Baseball Wiretap

Teammates Turned Down Invite From Jose Fernandez To Go On Boat

Sep 28, 2016 6:57 AM

Marcell Ozuna and at least two other members of the Miami Marlins turned down invitations to go out on the water with Jose Fernandez and tried to discourage Fernandez from going out early Sunday morning.

"It was a bad decision for him," Ozuna, perhaps Fernandez's closest friend on the team, said. "He heard everybody say, 'No, go back to your house and take it easy.' Then you wake up and see the news."

Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the night of the fatal accident, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed.

Ozuna said all of the players knew Fernandez planned to go out on the boat that night.

"Everybody knew he was crazy about that boat and loved being out on the water," Ozuna said. "I told him I couldn't go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me."


Tags: Miami Marlins

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Dodgers Set Playoff Rotation; Yasiel Puig To Make Roster

Sep 28, 2016 7:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have set their playoff rotation two days after clinching a fourth consecutive National League West title.

Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start the first three games of the NLDS, in that order.

In addition, the Dodgers have announced that Yasiel Puig will make the postseason roster.

"He's earned it," Roberts said of Puig, who has made it back from an early August demotion to the Minor Leagues.

After the first three games of the postseason, the Dodgers will either come back to Kershaw on short rest or add a fourth starter to the mix.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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Cubs Also Extend Contracts Of Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod

Sep 28, 2016 5:15 PM

In addition to Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs have also agreed to new contracts with top executives Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.

McLeod had recently been linked to the president of baseball operations job with the Minnesota Twins.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Tim Tebow Hits Home Run On First Instructional League Pitch

Sep 28, 2016 5:11 PM

Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first Instructional League pitch he saw on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

Tebow was batting second against the St. Louis Cardinals' team and took left-hander John Kilichowski deep. Kilichowski was an eleventh round pick this past June.

"I honestly feel every day I get a little more comfortable," Tebow said Tuesday. "Just being able to see live pitches and live at-bats. I think just every approach, every day, all the work we're putting in -- we're getting better every day, that's the goal."

David Adler/MLB

Tags: New York Mets

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Cardinals Expected To Retain Mike Matheny For 2017

Sep 28, 2016 5:06 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to retain Mike Matheny as manager for the 2017 season, the last year of his deal.

St. Louis has been somewhat disappointing with a 82-75 record and five games left to play.

"Mike's done a really good job for us," owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. said. "There's no thought that we're going to go in any different direction." DeWitt went on to explain that Matheny remains "a great leader" who isn't responsible for what has been "one of those years where things haven't worked."

Jose de Jesus Ortiz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cubs, Theo Epstein Agree Upon Five-Year Extension

Sep 28, 2016 4:59 PM

The Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Epstein's initial contract with the club was set to expire after the season.

Terms of the new deal weren't released.

"In the five years under Theo's leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game. Now, the results are on the field. My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series Championship they deserve," team chairman Tom Ricketts said.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Drew Pomeranz Won't Make Another Start This Season

Sep 28, 2016 8:46 AM

Drew Pomeranz won't make another start for the Boston Red Sox this season.

Pomeranz has felt soreness in his left forearm and is at a career-high 169 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox are hoping that Pomeranz will make a bullpen appearance before the end of the regular season, but his status for the playoffs remains undecided.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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Lourdes Gurriel Setting Up Private Workouts

Sep 28, 2016 8:41 AM

Lourdes Gurriel, who hosted a showcase attended by two-thirds of Major League teams earlier this month, is setting up private workouts with roughly six teams, according to a report.

The Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Miami Marlins are known to have workouts scheduled.

Gurriel is the younger brother of Houston infielder Yulieksi Gurriel.

The younger Gurriel is a career .277/.362/.426 hitter in just under 1100 plate appearances in Cuba's top professional league.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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David Ortiz Annoyed By Gary Sanchez's Mound Visits

Sep 28, 2016 8:35 AM

David Ortiz was annoyed by the number of mound visits made by Gary Sanchez during Tuesday night's Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees games.

Ortiz went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and stranded seven runners as the Yankees beat the Red Sox to keep Boston from clinching the American League East title.

"They tricked me tonight. Too much talking between the pitcher and catcher," Ortiz said after the game. "I'll trick them tomorrow."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Corey Kluber Out 7-10 With Quadriceps Strain

Sep 28, 2016 8:31 AM

Corey Kluber has a mild quadriceps strain and will be sidelined for 7 to 10 days, an MRI has confirmed.

The timetable could cause the Cleveland Indians to delay Kluber's first postseason start.

The Indians will open the playoffs on Oct. 6.

"It's obviously not the best possible news, but it is a heck of a lot better than it could have been," Terry Francona said. "This will give him a chance to rest up and hopefully throw a couple bullpens. In the long run, that could help him."


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury

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Giants To Acquire Gordon Beckham From Braves
Gordon Beckham provides insurance for the Giants in the infield with Eduardo Nunez dealing with a hamstring injury.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Marlins Agree To Three-Year Extension With Martin Prado
The Marlins have signed Martin Prado to a three-year, $40 million contract extension, according to a source.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Wilson Ramos Done For Season With Torn ACL
It is the same leg that Wilson Ramos injured in May 2012, when he tore his ACL and MCL.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Baseballs Signed By Jose Fernandez Wash Up On Shore
A bag of baseballs autographed by Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, was found by a beach-goer after washing ashore Monday on Miami Beach.


Twins Expected To Hire Derek Falvey To Oversee Baseball Operations
Derek Falvey is currently serving as the assistant general manager of the Indians.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Marlins To Retire Jose Fernandez's No. 16
Jose Fernandez, who fled Cuba for a better life, pitched 471.1 innings over what was too brief of a career.

Craig Davis/Sun-Sentinel

Rubby De La Rosa Hoping To Avoid Tommy John With Stem Cell Treatment
Rubby De La Rosa is set for free agency before the start of the 2019 season.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Dee Gordon Hits First Homer Of Season, Breaks Down Rounding Bases
Dee Gordon hit his first home run of the season on Monday night in the first at-bat for a Marlins player since the tragic death of Jose Fernandez over the weekend.

James Walker/ESPN

Wilson Ramos Hurts Knee; Nationals Aren't Optimistic
Wilson Ramos hurt his right knee on Monday night and the Nationals aren't optimistic about his availability over the short-term.


Aledmys Diaz Granted Leave For Jose Fernandez Memorial
The Cardinals have granted Aledmys Diaz permission to leave the team to attend a private memorial service for childhood friend Jose Fernandez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Yankees Could Make Run At Re-Signing Aroldis Chapman
The Yankees are expected to make a run at re-signing Aroldis Chapman, who they traded to the Cubs this summer.

Ken Davidoff/New York Post

Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez
The Pirates hope to re-sign Sean Rodriguez, who they signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last offseason.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Major Leaguers On Pace To Hit Second-Most Home Runs Ever In 2016
Major League hitters clubbed 5,392 home runs heading into Sunday's action, a pace that would surpass the second-most productive season in history when 5,528 long balls were hit in 1999.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Bryce Harper Leaves With Injury, Benches Clear Between Pirates-Nats
Jung Ho Kang tried to deke Bryce Harper, pretending he had the ball and leading to an awkward slide by Harper.

Associated Press

MLB Record: Red Sox Strike Out 11 Straight Rays
Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record on Sunday.

Jose Fernandez Dies In Boating Accident At Age Of 24
The U.S. Coast Guard says Jose Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.


Zack Greinke Unlikely To Pitch Again This Season
Zack Greinke's MRI on his shoulder Friday showed no evidence of structural damage.

If Matz Pitches Again This Season, It Will Be Out Of The Bullpen
Mets pitcher Steven Matz has not pitched since August 14 because of a shoulder impingement.

Pablo Sandoval Progressing 'Faster Than Expected'
Red Sox manager John Farrell has not ruled out Pablo Sandoval rejoining the team, if needed.

Mets Scratch Noah Syndergaard's Start On Saturday
Sean Gilmartin will make a spot start for the Mets on Saturday against the Phillies.