Baseball Wiretap

Bruce Bochy To Retire After 2019 Season

Feb 18, 2019 3:03 PM

Bruce Bochy has announced he will retire as manager of the San Francisco Giants after the 2019 season.

Bochy, 63, has been the Giants' manager since 2007 and has guided them to three World Series championships, in 2010, '12 and '14.

 

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Padres Have Made Serious Bids For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Feb 18, 2019 9:28 AM

The San Diego Padres have made serious bids to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency.

The club has made a "substantial" contract offer to Machado, according to sources. The belief is that it's the largest offer he has received to date.

San Diego is still interested in Harper as well. They've made a "serious offer" to the outfielder.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Talks 'Intensifying' Between Bryce Harper, Phillies

Feb 18, 2019 9:23 AM

It is being reported that talks between the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper "appear to be intensifying."

Still, nothing appears to be imminent as Harper's free agency drags on and reports come and go.

The Phillies have been pursuing both Harper and Manny Machado.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Khris Davis Wants To Stay With A's 'At Least Three More Years'

Feb 18, 2019 9:18 AM

Khris Davis hit a Major League-best 48 home runs last season.

It was his third-straight season with 40-plus homers and his fourth-straight season hitting exactly .247.

He will be a free agent after the 2019 season, but hopes to remain with the Oakland Athletics.

"I'd like to be here. I hope something gets done," Davis said. "It's not a good thing being a free agent right now. For my security, it's going to impact a lot. That's the way the business is. I'm already 31 so I don't know if I'm too old. There's a lot of things that run through my head. Who knows. If it happens, it happens.

"Shoot, I want to stay here at least three more years, but that's a long time to be an Oakland A. But if anybody can do it, I guess it's me, hopefully," Davis said. "I don't think they'll trade me as long as we're doing good. So we better do good so I don't get traded."

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets, Adeiny Hechavarria Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 18, 2019 1:01 AM

Veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to multiple reports.

The deal is pending a physical planned for Monday, when Hechavarria is expected to arrive at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.

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MLB To Use Pitch Clocks In Spring Training Games

Feb 18, 2019 12:07 AM

Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free-agent market.

With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to deliver to the plate when teams play exhibition games in Arizona and Florida beginning this week. The intention is to get players and umpires accustomed to the clock in the event MLB makes the rule change for the upcoming regular season.

"We will start getting ready for the possibility that we're going to use the pitch clock on Opening Day,'' Commissioner Rob Manfred said Sunday at spring training media day in Florida. "We have to get going.''

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Robinson Cano: "I Feel Like I'm 25'

Feb 17, 2019 7:39 PM

Mets infielder Robinson Cano had a youthful perspective after reporting to spring training with the New York Mets.

"I feel like I'm 25," the 36-year-old All-Star second baseman said during a news conference Sunday, a day ahead of the team's first full-squad workout.

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Aaron Judge Fully Healthy For Spring Training

Feb 17, 2019 7:36 PM

With his once-broken wrist fully healed, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is reporting to spring training camp this week in peak physical condition, according to manager Aaron Boone.

"He's as healthy as he's been probably since he's been in the big leagues," Boone said Sunday.

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Pujols, Ohtani Have Opening Day Goal

Feb 17, 2019 7:32 PM

 

Albert Pujols ate healthier over the offseason and showed up six days ago looking noticeably slimmer despite spending a large chunk of his offseason recovering from August surgery to his left knee. The 39-year-old, who also had bone chips removed from his elbow in September, doesn't know when he'll be ready to play in spring training games, but said: "My goal is to be ready for March [28] on Opening Day."

Shohei Ohtani shared the same sentiment, even if for him it's far more unrealistic.

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

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Padres, Aaron Loup Agree To One-Year, $1.4M Contract

Feb 17, 2019 7:27 PM

Left-hander Aaron Loup and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $1.4 million, a deal that includes a team option for 2020.

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Brewers Sign Mike Moustakas To One-Year, $10M Deal
The Brewers and third baseman Mike Moustakas have a mutual option on a second year.

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Tim Tebow Feels Ready For Spring Training
Tim Tebow is fully committed to the game of baseball and feels more comfortable on the field.

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Ichiro Suzuki Back In M's Camp
Ichiro Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for the Mariners in his home country.

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Giants, Cameron Maybin Agree To Deal
The Giants will bring outfielder Cameron Maybin to camp as a non-roster invitee.

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Cardinals Expect Marcell Ozuna To Be Ready For Opener
Outfielder Marcell Ozuna underwent offseason shoulder surgery.

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CC Sabathia To Retire After 2019 Season
Left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia is entering his 19th major league baseball season.

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Blue Jays, John Axford Agree To Minor League Deal
Reliever John Axford was 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA for the Blue Jays last season.

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White Sox May Be 'Safety Net' For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
The feeling around baseball is that the White Sox are a "safety net" for unsigned superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, according to a report.

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Manny Machado Meets With Padres For Second Time
Padres general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami to meet with Manny Machado last week, according to sources.

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Jacob deGrom 'Not Sure' If Extension Will Come Before Opening Day
Jacob deGrom hasn't received a long-term contract offer from the Mets and isn't sure if he will before Opening Day.

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Marlins Name Jose Urena Opening Day Starter
Jose Urena allowed a home run to the Cubs' Ian Happ on the first pitch of the 2018 season.

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Blue Jays Have 'No Firm Timeline' For Vlad Jr.'s Debut
The Blue Jays have no firm timeline for when Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. will join the Major League club this season.

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Mariners In No Rush To Trade Edwin Encarnacion
The Mariners have been expected to trade Edwin Encarnacion ever since they acquired him in a three-team deal back in December.

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Alex Bregman: No City I Want To Beat More Than Boston
Alex Bregman is stirring things up with the Red Sox, who eliminated the Astros in last year's ALCS.

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Andrew Friedman: Dodgers Have 'No Weak Spot'
Andrew Friedman said he remains open-minded about possible additions, but proclaimed that he sees "no weak spot" on the Dodgers' roster.

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Cubs Add Xavier Cedeno To Bullpen
The Cubs have signed Xavier Cedeno to add another left-handed option to their bullpen, according to sources.

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Phillies, Aaron Nola Agree Upon Four-Year, $45M Extension
The extension buys out Aaron Nola's three years of salary arbitration eligibility, plus his first free-agent year.

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Padres 'Very Aggressive' With Offer To Manny Machado
The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies also remain in the mix for Manny Machado.

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Jacob deGrom Won't Discuss Extension With Mets During Season
The pitcher has set a deadline of Opening Day to complete any potential extension.

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Bryce Harper Won't Consider Short-Term Deals
Bryce Harper met with the Giants, who reported would prefer to land him on a lucrative short-term deal.

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