Baseball Wiretap

Terry Collins Acknowledges Mets May Fire Him After Season

Aug 27, 2016 1:54 PM

The New York Mets are still in the race despite a deeply frustrating season.

The Mets are within five games of the NL Wild-Card.

“We had no idea we’d break down like this,’’ Terry Collins said, “None. It’s hard to believe.’’

The Mets reached the World Series last season and had high expectations for 2016.


“They may fire me at the end of the year,’’ Collins told USA TODAY Sports, “but they have supported my ass the entire time I’ve been here. That’s why I’ve got no (complaints). None.

“Whatever happens at the end of the year, I’ll walk out of here with a smile on my face, and get ready for spring training, or get ready to play golf, either one.’’

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Padres Interested In Re-Signing John Jay

Aug 27, 2016 2:09 PM

The San Diego Padres have interest in re-signing John Jay this offseason.

"It feels great," Jay, asked his reaction, said Friday. "I love San Diego, I love what's going on, I love where the team's headed. Obviously, with free agency, you wait so long to get to this point as a player, you want to see what's out there. But at the same time, I feel very comfortable here. I do like it a lot here, so this is definitely something my wife and I will discuss when we're making those decisions."

"He's a tremendous leader, and he's still a great player," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I'm hopeful he wants to be back, and I'm hopeful we come to some sort of terms where he comes back, but that's an offseason discussion at this point in time. I think all parties involved are pretty open to it."

Jay performed effectively when he was on the field this season. At the time of his injury, he was leading the team in batting average and the National League in doubles.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jays DFA Aaron Loup, Recall Bo Schultz

Aug 27, 2016 1:47 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have designated Aaron Loup for assignment to recall Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Loup gave up three earned runs on Friday.

"It’s out of necessity," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "Got a little beat up out there."

The Jays would like to keep Loup.

Canadian Press

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Likely To Skip Jacob deGrom's Next Start

Aug 27, 2016 12:32 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said there is "a pretty good chance" that starting pitcher Jacob deGrom's next start will be skipped, as he looks to rebound from consecutive poor performances against the Giants and Cardinals.

Mets staff and deGrom say his issue is with his release point, a problem that caused him trouble earlier this season.

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Jays Send Prospect To White Sox For Dioner Navarro

Aug 27, 2016 12:28 AM

The Blue Jays have added depth at catcher for the stretch run by re-acquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the White Sox.

The Blue Jays sent minor league left-hander Colton Turner to Chicago in Friday's waiver deal. Navarro is likely to be the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Demotion Expected To Delay Shelby Miller's Free Agency

Aug 26, 2016 8:34 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have scheduled Shelby Miller for at least one more Triple-A start which will leave him unable to accrue enough days on the active roster this year to reach four full years of Major League service.

Miller would need to return to the Major League roster by Thursday to reach 172 days and move from the 3+ to the 4+ arbitration class. He had been on track to qualify for free agency after the 2018 season, but now it seems the Diamondbacks will control him for 2019 as well.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor

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Rick Hahn Disputes Reports Of Discord In White Sox's Front Office

Aug 26, 2016 8:27 AM

The Chicago White Sox are five games under .500 deep in a season in which they were expected to contend.

Rick Hahn is strongly denying that there is any discord within the team's front office. He insisted that upper management "are of a similar mindset as to how best to proceed."

"We've had a number of conversations, both [president Kenny Williams] and I, as well as Kenny, [owner Jerry Reinsdorf] and I, about the best way to approach the offseason and what we want to accomplish," Hahn said. "And once the offseason rolls around, we will start executing that plan."

Collen Kane/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago White Sox

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Blue Jays Made Play For Joey Votto Last Summer

Aug 26, 2016 8:17 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays made a play to try and acquire Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds last summer.

Jon Heyman notes that they might have continued to pursue Votto had they not shuffled their front office.

The Blue Jays were willing to add Votto on top of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, which would have made the 2015 lineup even more star-studded.

Votto is a native of Toronto.

There was plenty of work to be done to complete a deal, according to sources. Toronto would have wanted Votto's 10-year, $225 million contract paid down significantly and it isn't known how much, if any, the Reds would have agreed to remain responsible for.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Will Try To Re-Sign Justin Turner

Aug 26, 2016 8:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to keep Justin Turner this offseason.

Turner is expected to be one of the better free agent options this winter and has done nearly everything in his tenure with the Dodgers.

He is hitting .277/.342/.515 with a career-high 24 home runs this season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

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Red Sox Place Andrew Benintendi On DL With Knee Sprain

Aug 26, 2016 7:56 AM

The Boston Red Sox have put Andrew Benintendi on the disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Benintendi was injured on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays while trying to avoid a tag while running toward second base.

John Farrell said team doctors were evaluating the results of an MRI exam on Thursday. The team later said that tests were inconclusive, with more to follow Friday.

The Red Sox are hopeful that the rookie will return before the season ends.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis To Phillies For Carlos Ruiz
A.J. Ellis said a number of emotional goodbyes with players and staff Thursday, but the most emotional was with Clayton Kershaw.

Matt Moore Falls Just Short Of No-Hitting Dodgers
Giants lefty Matt Moore lost his no-hit bid in the ninth inning Thursday night, giving up a single to Corey Seager with two outs.

White Sox Changing Ballpark Name To Guaranteed Rate Field
The White Sox are changing the name of their ballpark from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field beginning in November.

Associated Press

David Ortiz Becomes Oldest Player To Have 30-Home Run Season
David Ortiz became the oldest player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in a season in the Red Sox's extra-inning loss to the Rays.

Associated Press

Marlins Acquire Jeff Francoeur In Three-Team Deal
The Braves have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-team deal with the Rangers.


Zach Britton Allows First Earned Run In 43 Appearances
Zach Britton's remarkable streak of 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run ended on Wednesday night against the Nationals.

Associated Press

Mark Teixeira: You Would Walk Gary Sanchez With Babe Ruth On Deck
The Mariners intentionally walked Gary Sanchez to face Mark Teixeira twice on Wednesday night.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Yoenis Cespedes Has No Plans To Exercise Opt-Out With Mets
The Mets traded for Cespedes last summer and then he re-signed on a three-year, $75 million deal with a clause allowing him to walk away after this season.

Bob Klapisch & Matt Ehalt/Bergen Record

Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard Clear Revocable Waivers
Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard have both cleared revocable waivers and can now be traded without restriction.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Red Sox Haven't Closed Door On Signing Jonathan Papelbon
Dave Dombrowski suggested that Boston still has interest in an interview with MLB Network Radio.

MLB Network Radio

Edwin Encarnacion Accused Of Battery By Woman
Edwin Encarnacion is facing a civil suit from a woman who claims that he knowingly infected her with sexually transmitted diseases, according to TMZ.


Shoulder Inflammation Sends Chris Tillman To DL
Ubaldo Jimenez will take Chris Tillman's turn in the rotation on Thursday.

Ryan Baillargeon/MLB

Clayton Kershaw Throws 40-Pitch Bullpen Session
Clayton Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium and he could face live hitters in a simulated game before the end of the week.

J.P. Hoornstra/Southern California News Group

Dodgers Set Record With 27th Player On Disabled List
The only other team on record to have put 27 players on the DL was the 2012 Red Sox.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Rangers Waive Josh Hamilton, Leave Door Open For 2017
The Rangers have placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers, while leaving the door open for a potential return in 2017 on a Minor League deal.


Jered Weaver Hasn't Said Whether Or Not He'll Retire
Jered Weaver's contract with the Angels expires at the end of the season, but he hasn't revealed his plans going forward.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Gary Sanchez Sets Yankees Mark With Eighth Home Run
Gary Sanchez has eight home runs in his first 19 games, the first player in Yankees history to hit so many homers so quickly.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Dwight Gooden Hurt By Darryl Strawberry's Comments
Dwight Gooden says he is reevaluating his friendship with Darryl Strawberry after his former teammate's recent comments that Gooden was "a complete junkie-addict."


Stephen Strasburg Lands On DL With Elbow Soreness
Stephen Strasburg, who is 15-3 with a 3.59 ERA, is expected to spend the minimum amount of time on the DL.


Mets Place Steven Matz On DL With Shoulder Strain, Inflammation
The Mets have placed Steven Matz on the disabled list with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation.

Adam Rubin/ESPN