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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.



Angels sign OF Ryan LaMarre, drop INF Gregorio Petit (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:10:59 PST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre and designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment.



Pete Rose is getting at least one Hall of Fame vote (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:15:48 PST

Pete Rose isn’t eligible for the Hall of Fame, but at least one writer is voting for him. Baseball Hall of Fame season is nearly upon us, and that can be either a good or bad thing based on how much you enjoy getting into arguments online. One of the biggest debates facing the process the past couple seasons is that voters can only place 10 players on their ballots. Many feel there are more than 10 deserving candidates for the Hall of Fame on the current ballot, but 10 is the arbitrary limit set by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).



What every MLB team should be thankful for this Thanksgiving (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:13:56 PST

The holiday season is here. For some, that means consuming good food while being surrounded by old friends and loving family members. Your turkey is juicy, your conversations are rich and your weird uncle decided not to show up this year.



Rays make trade with Mariners, set 40-man roster (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:03:12 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded infielder/outfielders Taylor Motter and Richie Shaffer to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguers Dalton Kelly, Andrew Kittredge and Dylan Thompson.



Former Reds catcher Johnny Bench launches anti-bullying app (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:59:00 PST

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench has launched a new cellphone app aimed at combatting bullying in schools nationwide.



BLS Draft: MLB teams most likely to win the 2017 World Series (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:38:09 PST

The offseason is barely underway. While some players have signed, the big-name free agents still remain on the market. On top of that, trade rumors are already brewing, and some significant players appear to be available. In just a few months, the whole landscape of baseball could change drastically.



MVP 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:28:16 PST

Each league has a most valuable player, and that player is decided by a panel of 30 voters for each league. All of the voting happened before the playoffs, which is good for most of the finalists, and disappointing for Kris Bryant (who did pretty well in the 2016 playoffs). The race in the American League is wide open, despite the presence of Mike Trout, the best baseball player on planet Earth. Both Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts turned in stellar seasons full of personal bests, and their teams were in contention down the stretch.



Nationals agree to terms on $1.4M, 1-year deal with Heisey (The Associated Press)

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:32:31 PST

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Heisey has agreed to $1.4 million, one-year deal to return to the Washington Nationals.



Brandon Phillips reportedly more open to waive no-trade clause (Big League Stew)

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:05:17 PST

Brandon Phillips is reportedly more open to a trade this winter. There’s a reason Brandon Phillips didn’t make our list of 25 players who could get traded this offseason. The 35-year-old second baseman owns full no-trade rights as a result of his 10-and-5 status, which means 10 years in the major leagues and the last five with the same team (in this case the Cincinnati Reds), and in the past he hasn’t been afraid to use them.



25 MLB players who could get traded this offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:34:33 PST

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is one of the biggest names on the trade market. The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway! The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have taken notice thus far, bringing in R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to strengthen their staff. While Atlanta is winning the offseason right now, that seems unlikely to continue. There is significant talent available on the free-agent market, but it’s also pretty clear this year’s crop is watered down.



Preller mixes with other GMs for first time since suspension (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:53:05 PST

Three weeks after his 30-day suspension ended, San Diego general manager A.J. Preller is mixing with his fellow general managers at baseball's annual GMs meeting. Major League Baseball suspended Preller without pay on Sept. 15 after a league investigation showed the Padres had withheld medical information from trade partners, including a July deal that sent All-Star left-hander Drew Pomeranz to Boston. ''I think you always learn from everything,'' Preller said Tuesday.



Pete Rose's new Cincinnati statue will have a touch of 'Charlie Hustle' (Big League Stew)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 12:55:12 PST

Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose holds his place marker during a ceremony to honor the 1976 World Series champion team in June. Earlier this week the Cincinnati Reds announced plans to unveil a Pete Rose statue at Great American Ball Park on June 17 of next year. Rose will become the fourth member of the franchise’s famed “Big Red Machine” from the 1970s to be honored, joining baseball Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:35:17 PDT

The dramatic final game of the 2016 World Series was the most-watched baseball game in 25 years. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday night and Fox announced that its Game 7 broadcast averaged just over 40 million viewers. - - The Minnesota Twins appointed Thad Levine as the team's senior vice president and general manager Levine, who turns 45 on Nov. 12, has served as the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers for the past 11 seasons.



Reds trade LHP John Lamb to Rays for cash (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:54:04 PDT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have traded left-handed starter John Lamb to the Tampa Bay Rays for money, five days after he was designated for assignment.



Baseball-List of World Series MVP winners (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:04:24 PDT

Nov 2 (Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2016 - Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) 2015 - Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals) 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...



Dose: Cubs End Series Drought (Rotoworld)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:57:00 PDT

Recapping a wild World Series Game 7.



Baseball-List of World Series winners (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:59:49 PDT

(Refiles to remove errant word from headline) Nov 2 (Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2016 - Chicago Cubs 4, Cleveland Indians 3 2015 - Kansas City Royals 4, New York Mets 1 2014 - San Francisco Giants 4, Kansas City Royals 3 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. ...



Factbox: When Cubs last won World Series in 1908, there were 46 U.S. states (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:38:14 PDT

The Chicago Cubs are playing the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in the deciding Game Seven of Major League Baseball's World Series with hopes of ending the team's 108-year wait for a championship. The long-suffering Cubs have not won a World Series title since 1908, enduring one of the longest championship droughts in professional sports history. Since 1908, the United States, and the world, have changed dramatically.



When Cubs last won World Series in 1908, there were 46 U.S. states (Reuters)

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:36:51 PDT

The Chicago Cubs are playing the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in the deciding Game Seven of Major League Baseball's World Series with hopes of ending the team's 108-year wait for a championship. The long-suffering Cubs have not won a World Series title since 1908, enduring one of the longest championship droughts in professional sports history. Since 1908, the United States, and the world, have changed dramatically.



The Latest: Cubs beat Indians 9-3 to force Game 7 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:44:16 PDT

The Chicago Cubs have closed out a 9-3 victory over the Indians to force the World Series to Game 7 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. With the Cubs leading 9-2, closer Aroldis Chapman has been removed after issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth inning. In that one, Chapman fired 15 of his 42 pitches at 100 mph or faster.



Finalists announced for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Big League Stew)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:26:01 PDT

Much like the Hollywood awards season, baseball has its own awards season. With the World Series already at Game 3 and the end of baseball staring everyone in the face, that means awards time is upon us. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given for defensive excellence, got an early jump on things, announcing the three finalists for every American League and National League position on Thursday afternoon.



Report: Yoenis Cespedes expected to opt out of Mets contract (Big League Stew)

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:18:11 PDT

Yoenis Cespedes is going to hit the free-agent market again. The World Series is still in full swing, but it’s never too early to start thinking about free agency. The first big offseason news dropped Wednesday, as it appears New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract and become a free-agent, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.



Weather concerns bring back memories of Series postponements (The Associated Press)

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:37:34 PDT

Major League Baseball moved the start of Game 2 of the World Series an hour earlier Wednesday night in an effort to avoid some potentially dicey weather. Wet weather has played a significant role on several occasions in the World Series. 2008: The Philadelphia Phillies led the series 3-1, but their bid for a championship was interrupted when Game 5 was suspended in the sixth inning , tied at 2.



Ten moments that fueled the Cubs run to the World Series (Big League Stew)

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:27:26 PDT

For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. Now all that stands between them and ending a 108-year championship drought is four wins against the Cleveland Indians. Then again, nothing seemed more improbable than the Cubs actually winning a pennant to begin with.



Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon, Leon Durham as hitting coaches (The Associated Press)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:53:30 PDT

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach and Leon Durham as assistant hitting coach.



Are Indians adding to list of great postseason bullpens? (The Associated Press)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:35:51 PDT

By winning the AL Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. Injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer left Cleveland in a tough spot even as the Indians kept winning. Cleveland won Game 5 and the series behind a solid effort from Merritt, but the Indians would love for Bauer and perhaps even Salazar to be able to contribute at some point soon.



Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDT

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.



The Blue Jays are going to have a tough time winning the ALCS (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:27:55 PDT

On Monday night, the Cleveland Indians managed their third straight win in the American League Championship Series. They beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2, and they did it using their bullpen almost exclusively — starter Trevor Bauer left the game after getting just two outs when his stitched-up pinky began to gush blood like a geyser. It was an insane, unlikely win, and it means that it’s reality check time for the Blue Jays. Cleveland has the momentum, too, and on Tuesday they’re sending their ace, Corey Kluber, out to the mound.