Baseball Wiretap

Report: Dodgers On Verge Of Acquiring Manny Machado

Jul 18, 2018 1:06 AM

The Dodgers are on the verge of acquiring All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles for a package that includes outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz, according to The Athletic.

ESPN's Buster Olney had reported earlier Tuesday that the Orioles had the structure of a deal in place for Machado and were working through specific aspects of the trade.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Orioles Have Deal In Place To Trade Manny Machado

Jul 17, 2018 11:48 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have the framework in place for a Manny Machado trade and are working through specific aspects of a trade, according to sources.

With the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, the Orioles are reportedly going through medical records and other paperwork involved in the transaction.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have most often been linked to Machado.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Phillies Considering Pursuit Of J.A. Happ

Jul 17, 2018 8:01 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are internally weighing the pursuit of a trade for J.A. Happ, according to a report.

A number of teams have been connected to Happ as of late.

Happ, 35, began his Major League career with the Phillies and will be a free agent this coming winter.

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Yadier Molina Open To Player-Manager Role In 2020

Jul 17, 2018 7:57 AM

Yadier Molina says he'd "welcome the opportunity" if he had a chance to be a player-manager during the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2020.

"For any player, that would be a dream to be considered for such a role," Molina said. "It would be a dream. I'm not shutting the door to anything. I am very open. Of course, maybe I would like to spend some time with my family first. But if such an opportunity comes up, obviously I would accept it."

Molina, 36, has spent his entire 15-year Major League career with the Cardinals. Mike Matheny was fired on Saturday and the organization is looking to him to be a stabilizing influence in the clubhouse.

"Of course a lot of the players in that clubhouse have respect for me and talk to me about everything," he said. "So with my experience, I certainly try to help them, to make things easier for everyone. My main role is to help the team.

"And I love that role. And I love that my teammates feel comfortable coming to me."


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Orioles Have Narrowed Focus In Manny Machado Talks

Jul 17, 2018 7:51 AM

The Baltimore Orioles continue to make progress on a Manny Machado trade and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, according to sources.

The Orioles are "definitely motivated" to get a deal done.

Baltimore has had extensive talks with the Philadelphia Phillies, who currently employ a number of former Orioles executives who were involved in drafting and developing Machado.

The Orioles also have discussed possible trade scenarios for Machado with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Agent: If No Long-Term Deal, Mets Should Trade Jacob deGrom

Jul 17, 2018 7:45 AM

If the New York Mets aren't interested in signing Jacob deGrom to a long-term deal, the pitcher wants the club to consider trading him.

Brodie Van Wagenen, deGrom's agent, said in a statement to The Athletic that his client is interested in "exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come."

"If the Mets don't share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now," Van Wagenen said. "The inertia of [the] current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."

Van Wagenen later told the New York Post that his statement to The Athletic is "not a demand for a trade."

"It is simply expressing Jacob's interest to stay with the club long-term, and if he is not part of the future, he understands that the club is better positioned to trade him," Van Wagenen said.


Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bryce Harper's Home Run Derby Win Gives Fans $1 Tickets

Jul 17, 2018 7:40 AM

Bryce Harper gave Washington Nationals fans a deal on tickets by winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday night.

Prior to the event, the Nationals emailed their mailing list promising to reduce ticket prices of lower-level seats by $1 for every home run Harper hit, down to as low as $1.

Harper hit 45 home runs in the derby. With lower-level tickets in two sections starting at less than that amount, it means tickets for those seats to five games will sell for a dollar while supply lasts, as long as fans use one of the two discount codes sent out by the team.

Games eligible for the discount are contests against the New York Mets on July 31 and Aug. 1 and games against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 2, 4 and 5.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Brewers, Phillies Appear To Be Favorites For Machado

Jul 16, 2018 8:29 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies are believed to be the favorites to land Manny Machado in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, according to a report.

The Orioles are said to be making progress on a deal involving the infielder.

The Brewers and Phillies are both in the postseason race as the trade deadline nears.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

NL Teams Showing Most Interest In Jeurys Familia

Jul 16, 2018 8:23 AM

Jeurys Familia is one of the best relievers available on the market, but a number of National League teams "appear to be at the forefront" of trade discussions.

Trade talk surrounding the New York Mets has been centered around Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants have been linked to Familia, while the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers could all use bullpen help.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Braves, Red Sox Interested In Mike Moustakas

Jul 16, 2018 8:12 AM

The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox are among the teams interested in trading for Mike Moustakas, according to a report.

The market for Moustakas is robust, but the Kansas City Royals may have to wait until Manny Machado is traded to properly examine what they can get in return.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cardinals Could Sell At Deadline If Struggles Continue
If they continue to struggle after the All-Star break, the Cardinals will "seriously consider selling" at the trade deadline, according to a report.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Nationals Could Revisit Trade Talks With Marlins For J.T. Realmuto
The Nationals were previously interested in the catcher, but had moved on due to Miami's lofty asking price.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Clayton Kershaw Grinds Through Start
Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw is encouraged heading into the second half of the season.

O's Make Progress In Machado Trade Talks
The Orioles appear motivated to get deal done involving All-Star shortstop Manny Machado.

Cardinals Fire Manager Mike Matheny
The Cardinals have named bench coach Mike Shildt as interim manager.

Justin Verlander, Kate Upton Expecting First Child
Pitcher Justin Verlander helped the Astros win a World Series title last season.

Dave Martinez Meets With Bryce Harper
Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper failed to run out a ground ball during Friday night's game.

Aroldis Chapman To Skip All-Star Game
Aroldis Chapman has decided to pass on the All-Star game to rest his left knee.

Martinez To Talk To Harper About Groundout Effort
Bryce Harper failed to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning of the team's loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Chase Utley Will Retire At Season's End
Chase Utley say's he's leaving baseball to spend more time with his family.

Tigers Listening To Offers For Michael Fulmer
Those around the league believe the Tigers will place a very high price on Fulmer.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System
Major League Baseball and the Korean Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised posting system that allows players to move to the United States before they are free-agent eligible.

Yonhap News

Yoenis Cespedes Willing To Play First Base For Mets
Cespedes has been out since May 13 with hip flexor and chronic heel injuries.


Zack Greinke Replaces Jon Lester On All-Star Roster
Jon Lester is due to start for the Cubs on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.


Garrett Richards Opts For Tommy John Surgery
Garrett Richards has decided to have season-ending surgery to repair ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow.


Brewers Have Discussed Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar With Twins
The Brewers have also been linked to starting pitching on the trade market.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Adrian Beltre Willing To Accept Trade To Contender
Adrian Beltre told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he would be open to a trade if it gave him the chance to win a World Series.


Yankees Have Made 'Strong Offer' For Manny Machado
The Yankees may not be the favorite to land Manny Machado, but they are clearly a player for the infielder.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Astros Send Ken Giles To Triple-A After Meltdown
The Astros have optioned Ken Giles to Triple-A after he appeared to curse at A.J. Hinch when the manager lifted him from the game.


Jesus Aguilar, Jean Segura Win All-Star Game Final Vote
The Mariners shortstop and Brewers first baseman won the online fan votes for the final roster spots on the American League and National League teams, respectively.