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Hot Stove Digest: With Mark Trumbo gone, who are the best free agents left? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:05:45 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.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:42:31 PST

The Baltimore Orioles and outfielder Mark Trumbo are nearing agreement on a three-year deal worth between $35 to $40 million, according to multiple published reports Thursday. Trumbo led the majors with 47 homers last season but there wasn't a high amount of interest in his services on the free-agent market. - - The Miami Marlins acquired well-traveled right-hander Dan Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for a trio of prospects.

Marlins acquire RHP Straily from Reds for 3 minor leaguers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:13 PST

Replacing Jose Fernandez will be a collective task for the Miami Marlins, with 14-game winner Dan Straily joining the effort Thursday. Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers, including right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, both highly regarded prospects in the Marlins' thin system. Outfielder Isaiah White was also dealt to Cincinnati.

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.

Baseball-Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 (Reuters)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:04:04 PST

* Rodriguez only second catcher elected at first opportunity * Clemens and Bonds see big spikes in balloting totals (Adds quotes, byline) By Larry Fine Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ivan Rodriguez, a strong hitter and rifle-armed catcher who nabbed would-be base stealers at a 46 percent career rate, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Rodriguez, who spent most of his Major League Baseball career with the Texas Rangers, will be joined in the Class of 2017 by Houston Astros great Jeff Bagwell and former Montreal Expos All-Star Tim Raines with their induction on July 30.

Hamilton signs minor league deal with Rangers, will try 1B (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:57:52 PST

Josh Hamilton walked into a room at the Texas Rangers' ballpark carrying a new first baseman's mitt and feeling the way he did 10 years ago. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who has had surgery three times on his left knee since last playing in 2015, knows he has to earn a spot on the roster this spring. ''The first thing that comes to mind is 2007 spring training with the Reds.

Longtime baseball executive Dan O'Brien Sr. dies at 87 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:32:38 PST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Longtime major league executive Dan O'Brien Sr. has died at 87.

Four Reds players reach 1-year deals to avoid arbitration (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:02:48 PST

Shortstop Zack Cozart earned a significant raise from the Reds following his return from reconstructive knee surgery for a career season in 2016, one of four arbitration-eligible players to reach agreement on new contracts with the club Friday. Left-hander Tony Cingrani, who made $530,000 last season, received a $1,825,000 deal while center fielder Billy Hamilton will earn $2,625,000 and right-hander Blake Wood gets $1,275,000. Cozart was limited to 53 games in 2015 because of the knee surgery, then returned last year to bat .252 with a career-high 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 121 games.

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.

Reds sign RH reliever Louis Coleman to minor league deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:40:10 PST

Right-hander Louis Coleman agreed to a minor league deal on Tuesday with the Cincinnati Reds, who invited him to big spring training with a chance to win a role in their historically bad bullpen. The Reds signed Drew Storen to a $3 million, one-year deal last week, and he could win the closer's job. Cincinnati also needs help in the set-up role.

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.

Dominican league manager fired after embarrassing bullpen gaffe (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:39:52 PST

Sometimes all it takes is one brain cramp to tip the scales. Unfortunately for Pat Kelly, a former major leaguer catcher who has served as manager for Licey in the Dominican League, he experienced that brain cramp during a game on Thursday, and the momentary lapse likely played a role in Kelly losing his job on Friday. According to the Associated Press, Kelly was fired one day after an embarrassing mid-game gaffe that saw him signal to Licey’s bullpen during the eighth inning of a 5-2 loss to Aguilas.

Brandon Phillips reportedly blocked a trade to the Braves in November (Big League Stew)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:31:02 PST

Second baseman Brandon Phillips has been with the Cincinnati Reds for the past 11 seasons, and even though he’s got just one more year left on his contract, it certainly seems like he wants to play it out in Cincinnati. Phillips doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract, but he does have 10-and-5 rights, which entitles a player who has been in the majors for ten years and with the same team for five consecutive years to block any trade. It gives players — especially players who have been with one team on a long contract — a chance to control their destiny a little bit, and that’s what Phillips chose to do.

Phillips Stays Put, Again (Rotoworld)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:19:00 PST

Nate Grimm touches on the Brandon Phillips saga and looks at Tyson Ross' suitors in Friday's edition of the Offseason Lowdown.

Lowdown: Bautista in Limbo (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

The notoriously flashy slugger has encountered a surprisingly quiet market in free agency.

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.

Drew Storen, Reds agree to $3 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:29:47 PST

Right-hander Drew Storen dressed for Halloween as his favorite Reds player when he was growing up. The Reds agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with Storen, the first move to improve Cincinnati's bullpen. Part of Storen's attraction to the Reds was a chance to play for the team he followed as a youth in Indianapolis.

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.

Reds complete front office reorganization under new GM (The Associated Press)

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:21:36 PST

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds completed their front office reorganization on Tuesday, with Dick Williams succeeding Walt Jocketty as general manager.

Ten things MLB teams wish they could take back (Big League Stew)

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:06:36 PST

If it’s possible for the Red Sox to un-retire David Ortiz, they’d probably do that. MLB teams also got a number of questionable, uh, “gifts” throughout the year, and there’s no question they want to return them. It cannot be overstated how much the Diamondbacks keep making their future more difficult with every move they make.

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.

Former major league player Phil Gagliano dies at 74 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:09:06 PST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Phil Gagliano, who played for four different teams in a 12-year major league baseball career, has died. He was 74.

Manny Ramirez is eyeing another comeback, but where? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:21:36 PST

The baseball journey of slugger Manny Ramirez has been a long one (and sometimes filled with controversy). Eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, seven full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, a few seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and handfuls of games with the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. And then there are his comeback attempts with the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs (which included time as a batting consultant). But Manny’s not done. He wants his baseball journey to continue on, and he’s doing what he can to make it happen.

Report: Pirates sign Ivan Nova to three-year, $26 million contract (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:54:56 PST

Another starting pitcher is off the market, and Pittsburgh Pirates fans have received a very affordable holiday gift from their team. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports is reporting that Ivan Nova has signed a three-year contract with the Pirates, worth $26 million with a $2 million signing bonus. Nova started his season with the New York Yankees, racking up an 4.90 ERA in 97.1 innings.

Figuring out the best suitors for Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PST

Edwin Encarnacion is the best player still on the market. Over the past five years, few hitters have been as dominant as Encarnacion. Encarnacion reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million deal to return to Toronto, and it doesn’t appear he’s received a more enticing offer since then.

Orioles keep reliever Ondrusek with $650,000, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:46:55 PST

Reliever Logan Ondrusek has agreed to a $650,000, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, a deal that includes a $1.5 million club option for 2018. Ondrusek can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses under the agreement announced Tuesday: $100,000 each for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 games. Baltimore had declined his $1.85 million option for 2017, triggering a $250,000 buyout.

Dose: Birds Get Fowler (Rotoworld)

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:31:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses the Cardinals' signing of Dexter Fowler, the Nats' pursuit of a closer and the Padres' Rule 5 haul in Friday's Dose.

AP source: Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:32:09 PST

Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too. The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years. Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Cubs get Davis, Yankees get Chapman, Nats trade 3 young arms (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:57:57 PST

The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. As for the Washington Nationals, well, they opened quite a debate Wednesday by trading not one, not two, but three talented, young pitchers for White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was still pending a physical - it would be the richest deal ever for a reliever, shattering the $62 million, five-year pact Mark Melancon got from San Francisco just a couple days ago.

Sale traded to Red Sox, who's the next big name to move? (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:45:00 PST

The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Andrew McCutchen is still available, perhaps the Tigers really would deal Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, and Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton might be on the move. The AL East champion Red Sox sent a package of four prospects including high-priced and highly talented hitter Yoan Moncada to the Chicago White Sox for the All-Star ace.