Baseball Wiretap

Red Sox, Dodgers Carrying Most Dead Money Into Season

Mar 22, 2018 8:54 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are carrying nearly $60 million in combined money into the 2018 season.

There are three types of dead money -- money paid to players that have been released, money paid to other teams as compensation for traded players and money paid to players still within the organization but not on the 40-man roster.

Last year, Major League teams carried nearly $300 million in dead money into the season.

The San Diego Padres have the highest percentage of dead money on their payroll (22.1% of $90.7 million) entering the season.


Net Dead Money

Red Sox - $30.2 million

Dodgers - $27.5 million

Padres - $20 million

Braves - $17.5 million

Tigers - $14 million

Marlins - $13 million

Royals - $10.3 million

Craig Edwards/FanGraphs

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Orioles, Alex Cobb Agree Upon Four-Year, $60M Deal

Mar 21, 2018 7:43 AM

Alex Cobb has finally landed a deal as a free agent.

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with Cobb, according to sources.

Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA over 29 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017.

The deal is the largest the Orioles have committed to a free agent pitcher by total value and average annual value.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Royals Won't Send Struggling Alex Gordon To Minors

Mar 22, 2018 9:00 AM

Alex Gordon is 4-for-46 this spring after two sub-par seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

During an in-game interview on Tuesday, Ned Yost said that Gordon will "go to the minor leagues and get a bunch of at-bats" if he doesn't turn it around at the plate soon.

However, it appears as though the manager misspoke.

Yost was referring to Kansas City's minor league spring training camp, not actually beginning the season in the minor leagues.

Gordon has enough service time to refuse an assignment and remain in the Majors.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor

Giancarlo Stanton Prepared For Scrutiny In New York

Mar 22, 2018 8:46 AM

Giancarlo Stanton is aware that he'll be under a microscope as he prepares for his first season with the New York Yankees.

"The good times will be magnified and so will the bad," Stanton said. "The fans expect a lot. I expect a lot too."

Stanton comes to the Yankees after winning the National League MVP with the Miami Marlins last season.

"It's going to be an exciting new year for me," he said. "It's going to be exciting opening up both places -- New York and Toronto."

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Yankees Targeted Danny Salazar In Trade With Indians

Mar 21, 2018 7:49 AM

The New York Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton in a massive trade with the Miami Marlins this offseason, but they also considered fortifying their starting rotation.

The Yankees inquired about Yu Darvish, but weren't seriously interested when his price didn't drop. Gerrit Cole was an option as well, but the Pittsburgh Pirates preferred the package they were offered by the Houston Astros.

The New York Post reports that they also talked with the Cleveland Indians about Danny Salazar.

"We definitely tried to improve pitching, but nothing lined up with all parties," Brian Cashman said.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jose Abreu Leaves Game With Hamstring Tightness

Mar 21, 2018 7:39 AM

Jose Abreu left Tuesday's spring game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers with tightness in his left hamstring.

The White Sox are listing Abreu as day-to-day.

"Fortunately, it looked like he was just cramping up or maybe just a light stretch," Rick Renteria said. "He's doing good. I'm sure we'll preserve our use of him in the next few days and see where he's at."


Tags: Chicago White Sox, Injury

Brett Anderson Returning To Athletics On Minors Deal

Mar 21, 2018 7:36 AM

The Oakland Athletics have reached an agreement on a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson was primarily a starter during his first stint with the Athletics from 2009 to 2013.

The 30-year-old had a 6.34 ERA in 13 starts last year with the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Cubs last offseason.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Return To Rays Remains Unlikely For Alex Cobb

Mar 20, 2018 8:02 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays plan to begin the season using a four-man starting rotation while Alex Cobb remains on the free agent market.

A return to the Rays remains highly unlikely. While the market for free agents this offseason has declined, the right-hander remains out of Tampa Bay's price range.

Cobb, 30, tossed 179.1 innings in 2017 and produced a 3.66 ERA, 4.16 FIP and 128 strikeouts.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Trevor Cahill Signs $1.5M Deal With Athletics

Mar 20, 2018 7:57 AM

The Oakland Athletics have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year major league contract worth $1.5 million.

The A's were seeking pitching depth following news that Jharel Cotton will have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2018 season.

Cahill was a second round pick of Oakland in 2006.

Jane Lee/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Royals, Clay Buchholz Agree To Minor League Deal

Mar 20, 2018 7:53 AM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a minor league deal with Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz can earn $1.5 million if he's on the major league roster.

The right-hander can also earn an additional $250,000 through incentives.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees-Red Sox Nearing Agreement To Play In London
Major League Baseball is nearing an agreement to have the Yankees and Red Sox play a pair of games at London's Olympic Stadium next season.

Associated Press

Dodgers Lose Justin Turner To Broken Left Wrist
The Dodgers will be without Justin Turner for a while after he broke his left wrist during a spring game on Monday.

Associated Press

Braves Send Ronald Acuna To Minor League Camp
The move likely allows the Braves to gain an extra year of contractual control over the young outfielder.


Shohei Ohtani Could Open Season In Minors
The Angels gave Shohei Ohtani no assurances about starting the season on the Major League roster.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Gleyber Torres Will Split Time Between Second, Shortstop In Triple-A
The Yankees will use Gleyber Torres in a "50-50" split between second base and shortstop at the Triple-A level this season.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Dodgers Set PItching Rotation Behind Clayton Kershaw
The rotation will consist of Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Manny Machado Downplays Aaron Judge's Recruiting Pitch
Aaron Judge said last week that Manny Machado would look good in pinstripes.

Associated Press

MLB Suspends Jorge Polanco 80 Games
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol according to an announcement on Sunday.

Jason Vargas Has Broken Right Hand
Jason Vargas signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Mets last month after going 18-11 for the Royals last season.

A's Jharel Cotton Will Have Tommy John Surgery
A's pitcher Jharel Cotton is expected to miss the entire 2018 season.

Jeremy Hellickson Signs Minor League Deal With Nationals
Jeremy Hellickson was 8-11 in 30 starts for the Phillies and Orioles last season.

Reds, Eugenio Suarez Agree To Seven-Year, $66M Deal
The Reds have made Eugenio Suarez part of the teams foundation for years to come.

Astros, Jose Altuve Reach Five-Year, $151M Extension
Jose Altuve had two years left on his deal prior to the agreement.


Braves' Scout Compares Ronald Acuna To Hank Aaron
Ralph Garr, who played with Hank Aaron and then spent several seasons with the club as a scout, sees Ronald Acuna as a future Hall of Famer.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Braves Have Checked In On Greg Holland
There is no evidence that talks have advanced and those around the club are telling others that they have limited funds.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Rangers Not Expected To Target Any Remaining Free Agents
Greg Holland remains unsigned and the Rangers lack a proven closer in camp.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Mark Trumbo Out At Least 3-4 Weeks With Quad Strain
An MRI revealed the extent of the injury after the slugger went 0-for-3 in an exhibition game.


Zack Greinke Could Miss Opening Day
Zack Greinke left Wednesday's exhibition game with right groin tightness.


MiLB Announces Pace-Of-Play Rules For 2018
Minor League Baseball announced Wednesday rule and procedure changes focused on minimizing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits during a game.

Minor League Baseball

MLB Unhappy After Aaron Judge Pitches Manny Machado On Yankees
Aaron Judge told reporters that before Wednesday's spring training game he pitched Manny Machado on signing with the Yankees next offseason.

Coley Harvey/ESPN