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  • MLB Network's 'Joy in Wrigleyville' is chock full of emotions

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    For the first time since 1908, there was true joy in Wrigleyville after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Now we’ll have a unique opportunity to experience the joy up close and personal with some of the Cubs most loyal fans, which range from worldwide celebrities to the family next door.

    The aptly titled program “Joy in Wrigleyville,” will be the first offseason installment of the popular documentary series MLB Network Presents. It will air Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, right after the Winter Meetings coverage wraps up. But thanks to the kind folks at MLB Network we were able to view it advance. Trust us, it’s a must-see program for fans of all generations and of all teams.

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    Hosted by Bob Costas, the program focuses on the emotions of a starved fanbase as its beloved franchise nears history. We’ll experience all of the highs and lows with them, from the moment the Cubs won the National League pennant for the first time since 1945, to being on the brink of elimination after falling behind three games to one to the Cleveland Indians, to winning a truly epic Game 7.

    Here’s a quick synopsis from MLB Network.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Where will Kenley Jansen wind up?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    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.

    THE BIG ONE: If you missed the biggest news of Wednesday night: Aroldis Chapman chose to return to the New York Yankees, agreeing to a record-setting five-year deal worth $86 million. Chapman was the No. 3 overall free agent on the market. [Yahoo Sports]

    THE NEXT ONE: Chapman making his choice leaves Kenley Jansen as the latest elite closer on the market. Jansen, the ex-Dodger, is said to be choosing between going back to L.A. or heading to the Miami Marlins. Per Passan, the Marlins are being quite aggressive in their pursuit of Jansen, offering five years and more than $80 million too. [@JeffPassan]

    Sources: The Marlins have made a monster offer for Kenley Jansen — almost at the level of Aroldis Chapman. Five years, more than $80M.

  • Matt Holliday made sure Yankees can never trade him to one former team

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Have you ever lived in a city or worked for a company that you promised yourself you’d never live in or work for again?

    New York Yankees free-agent signee Matt Holliday has, and though his chosen profession essentially guarantees he’ll return to the city of his apparent disdain temporarily, the negotiating power of his agent has reportedly guaranteed he won’t return there permanently or work for his former employer again.

    Well, at least during the 2017 season.

    As we learned on Wednesday, Holliday’s one-year, $13M contract with the Yankees reportedly includes one very interesting and unique provision. It’s essentially a one-team no-trade clause that prevents the Yankees from trading Holliday to the Oakland A’s, where he played during the 2009 season.

    Interesting wrinkle in Matt Holliday's deal with Yankees. Contract allows him to block trades to one team: Oakland Athletics.

    — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 7, 2016

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  • Done Deals: Mariners get Chris Heston in trade with Giants

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    This is The Stew’s running list of trades and signings that happen during baseball’s Winter Meetings. We’ll update this post as news happens.

    WEDNESDAY Mariners get Chris Heston in trade with Giants Because Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto wasn’t leaving the Winter Meetings without making at least one trade, the M’s struck a deal with the Giants to acquire pitcher Chris Heston. There’s no immediate return for the Giants. They’ll get a player to be named later.Jon Morosi of was first to report the news.

    Adam Eaton goes to Nats in latest White Sox trade The White Sox are the wheelin’-and-dealin’ team of these Winter Meetings. They did it again by striking a deal with the Washington Nationals sending centerfielder Adam Eaton to D.C. in exchange for three prospects. Pitcher Lucas Giolito, the Nats’ No. 1 overall prospect, goes back to Chicago, as do Reynaldo Lopez (No. 3) and Dane Dunning (No. 6).

    Sources: The Jays and Steve Pearce agree to a two-year, $12.5 million deal.

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  • How much did Red Sox World Series odds improve following Chris Sale trade?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs are still the team to beat, according to Bovada Las Vegas oddsmakers, but a flurry of moves on Tuesday has the Boston Red Sox right on their heels.

    In a span of hours, Boston added another ace by acquiring Chris Sale in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. They also picked up a critical bullpen piece, trading for right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers. To cap off their big afternoon, Boston signed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.

    Though the Red Sox also parted with coveted prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, that series of moves changed the landscape quickly, moving Boston from a 9/1 favorite on Nov. 3 to a 11/2 on Wednesday. That closed the gap on Chicago, which was a 7/2 favorite the day after winning the 2016 World Series, and is now a 15/4  favorite. 

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  • You'll be able to purchase a Tim Tebow baseball card very soon

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    Rejoice and be glad, because Tim Tebow baseball cards are coming just in time for the holidays. Panini America will release its 2016 Elite Extra Edition on Dec. 21, which will feature an autographed card of Tebow with the New York Mets.

    Here’s a glance at what that card will look like, courtesy of Blowout Buzz:

    Tim Tebow’s first baseball card autos coming soon in Elite Extra Edition >> #collect

    — BlowoutBuzz (@BlowoutBuzz) December 7, 2016

    The Elite Extra Edition card will be the first autographed Tebow card to hit the market, and will represent the first time Tebow will be included in an actual pack of baseball cards. We should note that not every Tebow card comes autographed. Those are limited.

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  • White Sox trade Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 22 hrs ago

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Washington Nationals are getting the centerfielder they’ve been chasing and the Chicago White Sox now look like a team stockpiling big-name prospects.

    The two teams completed a trade Wednesday that will send Adam Eaton to the Nats in exchange for a package of prospects led by Lucas Giolito, a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher who is the Nats’ No. 1 overall prospect. The Sox are getting two more minor-league pitchers too.

    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report the deal was done. Our Jeff Passan confirmed it:

    Source confirms Adam Eaton goes to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. Wow. What a haul for the White Sox.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2016

    According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, the White Sox are also getting Reynaldo Lopez, the Nats’ No. 3 prospect, and Dane Dunning, the Nats’ No. 6 prospect.

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  • Winter Meetings Journal, Day 3: Time to wrap up that unfinished business

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis is going to the Cubs. The Orioles said they won’t sign Jose Bautista because their fans don’t like him. Good times, right?

    Now that we’re in the last full day of the Winter Meetings — Thursday is mostly the Rule 5 Draft then getting to the airport on time — it’s time to see what unfinished business teams are trying to wrap up before we all depart the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2016


  • Ian Desmond deal presents more questions than answers for Rockies

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Imagine being a Colorado Rockies fan Wednesday morning. As you sit at work hoping your team does something this offseason, your phone buzzes. It’s a Rockies alert. You slowly start to read the words.

    “Rockies agree,” it begins, and you start to get excited. The Rockies signed someone. That’s great.

    The next words read, “to $70 million deal.” OK, now you’re losing your mind. Seventy million is a lot of money. It looks like the Rockies just signed an elite player. Maybe it was Edwin Encarnacion. He seems like a fit.

    The message finishes, “with Ian Desmond.” You stare at your phone for what feels like an hour, unable to gather your thoughts. Something finally comes to your mind and you blurt it out immediately. It’s just one word.


    That’s an apt response. Desmond signing with the Rockies presents far more questions than it does answers. Since this is a deal that can’t simply be summed up as “good” or “bad” on the surface, it’s worth exploring all the questions and seeing if we can figure out exactly what the Rockies are thinking.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Cubs could land closer Wade Davis from Royals

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    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.

    THE HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE NIGHT: The Cubs and Royals were hot and heavy about a Wade Davis trade throughout Tuesday night. The offer reportedly being considered is a 1-for-1, Davis for outfielder Jorge Soler. The Cubs aren’t the only team in on Davis, though. At this point, it’s safe to say the Cubs are the favorite to land Davis but it’s not finished yet. [@JeffPassan]

    Source: While the Cubs/Royals' Wade Davis-for-Jorge Soler trade is "seriously down the road," it is not expected to be completed tonight.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2016

    TRUMBLOWN: The Mariners were said to be after Mark Trumbo, but the latest rumor says that was exaggerated, though the two sides are talking. [@ChrisCotillo]