April 2008 - Baseball Wiretap
Tigers Trade Grilli To Colorado
The Tigers traded Jason Grilli to the Rockies on Wednesday for minor league pitcher Zachary Simons, as reported by the Associated Press. The right-handed Grilli is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in nine games this season. He has a 13-13 record with a 5.08 ERA in 135 career games, with 16 starts.
Will Yankees Stick With Hughes?
The Yankees haven't made a decision on how long they are going to stick with Phil Hughes in the rotation, according to the New York Daily News. Hughes was booed off the mound in the fourth inning on Tuesday against the Tigers. He is the youngest pitcher in the majors at 21, and has an ERA of 9.00 with an 0-4 record. The question's been asked (internally)," GM Brian Cashman said when asked if Hughes might lose his rotation spot. "If we decide to do something, we'll talk to the player first. But I think it's fair for us to discuss it."
Cordero Will Miss Four-To-Six Weeks
Nationals' reliever Chad Cordero will miss roughly a month of action with a tear in the muscle below his pitching shoulder, according to the Associated Press. He left the team's win over the Braves on Tuesday when he felt pain after throwing a pitch. He will miss four to six weeks after undergoing an MRI, but the team hasn't yet put him on the disabled list.
Royals Trade De La Rosa To Rockies
The Kansas City Royals have traded left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and cash to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named. Since De La Rosa is not currently on the Royals 40-man roster, he will be assigned from Omaha to the Class AAA Colorado Springs roster. De La Rosa, 27, has spent the opening portion of the 2008 season with Omaha (AAA) and went 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (22 IP, 18 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO) in four starts. The resident of Nuevo Leon, Mexico was 11-16 with a 5.64 ERA in 36 outings (33 starts) for the Royals in 2006 and 2007 after being acquired on July 25, 2006 from Milwaukee for infielder Tony Graffanino.
Mariners Call Up Top Prospects Clement And Baltentin
Jeff Clement and outfielder Wladimir Balentien were called up from Tacoma on Wednesday by the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 25-man Major-League roster, Seattle designated infielder Greg Norton and outfielder Brad Wilkerson for assignment.
Giants' Alfonso Suspended 50-Games
Eliezer Alfonso, a member of the Giants' 40-man roster, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Alfonso has been playing for Triple-A Fresno, and the suspension will begin on May 1st.
RealGM Staff Report
Marlins' Farm Report: Volstad K's 8 In 7 Innings
Christopher Volstad threw seven quality innings while giving up just run for the second consecutive time on Tuesday. Volstad, one of the Marlins top prospects, struck out eight while giving up four hits and walking none in his Double-A start. Volstad has 29 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings of work this season.
Florida Spends More On Marketing Than Any Other MLB Club
The Marlins say they spend more than $10 million annually on advertising and marketing, more than any other team. President David Samson insists they can't afford to spend anymore money on players, "because we need to advertise and be creative in our market." RealGM Note: They also have the lowest payroll in the MLB of $21 million. Hanley Ramirez, is currently having the 12th best season in all of baseball and 'deserves' to make $16 million, but is taking home just $439k, making him and his +3545% Reina Value one of the best bargains in the game.
Kazmir Set To Make Debut For Rays
Scott Kazmir will make his season debut for the Rays on Sunday against the Red Sox, according to the Associated Press. He has missed the first month of the season because of an elbow injury, but made a his third successful rehabilitation start on Monday. Manager Joel Maddon will have to decide which starting pitcher to option in order to make room for team's ace. "All of these starters that you see doing well right now knew the competition was going to be rigid going through spring training," Maddon said. "Kaz gets hurt, but now they know Kaz is coming back. They can count. They have all pitched extremely well to this point and it is a tough decision. But it's one of those decisions a lot of teams would like to be faced with."
Smoltz May Be Willing To Re-Join Bullpen
After heading to the disabled list with persistent shoulder pain, John Smoltz admitted on Tuesday that he would accept a move to the bullpen upon his return, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday because of inflammation in his right rotator cuff. "Right now I'm sitting at ground zero, taking it day by day, looking at every option to help this team get to the playoffs and end my career the way I'd like to end it," he said. He has saved 154 games for the Braves in his career.
Mientkiewicz: We Haven't Seen Real Johan Yet
Pittsburgh's Doug Mientkiewicz, who played with Johan Santana in Minnesota, doesn't believe that New York has seen the lefty pitcher at his best yet this season.
Report: Clemens Had Several Affairs
Just a few days after it was reported that Roger Clemens had an affair with country singer Mindy McCready, reports indicate that he may have cheated on his wife with several women during his career.
Yanks Place A-Rod On 15-Day DL
The New York Yankees placed Alex Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strained right quadriceps.
Braves Place Smoltz On Disabled List
Dr. James Andrews injected Smoltz's shoulder for the inflammation and prescribed rest and rehabilitation until he is pain free.
Konerko Earns Right To Veto Any Trade
Paul Konerko earned the right to veto any trade from the White Sox as he celebrated his tenth year of service in the Major Leagues on Tuesday.
Reports Say Posada Will Return This Season
Early reports claim that Jorge Posada will not miss the rest of the season for the Yankees.
Cheap Players All Over The RGM Player Rankings
Eight of the top-20 players have Reina Value's of over +1,000%, including Jacoby Ellsbury, who 'deserves' to make $15.7 million but is taking home just $406k in 2008.
Royals Release Nomo
The Kansas City Royals on Tuesday released 39-year old RHP Hideo Nomo.
Red Sox Farm Report: Anderson Goes 4-For-4 With 2 Homers
Lars Anderson continues his fine season at high Single-A Lancaster where he is hitting .300/.394/.544.
Cardinals' Farm Report: Rasmus Breaking Out Of Slump?
Colby Rasmus is a top-10 prospect in all of baseball and went 2-for-4 with two homers on Monday.
Indians' Farm Report: Mills Hits Two Homers
Beau Mills, one of the Indians top positional prospects, went 3-for-5 with two homers in a high Single-A game at Salem on Monday.
Cubs Could Trade For Greene?
The Cubs are reportedly watching Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, and the Padres have monitored Cubs center fielder Felix Pie, who lost playing time to Reed Johnson.
McCready Confirms Affair With Clemens
Country singer Mindy McCready confirmed a long-term affair with pitcher Roger Clemens on Monday.
A-Rod Aggravates Quad, Will Sit Tuesday
Alex Rodriguez re-injured his quadriceps in the Yankees' win over the Indians on Monday and will likely sit out against the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Reds' Hatteberg Would Welcome A Trade
Scott Hatteberg won't demand a trade from the Reds, but he wouldn't object to a deal away from the team either.
Glavine 'Concerned' About Being Rusty
The Braves' Tom Glavine is concerned about getting rusty following his short stay on the disabled list.
Giants Demote Zito To Bullpen
LHP Barry Zito was demoted to the bullpen on Monday by the San Francisco Giants during a meeting with manager Bruce Bochy.
Andruw: In September, No One Remembers April
RealGM's Graham Flashner sought out Andruw Jones to determine why he is starting off the season so slowly.
Posada: I Won't Play First Base
Jorge Posada does not want to move to first base should his shoulder issues linger and hinder his production as the catcher of the Yankees.