Baseball Wiretap

Mets Still Open To Dealing Gee

Mar 30, 2015 5:07 PM

The New York Mets are still open to trading Dillon Gee despite Zach Wheeler's season-ending injury, according to a source.

Gee is expected to begin the season in New York's rotation, but some within the organization prefer prospect Rafael Montero.

There are no active discussions with other clubs.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Grant Ryan Roberts Unconditional Release

Mar 30, 2015 1:39 AM

The Royals announced today that infielder Ryan Roberts has been granted his unconditional release.  

Roberts, 34, signed a minor league deal with the club on November 12 and appeared in 18 games this spring, batting .219 with a double, a triple and three RBI.


Press Release

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals

Mar 30, 2015 5:04 PM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals.

The Red Sox are in need of a catcher. They placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Leon was acquired for cash considerations.

The 26-year-old is out of options, and the Nationals didn't believe he would clear waivers, making him expendable.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Cardinals Name Carlos Martinez No. 5 Starter

Mar 30, 2015 5:01 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have named Carlos Martinez their fifth starter.

The right-hander, 23, had a 4.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89.1 innings in 2014.

Seven of his 57 appearances last season were starts.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Mets Acquire Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres

Mar 30, 2015 4:57 PM

The New York Mets have addressed pitching needs on Monday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals and Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres.

The Mets will send Matt den Dekker will head to Washington, while Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named will head to San Diego.

Blevins, 31, went 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals last season.

Torres, 27, went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Kris Bryant To Begin Season In Minors

Mar 30, 2015 4:54 PM

The Chicago Cubs have reassigned Kris Bryant to their Minor League camp.

Bryant leads the Major Leagues with nine home runs this spring.

"We entered camp with the presumptive move being to send him to Triple-A," Theo Epstein said. "It's always the presumptive [move] for us move with young players that haven't played in the big leagues yet."

Chicago also demoted prospects Javier Baez and Addison Russell.

"He demonstrated to everybody that he's really close, not just to the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team," Epstein said.

If Bryant spends 12 days in the minors to start the 2015 season, the Cubs will gain an extra year until he is eligible for free agency.

ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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A-Rod Makes Debut At First Base

Mar 30, 2015 8:22 AM

Alex Rodriguez made his first career appearance at first base in an exhibition game over the weekend.

Rodriguez handled three chances in three innings at the position for the New York Yankees in a Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros.

"It was fun," Rodriguez said. "It was quite interesting after 20 years in the league to see the game from a totally different lens. It was pretty cool."

Joe Girardi says he can envision a scenario in which Rodriguez is asked to handle the position in the regular season.

"The toughest things are when you get into cuts, relays, and bunts, and we didn't get into any of that today," Girardi said. "Fielding ground balls, I'm not worried about that. Really, I'm not. Catching the ball, I'm not worried about that. I'd think he'd be pretty good around the bag, even scooping, because you get a lot of those hot shots at first base."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Release Ryan Ludwick

Mar 30, 2015 8:18 AM

The Texas Rangers have released Ryan Ludwick from his Minor League contract.

Ludwick was informed last week that he would not make the Opening Day roster.

In 400 plate appearances, he hit .244/.308/.375 with nine home runs over the last two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

Rangers

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Will Open Season With Four Pitchers

Mar 30, 2015 8:13 AM

The Los Angeles Angels will open the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Los Angeles will start with a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago and an eight-man bullpen.

Because of an off-day after the third game, they won't need a fifth starter until April 14 in Texas.

Garrett Richards, who is recovering from left knee surgery and has looked strong in an intrasquad game and two minor league starts, will open on the disabled list. He can be activated on April 11.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Teixeira OK After HBP On Knee

Mar 30, 2015 8:08 AM

Mark Teixeira left a minor league intrasquad game Sunday with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch.

Teixeira was the designated hitter in a game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton when a ball struck his kneecap.

He said he was "fine" and the New York Yankees said no tests were planned.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Prospect Dies Six Weeks After Accident
Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez has died in Venezuela from injuries sustained in a boating accident in his home country in February.

ESPN

Russell Wilson Visits Rangers, Hits Home Run
For the second straight year, Russell Wilson made a one-day appearance with the Rangers.

Ron Matejko/ESPN

Carlos Gonzalez Pain Free After Knee Scare
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez felt pain in his left knee and panicked during Friday night's game.

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Clay Buchholz To Start Red Sox Opener
The Opening Day start for Clay Buchholz will be the first of his nine-year career.

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Indians Add McAllister, House To Starting Rotation
Zach McAllister and T.J. House have earned the final two spots in the Indians' rotation.

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Josh Reddick Won't Be Ready On Opening Day
An injured oblique will keep A's outfielder Josh Reddick from playing on Opening Day.

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M's Option Roenis Elias To Triple-A Tacoma
The Mariners will likely use either Taijuan Walker or Erasmo Ramirez as their fifth starter.

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Verlander Plays Catch, Status Remains Unclear
Justin Verlander reported general improvement in his right tricep on Sunday.

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Christian Vazquez Likely To Miss Opener
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will get a second opinion on his throwing elbow on Wednesday.

ESPN.com

M's To Start King Felix In Season Opener
Felix Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous season openers.

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Padres To Start James Shields In Opener
James Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

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Mariners Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies At Age 20
Victor Sanchez has died from injuries sustained in a February boating accident.

Justin Verlander's Concern About Arm 'Pretty Low'
Justin Verlander is not worried about missing any time preparing for the regular season.

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Strasburg To Face Harvey In Early Season Showdown
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced on Saturday that Stephen Strasburg will start the third game of the season.

ESPN.com

Epstein Not Sure Bryant Is Ready To Begin Season With Cubs
Kris Bryant has a .406 batting average with nine home runs this spring.

ESPN.com

Joe Nathan Will Close For Tigers
Brad Ausmus shook his head 'no' when asked Thursday if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring.

James Schmehl/MLive.com

White Sox Claim Kyle Drabek
Kyle Drabek, 27, was once regarded as one of baseball's top 30 prospects by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Verlander Leaves Appearance With Triceps Cramp
Justin Verlander will be re-evaluated tomorrow and the Tigers do not expect him to miss his next start.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tanaka Will Start Opener For Yankees
CC Sabathia had started the past six openers for the Yankees.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

'Dead Arm' Not An Issue For Lester
Jon Lester, who missed a Cactus League start on Saturday because of a "dead arm," is no longer dealing with any issues.

Mike Bauman/MLB