will see him remain at the New York Mets, reports said Tuesday, ending speculation about the Cuban slugger's future after he earlier opted for free agency. Rival clubs across Major League Baseball led by the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers had been put on alert after Cespedes walked away from $47 million guaranteed after using his opt-out clause to head to the open market. Cespedes had come close to leaving the Mets last year, but remained with the club after failing to garner significant offers.



Cespedes lands $110 million deal from Mets, reports (Reuters)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:18:06 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market. The Mets, who acquired left-handed outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds last season, were not considered the frontrunners to land Cespedes entering the 2016 Winter Meetings.



Baseball-Cespedes lands $110 million deal from Mets, reports (Reuters)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:13:40 PST

After opting out of his contract with the New York Mets and walking away from $47 million guaranteed, Yoenis Cespedes will not change uniforms, agreeing to a four-year, $110 million contract to stay with the team on a record deal that includes a full no-trade clause. Cespedes, 31, waded into free agency in November for the second consecutive seasons after using his opt-out clause to return to the open market. The Mets, who acquired left-handed outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds last season, were not considered the frontrunners to land Cespedes entering the 2016 Winter Meetings.



Mets aren't crazy for giving Yoenis Cespedes $27.5 million per year (Big League Stew)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:43:54 PST

Car dealerships around New York better get ready to pop some champagne, because Yoenis Cespedes just got paid. The 31-year-old outfielder returned to the New York Mets again, but he’s in for the long haul this time around, signing a four-year, $110 million deal. Cespedes was considered the best player on the market, so everyone knew he was in line to make a ton of money. Because of that, Cespedes’ new deal will average $27.5 million per year over the next four years.



AP source: Cespedes, Mets agree to $110M, 4-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

Yoenis Cespedes is staying with the New York Mets - again. After testing free agency for the second straight offseason, the slugging outfielder agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract with New York, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to Cespedes successfully completing a physical.



Yankees GM Brian Cashman doesn't like the current CBA one bit (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:37:05 PST

Everyone remembers the free-spending New York Yankees of the recent (and long) past. A team can make a one-year qualifying offer to their players entering free agency, and if a player rejects it, the team the player is leaving will get an extra draft pick and the team that signs the player will lose their first round draft pick.



Hot Stove Digest: Forget about a Pablo Sandoval reunion with Giants (Big League Stew)

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:04:31 PST

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: The San Francisco Giants are not considering bringing back Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in a trade. An earlier report said the club had internally considered a reunion with Sandoval, but Giants general manager Bobby Evans refuted that rumor, according to MLB.com.



Tim Teufel to remain with Mets as minor league instructor (The Associated Press)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:13:14 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim Teufel will remain with the New York Mets as a roving minor league infield instructor and club ambassador.



Segura to Seattle as Mariners, D-backs make 5-player trade (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:47:24 PST

The Seattle Mariners finally landed the established shortstop they've long been trying to find. Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade Wednesday night, with the Mariners acquiring speedy infielder Jean Segura and the Diamondbacks getting right-hander Taijuan Walker as the centerpieces of the deal. Segura immediately projects as Seattle's leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, solidifying an infield that already includes All-Star sluggers Kyle Seager at third base and Robinson Cano at second.



The offseason has been full of crazy new team names (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:22:40 PST

New team names have been popular this offseason, and the latest comes from the collegiate Northwoods League. The new team is the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders, and it beat out four other options: Barn Owls, Lake Flies, Pipsqueaks and Shantymen. Four minor league baseball teams have changed their names since the offseason began.



Jeurys Familia could face suspension even if domestic violence charges are dropped (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:27:29 PST

Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets was arrested on domestic violence charges on Oct. 31. Bianca Rivas, the victim of an alleged domestic assault by husband Jeurys Familia, has asked that charges against Familia be dropped, Newsday’s Jim Baumbach reported on Friday.



Braves counting on geriatric pitchers to lead a contender (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:36:16 PST

A mere 42, Dickey will be ceding that honor to 43-year-old Bartolo Colon. ''I gave myself the nickname Little Ugly,'' Dickey quipped Friday after formally introduced by the Braves in an office tower overlooking SunTrust Park. All kidding aside the Braves insist their unorthodox moves show how serious they are about contending again for a postseason spot.



911 call: Mets closer 'going crazy' before Halloween arrest (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:54:23 PST

New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was drunk and ''going crazy,'' his wife said in a call to police early Halloween morning before he was charged with assaulting her. Bianca Rivas made several frantic 911 calls to Fort Lee police on Oct. 31, beginning at 2:18 a.m., NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2f7e2OY ) Wednesday. The 27-year-old relief pitcher was arrested and charged with simple assault after police said he injured his wife, causing a scratch to her chest and a bruise to her right cheek.



Dodgers' Roberts, Indians' Francona win Manager of Year (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:48:05 PST

Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked. Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base. It was Roberts' daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox - managed by Francona - rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.



Mets replace Teufel as 3rd base coach; will reassign '86 Met (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:38:56 PST

The Mets have replaced third base coach Tim Teufel and will reassign him to a different position in the organization. New York announced the move Tuesday. Teufel, a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, had been the third base coach since 2012 and also was New York's catching instructor.



Cespedes, Abreu on US witness list in Cuban smuggling case (The Associated Press)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:20:10 PST

MIAMI (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who last played for the New York Mets, and Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu are among the Major League Baseball figures on a U.S. witness list for an upcoming Cuban ballplayer smuggling trial.



Seager, Fulmer take Rookie of the Year honors (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:08:23 PST

Corey Seager won the NL Rookie of the Year award unanimously. Michael Fulmer took the AL honor - and that vote wasn't all that close, either. Seager and Fulmer were announced as the winners Monday night, when votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America were made public.



Walker, Hellickson accept $17.2M qualifying offers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:06:30 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson have accepted $17.2 million qualifying offers, giving up free agency to stay with their teams.



Jeremy Hellickson, Neil Walker accept $17.2M qualifying offers, eight others say no (Big League Stew)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:05:00 PST

Jeremy Hellickson is accepting the Phillies’ 17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017. It’s qualifying-offer day, the day upon which a handful of impending free agents turn down one-year, $17.2 million contracts from their soon-to-be-former teams. The qualifying offer is the closest thing MLB has to the NFL’s franchise tag, although with one key difference: would-be MLB free agents have an option to accept or reject the offer.



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.



Braves sign another senior starter in Colon: report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:34:20 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



Baseball-Braves sign another senior starter in Colon - report (Reuters)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:31:16 PST

Nov 11 (The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Braves and free agent righthanded starter Bartolo Colon have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The 43-year-old Colon of the Dominican Republic would be the second senior arm the Braves have added to their rotation following Thursday's deal with 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Atlanta will become the first team with two starters in their 40s since the 1990 Texas Rangers (Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough). ...



Braves reportedly sign former Mets hurler Bartolo Colon (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:09:49 PST

Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Atlanta Braves are wasting no time in filling the openings they have in their starting rotation. Just one day after they signed veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Braves have reportedly done the same thing with veteran New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon, pending a physical.



RA Dickey agrees to $8M deal with Braves (The Associated Press)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:51:43 PST

R.A. Dickey was won over by an Atlanta Braves sales team that included two Hall of Famers, including a fellow knuckleballer. Dickey said he knew the Braves would be a good fit after meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, with a group that included manager Brian Snitker, general manager John Coppolella and two Hall of Famers - former manager Bobby Cox and knuckleballer Phil Niekro. ''I had a great feeling then there was great hope I would be able to join the organization,'' Dickey said Thursday after agreeing to a one-year contract with an $8 million guarantee.