Baseball Wiretap

Bryant, Longoria Frustrated That Harper, Machado Remain Unsigned

Jan 19, 2019 1:22 AM

Cubs star Kris Bryant and Giants third baseman Evan Longoria both expressed frustration for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who remain unsigned with less than a month to go before spring training begins.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees Working Hard To Trade Sonny Gray

Jan 18, 2019 8:01 AM

The New York Yankees appear focused on trading Sonny Gray.

The shift in focus comes after reaching an agreement on a three-year deal with Adam Ottavino.

The Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners have been linked to Gray.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Yankees, Adam Ottavino Agree To Three-Year, $27M Deal

Jan 18, 2019 7:56 AM

The New York Yankees have agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with Adam Ottavino, according to league sources.

The right-hander struck out 112 batters for the Colorado Rockies last season.

Ottavino had a 2.43 ERA as a lockdown reliever for Colorado.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Unlikely To Spend Big On Closer

Jan 18, 2019 7:52 AM

The Boston Red Sox have no plans to spend big on a closer this offseason, says Dave Dombrowski.

"I still don't expect us to have a high expenditure on our closer situation," Dombrowski said at a Boston baseball writers event.

Craig Kimbrel is seeking a long-term, high-salaried contract, but the Red Sox are concerned about luxury tax.

"We have some flexibility, we don't have a lot," Dombrowski said.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Angels, Cody Allen Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jan 18, 2019 7:48 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Cody Allen, according to league sources.

Allen has spent the last few seasons closing games for the Cleveland Indians.

The reliever had been discussing deals in the $9 million range after a disappointing season.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Deion Sanders Advises Kyler Murray To Choose Baseball

Jan 17, 2019 8:10 AM

Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, giving him more time to decide between football and baseball.

The Oakland Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall last June.

While appearing on Sportscenter, Deion Sanders offered some advice to the Oklahoma quarterback.

"If I was in his shoes," Sanders said. "I'm picking up the baseball bat and I'm not looking back."

Sanders played for five Major League teams, but made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

Joe Maddon: Bryce Harper To Cubs Is 'Not Going To Happen'

Jan 17, 2019 8:05 AM

The Chicago Cubs have a limited budget this offseason, but had been expected to be players for Bryce Harper for several years.

Harper is best friends with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and has a dog named Wrigley.

Joe Maddon has further refuted the possibility of Harper signing with the Cubs,

"Not going to happen," Maddon said at the club's annual fan convention.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks, Wilmer Flores Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jan 17, 2019 7:59 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year deal with Wilmer Flores, according to league sources.

The agreement includes a club option for 2020.

Flores will be guaranteed $4.25 million. He'll earn a base of $3.75 million with a $500,000 buyout on a club option in 2020 worth $6 million.

He hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 home runs in 126 games with the New York Mets this past season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

White Sox Have $175M Offer On Table For Manny Machado

Jan 17, 2019 7:53 AM

The Chicago White Sox have made a seven-year, $175 million offer to Manny Machado, according to sources.

Dan Lozano, Machado's agent, released a statement about the report.

"I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons," Lozano said.

"But the truth is that their reports on the details of the White Sox level of interest in Manny are completely wrong."

Machado also remains in negotiations with the Philadelphia Phillies.


Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Plan To Make Play For Mike Trout In Two Years

Jan 16, 2019 8:13 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to make "a big play" for Mike Trout when he's scheduled to become a free agent in two years.

Of course, there's a chance the Los Angeles Angels will sign Trout to a contract extension before he hits the open market.

Trout is a native of Vineland, New Jersey, which is roughly 40 miles from Philadelphia.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies Won't Sign Both Bryce Harper And Manny Machado
The Phillies have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency, but they won't be signing both superstars.

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Giants Hire Pitching Analyst To Help With Training
The Giants have hired Matt Daniels as pitching analyst under Farhan Zaidi.

Associated Press

Red Sox To Visit White House On Feb. 15
Sam Kennedy said he expects "a healthy representation of ownership, executives, coaches and players" to attend the ceremony, but it is not mandatory.


Anaheim Approves Lease Extension For Angels
Anaheim has voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Angels' stadium lease.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Rays Nearing Deal With Avisail Garcia
The deal would be for $3.5 million guaranteed, plus bonuses that could increase the value to $6 million.

Juan Toribio/MLB

White Sox Haven't Moved Off Seven-Year Offer To Manny Machado
Despite reports of an eight-year offer, the White Sox haven't moved off their previous seven-year contract offer to Manny Machado, according to multiple reports.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Derek Holland Re-Signs With Giants On One-Year Deal
The Giants have re-signed Derek Holland to a one-year, $7 million deal, according to a source.


Kyler Murray Enters NFL Draft, Can Still Negotiate With A's
Kyler Murray announced via Twitter on Monday that he is entering his name into the NFL Draft.


Rays Looking At Matt Davidson As Two-Way Player
Matt Davidson would likely serve as a corner infielder and also pitch in relief on occasion.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Alex Bregman Undergoes Right Elbow Surgery
Alex Bregman will be limited at the start of spring training but is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Phillies Now 'Clear-Cut Favorite' To Sign Bryce Harper
After meeting with Bryce Harper for five hours in Las Vegas on Saturday, the Phillies are considered the favorites to sign him, according to a report.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Sources: A's Receive OK To Offer Kyler Murray More Money
The sports battle for Kyler Murray's services is expected to be resolved in the coming days.

Sources: Manny Machado Has Eight-Year Offer From White Sox
The Phillies also remain in the hunt for free agent Manny Machado.

A's Sending Top Brass To Meet With Kyler Murray
The A's are hoping to convince Kyler Murray to pursue a baseball career.

Khris Davis Receives A's Highest Salary Ever
Khris Davis will receive a one-year deal worth $16.5 million from the A's next season.

East Bay Times

Giants, Will Smith Agree To One-Year, $4.225M Deal
Will Smith was the Giants' only arbitration-eligible player still unsigned ahead of Friday's deadline.

Padres Plan To Move Wil Myers Back To Outfield
The Padres are likely to still be in the market for a third baseman next season.

Dodgers Re-Acquire Russell Martin
The Dodgers sent minor league pitcher Andrew Sopko and shortstop Ronny Brito to the Blue Jays in the trade for Russell Martin.

Yankees, DJ LeMahieu Agree To Two-Year, $24M Deal
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu joins the Yankees after seven seasons with the Rockies.

Cubs Sign Addison Russell To One-Year, $3.4M Deal
Shortstop Addison Russell can make a total of $4M with incentives.