Baseball Wiretap

Miguel Montero Blames Jake Arrieta For Nationals' Seven Steals

Jun 28, 2017 8:44 AM

The Washington Nationals stole seven bases against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Miguel Montero blamed the total on Jake Arrieta's slow delivery, which he says kept him from throwing out runners.

"It really sucked because the stolen bases go to me, and when you really look at it, the pitcher doesn't give me any time," Montero said. "So it's just like, "Yeah ok Miggy can't throw nobody out,' but my pitcher doesn't hold anybody on.

"That's the reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It's a shame that it's my fault because I didn't throw anybody out."

The seven steals tied a Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise record.

Dusty Baker called Arrieta "a guy you can run on" and said Montero "isn't throwing like he was before," and Trea Turner noted Arrieta's reputation for being "slower to the plate."

Montero has caught just 1 of 32 attempted base stealers this season, while runners are 15 of 17 in attempts with Arrieta pitching.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Braves Seeking Trade For Controllable Starter

Jun 28, 2017 8:54 AM

The Atlanta Braves would like to trade for a top-of-the-rotation starter and have Chris Archer and Jose Quintana on their wish list.

They also had scouts watching Sonny Gray over the weekend.

However, the Braves have more interest in Archer and Quintana because they are under contract longer.

Archer is under contractual control for four more seasons, including club-friendly options in 2020 ($9 million) and 2022 ($11 million).

Quintana's deal runs through 2020 including two option years. He will make about $31 million in 2018-20, assuming the options are exercised.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox 'Keen' On Trade For Sonny Gray

Jun 28, 2017 9:01 AM

The Boston Red Sox have sent respected scouts to Sonny Gray's last two starts.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are keen on dealing for Gray to upgrade their rotation.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays Release Derek Norris

Jun 28, 2017 8:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have released Derek Norris after he cleared waivers.

The move was made to make room for Wilson Ramos, who will be activated from the 60-day disabled list.

Tampa Bay added Norris before the season after he was let go by the Washington Nationals.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tim Tebow Realizes He Still Has 'A Long Way To Go'

Jun 28, 2017 8:36 AM

Tim Tebow was promoted recently, but realizes he still has "a long way to go" to be a successful professional baseball player.

Tebow says he's focused on improving and not statistics.

Called up to the New York Mets' advanced Class-A club earlier this week, Tebow was scheduled to bat eighth for his debut with the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday but the game was postponed because of rain.

"Hopefully I have gotten better in every area. Whether that is hitting or ID'ing pitches, on the base path, trying to play defense, you know trying to work on everything and improve on everything every day. I feel like I have a long way to go, but I feel like I'm getting better every day," he said.

Tebow was a .220 hitter for the Columbia Fireflies in the lower-level South Atlantic League before his promotion. He had three home runs -- two in his first three games -- and 23 RBIs.

ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Yasiel Puig Has Suspension Rescinded

Jun 28, 2017 8:30 AM

Yasiel Puig's one-game suspension for an obscene gesture has been rescinded, according to multiple reports.

Instead, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will make a charitable donation.

Puig flashed his middle finger on both hands at fans sitting behind home plate after he hit a home run at Progressive Field two weeks ago.

He was suspended the next day, but immediately appealed.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Giants Deny Stretch Routine Created Friction

Jun 27, 2017 4:53 PM

The San Francisco Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.

The change in stretch time was initiated by Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal reported that Melancon requested a change during the early season in the bullpen's stretch time preceding night games from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, allowing each reliever to complete his daily workout routine.

The report stated players were increasingly late for the stretching sessions, prompting Bruce Bochy to convene a team meeting about a month ago to address that issue and others.

"I dropped the ball," Bochy told Rosenthal. "I've been doing this so long, you take for granted that they know what I want. These guys were used to doing it how they've done it -- 'I have my own routine. I'm not going to stretch.' But we do stretch as a team here. They all have to be out there."

More than one player pointed out that multiple people convened during the season-opening series at Arizona to agree upon a revised stretch time.

"I'm shocked," Melancon said. "But honestly, if this is the thing that we can point out and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching."

Bochy dismissed the fuss. "It's a non-story for me," he said, adding that belaboring the issue would be the equivalent to "pole vaulting over mouse turds."

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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John Farrell Suspended One Game, Fined By MLB

Jun 27, 2017 4:43 PM

John Farrell has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during Saturday's game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

Farrell will serve his punishment on Tuesday when the Red Sox face the Minnesota Twins.

He was ejected for arguing a balk call on Saturday. Bill Miller, the crew chief, called a balk on Boston's Fernando Abad with Cameron Maybin on third, giving the Angels a run and a 5-1 lead.

Dustin Pedroia came charging in, pointing to home plate when the balk was called. Kole Calhoun, the batter, stepped out, and home plate ump Ryan Blakney appeared to raise his hands, signaling time. Farrell came charging out.

"Time was called. Time was clearly called before the balk was called," Farrell said. "So that was the dispute."

The umpires then met for a minute or so and allowed the run. Farrell got in a heated argument with Miller -- with the two going nose to nose and spittle flying -- and was tossed for his first ejection of the season.

ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria From Marlins

Jun 27, 2017 7:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins in exchange for two minor leaguers.

The Rays say he's a "Gold Glove-caliber" defender who's also capable of making them better offensively.

Tampa Bay will most likely make room for Hechavarria at shortstop by shifting Tim Beckham from the position to play second base.

"We certainly feel we have as good a chance as anybody," senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said, adding that Hechavarria is a "talented player who's going to help us win."

Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark will go to Miami in the deal.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Kyle Schwarber 'Not Surprised' Cubs Demoted Him

Jun 27, 2017 7:38 AM

Kyle Schwarber isn't surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying "the numbers spoke for themselves."

Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after hitting .171 in 64 games this season.

The Cubs haven't given Schwarber a timetable for a return to the Majors.

"A demotion is a demotion. That's obviously something that you don't want to have, and it ticks you off a little bit," Schwarber said. "You can't press, you can't do anything like that. But you try to make things happen. You've got to go back to what made you successful in the first place."

ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Terry Francona Leaves Game After Not Feeling Well
Terry Francona left the Indians' win over the Rangers on Monday night because he wasn't feeling well.

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Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal
The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

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Giancarlo Stanton To Defend Home Run Derby Victory
Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown at his home ballpark next month.

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Phillies 'Foresee' Changes At Trade Deadline
The Phillies are expected to be busy at the non-waiver trade deadline.

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Marlins Willing To Listen To Offers On Relievers
They are willing to listen to trade offers for relievers A.J. Ramos, David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ichiro, 43, Becomes Oldest To Start Game In Center Field
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Carlos Rodon Rejoins White Sox, Will Make Season Debut
Carlos Rodon is back with the White Sox and is expected to make his season debut during the club's homestand.

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Yankees Place Aaron Hicks On DL With Ribcage Injury
Aaron Hicks will be out three to four weeks with a ribcage injury on the right side.

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Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt Off Waivers From A's
The Brewers added veteran catcher Stephen Vogt to their roster on Sunday.

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Mets Promote Tim Tebow To St. Lucie
Tim Tebow batted .222 in 212 at-bats for the Columbia Fireflies this season.

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Giants Promote Ryder Jones; DFA Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill batted just .132 in 34 games with the Giants this season.

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A's Make History As Three Teammates Hit First Career HR In Same Game
Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman, and Franklin Barreto became the second trio in history to each hit their first career home run in the same game.

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O's Win 8-3 To Avoid Dubious Pitching Record
The Orioles pitching staff had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games.

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Roberto Osuna Suffering With Anxiety Issue
Roberto Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, after not pitching in a save situation on Friday night.

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Corey Seager Likely To Miss 3-4 Days With Hamstring Strain
Corey Seager suffered the injury in the second inning of Friday's win over the Rockies.

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White Sox Retire Mark Buehrle's No. 56 Jersey
Mark Buehrle spent 12 of his 16 major-league seasons with the White Sox.

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Source: Jorge Mas Becomes Bidder To Purchase Marlins
The Marlins future may be with Jorge Mas, a Cuban-American businessman.

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Yankees DFA Chris Carter; Promote Tyler Austin
Tyler Austin has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Asks To Be Traded
Asdrubal Cabrera is "not really happy" after the Mets asked him to move to second base.

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Red Sox Retire David Ortiz's No. 34
Big Papi became the 10th person to be so honored by the Boston Red Sox.

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