Baseball Wiretap

Ryan Braun's Thumb Feeling Better

Jan 25, 2015 7:43 PM

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has more pressing fatherhood matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right thumb that affected his swing.

In a month, baseball will become more of a priority when spring training begins in Arizona for the Brewers. Braun hopes to get a better feel by then about what kind of impact that the procedure known as cryotherapy had on his lingering nerve problem.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Alburquerque, Tigers Agree On One-Year Deal

Jan 26, 2015 1:17 AM

Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract, according to an report.

The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration.

The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the Tigers.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Ernie Banks Suffered Heart Attack

Jan 25, 2015 6:12 PM

Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Cubs Hall of Fame shortstop died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Selig Dreams For MLB Expansion Internationally

Jan 24, 2015 9:51 PM

After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, Bud Selig predicted a baseball future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries.

"My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavor," he said Saturday during a half-hour interview with The Associated Press. "Does it need teams in other countries? ... If one uses a lot of vision it could."

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

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Troy Tulowitzki Insists He's Healthy

Jan 24, 2015 10:03 PM

Troy Tulowitzki insists he is healthy and can stay that way for an entire season, according to an report.

The Rockies' often-injured, veteran shortstop realizes everyone is wary of such talk. So, he took a different path when asked about the status of his surgically repaired hip.

"Honestly, I can say I feel as good as new," Tulowitzki said Saturday at Rockiesfest at Coors Field. "But at the same time, no one is going to believe me until they see me go out and see me play. Come to spring training, watch me play and then make your opinion."

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks Dies At Age 83

Jan 24, 2015 1:49 AM

"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Meets With New MLB Commissioner

Jan 24, 2015 1:12 PM

In an effort to find some closure after the confrontational Biogenesis case that led to his season-long drug suspension, Alex Rodriguez met with new commissioner Rob Manfred this week, sources confirmed to

Rodriguez initiated the get-together between the two even though, with his suspension complete, he is considered in good standing in the eyes of MLB. There were no lawyers on hand, and it was said to be a positive discussion.

The New York Post first reported the meeting took place.

Tags: New York Yankees, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Ted Lilly Charged With Insurance Fraud

Jan 24, 2015 9:57 PM

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, according to a newspaper report.

The charges stem from allegedly false insurance claims filed last year connected to Lilly's damaged recreational vehicle.

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

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Sean Doolittle Has Slight Rotator Cuff Tear

Jan 24, 2015 2:04 AM

A's closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.

Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the direction of athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, assistant GM David Forst said Friday. There is no timetable for Doolittle's return, although doctors believe the left-hander will recover to pitch without needing surgery.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Price Open To Extension Talks With Tigers

Jan 23, 2015 8:53 AM

David Price has enjoyed his time with the Detroit Tigers and is open to discussing an extension with the club.

The left-hander is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

"This is not somewhere that I disliked," Price said. "I only said that it was different, and it's not different anymore. It's more normal now, knowing all the guys, knowing all the coaches, knowing everybody's name and stuff like that."

The Tampa Bay Rays traded Price to the Tigers at midseason.

"I'm open for anything, to be honest," he said. "But once you have -- I guess I'm about a week short of six years in the big leagues right now -- to get that far along in the process, some of you does kind of want to wait it out, but then some of you feels like, 'Well, if they're open to doing something, you can't close any doors.' That's the way I feel. I enjoy it here. I enjoy the staff and the guys and the stadium, everything of that nature. …

"I've been doing this for a while. To get to that point where you can have your place to play, have your choice to pick where you want to play, this would definitely be on the list."

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Closing In On Deal For Duquette
The Blue Jays and Orioles are nearing a deal that would send executive Dan Duquette to Canada, according to sources.


Indians Have Wiggle Room To Increase Payroll
The Indians are expected to operate with a payroll in the $83-84 million range this season.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Twins May Have Had Two Trades Fall Through
The trades were not for Jeremy Hellickson or J.A. Happ, according to a source.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Butler Already Thinking About Possible Return To Royals
Billy Butler signed a three-year deal with the Athletics this offseason, but he's looking towards a return to the Royals late in his career.

Tod Palmer/Kansas City Star

Mariners Moving Towards Deal With Gutierrez
Franklin Gutierrez missed all of last season with severe gastrointestinal issues.

Bob Dutton/News-Tribune

Marlins Still Considering Run At Shields
The market for James Shields remains unclear, but his value appears to be lower than initially believed.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants, Vogelsong Agree To $4M Contract
Ryan Vogelsong, 37, is 49-57 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 seasons with the Giants and Pirates.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Ichiro, Marlins Working On Contract
The veteran outfielder is expected to earn $2 million in 2015, although final details are still being worked on.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon
Milwaukee is on Jonathan Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jonny Gomes Reaches Deal With Braves
The one-year deal includes a vesting option for 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Scherzer Will Make $35M Per Year Over Final Three Seasons
Max Scherzer will be paid $35 million per year in each of the final three seasons of his contract with the Nationals, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

White Sox Sign Penny, Soto To Minors Deals
Geovany Soto appeared in just 24 games with the Rangers and Athletics last season.

Associated Press

Moore: 'Doubtful' Royals Will Re-Sign Shields
At this point, it's "doubtful" that the Royals will re-sign James Shields.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Orioles Will Receive 'Substantial' If Duquette Goes To Blue Jays
If the Blue Jays are able to wrestle Dan Duquette away from the Orioles, his incumbent club will receive "substantial" compensation.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Johan Santana Has Shoulder Soreness
Johan Santana, who is attempting a comeback, has experienced shoulder soreness following a Venezuelan Winter League outing.


Pedro Will Represent Red Sox In Cooperstown
Pedro Martinez will represent the Boston Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Braves, Kelly Johnson Agree To Minors Deal
Kelly Johnson, 33, will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for roster spot as a utility player.

Associated Press

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Reds Sign Jason Marquis To Minors Deal
Marquis, 36, spent much of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rockies Didn't Make Offer To Shields
There were rumors earlier this month that the Rockies may have been the mystery team that offered James Shields a five-year, $110 million contract.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post