Baseball Wiretap

Blue Jays, Jose Bautista Likely To Settle On Short-Term Deal

Jan 16, 2017 5:21 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a contract agreement with Jose Bautista, but the length of the deal hasn't yet been determined.

The most recent reports have Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hearing that a two-year deal is being discussing.

Meanwhile, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has reported that a two-year, $40 million deal is likely.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweeted that a one-year deal is possible, while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that any two-year deal would likely come with an option for the second season.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray

Jan 16, 2017 5:25 PM

The Houston Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Oakland Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

Gray had a down 2016 season after performing as one of baseball's best pitchers from 2013-15.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Sign Danny Duffy To Five-Year, $65M Contract

Jan 16, 2017 5:14 PM

The Kansas City Royals have signed Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract.

Duffy was eligible for arbitration and would have become a free agent after the 2017 season.

The pact ensures Duffy will remain with the Royals through 2021.

Duffy will earn $5 million this year before a bump to $14 million in 2018. He will make $15.25 million each in 2019 and 2020 and $15.5 million in the final year of the deal.

"Danny has been great. He has one of the best arms in all of baseball," Dayton Moore said earlier this offseason. "The fact that he's left-handed makes him more special and separates him even more. He's the kind of pitcher we all envision."

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Phillies, Michael Saunders Agree Upon $9M Deal

Jan 16, 2017 5:11 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with Michael Saunders, according to a report.

The contract also reportedly features a club option worth $11 million that increases to as much as $14 million.

Saunders, 30, hit a career-high 24 home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and was named to the American League All-Star team.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Jose Bautista, Blue Jays Nearing Deal

Jan 16, 2017 7:23 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner to sign Jose Bautista and he's believed to be nearing a deal with the club, according to sources.

There are still several details to be worked out and Bautista must pass a physical before any agreement becomes official.

After missing out on Edwin Encarnacion and Dexter Fowler, the Blue Jays circled back to Bautista.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Teams Increasing Trade Offers For Jose Quintana

Jan 16, 2017 7:18 AM

Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors since the early part of November and recently opposing clubs have been sweetening their trade offers for the Chicago White Sox right-hander.

The White Sox aren't placing a deadline on trade talks, but a deal could get done soon, according to sources.

The Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates have most often been linked to Quintana.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cardinals Could Extend Yadier Molina's Contract

Jan 16, 2017 7:11 AM

Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed season of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He will make $14 million in 2017 and then the two sides have a decision to make on a $15 million mutual option that carries a $2 million buyout.

However, the two sides are motivated to remain together and are considering a contract extension.

"It has been something that we have talked about in terms of what that might look like," John Mozeliak said. "But when you talk about extensions ... I think it's always best to keep that internal. But not to acknowledge that he has a year left with a mutual option wouldn't be fair either. So I think as we look at '17, it's certainly something we have to think through. He's made it no secret that he would like to find a way to stay here, and I would imagine that it's something that we will mutually try to do."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Padres Closing In On Deal With Trevor Cahill

Jan 16, 2017 7:04 AM

The San Diego Padres are nearing a deal with Trevor Cahill.

Cahill needs to pass a physical with the Padres, but first he'll travel with his former Chicago Cubs teammates to the White House to celebrate the team's World Series victory.

The deal with the Padres reportedly will carry $1.75 million in guaranteed money.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jason Heyward Working Overtime To Recapture Swing

Jan 16, 2017 6:58 AM

Jason Heyward hasn't taken his normal amount of time off this offseason so that he can work on fixing his swing.

"It's easier said than done trying to do it in season," Heyward said. "The offseason allows you to slow things down and focus on all the little things."

Heyward has been aided by coach Eric Hinske and with frequent visits from hitting coach John Mallee. They are trying to find the stroke that allowed him to hit 27 home runs with the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

"He's trying to mirror the swing he had then," Mallee said. "Right now the path is not the same it was then. It's not making a change. It's getting him back to who he was."

Heyward hit .230/.306/.325 for the Cubs in 2016.

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Cubs To Meet With President On MLK Day

Jan 15, 2017 7:25 PM

It's special when any championship team gets to visit the White House to be honored by the president. But Monday's appearance in Washington by the World Series winning Chicago Cubs has more significance: It's the beginning of the last week of Chicago native Barack Obama's administration, and it's also Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"This is the ultimate time to go to the White House as an athlete, to meet the president after winning a ring," Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward said at this weekend's Cubs winter fan convention. "For me being an African-American there's something (special) about it. And for my teammates who are from Venezuela there's something about it, guys from Alabama or Mississippi (or wherever), there's something about it for them. Yes, there's a lot of significance for a lot of different reasons."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Schwarber Wants To Be Ready As Backup Catcher
Kyle Schwarber is recovering from a serious knee injury last season.

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Verlander Happy Tigers Didn't Trade During The Offseason
Justin Verlander went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA with the Tigers in 2016.

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Mets Give Familia Raise Despite Uncertainty
Mets closer Jeurys Familia will make $7,425,000 next season, according to reports.

Padres Sign Wil Meyers To Six-Year, $80M Deal
Wil Myers, who primarily played first base in 2016, had been eligible for arbitration.

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $15.64M Deal
The Cubs and pitcher Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal on Friday.

ESPN.com

Nolan Arenado, Rockies Agree Upon Two-Year, $29.5M Deal
Nolan Arenado has agreed to a two-year, $29.5 million deal with the Rockies, which leaves him with one year of arbitration left following the 2018 season.

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Bryce Harper To Make $13.6M Next Season
Bryce Harper, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season, will reportedly seek a deal north of $400 million.

ESPN

Tim Tebow Doesn't Receive Spring Invite From Mets
The Mets announced their spring training invites on Wednesday and Tim Tebow was not among them.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Jean Segura Agrees To $6.2M Contract With Mariners
The Mariners acquired Jean Segura from the Diamondbacks in late November and he is projected to play shortstop and hit leadoff.

Associated Press

Angels, Danny Espinosa Reach $5.4M Deal To Avoid Arbitration
The Angels have avoided arbitration with Danny Espinosa by agreeing to a $5.4 million deal for 2017.

Associated Press

Tigers, Andrew Romine Agree To $1.3M Deal
The Tigers have avoided arbitration with Andrew Romine by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal for 2017.

Associated Press

Yankees Haven't Discussed Extension With Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka is slated to make $22 million in 2017 and can opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

Mike Mazzeo/New York Daily News

Twins Have Set No Deadlines Regarding Brian Dozier
The Twins and Dodgers have reportedly reached an "impasse" in trade talks involving Brian Dozier, but that doesn't mean the infielder will stay put.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Mets Avoid Arbitation With Zach Wheeler With $800,000 Deal
The Mets have avoided arbitration with Zach Wheeler by agreeing to a $800,000 deal for the 2017 season.

Associated Press

Mariners Acquire Drew Smyly From Rays For Three Players
The Mariners are sending Mallex Smith, who they acquired earlier from the Braves, infielder Carlos Vargas and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to the Rays.

ESPN

Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Santiago Casilla
Santiago Casilla, 36, broke into the major leagues with the A's in 2004 and remained with the club through the 2009 season.

ESPN

Twins Have Done Due Diligence On Jose Bautista
The Twins have met with the representatives for several players this offseason as they look to bolster the roster, including Jose Bautista's agent.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Kenley Jansen's Deal With Dodgers Includes Opt-Out Clause
Kenley Jansen's five-year, $80 million deal with the Dodgers was finalized on Tuesday and it includes an opt-out clause.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Cubs Will Visit White House Before Obama Departs
The Cubs will take up President Barack Obama on his invitation to visit him at the White House before his departure later this month.

ESPN

Trevor Plouffe Agrees To Deal With Athletics
Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a contract with the Athletics, according to a source.

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