Baseball Wiretap

Marlins Want Ronald Acuna From Braves For Christian Yelich

Jan 18, 2018 8:05 AM

If the Miami Marlins trade Christian Yelich, they want a "huge return."

The Atlanta Braves have interest in Yelich, but the Marlins have been demanding top prospect Ronald Acuna.

"The Marlins told the Braves, 'Look, we'll do a three- or four- or five-for-one, but Ronald Acuna has to be in it or we don't go even to the second player,'" Peter Gammons said on MLB Network.

MLB.com currently has Acuna ranked as the No. 6 prospect in baseball.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Offer To J.D. Martinez 'In Range' Of $100M

Jan 18, 2018 7:59 AM

The five-year deal the Boston Red Sox have reportedly offered J.D. Martinez is "in the range of" $100 million, according to a report.

Martinez is waiting for those types of offers to increase. Scott Boras claims that the reported value of Boston's offer is "not accurate."

Boras and Martinez are believed to be seeking a six-year deal worth $30 million annually.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Albert Pujols Working At First To Make Room For Shohei Ohtani At DH

Jan 18, 2018 8:12 AM

Albert Pujols, who has been limited defensively by foot injuries in recent years, is working at first base this spring to help make room for Shohei Ohtani at designated hitter.

While in Japan, Ohtani was the designated hitter for three games between starts. The Angels still haven't determined how exactly he'll be used in the Major Leagues.

"He's 23, and we have six years to work him into it," Arte Moreno said. "It's not like he needs to go right in there and pull the wagon. We have a lot of flexibility."

In 2017, Pujols started just six of his 149 games at first base. He hasn't played the position with real regularity since 2015.

"Albert's taking batting practice right now and has taken infield," Moreno said. "[Coach Dino Ebel] has been giving him infield [work] and said he looks strong. We won't know exactly what we're going to do until we see Albert play. But if we can get him into the field for 40-50 games, then Ohtani's going to have a lot of opportunity to bat."

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Mets Expect Michael Conforto To Return In May

Jan 18, 2018 7:53 AM

The New York Mets don't expect Michael Conforto to be ready to return from shoulder surgery until May.

Conforto dislocated his left shoulder while swinging during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 24.

Conforto, 24, hit .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs last season -- all career highs.

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Tags: New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs, Brian Duensing Agree To Two-Year, $7M Deal

Jan 18, 2018 7:49 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with Brian Duensing, a source confirmed.

The deal is pending a physical.

Duensing, a 34-year-old left-hander, went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 relief outings for the Cubs last season.

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

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With No Major League Offer, Ichiro Could Return To Japan

Jan 17, 2018 8:13 AM

Ichiro Suzuki may be returning to Japan sooner rather than later.

The 44-year-old hasn't received an offer from a Major League team with spring training less than a month away.

He wants to continue playing and if there isn't a place for him here, he may finish his career where it all began in Japan.

"I don't really like to think about that," agent John Boggs said. "As every day goes by, I keep holding out hope that somebody will realize that he would be a tremendous asset for any organization."

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Expected To Start Own Network After 2019 Season

Jan 17, 2018 8:06 AM

There is a strong possibility that the Chicago Cubs will start their own media network following the 2019 season.

The club's contracts with NBC Sports Chicago, ABC-7 and WGN-9 have just two years remaining.

"We have a big passion for controlling our own destiny," said Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations. "It's sort of like conversations in the real estate market. We like controlling our own destiny. You start adding partners and it becomes a lot more complicated."

Starting their own network would mean the Cubs would walk away from their 20 percent share of NBC Sports Chicago. A share similar of the network is owned by the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks.

"(Bulls and White Sox Chairman) Jerry Reinsdorf has been an amazing partner, as has Comcast," Kenney said. "It's been a very successful thing. If it made the ultimate sense, it would (make sense to stay). But I'd say at the moment we're 80 percent inclined to do it on our own."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Agent: Relationship Between Christian Yelich, Marlins 'Broken'

Jan 17, 2018 7:58 AM

Christian Yelich's relationship with the Miami Marlins is "irretrievably broken," according to his agent.

Agent Joe Longo believes it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training.

"They have a plan," Longo said of the Marlins. "I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn't include Christian at this point in his career. He's in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.

"The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.

"He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He's had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don't see how it's going to work."

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Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Andrew McCutchen 'All For' Move To Right Field With Giants

Jan 17, 2018 7:53 AM

Andrew McCutchen is ready to move to right field as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

McCutchen figures that the outfield is so big at AT&T Park that he'll still feel like a center fielder. After acquiring McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bruce Bochy spoke to incumbent Hunter Pence about making the move from right to left.

"I'm looking forward to right field. That's one place people can't pick on me, saying my defensive metrics are so bad," McCutchen said. "I know there's a lot of room out there to run. It's definitely going to be a reminder, almost like playing center. I've gotten to see Hunter Pence patrol out there quite a bit, so I'll be able to pick his brain quite a bit to learn where to play and how to play, all those things."

McCutchen, 31, is entering the final season of a $51.5 million, six-year contract he signed in March 2012.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Josh Harrison Would Prefer Trade If Pirates Won't Contend

Jan 17, 2018 7:47 AM

Following the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison says he'd prefer a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates if they don't have plans to contend.

Harrison, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Pirates, said in a statement released to The Athletic that "perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded."

"My passion for Pittsburgh, what it has MEANT to me, what it MEANS to me, can never be questioned," Harrison said in his statement. "I love this city, I love the fans, I love my teammates. Saying that, the GM is on record as saying, 'When we get back to postseason-caliber baseball, we would love our fans to come back out.' If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded. I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer."

Harrison, 30, has one year remaining on a four-year deal he signed in 2015. He will make $10 million this season, and the Pirates also have club options on his contract -- worth $10.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively -- for 2019 and 2020.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Yadier Molina Plans To Retire After 2020 Season
Yadier Molina plans to play out his current contract with the Cardinals and then retire.

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Nationals, Howie Kendrick Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Howie Kendrick has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Nationals, according to sources.

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Curtis Granderson Agrees To $5M Deal With Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with Curtis Granderson, according to sources.

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Giants Acquire Andrew McCutchen From Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has a slash of .291/.379/.487 for his career.

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Yankees Were Willing To Deal Clint Frazier In Trade For Gerrit Cole
The Pirates dealt Gerrit Cole to the Astros on Saturday for a four-player package, but they reportedly valued Clint Frazier over everyone they received in the deal.

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Cardinals Executive Feels There Is 'Momentum' For Bringing DH To NL
John Mozeliak is against bringing the designated hitter to the National League, but the Cardinals general manager feels things are trending in that direction.

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Twins To Sign Addison Reed To Two-Year Contract
The Twins have agreed to a two-year contract with Addison Reed worth just under $17 million, according to a source.

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Brad Hand Signs Three-Year Deal With Padres
Brad Hand, 27, went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season.

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Ricketts: Sammy Has To 'Put Everything On The Table'
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts wants Sammy Sosa to come clean in regard to PED use during his playing days.

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Mets, Adrian Gonzalez Agree To A Deal
Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Dodgers.

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Astros Swing Deal With Pirates To Land Gerrit Cole
The Astros have boosted their rotation by completing a trade with the Pirates for Gerrit Cole.

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Dodgers Agree To Deals With Alex Wood, Yasmani Grandal
Seven players agreed to one-year deals with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

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deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey Receive One-Year Deals From Mets
Jacob deGrom went 15-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 31 starts for the Mets last season.

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Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays Agree To Record $23M Deal
The Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $23 million deal, according to sources.

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Diamondbacks Remain Persistent In Pursuit Of Manny Machado
It remains to be seen if the Orioles will move Machado this offseason.

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Yankees Avoid Arbitration With Aaron Hicks, Tommy Kahnle
The Yankees had a total of eight players eligible for arbitration.

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White Sox Bring Back Miguel Gonzalez On One-Year Deal
The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million deal with Miguel Gonzalez.

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Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks Reach $7.5M Deal
The Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Patrick Corbin by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million deal.

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Mystery Team Among Six Clubs Yu Darvish Is Considering
The Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins and a mystery team are in on the right-hander pitcher.

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Starlin Castro Wants Trade From Marlins
Starlin Castro, who was traded to the Marlins as part of the Giancarlo Stanton deal, wants out.

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