Baseball Wiretap

Pirates Agree To Five-Year, $77M Extension With Mitch Keller

Feb 23, 2024 8:48 AM

Mitch Keller has agreed to a five-year, $77 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to sources.

The new deal begins this season and runs through 2028. It buys out the first three years Keller would have been eligible for free agency, paying the pitcher $16.5 million, $18 million and $20 million in those seasons.

Keller, 27, had a breakout 2023 season in which he was an All-Star for the first time and struck out 210 in a career-high 194 1/3 innings.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Royals Sign Austin Nola To One-Year Deal

Feb 23, 2024 3:15 PM

The Royals have improved their catching depth, signing catcher Austin Nola to a one-year deal on Friday. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nola, 34, was released by the Brewers on Thursday to make room for Gary Sánchez, and the Royals moved quickly to bring in the veteran receiver.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

Players Add See-Through Pants To Concerns About New Uniforms

Feb 23, 2024 8:55 AM

The growing list of complaints about Major League Baseball's new uniforms now extends to the potential of see-through pants.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is talking to its members to gather feedback on the controversy, while hoping changes will be made before the season starts.

"It's disappointing that we've landed in a place where the uniforms are the topic of discussion," MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said. "Each conversation with the guys is yielding more information with what we're seeing."

Because the fabric is lighter, Clark said it's a "challenge" to have bigger numbers and letters -- hence complaints that the back of the jersey looks "amateurish," according to more than one player. And some say the eggshell color of the pants -- the fabric is the same as last year -- is creating a see-through vibe.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

Alex Verdugo Has No Hard Feelings Toward Alex Cora

Feb 23, 2024 8:44 AM

Alex Verdugo insists he has no hard feelings toward Alex Cora after twice being benched by the Boston Red Sox manager last year.

The Red Sox traded Verdugo to the New York Yankees in a rare swap between the rivals this offseason.

"It's one of those things that, it's a little bit weird, because outside of the game, he was great. Even as a manager, he's a good manager," Verdugo said.

"In certain ways, 'AC' was hard on me, but I don't have any hard feelings toward him. It's one of those things. Toward the end, we kind of ran our course out a little bit," Verdugo added. "But as a person and outside of baseball, I loved him. I loved his kids, his family."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Gio Urshela, Tigers Agree To One-Year Deal

Feb 23, 2024 8:41 AM

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Gio Urshela.

Urshela, 32, should help at third base and can play a variety of positions for the Tigers.

His ability to hit left-handed pitching was something the Tigers sought this offseason.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Marlins, Tim Anderson Agree To One-Year, $5M Deal

Feb 22, 2024 5:31 PM

The Marlins are turning to a potential bounce-back candidate to be their Opening Day shortstop.

Veteran Tim Anderson and Miami agreed to a Major League contract for 2024 on Thursday morning, a source told The deal, which is pending the completion of a physical and has not been confirmed by the club, is for one year and $5 million, according to multiple reports.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

Red Sox Engaged In Extension Talks With Brayan Bello

Feb 22, 2024 9:16 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Brayan Bello are making progress toward a long-term extension, according to a report.

Bello, 24, started 28 games in his first full Major League season. He had a 4.24 ERA and 2.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Red Sox.

The pitcher is not slated to qualify for arbitration for another two seasons.

Chris Cotillo/MassLive

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

Yankees Haven't Approached Clay Holmes, Gleyber Torres About New Deals

Feb 22, 2024 9:11 AM

The New York Yankees have yet to approach Clay Holmes or Gleyber Torres about contract extensions, according to a report.

Holmes, 30, is entering his third full season with the Yankees. In 153 appearances, the reliever has a 2.50 ERA and 44 saves.

Torres, 27, said Wednesday that he wants to be a "Yankee for life."

Both players can enter next offseason's free agent class.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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

Albert Pujols To Manage In 2024-25 Winter League

Feb 22, 2024 9:04 AM

Albert Pujols has agreed to manage the Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido during the 2024-25 winter league, according to sources.

The Leones play in Santo Domingo, where Pujols grew up.

He hopes to become a Major League manager at some point.

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Shohei Ohtani 'Feeling Good,' Eyes 50 Preseason ABs

Feb 22, 2024 8:58 AM

Shohei Ohtani saw six live pitches during a batting practice session on Wednesday, just his second of Spring Training.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Ohtani wants to take 50 spring training at-bats to feel ready for the regular season.

The five at-bats he has taken through two live-BP sessions essentially count, Roberts said, as do indoor sessions off a Dodgers pitching machine that can mimic pitch characteristics.

"I feel like I have more than enough time to get 50 at-bats," Ohtani said.

Ohtani, 29, isn't expected to play in any of the Dodgers' Cactus League games this week but could play shortly thereafter.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Mets' Kodai Senga Undergoing Tests For Arm Fatigue

Associated Press

Gleyber Torres Sets 'Yankee For Life' Goal

Eric Hosmer Announces Retirement

Reports: Hyun Jin Ryu Set To Rejoin South Korean Team

Associated Press

Amed Rosario Joins Rays On One-Year, $1.5M Contract


Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow 'Safe Bet' To Start Seoul Series

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Harry Caray's Great-Grandson To Call A's Games

Associated Press

Aaron Judge's Toe To Require 'Constant Maintenance'

Rafael Devers Looking For Roster Help From Red Sox Front Office

Source: Yankees Have Offer On Table For Blake Snell

Mark Feinsand/MLB

Cubs Have Had 'Some Discussions' With Cody Bellinger

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Diamondbacks Don't Rule Out Moving Without Public Funds

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Mike Trout Wants To Remain With Angels

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Juan Soto Won't Discuss Yankees Future Beyond 2024

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker 'Open' To Extending Astros Deals

Associated Press

Phillies Hoping To Sign Zack Wheeler To Long-Term Deal

Associated Press

Anthony Redon Says Baseball Has 'Never Been A Top Priority For Me'

Washington Nationals No Longer For Sale

Red Sox, Liam Hendriks Agree To Two-Year, $10M Deal

Yankees Still Have 'Serious Interest' In Blake Snell

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