October 2008 - Baseball Wiretap

Hunter To Angels: Go Get Sabathia
Angels' outfielder Torii Hunter believes that the team can be better next season, and said that he wants to see Mark Teixeira back and a serious run made at CC Sabathia.

Los Angeles Times

Decision Coming Soon From Mussina?
Agent Arn Tellem will visit with pitcher Mike Mussina soon to find out what his future holds.

New York Post

Konerko To Angels?
If the Angels are unable to re-sign Mark Teixeira, they could make a play for White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who came close to signing with the team after the 2005 season.

Chicago Tribune

Brewers Claim 3B McGehee Off Waivers From Cubs
The Brewers on Wednesday claimed third baseman Casey McGehee off waivers from the Cubs.

yahoo.com

Red Sox Likely To Remain In Fort Myers
The Red Sox haven't made any official decisions, but they are expected to continue calling Fort Myers, Fla. their Spring Training home.

MLB.com

Report: White Sox Won't Re-Sign Griffey Jr.
According to a report on SI.com, the White Sox will not try to re-sign free agent outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. this winter.

ESPN

Jeter's October Filled By Advertisers, Not Baseball
Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter has spent his October working on marketing campaigns instead of playing baseball.

ESPN

Manuel Reveals Phils' Sixth-Inning Plans
When Game 5 of the World Series resumes, Phillies' Manager Charlie Manuel will send a pinch-hitter to the plate against Rays righty Grant Balfour.

MLB.com

Royals Deny Trade Rumors With Tribe
Royals' GM Dayton Moore has denied that he's discussing a trade involving Mark Teahen with the Indians.

MLB.com

Phillie: 'I Wouldn?t Let Selig Supervise One Of My Bowel Movements'
The Phillies' clubhouse was irate after the first five and a half innings of Game 5 on Monday night.

Courier Post

Report: Marlins Payroll Could Surpass $40M
The payroll of the Marlins hasn't hit $40 million since 2005, but one report indicates that it could surpass that mark this winter.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Minaya: Phils Will Be Good Going Forward
Mets' GM Omar Minaya has been watching the World Series and believes that the rival Phillies have a chance to be very good for a long time.

New York Post

Mets Look To Prospects To Lure Street, Putz
The Mets believe they have a deep enough farm system to trade some of their prospects for a reliever, rather than throw money at high-priced free agents.

Newsday

Angels Exercise Options On Guerrero, Lackey; Decline Anderson
The Angels on Tuesday announced that the club will exercise the 2009 options on Vladimir Guerrero and John Lackey but decline the $14M option on Garret Anderson.

yahoo.com

Game 5 Moved To Wednesday
Game Five of the 2008 World Series will not resume tonight due to inclement weather. Game Five is now tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday evening.

Press Release

Cubs' Budget May Be Tight This Winter
The offseason could be quieter than normal for the Cubs this winter should they decide to re-sign Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster quickly.

Chicago Tribune

Rays Fans Complain Of Treatment In Philly
Fans of the Rays have complained about how they have been treated at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia during the World Series.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Selig: Rain Would Not Shorten Game 5
Commissioner Bud Selig claims that no World Series game will end early with a declared winner because of rain or any other condition under his watch.

MLB.com

Report: Amaro To Replace Gillick As Phillies GM
Several team insiders have said that Ruben Amaro Jr., the team's assistant general manager, will replace Pat Gillick as the Phillies' general manager.

ESPN

Weather Suspends Game 5
Excessive rain and wind has suspended Game 5 of the World Series in Philadelphia until Tuesday with the Phillies and Rays tied a 2-2.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Selig Doesn't Think MLB Will Cut Jobs
Commissioner Bud Selig doesn't believe that Major League Baseball will have to cut jobs like David Stern did with the NBA because of the economic downturn.

Boston Globe

Lowell To Indians, Twins, Tigers, Or Dodgers?
If the Red Sox are able to sign Mark Teixeira, they could move Kevin Youkilis to third base, which would make Mike Lowell expendable.

Boston Globe

Randolph: I Wasn't Offered Job With 'Nats
Willie Randolph has refuted a report that he turned down an offer to coach with the Nationals, claiming that no such offer was made.

ESPN

Rays Shuffle Lineup For Game 5
Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon has decided to shake up the team's batting order in an attempt to keep the team's World Series hopes alive.

MLB.com

Rockies' Vizcaino Arrested On DUI
Colorado Rockies' pitcher Luis Vizcaino was arrested on Monday after police said he was driving under the influence.

AP

Missed Call Favors Phillies In Game 4?
A disputed play highlighted the bottom of the first inning in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night, as the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins was ruled safe diving back into third base, while replays show

MLB

Moyer Pitched Game 3 With Stomach Virus
Jamie Moyer was violently ill early Saturday and the previous night with a stomach virus that kept him from eating much.

News Journal

Blanton's Cap Subject Of Maddon's Concern
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon alerted home-plate umpire Tom Hallion after the second inning of Game 4 on Sunday night that he believed pitcher Joe Blanton had pine tar on his hat.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Indians Pondering Trade For Royals 3B Teahen
The Indians are in search of a third baseman, and are considering a trade with the Royals for Mark Teahen.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Delay Leads To Record-Low Ratings For Game 3
With a 91-minute rain delay, Game 3 of the World Series drew a record-low television rating on Saturday night.

ESPN