Baseball Wiretap

Adam Wainwright 'At Peace' With Retirement Choice

Sep 27, 2023 12:57 AM

Eight days after winning his 200th game, 42-year-old Adam Wainwright said Tuesday he has thrown his final pitch.

"I've thought a lot about it the last few days, but I'm in a really good place mentally," the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander said ahead of his team's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. "No regrets about anything I ever did. No second thoughts of, 'Am I making the right decision on pitching or retiring?' I'm at peace with all of it in this spot that I've never been.

"I've literally left everything I had out there, for real."

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Orioles Legend Brooks Robinson Dies At 86

Sep 26, 2023 7:14 PM

Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has died at the age of 86.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson," his family and the Baltimore Orioles said in a joint statement. "An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of baseball."

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Legal, Misc Rumor

Giants' Logan Webb 'Tired Of Losing,' Says Cy Young Isn't Priority

Sep 26, 2023 8:17 AM

Logan Webb is a contender for the National League Cy Young this season, but the pitcher would rather compete for the World Series with the San Francisco Giants.

Webb has 24 quality starts this season, the most in the Major Leagues.

He has gone 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 216 innings.

"To be honest, winning is more important," Webb said when asked about the Cy Young Award. "If we don't do that, then it's kind of a waste. That's my goal. I'm tired of losing. It's not enjoyable. It's not fun. We have to make some big changes in here to create that winning culture that we want to show up every single year and try to win the whole thing."


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Mike Trout Will Meet With Angels' Front Office Shortly After Season

Sep 26, 2023 8:09 AM

Mike Trout has detailed a "frustrating" season that will end with him having played in fewer than half of the Los Angeles Angels' games over the past three years.

"Yeah, it's frustrating," said Trout, who is dealing with a hand injury. "I wanted to get back. It's tough. It's been hard."

The 32-year-old won three American League MVP awards within his first eight full seasons and finished as the runner-up in four other instances.

Trout suffered a fracture to the hamate bone on the bottom part of his left hand while completing a swing on July 3. He pushed to come back seven weeks later, on Aug. 22, with the Angels still on the fringes of contention, but his hand didn't respond well.

He has seven years and nearly $250 million remaining on the mega-extension he signed heading into the 2019 season, and there are questions throughout the industry about whether he and the Angels might actually part ways.

He is expected to meet with the front office to talk about the team's direction in the near future.

"These conversations happen every year, not just this year," Trout said. "They're private conversations I have with the front office -- John[Carpino] and Perry [Minasian], all those guys up there. So just keep it as that. The plan, as it always is, is to take a couple weeks off in the offseason, clear my mind, get in shape, get ready to play and go from there."

Trout provided a similar answer when asked if he wants to see it through with the Angels, saying: "I go through this every year. That's private conversations I have with Arte [Moreno] and John, and I'm doing the same thing I did last, what, 13 years, just go into the offseason, clear my mind, get ready for spring and, you know, wearing an Angels uniform in spring."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Padres Plan To Reduce Payroll To Around $200M

Sep 26, 2023 8:03 AM

Despite an Opening Day payroll of just under $249 million, the San Diego Padres are only in the faintest of Wild Card contention entering the final week of the season.

The club is planning a different strategy for the 2024 season, according to a report.

This includes "player commitments of around $200 million," as the report states that the payroll cut is "in part because they are out of compliance with MLB regulations regarding their debt service ratio."

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Aaron Boone Knows Future Is 'Out Of My Hands'

Sep 25, 2023 3:54 PM

Despite a contract that runs through 2024, with a club option for 2025, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that he does not know if he will be invited back for next season.

The Yankees were a disappointing 78-77 heading into Monday afternoon's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday. The .503 winning percentage is not only the worst of Boone's six-year tenure, it is the club's worst since a .469 mark in 1992.

"No, I don't worry about it," Boone told reporters Monday when asked about his job security. "It's out of my hands. I'm completely comfortable with who I am and the things I can control."

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Padres Defending Themselves Over Dysfunctional Reports

Sep 25, 2023 1:25 PM

Less than a year after a stirring run to the National League Championship Series, the high-priced, underperforming San Diego Padres are defending themselves against reports there is a lack of clubhouse leadership within a dysfunctional organization.

While hinting that there have been issues in the clubhouse, right-hander Joe Musgrove said they have been addressed following a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune that questioned the clubhouse culture and a story in The Athletic that suggested cultural issues and dysfunction extend up to general manager A.J. Preller.

Both publications said the reports were based on interviews with players and former club employees who had been granted anonymity.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Braves Reach 100 Wins For Second Straight Season

Sep 25, 2023 8:18 AM

The Atlanta Braves earned their 100th victory of the season Sunday night by defeating the Washington Nationals 8-5.

Atlanta has won 100 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2002-03.

"It's unbelievable," Brian Snitker said. "It's hard to do. I think it's quite an accomplishment anytime you can win 100 games. A lot of things we're doing are really hard. It's taken the whole room in there, that's for sure, to make something like that happen."


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Stats, Team Achievement

Rays' Yandy Diaz Exits With Right Hamstring Tightness

Sep 25, 2023 8:15 AM

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz left in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with right hamstring tightness.

Diaz was hurt running out a first-inning infield single but stayed in the game. He was pulled after gingerly running to first when he flied out in the third.

"I think he's fine, going be to fine." Kevin Cash said. "Sore. Way more precautionary getting him out of the game than maybe needing to come out."

Diaz is second in the American League with a .328 batting average.

Associated Press

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury, Misc Rumor

Charlie Morton Lands On IL, Out Through NLDS

Sep 25, 2023 8:10 AM

The Atlanta Braves have placed Charlie Morton on the injured list due to right finger inflammation.

The move means Morton will miss Atlanta's National League Divisional Series. 

Morton can be reinstated Oct. 8, one day after the Braves will have to submit their roster for the NLDS.

The 39-year-old left his most recent start on Friday after just an inning of work. 

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

Yankees Miss Playoffs For First Time Since 2016

Angels Officially Shut Down Mike Trout

David Ross Apologizes To Pirates Manager

Mookie Betts Sets Record With 105 RBIs As Leadoff Hitter

Ronald Acuna Becomes 5th Player Ever With 40-40 Season


Anthony Rendon Ruled Out For Remainder Of Season


Buck Showalter Backs Mets After Tommy Pham's Criticism

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Report: Craig Counsell May Not Take 2024 Off After All

Jon Heyman/New York Post

Tigers Hire Ex-Chicago Executive Jeff Greenberg As GM

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Sources: Rays Calling Up Top Prospect Junior Caminero

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Officer: Shooting Should Have Halted White Sox Game

Associated Press

Qualifying Offer Expected To Be Around $20.5M

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Red Sox Haven't Asked For Permission To Interview Mike Hazen

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Brewers' J.C. Mejia Suspended 162 Games For PED Test

Associated Press

Shohei Ohtani 'In Good Spirits' After Elbow Surgery


Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. Gets MRI On Sore Right Knee


Corbin Carroll Makes History With First 25-HR, 50-SB Rookie Season

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Report: Relationship 'Unfixable' Between Padres GM, Manager

The Athletic

Marlins Claim Matt Moore Off Waivers For Playoff Push

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Carlos Correa To Have Foot Reassessed Friday