Baseball Wiretap

D-Backs, Madison Bumgarner Agree To Five-Year, $85M Deal

Dec 15, 2019 5:34 PM

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The worth of the deal was first reported by The Athletic.

The 30-year-old Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series for the Giants, went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA last season.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

Rangers Send Delino DeShields, Prospect To Indians For Corey Kluber

Dec 15, 2019 5:38 PM

The Indians traded Corey Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner -- and their unquestioned ace over the past six seasons -- to the Rangers on Sunday, a blockbuster deal that could dramatically change both teams.

In exchange for the 33-year-old Kluber, Cleveland received outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase, a hard-throwing 21-year-old reliever with "electric stuff."

Tags: Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Official Trade

Rays Sign Japanese Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Dec 16, 2019 7:30 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

The deal will be worth approximately $12 million over two years in addition to the posting fee of around $2.4 million.

Tsutsugo, who recently turned 28, has spent the last 10 seasons with the Yokohama Bay Stars of Japan's Central League.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Mets, Yoenis Cespedes Restructure Contract To Resolve Grievance

Dec 16, 2019 7:28 AM

The New York Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to restructure his contract and create some payroll space.

According to a report, the agreement will ""significantly lower" his salary from $29.5 million.

The deal comes in the wake of a grievance the Mets had as it pertains to how Cespedes injured himself on his ranch in May.

Before the adjustment, the Mets were projected to have a $188 million payroll.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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

Astros Personnel Admit To Sign-Stealing

Dec 16, 2019 7:24 AM

Houston Astros personnel have admitted to Major League Baseball that the club used a center-field video camera to rely pitching signs in real time, according to a report.

The members of the organization were interviewed as part of an investigation into the Astros' alleged electronic sign-stealing scheme.

Personnel told MLB that the camera used was an existing camera, approved by the league. They told investigators that the camera was used since the feed was aired on a monitor behind the club's dugout.

Andy Martino/SNY

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Anthony Rendon On Dodgers: 'Hollywood Lifestyle' Not A Fit

Dec 16, 2019 7:19 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers expressed interest in signing Anthony Rendon, but he instead joined the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels play 30 miles south in Anaheim, outside of Los Angeles County.

Rendon spoke highly of the Dodgers, but said that "the Hollywood lifestyle" of L.A. "didn't seem like it would be a fit for us as a family."

Rendon, who was born and raised in Houston, was asked about his general hesitancy toward the state of California at the onset of the offseason, and he joked about the high tax rate.

"I just think environment itself," Rendon added. "I think when people think about California, they think about straight Hollywood, that Hollywood glamour, whole bunch of flashes, so much paparazzi. But everyone said it's just the complete opposite here."

Rendon agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sources: Rangers Nearing Deal For Corey Kluber

Dec 15, 2019 12:45 PM

The Texas Rangers are in the final stages of completing a trade to acquire two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Kluber would become the ace of a rotation that already includes veterans Mike Minor (14-10, 3.59 ERA last season) and Lance Lynn (16-11, 3.67 ERA).

Tags: Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Trade Rumor

Yoenis Cespedes Agrees To Pay Cut In Grievance Settlement

Dec 14, 2019 1:08 PM

Yoenis Cespedes' salary for 2019 was cut in half and his pay for 2020 significantly reduced as part of a settlement of a grievance between the injured outfielder and the New York Mets.

Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract in December 2016 but hasn't played since July 20, 2018. The outfielder had surgery to remove bone calcification from his right heel on Aug. 2, 2018, and from his left heel that Oct. 26.

Tags: New York Mets, Legal, Terms Agreement

Cubs, Brandon Morrow Agree To Minor League Deal

Dec 14, 2019 1:06 PM

The Cubs are bringing back oft-injured reliever Brandon Morrow on a minor league deal, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Morrow, 35, last pitched in the majors on the final day before the 2018 All-Star break. He has been plagued with elbow issues ever since.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Terms Agreement

Dan Straily Signs One-Year Deal With Lotte Giants

Dec 14, 2019 1:03 PM

Veteran pitcher Dan Straily has signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the Lotte Giants, the Korea Baseball Organization club announced on Saturday.

Tags: Signing

Cardinals Interested In Hyun-Jin Ryu

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Rangers Aren't Currently Pursuing Josh Donaldson

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Yankees 'Most Active' In Pursuit Of Trade For Josh Hader

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Rick Porcello Joins Mets On One-Year Deal

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Yankees Keep Brett Gardner On One-Year, $12.5M Deal

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Rockies Willing To Listen To Trade Offers For Nolan Arenado

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Mets Sign Michael Wacha To Be Fifth Starter

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tanner Roark Joins Blue Jays On Two-Year, $24M Deal

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Brewers Agree To Three-Year Deal With Josh Lindblom

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Dodgers, Blake Treinen Agree Upon One-Year, $10M Deal

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Brian Cashman: Gerrit Cole Was 'White Whale' For Yankees

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Anthony Rendon Agrees To Seven-Year, $245M Deal With Angels

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Astros Could Explore Trading Carlos Correa

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Angels Poised For Run At Signing Anthony Rendon

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David Price Drawing Trade Interest

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White Sox Acquire Nomar Mazara From Rangers For Prospect

Adam Jones Agrees To Deal With Orix In Japan League

Giants Sign Pitcher Kevin Gausman To One-Year, $9M Deal

Phillies, Didi Gregorius Agree To One-Year, $14M Deal

Angels Trade Zack Cozart, Will Wilson To Giants