December 2013 - Baseball Wiretap

Yankees Won't Sign Stephen Drew

Dec 31, 2013 2:50 PM

The New York Yankees will not sign Stephen Drew.

The Yankees have been linked to Drew for a majority of the offseason, especially in the wake of Robinson Cano's departure. They also missed out on Omar Infante.

Peter Gammons

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros To Sign Jesse Crain

Dec 31, 2013 2:46 PM

The Houston Astros have added Jesse Crain to the bullpen.

Crain has a 2.10 ERA over his last three seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Pirates, Rangers Swap McGuiness, Mikolas

Dec 31, 2013 2:44 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Miles Mikolas.

Texas also designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Yankees Could Sign Tanaka, Use Trades To Get Below Tax Line

Dec 31, 2013 9:16 AM

The New York Yankees would eliminate any chance of getting below the $189 million luxury tax line if they signed Masahiro Tanaka.

However, that would only be to begin the season.

The Yankees could flirt with a summer sell-off if they aren't contending in an effort to slip under the tax threshold.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves May Sign Re-Sign O'Flaherty

Dec 31, 2013 9:12 AM

The Atlanta Braves haven't ruled out re-signing Eric O'Flaherty, who would only further boost a strong bullpen.

The left-handed reliever pitched just 18 innings in 2013, posting a 2.50 ERA for the Braves.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yuniesky Betancourt Drawing Interest

Dec 31, 2013 9:08 AM

A number of Major League teams are showing interest in Yuniesky Betancourt.

There have been rumors that he could land a starting spot.

The Miami Marlins were once considered a suitor, but they are no longer after signing Casey McGehee.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Still Looking At Options For Rotation

Dec 31, 2013 9:05 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are still interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, but they won't say how interested they are in Masahiro Tanaka.

"I have said that we're definitely going to inquire on any free-agent pitchers that are out there," Alex Anthopoulos said.

Toronto could pursue Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and/or Ubaldo Jimenez if they aren't able to land Tanaka. They could also pursue a trade.

Brendan Kennedy/Toronto Star

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ibanez Confident He Can Perform At High Level

Dec 31, 2013 9:01 AM

Raul Ibanez, who will turn 42 in June, is confident he can still perform at a high level.

He recently signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

"If I didn't know that I could perform at a high level, then I wouldn't even play the game," Ibanez said. "I definitely expect to contribute to this team and to be a part of continuing the winning tradition here."

Ibanez has a base salary of $2.75 million, with another $2.25 million in incentives.

He hit 29 homers with a .793 OPS last year for the Seattle Mariners, though his numbers took a sharp downturn in the second half.

Adam Berry/MLB.com

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Teams Concerned About Oswalt's Commitment

Dec 30, 2013 5:04 PM

Roy Oswalt wants to pitch again, but teams are concerned about his commitment.

"He's an intriguing name and it wouldn't shock me if the old Roy comes out and pitches well again, but lately everything's been on Roy's terms and I think teams are turned off by that," said a National League general manager.

"But the pitching is at a premium, so guys like Oswalt, Johan Santana, Mark Mulder, Carl Pavano, they'll all get looks from teams hoping they can insert a veteran like that to the back end of the rotation when injuries occur."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Aren't Motivated To Trade Lackey

Dec 30, 2013 5:00 PM

John Lackey has been mentioned in trade rumors already this winter, but the Boston Red Sox aren't motivated to deal the right-hander.

Lackey has a team-friendly contract with a $15.25 million outlay and only $500,000 in a team option for 2015.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Teams Turned Off By Nelson Cruz's Asking Price
Nelson Cruz is looking for a four-year deal worth about $75 million.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Yankees Plan To Break International Spending Records
The Yankees could spend $25 million on international free agents beginning this coming July.

Kiley McDaniel/Scout.com

Angels Won't Confirm Interest In Tanaka
The assumption is that the Angels will/are targeting the Japanese right-hander.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

GMs Expect Jimenez To End Up With Yankees
Ubaldo Jimenez remains on the market and a few general managers expect him to end up with the Yankees, even if they sign Masahiro Tanaka.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Twins Haven't Made Offer To Johan Santana
The Twins remain interested in the veteran left-hander.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Diamondbacks Want To Meet With Tanaka In Japan
No trip has been scheduled, but the Diamondbacks are willing to fly to Japan to meet with the right-hander.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

MLB Asks Rakuten To Assure No Side Deals With Tanaka
Rakuten might have gotten three times more money from making Masahiro Tanaka available under the old posting system.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Mets Remain In Contact With Stephen Drew
The Mets may be looking for an upgrade at shortstop.

Marc Craig/Newsday

A-Rod's Fate Could Be Decided This Week
Alex Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game ban for alleged performance-enhancing drug violations.

Brendan Kuty/Star-Ledger

Pitch Counts May Be A Concern For Tanaka
There are some concerns about Masahiro Tanaka's pitch counts as he nears Major League Baseball.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Royals Ready To Take Big Step Next Season
The Royals were in the race for an AL Wild Card berth this past season, setting the stage for a big step in 2014.

Dick Kaegel/MLB.com

No Hitter Saw More Pitches Than Votto In 2013
Joey Votto saw 3,033 pitches this past season, the most of any Major League hitter.

Richard Justice/MLB.com

Minnesota Metrodome Hosts Final Game
The Twins won the 1987 and 1991 World Series in the Metrodome.

MLB.com

Padres Sign Reliever Joaquin Benoit
The Padres and pitcher Joaquin Benoit have completed a two-year deal worth $15.5M.

ESPN.com

Puig Arrested For Going 110MPH
Yasiel Puig has been arrested on reckless driving charges for the second time this year.

ESPN.com

Raul Ibanez Signs Deal With Angels
Raul Ibanez batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs for the Mariners last season.

ESPN.com

Moustakas Working On Game In Venezuela
Mike Moustakas is entrenched as the third baseman for the Royals, but he is working as though he isn't guaranteed a roster spot this winter.

Phil Rogers/MLB.com

Mets Discussing Davis With Brewers, Orioles, Pirates
The Mets haven't been able to pry top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez away from the Orioles in trade talks.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Fuld Fielding Offers From Five Teams
Each of the offers is a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers Expect Nelson Cruz To Sign Elsewhere
Jon Daniels said he called Nelson Cruz personally to express his thanks.

Richard Durrett/ESPN