Baseball Wiretap

Tigers Fire Vice President, GM Al Avila

Aug 10, 2022 5:36 PM

The Detroit Tigers fired longtime general manager Al Avila on Wednesday as the team struggled mightily in a year that it guaranteed nearly a quarter-billion dollars in free agency to bolster its efforts to contend.

Avila, 64, had spent more than two decades with the organization with the organization, including the last seven as general manager after first serving as assistant general manager.

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Braves Call Up Top Prospect Vaughn Grissom

Aug 10, 2022 12:43 PM

The Atlanta Braves called up top prospect Vaughn Grissom to the majors on Wednesday in a series of moves that included placing second baseman Orlando Arcia on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring.

The 21-year-old Grissom, an infielder, is hitting .324 with an .899 OPS at two levels of the Braves' minor league system and is currently with Double-A Mississippi, where he was hitting .363 in 22 games. He has 14 home runs and 67 RBIs total in the minors this season.

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Bryce Harper To Remain At DH Upon Return

Aug 10, 2022 7:41 AM

Bryce Harper is likely to remain at designated hitter and might not play the outfield when he returns from a broken left thumb that has sidelined him since late June.

Harper had been periodically doing a throwing program with the hopes of returning to the outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies, but he's had to cut back on that regimen.

"We're just going to back off a minute and concentrate on the hitting," interim manager Rob Thomson said.

On Aug. 1, Harper had the three pins removed from his left thumb and began hitting off a tee. He said last week that he hopes to return in September, though he didn't provide a firm timetable.

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Shohei Ohtani Joins Babe Ruth As Only Players With 10 HRs, 10 Wins

Aug 10, 2022 7:37 AM

Shohei Ohtani made Major League history on Tuesday night, joining Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 10 home runs and record 10 wins in the same season.

Ohtani hit his 25th home run and improved to 10-7 on the mound in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

"I feel like every time we're out there he does something special," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. "You try not to take for granted what we're seeing every night but it's pretty awesome to be a part of. These things don't go by us lightly."

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Blue Jays Sign Jackie Bradley Jr. To One-Year Deal

Aug 9, 2022 6:06 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a one-year contract before Tuesday night's game at Baltimore.

The 32-year-old Bradley was released by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. He is batting .210 with three homers and 29 RBIs in 92 games this season.

"Every year is a challenging year. You go through a lot of different things," Bradley said. "Obviously haven't had the offensive year that I've wanted."

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Chris Sale Suffers Broken Wrist In Bike Accident

Aug 9, 2022 11:39 AM

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale broke his right wrist in a bike accident last week and underwent season-ending surgery Monday, the team announced, ending his year after myriad injuries and just 5⅔ innings pitched.

Sale, 33, already had missed most of the season after a broken rib cage suffered during a lockout workout, sidelined him until July 12. Following a scoreless 2022 debut, 

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Braves' Spencer Strider Says Mets Have Had 'Lot Of Luck'

Aug 9, 2022 8:00 AM

The New York Mets took four of five from the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, but the defending World Series champions don't appear concerned.

"A lot of weird hits. They seem to be having a lot of luck right now offensively," said Braves rookie Spencer Strider. "That's great. It's August. (We'll) see what things are like in October."

Strider, who started on Sunday, allowed six hits to the Mets. Of those, three had expected batting averages of .220 or less.

The rookie was also upset about calls he felt the Mets were getting at the plate.

"It helps when they're getting calls and 1-1 counts turn to 2-1 counts instead of 1-2 counts, and stuff like that. When your BABIP is .330, .340 as a team, it's tough to get quick innings and get quick outs," he said.

The Mets currently lead the Braves by seven games in the National League East.

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Justin Verlander Triggers Conditional $25M Player Option

Aug 9, 2022 7:56 AM

Justin Verlander has triggered a conditional $25 million player option in his contract with the Houston Astros.

Verlander did so by crossing the 130-inning threshold in last Thursday's start against the Cleveland Guardians.

"I wasn't pitching to get to 130 innings," he said. "When we were doing the contract, [Astros owner] Jim [Crane] told me they wanted 130 innings for my player option. I was asking for a straight player option and they said they'd like 130 innings, and that was that. I thought that was a very fair number the way I like to pitch."

Verlander, 39, will now have the choice to return to the Astros for $25 million or to decline and test free agency. He has a 1.73 ERA this season.

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Aaron Boone Held Team Meeting Amid Yankees' Losing Streak

Aug 9, 2022 7:50 AM

Aaron Boone called a team meeting in the visiting clubhouse at T-Mobile Park on Monday before the New York Yankees snapped a season-high five-game losing streak.

"We got together today and spoke and talked. Just more kind of dust settling from the trade deadline, people coming and going a little bit, wanted to get the group together and talk to them, so I did that," Boone said. "Just [wanted] to remind them that we got everything in that room to get through this and realize the goal to being a champion -- that is where the focus lies and is."

The Yankees responded with a 9-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Entering play Monday night, the Yankees had gone 0-5 since the Aug. 2 trade deadline, one that saw them deal Jordan Montgomery and Joey Gallo, while bringing in Andrew Benintendi, Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Scott Effross.

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Braves Demote Ian Anderson

Aug 9, 2022 7:46 AM

The Atlanta Braves have optioned Ian Anderson to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Anderson has a 5.11 ERA this season with an Major League-leading 53 walks in 105 2/3 innings. The right-hander had a 3.25 ERA over 160 2/3 innings from 2020-21.

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Matt Carpenter Fractures Left Foot On Foul Ball

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Cubs, Jason Heyward To Part Ways In 2023

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Cubs Claim Franmil Reyes Off Waivers From Guardians

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Dennis Eckersley Leaving Red Sox Booth After 2022, 50th MLB Season

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Bobby Bonilla's Deferred Contract Sells For $180,000 At Auction

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Japan's Kodai Senga Expected To Consider MLB Offers

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Pete Rose Dismisses Reporter's Questions About Sexual Misconduct

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Angels' Mickey Moniak Has Fractured Middle Finger

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Alex Kirilloff To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

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Braves Option Ian Anderson To Triple-A Gwinnett

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Tim Anderson's Suspension Reduced To Two-Games

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Blue Jays Place George Springer On IL With Elbow Inflammation

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Guardians Designate Franmil Reyes For Assignment

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Cubs Designate Andrelton Simmons For Assignment

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Fernando Tatis Jr. To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Dusty Baker Tests Positive For COVID-19; Coach Joe Espada To Fill In

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Miguel Cabrera Plans To Return For 21st Season In 2023

Dodgers Place Clayton Kershaw On IL With Low Back Pain

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Rockies Claim Dinelson Lamet Off Waivers; DFA Ashton Goudeau

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Justin Verlander At 130-Innings, Cashes $25M Player Option For '23

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