- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
This is The Stew's running list of trades and signings that happen during baseball's winter meetings. We'll keep updating this post as the news happens. For more chatter and rumors, be sure to check out our winter meetings tracker.
MONDAY White Sox add pitcher Felipe Paulino on a one-year deal The White Sox added starting pitching depth by signing Felipe Paulino to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. He's coming back from 2012 Tommy John surgery. In 2011 and 2012, he pitched for the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals.
BLS take : There's good potential here. There's also risk. His ERA was 4.46 in 2011, but advanced-stat minded pundits will tell you he's better than that. They love Paulino's FIP of 3.54 (that's from 2010-2012). This isn't a organization-altering move, but come July or August, the White Sox could look smart.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Apparently Barry Bonds' $25 million Beverly Hills mansion hasn't been dazzling potential buyers since it went on the market last January. Now the ex-MLB slugger has reduced the price by $1.5 million.
Poor Barry. Can't get into the Hall of Fame on his first try, can't sell his house. It is a nice crib too — 17,100-square-foot of nice, in fact. Here's how Realtor.com describes it:
Bonds’ enormous mansion is one of his finest home runs, which is saying something considering he hit 762 bombs over the course of his career. Beyond its sheer size — Bonds expanded the compound-estate by 5,500 square feet after buying it — the Hall of Fame property is flush in the finer things of life.
Looking right at home on its 1.85 acres, the seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manse comes complete with “smart home” technology, allowing a person to control a number of functions from the touch of an iPad or iPhone (probably Android devices, too).
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 days ago
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Famous actor/Red Sox fan/Funky Bunch leader Mark Wahlberg has no hard feelings about Jacoby Ellsbury taking $153 million from the New York Yankees and departing from the Boston Red Sox.
"We got the ring already, let him get his money ... Johnny Damon did it, it is what it is ... I'm very happy for him, he's a great guy."
That reaction might seem somewhat surprising considering how hard some in Boston are taking the news, and how dedicated the Wahlberg clan is to their Boston sports.
- Mike Osegueda at Big League Stew21 days ago
We've given a lot of love to fielders and their wizardry with their gloves in our recent Plays of the Year entries, but today, let's focus on the bats. That's why so many of us like baseball — there's very little in sports that can match the excitement of a big hit.
We saw a number of great ones this season — from midseason marvels to postseason daggers. It was hard to narrow this category down to four finalists, but we did. Two from the postseason, two from the regular season. Which is the best? Most impressive? Most exciting? Well, that's for you to decide.
Head over to the Big League Stew Facebook page and vote for your favorite. But first, watch them all again, in chronological order:
San Francisco Giants at center of Batkid caper — because even baseball couldn’t resist this feel-good storyMike Osegueda at Big League Stew24 days ago
If you're a person with an Internet connection, it was impossible Friday to miss what will likely go down as the feel-good story of the year — the #SFBatKid, a 5-year-old leukemia patient turned super hero when San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City.
With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, young Miles Scott had his wish fulfilled to be Batman for a day. Only it happened on such a grand scale that the country fell in love with Batkid, as he traveled Gotham in a Batmobile (a Lamborghini) and thwarted the criminal efforts of The Penguin and The Riddler. Miles even got a shout out from the president on Vine.
[Photos: Batkid takes San Francisco by storm]
- Mike Osegueda at Big League Stew24 days ago
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Not that Derek Jeter will have any shortage of options once he decides to walk away from his playing career, but the New York Yankees shortstop is already building his post-baseball empire and he's not starting with the typical athlete biz.
He's creating Jeter Publishing, a venture with book giant Simon & Schuster, that will see Jeter identifying and creating new books, according to Publishers Weekly. Adult nonfiction, picture books and middle-grade fiction will be Jeter's turf here. Range is important, right?
[Watch: Miguel Cabrera, American League MVP]
Jeter called turning to book publishing:
“[A]n exciting way for me to discover new books, share insights of my own, or from people I believe have interesting stories, philosophies or practices to share.”
- Mike Osegueda at Big League Stew25 days ago
That GIF above is Andrew McCutchen dancing after winning the NL MVP award on Thursday.
Now you can add "dancing on national TV" to the reasons why Andrew McCutchen might be the coolest guy in baseball. Along with the MVP award, of course.
You can argue all day about where McCutchen ranks among the best players in baseball, but he's made it pretty clear in 2013 that he's one of the coolest guys in the game. He's gotta rank high in baseball's GYWTHW rankings too (that's Guys You Want to Hang With).
Why, you ask? You're in luck, friendly reader, because we made a list:
1. He busts a move And not just the post-MVP groove, but stuff like this too:
2. He helped eliminate 21 years of Pittsburgh pain The year 1992 was the last time any of these things happened before 2013: The Pirates had a winning record. The Pirates made the postseason. The Pirates had an MVP winner. Wiped out, all of 'em.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew25 days ago
Get your calculators. The $672 million deal between the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County, which will build a new stadium and relocate the team to the suburbs, has been broken down for all to see. As is the case any time there's $672,000 involved — let alone $672 million — there's a lot to look at, scrutinize and wonder about.
But first, two of the bigger points we've learned since the stadium's memorandum of understanding has been made public (you can read the entire thing below):
The Braves will pay for 55 percent of the stadium, which is a higher percentage than previously reported. That's $372 million, compared to the ~$200 million that was disclosed earlier in the week by Atlanta's mayor Kasim Reed. The Braves will pay $280 million up front. Keep in mind, they're owned by Liberty Media, which is worth $33.94 billion as of September.
Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona bring winning attitudes, Manager of the Year awards back to Pittsburgh and ClevelandMike Osegueda at Big League Stew27 days ago
They changed the culture of their teams. They brought winning back. They reached the playoffs again in 2013. And Tuesday, Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians were named the MLB Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
When you're thinking of baseball cities that have seen more than their fair share of losing, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are on the shortlist.
The Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948. They've had glimpses of postseason success, flashes of being good. But they're still a sports team in a Cleveland, a city that's grown accustomed to losing. The Pirates, meanwhile, hadn't made the postseason since 1992. They hadn't owned a winning record since then either. They've been close in years past, but fell apart down the stretch.
This year, both cities got injections of winning. And their skippers deserved plenty of credit.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew27 days ago
We're already asked you to select the best infield play of the year, so now we shift our attention to the outfield in the next segment of The Stew's plays of the year poll.
We present to you our five finalists for best outfield play. We've got great catches, a laser throw and crucial moments.
These are all great. A play doesn't make it into a post like this without being great. Your mission now, fair reader, is to select which play is most impressive. Head over to the Big League Stew Facebook page and vote for your favorite.
But first, watch them all again, in chronological order: