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Dan Straily to Marlins: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The Miami Marlins reached an agreement Thursday to acquire starting pitcher Dan Straily in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in return for a package headlined by pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice. The Reds confirmed they had moved Straily in exchange for Castillo and Brice and outfielder Isaiah White. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the trade was close. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provided further details about the Reds' plan for the pitchers: Straily, a former promising prospect in the Oakland Athletics organization, is coming off his best MLB season to date with the Reds in 2016. The right-hander posted a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 162 strikeouts in 191.1 innings across 34 appearances, including 31 starts. The 28-year-old Marshall product enjoyed initial success with the A's, accumulating an ERA slightly under 4.00 across his first two seasons. His numbers dropped off in a major way with Oakland and ...




George Steinbrenner’s Daughter Comments on Family’s Ownership of Yankees

Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, a New York Yankees general partner and the daughter of longtime team owner George Steinbrenner, stated Wednesday the family still has no plans to sell the organization. Dan Martin of the New York Post passed along comments Swindal made during a team charitable event called "Winter Warm-up" for the elderly. She said the family's long-term outlook hasn't changed since her father's death in 2010. "We're all in," she said. "I hope we own the team for eternity. You never know what life will bring, but we're in it for the long haul." Swindal noted her son, Steve Swindal Jr., has taken on a role in baseball operations to help set the stage for a smooth transition to the next generation. She also praised Hal Steinbrenner, her brother and the team's principal owner, for his job handling the franchise in recent years. "Initially, we were trying to figure out how we were ...




Wil Myers, Padres Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

The San Diego Padres and first baseman Wil Myers finalized their agreement on a new six-year contract extension. The Padres officially announced Myers' extension will run through 2022 with a team option for 2023. Jim Bowden of ESPN first reported the new deal last week. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports noted the contract was expected to be worth "more than $80 million." Myers, a former top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, finally started illustrating his high-end potential during a breakout 2016 campaign. The 26-year-old infielder posted a .336 on-base percentage with 28 home runs and 28 stolen bases this past season. The converted outfielder has handled the transition well, posting a plus-eight defensive runs saved figure in his first full season at first base, according to FanGraphs. His speed also gives the Padres something most teams don't receive from the traditionally power-heavy position. The extension doesn't come as much of a surprise. Myers told Dennis ...




Josh Hamilton, Rangers Agree to Minor League Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Veteran outfielder Josh Hamilton reached an agreement Tuesday to re-sign with the Texas Rangers.  Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported the new deal and noted the contract includes an option for Hamilton to request his release if he's not on the April 1 roster. Heyman also stated the new pact is for the minimum MLB salary ($535,000), if he makes the team. Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram confirmed the minor league deal. Hamilton said he will try to play first base, per TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Hamilton also told reporters said he has been cleared to resume all baseball activities. The 35-year-old slugger has failed to make an impact in recent years due to a combination of nagging injuries and off-field issues. He missed the entire 2016 season with the Rangers after undergoing surgery, his third procedure in a 10-month span, to reconstruct the ACL in his left knee. In 2015, Bill Madden and Michael ...




Luis Valbuena: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent 3B

Veteran infielder Luis Valbuena is still searching for a landing spot in free agency after slugging 66 home runs over the past four years. Continue for updates. Orioles Show Fringe Interest In Valbuena Friday, Jan. 6 Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported Friday that the Baltimore Orioles have discussed the idea of signing Valbuena. He noted that the organization's biggest need is in the outfield, however, and that's an area where the 31-year-old Venezuela native has only four games of experience in the majors. Valbuena was on pace to have his best season to date in 2016 before a hamstring injury brought a premature end to his campaign in August. His .260 batting average and .816 OPS were both career highs, and he tallied 13 homers in 90 games for the Houston Astros. Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle noted the versatile infielder was focused on his recovery and not the potential offseason impact after suffering the injury setback. "I have ...




Edwin Encarnacion to Indians: Takeaways from DH’s Introductory Press Conference

The Cleveland Indians officially introduced prized free-agent signing Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported the sides finalized a three-year, $60 million contract after the former Toronto Blue Jays slugger passed a physical Wednesday. The deal also includes a fourth-year club option worth $25 million. Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com highlighted the donning of the Tribe jersey for the first time: Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, admitted the reigning American League champions weren't sure they could make this type of offseason splash, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "At the start of the offseason, we didn't think this was possible," he said. Meanwhile, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet noted Encarnacion called Cleveland a "perfect fit," even though there's a part of him that's struggled with moving on from the Blue Jays. Now that Encarnacion is a member of the Indians, Tom Withers of the Associated Press pointed out the star's focus has shifted to one ...




Diamondbacks File Suit Over Stadium Repairs: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Tuesday the organization filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Stadium District over money for capital repairs of Chase Field.  Steve Gilbert of MLB.com passed along a statement from D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick, who said the decision to bring the suit came after the sides couldn't reach an agreement: It is extremely unfortunate that we have been forced to take action today following several years of attempts to resolve this matter out of court. We have made a promise to our fans, who have been partners with us on the building of this stadium and our franchise, to provide the best experience in all of baseball in a safe and welcoming environment. The inability of the Maricopa County Stadium District to fulfill its commitments has left us with no other option. The Maricopa County Stadium District conducted an assessment of Chase Field, which opened in 1998, and ...




Drew Storen to Reds: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Cincinnati Reds reached an agreement Tuesday with veteran relief pitcher Drew Storen on a contract for 2017.  The Reds officially announced Storen signed a one-year deal on Twitter. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the deal is worth $3 million with a $1.5 million performance bonus and a $500,000 bonus if he's traded. Storen struggled with the Toronto Blue Jays, posting a 6.21 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 38 appearances, after getting shipped north of the border by the Washington Nationals last offseason. A second trade in seven months, this time to the Seattle Mariners in July, helped him get back on track. The 29-year-old reliever finished with a 3.44 ERA and 0.87 WHIP while striking out 16 batters in 18.1 innings down the stretch for the Mariners. Those numbers were more in line with what the former Nats closer accomplished during his time in the nation's capital. Bob Dutton of the News Tribune ...




Ivan Nova Re-Signs with Pirates: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have re-signed starting pitcher Ivan Nova on a three-year contract on Tuesday. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, citing sources, first reported the three-year deal was worth $26 million, with a $2 million signing bonus on Dec. 22. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, citing a source, confirmed Murray's report and noted the deal is still pending a physical.  Nova watched his stock drop considerably across his final two-plus seasons with the New York Yankees. With his contract set to expire, the club traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in August, and the move seemed to provide the spark the Dominican Republic native needed. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.06 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 64.2 innings across 11 starts after the move. It represented a significant improvement after putting up a 4.90 ERA in 21 appearances for the Yankees. John Perrotto of Today's Knuckleball noted the veteran starter credited ...




Jose Abreu, White Sox Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Chicago White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu reached an agreement Saturday on a one-year contract extension to avoid arbitration. Chicago announced the new deal on its official Twitter account. Scott Merkin of MLB.com reported the power-hitting infielder will earn $10.825 million in 2017. Abreu has made a massive impact across his first three years in the majors. He's cranked 91 home runs to go along with a .299 batting average and a .360 on-base percentage. In addition, he's also tallied at least 100 runs batted in every year. The Cuba native's success quickly eliminated any concerns about his transition as a 27-year-old rookie after a successful career in the Cuban National Series. He's proved himself as one of the most impactful offensive contributors in the American League. In September, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times noted the first baseman lamented the fact that his individual numbers haven't translated into team success, stating, "In this sport ...




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