Baseball Wiretap

MLB Suspends Roberto Osuna 75 Games

Jun 23, 2018 2:26 AM

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended without pay for 75 games on Friday for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

Osuna, 23, has agreed not to appeal the suspension, which is retroactive to May 8 and extends through Aug. 4. He will wind up missing 89 days, which would cost him about $2.54 million of his $5.3 million salary.

Osuna was arrested by Toronto police and charged with assaulting a woman on May 8 and then placed on administrative leave. The league has been investigating the charges since.

The Blue Jays said they supported MLB's decision to suspend Osuna and that they would have no further comment, citing the legal matters involved.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Legal, Misc Rumor

Clayton Kershaw Will Face Mets Saturday Night

Jun 23, 2018 2:30 AM

Clayton Kershaw is set to make a surprise return from the disabled list Saturday night, starting for the Dodgers in a marquee matchup against Mets ace Jacob deGrom.

Kershaw has been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

Phillies Have Interest In Deal For Adrian Beltre

Jun 22, 2018 8:45 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have interest in acquiring Adrian Beltre in a deal with the Texas Rangers, according to sources.

The Phillies have the youngest group of position players in the Major Leagues and would value Beltre for his clubhouse presence as much as his production on the field.

In addition, a recent injury to J.P. Crawford has opened up more at-bats.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Royals Now Shopping Mike Moustakas

Jun 22, 2018 8:40 AM

Having traded Jon Jay and Kelvin Herrera, the Kansas City Royals are now shopping Mike Moustakas.

The issue for Kansas City may be that third base isn't a position many contenders need to fill.

Moustakas, 29, is hitting .263/.319/.480 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and two stolen bases.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mike Trout Dealing With Sprained Index Finger

Jun 22, 2018 8:33 AM

Mike Trout served as designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday in his 1,000th Major League game.

"Obviously I want to be out in center," Trout said, "but it is what it is."

Trout has a sprained right index finger that is affecting his ability to throw, according to the Angels. He will be re-evaluated "in a few days" to assess when he can return to center field.

Trout thinks he injured his finger while playing in Oakland last weekend but that he can't pinpoint when or how the injury occurred.

"I think it was just over time," Trout said. "I don't know one spot when it happened, but it's pretty painful."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury, Misc Rumor

Hunter Strickland Will Consider Anger Management

Jun 22, 2018 8:26 AM

Hunter Strickland says he'll consider anger management counseling three days after injuring his hand punching a door in frustration after a blown save.

The San Francisco Giants closer is expected to be out six to eight weeks after breaking the pinkie on his pitching hand Monday in what he called a "stupid, split-second decision."

Strickland has had several outbursts throughout his career.

"I think that obviously my anger in these moments have gotten the best of me and caused stupid decisions, so I don't think I should be this angry person," Strickland said. "I think focused is the better word. We do have to be focused and locked in, focused on getting those outs. ....

"This is obviously something that I'm struggling with. I don't think I have necessarily an anger problem all the time. I truly feel that my emotions get the best of me sometimes because I care what I'm doing. I go out there and do my best. But when I don't, it hurts. It's tough, it's a tough pill to swallow. But at the end of the day, whether it's a good or bad outing, I can't react this way."


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Ichiro Sits On Mariners Bench With Fake Mustache

Jun 22, 2018 8:22 AM

Now an executive with the team, Ichiro Suzuki wore a disguise and sneaked into the Seattle Mariners' dugout Thursday to watch some action at Yankee Stadium.

Suzuki isn't allowed to be in the dugout during games under Major League Baseball rules. The 44-year-old came off the Seattle roster in early May and moved into the team's front office as a special assistant to the chairman.

He has been taking part in pregame drills and batting practice in a role similar to a coach, but he's required to leave the bench when games begin.

Associated Press photographer Bill Kostroun spotted Suzuki with his face nearly covered by a fake mustache, sunglasses and a gray hoodie drawn tight over his head during in the first inning as the Yankees hit a pair of two-run homers.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks Again Inquire About Manny Machado

Jun 21, 2018 9:51 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have once again checked in with the Baltimore Orioles about a Manny Machado trade, according to a report.

The Diamondbacks were linked to Machado this past offseason and could use offensive upgrades at both shortstop and third base.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Aren't Looking For Third Baseman

Jun 21, 2018 9:47 AM

Dave Dombrowski says the Boston Red Sox are happy with Rafael Devers and aren't looking for a third baseman on the trade market.

"We love him," Dombrowski said. "We're not looking for a third baseman. We like him. He's our third baseman."

The 21-year-old started the season slowly, but he's hitting .327 with a .919 OPS and three homers in his last 13 games.

Devers made a Major League-high 14 errors at third base, the advanced metrics indicate he's right around replacement-level on defense.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the Red Sox could be a player in the Manny Machado sweepstakes.

"I don't know where people get rumors. Rumors are just that. But we like Rafael Devers and feel that he's going to be our third baseman for a lot of years," Dombrowski said.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Brandon Morrow Lands On DL After Undressing

Jun 21, 2018 9:41 AM

Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has landed on the disabled list with back spasms.

Morrow hurt himself while undressing after returning home from the team's trip to St. Louis early Monday morning.

"Just undressing at my house," Morrow said. "Like 3 a.m., in the closet, got my right leg off. Left one just felt like a spasm in my back.

"It's frustrating any time you can't get out there, especially when you can't go because of something stupid like taking your pants off."

Joe Maddon said the matchups will dictate who closes with Morrow sidelined.

"We thought it would be wise to give him a couple of days," Maddon said of Morrow. "We just can't go with one less pitcher right now. We just cannot."


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

Tigers-Royals To Play 2019 Game In Omaha
The Tigers and Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, according to a source.


Jackie Bradley Makes 103.4 MPH Throw To Catch Runner
Jackie Bradley, Jr. caught a 317-foot fly ball to center field against the Twins on Tuesday night and proceeded to impress everyone in attendance.

Ian Browne/MLB

Yankees On Pace For Historic Home Run Season
The Yankees are on pace for the second-most home runs in Major League history.

Mandy Bell/MLB

Hunter Strickland Out 6-8 Weeks After Punching Door
The Giants will be without Hunter Strickland for six to eight weeks after he fractured his right hand while punching a door following a blown save Monday night.


Mariners, Yankees Looking To Acquire J.A. Happ
The Mariners and Yankees are both interested in acquiring J.A. Happ in a trade with the Blue Jays.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

Astros Extend Jeff Luhnow Through 2023
The Astros have promoted Jeff Luhnow from general manager to president of baseball operations and signed him to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2023 season.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Mets Listening To Offers For Veteran Players
The Mets are struggling this month and Ken Rosenthal reports that they're "open for business."

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Juan Soto's HR In Continued Game To Be Recorded Prior To Debut
Juan Soto hit a pinch-hit home run against the Yankees on Monday in the continuation of a game that started May 15.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Angels 'Optimistic' About Shohei Ohtani's Recovery
The Angels are still 10 days away from knowing how long they'll be without Shohei Ohtani, but Mike Scioscia said Monday that the team remains "very optimistic about the prognosis."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Nationals Acquire Kelvin Herrera From Royals
The Nationals have acquired Kelvin Herrera in a trade with the Royals for three prospects.


MLB Hoping Bryce Harper Will Participate In Home Run Derby
Major League Baseball is concerned about a depleted Home Run Derby field and would love for Bryce Harper to participate next month.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tigers Won't Change Plans Despite Relative Success
The Tigers have surprised at 36-37 after finishing with the worst record in the Major Leagues last year.

Jason Beck/MLB

ESPN Asks Whether Bryce Harper Is Playing Himself Out Of $400M
Bryce Harper leads the National League with 19 home runs and is on pace for 98 runs and 102 RBIs, but he's hitting just .217 for the Nationals.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Javier Baez Suffers Elbow Contusion
Javier Baez left Sunday's loss to the Cardinals after getting hit on his left elbow by a pitch from Jack Flaherty in the top of the third inning.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Astros Win Again To Finish 10-0 Road Trip
The Astros won their 11th straight game on Sunday, a 7-4 victory over the Royals.

Indians Place Carlos Carrasco On DL
Pitcher Carlos Carrasco will undergo tests on his bruised right elbow.

Giants Sign No. 2 Overall Pick Joey Bart To Record Deal
The Giants signed catcher Joey Bart to a record $7.03M, the highest up-front bonus in MLB draft history.

Evan Longoria Elects To Have Surgery
Giants third baseman Evan Longoria will have surgery on his broken left hand and could miss six to eight weeks.

O's Continue To Keep Chris Davis On Bench
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is hitting .150 with four home runs, 15 RBIs, and 86 strikeouts in 52 games this season.

Cashman: Gleyber Torres Untouchable In Any Trade Talks
The Yankees seem to be wanting to acquire a new starting pitcher ahead of next month's trade deadline.