Baseball Wiretap

Jung Hoo Lee Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery

May 17, 2024 9:21 PM

Jung Hoo Lee will undergo season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder in the next couple of weeks.

Lee injured the shoulder when he crashed into the center-field wall in Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Reds. 

Lee signed a $113 million, six-year contract with San Francisco and has been the team's starting center fielder this season.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury

A's Relocation Plan Makes Progress

May 17, 2024 8:22 AM

The Athletics' relocation plan took a couple steps forward this week. 

On Monday, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a November 2023 lower court ruling that stopped a petition to put public funding for the stadium up for a vote this year.

A Nevada teachers union had sought a referendum during this November's elections on the $380 million earmarked by the county and state for construction of the Vegas stadium. 

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Legal, Misc Rumor

Steve Cohen Denies Mets Are Planning To Sell At Deadline

May 17, 2024 8:16 AM

The New York Mets are enduring another disappointing season, but owner Steve Cohen insists that the club won't sell at the trade deadline.

In a since deleted tweet, Cohen replied Wednesday to a fan on social media who said the front office should blow it up and sell at the trade deadline.

"All in the future, not much we can do until the trade deadline," the owner tweeted.

On Thursday, Cohen clarified his since-deleted tweet to SNY, the team's regional network, saying he did not intend to signal the Mets are looking to sell. 

"I believe in this team," Cohen said. "I believe in the back of the baseball card. It's way too early to speculate on anything. It's May 16. I expect to make the playoffs. I know the fan base is frustrated, but it's still early. We're still very capable of making the playoffs. I fully expect to make the playoffs." 

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bad Bunny's Agency Claims MLBPA Issued 'Death Penalty' For Sanctions

May 17, 2024 8:12 AM

The agency founded by recording artist Bad Bunny, Rimas Sports, has accused the Major League Baseball Players Association of "placing a death penalty" on the agency through "a discriminatory, biased, and pre-determined investigation" into Rimas' business practices, according to a federal lawsuit the company filed Thursday.

On April 10, the MLBPA decertified Rimas agent William Arroyo and prevented Rimas executives Noah Assad and Jonathan Miranda from seeking certification after accusing the agency of providing improper benefits to players. 

Additionally, Rimas' other MLBPA-certified agent, Michael Velasquez, was threatened with decertification and quit the company.

Rimas Sports, which was started in 2021 by Assad, Miranda and Benito Martínez Ocasio -- the international recording superstar known as Bad Bunny -- aimed to cater to players from Latin America.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Shohei Ohtani's First Bobblehead Giveaway With Dodgers Causes 'Stir'

May 17, 2024 8:07 AM

Shohei Ohtani's first bobblehead giveaway with the Los Angeles Dodgers created quite a stir before Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Cars snaked the roadways around Chavez Ravine and stadium parking lots were filling up quickly two hours before the game.

"Shohei creates a stir," Dave Roberts said. "I can't imagine what it's like outside. It's great for Shohei and it's good for the Dodgers."

Only the first 40,000 fans were to receive the bobblehead, which depicts a smiling Ohtani with his bat perched above his left shoulder. The box's design features Japanese anime.

The giveaway attracted a sellout crowd of 53,527 -- the largest in the majors this season and the most at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 20, 2019.

On eBay, the Ohtani giveaway was being offered for $150 and up with sellers advertising it as new in the box. As a surprise, 1,700 road gray jersey bobbleheads were randomly mixed in with the giveaway. One was listed for $2,300 on eBay.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Juan Soto Open To In-Season Contract Talks With Yankees

May 16, 2024 11:12 PM

Juan Soto has settled in just fine with the Yankees, marveling at the reach and intensity of the fan base, relishing New York's rich culture and, of course, hitting in a loaded lineup right in front of Aaron Judge.

He'll have a decision to make sooner than later on whether to re-up, with his first time as a free agent looming in the fall. But perhaps he won't make it to the open market at all. Soto said Thursday that he would give his blessing to contract talks during the season if the Yankees want to approach his agent, Scott Boras, about a long-term contract.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told the team's YES Network he'd consider such a tactic for the three-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger, who's still just 25 years old.

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Manny Machado: Padres Not 'Playing At Our Highest Level'

May 16, 2024 10:02 AM

The San Diego Padres are 22-24 and 7.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West entering Thursday's action.

They have not been more than two games over .500 at any point this season.

"Our big guys, we're not swinging it too well. Let's be honest," Manny Machado said. "We're not playing at our highest level, and we're at .500. We're still playing some good baseball. We're winning games, we're beating tough teams, we're doing what we need to be doing, and we're not even going yet. Speaks volumes of this team."

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Giants Sign Veteran Catcher Curt Casali

May 16, 2024 9:58 AM

The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran catcher Curt Casali to a one-year contract.

The club's starting catcher, Patrick Bailey, went back on the seven-day concussion injured list Tuesday after being activated three days earlier, and backup Tom Murphy was transferred to the 60-day IL on Wednesday with a sprained left knee.

Casali, 35, played for San Francisco from 2021-22 before getting traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Signing

Rangers Move Max Scherzer To 60-Day IL

May 16, 2024 9:54 AM

The Texas Rangers have moved Max Scherzer to the 60-day injured list.

The club initially avoided making the move at the start of the season when there was some hope that Scherzer might return sooner than expected from offseason back surgery.

When Scherzer made his initial rehab appearance April 24, he appeared to be on track to possibly rejoin the rotation this month, but he was scratched from his next scheduled rehab start six days later because of right thumb soreness that team doctors later identified as a nerve issue that extended to his right triceps.

He had cortisone injections and Botox injections to the shoulder and neck area May 9 to alleviate pain associated with nerve issue.

"It's aggravating to deal with this, but we are talking about your nerves," Scherzer said. "You can be screwing up your arm for the rest of your life. We've got to figure out a way to manage it."

The earliest Scherzer can return to the Rangers active roster is now May 28.

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Astros' Ronel Blanco Suspended For Foreign Substance

May 16, 2024 9:51 AM

Houston Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball after was ejected from Tuesday's game when umpires found a foreign substance on his glove.

Blanco was also fined an undisclosed amount. He will not appeal.

Dana Brown said Blanco and his agent initially thought about appealing the suspension, but they determined that they want to "move forward" and "get back out there."

"Ronel Blanco is a good human being, a good dude and he's worked his butt off to get into the starting rotation," Brown said. "I think he sees it as, 'Look, I don't want to be out. I don't want to extend this any longer. I want to get back to the business of pitching.'"


Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Suspension

MLB Attorney: Loss Of Comcast As TV Carrier 'Devastating'

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

White Sox Move Michael Soroka To Bullpen

Darragh McDonald/MLB Trade Rumors

Ted Leonsis Expresses Continued Interest In Purchasing Nationals

Washington Post

Astros' Ronel Blanco Ejected After Foreign Substance Check

Chandler Rome/The Athletic

Juan Soto Breaks Mickey Mantle's Walks Record

MLB Stats

Ippei Mizuhara Pleads Not Guilty As Formality


Orioles Could Pursue Bullpen Help At Deadline

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Cubs To Acquire Tyson Miller From Mariners

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Mets' Kodai Senga To Test Arm With Bullpen Session

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Reds' T.J. Friedl Suffers Broken Thumb

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Brewers' Rhys Hoskins To Have MRI On Hamstring

Associated Press

MLB Agrees To Deal With Roku To Stream Sunday Games

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Giants' Jung Hoo Lee Leaves Game With Dislocated Shoulder

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Braves' Austin Riley Leaves Game With Left Side Tightness

Associated Press

Marlins Fans Call On Owner Bruce Sherman To Sell Team

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Dodgers Play It Safe With Shoehei Ohtani

Former MLB Infielder Sean Burroughs Dies At Age 43

Cubs Draw Six Bases-Loaded Walks In Fifth Inning

Gerrit Cole Has Third Bullpen Session

Paul Skenes Reaches 100 MPH 17 Times In MLB Debut