Baseball Wiretap

Red Sox Re-Sign Steve Pearce

Nov 17, 2018 12:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox are bringing back World Series MVP Steve Pearce for the 2019 season, the team announced Friday.

The one-year deal is worth $6.25 million, Yahoo Sports reported.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Signing

Phillies Ready To Spend Big In Free Agency

Nov 17, 2018 12:14 AM

Coming off a 2018 season in which the team contended for the National League East title before a late swoon, Phillies owner John Middleton said he is ready to spend big in free agency.

"We're going into this expecting to spend money," Middleton told USA Today Sports this week. "and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it."

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rangers Name Julio Rangel Pitching Coach

Nov 17, 2018 12:10 AM

Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.

Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.

Tags: Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Signing

O's Hire Mike Elias As New GM

Nov 17, 2018 12:06 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have hired Houston Astros assistant GM Mike Elias to be their general manager, the team announced Friday.

The Orioles also gave Elias the title of executive vice president.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Signing

Kenley Jansen To Have Heart Surgery

Nov 17, 2018 12:03 AM

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will have heart surgery on Nov. 26, with recovery expected to take from two to eight weeks.

The surgery, to correct Jansen's irregular heartbeat, had been expected. Jansen had a similar procedure after the 2012 season.

He is expected to be recovered and ready in time for spring training.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks 'Aggressively Shopping' Zack Greinke

Nov 16, 2018 9:37 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are "aggressively shopping" Zack Greinke, according to a report.

Greinke has three years and $95.5 million remaining on his contract.

The Diamondbacks may be willing to pay down some of the contract in order to receive more talent back in a trade.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Safeco Field Will Be Renamed In 2019

Nov 16, 2018 9:32 AM

The Seattle Mariners will play in a ballpark under a new name next season.

T-Mobile will be the new naming rights partner of the Mariners beginning in 2019, according to sources. The company replaces Safeco as the lead sponsor.

Both the Mariners and T-Mobile refused to confirm the news.

Maury Brown/Forbes

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

Marlins Unveil New Logo, Color Scheme

Nov 16, 2018 9:22 AM

The Miami Marlins are rebranding under Derek Jeter and have unveiled a new logo and color scheme.

The last two National League MVPs were members of the Marlins last season -- Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich -- but were traded away.

"I get it. It's a complicated history," Jeter said. "I understand that sometimes we take the blame for what has happened here in the past. We have to prove that wrong.

"We want to win. That's the bottom line. It's about 25 guys on our team; it's not about one particular player. We have to take the time to build that organization."

Blue, black, red and gray are the new colors for the franchise, with orange out.

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Christian Yelich Runs Away With NL MVP Award

Nov 16, 2018 9:17 AM

Christian Yelich topped Nolan Arenado and Javier Baez to take home National League MVP honors on Thursday night.

Yelich received 29 of 30 first-place votes and 415 points. Jacob deGrom received the only other first place vote, but finished fifth.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "It's really hard to put into words right now. You never dream of winning an award like this."

Yelich hit .326/.402/.598 in 147 games with 36 home runs and 110 RBI in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Mookie Betts Tops Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez For AL MVP

Nov 16, 2018 9:09 AM

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series and the dream season continues for Mookie Betts, who was named the American League MVP on Thursday.

Betts also won the batting title, recorded a 30/30 season, earned a Gold Glove and led all of baseball in slugging percentage.

"Yeah, it's been a pretty good 2018," he said. "I enjoy these moments while I can because 2019, hopefully we can make it better."

The voting was near unanimous for Betts as he took 28 of the 30 first-place votes and was second on the remaining two ballots. Mike Trout finished second, while Jose Ramirez was third.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Red Sox Reward Alex Cora With Contract Extension
Alex Cora was one of the lowest-paid managers in baseball last season, but the Red Sox have rewarded him with a contract extension.


Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell Win Cy Young Awards
Both deGrom and Snell earned their first Cy Young award.

RealGM Staff Report

Yankees Have Concerns About Manny Machado's Hustle Comments
The Yankees have the money to spend on Manny Machado, but Hal Steinbrenner admitted that the infielder's comments about hustling during the postseason will have to be explained.

Associated Press

Gabe Kapler Loses Malibu Home In Wildfire
Over the weekend the Malibu home of Gabe Kapler was incinerated by raging wildfires in California.

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Orioles Expected To Hire Mike Elias As GM
The Astros are looking for a new lead executive and Mike Elias is the leader to be named the club's general manager.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Bob Melvin, Brian Snitker Named Managers Of The Year
Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker have been named Manager of the Year in the American and National League, respectively.

RealGM Staff Report

MLB Probing Racism Claim Against Mariners
Major League Baseball is investigating claims of racial discrimination in the Mariners organization made by a former employee.


Yankees Doing 'Extensive' Background Work On Manny Machado
It remains to be seen how serious the Yankees are about Manny Machado, but they are doing "extensive" background work on the infielder.

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Phillies 'Shopping' Carlos Santana
If Carlos Santana is moved, the Phillies would put Rhys Hoskins back at first base.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Dallas Keuchel Willing To Shave Beard For Yankees
The Yankees need pitching and Dallas Keuchel would fill a need as a free agent.

FOX Business

Ronald Acuna, Shohei Ohtani Win Rookie Of Year Honors
Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Shohei Ohtani were named Rookie of the Year in the National and American League, respectively.

RealGM Staff Report

Hyun-Jin Ryu Signs Qualifying Offer With Dodgers
Hyun-Jin Ryu has accepted the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer the Dodgers extended.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Phillies, Dodgers Considered Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper
The Giants and White Sox have been linked to Bryce Harper, but are considered longshots.

RealGM Staff Report

Angels Could Be Serious Players For Patrick Corbin
The Angels drafted Patrick Corbin in 2009.


Jose Altuve Expects To Be '120 Percent' Ready For Spring Training
Jose Altuve expects to be "120 percent" ready by the start of spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a patella avulsion fracture in his right knee in October.


Astros Among Clubs Talking To Mariners About James Paxton
James Paxton is signed through 2020 and is projected to earn $9 million in 2019.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Braves' Top Targets Are Michael Brantley, Wilson Ramos
The Braves won 90 games this past season and will look to make a strong push again in 2019.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Nationals' Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade To Astros
The Nationals would have acquired J.B. Bukauskas and two other prospects from the Astros.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

J.P. Ricciardi Leaving Mets
J.J. Ricciardi was hired as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson in November 2010.

Cubs Appear Open To Trading Kris Bryant
Kris Byrant struggled during the 2018 season, batting .272 with 13 homers in 102 games.