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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 9 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 9 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 22 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 1 day 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 1 day 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.