Baseball Wiretap

Tigers Getting Calls About Francisco Liriano

May 21, 2018 8:18 AM

The Detroit Tigers have been getting trade calls about Francisco Liriano, according to a report.

Liriano signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tigers this past winter.

The left-hander earned a spot in the rotation and has a 3.42 ERA, 6.32 K/9, and 45.1% grounder rate through 52 2/3 innings.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braves Release Jose Bautista After 12 Games

May 20, 2018 10:52 AM

The Atlanta Braves have released Jose Bautista.

Johan Camargo will be the club's everyday third baseman.

Bautista, 37, was signed to a Minor League deal. He made just 35 plate appearances, hitting .143 with two home runs and 12 strikeouts.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Logan Morrison On Pace To Fall Short Of Vesting Option

May 21, 2018 8:25 AM

If Logan Morrison logs 600 plate appearances this season, his 2019 club option with the Minnesota Twins vests for $9.5 million.

The Twins have an $8 million club option for next season that carries a $1 million buyout.

Morrison has 154 plate appearances through Minnesota's first 42 games, putting him on pace to log 596 PAs.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Call Up Top Hitting Prospect

May 21, 2018 8:10 AM

The Houston Astros have promoted top hitting prospect J.D. Davis, who leads Triple-A with a .415 batting average.

In a corresponding move, the Astros have placed Derek Fisher on the disabled list with gastrointestinal discomfort.

This will be Davis' second stint in the Major Leagues. He logged 24 at-bats and hit .250 to begin the season.

ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Jordan Hicks Throws Two 105 MPH Pitches

May 21, 2018 8:05 AM

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jordan Hicks hit 105 mph on the radar gun twice Sunday, becoming the first pitcher to throw multiple pitches at that speed in the same game in the past 10 seasons.

Aroldis Chapman is the only other pitcher to hit 105 mph on the radar gun during that time frame, the only span in which verifiable pitch-speed data has been kept.

Hicks threw both pitches to Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw sinkers clocked at 104, 105, 104, 105 and 103 during the at-bat.

In 22 innings, Hicks has nine strikeouts, 16 walks and a 2.05 ERA.

ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Mike Scioscia Won't Keep Shohei Ohtani From Home Run Derby

May 20, 2018 11:01 AM

Shohei Ohtani would be a headliner if he participated in the Home Run Derby.

The two-way player is slugging .619 with six home runs this season. He hit a ball 513 feet on Friday night.

"I'm not sure if it was the farthest ball I've hit," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "But I think that kind of proves that I'm improving in all aspects of my game."

Mike Scioscia said he would leave the decision up to Ohtani if he were invited to participate in the Home Run Derby this year.

"That's a player's decision," Scioscia said. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of things that come into what a player decides, but it's always been the prerogative of a player if he wants to participate in things like that."

Maria Guardado/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Max Scherzer Fastest Ever To 100 Ks In A Season

May 20, 2018 10:57 AM

Max Scherzer had 13 strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Scherzer recorded his 100th strikeout of the season in his 63rd inning.

He's the fastest to reach the mark since Kerry Wood needed just 65 2/3 innings in 2001.

Scherzer, 33, has a 1.78 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 104 strikeouts on the season.

Jamal Collier/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Rich Hill Doesn't 'Have Any Answers' For Blister Issues

May 20, 2018 10:48 AM

Rich Hill, who lasted just two pitches on Saturday, doesn't know how to solve issues with blisters on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Hill was pulled in the first inning against the Washington Nationals with a recurrence of the blister problem that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season.

"It's frustrating as anything for me. To go out there and put the bullpen and team in this position," Hill said. "Unfortunately, I don't have answers at this time for the blister issue."

Hill said he felt something "break open" on his second-to-last warm-up pitch, and his fingernail was broken and bloody when he left the game.

"Just continued to pitch,'' he said. "I know at some point I'd have to come out."

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Howie Kendrick Suffers Torn Right Achilles

May 20, 2018 10:44 AM

The Washington Nationals have lost Howie Kendrick to a torn right Achilles tendon.

He will miss the remainder of the season.

Kendrick took an awkward step while retreating to catch a deep fly ball to left field in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. He could have surgery as early as Monday.

"Once I tried to put weight on it, I couldn't put any weight on it, really, and then I was like, 'Oh, crap, I'd better just sit down,'" Kendrick said. "That's when I really knew there was something wrong with it because I couldn't control my heel at all, so that's when I knew it was probably my Achilles."

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Sergio Romo To Make First Start After 588 Relief Appearances

May 19, 2018 1:05 PM

Sergio Romo will start Saturday's game for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Angels.

It will be the first start of Romo's Major League career. He has 588 appearances as a reliever.

Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough is expected to pitch, just not to begin the game.

"The thought process is fairly obvious," Kevin Cash said. "They are a heavy stacked right-handed lineup. Now, they can obviously change that, but a couple of their guys aren't going to move no matter who's pitching. So, if Romo can get through an inning or two, we'll see where we are at and probably give the ball to Yarbrough."

Jay Paris/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Minor Leaguer Returns To Japan Amid Investigation
A minor league shortstop in the Pirates organization has returned home to South Korea because of a police investigation into allegations he physically assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

ESPN

Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer On Pace To Break Pedro's K-Rate Mark
Pedro Martinez set the mark in 1999 with a 37.5% strikeout rate.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Keynan Middleton Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery
Keynan Middleton had six saves for the Angels.

Associated Press

Mark Teixeira 'Not Surprised' By Robinson Cano Suspension
Mark Teixeira, who was a teammate of Robinson Cano with the Yankees for five seasons, was not surprised by the infielder's suspension for using a banned substance.

ESPN

Bo Bichette Hires CAA Baseball
Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette has changed representation.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Joey Votto Apologizes For Criticizing Canadian Baseball
Joey Votto has apologized for belittling fellow Canadian James Paxton after the pitcher threw a no-hitter in Toronto.

ESPN

Miguel Cabrera Says He's 'Done Playing Hurt'
Miguel Cabrera believes that his efforts to play through injuries with the Tigers have been unappreciated and he is "done playing hurt."

ESPN

Joey Gallo Would Rather Catch Than Play Third Base
The Rangers have a void at third base with Adrian Beltre on the disabled list.

ESPN

Mariners To Give Dee Gordon Time At Second Base
The Mariners will give Dee Gordon time at second base, his natural position, in the wake of Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension.

Corey Brock/The Athletic

Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games After Positive Test
Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after he tested positive for a banned substance.

ESPN

Bryce Harper On Free Agency: I'm 'A National Now'
When asked about his future on Tuesday night, Bryce Harper did his best to brush off talk about free agency.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

A.J. Pollock Out 4-8 Weeks With Fractured Thumb
A.J. Pollock was injured diving unsuccessfully for a line drive that turned into an inside-the-park home run on Monday night against the Brewers.

Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez To Host Interview Show On ESPN Called 'Pivot'
Alex Rodriguez will use his personal experiences to lead an unfiltered, dynamic discussion about the changing phenomenon of life in the public eye.

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

Bruce Maxwell Unlikely To Travel With A's To Canada
Maxwell is considered ineligible for entry under Canadian immigration guidelines because of legal issues.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Roberto Osuna Will Remain On Leave Through At Least May 21
Osuna was first placed on leave on May 8, after it was revealed that he had been arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels' Keynan Middleton Has Damaged Right UCL
Angels reliever Keynan Middleton has been diagnosed with damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

ESPN

Yankees Assign Brandon Drury To Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
The decision means rookie Miguel Andujar likely will remain New York's starting third baseman.

ESPN

Padres To Promote Franmil Reyes
Reyes, 22, was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011.

James E. Clark/East Village Times

Brandon Mann Reaches Majors 16 Years After Being Drafted
The Rangers called up Brandon Mann on Sunday, 16 years after he was drafted in the 27th round by the Rays.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Padres Designate Chase Headley For Assignment
They have 10 days to find a trade or grant him a release.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports