Baseball Wiretap

Pirates, Carlos Santana Agree To One-Year, $6.7M Deal

Nov 25, 2022 10:31 PM

First baseman Carlos Santana and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year, $6.7 million contract, pending the results of a physical, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

Santana, 36, finished with a league-average OPS last year, hitting .202/.316/.376 between stints with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

Bryce Harper Undergoes Tommy John Surgery, Likely Out Half Of 2023

Nov 23, 2022 8:16 PM

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, according to the team.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

The Phillies said Harper is expected to return as a hitter only by the All-Star break and could return to playing right field by the end of the regular season.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Injury

Trea Turner 'Likely' Phillies' Top Target

Nov 23, 2022 9:32 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the market for a shortstop this offseason in a deep free agent class.

They've been linked to Trea Turner most often and Mark Feinsand reported Tuesday that Turner is "likely" Philadelphia's top target at shortstop.

Turner was teammates with Bryce Harper for four seasons with the Washington Nationals.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Giants Emerge As Potential Suitor For Japanese RHP Kodai Senga

Nov 23, 2022 9:06 PM

The Giants prefer to play it close to the vest when it comes to their free-agent pursuits, but they may have given an unintentional hint about one of their pitching targets earlier this month.

Eagle-eyed reporter Marc Delucchi, the managing editor at Giants Baseball Insider, happened to be driving through San Francisco on Nov. 12 when he spotted a graphic of Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga and his No. 41 flashing on the Oracle Park scoreboard.

Were the Giants hosting the Nippon Professional Baseball star or merely practicing for a future visit?

“We’re going to have to start tenting our ballpark whenever we put anything up on the big screen,” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi joked recently. “I think that’s the only official comment you’re going to get from me on that. Good sleuthing by Marc. We’ll have to tread a little more carefully with that if we don’t find a tent big enough to cover the ballpark.”

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor

Rangers Hire Mike Maddux As Pitching Coach, Dayton Moore As Adviser

Nov 23, 2022 4:58 PM

The Rangers hired Mike Maddux as their new pitching coach Wednesday, and added former Royals general manager Dayton Moore as a senior adviser in their baseball operations department.

Maddux is returning to Texas to be on new manager Bruce Bochy's staff. Maddux was first the pitching coach for the Rangers from 2009 to '15, a span in which they made their only two World Series appearances. 

Moore spent the past 16 years with the Royals, where he was named GM in May 2006 and also served as president of baseball operations before getting fired in September.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Signing

Red Sox, Joely Rodriguez Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal

Nov 23, 2022 5:01 PM

Joely Rodriguez agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, a deal that includes a team option for 2024.

Rodriguez, 31, gets a $1.5 million salary next year, and the Red Sox's option is for $4.25 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Terms Agreement

Angels Trade Three Young Pitchers To Brewers For Hunter Renfroe

Nov 23, 2022 12:51 AM

The Los Angeles Angels acquired power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for three young pitchers Tuesday night.

Milwaukee received right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.

The 30-year-old Renfroe batted .255 with 29 home runs, 72 RBI and an .807 OPS in 125 games this season.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Official Trade

Aaron Judge Expected To Sign Richest Contract Ever

Nov 23, 2022 9:28 AM

Aaron Judge is a free agent and many expect him to sign the richest contract ever in Major League Baseball history.

Mike Trout's contract currently tops the list with an average annual value of $35.54 million. According to a report, Judge is seeking a deal "in excess of $40 million a year" over eight seasons.

Bryce Harper's deal is the largest ever in terms of total value -- $330 million.

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Tags: New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cubs Expected To Land Superstar Shortstop

Nov 23, 2022 9:20 AM

The Chicago Cubs are expected to land one of the superstar shortstops on the market this offseason, according to a report.

Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson can all be had this winter.

"I will be very surprised if the Cubs do not add one of the Big Four superstar shortstops who are available in free agency this winter," Jon Morosi said MLB Network. "This is now their time."

Jon Morosi/MLB Network

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

MLB Finds No Collusion Between Yankees, Mets Regarding Aaron Judge

Nov 23, 2022 9:16 AM

Major League Baseball has determined there was no agreement between the New York Yankees and New York Mets to suppress the market for Aaron Judge.

The league opened an investigation into the two clubs last week after the MLB Players Association raised some concerns about an article published by SNY earlier this month.

Andy Martino of SNY wrote the Mets were unlikely to pursue Judge in free agency, in part because of a mutual respect between Mets owner Steve Cohen and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.

The league requested communications between Cohen and Steinbrenner last week to determine if the owners formulated any kind of agreement for the Mets not to pursue Judge as a free agent, which would have been a collusive violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Sean Gregory/TIME

Tags: New York Yankees, New York Mets

Carlos Beltran Among 14 Newcomers On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Associated Press

Justin Verlander, Albert Pujols Named Comeback Players Of Year

Phillies Sign President Dave Dombrowski To Three-Year Extension

Dodgers May Be Best Fit For Justin Verlander

Jon Morosi/MLB Network

Brandon Nimmo, Cody Bellinger Drawing Interest From Giants

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Yankees Have Inquired About Jacob deGrom, Koudai Senga

Andy Martino/SNY

Astros Sign Hitting Coach Alex Cintron To Extension

Chandler Rome/Houston Chronicle

Sources: Aaron Judge To Meet With Giants

Astros Looking At Jose Abreu To Bolster First Base

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Twins Motivated To Re-Sign Carlos Correa

Jon Heyman/New York Post

Mets Hold Zoom Meeting With Justin Verlander

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Jameson Taillon Drawing Interest From Mets

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Giants, Rangers Among Those Interested In Mitch Haniger

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Rockies, Tyler Kinley Agree To Three-Year, $9.25M Deal

Twins Acquire Shortstop Kyle Farmer From Reds

Cody Bellinger Non-Tendered By Dodgers, Becomes A Free Agent

Billy Beane Moves Into Advisory Role With A's, David Frost Stays As GM

Mets Acquire Elieser Hernandez, Jeff Brigham From Marlins

Angels Send Pitching Prospect To Twins For Gio Urshela

Rockies Claim LHP Brent Suter Off Waivers From Brewers