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  • Four more things you need to know about the new CBA

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr ago

    On Wednesday, the owners and Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with hours to spare before the old agreement ran out and possible chaos ensued.

    We already brought you up to speed on some of the more interesting details that were initially made public. Now though, we’ve learned the full outline of the deal, which has helped to fill in many of the blanks that were left open to interpretation and speculation for roughly 48 hours.

    It’s also opened our eyes to some other interesting changes set to be implemented that will no doubt have a major impact on the game between now and 2021.

    Right here, we’ll take a look at four additional changes that are creating some buzz and are worth discussing.

    DRUG TESTING WILL BE INCREASED

    AN ANTI-HAZING AND ANTI-BULLYING POLICY IS COMING

    MORE CHANGES TO ALL-STAR GAME

  • This Week in 'Pitch': Will they or won't they?

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    Warning: This post contains spoilers for season 1, episode 9 of “Pitch” and all episodes prior.

    Do you ever wonder what it’s like for a player when he’s about to be traded? What he goes through, and what his teammates go through? Well, this show is a work of fiction, but it tries to show the viewer exactly what a franchise player might go through in the 24 hours before he could be traded.

    OFF THE FIELD “Pitch” seems to be focusing itself a bit, because there were no flashbacks in this week’s episode, and just one scene that has anything to do with on-field baseball. (I’ll buck the trend and include that scene in this section, since it’s relevant.) It’s all about Mike and his possible trade to the Chicago Cubs. No one seems particularly happy about it. Not Mike, who is extremely conflicted, not his teammates, who feel abandoned, not the fans, who also feel abandoned and angry, and not Oscar the GM, who is reluctant to let him go even though Mike says that’s what he wants.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from Cardinals

    Chris Cwik 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.

    DONE DEAL: The Atlanta Braves continued to rebuild their rotation Thursday, dealing for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia. The 30-year-old Garcia is coming off a season in which he posted a 4.67 ERA over 171 2/3 innings. Garcia is under contract for just one season. He’s set to make $12 million in 2017. Garcia has been effective when healthy, but has dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career.

    GET IT DONE: The Washington Nationals are making a hard push for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The two sides have talked about a deal, but Washington would prefer to get something done soon. If the two sides can come to an agreement before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, Washington would likely non-tender shortstop Danny Espinosa.

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  • Report: Jung-ho Kang arrested after fleeing scene of DUI accident

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang has reportedly been arrested for fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in Korea, according to Yonhap News. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has confirmed some of the details.

    The 29-year-old Kang was allegedly involved in an alcohol-related accident in the early hours of the morning Friday in Korea. The accident reportedly took place at 2:48 a.m. in Seoul. Kang allegedly attempted to leave the scene, but was caught by police shortly afterward. His blood alcohol level was said to be .084 percent. The legal limit in South Korea is .05 percent. No one was injured in the incident.

    Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued a statement saying the club is aware of the situation, and that the organization is “extremely disappointed” in Kang.

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  • New rule could prevent Shohei Otani from coming to MLB until 2019

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Major League Baseball and the players union coming together on a new collective-bargaining agreement prior to Thursday’s deadline elicited a positive response from baseball fans. Why wouldn’t that be the case? Of course fans were going to be happy baseball would be played in 2017.

    Now that more details have emerged, many are trying to figure out how the game will change. Some changes, like the smokeless tobacco ban, will have a positive impact on the game. Others, like the new qualifying offer system, may not be fully understood until we see it in action.

    Throughout all of this, however, one detail emerged from negotiations that comes off as overwhelmingly negative for the game. As a result of new international signing rules, Nippon-Ham Fighters superstar Shohei Otani probably won’t be coming to the majors until at least 2019.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2016

  • Win the holidays with this awesomely profane David Ortiz sweater

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The holiday season can bring out a lot of stress. Between buying gifts, being with your family and choosing the perfect sweater for your holiday party, we can’t blame you for having some anxiety as winter creeps forward. While we can’t help with all of those things, we here at The Stew may have found a solution to one of them.

    Thanks to former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, you can now dominate your holiday party with an excellent, and profane, ugly Christmas sweater.

    Yes, David Ortiz’s first move post-retirement was to get into the ugly Christmas sweater game. No, we can’t believe we just wrote that sentence.

    The sweaters reference Ortiz’s speech to the Boston fans following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Shortly after the bombings, Ortiz took the field at Fenway Park and rallied the fans with a speech that included the line, “this is our [expletive] city!”

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  • The biggest changes in baseball's new CBA include World Series home-field and smokeless tobacco

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Hooray, there’s a new CBA today! The owners and the players reached an agreement several hours before midnight on Wednesday, meaning there won’t be a lockout and baseball will continue. Both parties got things that they wanted, though not everyone was totally satisfied.

    While my efforts to eliminate pitchers from having to throw to 1B didnt pass, I'm proud of the PA & Owners for coming together on a new CBA!

    — Jon Lester (@JLester34) December 1, 2016

    Jon Lester,  you’re a hoot!

    The full details of the CBA haven’t been released, and it still has to be ratified, but a few big changes have been reported that are worth mentioning.

    WORLD SERIES HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE Finally we have emerged from the dark days that have plagued us for the last 14 years. No longer will the result of the All-Star Game determine home-field advantage for the World Series. I’ll give you a moment to loudly cheer and celebrate accordingly.

  • Hot Stove Digest: Don't believe those Edwin Encarnacion rumors

    Mike Oz 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.

    DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: Despite some rumors flying around, Edwin Encarnacion and the Houston Astros don’t have a deal in place. [@ChrisCotillo]

    THAT BEING SAID: Encarnacion’s agent says the Astros would be a good fit. It’s just that nothing is imminent. Furthermore, Encarnacion’s agent doesn’t expect a deal to get done before the Winter Meetings. [Fox 26]

    OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: The Mets made the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes official. He said he wants to finish his career as a Mets. Third time’s a charm, right? [Yahoo Sports]

    HAPPY HAPPY JOYCE JOYCE: Our dude Jeff Passan thinks the A’s could be a “sneaky-excellent” signing for the A’s.

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  • MLB and players union reach agreement on new CBA before deadline

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    It may have come down to some dramatic, final-hour negotiations, but there will be baseball in 2017. The owners and players union came to an agreement on a new collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) Wednesday night, avoiding a possible work stoppage hours before the 12 a.m. ET deadline, according to multiple sources. There will be labor peace in baseball for at least the next five years.

    Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan was in the thick of the news breaking:

    Sources: MLB and the MLBPA have agreed on a five-year deal.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2016

    MLB's new collective-bargaining agreement will take them past a quarter century of labor peace. Incredible considering the league's history.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2016

    Among the decisions in the new agreement, according to various reports:

    • Despite talk of rosters to expanding to 26, they’ll stay at 25.

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  • Podcast: Dexter Fowler takes us inside his free-agency experience

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes.

    Dexter Fowler finds himself in a fascinating place these days: He’s still riding high off the Chicago Cubs’ World Series win, but he’s also a free agent and it’s looking increasingly likely his time with the Cubs is over.

    The Cubs signed Jon Jay to a one-year deal on Tuesday, which many fans and people in the industry took to mean that the Cubs won’t be resigning Fowler. But what better way to find out then ask the man himself, right?

    Fowler joined us on this week’s StewPod to talk about free agency, his post-World Series experience and how he’s helping raise money for a cool youth sports initiative. But first, free agency.

    Fowler said he got a call from Cubs president Theo Epstein telling him about the Jon Jay deal.

    Asked whether he thinks the door is shut in Chicago, Fowler said: “I always leave my opinions open. You never know.”