Mark Townsend

  • Giants stay the course, re-sign Jake Peavy to two-year deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 6 hrs ago

    It's becoming increasingly obvious that general managers around Major League Baseball don't place sleep high on their list of priorities. When they're closing in on a deal? Forget about it.

    The latest late night/early morning deal is brought to us by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, who reports the San Francisco Giants and GM Brian Sabean have reached an agreement to bring back veteran right-hander Jake Peavy on a two-year deal.

    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick later confirmed the overnight agreement and the financials, which come in at $24 million guaranteed.

    Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause.

    While the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres aggressively move furniture around in hopes of surpassing the Giants in the NL West, the defending World Series champions have yet to make an addition of note this winter. That's significant on its own accord, but it becomes more glaring when you consider they've also lost a cornerstone in Pablo Sandoval, who last month inked a five-year, $95 million deal with the Boston Red Sox.

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  • Kris Medlen gets two-year deal from Royals after Tommy John surgery

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 15 hrs ago

    With ace James Shields ready to move on this winter, the Kansas City Royals are ramping up efforts to add depth to their starting rotation. On Wednesday, they announced a two-year, $20 million deal with veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez. On Thusday, they stayed busy, announcing a two-year, $8.5 million deal with former Atlanta Braves starter Kris Medlen.

    Both deals definitely carry some risk and reward for Kansas City. As the Stew noted on Wednesday, in Volquez's case it's performance based following a somewhat surprising and possibly unsustainable bounce-back season in 2014. In Medlen's case, it centers almost entirely around health. In March, the 29-year-old right-hander underwent his second Tommy John surgery in four years.

    What they're hoping for, obviously, is a return to the field at some point in 2015 and more impactful contribution in 2016 and perhaps beyond. That's consistent with the usual recovery time from Tommy John surgery, though obviously things can be different when it's a second Tommy John. 

  • Rays' stadium deal rejected by St. Petersburg City Council

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 17 hrs ago

    An agreement between the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman that would have allowed the teamto search for new stadium sites within Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, has been rejected by the St. Petersburg City Council

    If approved, the agreement would have served as the first significant breakthrough for the Rays as they attempt to move on from Tropicana Field. The Rays would have been free to survey sites within the Tampa area. If they found something to their liking and elected to opt out of their lease at Tropicana Field before it expired in 2027, they would have been on the hook to make yearly payments to the City of St. Petersburg.

    At the end of the day though, there were too many questions and concerns surrounding the agreement to get the support necessary from the Council.

    No comment from #Rays president Brian Auld. It was five "no" votes, three "yes."

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  • Michael Kohn predicted he'd play for the Braves at age 10

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    As children, we're often encouraged to dream big and work hard to make those big dreams come true. Of course, as life goes along, sometimes those dreams change or life leads us in a new direction. but for Michael Kohn, a native of Charleston, SC and a lifelong Braves fan, his path has taken him right where he always wanted to be.

    We have proof of that too, because MLB.com's Mark Bowman posted a mission statement on Twitter that the now 28-year-old reliever wrote as a contract to his parents when he was only 10. 

    New #Braves reliever @MichaelKohn58 wrote this when he was 10-years-old. pic.twitter.com/NuSFqa1Zq5

    As presented, the message reads:

    Still, he's plenty motivated coming off a four-year stint with the Los Angeles Angels. In 126 games, he posted a 3.67 ERA over 110.1 innings, and even notched a pair of saves. Overall though he wasn't thrust into too many critical situations, which is something he'll aim to change in Atlanta. 

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  • Chris Davis receives Adderall exemption following suspension

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    After receiving a 25-game suspension on Sept. 12 for unauthorized use of the drug Adderall, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has requested and  been granted a theraputic use exemption from the league in order to continue using it in 2015.

    This according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who made the revelation during a team-related event on Tuesday.

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by Davis that the first baseman has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season.

    “It's a good thing,” Showalter said during the 36th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills. “Yeah, he told me he was approved for it.”

    Of course, what matters now for Davis and the Orioles is that it appears he'll be covered in 2015, allowing him to use Adderall without the threat of a larger suspension. But it would have been interesting to see how Baltimore would have fared against the Kansas City Royals with Davis in the lineup. 

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  • Marlins announce Michael Morse signing by Morse code

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Credit where it's due, the Miami Marlins are doing some serious work this winter and seem to be on track to field a very competitive team in 2015. 

    It would also appear they're on top of their social media game. On Wednesday, the team announced its most recent acquisition on Twitter, that of free-agent slugger Michael Morse on a two-year, $16 million contract, in a way that would only truly make sense under the circumstances: Morse code. 

    You'll want to make sure the Vine is unmuted for full effect.

    If you're in a spot where that's not possible, like say a work cubicle or a school play, the Marlins provided the code in text form.  

    Sorry, that was confusing. Translation: -- .- .-. .-.. .. -. ... / ... .. --. -. / -- --- .-. ... .

    Impressive, but Big League Stew would a little further with the Morse code in reporting his trade from the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles back in 2013. Check that out here

    Now, here's the full translation of the Morse signing by Miami

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  • Rene Rivera welcomes new teammate to San Diego, is immediately traded

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The unpredictable nature of baseball's offseason struck again on Wednesday, resulting in what would best be described as an awkward tweet from veteran catcher Rene Rivera.

    Like any good teammate, Rivera went out of his way to welcome free-agent pitcher Brandon Morrow to the San Diego Padres after  he inked a deal with team on Tuesday

    @2Morrow23 good to have you in the team! Excited to work with you! Welcome to the @Padres

    The awkward part? Just as Rivera was welcoming his new teammate to town, he became a new teammate himself. New Padres general manager A.J. Preller continued his aggressive offseason, shipping Rene Rivera to the Tampa Bay Rays as a part of the three-team, 11-player deal that included the Washington Nationals and was highlighted by Wil Myers going to the Padres.

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  • Padres GM A.J. Preller continues overhaul with Wil Myers deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    For the first time in a long time, the San Diego Padres resemble an organization with a sense of urgency.

    On Wednesday, new general manager A.J. Preller agreed to his second blockbuster trade in eight days, acquiring 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team, 11-player trade that also includes the Washington Nationals. At last week's Winter Meetings, he agreed to a major trade with the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers, acquiring outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects. 

    Both deals are pending physicals and perhaps other seemingly minor hangups, but once completed would immediately give San Diego two middle-of-the-order bats with which to rebuild their 30th ranked offense around. 

    Enter Preller, who is neither shy nor apprehensive when it comes to being aggressive and taking risks. 

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  • Jose Canseco wants shot at CM Punk in UFC

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    Since it was annouced that Phil "CM Punk" Brooks had signed a multi-fight deal with UFC, fighters ranging from rookies to mixed martial arts legends have been coming out of the woodwork looking to be his first opponent.

    A few celebrities with fighting experience have joined that parade as well. Most notably. "Power Ranger" Jason David Frank, who has five professional fights under his belt, called out Brooks earlier this week.

    He wasn't the last though. Predictably, and perhaps even sadly, we can officially add the name of Jose Canseco to that growing list.

    I can beat the crap out of @cmpunk. I am ready @ufc

    Yeah, those definitely qualify as fighting words.

    BLS H/N: Fox Sports

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  • John Hart on retooling Braves: Not like I’m breaking up ’27 Yanks

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    New Atlanta Braves president John Hart has been around the block a few times.

    As the general manager of the Cleveland Indians throughout the entire 1990s and later the Texas Rangers from 2002-05, Hart has shown he's not afraid to take on a challenge head-on, and his track record with both clubs suggests he'll find a way to overcome it.

    His new challenge with the Braves is a little different though. Hart is taking over a team that topped 85 wins five years running before dropping to a disappointing 79-83 in 2014. They've tasted regular season success on a regular basis, but they also haven't won a playoff series since 2001, and now flaws are showing on an offense that finished near dead last in MLB, and in a starting rotation that thinned out even further with Ervin Santana leaving for Minnesota. 

    “Let’s be honest: This team finished 29th in offense,” Hart said. “It’s not like I’m breaking up the ’27 Yankees.”

    And to that we proclaim: Well played, Mr. Hart.

    He also recently inked Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million deal, which could prove more cost effective than extending Heyward would have.

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