Baseball Wiretap

Cubs, Daniel Descalso Agree On Two-Year, $5M Deal

Dec 19, 2018 9:12 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with Daniel Descalso that includes a club option for 2021.

Descalso gets $1.5 million next year and $2.5 million in 2020. The club option is for $3.5 million with a $1 million buyout.

He can also earn $250,000 annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 425, 450 and 475, and $100,000 for 500.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Astros Back In Mix To Trade For J.T. Realmuto

Dec 18, 2018 12:57 PM

The Houston Astros have resurfaced as a potential destination for J.T. Realmuto, according to a source.

The Astros have once again had trade discussions with the Miami Marlins for the catcher.

The New York Mets are out on Realmuto after signing Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

CC Sabathia Gets $500K Bonus Despite Ejection

Dec 18, 2018 12:46 PM

The New York Yankees gave CC Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings required.

"We thought it was a very nice gesture by the Yankees," Sabathia's agent, Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports, said. "CC was very appreciative and is really excited to come back next year and, hopefully, win a championship."

Sabathia hit Jesus Sucre of the Tampa Bay Rays starting the sixth inning on Sept. 27 with his 55th pitch of the night, retaliation for Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine in the top half. He was then ejected.

"It was something that we did very private and weren't looking to publicize, and I'll just leave it at that," Brian Cashman said.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Yankees Could Trade Miguel Andujar

Dec 17, 2018 10:46 PM

The New York Yankees have interest in trading Miguel Andujar, according to multiple rival executives.

Andujar finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Andujar had an .855 OPS and 27 homers, but struggled defensively.

The San Diego Padres are believed to be a team interested in Andujar. 

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Tags: New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dodgers Interested In Bryce Harper On Short-Term Deal

Dec 17, 2018 10:43 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have interest in signing Bryce Harper in free agency, but sources say they do not want him on the type of long-term, record-setting contract Scott Boras is seeking.

The Dodgers could look to sign Harper on a short-term deal with a high average salary and opt-outs. But the Dodgers already have too many outfielders and they also have luxury tax concerns.

Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig could be dealt to the Reds.

The Dodgers are currently committed to Cody Bellinger center.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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

Astros Sign Michael Brantley To Two-Year, $32M Deal

Dec 17, 2018 9:34 PM

The Houston Astros have agreed to sign Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley gives the Astros a left-handed bat in the middle of their lineup.

Brantley hit .309 with 17 homers and 76 RBIs in 2018 after missing most of 2016 and 2017 with injuries.

The Cleveland Indians acquired Brantley in 2008 as part of the CC Sabathia deal.


Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

White Sox Have No Plans To Trade Jose Abreu

Dec 17, 2018 8:06 AM

The Chicago White Sox have no plans to trade Jose Abreu.

They acquired Yonder Alonso from the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, but that doesn't mean they'll move their current first baseman.

Abreu, 31, can become a free agent next offseason.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Indians Now Less Likely To Trade Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer

Dec 17, 2018 8:03 AM

The Cleveland Indians have been expected to move Corey Kluber and/or Trevor Bauer at some point, but that may now be less likely.

The Indians aren't as motivated by financial concerns after trading Yan Gomes, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso.

The moves trimmed approximately $18 million from Cleveland's 2019 payroll.

The Indians also signed Carlos Carrasco to a three-year extension earlier this offseason.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Noah Syndergaard Demonstrates Loyalty To Mets On Instagram

Dec 17, 2018 7:56 AM

Noah Syndergaard has been the subject of trade rumors recently, but the right-hander displayed his loyalty to the New York Mets on Instagram this weekend.

Syndergaard has been linked to the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins in trade possibilities.

Under a photo of himself in his Mets' uniform, Syndergaard posted: "My Team, Our Colors, New York's Future."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Manny Machado To Meet With Yankees, Phillies

Dec 17, 2018 7:46 AM

The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will formally meet with Manny Machado this week.

Machado will meet with the Yankees on Wednesday in New York and then with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

He is believed to be in the market for one of the richest contracts in baseball history, perhaps more than $300 million.


Tags: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Reports: Mets, Wilson Ramos Agree To Two-Year, $19M Deal
Veteran catcher Wilson Ramos has a carer .273 batting average and 109 home runs.

Braves Out On Trading For J.T. Realmuto
The Braves feel there isn't any further reason to discuss trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Matt Adams Returns To Nationals
First baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $4M deal with the Nationals.

Red Sox Owe Nearly $12M In Luxury Tax
The only other MLB team that owes is the Nationals, who must pay $2.3M.

Padres Agree To Two-Year Deal With Ian Kinsler
Free-agent Ian Kinsler has agreed to a two-year, $8M deal with the Padres.

White Sox, James McCann Agree To One-Year Deal
Catcher James McCann has agreed to a one-year, $2.5M contract with the White Sox.

Matt Chapman Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
A's third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to begin swinging a bat in six weeks after shoulder surgery on Friday.

White Sox Acquire Yonder Alonso From Indians
The Indians will receive outfield prospect Alex Call in the deal with the White Sox.

Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'
Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Angels Targeting Wilson Ramos
The Angels need help at catcher and Wilson Ramos appears to be their top target.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rockies Hire Dave Magadan As Hitting Coach
They finished with the lowest batting average in club history this past season.

Associated Press

Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap
Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Rays.


Jerry Dipoto Released From Las Vegas Hospital
Jerry Dipoto was released from a hospital Thursday, hours after completing a trade from his bed during the baseball winter meetings.

Associated Press

Brian Cashman Calls Yankees 'Fully Operational Death Star'
Brian Cashman has said the Yankees would be active this offseason, while also throwing cold water on the notion of signing Bryce Harper.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Craig Kimbrel Reportedly Seeking $100M-Plus Deal
Craig Kimbrel is looking for a massive contract in free agency.

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Justin Bour Joins Angels On One-Year Deal
A left-handed-hitting first baseman, Justin Bour will be used as insurance for both Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Nationals Trade Tanner Roark To Reds
The Nationals have traded Tanner Roark to the Reds for right-hander Tanner Rainey.

Associated Press

Rangers Add Lance Lynn On Three-Year, $30M Deal
Lance Lynn, 34, had a 4.77 ERA last season in 29 starts and four relief appearances.


Jeurys Familia Returning To Mets On Three-Year, $30M Deal
New York traded the right-hander to Oakland on July 21.


Dodgers, Joe Kelly Agree Upon Three-Year, $25M Deal
The Dodgers have added to their bullpen by agreeing to terms with Joe Kelly on a three-year, $25 million deal, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN