Baseball Wiretap

Phillies, Drew Smyly Agree To Deal

Jul 19, 2019 8:05 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a deal with left-hander Drew Smyly pending a physical, manager Gabe Kapler confirmed to reporters Friday.

If it goes through, the 30-year-old Smyly would move into the starting rotation and pitch Sunday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, Kapler said.

The Phillies do not have a left-hander in their rotation.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Terms Agreement

Padres Are Most Serious Suitor For Trevor Bauer

Jul 19, 2019 7:57 AM

The San Diego Padres have emerged as the most serious suitor for Trevor Bauer ahead of the trade deadline, according to a source.

Bauer is under control through 2020 and the Padres are interested in making him the veteran anchor of their rotation.

The Padres could trade three young position players such as Franmil Reyes, Hunter Renfroe or Luis Urias in a deal with the Cleveland Indians.

A potential deal is complicated because the Indians have won five straight games and currently hold down one of the American League Wild Card spots.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Phillies Quietly Extended Matt Klentak, Andy MacPhail Before Season

Jul 19, 2019 7:48 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies quietly extended the contracts of Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak prior to the season.

The Phillies never announced the lengths of the duo's contracts when they were hired.

According to a report, MacPhail signed a three-year extension back in 2017 that runs through the 2021 season, while Klentak was extended through the 2022 campaign four months ago.

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Max Muncy Says Hector Neris Shouted An Expletive At Dodgers' Dugout

Jul 19, 2019 7:44 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 on Thursday.

Hector Neris closed out the victory, though he made things interesting.

He gave up a solo homer to Alex Verdugo and a long fly ball out to Justin Turner to end the game. After that final out, Neris appeared to shout something toward the Dodgers dugout. Max Muncy said Neris yelled "f--- you" toward the visitor's dugout.

Benches did not clear but several Dodgers came out of the dugout to respond to Neris.

"He's blown about eight saves against us over the last two years. I guess he was finally excited he got one," Muncy said.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Aaron Boone Tossed After Profane Rant

Jul 19, 2019 7:38 AM

Aaron Boone went on a profane rant that seemed to spark the New York Yankees' rally from a slow start to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

The rant came after rookie umpire Brennan Miller called Brett Gardner out on strikes in the second inning. Gardner returned to the dugout, where he slammed his bat nine times into the bat rack, then eight times into the dugout roof.

Microphones caught Boone's yelling that the pitch was outside along with profanities to Miller, an International League crew chief who made his big league debut April 20 as a call-up umpire.

Miller said, "I heard you, Aaron," and when Boone persisted, the umpire ejected him. Boone then ran out and kept up the argument, getting close to Miller's face and clapping his hands for emphasis.

"My guys are f---ing savages in that f---ing box, right? And you're having a piece of s--- start to this game. I feel bad for you, but f---ing get better," Boone said, going on to repeat his thoughts several times. He told Miller to "tighten it up right now, OK?"


Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Mets' Asking Price For Noah Syndergaard Remains Extremely High

Jul 18, 2019 8:14 AM

The New York Mets are listening to trade offers for Noah Syndergaard, but a deal seems unlikely at this point as their asking price is steep.

One general manager said the asking price for Syndergaard is "a few arms and a leg."

The 26-year-old has two years of club control remaining after this one.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

MLB Hoping For International Draft By 2020 Or 2021

Jul 18, 2019 8:11 AM

Major League officials met on Tuesday with team personnel and informed them of their desire to install a 20-round international draft as soon as 2020, according to a report.

An agreement would first have to be reached with the players union, so 2021 would be a fallback.

Teams would be allowed to trade picks and each pick would have a hard slot value.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Aroldis Chapman Denies Report He'll Opt Out Of Contract After Season

Jul 18, 2019 8:06 AM

Aroldis Chapman has denied a report that he intends to opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees this offseason.

Chapman can exercise his opt-out clause after this season with two years and $30 million guaranteed remaining on his deal.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that a source close to Chapman predicted the closer is "one million percent" going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

Chapman said Wednesday that he hasn't yet discussed the matter with his agent and called the report "completely false."

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

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

Noe Ramirez Suspended Three Games For Throwing At Jake Marisnick

Jul 18, 2019 8:00 AM

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing near Jake Marisnick's head.

Brad Ausmus was also suspended for a game and fined.

Ramirez hit the Houston Astros outfielder between the shoulder blades on Tuesday.

Ramirez will appeal the suspension, while Ausmus served his suspension on Wednesday.

Marisnick was playing his first game against the Angels since his violent home plate collision with Jonathan Lucroy.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Yu Darvish Gets First Victory At Wrigley With Cubs

Jul 18, 2019 7:55 AM

Yu Darvish finally earned his first victory at Wrigley Field as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

It took the right-hander 14 home starts across two seasons and 17 months.

"It's amazing," Darvish said. "First win at Wrigley. I was always looking for that first win."

The Cubs bested the Cincinnati Reds 5-2.

Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs in February 2018.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Stats

Rockies Unwilling To Trade Jon Gray, Scott Oberg
The Rockies are slumping but that doesn't mean they'll trade all of their pieces.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Matthew Boyd, Shane Greene Could Be Options For Phillies
The Phillies are in dire need of pitching help as the trade deadline approaches.

Jim Bowden/The Athletic

Brewers Among Teams Showing Interest In Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray is owed the balance of a $6.05 million salary for this season.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Dodgers Interested In Trading For Jake Diekman
Jake Diekman, 32, can become a free agent at the end of the season.

Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB

Cubs Could Shake Things Up Prior To Trade Deadline
The Cubs are leading the National League Central, but Ken Rosenthal believes that the club could shake things up this month.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Brewers Have 'Identified' Will Smith As Top Trade Target
The Brewers and Giants are talking with and scouting each other.

Robert Murray/The Athletic

MLB Likely To Introduce Advertising Patches Within Three Years
Advertising patches would need the MLBPA's approval and the current collective bargaining agreement does not expire until December 2021.

Terry Lefton/Sports Business Daily

Luis Severino Open To Pitching Out Of Bullpen
Luis Severino is itching to get back on a Major League mound and says he's open to pitching out of the bullpen for the Yankees.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Mike Trout Day-To-Day With Calf Strain
The Angels are listing Mike Trout as day-to-day.


Cubs Trade Montgomery To Royals For Maldonado
Martin Maldonado, a defensive-minded catcher, should be an immediate replacement for Willson Contreras.

Yankees Among Those Scouting Noah Syndergaard
The Yankees were among those scouting Noah Syndergaard during his start against the Marlins on Saturday.

Kevin Kernan/New York Post

Trade Prices Continue To Be 'Enormous,' Even For Rentals
The trade market hasn't yet picked up despite the fact that teams aren't able to make trades in August anymore.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Cardinals Move Michael Wacha Back To Bullpen
The Cardinals have moved Michael Wacha from the starting rotation for the second time this season.

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Angels 'Playing It Safe' With Mike Trout's Sore Calf
Mike Trout left Sunday's game early with a sore right calf.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

A's Acquire Homer Bailey From Royals
In exchange, the Royals received Kevin Merrell, a Double-A infielder from the Athletics.

Bob Gibson Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

Red Sox Acquire Andrew Cashner From O's
The Orioles will receive minor leaguers Elio Prado and Noelberth in the deal with the Red Sox.

Francisco Cervelli Denies He Wants To Stop Catching
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli says it "was a misunderstanding."

Angels Honor Tyler Skaggs With No-Hitter
Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to no-hit the Mariners in a 13-0 win at Angel Stadium on Friday night.

Mets Release Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp appeared in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .235, with one home run and three RBIs.