Baseball Wiretap

Yankees Could Use Ellsbury-Gardner Tandem

Mar 3, 2015 4:01 PM

The New York Yankees could use Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner at the top of their batting order in 2015.

"It's definitely a possibility," Joe Girardi said. "I think that both of them are capable of leading off. Ells has done it a little more in his career than Gardy, but I just kind of like the combination of those two guys together."

Girardi put Ellsbury and Gardner at the top of New York's order during a spring game on Tuesday.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Oakland's Venditte Records Out With Each Arm

Mar 4, 2015 7:56 AM

Oakland Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte recorded two outs on Tuesday, one with each arm, against the San Francisco Giants.

"I didn't realize it was him when he started throwing, so it kind of tripped me out there for a second," Ben Zobrist said. "Obviously he does it well. It's not like he's weaker from one side than the other. Obviously he's able to throw all of his pitches and spot up from both sides. It's really fun to watch. It's an anomaly for sure."

Venditte signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics this spring after spending seven seasons in the New York Yankees organization.

A natural right-hander, Venditte paid particularly close attention to the new timers that have been installed in ballparks to regulate pace of play.

"For me, it's something I'm going to have to look at, because I don't want to get into a situation where I don't get one of my arms loose," he said. "Usually when I'm switching over, that second arm that I'm pitching with is going to be the first hitter. So I want to make sure I have enough time to get a feel for my pitches with both arms."

Jane Lee/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Chris Young Reviewing Offers, Nearing Decision

Mar 4, 2015 7:50 AM

Chris Young is reviewing offers and preparing to decide where he'll sign by the end of the week.

Young, who will be 36 in May, is the reigning AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Josh Johnson Will Throw To Catcher Next Week

Mar 4, 2015 7:47 AM

Josh Johnson is scheduled to throw on flat ground to a catcher next week.

Johnson is coming off Tommy John surgery. It was thought that he could have begun throwing to a catcher last week.

"I just got my weeks mixed up," Johnson said with a smile.

The San Diego Padres are targeting sometime during the first half of this month for Johnson's first bullpen session.

A return to major league action is possible around June 1.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Andrus Took This Offseason More Seriously

Mar 4, 2015 7:42 AM

Elvis Andrus is the longest-tenured member of the Texas Rangers and says he took this offseason more seriously than he has in the past.

Andrus has played in 914 games since making his debut at age 20 in 2009.

"It's kind of weird, but it is that way," Andrus said. "That's the way baseball is. You don't know who will be here next year. You don't know if you'll be here next year."

The infielder hit a career-low .263 in 2014, motivating him to report in better shape this spring.

"I really believe that," Andrus said. "This year I took it a thousand times (more) seriously than I did the year before. It's part of the growing part, knowing yourself, knowing your body a little bit more every year. I had a really good plan. Our bodies are our business. You have to take care of that year in and year out."

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Wright Scolds Syndergaard Over Faux Pas

Mar 4, 2015 7:36 AM

New York Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard was scolded by David Wright for eating lunch during a team scrimmage on Tuesday.

Wright instructed Syndergaard that the dugout was the appropriate place for him to be for the duration of the intrasquad game, even though he wasn't scheduled to pitch.

Syndergaard took the advice, but not before veteran right-hander Bobby Parnell intervened, picking up Syndergaard's plate of food and tossing it into a trash can.

"Being a young player, any chance you get to learn, you go out there and learn," Wright told Newsday. "... I'm not a big ranter and raver. When I get on somebody, it's 99 percent private. I'm not going to yell and scream. But when I speak to somebody, when I get on somebody, the point needs to be taken."

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Mattingly Views Rollins As Leadoff Hitter

Mar 3, 2015 3:58 PM

Don Mattingly wants to use Jimmy Rollins as his leadoff hitter this season.

"Rollins is one guy we're pretty sure about," Mattingly said of the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup. "Jimmy's that leadoff guy. We don't have anyone else that fits the role. He just profiles up there."

The Dodgers acquired Rollins in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Twins Making Progress On Dozier Extension

Mar 3, 2015 3:56 PM

The Minnesota Twins are working on a contract extension with Brian Dozier.

There were strong indications on Tuesday that solid progress is being made.

"I'd love to be here," Dozier said. "I don't want to be anywhere else. If the opportunity presents itself, then I'm all for it. We'll see."

Dozier said he signed his one-year deal for 2015 at an undisclosed amount. A source said Dozier and the Twins agreed at $590,000 for 2015.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Wrigley Renovations May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

Mar 3, 2015 3:53 PM

The Chicago Cubs will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field.

They will not attempt to work 24 hours a day.

Cubs officials suggested Monday they would ask for city permission to work around the clock on the massive renovation project to get the iconic ballpark ready for the April 5 Opening Day.

The team wants to expand the work schedule to 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The work is now being done from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Indians Sell Out Opener In 11 Minutes

Mar 3, 2015 3:51 PM

The Cleveland Indians sold out their April 10 home opener against the Detroit Tigers in 11 minutes.

The team said Tuesday that Progressive Field, which has been remodeled this winter, will be packed to capacity for the 22nd straight year for the opener. The ballpark opened in 1994.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

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Rays Prospect Smashes Smyly's Windshield With Home Run
Rays prospect Tim Beckham smashed a windshield with a batting practice home run on Monday.

Matt Monagan/MLB

Nationals Sign Tony Gwynn Jr.
The Washington Nationals have signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Marlins Offered Francisco Rodriguez $10M
Rodriguez agreed to a two-year deal with the Brewers worth at least $13 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dodgers Will Start Kershaw In Opener
Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the Dodgers on April 6 against the Padres.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cespedes Wants To Remain In Detroit Over Long-Term
Yoenis Cespedes has a chance to hit free agency this offseason.

Jason Beck/MLB

Lester Will Start Opener For Cubs
Jon Lester will start on Opening Day for the Cubs, which means he'll throw the first pitch of the 2015 season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Harper Has To 'Step Up' For Nationals
Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last season, adding that he has to "step up" for the Nationals.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Maddon Coy About Where Bryant Will Begin Season
Joe Maddon is impressed with how Kris Bryant has looked so far this spring, but that doesn't mean he's secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Kluber Isn't Concerned About Lack Of Extension
Corey Kluber will make near the league minimum again this season after earning $514,000 during his Cy Young campaign in 2014.

Zack Meisel/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Players Union Head Not Ready For International Draft
Rob Manfred recently said of an international draft: "It makes all the sense in the world to have a single method of entry."

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Darvish Impresses Teammates With Performance, English
Yu Darvish gave a six-minute interview in English on Sunday.

Rockies Add John Axford To Bullpen Corps
John Axford appeared in 62 games with the Indians and Pirates last season.

Garrett Richards Won't Pitch On Opening Day
The Angels remain hopeful Garrett Richards could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season.

Blue Jays Sign Dayan Viciedo
Dayan Viciedo hit 21 home runs for the White Sox last season.

Former White Sox Star Minnie Minoso Dies At 90
Minnie Minoso became the first black MLB baseball player in Chicago in 1951.

Dodgers Add Mike Adams To Bullpen
Mike Adams has a 2.41 career ERA in 10 seasons.

Rollins: 'Mets Second Most Likely Alternative'
The Mets were ranked high on Jimmy Rollins' list of offseason trade destinations.

Giancarlo Stanton Fine After HBP In Scrimmage
Giancarlo Stanton was plunked by Henderson Alvarez during an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday.

Ronald Bellsario Injures Shoulder In Pool Accident
Ronald Bellsario will not be able to throw for several weeks after fracturing his left shoulder.

Chris Sale Injures Foot In Home Accident
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale will miss at least three weeks of training after landing wrong on his foot getting out of a truck.