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Neftali Feliz to Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Free-agent closer Neftali Feliz is on the move once again, as he signed Thursday with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo confirmed Passan's reports and added that it is a one-year deal worth $5.35 million (with a max of $6.85 million with incentives). Feliz has been no stranger to free agency. He was granted free agency from the Texas Rangers in July 2015 and joined the Detroit Tigers, only to hit the market once again after that season. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the winter prior to the 2016 season.  The 28-year-old has been unable to maintain the level of play that made him one of baseball's best young arms out of the bullpen upon his arrival to the majors.  During his second season in 2010 as a 22-year-old, Feliz posted a 2.73 ERA and 40 saves, earning his first and only All-Star selection. The following ...




Tim Tebow Not Among Players Invited to Mets’ Major League Camp

The New York Mets sent out invitations Wednesday to their major league spring training camp, but Tim Tebow is not one of the names on the list, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.  Carig did add that the Mets could "borrow" Tebow for Grapefruit League games. A former college football star and NFL quarterback, Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September and spent the fall in the Gulf Coast and Arizona Fall leagues.  Tebow's attempt at the majors was a surprising one, as he hadn't played organized baseball since high school. After he put on a showcase in late August for MLB scouts, reviews of his potential spanned from "a complete waste of time" to "better than I expected," per Josh Peter of USA Today.  Even so, his first at-bat in the Gulf Coast League was something out of a storybook, as he belted an opposite-field home run.  It was all downhill from there, though, as ...




Charlie Blackmon Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Rockies OF

Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has seen his name crop up in trade talks this winter, and they have continued into the new year.  Continue for updates. Blue Jays Have Inquired About Blackmon Tuesday, Jan. 3 According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Toronto Blue Jays have spoken with the Rockies regarding a deal involving Blackmon, but negotiations "do not appear to have much momentum right now." Blackmon has been a serviceable outfielder on a Rockies team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2009, one season before the 30-year-old made his major league debut.  He's coming off a career year in 2016 in which he batted .324 with 29 home runs and 82 RBI. All of those marks are career bests, and he won his first Silver Slugger Award. But the Rockies could be faced with a crowded outfield after acquiring Ian Desmond during the winter meetings. It all depends on where they will play him, ...




Oswaldo Arcia to Diamondbacks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia agreed to a deal on Tuesday, according to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball.  Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus later confirmed Heyman's report. The parameters of the deal have not been disclosed yet.  Arcia has been unable to find regular playing time at the major league level throughout his first four professional seasons.  After spending three years with the Minnesota Twins, Arcia was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays, only to be put on waivers after 21 games.  He was picked up by the Miami Marlins, who designated him for assignment after just two games, and finished the season with the San Diego Padres.  Throughout the transaction-filled year, Arcia hit .203 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 69 games.  The 25-year-old has shown flashes of developing into a left-handed power bat, which is something that would be coveted by many teams, after he hit 20 home runs in 103 ...




Daniel Hudson to Pirates: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed they signed reliever Daniel Hudson to a two-year deal on Wednesday.  Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan first reported the deal on Monday, noting it was worth $11 million. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirmed the deal, while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports added a breakdown of the contract: Hudson spent the past six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, switching between the starting rotation and the bullpen.  After the deal was announced, the pitcher posted a message on his Twitter account thanking the Diamondbacks organization and its fans. The team provided its thoughts: Last year, as Arizona's setup man for the early portion of the season, he endured a difficult stretch that saw him shuffled throughout various bullpen roles.  Following a June 21 appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays, Hudson had his ERA down to 1.55. But it ballooned to 7.22 on Aug. 2. CBSSports.com's Mike Axisa showed how damaging that stretch was for the right-hander: Going ...




Brad Ziegler to Marlins: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Miami Marlins and free-agent relief pitcher Brad Ziegler agreed to a two-year contract worth $16 million plus incentives, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Friday.  MLB.com's Joe Frisario later confirmed Rosenthal's reports.  The 37-year-old has been one of baseball's most underrated relievers over his nine professional seasons.  With the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and, most recently, the Boston Red Sox for half of a season, Ziegler has posted a career 2.44 ERA with a WHIP of 1.228, per Baseball-Reference.com.  He's been close to lights-out over the past two seasons, posting a 1.85 ERA and 30 saves in 66 appearances during 2015 with the Diamondbacks.  Ziegler racked up 13 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 36 games in 2016 before he was dealt to the Red Sox. In Boston, he allowed just five earned runs in 29.2 innings as more of a middle reliever: A sidearm delivery, which at times can dip down to almost that ...




MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on Andrew McCutchen, Brian Dozier and Brett Gardner

Major League Baseball's winter meetings have come and gone with plenty of players, both free agents and not, finding new homes during the four-day stretch. But the offseason could have more twists and turns awaiting before pitchers and catchers report for spring training in February. Here is the latest on three big names who have been rumored to be on the trade market recently.       Andrew McCutchen One of the biggest names rumored to be available during the winter meetings, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, hasn't moved yet. It was rumored at the beginning of December that the Pirates were discussing a potential trade with the Washington Nationals, per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. However, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported a deal could not be reached, which has left the Pirates searching elsewhere for a suitable offer. According to Heyman, Pittsburgh received a "nice offer of prospects" from a "mystery team." But the Pirates are looking for ...




Brett Gardner Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Yankees OF

It looks as though the New York Yankees' offseason spending could remain dormant for the rest of the winter; however, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner's name has emerged in trade talks.  Continue for updates.  Yankees Shopping Gardner Tuesday, Dec. 13 According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have continued to "gauge interest" in Gardner in an attempt to cut salary.  The 33-year-old is owed $23 million over the next two seasons, which are the final portions of his four-year, $52 million deal, per Spotrac.  Gardner has spent each of his first nine MLB seasons with the Yankees, compiling a career .264 batting average and .346 on-base percentage as a bat near the top of the lineup.  While his power numbers fluctuated from 17 home runs in 2015 to just seven in 2016, Gardner can still add speed on the basepaths and in a corner outfield spot. That could make him an attractive trade option to teams ...




Chris Heston Reportedly Traded to Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Chris Heston has reportedly been traded to the Seattle Mariners after falling out of favor in the Bay Area. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported the deal after first reporting on word of talks between the two sides. Janie McCauley of the Associated Press (h/t The Press-Democrat) noted the Giants will receive a player to be named later. It's been a swift and sudden fall from grace for Heston, who was called up to the Giants during the 2015 season due to injuries suffered by Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.  He developed into a solid option in the middle of the rotation, going 12-11 with a 3.95 ERA and headlined by a no-hitter against the New York Mets: But the return of Peavy and Cain along with the acquisitions of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija forced Heston to start the 2016 season as the Giants' long man out of the ...




A.J. Ellis to Marlins: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Veteran catcher A.J. Ellis is off to Florida as he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.    Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball later confirmed Olney's report.  Ellis spent eight-plus season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, mostly as a reserve catcher and pinch hitter but also as a team leader and confidant for ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw. But in August of the 2016 season, he was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, who had spent 11 seasons in the city of brotherly love.  While Ellis only batted .194 with the Dodgers last season, his loss was tough to take, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times: But with free agency looming this winter, his production would have made it questionable for the Dodgers to bring him back in 2017, especially if he were looking for the same kind of money while he was playing ...




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