Baseball Wiretap

Red Sox Scouting Todd Frazier For Possible Trade

May 22, 2017 8:08 AM

The Boston Red Sox have been scouting Todd Frazier given the poor production they've received from third base this season.

The Red Sox completed a major trade with the Chicago White Sox this offseason, acquiring Chris Sale for a package that included Yoan Moncada.

Boston has Rafael Devers in the Minor Leagues, but want to give him more time to develop.

Frazier is owed $12 million this season.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Diamondbacks Place Taijuan Walker On DL

May 22, 2017 8:02 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed Taijuan Walker on the disabled list with a blister.

The move is retroactive to Saturday, May 20.

Walker, pitching in his first season with the Diamondbacks, has a 3.46 ERA, 7.96 K/9, 3.12 BB/9 and a 50 percent ground-ball rate across 52 innings.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets Considered Walking Mike Trout With Bases Loaded

May 22, 2017 7:59 AM

The New York Mets considered walking Mike Trout with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of Saturday's game.

The Mets entered the ninth with a five-run lead, but the Los Angeles Angels scored two runs and faced a 7-4 deficit with Trout coming to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded."The first thought is, I'd almost try to walk this guy [rather] than pitch to him," Terry Collins said.

Collins opted instead to let Addison Reed pitch to Trout, who lofted a sacrifice fly. The Mets held on for a 7-5 victory.

Back in 1998, Buck Showalter, then with the Arizona Diamondbacks, famously ordered an intentional walk of Barry Bonds with the bases loaded and Arizona clinging to a two-run lead.

"Those are the kind of situations where you look back at the time when Buck Showalter walked Bonds with the bases loaded rather than pitch to him," Collins said. "It was the same feeling -- 'I might want to walk, pitch around this guy, [rather] than give him a chance to hit.' But fortunately [Reed] made some good pitches."

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Tags: New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Eric Gagne Ends Comeback Attempt

May 22, 2017 7:53 AM

Eric Gagne has elected to end his comeback attempt.

Gagne, 41, plans to turn his attention towards coaching.

He last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2008 and first retired in 2010. He was pitching for the Long Island Ducks with the Independent League.

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Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tim Tebow Hits Third Minor League Home Run

May 22, 2017 7:45 AM

Tim Tebow hit his third home run of the season Sunday for Class A Columbia.

Tebow, who had been on a five-game hitless streak, entered the game hitting .220 in 34 games for the New York Mets affiliate with 26 hits, five doubles, 12 RBIs, 13 walks and 35 strikeouts.

Fireflies president John Katz has said there's no timetable for Tebow's stay in South Carolina.

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Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Aaron Sanchez Placed On DL For Third Time This Season

May 21, 2017 1:12 AM

Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez continues to have problems with his finger, as the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the third time this season.

The teamsaid Sanchez has a laceration on his middle finger. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings against Baltimore on Friday.

He has already made two DL trips this season -- for a blister on his middle finger and for a split fingernail on his middle finger.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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David Price To Throw One More Rehab Start

May 20, 2017 8:41 PM

David Price is scheduled to make one more minor league rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday before he rejoins the Boston Red Sox to make his long-awaited season debut.

Manager John Farrell said he and Price spoke by phone Saturday morning and agreed that one more start would be best as the left-hander works back from a strained pitching elbow.

Price pitched Friday night in Buffalo, New York, then returned to Boston and was working out at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Price is expected throw a light bullpen session Sunday after Farrell said he "threw long-toss aggressively" during Saturday's session.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

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White Sox, Cuban Outfield Prospect Agree On Deal

May 20, 2017 8:25 PM

The Chicago White Sox have reached an agreement to sign Cuban prospect Luis Robert, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Robert's deal with the White Sox is expected to be worth at least $25 million, as first reported Saturday by Fox Sports.

Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, has been on the radar of major league teams since he was 15.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda Hospitalized

May 20, 2017 8:21 PM

The Dodgers say Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized.

The 89-year-old Lasorda is resting comfortably, according to a team official. The club didn't provide any additional details Saturday on his condition.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Braves Acquire Matt Adams From Cardinals

May 20, 2017 8:17 PM

The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Matt Adams from St. Louis on Saturday in an attempt to help fill the void left by injured star Freddie Freeman.

The Cardinals sent Adams and cash to Atlanta for minor league infielder Juan Yepez. The deal was announced Saturday, three days after the Braves lost Freeman to a broken wrist.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Astros Place Dallas Keuchel On DL
Astros ace Dallas Keuchel has a pinched nerve in his neck and is expected to miss only one start.

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Sale Ties Own Record By Striking Out 10 Batters In 8th Straight Game
Chris Sale and Pedro Martinez are the only pitchers in the modern-era with eight straight double-digit strikeout games.

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Dodgers Place Justin Turner On DL
Justin Turner has a Grade 1 strained right hamstring that he injured trying to score on Thursday.

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Sandy Alderson: Mets Changing How They Handle Injuries
Sandy Alderson will now meet daily with the training staff, something he hasn't always done in the past.

Associated Press

Nationals Beginning To Explore Trade Market For Closer
David Robertson (White Sox), Kelvin Herrera (Royals) and A.J. Ramos (Marlins) are all being mentioned as possibilities.

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White Sox, Cardinals Favorites To Sign Luis Robert
The White Sox and Cardinals are viewed as the favorites to sign Cuban youngster Luis Robert, according to reports.

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Angels To Sign Doug Fister
Doug Fister hasn't pitched this season and will likely be optioned to the Minor Leagues to prepare for a big league role.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar Two Games For Homophobic Slur
The Blue Jays have suspended Kevin Pillar for two games for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher.

Associated Press

Freddie Freeman Out 10 Weeks With Fractured Wrist
The Braves will be without Freddie Freeman for approximately 10 weeks after an MRI and CT scan revealed a nondisplaced left wrist fracture.

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Extension Talks 'Highly Doubtful' During Season For J.D. Martinez
J.D. Martinez says he'd love to remain with the Tigers, but that it's "highly unlikely" there will be any contract negotiations during the season.

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Alex Rodriguez Coy About Getting Invite To Derek Jeter's Ceremony
Alex Rodriguez declined to elaborate when asked if he was invited to be a part of Derek Jeter's No. 2 retirement ceremony Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

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Braves Miffed After Jose Bautista Homers, Stares Down Pitcher
Benches emptied in Wednesday's game between the Braves and Blue Jays after Jose Bautista hit a home run, stood at home plate and stared toward Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away.

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Freddie Freeman Set For Tests On Left Wrist
Freddie Freeman left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after getting struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning.

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Brewers Move Struggling Wily Peralta To Bullpen
Wily Peralta has a 6.08 ERA in 40 innings this season.

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Twins Have Homered In 16 Straight Games
Byron Buxton hit a home run in the fourth inning on Tuesday night to help the Twins tie a 38-year-old franchise record with a homer in 16 straight games.

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Marlins Option Tom Koehler To Triple-A
Tom Koehler, 30, has been a fixture in Miami's rotation since 2013 and hasn't thrown a pitch in the Minor Leagues since then.

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Mariners Turn To Committee At Closer
Edwin Diaz has been removed as the closer for the Mariners, who will use a committee going forward.

ESPN

Joe Maddon Becomes Eighth Active Manager With 1,000 Wins
Joe Maddon celebrated with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth Wines out of Lodi, California in the press room.

Associated Press

Bryce Harper Has Now Homered At Every NL Ballpark
Bryce Harper hit a home run to the last row of seats in right field in the top of the ninth at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

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Theo Epstein Isn't Worried About Struggling Cubs
The Cubs are 19-19 after winning the World Series last fall and have a losing record at home.

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