Baseball Wiretap

Justin Upton Is Undecided About Opt Out Clause

Aug 21, 2017 8:06 AM

Justin Upton has an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of the season, but remains undecided about his future with the Detroit Tigers.

Upton is under contract for four more seasons under the six-year, $132.75 million deal he signed with the Tigers as a free agent two years ago. He has a clause that allows him to opt out of the deal and become a free agent this offseason only.

"I can't make a decision on that right now, so that doesn't affect me right now," Upton said. "It's always nice to have options, but I think it's more interesting to you guys than it is to me. I would feel like I was lying to you guys if I gave you a realistic answer right now, because I haven't really even thought about it.

"I'll get home and spend time with my family and the playoffs will be going on and when it comes around to it, probably a week or two beforehand, at that point I'll start having conversations with my agent and my family. But I can't be more honest with you right now: I'm not worried about it. It's so far away, a couple months."

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks Unlikely To Make August Additions

Aug 21, 2017 8:09 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not likely to make any August waiver additions.

"We're still watching the waiver market through the month of August," Mike Hazen said, "but I'm not anticipating that there's going to be major changes outside of what's in this organization."

Hazen noted that an injury could change the club's approach.

"I think that there's that general feeling within the clubhouse that we need to play more consistently from a win-loss standpoint," Hazen said. "It's not effort at all. It's stringing things together a little bit better.

"The offense, we need to continue to find ways to grind out our at-bats and put some more runs on the board. We've had opportunities to do so. Again, part of that is the ebb and flow of the season, and so the reaction to it is to let it sort itself out. But, obviously, we're addressing things in and around, how can we get better, how can we continue to improve."

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Receiving More Interest In Asdrubal Cabrera

Aug 21, 2017 8:22 AM

Trade interest in Asdrubal Cabrera has picked up, according to a source.

The 31-year-old infielder has an $8.5-million option for 2018. The New York Mets are still open to picking up the option if he remains with the club.

Cabrera's contract includes a $2 million buyout should he and the Mets part ways.

Marc Carig/Newsday

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bartolo Colon Becomes Third Active Pitcher To Beat All 30 Teams

Aug 21, 2017 7:57 AM

Bartolo Colon became the third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams on Sunday as he guided the Minnesota Twins to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It means a lot to my career," Colon said. "Now, I haven't won in two stadiums, so that's the next goal."

Max Scherzer and John Lackey accomplished the feat last season.

Colon, 44, has yet to win at Wrigley Field or Chase Field.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Miguel Sano Headed To DL With Shin Injury

Aug 21, 2017 7:52 AM

Miguel Sano has landed on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin.

Sano fouled a ball of his shin on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit two home runs the same day.

The Minnesota Twins are five games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada

Aug 20, 2017 2:29 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in re-signing Marco Estrada this offseason or even a contract extension before he becomes a free agent.

“The player loves Toronto, the agent says publicly he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” one person within the organization said. “Frankly, we are open to extending him.”

Estrada re-signed with the Jays in 2015 on a two-year, $26 million deal.

“Could I have gotten more years on the open market? Maybe,” Estrada told reporters, including John Lott of the National Post. “But I wanted to come back here. It was the No. 1  team I wanted to come with. Once they made a two-year offer, I wasn’t thinking of going to free agency anymore.”

Robert Murray/FanRagSports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Claim Rene Rivera Off Waivers From Mets

Aug 20, 2017 2:24 PM

The Chicago Cubs have claimed Rene Rivera off waivers.

In two seasons with the Mets, Rivera had significant value as a reserve. Rivera became the preferred catcher for Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets have also recently given up Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and Addison Reed.

Seth Berkman/New York Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Aaron Judge Sets Strikeout Streak Record At 36 Games

Aug 20, 2017 1:59 PM

Aaron Judge struck out in his 36th straight game, setting the MLB record for the longest strikeout streak in a single season.

Chris Sale struck out Judge in the top of the fifth inning Saturday night.

Judge had already set the record on Thursday for consecutive games with a strikeout by a position player.

Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman held the previous record by any player in 1971.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees

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Clayton Kershaw To Pitch Simulated Game On Monday

Aug 20, 2017 1:58 PM

Clayton Kershaw will throw a three-nning, 45-pitch simulated game on Monday.

Kershaw has been continuing his rehab from a back issue that has kept him out since July 23rd.

Kershaw was 15-2 with a baseball-best 2.04 ERA before the injury.

ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

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Yankees Demote Aroldis Chapman As Closer

Aug 19, 2017 6:40 PM

The New York Yankees have demoted Aroldis Chapman as closer.

Chapman is struggling with location issues.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson will be used based on the situation, to allow flexibility, Joe Girardi said.

Girardi emphasized the demotion could be a short-term move.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees

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MLB Umpires Wear White Wristbands In Protest Of Treatment
Ian Kinsler was fined and not suspended for harsh criticism of Angel Hernandez.

ESPN

Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson From Mets
Curtis Granderson has a .979 OPS since May 10th.

Matt Kelly/MLB.com

Max Scherzer Placed On 15-Day DL With Neck Inflammation
Max Scherzer left a start and then sat out a game with neck spasms earlier this month.

ESPN

Amanda Hopkins Working As First Female Scout In MLB For 50 Years
Amanda Hopkins majored in psychology while playing softball at Central Washington.

Tim Booth/AP

Marlins 'Willing To Engage' Clubs On Giancarlo Stanton
There have yet to be any serious trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton, who is still owed roughly $300 million.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giancarlo Stanton Has Goal Of 61 Home Runs
Giancarlo Stanton says he's aiming for 61 home runs and that he finds baseball's statistical history both alluring and tainted.

Associated Press

Aaron Judge Sets Consecutive Strikeout Mark
Aaron Judge has struck out in 33 straight games.

Mark Simon/ESPN

Dodgers First Team Since 2004 To Be 50 Games Over .500
The Dodgers beat the White Sox 6-1 on Tuesday night, moving them 50 games over .500 on the season.

MLB

Marco Estrada Claimed On Revocable Waivers
Marco Estrada has been claimed on revocable trade waivers, but the Blue Jays don't plan to move him.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Giancarlo Stanton Clears Waivers, Four Teams Have Inquired
Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers on Sunday, according to multiple sources, meaning that the Marlins can trade him to any team through the end of August.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Ian Kinsler Rips Umpire Angel Hernandez: 'Find Another Job'
Ian Kinsler unloaded on Angel Hernandez a day after the umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes.

ESPN

Nationals Not Interested In Curtis Granderson Trade
While there has been some talk about the Nationals trading for Curtis Granderson, that reportedly isn't the case.

Chelsea Janes/Washington Post

Joey Votto Beats Cubs' Four-Man Outfield Shift
The Cubs used an usual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Giancarlo Stanton Sets Marlins Record With 43rd Home Run
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 43rd home run of the season on Monday night as the Marlins took on the Giants.

Associated Press

Pablo Sandoval: Heart Remained In San Francisco During Boston Tenure
Pablo Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on a five-year, $95 million contract, but "it just never felt like home."

RealGM Staff Report

Padres Extend Andy Green's Contract Through 2021
Exact terms haven't been announced, but it's been reported that Andy Green's deal now runs through the 2021 season.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB

Mariners Have Tried Multiple Times To Acquire Ervin Santana
The talks were put on hold with the Twins making another push towards the Wild Card and moving ahead of the Mariners in the standings.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Astros Acquire Tyler Clippard From White Sox
The Astros have acquired Tyler Clippard from the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Connor Byrne/MLB Trade Rumors

John Farrell Admits Error Trying To Bring Craig Kimbrel Into Game
John Farrell was initially unsuccessful in trying to bring Craig Kimbrel into Sunday night's game between the Red Sox and Yankees in the ninth inning.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Brewers Acquire Neil Walker From Mets
Neil Walker hit .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 73 games with New York this season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN