January 2017 - Baseball Wiretap

Reds Working On Contract Agreement With Bronson Arroyo

Jan 31, 2017 8:21 AM

The Cincinnati Reds and Bronson Arroyo are working on a contract agreement, according to a report.

The deal is expected to be a minor league pact with an invitation to spring training.

Arroyo is nearly 40 and hasn't thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues in more than two years.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rays Have Inquired With Rangers About Jurickson Profar

Jan 31, 2017 8:17 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have at least checked with the Texas Rangers about the availability of Jurickson Profar, according to two sources.

Profar, who turns 24 in February, is controllable for the next three seasons and affordable as well.

In the past, the Rangers wanted a starting pitcher from the Rays for Profar.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M

Jan 31, 2017 8:12 AM

After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Houston Astros' baseball operations database by a former St. Louis Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astros two top picks and $2 million.

Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will also be placed on the "permanently ineligible list," effective immediately. The $2 million is to be paid within 30 days.

"We respect the Commissioner's decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter," chairman and CEO William O. DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Commissioner Manfred's findings are fully consistent with our own investigation's conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual."

"This has been a long and challenging process for all of us, especially those within our baseball operations department," John Mozeliak said in the statement. "We have learned a great deal along the way and we have taken additional steps to ensure that something like this doesn't ever happen again."

ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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David Ross Joins ESPN As Baseball Analyst

Jan 31, 2017 8:07 AM

Fresh off a World Series victory with the Chicago Cubs, David Ross is joining ESPN as a baseball analyst.

"I'm excited to dive right in and start talking baseball with my new colleagues at ESPN," Ross said in a statement. "It truly is the worldwide leader in sports and I'm grateful for the opportunity to join this incredible team. We're going to have a lot of fun this season."

Ross retired after helping the Cubs end their historic championship drought.

At 39 years, 228 days, Ross -- who spent two seasons with the Cubs -- became the oldest player to hit a home run in a Game 7 of a World Series.

ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Indians Acquire Carlos Frias From Dodgers For Cash

Jan 31, 2017 8:03 AM

The Cleveland Indians have acquired Carlos Frias from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash.

Frias has gone 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 games over the past three seasons for the Dodgers.

He was limited to 47⅓ innings last season for the Dodgers, Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa after making two trips to the disabled list with an oblique injury.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Padres Offering Exchange For San Diego Chargers Apparel

Jan 30, 2017 8:18 AM

The San Diego Padres have created a unique exchange program for fans of the San Diego Chargers, who are relocating to Los Angeles.

Fans that would like to donate their Chargers apparel in good condition will be able to exchange one piece of Chargers clothing or a Chargers hat for a $25 credit to the Padres team store through May 4, 2017.

With the Chargers gone, the Padres are now the only major professional sports team in San Diego.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

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Twins, Justin Morneau Interested In Possible Reunion

Jan 30, 2017 8:10 AM

The Minnesota Twins and Justin Morneau have mutual interest in a possible reunion, according to a report.

Morneau intends to return for a 15th Major League season in 2017, but he'll have to find a team willing to give him enough at-bats to make it worthwhile.

He has appeared in just 107 games over the last two seasons, hitting .283/.330/.442 with nine home runs.

Morneau last played for the Twins in 2013.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel Set For First Bullpen Session Of 2017

Jan 30, 2017 8:04 AM

Dallas Keuchel plans to throw his first bullpen session of the offseason on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel hasn't pitched off a mound since late August, when he made the final start of his injury-shortened season.

"It's going to feel a little bit better than what it usually does just based on the amount of time I've missed," he said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully playing until November this year, and I'm just going to take every day as it is."

Keuchel missed the final five weeks of the 2016 season because of a shoulder injury.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Indians Working On Solution To Chief Wahoo Logo

Jan 30, 2017 7:58 AM

Rob Manfred and Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan have discussed possible solutions to the team's controversial Chief Wahoo logo.

Manfred and Dolan have had multiple meetings on the subject, including one on Friday that included minority owner John Sherman before the team announced it will host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field.

The club has come under increased pressure to permanently remove the red-faced, smiling logo. The caricature of a Native American has been labeled offensive and racially insensitive.

"I'm not going to speculate about what I want the end of the process to be," Manfred said. "I think that Paul has been fantastic about engaging in conversations. I want those conversations to continue, and I think we'll produce a result that will be good for the Indians and good for baseball. What exactly that is, I don't want to speculate right now."

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

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Frank Thomas Upset Alleged PED Users Are Joining Hall Of Fame

Jan 30, 2017 7:52 AM

Frank Thomas, a longtime critic of performance-enhancing drug users, spoke out against them during the Chicago White Sox's annual fan convention Saturday.

The way Thomas sees it, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens might as well be enshrined if players linked to performance-enhancing drugs are getting elected.

"They should be in now, as far as I'm concerned," Thomas said. "They've let a few people in already we all know. It's uncomfortable at this point. I'm sure this year's going to be uncomfortable because we've got two great players going in, but they know. It's no secret. If they didn't do it, they would be stomping and kicking and in interviews saying, 'I didn't do it.'"

Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell were elected to the Hall of Fame last week despite allegations of PED use.

"Not happy at all," Thomas said. "Some of these guys were great players, but they wouldn't have been great players without drugs. ... I don't mind these guys doing what they want to do for their families and make their money. But don't come calling to the Hall of Fame and say, 'I'm supposed to be in the Hall of Fame,' when you know you cheated."

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Royals, Brandon Moss Agree On Two-Year, $12M Deal
Free agent first baseman Brandon Moss has agreed to sign with the Royals.

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Adam Jones: O's Need To Improve Outfield Defense
Orioles star Adam Jones believes the team needs more speed and athleticism in the outfield.

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Chris Davis Says Jose Bautista 'Easy To Dislike'
The Orioles and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista have a history of hostility.

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Yasiel Puig Hopes To Stay With Dodgers
Yasiel Puig took ownership Saturday of the issues that got him sent to the minor leagues last season for the first time since he made his major league debut in June of 2013.

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Hamels Looks To 'Kicking Up The Intensity' At Spring Training
Cole Hamels said he is especially excited to see the Rangers sign Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross to help fill out the rotation.

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Twins To Honor Tom Kelly With Statue
Tom Kelly led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, and had his No. 10 retired in 2012.

ESPN.com

Royals Will Wear 'Ace 30' Patch Honoring Yordano Ventura
The Royals will wear a special commemorative patch on their uniform in honor of Yordano Ventura this coming season.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Red Sox To Retire David Ortiz's No. 34 In June
The Red Sox will retire David Ortiz's No. 34 before their June 23 home game against the Angels.

Ian Browne/MLB

Rays Looking For Bat After Trading Logan Forsythe
The Rays would like to add a hitter after dealing Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Stephen Drew Agrees To $3.5M Deal With Nationals
Stephen Drew has a chance to earn up to $1.25 million more in performance bonuses tied to the number of games he plays.

ESPN

Indians Will Host 2019 All-Star Game
The Indians will host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Associated Press

Scott Feldman Will Compete For Rotation Spot With Reds
The Reds have signed Scott Feldman to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Dodgers To Sign Brandon Morrow
Brandon Morrow is expected to compete for a spot on the roster as a reliever.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Phillies, Ryan Hanigan Agree To Minor League Deal
The Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with Ryan Hanigan and invited him to spring training.

Associated Press

Austin Jackson Agrees To Minors Deal With Indians
Austin Jackson signed with the White Sox last offseason, but played less than three months before having season-ending knee surgery.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Rockies Reach Deal With Greg Holland
Greg Holland, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October 2015 and missed all of last season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Mariners To Retire Edgar Martinez's No. 11 In August
The Mariners will retire Edgar Martinez's No. 11 during a ceremony on Aug. 12 at Safeco Field.

Greg Johns/MLB

Mets Plan To Start Season With Jay Bruce In Right Field
The Mets have informed Jay Bruce that they anticipate starting the season with him as their everyday right fielder, according to a source.

Ken Davidoff/New York Post

Giancarlo Stanton Will Play For Team USA At WBC
Team USA is part of Group C, which will play first-round games at Marlins Park.

RealGM Staff Report

Luis Valbuena, Angels Finalize Two-Year, $15M Deal
The Angels have finalized a two-year, $15 million deal for Luis Valbuena, who will play at both first and third base.

Associated Press