Baseball Wiretap

Theo Epstein: David Ortiz Asked For Trade In 2003

Apr 24, 2018 8:18 AM

Theo Epstein revealed that the legend of David Ortiz almost didn't grow in Boston.

During the 2003 season, the Boston Red Sox were debating between Ortiz and Shea Hillenbrand. Ortiz had been signed in January 2003 after the Minnesota Twins non-tendered him.

"David Ortiz hit all of two runs in the first [two months] of the 2003 season and in mid-May had his agent come and ask me for a trade to somewhere he could play more regularly," Epstein said. "Fernando Cuza came to talk to me and I told Cuza at the time that David was someone we wanted to get everyday at-bats, but we just needed to pare down the roster a little bit. We ended up trading Hillenbrand instead of David Ortiz, so I guess that was a good decision in hindsight. David got regular playing time and ended up hitting close to 30 homers in the second half of the season and was off and running as Big Papi."

Ortiz went on to win three World Series title with the Red Sox, hitting more than 500 home runs.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Danny Farquhar 'Progressing Well' After Surgery

Apr 24, 2018 7:54 AM

Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" after undergoing surgery on Saturday to address a brain aneurysm.

According to a statement issued by the Chicago White Sox, Farquhar has use of his extremities, is able to respond to questions and commands and also speak to doctors and to his family. He remains in critical but "neurologically stable" condition.

"We are just very happy that he's trending in the right direction," Rick Renteria said. "To know that he's able to move and speak, to know that his family is there, he knows everybody cares for him. We are going in the right direction and very guardedly optimistic about the outcome."

Farquhar collapsed in the dugout after coming off the mound during the sixth inning of Friday's home game against the Houston Astros.

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

Braves Expect To Start Jose Bautista At Third Base

Apr 24, 2018 8:11 AM

The Atlanta Braves expect to start Jose Bautista at third base once he's brought up to the major leagues, says Brian Snitker.

Bautista recently signed a minor league deal with the Braves after sitting out spring training. He's currently playing at Triple-A after a few games a High-A.

The Braves say he's "close" to ready. The initial estimate was that he'd be ready to play for the Braves in early May.

Gabriel Burns/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

Melky Cabrera To Sign With Indians

Apr 24, 2018 8:02 AM

The Cleveland Indians have reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this offseason after a poor finish to the 2017 season with the Kansas City Royals.

ESPN Deportes

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees Acquire A.J. Cole From Nationals

Apr 24, 2018 7:59 AM

The New York Yankees have acquired A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations.

To make room for Cole, the Yankees designated David Hale for assignment.

Cole, 26, was designated by the Nationals recently after a poor start to the season. Originally a fourth-round pick, Cole was dealt to the Oakland Athletics in the Gio Gonzalez deal and then back to the Nationals in the Michael Morse/John Jaso deal.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox, Nationals Only Teams On Track To Pay Luxury Tax

Apr 24, 2018 7:49 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay luxury tax this year, according to Opening Day payroll totals.

The Red Sox opened the season with a $233.9 million payroll for tax purposes, which would cost the club a $9.4 million tax bill. Washington's payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million.

The San Francisco Giants just missed the threshold of $197 million at $196.6 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Former Marlins President: Yankees Have To Play Stanton In Outfield

Apr 23, 2018 8:14 AM

Former Miami Marlins president David Samson, who now works as an analyst, believes the New York Yankees need to play Giancarlo Stanton in the field in order for him to reach his potential as a hitter.

Stanton hit his fourth home run of the season over the weekend in a game in which he also played all nine innings as an outfielder.

"When Giancarlo can't go down into the video room in between at-bats," Samson said, "and study everything that's wrong with his swing, and look at his toes and his feet, and all the things that he does when he gets so far inside his own head ... he actually is better off."

As a DH for the Yankees, Stanton is hitting .133/.278/.367 with two home runs and 11 strikeouts in 36 plate appearances.

As a left fielder, Stanton is slashing .273/.351/.455 with a home run and 16 strikeouts in 37 PAs. His sample size in right field is smaller -- over 15 PAs he's hitting .143/.200/.429.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks Send Pitcher To Mariners For International Bonus Slot

Apr 23, 2018 8:05 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Edwin Quezada to the Seattle Mariners for an international bonus slot.

The amount of money moved in the deal isn't known, but international pool money can only be dealt in $250,000 increments.

The Mariners actively sought to add bonus pool money this past offseason as they pursued Shohei Ohtani. They added roughly $2.5 million in additional international funds through a series of deals.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Danny Farquhar Will Be Hospitalized For At Least Three Weeks

Apr 23, 2018 7:59 AM

Danny Farquhar, who suffered a brain aneurysm during Friday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, will remain in the hospital and be closely monitored by neurosurgeons for at least the next three weeks.

The 31-year-old has undergone surgeries to relieve swelling around the brain. The pitcher remained in the ICU on Sunday and is in critical, but stable condition.

"He's a fighter, and he's in the fight of his life right now," Ken Williams said. "They had to do another surgery, cracking his skull open, and putting a clamp on it. My God.

"This certainly shows the fragility of life and how we take every day for granted. And it can change in a heartbeat. Literally.

"His wife and mother were at the game that night, and by the time they got to the clubhouse, he was already in an ambulance heading to the hospital. Can you imagine what they went through, and are still going through?"

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

Mets-Braves Rainout Sets Record For April Postponements

Apr 23, 2018 7:52 AM

The Atlanta Braves postponed Sunday's game against the New York Mets due to rain, setting a mark.

There have been 26 weather-related postponements this season, the most through April since Major League Baseball began keeping records in 1986.

There were 26 postponements through April in 2007, but one was in response to the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Yu Darvish Seeking Answers After Another Poor Outing
Yu Darvish has a 6.86 ERA, 4.99 FIP, 21 strikeouts and 11 walks in 19.2 innings pitched.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Danny Farquhar In Stable But Critical Condition After Surgery
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage while in the dugout during a game on Saturday.

Brandon Belt Sets MLB Record With 21-Pitch AB
Brandon Belt fouled off 16 two-strike pitches before lining out to right field.

Cardinals Place Adam Wainwright On DL
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has inflammation in his right elbow.

Matt Harvey Not Happy Moving To The Bullpen
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has lost his spot in the starting rotation.

Ohtani's Bullpen Session Will Determine Next Start
Sunday's bullpen session will determine if Shohei Ohtani's blister has healed enough for him to make his next start.

Yankees Promote Prospect Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres has hit .347 in 14 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

A's Sean Manaea Throws No-Hitter Against Red Sox
Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against the Red Sox in almost 25 years on Saturday night in Oakland.

Cespedes Says Playing Golf Will Help Slump
Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets took some backlash for his golf habit in 2016, when he played 18 holes hours before landing on the DL with a lingering right quadriceps injury.

Manfred: Shorter Season Would Mean Lower Pay
Tony Clark, the Executive Director of the Player's Union, has said he doesn't think his players deserve a pay cut even if baseball decides to implement a shorter season.

Mets Won't Commit To Matt Harvey's Next Start
Mickey Callaway wouldn't commit to giving Matt Harvey his next scheduled start after he gave up six runs in six innings on Thursday night.


Rangers Sign Cuban OF Julio Pablo Martinez
The Rangers agreed to terms with Julio Pablo Martinez, 21, in early March.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Yankees Drop Giancarlo Stanton To Fourth In Batting Order
Giancarlo Stanton had hit third in every game this season before New York's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Taijuan Walker To Undergo Tommy John Surgery
The Diamondbacks will be without Taijuan Walker through at least the first month of the 2019 season.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Shohei Ohtani Expected To Make Next Start Despite Blister
Shohei Ohtani will not be limited with his hitting either.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Jose Bautista Agrees To Minors Deal With Braves
Jose Bautista will receive a one-year, $1 million deal if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.


Reds Fire Bryan Price, Mack Jenkins
Jim Riggleman, previously Bryan Price's bench coach, will assume managerial duties on an interim basis.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Won't Hesitate To Use Kenley Jansen
Kenley Jansen has had a shaky start to the season, but the Dodgers won't hesitate to use the closer.


Anthony Rizzo Wants Fewer Games: 'We Play Too Much'
Anthony Rizzo believes the Major League Baseball season should be shorter, even if that means less money for players.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Kenley Jansen: Can't Let Struggles 'Get In My Mind'
Kenley Jansen remains confident after another blown save, saying that he refuses to allow early struggles to "get in my mind."