Baseball Wiretap

Blue Jays Reportedly Agree To Acquire Melvin Upton, Jr.

Jul 26, 2016 8:42 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to acquire Melvin Upton, Jr. in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will receive a Class-A prospect in return. The deal could be finalized on Tuesday.

Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres will likely cover some of that salary.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Would Deal Julio Urias For Chris Sale

Jul 26, 2016 8:57 AM

If the Chicago White Sox decide to trade Chris Sale, the Los Angeles Dodgers would be willing to include top prospect Julio Urias in a trade package, according to a report.

The Dodgers are in the market for a front-line starter with Clayton Kershaw sidelined with a back injury.

L.A. has also been linked to Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Urias has made nine starts for the Dodgers this season, going 1-2 with a 4.69 ERA while striking out 48 batters in 40 1/3 innings.

Sale, 27, is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA this season and under team control through 2019.

MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Trade Rumor

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Mariners Won't Act As Sellers At Deadline

Jul 26, 2016 4:12 PM

The Seattle Mariners aren't interested in acting as sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, Jerry Dipoto says.

"We're not going to rip this thing down," Dipoto said in a statement.

Seattle entered Tuesday's action at 50-48, seven games back of the Texas Rangers in the American League West. They are five games back of a Wild Card spot.

"I'm not a big believer in moving the short-term player just because he's a short-term player, but if there's a way for us to get better -- whether its in the present or the near future -- we'll do it," Dipoto said. "You're not going to see us making trades for rookie-ball players and starting a full-scale rebuild. We are in a position to be very competitive. We feel like if we have one nice hot streak at the right time, we could be there."

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Trade Rumor

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Madison Bumgarner Hires Legacy Agency

Jul 26, 2016 4:08 PM

For the second time in recent months, Madison Bumgarner has changed his representation.

Bumgarner, who will turn 27 soon, has hired Legacy Agency. He is on pace for his fourth-straight sub-3.00 ERA season over at least 200 innings.

He is under control of the San Francisco Giants through the 2019 season -- the last two years of which are $12 million options.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor

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Sandy Alderson: Mets Aren't Discussing Jonathan Lucroy Trade

Jul 26, 2016 9:01 AM

The New York Mets are not in talks to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Sandy Alderson.

Alderson called rumors that New York is willing to deal Travis d'Arnaud in a package for Lucroy "dead on arrival."

MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Trade Rumor

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Hector Rondon OK With Ceding Closer Job To Aroldis Chapman

Jul 26, 2016 8:53 AM

Hector Rondon is on board with the Chicago Cubs acquiring Aroldis Chapman and is willing to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning or "whenever" manager Joe Maddon wants him.

"I think it's good for our team," Rondon said. "He's one of the best relievers we have right now. I'm good with that. I know I did a really good job in my role.

"You have a chance to get that guy, better take it."

Maddon believes Chapman's presence "opens things up" for him in the back end of the pen. Rondon is still bound to get some save chances, but the Cubs didn't give up their No.1 prospect and other players to play the matchup game with Chapman.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees

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Chris Sale Apologizes To Fans, White Sox Teammates

Jul 26, 2016 8:50 AM

Chris Sale has apologized after he was given a five-game suspension stemming from a dispute over the Chicago White Sox's throwback uniforms Saturday, saying winning was at the center of his actions.

"I have regret, because I play 33 times a year at most in the regular season. So I put a lot of emphasis on when I play and I take a lot of pride in work that I do," Sale said. "When I can't or don't do that, yeah, I have disappointment in myself for not being there for my guys."

Sale said he was sorry to fans who came to see him pitch and to his teammates, especially the White Sox bullpen.

"Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not. Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not," Sale said.

He wasn't completely positive, putting the spotlight on Robin Ventura to defend the team.

"Robin is the one who has to fight for us in that department," Sale said. "If the players don't feel comfortable 100 percent about what we are doing to win the game, and we have an easy fix -- it was as easy as hanging up another jersey and everyone was fine. For them to put business first over winning, that's when I lost it."

According to multiple reports, Sale expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox's 1976 navy-blue collared throwbacks, and the matter escalated from there, culminating in a confrontation with a member of Chicago's front office. The team then decided to send Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale reportedly cut up the 1976 throwbacks during batting practice so they couldn't be worn. Fox Sports reported that Sale disliked the uniforms because he thought they were uncomfortable.

ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox

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Prince Fielder Headed For Another Season-Ending Neck Surgery

Jul 26, 2016 8:46 AM

Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.

Fielder got a second opinion on his neck Monday and the Texas Rangers say surgery was recommended.

An MRI last week showed a herniation between Fielder's C4 and C5 disks.

There is a chance Fielder's career could be in jeopardy.

"He rehabbed once from it and came back. I think with each additional surgery in that area it increases the risk involved and just the overall, his ability to get back," Jon Daniels said. "But it's not for me to speculate about that here today."

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Injury

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Royals Placing High Price On Wade Davis

Jul 25, 2016 4:52 PM

The Kansas City Royals have placed a high price on Wade Davis in trade talks.

The Royals are valuing Davis like the lights-out reliever he was in 2014 and 2015, but he has seen a regression this season.

In talks with the Washington Nationals, sources indicate the Royals asked for Lucas Giolito, one of baseball's top prospects.

Davis is under contract for just $10 million next season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Targeting Phillies' Vince Velasquez

Jul 25, 2016 4:47 PM

The Texas Rangers are looking to fortify their rotation and have been targeting Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The price to acquire Velasquez is believed to be pretty high.

The 24-year-old is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 17 starts this season, striking out 103 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Yankees Shopping Ivan Nova
New York traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on Monday afternoon, perhaps kicking off a fire sale.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels Listening To Offers For Hector Santiago
The Angels have received a number of calls about Hector Santiago and are listening to offers.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cubs Officially Acquire Aroldis Chapman From Yankees
The Yankees received four players in return -- top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, pitcher Adam Warren and Minor League outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.

ESPN

Mets Pursuing Jonathan Lucroy, Offering Travis d'Arnaud
There are "several" teams in the running for Jonathan Lucroy, according to sources.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Giants Casting Wide Net In Search Of Reliever
The Giants are engaging in a broad search as they look to add a reliever ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Cubs Haven't Discussed Possible Extension With Aroldis Chapman
Reports have indicated that a trade is likely between the Cubs and the Yankees involving the reliever.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Padres 'Pushing Hard' To Move Derek Norris
San Diego has catcher Austin Hedges waiting in the Minor Leagues.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Rangers Interested In Trading For Edinson Volquez
The Rangers are interested in trading for Edinson Volquez, who is in the final season of a two-year with the Royals.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rockies To Promote David Dahl
The Rockies will promote top outfield prospect David Dahl for Monday's series opener against the Orioles.

Nick Groke/Denver Post

Johnny Cueto Annoyed By Royals' White House Snub
The Royals did not extend an invitation to pitcher Johnny Cueto to join the World Series champions at the White House event last Thursday.

San Jose Mercury News

Sources: Yanks Close To Sending Chapman To Cubs For Top Prospect
The Yankees may trade closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for shortstop Gleyber Torres.

ESPN.com

White Sox Suspend Chris Sale Five Days Over Uniform Dispute
Chris Sale expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox's 1976 navy, collared throwbacks, and the matter escalated from there.

ESPN.com

Joe Nathan Joins Cubs, Gets Win On Sunday
Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out three Brewers in the Cub's comeback win.

ESPN.com

Reports: Yankees Appear Close To Trading Aroldis Chapman
According to reports, the Nationals, Cubs, Giants, and Indians are among the teams most interested in trading for the services of Aroldis Chapman.

ESPN.com

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Enter Baseball Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became a piece of baseball history on Sunday at Cooperstown.

ESPN.com

GM Candidates For Twins Beginning To Emerge
Jon Heyman reports that Thad Levine, Peter Woodfork, Kim Ng, Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes and Ben Cherington have been linked to the job.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Angels Aren't Currently Open To Dealing Matt Shoemaker
Matt Shoemaker could fetch a lot on the trade market this month, but the Angels aren't currently open to moving him.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Josh Reddick Upset Over Lack Of Extension Talks
Josh Reddick has expressed frustration over the lack of recent contract extension talks with the Athletics.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Dodgers Hand Stephen Strasburg First Loss Of Season
The Dodgers defeated the Nationals 6-3 on Thursday, handing Stephen Strasburg his first loss of the season.

Associated Press