Baseball Wiretap

Giants, Mark Melancon Agree To Four-Year, $62M Deal

Dec 5, 2016 2:21 PM

The Giants have agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract with free-agent closer Mark Melancon, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

The agreement is pending a physical, which the right-hander is currently going through for the Giants, the sources said.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Nationals Seeking Trades For Both Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale

Dec 5, 2016 9:08 AM

The Washington Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale via trade, according to a report.

The Nationals believe they have the prospects to make both deals happen.

The Atlanta Braves are believed to be Washington's main competition for Sale.

Trea Turner is off limits, but the Nationals could still include Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles, Reynaldo Lopez and Erick Fredde in deals.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility

Dec 5, 2016 8:40 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Dexter Fowler are "apart" in talks on a contract, according to a report.

Fowler is also being courted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who remain a possibility, and was linked to the San Francisco Giants recently as well. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

He hit .276/.393/.447 in 551 plate appearances with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs this past season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Mets Offered Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson To Orioles For Reliever

Dec 5, 2016 9:02 AM

The New York Mets offered Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a reliever, but talks didn't advance.

New York reportedly wanted a "high-end reliever," which means the offer may have been for Brad Brach, Mychal Givens or even Zach Britton.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Royals Willing To Listen To Offers For Key Players

Dec 5, 2016 8:57 AM

The Kansas City Royals have several important players scheduled to hit free agency after next season and they aren't planning to simply stand pat.

They are willing to listen to offers for several soon-to-be free agents and even a few players that are under control beyond 2017.

The belief is that the Royals would entertain trading Danny Duffy, Wade Davis, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, Ian Kennedy and Yordano Ventura.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Several Teams Interested In Trading For Brian Dozier

Dec 5, 2016 8:47 AM

Four to five teams are reportedly interested in working out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Brian Dozier.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Dozier, but the seriousness of those reports has come into question.

Dozier will attend this week's winter meetings because of a marketing commitment, which may allow him to meet with Minnesota's new front office.

Darren Wolfson/5 Eyewitness News

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rangers Interested In Trading For Billy Hamilton

Dec 5, 2016 8:34 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are willing to listen to offers for Billy Hamilton and the Texas Rangers are among the teams interested in a deal.

The Rangers aren't optimistic that they'll be able to re-sign Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez is a free agent as well.

Hamilton hasn't contributed much at the plate, but his defense and baserunning continue to make him valuable.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Indians Made Run At Signing Carlos Beltran

Dec 5, 2016 8:29 AM

The Cleveland Indians made a run at signing Carlos Beltran, but ultimately weren't able to compete with the one-year, $16 million deal he received from the Houston Astros.

The Indians continue to search for a "corner bat."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Padres 'Aggressively Shopping' Yangervis Solarte

Dec 5, 2016 8:25 AM

The San Diego Padres are "aggressively shopping" Yangervis Solarte and the Los Angeles Dodgers are among the interested clubs, according to a report.

The Dodgers could play Solarte at second or third base, but the expectation is that they will re-sign Justin Turner.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Astros Won't Include Alex Bregman In Deal For Starting Pitcher

Dec 5, 2016 8:19 AM

The Houston Astros would like to add an ace-caliber pitcher via trade this offseason, but they won't include Alex Bregman as part of a package.

Astros executives are telling teams that there's "no chance" Bregman will be dealt.

He is controllable through 2022 after being selected second overall in 2015.

The 22-year-old hit .264/.313/.478 in 217 plate appearances this past season.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Players' Meal Money On The Road Takes Hit
Teams will provide pre-game and/or post-game meals in the visitors clubhouse on the road.

Mark Melancon Has Multiple Long-Term Offers
The Giants, Nationals, and possibly one other team have reportedly made four year offers for free-agent closer Mark Melancon.

Bud Selig, John Schuerholz Elected To HOF
Bud Selig spent 22 years as the commissioner of major league baseball.

Yankees, Matt Holliday Agree To One-Year, $13M Deal
The Cardinals did not pick up Matt Holliday's $17M option in late September.

Source: D-Backs, Jeff Mathis Agree To Two-Year, $4M Deal
Jeff Mathis played the past four seasons as the No. 2 catcher for the Marlins.

Dodgers Appear Close To Signing Rich Hill
Left-handed pitcher Rich Hill is considered one of the top free-agents starters on the market.

Carlos Beltran Signs One-Year, $16M Deal With Astros
The Astros missed the playoffs last season, after winning the AL wild card in 2015.

Albert Pujols May Miss Opening Day After Foot Surgery
Albert Pujols had the procedure on Friday to release his planter fascia.

M's, Marc Rzepczynski Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski posted a 2.64 ERA in 47 2/3 innings last year with the A's and Nationals.

Cardinals Looking At Justin Turner, Payroll May Be Deterrent
The Cardinals are interested in Justin Turner, but payroll may prohibit them from signing the infielder.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Astros, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees In 'Full Pursuit' Of Rich Hill
Rich Hill is drawing a lot of interest as a free agent as the Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are in "full pursuit" of the left-hander.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Indians, Rangers, Red Sox Looking At Reunion With Mike Napoli
Several clubs have interest in Mike Napoli this offseason and all have employed him in the past.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia From Cardinals For Prospects
The Cardinals have traded Jaime Garcia to the Braves for three prospects.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Nationals, Pirates Have 'Ramped Up' Andrew McCutchen Talks
There have been indications that the Nationals would like to conclude talks as soon as Thursday.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tigers Have Received Calls About Victor Martinez
The Tigers have received calls about Victor Martinez as they look to get younger and shed payroll.

Jason Beck/MLB

All-Star Game No Longer Decides Home-Field Advantage For World Series
The pennant winner with the better regular-season record will receive home-field advantage.

Associated Press

Mets Fielding Calls On Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson
The Mets have begun fielding calls on Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson now that they've re-signed Yoenis Cespedes.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Smokeless Tobacco Banned For New Major Leaguers
Major League Baseball and its players' union agreed to ban smokeless tobacco for all new Major Leaguers under the new collective bargaining agreement, according to a report.

Associated Press

No-Trade Clause In Deal With Mets Was Key For Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes would not have returned to the Mets without a full no-trade clause as part of his new four-year, $110 million contract, according to his agent.

Adam Rubin/ESPN