Baseball Wiretap

Astros, Jose Altuve Reach Five-Year, $151M Extension

Mar 16, 2018 7:16 PM

The Houston Astros have agreed to a five-year, $151 million contract extension with Jose Altuve, according to multiple reports.

Altuve had two years left on his deal prior to the agreement.

The contract is the largest in franchise history. The previous benchmark was a six-year, $100 million deal for Carlos Lee following the 2006 season.

Altuve is the sixth player in major league history to receive a contract worth $30 million-plus annually.


Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

A's Jharel Cotton Will Have Tommy John Surgery

Mar 17, 2018 5:39 PM

Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will have Tommy John surgery on his injured pitching elbow, and he is expected to miss the entire 2018 season.

Cotton, who was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow earlier this week, confirmed on Saturday to reporters that he will have the surgery.

"It's kind of hard to take," Cotton said. "I'm trying to take it as best as I can. I'm just getting ready for the long process, the long road ahead."

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jeremy Hellickson Signs Minor League Deal With Nationals

Mar 17, 2018 1:18 AM

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has joined the Nationals on a minor league contract and an invitation to spring training in the majors, sources told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Hellickson, who turns 31 on April 8, would get a $2 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would have a chance to make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses, a source told The Associated Press.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Reds, Eugenio Suarez Agree To Seven-Year, $66M Deal

Mar 17, 2018 1:15 AM

Third baseman Eugenio Suarez agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract that makes him part of the foundation for the Cincinnati Reds' long-term rebuilding.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Braves' Scout Compares Ronald Acuna To Hank Aaron

Mar 16, 2018 8:37 AM

The Atlanta Braves are high on prospect Ronald Acuna.

Ralph Garr, who played with Hank Aaron and then spent several seasons with the club as a scout, sees Acuna as a future Hall of Famer.

"If I put [the 20-year-old] Aaron and Acuna side by side, I think they would do the same thing," Garr said. "Unless he gets injured or something, I think he has a chance to be in the Hall of Fame. I really do. But you can't put them ahead of the game. You've got to let them grow."

Garr has spent this week with the Braves serving as a guest instructor.

Acuna is ranked as baseball's No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

"He's a special player," Brian Snitker said. "There's no doubt about it. You can see that when you watch him. He's just doing what comes natural. He's not trying to be great. He's just doing his thing."

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

Braves Have Checked In On Greg Holland

Mar 16, 2018 8:19 AM

The Atlanta Braves have been quiet this offseason, but have at least checked in on Greg Holland.

There is no evidence that talks have advanced and those around the club are telling others that they have limited funds.

Holland had an early offer to return to the Colorado Rockies, but that door closed when they decided to sign Wade Davis to a three-year, $52 million deal.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rangers Not Expected To Target Any Remaining Free Agents

Mar 16, 2018 8:15 AM

The Texas Rangers will not take advantage of this offseason's slow-moving free agent market.

Jon Daniels said Thursday that he doesn't expect the club will pursue a left fielder or reliever from the remaining free agents.

Greg Holland remains unsigned and the Rangers lack a proven closer in camp.

"I don't expect we will have any significant additions," Daniels said.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Mark Trumbo Out At Least 3-4 Weeks With Quad Strain

Mar 16, 2018 8:11 AM

The Baltimore Orioles will be without Mark Trumbo for at least 3-4 weeks because of a Grade 2 right quad strain.

An MRI revealed the extent of the injury after the slugger went 0-for-3 in an exhibition game.

"I'm not sure if it was one [play]," Buck Showalter said. "I'm just reporting what the MRI said. This guy was doing everything on the fields -- running full speed. That just tells you how different actual game speed is. He was fine during the game doing everything, for the most part. He said he was driving home last night and started to get stiff and sore. They decided to get a picture this morning, and that's the results."


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

Zack Greinke Could Miss Opening Day

Mar 16, 2018 8:07 AM

After his next bullpen session was pushed back, Zach Greinke may not be ready for Opening Day with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greinke left Wednesday's exhibition game with right groin tightness.

"Obviously when you're talking about potentially pushing him back and not having him ready for Opening Day, my concern level goes up," Torey Lovullo said. "But I know it's a situation that's going to be a very positive outcome. ... I feel very strongly that he'll be in there as quickly as he possibly can."

Greinke said that he doesn't expect the injury to be "a long-term thing."


Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury, Misc Rumor

MiLB Announces Pace-Of-Play Rules For 2018

Mar 15, 2018 7:41 AM

Minor League Baseball announced Wednesday rule and procedure changes focused on minimizing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits during a game.

In addition, the Triple-A and Double-A levels will use a 15-second pitch clock with no runners on base.

The procedures were created in partnership with Major League Baseball, which has long been looking to improve pace-of-play.

"We believe these changes to extra innings will enhance the fans' enjoyment of the game and will become something that the fans will look forward to on nights where the game is tied late in the contest," said Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner. "Player safety has been an area of growing concern for our partners at the Major League Baseball level, and the impact that lengthy extra innings games has on pitchers, position players and an entire organization was something that needed to be addressed."

Minor League Baseball

Tags: Misc Rumor

MLB Unhappy After Aaron Judge Pitches Manny Machado On Yankees
Aaron Judge told reporters that before Wednesday's spring training game he pitched Manny Machado on signing with the Yankees next offseason.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

John Farrell Joins Reds As Scout
The Red Sox dismissed John Farrell as manager last October.


David Wright Once Again Shut Down From Baseball Activities
David Wright didn't play in the Major Leagues at all last season and hasn't played since May 27, 2016.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks Aren't Discussing Contract Extension
A.J. Pollock is entering his final season before free agency and says there are no ongoing contract discussions with the Diamondbacks.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Blue Jays Won't Have Troy Tulowitzki For Opener
Troy Tulowitzki continues to deal with a bone spur in his right heel and won't be ready to play for the Blue Jays on Opening Day.


Ivan Nova Gets Opening Day Nod For Pirates
Ivan Nova could be a trade candidate for the Pirates, who moved Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole this offseason.

Associated Press

Mets Reassign Tim Tebow To Minor League Camp
Tim Tebow hit .056 (1-for-18) with 11 strikeouts in seven big league exhibition games.

Associated Press

Rangers Moving Matt Bush Back To Bullpen
Matt Bush made three spring starts for the Rangers as they experimented with him as a member of the rotation.

Evan Grant/Dallas News

Bartolo Colon Could Pitch Way Into Rangers' Rotation
Bartolo Colon has pitched well this spring and could find his way into the rotation for the Rangers.

Associated Press

Neil Walker Reaches One-Year Agreement With Yankees
Neil Walker received a one-year, $5 million deal.


Andrew Cashner Received OK From Orioles To Keep Beard Before Signing
Andrew Cashner had to shave when he was a member of the Marlins and wasn't willing to join an organization that would make him do so again.

Jon Meoli/Baltimore Sun

Scott Boras Denies Mike Moustakas Rejected $45M Deal With Angels
Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason before ultimately agreeing to a one-year deal with an option for 2019 that could bring the contract

Sam Mellinger/Kansas City Star

Dave Martinez Has Nationals Practice Walk-Off Celebrations
The Nationals are leaving no stone unturned this spring as they practiced walk-off celebrations in camp on Saturday.

Associated Press

Francisco Liriano Will Be In Tigers' Rotation
Francisco Liriano signed a one-year deal with the Tigers last month.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta Agree Upon Multiyear Deal
ESPN is reporting that the deal is worth $75 million over three years.

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Twins Release Anibal Sanchez, Agree To Deal With Lance Lynn
The Twins deal with Lance Lynn is for one year and $12M.

Braun: 'Not An Easy Trasition To First Base'
Ryan Braun expressed some concerns on Saturday about the potential move to first base this season.

Jorge Bonifacio Suspended 80 Games
Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

A's, Jonathan Lucroy Agree To One-Year Deal
Jonathan Lucroy was the top catcher still left on the free agent market.

Astros Renew Carlos Correa's Contract At $1M
Carlos Correa hit .274/.361/.451 with 20 home runs, 96 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 2017.

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