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  • Report: Byung-Ho Park traveling to U.S., deal expected with Twins

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    In a sign that Korean slugger Byung-Ho Park is nearing a deal with the Minnesota Twins, reports say the two-time Korea Baseball Organization MVP is headed to the United States thiis weekend.

    Citing a report by a South Korean news agency, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says that Park will travel to the U.S. on Sunday, making a quick stop in Chicago to meet with Alan Nero, his agent. Park will then travel to Minnesota to meet with Twins brass and take a physical, which is another sign negotiations are progressing.

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  • Photos hint at new, brighter color scheme for Padres in 2016

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago

    After the unveiling of the 2016 All-Star game logohinted at a potential change in the San Diego Padres color scheme, new photos have seemingly confirmed at least a temporary change for the upcoming season. 

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    According to Tom Arzaga, a Lids employee in the San Diego area and a self-proclaimed Padres hat collector, new hats are now in stock that match the brightened color scheme included in the logo. 

    Here's a picture in natural sun, finally.

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  • Blue Jays add another starter, sign J.A. Happ to three-year deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    The Toronto Blue Jays continued compiling depth in their starting rotation Friday, signing veteran left-hander J.A. Happ to a three-year deal worth $36 million. 

    The team announced the deal early Friday evening, its third notable move to its starting rotation this winter. Toronto also re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a two-year, $26.5 million deal and acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez in a trade with the Oakland A's on Nov. 20. 

    The Blue Jays have been adding depth with the expectation that David Price will leave in free agency this winter. Price has shown interest in re-signing, and fans are definitely clamoring for his return, but the Jays seemed to realize quickly that he would be priced out of contention. Hence, the move to build depth with cheaper options. 

    For what it's worth, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says this signing all but officially ends the possibility of Price returning. 

    David Price won't return to Toronto. #BlueJays announce their longest-term rotation investment of winter: J.A. Happ, three years, $36M.

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