December 2008 - Baseball Wiretap

Nationals Interested In Bradley, Not Manny

Dec 31, 2008 7:22 PM

Published reports continue to indicate that the Nationals have serious interest in Manny Ramirez, but those reports are false according to a baseball source who asked not to be identified. The Nationals have often said that they are looking for players for the long term. According to a baseball source, Washington has serious interest in free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley.

MLB Blogs

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor

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Cubs Try To Explain Logic Of DeRosa Trade

Dec 31, 2008 6:19 PM

Cubs' GM Jim Hendry praised Mark DeRosa for his contributions over the last two years but added, ?We felt like we had to move forward in this direction, and that?s why we decided to make the deal.? The reason for moving DeRosa had as much to do with his position as anything. With Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot, and Geovany Soto as everyday players, second was their only option for a lefty hitter. ?There really wasn?t another place to get more left-handed than at second,? Hendry said. ?We certainly like the way Fontenot played last year and we think he?s deserving of more time, and that?s why the acquisition of Miles (was made). ... When you really stop to analyze it, if you want three, four, potentially five (left-handed hitters) on the field at the same time, then second base was an area we felt like we possibly could make a change. It certainly had nothing to do with the type of player DeRosa is, and he was an integral part of us winning the last two years. "He certainly lived up to everything we thought he would be. But when you look at it from that perspective, moving forward, that was the area to probably change the deck at.?

Chicago Tribune

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A-Rod Already Moving Past Madonna?

Dec 31, 2008 3:29 PM

Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez has reportedly been seen dining with two beautiful women dining out in Miami. In the midst of a divorce, Rodriguez was linked to pop star Madonna throughout the summer and fall.

New York Daily News

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Holliday Already Thought Of As Free Agent

Dec 31, 2008 3:25 PM

Outfielder Matt Holliday is expected to headline the 2009 free agent class, with the Athletics unlikely to even attempt signing him long-term. Holliday employs Scott Boras as his agent, which could drive the former Colorado slugger's price up in the thin market. The Rockies hoped to sign Holliday to a long-term contract in the spring of last year, but they were not able to take their star player out of the upcoming free-agent class.

MLB.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor

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Cubs Unlikely To Ink Adam Dunn?

Dec 31, 2008 3:19 PM

Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald believes that Adam Dunn would be wonderful in the Cubs' lineup but doubts the team will sign him. Miles believes that Chicago manager Lou Piniella would have a hard time finding a spot for Dunn in the team's lineup.

Daily Herald

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor

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Cleveland Acquires Mark DeRosa

Dec 31, 2008 2:18 PM

The Cleveland Indians have acquired versatile infielder Mark DeRosa in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Indians sent minor league pitchers Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Caub to Chicago on Wednesday for DeRosa.

AP

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Official Trade

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Angels And Fuentes Agree To Deal

Dec 31, 2008 1:18 PM

The Angels and left-hander Brian Fuentes have agreed to a two-year contract, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. Fuentes saved 30 games for the Colorado Rockies last season with a 2.73 ERA in 62 2/3 innings. The deal is reportedly worth $17.5 million over two seasons. RealGM Note: Fuentes 'deserved' to make $6.5 million in 2008 and had a Reina Value of +29%.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Signing

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Cubs Sign Aaron Miles

Dec 31, 2008 12:43 PM

The Cubs agreed to terms with versatile free agent infielder Aaron Miles on a two-year, $4.9 million contract, adding important depth to the middle infield. Miles, a switch-hitter who spent the past three seasons with St. Louis, played seven positions for the Cardinals last season, primarily second base (49 starts) and shortstop (24). RealGM Note: As the 428th ranked player in season FIC, Miles 'deserved' to make $1 million in 2008 and had a Reina Value of -29%.

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Signing

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Yankees Want Pettitte Back, Just At Their Price

Dec 31, 2008 12:21 PM

A person in regular contact with Yankee brass said Tuesday he believes the club still wants Andy Pettitte back and believes a deal will get done, perhaps as early as next week. According to this person, someone in the Yankee organization was putting out that word as something of a scare tactic, knowing that Pettitte badly wants to pitch for the Yankees next season. "They just want him at their price, that's still the bottom line," the person said. Pettitte earned $16 million last season and apparently is reluctant to take a $6 million cut.

New York Daily News

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor

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Dodgers Sign Claudio Vargas

Dec 31, 2008 11:25 AM

The Dodgers have signed right-hander Claudio Vargas to an incentive-laden, one-year deal. Vargas will be paid a base salary of $400,000 and can earn an additional $1.4 million in incentives.

Los Angeles Times

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Cubs Make Room For Bradley?
The Cubs and Rockies appear close to a deal involving pitcher Jason Marquis, which could allow Chicago to sign free agent hitter Milton Bradley.

Chicago Sun-Times

Blue Jays Sign 4 To Minor League Deals
Pitcher Mike Maroth, catcher Michael Barrett, and two other players signed minor league contracts with the Blue Jays on Tuesday and were invited to spring training.

ESPN

Manny's Agent Contacts Dodgers
Scott Boras, the agent for free agent slugger Manny Ramirez, has contacted the Dodgers in an effort to re-open negotiations with the team.

Los Angeles Times

Cubs Trade Marquis To Colorado
The Colorado Rockies will acquire Jason Marquis from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Luis Vizcaino.

Rocky Mountain News

Baltimore Interested In Richie Sexson
The Baltimore Orioles are apparently interested in signing Richie Sexson.

Baltimore Sun

Mets Offer Lowe $36M Over 3 Years, Final Offer?
The Mets are not willing to offer Derek Lowe more than a three-year deal.

New York Times

D-Backs Extend Snyder's Contract
The Diamondbacks have reportedly reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension with catcher Chris Snyder.

MLB.com

Marlins Hoping To Sign Turnbow
The Marlins are reportedly one of the final three teams in the race to sign reliever Derrick Turnbow.

MLB.com

Pitchers Garland, Wolf Interest Dodgers
Headlines have been dominated by the hitters the Dodgers are chasing, but free agent pitchers Randy Wolf and Jon Garland are on their radar, as well.

MLB.com

Astros' Owner Favors MLB Salary Cap
Astros' owner Drayton McLane is a very wealthy man but still favors a salary cap in Major League Baseball.

Houston Chronicle

Rays Sign Joe Nelson
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-handed relief pitcher Joe Nelson to a one-year contract.

Press Release

Red Sox Tried To Get Hanley Back
At one point this winter, the Red Sox made a play to re-acquire Marlins superstar Hanley Ramirez.

SI.com

Bernie Suffers Serious Quad Injury In Winter Ball
Bernie Williams joined a winter ball team in Puerto Rico with the idea of playing himself into shape to compete in the World Baseball Classic.

Journal News

Rockies Interested In Ex-Nat Redding
The Rockies are interested in free agent pitcher Tim Redding, who spent the 2008 season with the Nationals.

Yahoo!

Mets' Interest In Andruw Jones Dwindles
The Mets and Dodgers discussed a deal involving outfielder Andruw Jones at the winter meetings, but New York's interest has reportedly dwindled.

MLB.com

Dodgers Considering Abreu As Well
The Dodgers have turned their attention towards Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu as options in the outfield as negotiations with Manny Ramirez remain dormant.

Los Angeles Times

Interest In Garret Anderson Picks Up
The Athletics and Rays are reportedly interested in the services of outfielder Garret Anderson.

Yahoo!

Mets Keep Options Open For Rotation
The Mets expect to have a better read on what their 2009 starting rotation will look like at the end of the week.

MLB.com

Pirates Inch Closer To Free Agent Turnbow
The Pirates are reportedly one of three finalists for free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dodgers: 'Manny Is Our First Choice'
Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti said on Monday that Manny Ramirez is still the team's first choice in free agency.

Los Angeles Times