Baseball Wiretap

Nationals, Bryce Harper Begin To Discuss Extension

Dec 14, 2017 7:48 AM

The Washington Nationals met with Scott Boras last month to discuss a potential long-term contract extension with Bryce Harper.

"We had a meeting with the Washington ownership about a month ago, just for some preliminary discussions," Boras said. "Other than that, it's probably something that we'll address as time goes forward."

On Wednesday, Mike Rizzo confirmed that a meeting took place between Boras and Washington's ownership.

"It's a huge commitment for ownership," the general manager said. "There's a lot of things, when you talk about those type of numbers for a particular player, when I always talk about those type of deals, you're signing the person more so than the player.

"I'm not going to read too much into it. It was a preliminary conversation. It's something that we wanted to do. We'd like to get more momentum and obviously everyone's heart is in the right place, and we'll see where it takes us."

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Manny Machado Wants To Play SS, Orioles Open To Trade

Dec 13, 2017 7:59 AM

Manny Machado wants to move from third base to shortstop as he enters his final season before free agency, according to Major League sources.

In addition, the Baltimore Orioles are open to trading the young superstar with a goal in mind of acquiring two young, controllable pitchers.

Machado is expected to receive nearly $200 million on the open market.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Twins Have 'Tremendous Interest' In Signing Yu Darvish

Dec 14, 2017 8:08 AM

The Minnesota Twins have "tremendous interest" in signing Yu Darvish to make a charge towards the postseason again in 2018.

However, Paul Molitor has yet to make a recruiting call to Darvish.

Darvish, 31, is the most coveted starter on the market after the Los Angeles Angels landed Shohei Otani.

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Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Brandon Kintzler Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nationals

Dec 14, 2017 8:00 AM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal with reliever Brandon Kintzler, according to several reports.

The right-hander will receive $10 million guaranteed in the deal.

The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline last July.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Angels Acquire Ian Kinsler From Tigers

Dec 14, 2017 7:53 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers.

Detroit receives 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery.

Kinsler, 35, is due to earn $11 million next season in the final year of his contract.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Inquire With Diamondbacks About Zack Greinke

Dec 13, 2017 8:04 AM

The Texas Rangers have discussed pitching with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Zack Greinke's name has been featured in talks, according to a report.

Arizona is coming off a 93-win season, but Greinke has one of the biggest contracts in baseball.

Texas is looking to add a front-of-the-rotation starter this winter.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Tags: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Reach Two-Year, $10M Deal With Drew Smyly

Dec 13, 2017 7:53 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with Drew Smyly worth $10 million.

Smyly can earn $7 million in performance bonuses, according to a source.

He never threw a pitch for the Seattle Mariners in 2017 because of arm troubles that led to Tommy John surgery in June. Smyly will likely miss most, if not all, of the coming season as well.

Smyly, 27, is 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over parts of five seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Bryan Shaw, Rockies Agree Upon Three-Year, $27M Deal

Dec 13, 2017 7:47 AM

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with reliever Bryan Shaw, according to sources.

Shaw, 30, appeared in a Major League-high 79 games as the primary setup man for the Cleveland Indians last season.

He earned $4.6 million in 2017.

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Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Red Sox To Meet With J.D. Martinez

Dec 13, 2017 7:41 AM

The Boston Red Sox are among the clubs expected to meet with J.D. Martinez at the winter meetings, according to a source.

"We know who we want," Dave Dombrowski said. "There's at least a pool of players that we want. I mean, I have the list in my pocket."

The Red Sox are looking to add a middle-of-the-order hitter.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in re-signing Martinez and the San Francisco Giants are a rumored suitor as well.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Asked Aaron Judge For Input Before Giancarlo Stanton Trade

Dec 12, 2017 3:50 PM

The New York Yankees reached out to Aaron Judge for his input on trading for Giancarlo Stanton before fully agreeing upon the deal.

Judge emerged as a leader of the Yankees last season despite being just 25.

Brian Cashman told Judge, “Hey, my job as general manager is to constantly look at every opportunity that may present itself, and this is one that is staring me in the face here that I have some interest in. I want to get your feedback on it, and just how it could fit between DH, right field and left field and the cast of characters we have.”

Judge was said to be "pumped" to have Stanton join him in the Yankees' lineup.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Marlins Gave Giancarlo Stanton Ultimatum To Pick Giants Or Cardinals
Giancarlo Stanton respects both the Giants and Cardinals, but preferred going to a more established contender.

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Yankees Trade Chase Headley To Padres In Salary Dump
Chase Headley is owed $13 million for the 2018 season.

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Brian Cashman Signs New Five-Year, $25M Deal With Yankees
Brian Cashman said he didn't even think about leaving.

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Rays Getting Numerous Calls About Chris Archer
Chris Archer is drawing a lot of interest on the trade market and the Rays have heard from the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs and Twins.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Shohei Otani Had PRP Injection In October
Major League Baseball circulated Shohei Otani's medical history when he was made available via Japan's posting system.

Tom Verducci/SI

Giants Have Interest In Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, J.D. Martinez
The Giants are unlikely to sign a free agent like Mike Moustakas, who received a qualifying offer from his former club.

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Marlins Now Focused On Trading Marcell Ozuna
The Marlins are pushing to trade Marcell Ozuna and clubs are interested.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Scott Boras Going Straight To Owners With Pitch For Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta is 54-24 with a 2.71 ERA over the past three years with the Cubs.

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Red Sox Have Inquired About Trading For Kyle Schwarber
The Red Sox, looking to add to their offense, have inquired with the Cubs about trading for Kyle Schwarber, according to a report.

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Carlos Santana Receives Offer From Indians
Carlos Santana reportedly didn't accept the offer, but told the Indians they will have a chance to make a counteroffer should he receive a proposal from another team that he prefers.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cardinals, Rockies 'Aggressively Pursuing' Alex Colome
Alex Colome, who is under team control through 2021, had 47 saves for the Rays this past season.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Mets Have Spoken To Two Clubs About Matt Harvey Trade
Matt Harvey, 28, is eligible for arbitration this winter and then free agency in the fall of 2018.

New York Daily News

Steven Wright Arrested For Domestic Assault
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested following a dispute with his wife on Friday night at their home in Tennessee.

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Cards, Luke Gregerson Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Luke Gregerson pitched in 61 innings with a 4.57 ERA for Houston last season.

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Jack Morris, Alan Trammell Elected To HOF
Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee after falling short of induction before.

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Cubs, Brandon Morrow Agree To Two-Year Deal
Brandon Morrow pitched for the Dodgers last season, with a 2.06 ERA with 2 saves in 45 games.

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Rangers Sign Shortstop Yenci Pena
Yenci Pena is one of the players taken from the Braves as punishment for circumventing international signing rules.

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Angels Plan To Pitch, DH Shohei Ohtani
The Angels formally introduced Shohei Ohtani on Saturday in front of Angel Stadium.

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Yankees Acquire Giancarlo Stanton From Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton previously rejected proposed trades to the Giants and Cardinals.

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Chris Iannetta Reunites With Rockies
Catcher Chris Iannetta and the Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal, worth $8.5M.

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