December 2009 - Baseball Wiretap

Baez, Phillies Agree To Two-Year Deal

Dec 31, 2009 4:34 PM

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.

MLB.com

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Terms Agreement

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Cubs May Be Dangling Zambrano

Dec 31, 2009 4:30 PM

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.

New York Post

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Trade Rumor

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Mets Aren't Close To Landing Molina

Dec 31, 2009 4:28 PM

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.

New York Daily News

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor

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Cardinals, Holliday Move Closer To Deal

Dec 31, 2009 4:25 PM

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."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor

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Lowell Undergoes Thumb Surgery

Dec 31, 2009 4:22 PM

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.

ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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Cubs Sign Byrd To $15M Contract

Dec 31, 2009 4:20 PM

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."

ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Signing

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Rockies Could Cut Ties With Torrealba

Dec 31, 2009 9:17 AM

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.

Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor

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Delgado Will Make Winter Debut Sunday

Dec 31, 2009 9:14 AM

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]."

ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Youkilis: Red Sox Will Miss Bay

Dec 31, 2009 9:11 AM

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.

Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor

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Pineiro Interests Dodgers, Mets And Angels

Dec 31, 2009 9:07 AM

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.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

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Padres Discuss Extension With Gonzalez
It's unlikely that Adrian Gonzalez will sign a long-term deal with San Diego.

ESPN

Dodgers Won't Break Up Young Core
The Dodgers aren't looking to trade their young talent.

FOX Sports

Rockies Looking At Olivo
Colorado is close to signing Miguel Olivo.

FOX Sports

Holliday Wants More Than $18M Annually
Matt Holliday wants more than the four-year, $72 million deal he was offered by Colorado in 2008.

FOX Sports

Matsui Confident He'll Return To Outfield
Hideki Matsui has been limited to DH duties.

ESPN

Beltre Interests Athletics As Well
The A's, Giants and Red Sox have been linked to Adrian Beltre recently.

San Francisco Chronicle

Mets Close To Deal With Bengie Molina
Bengie Molina may be close to signing with the Mets.

Mets Blog

DeRosa Was Tired Of Being 'Plan B'
Mark DeRosa just wanted someone to express serious interest.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Oakland To Make Deal With Duchscherer Official
Justin Duchscherer had a physical on Tuesday afternoon.

San Francisco Chronicle

Athletics In Bidding For Chapman
The Athletics are among the team interested in Aroldis Chapman.

San Francisco Chronicle

D-Backs, Kelly Johnson Close To Deal
The Diamondbacks are getting closer to adding Kelly Johnson.

Arizona Republic

Cardinals Optimistic About Re-Signing Holliday
The Cardinals are more optimistic than ever that they'll be able to re-sign outfielder Matt Holliday.

ESPN

Red Sox Quietly Engage In Talks With Beltre
The Red Sox are looking at Adrian Beltre.

ESPN

Yankees Don't Have Interest In Dye
The Yankees are looking for a low-cost outfielder.

New York Daily News

Yankees, Red Sox Could Drive Mauer's Price Up To $30M
The Yankees and Red Sox could drive up the price of Joe Mauer.

Pioneer Press

D-Backs Wait To Hear From Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson would play second base for the D-Backs.

MLBlogs Network

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.

ESPN

Chapman Set To Take Big Tax Hit
All of Aroldis Chapman's signing bonus will be taxable if he signs in 2010.

ESPN

Market For Hudson Could Pick Up
Teams looking for an infielder could soon turn to Orlando Hudson.

ESPN

Bay Agrees To Join Mets
Jason Bay is a member of the Mets.

ESPN