Mike Oz

  • Phil Hughes agrees to $42M contract extension with Twins

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    Phil Hughes, who had the best season of his career in 2014 after signing with the Minnesota Twins as a free agent, is getting himself a nice raise a few days before Christmas.

    Hughes and the Twins agreed to a $42 million contract extension Monday that will keep him in Minnesota until 2019. The new deal restructures the two remaining seasons on Hughes' free-agent contract and adds three more.

    The breakdown: $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016, then $13.2 million annually in 2017, 2018 and 2019. So, in essence, he's getting $58 million for the next five years. Hughes was going to make $8 million in 2015 and 2016 per his previous contract with the Twins, which was for $24 million over three seasons.

    So pumped to call Minnesota home for the next 5 years! Thank you to the @Twins organization and fans for all the support! #TwinsTerritory

  • Yankees will pay for education of slain NYPD officer's children

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    Fair or not, the New York Yankees have a reputation for being baseball's "evil empire." Well, here's something that's certainly not evil: The Yankees are paying for the education of slain New York police officer Rafael Ramos' two children.

    Ramos was one of the two NYPD officers shot and killed Saturday by a gunman who ambushed the two officers then later killed himself. The Yankees, through their Silver Shield Foundation, will pay for the education of Ramos' two children. He left behind a college-aged son and a 13-year-old named Jaden, who gained attention for mourning his father on Facebook.

    The other officer killed, Wenjian Liu, didn't have children, or else the Silver Shield Foundation would have helped them too. The foundation has been doing this kind of work since 1982, when it was founded by ex-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

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  • Report: Yankees send Martin Prado to Marlins in five-player trade

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The Miami Marlins have reportedly added another everyday playerto the lineup they're overhauling, while the New York Yankees added a young pitcher who they're hoping has his best days ahead of him.

    The Yankees sent the versatile Martin Prado to the Marlins, where he's likely to play third base, in a five-player swap. The Yankees are getting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, a 24-year-old with a big arm; Garrett Jones, who might have enough pop in his lefty bat to hit some longballs in the Bronx; and 22-year-old pitching prospect Domingo German.

    The Marlins are also getting pitcher David Phelps, who had a 4.38 ERA in 2014, pitching as both a starter and a reliever.Jack Curry of the YES Network was first to report the trade. 

    Speculating that Yankees love Eovaldi's big arm and think Jones can hit for power at Stadium, but losing Prado's versatility hurts.

    Possible MIA lineup: 2B Gordon, LF Yelich, RF Stanton, 3B Prado, CF Ozuna, 1B Morse, C Saltalamacchia, SS Hechavarria.

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  • Vin Scully lost World Series ring at Costco, found it in bag of ribs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Vin Scully lost his World Series ring Thursday while doing some holiday shopping. We know this, because the Dodgers sent out an APB via Twitter that Scully's ring was missing. Exactly nine minutes later, the Dodgers called the whole thing off, saying Scully's ring had been found.

    Crisis averted.

    The mystery might not be gripping enough for "Serial" to investigate, but the details of Scully's sort-of missing ring are plenty amusing. He lost it at Costco while grabbing ribs, putting them in plastic bags and loading them into his cart at the behest of his wife, Sandi. The Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke talked to Scully and got the scoop — and, in the process, proved that Scully, 87, can even make a trip to Costco sound magical. 

    "You know, maybe God heard me say that," he said.

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  • A's trade another All-Star, sending catcher Derek Norris to Padres

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Billy Beane's rebuilding plan collided with A.J. Preller's rebuilding plan Thursday, as the Oakland Athletics traded another of their 2014 All-Stars while the San Diego Padres added another guy capable of hitting baseballs pretty far.

    The A's traded catcher Derek Norris to the Padres, getting two young pitchers — Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez — in return. Norris, 25, enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, particularly in the first half when he had an OPS of .879 with eight homers and 37 RBIs. It was enough to get Norris on the AL All-Star team. His second half wasn't as good, but he was hit in the head by backswings a couple times, which certainly didn't help things.

    As Beane, the always-bold A's general manager, remakes his roster, Norris is just the latest All-Star on the move. Oakland had seven All-Stars last July. Only two remain. Norris, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija have all been traded. Sean Doolittle and Scott Kazmir, the other two All-Stars, may not want to get an A's tattoo or anything.

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  • Former Angels No. 1 pick Ryan Bolden killed in fight over candy

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    In a tragic end to a baseball life that once showed promise, Ryan Bolden, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels, was shot and killed Wednesday night.

    Bolden was just 23, and hadn't played baseball since 2013. He was drafted out of Madison Central High School in Mississippi by the Angels as the 40th overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft. His life ended after an argument broke out in an apartment complex in College Park, Ga.

    The altercation started — unfortunately enough — because of candy. From Fox 5 Atlanta:

    Investigators tell FOX 5's Marc Teichner that children, around 10- and 11-years-old, were arguing about the candy at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Lakemont Drive. Police say some adults got involved and things turned violent around 8:30 p.m. That's when a 23-year-old man was shot and killed.

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  • Japanese ace Kenta Maeda isn't coming to MLB just yet

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    We saw Japanese ace Kenta Maeda recently, when he shut down a team of MLB stars in the Japan Series, allowing just two hits in five scoreless innings. Maeda's start was watched more closely than other parts of the Japan Series because there was a belief that he could be pitching in MLB next season.

    That won't be happening, not for 2015, as we've learned that Maeda's team, the Hiroshima Carp, won't post him for MLB teams to bid on — despite his wishes to come to the U.S.. Per Jim Allen at Kyodo News:

    Hiroshima Carp tell Kenta Maeda they will not post him this season. Maeda will not be an unrestricted free agent until after 2017 season.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks were among the teams interested in Maeda.

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  • Matt Kemp has arthritis in his hips, jeopardizing trade to Padres

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    If you've been wondering why the heck the agreed-upon trade sending Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres hasn't been made official yet, you're not alone. It's been a week since news broke that the Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a deal in place to send Kemp farther down the California coastline.

    The two sides have until the end of Thursday to wrap up their deal. The rumor mill has indicated there were concerns about the physical Kemp took Tuesday with the Padres, and now we're learning that's not just gossip. According to Bob Nightengale at USA Today, Kemp's physical revealed he has "severe arthritis" in his hips.

    Keep in mind that there are varying degrees of arthritis, but if it's been classified as "severe," then this is serious. Kemp is 30 and is owed $107 million over the next five seasons. As part of the trade, the Dodgers were reportedly giving the Padres $32 million toward Kemp's salaries.

  • The Royals don't look so bad for trading Wil Myers now, do they?

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    In baseball, more so than any other major pro sport, trades are a long game. While we certainly break down winners and losers right away when a big trade happens, it usually takes years before we learn who's actually the winner and who's actually the loser.

    No trade chip proves this better than Wil Myers, the uber-prospectwho was traded from the Royals on Dec. 10, 2012, to the Tampa Bay Rays, then traded again Wednesday to the San Diego Padres in an 11-player blockbuster deal.

    When the Royals traded Myers to the Rays, they were crucified. Top prospects like Myers didn't just get traded like that, even if James Shields and Wade Davis were the return. And small-market, cash-strapped clubs like the Royals certainly don't trade their top prospects.

    But what about the Royals? They weren't technically involved in this trade, but they're definitely a part of it.

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  • Report: Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    What a world we live in. Edinson Volquez, who was released by the San Diego Padres 16 months ago, and then had a decent bounce-back season in Pittsburgh in 2014, is set to make $20 million over the next two seasons.

    The Kansas City Royals have reportedly signed Volquez, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, sticking him in their starting rotation along with Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.

    Aside from two possible imports — Chihiro Kaneko and Kenta Maeda — and one possible retiree in Hiroki Kuroda, Volquez was the best starting pitcher available on Jeff Passan's Ultimate Free-Agent tracker.

    Volquez, 31, won't be James Shields, that's for sure. He may not even be the 2014 version of himself. With the Pirates, Volquez rebounded from a dreadful 2013 (hello, 5.71 ERA!) and managed a 13-7 record with a 3.04 ERA. He hadn't had an ERA under 4.00 since his rookie season in 2008.

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