Baseball Wiretap

Jeter/Bush No Lock To Land Marlins, Romney/Glavine Group Alive

Apr 28, 2017 7:52 AM

While Jeffrey Loria has elected to try to finalize a sale of the Miami Marlins to a group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush, a deal is far from a certainty.

Jeter and Bush are expected to invest "no more than $200 million combined," according to a FOX Business report. That leaves as much as $800 to $900 million to be raised to complete the purchase.

A group led by Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine is still alive in the bidding, reports Ken Rosenthal.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

DL Use Up 12 Percent With Introduction Of 10-Day Option

Apr 28, 2017 7:43 AM

Major League Baseball changed the 15-day disabled list to a 10-day option as part of the new collective bargaining agreement agreed to in December.

Thus far, teams have used the disabled list more often given the shorter option.

165 players appeared on the 10-day DL in the season's first 25 days, according to Major League Baseball. That's a 12 percent increase over the same span from 2013 to 2016.

"You see this all the time: They say an injury is day-to-day," Pete Mackanin said. "Then two days turns into four days and four days turns into six. Well, if that's the case, you might as well put him on the DL [right away] rather than play short for a week."

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had the most DL stints this season with 12.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Injury, Misc Rumor

Shelby Miller Considering Tommy John Surgery

Apr 28, 2017 7:56 AM

Shelby Miller has been diagnosed with a flexor strain and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Miller is considering his options, including Tommy John surgery and is expected to decide soon.

The non-surgical route for Miller would include a platelet-rich plasma injection or stem cell treatment.

Tommy Stokke/FanRag Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Christian Bethancourt To Focus On Pitching Full-Time

Apr 28, 2017 7:35 AM

Christian Bethancourt, sent down to Triple-A by the San Diego Padres after a failed stint in a hybrid role, has agreed to work on developing as a pitcher in the Minor Leagues.

The Padres are encouraged by Bethancourt's decision after he was demoted to the El Paso Chihuahuas and given a few days to decide whether he wanted to pitch or catch.

"He said that he would pitch, and we're happy with that decision on his part," Andy Green said. "We're glad that he feels the same way we feel about it."

Bethancourt's natural position is catcher, but the Padres have used him as a pitcher the past two seasons. He hit .143 in eight games and appeared in four as a pitcher, going 0-0 with a 14.73 ERA in 3 2/3 innings.


Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Giants, Brewers Have Discussed Ryan Braun Trade

Apr 27, 2017 10:07 AM

The San Francisco Giants have discussed a potential Ryan Braun trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, but the Brewers wanted both salary relief and good players in return.

The Brewers have been asking for a lot in exchange for Braun all along. Now that Milwaukee is also off to a good start, the timeline for a potential Braun trade has likely been pushed back.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Shelby Miller Sent For Third Opinion From Dr. James Andrews

Apr 27, 2017 10:01 AM

Shelby Miller's MRI is being sent to Dr. James Andrews for a third opinion.

Miller was asked directly if the first two readings of his MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

"They see something in there," Miller said to reporters. "They haven't given me specifics yet, exactly what it is or how we're going to handle it or what we're going to do to fix it."

The Arizona Diamondbacks have downplayed the injury thus far.

"It's part of the plan that we had talked about all along where we were going to have this group look at it and come together and get as much information as we possibly could, and pass it along to Shelby and figure out what the best game plan is," Torey Lovullo said.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Gift Ngoepe Becomes First African-Born Player In MLB

Apr 27, 2017 9:55 AM

Gift Ngoepe made history on Wednesday night as the first African-born player to appear in a Major League game.

Ngoepe had a hit and drew a walk in the Pittsburgh Pirates' win over the Chicago Cubs.

"I thought about where I've come from, making the journey from South Africa to pursue my dream of playing in the major leagues someday," Ngoepe said. "I thought about the struggles of being in the minor leagues for 8½ years and then to finally get up here and get a hit in my first at-bat. The whole thing was just awesome. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. It was awesome."

Clint Hurdle pulled a very early double-switch, bringing Ngoepe, 27, off the bench to play second base in the top of the fourth inning.

"I told myself not to cry, because I'm in the big leagues and I'm a big guy," Ngoepe said. "[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me, and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest. It was emotional, and I had to fight back the tears."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Eric Thames Exits Game With Hamstring Tightness

Apr 27, 2017 9:49 AM

Eric Thames left Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds in the top of the eighth inning with tightness in his left hamstring.

Craig Counsell said after the Milwaukee Brewers' victory that the injury is "not a big deal."

"It just kind of tightened up over the day," Counsell said. "It is really the on-base stuff. He's just been on-base a whole bunch, running the bases, scoring from first, so just a whole bunch of baserunning."

Thames leads all of baseball with 11 home runs.


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Trea Turner Falls Triple Shy Of Second Consecutive Cycle

Apr 27, 2017 9:43 AM

Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday, a day after he reached the accomplishment for the Washington Nationals.

"He's going to have a lot of cycles in his career. That's just who he is and type of player he is," Bryce Harper said. "He has a good chance to do that on any given night. If he played here, he'd probably do it a lot more."

Turner, 23, is hitting .326/.341/.628 in 11 games.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Close To Buying Marlins

Apr 26, 2017 7:56 AM

A prospective ownership group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush are closing in on a deal to purchase the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that Jeffrey Loria has an agreement in principle to sell the club to the Bush/Jeter group for $1.3 billion. The sides are optimistic that a deal could be finalized over the next few months.

"I have a policy about not commenting about sale processes, but given what's been out there today, I think it's important to clarify a couple things," Rob Manfred said.

"I am absolutely certain -- know for a fact -- that there are multiple groups interested in acquiring the Marlins. One of those groups is the Bush-Jeter group. I'm not going to go beyond that. There are multiple groups that have made bids for the club. When we have a resolution as to which bid is going to be accepted, we'll announce that publicly. Until that happens, it's just not appropriate for me to comment further."

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Tags: Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Felix Hernandez Exits Start With 'Dead Arm'
Felix Hernandez was set to return to Seattle to have a stiff right shoulder checked by Mariners doctors after he lasted only two innings in his start Tuesday night.

Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner Won't Need Surgery, Likely Out 2 Months
Madison Bumgarner will wear a sling on his pitching arm for at least another week and is likely to miss approximately two months.

Associated Press

Julio Urias To Make Season Debut For Dodgers
Julio Urias, 20, opened the season at Triple-A in an effort to limit his innings.

J.P. Hoornstra/SoCal News Group

Noah Syndergaard Has Yet To Walk A Batter This Season
Noah Syndergaard has been terrific through his first four starts this season, pitching to a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Matt Barnes Gets Four-Game Ban For Throwing At Manny Machado
Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball past the head of Manny Machado on Sunday.


Madison Bumgarner Calls Dirt Bike Accident 'Freak Deal'
Madison Bumgarner called his recent dirt bike accident a "freak deal" and took some responsibility for his poor decision.

Associated Press

Miguel Sano Suspended One Game, Files Appeal
Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear between the Twins and Tigers last weekend.


Angels Acquire David Hernandez From Braves
The Angels have acquired David Hernandez from the Braves in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Looking For Outfield Help
The Pirates are looking outside the organization for outfield help as they continue to deal with Starling Marte's steroid suspension.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ian Desmond Could Play Some Outfield For Rockies
The Rockies signed Ian Desmond to play first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well they could entertain playing him in the outfield.

Owen Perkins/MLB

David Price To Throw 45-50 Pitch Bullpen Session
After throwing 30 pitches during a bullpen session in Baltimore on Friday, David Price is scheduled to throw 45-50 times on Monday in Boston.

Ben Standig/MLB

Shelby Miller Leaves Start With Forearm Tightness
Shelby Miller left the Diamondbacks' loss to the Dodgers on Sunday after just four innings because of right forearm tightness.


Matt Barnes Ejected For Throwing Pitch Past Manny Machado's Head
Manny Machado had spiked Dustin Pedroia on Friday night sliding into second base.

Yoenis Cespedes Misses Third Straight Game With Hamstring Issue
Mets manager Terry Collins says there's a possibility that Yoenis Cespedes may be headed to the DL if he can't play by Tuesday.

Nationals To Place Strasburg On Paternity Leave
Stephen Strasburg could start next weekend at home against the Mets.

Angels Place Garrett Richards On 60-Day DL
The Angels have also placed Cam Bedrosian on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

Jays Place Troy Tulowitzki On DL With Strained Hamstring
Troy Tulowitzki strained his right hamstring after taking third base on a wild pitch Friday night.

Tigers Place Miguel Cabrera On DL With Groin Strain
The Tigers have recalled John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo to replace Miguel Cabrera on the roster.

Rangers Release Josh Hamilton After Another Knee Injury
The Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his minor league deal on Friday.

Francisco Lindor Says Extension Talks Are 'In The Past'
Shortstop Francisco Lindor has not ruled out signing a long-term deal with the Indians.