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  • Hot Stove Digest: What's the White Sox asking price for Jose Quintana?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 hr 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.

    ASKING PRICE: The Chicago White Sox fire sale is expected to continue all winter, and the expectation now is that left-handed starter Jose Quintana will be the next player moved.

    The Houston Astros are reportedly making the strongest push for Quintana, but the White Sox asking price is not surprisingly high after landing big returns for Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. One report has Chicago asking Houston for big-league right-hander Joe Musgrove and two prospects, right-hander Francis Martes and outfielder Kyle Tucker, which would be another significant haul. That’s something for other teams to ponder as they focus in on pitching help. [@pgammo]

    SPARRING PARTNER: If we told Blue Jays fans that Josh Donaldson was spending his winter sparring with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, how do you think they’d react?

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  • Danny Espinosa traded to Angels hours after skipping Nationals WinterFest

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    Veteran infielder Danny Espinosa took a stand on Saturday, electing to skip the team’s annual WinterFest event in protest of his assumed role with the team. Hours later, general manager Mike Rizzo took a stand of his own, sending Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitchers Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams.

    Baseball America’s Josh Norris was the first to report a deal has been completed. It honestly took a few minutes for the news to sink in, as many were still digesting the news of Espinosa’s discontent. Clearly, Rizzo isn’t one to entertain or tolerate a disgruntled employee. He acted quickly, ending a short but contentious standoff by sending Espinosa to a team that should provide regular playing time.

    And let there be no doubt playing time is at the heart of the issue.

    That’s what he’ll get now in Los Angeles. Espinosa joins Cameron Maybin as new additions to an Angels offense that manufactured little production beyond Mike Trout and Albert Pujols last season.

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  • Andrew McCutchen appears at PirateFest, but future remains uncertain

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 7 hrs ago

    In a scenario destined to be awkward, All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen appeared at PirateFest on Saturday amid rumors that he was nearly traded to the Washington Nationals during the Winter Meetings.

    Always a professional, McCutchen fulfilled the duties asked and expected of him. That included a lengthy morning autograph session, along with a media session that likely felt ten times longer.

    There was no dancing around the issue on either side. The reporters fired away with questions on McCutchen’s feelings about his future, the team’s future and how the rumors have impacted him personally. McCutchen, for his part, didn’t shy away from addressing the situation. He did so honestly, and perhaps with an edge.

    From the outside looking in, it felt like McCutchen was understanding and even accepting of the Pirates position, but irked that a resolution was not reached and could potentially linger. He wasn’t outwardly critical, of course. That’s not his style. But it can’t be easy being stuck in limbo.

    The other feeling that was evident was that McCutchen is clearly motivated to prove his worth. A fire has been lit, which could prove beneficial to whichever team employs him in 2017.

  • Dexter Fowler's wife thanks Cubs fans with heartfelt Instagram post

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    Baseball is a child’s game that when played as an adult sometimes requires life-altering business decisions.

    On Friday, free agent Dexter Fowler made one of those life-altering decisions.

    After posting a career season that helped the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series win since 1908, Fowler was in line to earn what would likely be his biggest payday as a professional baseball player. To get that, though, Fowler had to leave the Cubs and sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago’s biggest rival.

    With a series of signatures on a series of documents, the decision became official. Fowler, who took a one-year discounted contract to stay in Chicago last winter, inked a five-year, $82 million deal with St. Louis.

    He’s moving on in 2017 and beyond, but it’s clear that leaving Chicago was far from an easy decision for Fowler or his family based on this touching farewell his wife, Aliya Fowler, posted on Instagram.

    A photo posted by Darya Aliya Fowler (@daryaaliya) on Dec 9, 2016 at 10:45am PST

    The caption reads:

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  • Twins prospect Yorman Landa dies in car accident in Venezuela

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 13 hrs ago

    Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Yorman Landa has died, the team announced in a statement early Saturday. According to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, the cause of death was a car accident in Landa’s native Venezuela.

    “The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of Yorman Landa early this morning in Venezuela,” said Twins executive Derek Falvey in a statement. “On behalf of the entire baseball community, we send our sincerest condolences to the Landa family as well as Yorman’s many friends, coaches and teammates.”

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Yorman Landa, #MNTwins @MiLB pitcher who tragically passed away last night in Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/kEbwu57ksC

    — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) December 10, 2016

    Daniel Szew, who represented Landa, also released a statement.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Do the Cardinals have one more splashy signing in them?

    Mark Townsend 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.

    BE AGGRESSIVE: According to multiple reports, the St. Louis Cardinals signing of Dexter Fowler may signal the team becoming more aggressive in free agency, with Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion reported as possible future targets.

    The Cardinals haven’t exactly laid low this winter, but they haven’t been connected to too many top tier free agents either. They landed a big one though in Fowler, who comes from the rival Chicago Cubs. His five-year, $82M deal is pretty expensive, but it’s believed St. Louis has more money to spend. If the markets for Trumbo and Encarnacion do come down, they may be poised to strike. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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  • Giants granted young fan's request to sign Mark Melancon

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    It’s difficult to figure out where general managers find their motivation sometimes. When it came to signing Mark Melancon though, the motivation for San Francisco Giants GM Bobby Evans may have come in the form of a young fan’s letter.

    As everyone knows, the Giants finalized their four-year, $62M contract with the former Pirates and Nationals closer on Friday. Not long afterward, the Giants posted the following tweet containing a letter and a request from a young fan to ink Melancon very, very soon.

    Fan mail to our GM, Bobby Evans. #WeAreListening #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/mxYDOTDTPu

    — SFGiants (@SFGiants) December 9, 2016

    The letter reads:

    Request granted, young fan. Or at least that’s who we’re assuming wrote this letter. The Giants didn’t offer any additional information other than to say they’re listening to the fans.

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  • Most expensive box of baseball cards ever costs more than a car

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Remember being a kid and saving up your weekly allowance to buy a pack of baseball cards? Well, now you can do that as an adult, only it might take a couple months worth of salary depending on how crazy you’re willing to get.

    For the price of $22,000, you can own the mostexpensive box of baseball cards ever assembled. As the good people at BlowoutBuzz informed us, Topps released its 2016 Transcendent Collection on Friday, and even the most dedicated collectors might have a hard time justifying the purchase.

    “So,” you’re probably wondering, “what does $20,000 worth of cards get me.” Allow us to try and explain.

    Put that all together and … uh … you can understand why it costs $20,000 for the set.

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  • John Glenn had an unbelievable connection with a Red Sox legend

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Before he became the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn shared the skies with a Boston Red Sox legend. Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams served as Glenn’s wingman while the two served during the Korean War.

    Vet gave me this: John Glenn & Ted Williams who left @RedSox 2x to serve in WWII & Korea. He was at the height of his career during WWII. pic.twitter.com/KWH8vkB2lw

    — Francisco Urena ???????? (@Urena) November 12, 2016

    Major John Glenn & Captain Ted Williams discussing aerial maneuvers at K-3 Air Force Base in South Korea (1953) #RIP pic.twitter.com/c9M0mTF2dp

    — Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) December 8, 2016

    “Once, he was on fire and had to belly land the plane back in,” Glenn said. “He slid it in on the belly. It came up the runway about 1,500 feet before he was able to jump out and run off the wingtip.

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  • This Week in 'Pitch': Ginny comes alive

    Liz Roscher at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Warning: This post contains spoilers for season one, episode 10 of “Pitch,” and every episode prior.

    We’re nearing the end of the baseball season in “Pitch” land. Ginny’s year might be over, Mike might have lost the clubhouse with his aborted trade to the Cubs, Amelia may have lost a client, and Ginny’s brother Will might steal everyone’s money. Just like the end of the real baseball season, there’s no shortage of storylines. So let’s dive into the season finale of “Pitch.”

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    But Amelia’s involvement has consequences. Ginny didn’t want her to interfere, but she did anyway, because it’s her job. Ginny blows up at Amelia, who points out that she’s been taking a lot of crap from Ginny because Ginny doesn’t quite understand how things work and what her responsibilities are. Ginny essentially fires Amelia, who leaves for a tropical vacation (she deserves it). Amelia is a main character (i.e. the actress that plays her, Ali Larter, is in the main credits), so she’s not going anywhere, but this is absolutely something Ginny will regret.

    You tell him, Al. Or don’t tell him.

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