December 2009 - Baseball Wiretap
Baez, Phillies Agree To Two-Year Deal
The Phillies have added Danys Baez to their bullpen. Sources told MLB.com on Thursday that Philadelphia and the reliever had agreed to a two-year contract pending a physical. Baez, 32, went 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 59 appearances last season with the Orioles in 2009.
Cubs May Be Dangling Zambrano
A pair of American League officials told the New York Post that the Cubs are shopping pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has three-years and $53.75 million left on his contract. The same officials say Zambrano, for comfort reasons, has no desire to waive his no-trade clause and leave Chicago.
Mets Aren't Close To Landing Molina
Contrary to a radio report, the Mets are not close to signing free-agent catcher Bengie Molina, a source told the New York Daily News. A recent report said that the team was close to a two-year deal with Molina, who spent recent seasons with the Giants. "Not true," the official said.
Cardinals, Holliday Move Closer To Deal
The Cardinals and free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday are believed to be getting closer to an agreement that could be the largest offer the franchise has even made. That means it would surpass the $100 million deal first baseman Albert Pujols signed in 2004. Sources with knowledge of the negotiations told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that progress is "strong" and a resolution could come as early as next week. "I'm still hopeful," general manager John Mozeliak wrote in a text message. "But there is still work to be done."
Lowell Undergoes Thumb Surgery
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell underwent surgery on his right thumb on Wednesday. Boston expects him to be ready for spring training. The injury derailed a trade between the Red Sox and the Rangers earlier this month. The operation repaired the radial collateral ligament in the thumb.
Cubs Sign Byrd To $15M Contract
The Cubs have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year, $15 million deal. Chicago hopes that Byrd can be their everyday center fielder. Byrd is a disciple of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Both were with the Rangers last season. "[Jaramillo] was a big part of [signing in Chicago]," Byrd said. "I really enjoyed my last three years with Rudy. I'm very comfortable with him. He is the best in the business. We are especially close. It's going to be nice working with him the next three years."
Rockies Could Cut Ties With Torrealba
The Rockies could cut ties with catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Colorado is working out a deal with free-agent Miguel Olivo, according to multiple sources. Torrealba was close to re-signing a few weeks ago, but the two sides couldn't agree on how money would be distributed in a rumored two-year, $6 million contract.
Delgado Will Make Winter Debut Sunday
Free-agent first baseman Carlos Delgado will make his winter league debut on Sunday, according to a report out of Puerto Rico. Delgado missed most of last season with the Mets after undergoing hip surgery. "If everything goes well, I'm planning on playing that day," Delgado told the newspaper Primer Hora. "So far I haven't spoken with management [for Carolina], but that's the date I'm targeting. I still have to go through my routine these next three days, then practice on [Saturday]."
Youkilis: Red Sox Will Miss Bay
The Red Sox officially lost left fielder Jason Bay on Monday when he signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Mets. Boston infielder Kevin Youkilis commented on the signing Tuesday. "It's definitely going to be tough for all of us," Youkilis said. "Jason was a close friend. We enjoyed playing with him. He's a great ballplayer. It's one of those business moves on each side, the Red Sox and Jason. It just didn't work out right. I wish him the best in New York and hopefully we get to see him in the World Series." The Boston Herald is reporting that the Red Sox had discussions with Bay right up until he agreed to join the Mets.
Pineiro Interests Dodgers, Mets And Angels
The Dodgers desperately need help in their starting rotation and free-agent pitcher Joel Pineiro interests them. According to Buster Olney, the Mets and Angels are also interested in the right-hander.
Padres Discuss Extension With Gonzalez
It's unlikely that Adrian Gonzalez will sign a long-term deal with San Diego.
Dodgers Won't Break Up Young Core
The Dodgers aren't looking to trade their young talent.
Holliday Wants More Than $18M Annually
Matt Holliday wants more than the four-year, $72 million deal he was offered by Colorado in 2008.
Beltre Interests Athletics As Well
The A's, Giants and Red Sox have been linked to Adrian Beltre recently.
Mets Close To Deal With Bengie Molina
Bengie Molina may be close to signing with the Mets.
DeRosa Was Tired Of Being 'Plan B'
Mark DeRosa just wanted someone to express serious interest.
Oakland To Make Deal With Duchscherer Official
Justin Duchscherer had a physical on Tuesday afternoon.
Athletics In Bidding For Chapman
The Athletics are among the team interested in Aroldis Chapman.
D-Backs, Kelly Johnson Close To Deal
The Diamondbacks are getting closer to adding Kelly Johnson.
Cardinals Optimistic About Re-Signing Holliday
The Cardinals are more optimistic than ever that they'll be able to re-sign outfielder Matt Holliday.
Yankees Don't Have Interest In Dye
The Yankees are looking for a low-cost outfielder.
Yankees, Red Sox Could Drive Mauer's Price Up To $30M
The Yankees and Red Sox could drive up the price of Joe Mauer.
D-Backs Wait To Hear From Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson would play second base for the D-Backs.
Nothing To Rumors Of Deal Between Cubs, Red Sox And Padres
The Red Sox are no closer to landing Adrian Gonzalez than they were back in the summer.
Chapman Set To Take Big Tax Hit
All of Aroldis Chapman's signing bonus will be taxable if he signs in 2010.
Market For Hudson Could Pick Up
Teams looking for an infielder could soon turn to Orlando Hudson.