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Mark Trumbo Re-Signs with Orioles: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Outfielder Mark Trumbo agreed to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, the team announced.  Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun first reported the deal on Thursday.  According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the three-year deal is for $37.5 million. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported Trumbo has a limited no-trade clause for seven teams and incentivized, tiered bonuses dependent on how many times he wins the Silver Slugger award.  Trumbo, 31, had a career year for the Orioles in 2016, hitting .256 with 47 home runs—the most in the major leagues—and 108 RBI. His home run and RBI totals were both career highs. While Trumbo flashed excellent power earlier in his career—from 2011 to 2013, he hit 95 home runs with 282 RBI for the Los Angeles Angels—he established himself as one of baseball's most dangerous power hitters last season. That was in stark contrast to his stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners in ...




2017 MLB Hall of Fame Results: Full List of Inductees, Comments and Reaction

Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines will take their rightful place in Cooperstown, New York, after they were announced as the three inductees for the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame.  Per BBWAA.com, Bagwell received 86.2 percent of the votes, Raines got 86 percent and Rodriguez got 76 percent. Players are required to receive 75 percent for induction.  *Previously announced by Today's Game Era committee in December Baseball Reference tweeted out full vote totals for players on the ballot: Raines was the name commanding a lot of attention this year because it was his final year on the ballot. The seven-time All-Star just missed out making the Hall of Fame in 2016 with 69.8 percent of the vote.  Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated made the case for Raines to be inducted into Cooperstown, notably highlighting his peak years from 1983-87: Raines broke out the next year, the beginning of a five-year plateau (1983–87) in which he hit a cumulative .318/.406/.467 and averaged 114 ...




Jose Bautista, Blue Jays Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

Jose Bautista's search for a contract has come to an end after he agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Toronto Blue Jays; the team made the announcement Wednesday: Baseball Prospectus Toronto first reported Bautista's agreement with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, noting the deal includes various incentives and a mutual option.  On Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Bautista will earn $18 million with a one-year guarantee and that options in the contract could extend it to $60 million for three years. Heyman noted the salary is higher than the $17.2 million he would have received if he accepted Toronto's qualifying offer in November. Richard Justice of MLB.com reported Bautista and the Blue Jays confirmed the contract numbers, and the deal includes a mutual option worth $17 million in 2018 and a vesting option worth $20 million in 2019. After having a journeyman run early in his career, Bautista turned into ...




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 ...




Mallex Smith to Rays in Trade Involving Drew Smyly: Latest Details and Reaction

The Tampa Bay Rays announced Wednesday they traded Drew Smyly to the Seattle Mariners for Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough. Smyly, one of the centerpieces of the trade that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers in 2014, went 7-12 with a 4.88 ERA in 30 starts for the Rays last year. The Mariners shared a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto: Smith appeared in 72 games for the Atlanta Braves, batting .238 with three home runs and 22 RBI. He was with the Mariners for roughly an hour. Seattle announced earlier in the day they had acquired the 23-year-old. The Seattle Times' Larry Stone remembers Smith's time in the Pacific Northwest fondly: Dipoto hasn't been shy about turning over the roster and minor league farm system to remake the organization. Since taking over in September 2015, he's made 36 trades, the most by one team during that span, according ...




Colby Rasmus to Rays: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Veteran outfielder Colby Rasmus reportedly agreed to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Rasmus will receive around $5 million with bonuses that could reach $7 million, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. "I feel good about it," Rasmus said, per Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston. "There's some boys I played with there. It'll be fun. It'll be fun to be back in the American League East." Rasmus, 30, hit just .206 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI and 38 runs in 107 games in 2016. It was a disappointing season in his second campaign with Houston following a solid 2015 that saw Rasmus hit .238 with 25 homers and 61 RBI. Rasmus will bring pop to Tampa, though he hasn't recorded a great batting average (his career high is .276 in 2010 and 2013) or on-base percentage (his career high is .361 ...




Manny Ramirez to Kochi Fighting Dogs: Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Former major league outfielder Manny Ramirez is set to lace up the cleats overseas. The Kochi Fighting Dogs—who play in Japan's independent Shikoku Island League—announced Monday they reached an agreement with Ramirez on their official website. According to the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports), the league Ramirez joined has just four teams in it. The AP noted this is not the first time the retired MLB star has played in a different country, since he was a member of the EDA Rhinos of Chinese Professional Baseball in Taiwan in 2013. Brandon Schlager of Omnisport (h/t Sporting News) wrote Ramirez's playing career has "been dormant" since he was a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in 2014. TMZ Sports reported in December Ramirez's wife, Juliana, said he was "training extremely hard." Ramirez last played in the major leagues in 2011 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays when he tallied 17 at-bats with just one hit and ...




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 ...




Edwin Encarnacion to Indians: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Over the last five years, Edwin Encarnacion has hit 193 home runs while emerging as one of MLB's most reliable power bats. The Cleveland Indians will hope he'll continue that pace for at least another three years.  Encarnacion agreed to a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan confirmed the news and added the deal is worth $65 million total, including a $5 million buyout on the club option.  According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the deal could reach $80 million if the fourth-year option is exercised. USA Today's Bob Nightengale noted that nabbing Encarnacion should keep the Indians in the American League pennant race:  Encarnacion spent the past seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays after being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in a 2009 deal. Inconsistent and somewhat maligned during his time in Cincinnati, Encarnacion emerged as a star north of the border. ...




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 ...




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