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Mike Scioscia Denies 'Power Struggle' With Jerry Dipoto

Jul 2, 2015 6:31 AM

After Jerry Dipoto stepped down on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Scioscia denied that the long-time manager had a role in the general manager's departure.

The Angels did not publicly give a reason for the split beyond vague allusions by president John Carpino to a recent team meeting that didn't go well for Dipoto. Scioscia and Carpino flatly denied reports of renewed tension between the two, insisting Scioscia would have been glad to keep working with Dipoto.

"I can only speak for myself, [but] there's never been a power struggle," Scioscia said. "I understand what the role of manager is in the organization. I'm hard-headed. I have opinions. ... I understand that a manager gets the word 'no' more than he gets 'yes.' I understand that, and it happens here. There was no ego, no power struggle."

Dipoto refused to cast blame Wednesday night in addressing his resignation with beat reporters.

"I am not leaving a disgruntled employee, throwing stones on my way out the door," Dipoto said. "I love the group. I really do. I hope the guys can continue to make as much progress as I feel we made the last 3½ years. This is simply about me believing that I was no longer in a position to be that person."

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates

Jul 2, 2015 7:03 AM

Victor Martinez said after Tuesday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings that he had no respect for the team's players and coaches.

Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.

"Yeah, everyone knows that," Martinez said when asked if he thought Cole's pitch was intentional. "I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff. If they think that Verlander hit Marte with a 1-2 count — he was battling that at-bat — if they really think we did it on purpose, they're playing the wrong sport."

The Pirates lead the National League with 44 hit-by-pitches.

"It's just about owning the inner half of the plate," Cole said, about the process of policing the game. "It's just about pitching aggressively."

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Seeking Trade Partner For Delmon Young

Jul 2, 2015 6:57 AM

The Baltimore Orioles designated Delmon Young for assignment on Wednesday, but Dan Duquette is confident he'll be able to find a trade for the veteran outfielder.

A roster spot needed to be created for the addition of right-hander Tyler Wilson.

Young signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with Baltimore prior to the 2015 season.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Realistic About Stance At Trade Deadline

Jul 2, 2015 6:52 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are beginning to prepare for the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"You look at the standings and there aren't many teams where we are," scouting director Zack Minasian said. "We'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we weren't honest with ourselves about where we're at."

The problem for the Brewers is that a number of their potential trade chips are having down seasons. Aramis Ramirez, Gerardo Parra, Adam Lind and Kyle Lohse could all be moved.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Meet With Joe Torre To Discuss Issues In Baseball

Jul 2, 2015 6:47 AM

A group of Chicago Cubs players met with Joe Torre on Wednesday afternoon to discuss important issues in baseball.

One topic that was discussed was the ever changing strike zone -- especially an expanding lower half.

"He gave me an option of talking to the whole team or choosing a smaller group and I chose the smaller group," Joe Maddon said. "Had the hitting coaches, the catchers and some other players."

Torre is Major League Baseball's executive vice-president of baseball operations.

They also discussed instant replay and other game-related issues but at least one player wanted Torre to look at video to assess the ball/strike calls.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Jose Fernandez's Velocity Puts His Elbow At Risk

Jul 2, 2015 6:40 AM

Jose Fernandez's fastball averaged 94.9 mph in 2013, the third best among Major League Baseball starting pitchers.

His fastball was scouted heavily during his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He flashed speeds of 95-97 mph out of the gate, which excited scouts and fans.

However, Stephania Bell writes that Fernandez's fastball velocity puts him at higher risk for injury.

"But that electric velocity is accompanied by increased stress across the elbow joint, a fact not lost on Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who repaired Fernandez's elbow. ElAttrache, a renowned orthopedic surgeon of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles and team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has performed numerous TJ surgeries but sees young flamethrowers such as Fernandez as a higher risk subset due to the force they are capable of generating," Bell writes.

"That potential risk is precisely why ElAttrache insisted the progression of Fernandez be controlled both in terms of time and volume, although he was making excellent progress in rehab and never experienced a setback."

In 2014, about one-third of Tommy John surgeries were revisions.

"With the recent increase in not only ligament tears but re-tears [of the graft], the concern is trying to match the graft maturation to the stress imparted on it," ElAttrache said. "The harder he throws, the more mature you want the graft."

Stephania Bell/ESPN

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Angels Name Bill Stoneman Interim GM

Jul 2, 2015 6:26 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have officially announced that Jerry Dipoto has resigned as the club's general manager.

Bill Stoneman will serve as general manager for the remainder of the season.

The Angels also confirmed that assistant general manager Matt Klentak and fellow assistant Scott Servais will remain with the team in their previous roles while assisting Stoneman.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Dipoto Decides To Step Down As Angels GM

Jul 1, 2015 5:14 PM

Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, according to a source.

The Angels have not confirmed or commented on the matter and Dipoto has not responded to several requests seeking comment.

FOX Sports reported on Monday that there is friction between the front office and coaching staff.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Mets Aren't In Hurry To Trade Jon Niese

Jul 1, 2015 5:10 PM

The New York Mets are expected to trade Jon Niese in the near future.

The Mets haven't engaged in serious talks with the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers about Niese, according to two sources.

New York could stick with a six-man rotation for a few weeks to help limit the innings of their young starters.

David Lennon/Newsday

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Encarnacion Achieves 10 And 5 Rights With Blue Jays

Jul 1, 2015 5:05 PM

Edwin Encarnacion achieved a career milestone on Tuesday, earning his 10 and 5 rights as a Major Leaguer.

Encarnacion has 10 years of service time, the last five with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Encarnacion joins Jose Bautista, who earned his status back in early April, in achieving the meaningful milestone, which grants players full pension benefits and a measure of control over their fate with the right to veto any trade that involves them," writes Shi Davidi.

He is in the final season of the $27-million, three-year extension he signed in July in 2012, a deal that includes a $10 million club option for 2016.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Dipoto Could Step Down As Angels GM
Jerry Dipoto packed up his office and left early Tuesday, according to sources.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Cuban Outfielder Yadiel Hernandez Defects
Yadiel Hernandez has left Cuba's national team -- which was playing in North Carolina -- in hopes of achieving Major League Baseball free agency.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Mets Pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2M On July 1
Bobby Bonilla hasn't played in a Major League game since 2001, but the Mets pay him $1,193,248.20 annually on July 1.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

David Ortiz Insists He Hasn't Lost Bat Speed
David Ortiz, who has hit seven home runs in his last 19 games, fired back at critics who questioned his bat speed earlier this season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Joe Maddon Entertains Cubs With Magician To 'Lighten Things Up'
Joe Maddon brought in a magician to perform for the Cubs before Tuesday's game against the Mets.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Astros, Blue Jays Are Front-Runners For Samardzija
The White Sox have disappointed this season and Jeff Samardzija is expected to be discussed in trades this summer.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available
The Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Yankees Keeping CC Sabathia In Rotation
Brian Cashman said there is no chance the 34-year-old former Cy Young Award winner will be removed from the team's starting rotation.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Athletics Still Weighing Trade Options
Billy Beane hasn't decided what approach the Athletics will take to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Tensions Return Between Scioscia, Angels Front Office
Tensions between the Angels front office and Mike Scioscia have returned and far more pervasive, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Report: Pujols Open To Final Home Run Dery Appearance
Albert Pujols would welcome the opportunity to participate in this year's Gillette Home Run Derby if voted into the All-Star Game, according to a report.

ESPN

Yankees Send Adam Warren To Bullpen
Adam Warren has outpitched Nathan Eovaldi, CC Sabathia and, at times, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, but he is the only starter capable of performing in relief as well.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Cubs, Dodgers Interested In Jon Niese
The Dodgers have interest in Jon Niese, but they haven't had any discussions with the Mets.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Blue Jays Will Be Active On Pitching Market
The Blue Jays may be able to win the American League East if they acquire pitching.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Astros, Daz Cameron Agree To $4M Bonus
The Astros have agreed to a deal with No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron that will include a $4 million signing bonus.

Jim Callis/MLB

Andy MacPhail To Become Phillies President After Season
Andy MacPhail will take over for Pat Gillick as president of the Phillies after this season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Angels Looking To Trade For Hitting
The best fit would be a left-handed hitter with a good on-base percentage and who has the ability to play left field or designated hitter.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Phillies Converting Tommy Joseph To First Base
The Phillies are moving catching prospect Tommy Joseph to first base.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Jason Heyward Finding Swing With Cardinals
Jason Heyward, 25, was traded to the Cardinals this past winter but he struggled the first two months of the season.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Brewers Not Opposed To Trading Jean Segura
There have been reports that the Brewers have told teams they won't trade Jean Segura, but that isn't the case.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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