August 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates Place Torres On DL
The Pirates placed righthander Salomon Torres on the disabled list with right medial elbow inflammation prior to Saturday's game against the Astros. Torres, 35, is 1-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 49 appearances with the Pirates this season.
Torres Drops Grievance Against Pirates
Reliever Salomon Torres has decided to drop his grievance against the Pirates, as well as his pursuit of a lawsuit. He said yesterday at AT&T Park, shortly after the team's 5-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants, that he made the decision on his own and based it solely on his religion. He is a devout Jehovah's Witness. "It is not up to me, as a Christian, to seek justice on my own. It is up to God to handle the situation, and I will let Him do that for me," Torres said. "After a long talk with myself, I've decided this is the right path to take." Torres filed a grievance with Major League Baseball in March that Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield had deceived him in negotiating a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension signed in the spring of 2006. Torres accused Littlefield of leading him to believe the Pirates would rent one of his two baseball academies in the Dominican Republic so that he would take a discount on his contract. The team did not rent the facility and is, instead, looking to build a new one.
Bonds Goes Deep Again, No. 758 Off Morris
Barry Bonds added another home run to his record count Friday night, connecting for No. 758 in the third inning off former teammate Matt Morris of Pittsburgh. Bonds sent a 3-2 pitch into the right-field arcade for a two-run shot, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead over the Pirates. The fan who retrieved the ball was quickly whisked away so the ball could be authenticated.
Pittsburgh's Wilson Waives No-Trade Clause
Shortstop Jack Wilson has informed the Pirates he will accept a trade to any of the six teams named in his limited no-trade clause, including the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates and Tigers continue to discuss a multiplayer deal that would send Wilson to Detroit, and Wilson wanted it known to all concerned that he would do nothing to disrupt it. He also would be open to trades to other teams. The first step in the process will be getting Wilson -- and any other 40-man roster players in the transaction -- to clear waivers, as per regulations for trades made after July 31. As of last night, there was no indication that Wilson had been waived, but that process is kept ultra-secret by Major League Baseball.
Pirates Bid Against Themselves For Morris?
Two contenders, the Seattle Mariners and another unknown team, had been in light discussions with the San Francisco Giants about Matt Morris, but neither was willing to take on his full contract, which calls for a guaranteed $13.5 million over this year and next. According to one San Francisco source, the Giants, desperate to move payroll as part of a beyond-Barry Bonds rebuilding effort, all but conceded no one would take Morris by Tuesday morning.
Could Wilson Still Be Dealt To Detroit?
The Pirates and Detroit continued discussions yesterday about a trade that would send Jack Wilson to the Tigers but, by all accounts, ran out of time in trying to determine how much of Wilson's contract -- he is owed $14.5 million the next two seasons -- the Pirates would have to pick up. The deadline yesterday applied only to non-waiver trades. Players can continue to be traded until Aug. 31 as long as they clear waivers, which, given Wilson's contract, he almost surely would do. Littlefield declined to comment on Wilson, dismissing the topic as "speculation." But sources on both sides confirmed that discussions were serious and will continue beyond the deadline yesterday. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski, speaking to reporters last night in Oakland, Calif., refused to acknowledge any talks regarding Wilson. Dombrowski, it should be noted, acquired infielder Neifi Perez in an August deal last year.