July 2007 - Baseball Wiretap
Mets Place Beltran On 15-Day DL
The Mets placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night before their game against the Brewers. Beltran, 30, was scratched from last Wednesday's victory over the Pirates after straining his left abdominal muscle during batting practice. He missed six games before going on the DL, with the move retroactive to July 25.
Police Report: Cocaine Found At Beck's Home The Day He Died
Police found evidence of cocaine and drug paraphernalia at former major league pitcher Rod Beck's home on the day he died. A police report released Tuesday indicated evidence in several places at Beck's house, including the bathroom and the master bedroom in which the 38-year-old Beck, a three-time All-Star who saved 286 games, was found dead at his northeast Phoenix home on June 23.
A's Release Kielty
The Athletics released Bobby Kielty on Tuesday, ending a streak of five consecutive days without a roster move. Kielty, 30, had played in just 13 games for Oakland this season, hitting .200 (7-for-35) with just three RBI and no home runs.
Joyner Replaces Rettenmund As Padres' Hitting Coach
The Padres fired Merv Rettenmund as their hitting coach Tuesday and hired Wally Joyner to replace him. This is the second straight season the Padres changed hitting coaches in midseason. They fired Dave Magadan on June 15, 2006, and replaced him with the popular Rettenmund. The Padres have one of the weakest offenses in the NL.
Padres Add Ensberg
The Padres added a pair of veteran bats at Tuesday's trade deadline, acquiring third baseman Morgan Ensberg from the Astros. The Astros received a player to be named in exchange for Ensberg, who was designated for assignment Monday. Ensberg, 31, currently is mired in the worst offensive season of his career, batting .232 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 85 games with the Astros.
White Sox Wanted Two Of Hansen, Masterson And Delcarmen For Dye
The Red Sox made what they considered a strong run for Jermaine Dye, but when the White Sox wanted two of these three players--Craig Hansen, Justin Masterson and Manny Delcarmen--they balked. The Sox probably would have done the deal for Hansen and Wily Mo Pena, but they were not going to part with either of the other two.
Morris Traded To Pittsburgh
The San Francisco Giants have acquired 26-year-old center fielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Morris, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Davis, 5-11 and 195 pounds, is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, two RBI and five stolen bases in 24 games for the Pirates. The right-handed hitting speedster was recalled from triple-A Indianapolis June 5, and made 12 starts in center field for Pittsburgh. The University of Connecticut at Avery Point product posted a .409 average (9-for-22) with two runs, two doubles and two stolen bases in his final 13 contests in a Pirates uniform.
Gagne To Red Sox Done
The Red Sox scored one of the biggest coups at the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Eric Gagne from the Rangers. Gagne, 31, waived his no-trade clause to Boston in exchange for financial considerations. The Red Sox also assured Gagne that he will close games on nights that Jonathan Papelbon is unavailable. In return for Gagne, the Rangers received left-hander Kason Gabbard, Class AAA center fielder David Murphy and Class A outfielder Engel Beltre, sources say. Beltre is just 17 years old. Before reaching agreement with the Red Sox, the Rangers had discussed trading Gagne to the Mets, Yankees and Brewers. He could have been sent to each of those teams without his permission.
Teixeira Turned Down $140 Million Extension Offer
The Rangers did not let Mark Teixeira go to Atlanta without a fight, owner Tom Hicks said Tuesday as the seven-player deal with the Braves was completed. Hicks confirmed the Rangers made Teixeira an official long-term contract proposal more than two weeks ago in a last-ditch effort to keep him. The proposal would have kept Teixeira in Texas for eight more seasons at a total for approximately $140 million. The deal would have included a mutually agreed figure for Teixeira's last year of salary arbitration in 2008 and another seven years worth $18 million per season. Teixeira was making $9 million this season, the second year of a two-year deal with the Rangers. He is eligible for arbitration next season and is expected to receive between $12 million and $14 million per season. "I've always loved Tex as a player," Hicks said Tuesday by phone from California. "I was personally involved in signing him and I wanted him to be a face of this organization, along with Michael Young, for the long term. "I thought we made enough of an offer to keep him a Ranger for life. I'm disappointed he turned it down, but I think we did everything we could to keep him. Now, we've got some very good young players coming here and I feel with some good moves and free-agent signings, we can be a championship team."
Yankees Unveil 2008 All-Star Logo
An All-Star summer will take hold of New York City next year, and Yankee Stadium played host to a sneak glimpse on Tuesday. The Yankees, Major League Baseball and the City of New York unveiled the official 2008 All-Star Game logo in a press conference at the historic stadium, discussing plans for a summer that will use the Bronx Midsummer Classic as a centerpiece for the metropolis. The All-Star Game logo prominently features aspects paying homage to the stage upon which the game will be played. Yankee Stadium's historic and recognizable facade plays a headlining role, in addition to the Yankees' classic pinstripes. With the new Yankee Stadium rapidly rising just one block away from the current facility in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium was announced as the site for the 79th All-Star Game at a City Hall press conference on Jan. 31.
Gagne Agrees To Deal To Boston
The Red Sox will send outfield prospects David Murphy and Engel Beltre, along with pitcher Kason Gabbard, to Texas.
Mets Offer Humber For Cordero, Arizona Also Involved
The Mets are trying to acquire Chad Cordero to upgrade their pen.
Boston On The Verge Of Landing Gagne
The Red Sox are on the verge of winning the Eric Gagne sweepstakes, pending his approval and a review of his medical records, according to major-league sources.