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  • Done Deals: Cubs swap Jorge Soler for Royals closer Wade Davis

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 1 hr 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 Cubs acquire Wade Davis from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Jorge Soler The long-rumored deal is finally official. The reigning world champs have picked up closer Wade Davis for one season. In exchange, they shipped Jorge Soler to the Royals.

    BLS Take: Where to begin? Opinions on Soler range pretty wildly depending on who you ask. Some see a 24-year-old who has struggled with injuries and hit just .258/.328/.434 over 765 plate appearances. Others see a former top prospect who is still relatively young and oozing with potential. The only way to find out which side is right is to give Soler a ton of plate appearances and see what happens. That’s precisely what the Royals will do. Soler is under team control through 2020 at a reasonable price, so if he hits at all, he’ll provide plenty of value for Kansas City.

    Rodney agreement with dbacks is for $2.75M plus many, many inventives. Plan is for him to close.

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2016

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

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 hrs 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 2 hrs 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 15 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 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]

  • David Ortiz teases return after Red Sox trade for Chris Sale

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz reiterated all season and continued promising after the fact that he has no intentions of playing again in 2017 or beyond. Could it be though thatBoston’s monumental trade for Chicago White Sox Chris Sale on Tuesday has Big Papi rethinking his decision?

    That’s the question we must pose based on Ortiz’s most recent Instagram post.

    My god???????????? my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?????

    A photo posted by David Ortiz (@davidortiz) on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:59pm PST

    Ortiz’s caption reads: “My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking.”

    “Thinking” can be interpreted any number of ways, of course, but if Ortiz is seriously thinking about what Red Sox fans hope he’s thinking about, then now might be a good time for them to start praying.

    The Red Sox continued moving on Tuesday, signing Mitch Moreland toa one-year deal.

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  • Cubs to split up record $27.5 million in postseason pool money

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    Thanks to another record year of revenue in Major League Baseball and a historic World Series victory, Chicago Cubs players are set to receive a hefty postseason bonus.

    As announced by MLB on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs will split up a record $27,586,017.75 postseason pot among their players. Since the Cubs will be issuing 66 full shares, that means each player will receive $368,871.59. That’s actually down from the $370,069.03 each Kansas City Royals player received after winning the 2015 World Series, but only because they awarded 58 full shares.

    As for the AL champion Indians, who missed three chances to win the series and the larger share, they received $18,390,678.50. They plan to issue 60 full shares, valued at $261,804.65.

    Overall, the players’ pool spread among the 10 postseason teams rose from $69,882,149.26. to $76,627,827.09, which was also a new record. Here’s the formula for how MLB reaches that number and for how the pool is divided among teams.

    There’s no word on who all will be receiving a Cubs share this winter, but this proves once again that it pays to win.

  • Orioles won't sign Jose Bautista because their fans don't like him

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 19 hrs ago

    Most baseball teams treat undesirable free agents they same way you might treat a failing relationship. When it’s clear things aren’t going to work out, you offer up some bland reasoning and try and break things off cleanly. If you’re lucky, that softens the blow and both sides are able to walk away with their dignity intact.

    Well, we found out Tuesday that the Baltimore Orioles are the spiteful ex of baseball. After meeting with Jose Bautisa’s camp Tuesday, the Orioles offered up a cold-blooded reason for passing on the outfielder.

    Orioles prefer to keep draft, too, but to explain why Bautista doesn’t fit, they told JB camp: O’s fans just don’t like him

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2016

    Ouch. That has to hurt. And while you would think Bautista is used to that type of thing, it’s pretty brutal that the Orioles came out and said it to him.

    Sure, some Orioles fans would be mad about the signing at first, but they would likely come around the instant Bautista hit his first walk-off home run with the club. Fans like winning games far more than holding grudges.

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  • The Tim Tebow experience may be coming to spring training

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    If New York Mets manager Terry Collins gets his way, Tim Tebow will be suiting up and playing for his team during spring training.

    On Tuesday, Collins told the gathered media at the Winter Meetings that he’d like to see the former Heisman Trophy winner get a real opportunity to showcase his skills this spring, which would obviously include getting playing time during Grapefruit League action.

    TC wants to have Tebow play in spring training games.

    — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) December 6, 2016

    Even if Tebow isn't invited to camp, TC says he'll make it a point to bring him over for games in big league spring training.

    — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) December 6, 2016

    Those groans you hear aren’t just coming from National Harbor, site of the 2016 Winter Meetings. They’re coming from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida and all points in between.

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  • White Sox finally decide to rebuild after decades in limbo

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 21 hrs ago

    For the first time in over 20 years, “rebuild” isn’t a dirty word on the South Side. After decades of half measures, the Chicago White Sox are going all-in, just not in the way many expected. With the trade of All-Star pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox are finally embracing what has been evident for a while now: It’s time to start over.

    The Sale trade seems to indicate that the White Sox are serious about about a complete tear down. That means Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, Jose Quintana, Adam Eaton, David Robertson and Jose Abreu could all go before the start of 2017.

    None of this seemed possible a few years ago. When Kenny Williams was the club’s general manager, the White Sox operated in a state of weird baseball limbo. The team constantly found itself in a position to win 80 per year, and used that to stay on the fringes of contention for quite some time.

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  • Report: MLB not willing to make exception for Shohei Otani

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The will they, won’t they situation involving Major League Baseball and Japanese superstar Shohei Otani may have reached its conclusion Tuesday. Despite some rumors to the contrary, the league does not seem inclined to offer an exception for Otani should he choose to come over to MLB next offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    MLB officials met today with int’t scouting directors. Said flatly, “There is no Otani exception.”

    — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2016

    If true, that would be a major disappointment for fans who want to see what Otani can do in the majors. The 22-year-old starred as both a pitcher and a designated hitter for the Nippon Ham Fighters last season. Otani performed so well in both roles that he actually won Nippon Professional Baseball’s awards for best pitcher and best DH.

    That no longer appears to be the case, according to Rosenthal.