Baseball Wiretap

J.D. Martinez Not Close On Opt-Out Decision
J.D. Martinez can opt out of his contract with the Red Sox this offseason and hit the free agent market.

Chris Cotillo/Mass Live

Astros, Brewers, Padres Have Called Mets About Noah Syndergaard
The Mets could deal Noah Syndergaard this month, but the return would have to be very high.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Gerrit Cole: Half The League Doesn't Care About Winning
Gerrit Cole believes too many Major League teams are tanking this season.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

White Sox Start Work On MLB's First Pole-To-Pole Netting
The project is expected to be completed in time for the White Sox's next home game July 22.

ESPN

Jake Arrieta To Pitch While Phillies Evaluate Elbow
Jake Arrieta will continue to pitch as the Phillies evaluate his long-term health due to bone spurs in his throwing elbow.

ESPN

MLBPA Seeking 'Meaningful Free Agency'
The Major League Baseball Players' Association has some goals as collective bargaining negotiations near.

Associated Press

Rob Manfred: MLB Didn't Alter Baseballs For More Home Runs
Rob Manfred has once again emphatically denied that Major League Baseball has altered baseballs to generate more offense, amid widespread criticism from some of the sport's top pitchers.

ESPN

MLBPA: Baseball Doing Poor Job Promoting Mookie Betts
Tony Clark says Major League Baseball has done a poor job of marketing Mookie Betts, the reigning American Leagye MVP.

Associated Press

Shane Bieber Named ASG MVP As AL Tops NL
Shane Bieber was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game as the American League edged the National League 4-3.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Twins, Yankees Have Inquired About Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles
A pair of Blue Jays pitchers are drawing interest from two American League contenders.

Scott Mitchell/TSN

Red Sox, Yankees In Talks With Mets On Zack Wheeler
The Mets have begun discussing Zack Wheeler in trade talks and the Red Sox and Yankees have entered into negotiations.

Andy Martino/SNY

Vlad Jr. Breaks Home Run Derby Records
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. lost to Pete Alonso in the final round of the Home Run Derby, but made history along the way.

Juan Toribio/MLB

Justin Verlander Believes MLB Has Doctored Balls To Increase Offense
Justin Verlander says the baseballs used in Major League games this season are "a f---ing joke" and that he believes "100 percent" that the league has implemented juiced balls to increase offense.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Pete Alonso Wins 2019 Home Run Derby
Pete Alonso bested Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. to win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Monday night.

ESPN

Matt Chapman Replaces Christian Yelich In Home Run Derby
Christian Yelich pulled out of the event with a back issue.

Daniel Kramer/MLB

Rangers Prospect Sam Huff Wins Futures Game MVP
Sam Huff hit a two-run, game-tying blast to the bleachers off Rockies prospect Ben Bowden in the seventh inning.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

Coors Field Has Been Very Hitter-Friendly This Season
Coors Field may be a hitter-friendly park, but the numbers in 2019 have been more extreme than usual.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Futures Game Showcases New Tiebreaker Rules
Both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner at second, the same tiebreaking system already being used in the Minor Leagues.

Associated Press

Real-Life Crash Davis Retires After Walk-Off HR
Triple-A Reno Aces' Cody Decker retired as the active home run leader in the minor leagues.

ESPN.com

Reds Wear Vintage Sleeveless Jerseys
The Reds on Sunday wore the uniforms the team had used for one year only in 1956.

ESPN.com

Francisco Cervelli Is Done With Catching
The Pirates' Francisco Cervelli has suffered his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.

ESPN.com

Frazier: Arrieta Want 'Overboard' With Remarks
Todd Frazier has no use for the tough talk from Jake Arrieta.

ESPN.com

Jonathan Lucroy Carted Off Field After Collision
The Angels have sent Jonathan Lucroy to a local hospital to be evaluated for a possible concussion and broken nose.

ESPN.com

Christian Yelich Pulls Out Of HR Derby
Christian Yelich has pulled put of the Home Run Derby because of a back injury, and will be replaced the the A's Matt Chapman.

ESPN.com

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie RBI Record Before The Break
Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit his 30th home run Sunday, driving in two runs, to set the mark.

ESPN.com

Max Scherzer Out Of ASG With Back Injury
Max Scherzer still intends to represent the Nationals on the sideline in Cleveland.

ESPN.com

Jake Arrieta Dealing With Bone Spurs
Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta has bone spurs in his right elbow and will be checked during the All-Star break.

ESPN.com

Masahiro Tanaka Surprised To Be Replacing Marcus Stroman In ASG
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he was caught off-guard when hearing that he would replace Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman on the AL roster.

ESPN.com

Red Sox Sign Noah Song
Pitcher Noah Song might not be able to begin his pro career until 2021 due to his Navy service uncertainty.

ESPN.com

Madison Bumgarner Leaves Game With Elbow Contusion
The Giants have said that Madison Bumgarner's X-rays were negative.

ESPN.com