December 2011 - Baseball Wiretap
Miami Among Teams Interested In Garza
The Marlins would love to add Cubs right-hander Matt Garza to their improved starting rotation. Miami signed left-hander Mark Buehrle to a contract earlier this offseason. The Marlins, after failing to land Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez, have serious interest in Garza, according to major league sources.
Marlins Still Hopeful Ramirez Will Make Seamless Transition
Hanley Ramirez still has yet to publicly comment on whether or not he will agree to move to third base in favor of shortstop Jose Reyes. Florida wants Ramirez to slide to the left of the infield so Reyes can play his natural position of shortstop. There has been speculation that Ramirez is unhappy and would welcome a trade. Ideally, the Marlins don't want to go that route. They are hopeful that he will make a seamless transition.
Gibson Searching For Ways To Keep D-Backs Hungry
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has spent the winter figuring out ways to keep his team hungry. "It's certainly something I put a lot of thought into," Gibson said. "You guys know me -- I constantly shake myself to remain humble. Success is hard to deal with. We've talked about it. I'm not worried about it, but yet I'm alert about it. It could damage our chances if we can't remain humble." One of the things Gibson will do is continue to emphasize the fundamentals, believing that all the work that was put in last spring only scratched the surface. Arizona entered the 2011 season as long-shots, but won the National League West title.
White Sox Trade Quentin To Padres
The White Sox have traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the Padres for two prospects. San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes is bringing Quentin back four years after trading him to Chicago as an executive with Arizona. "It's exciting. First of all with the trade happening this morning, your whole life has been shifted," Quentin said. "It will take time to set in but it's exciting that it's shifting to San Diego where I grew up. It's definitely a positive to me and I look forward to contributing to the Padres." The White Sox received minor league pitchers Simon Castro, a right-hander, and Pedro Hernandez, a left-hander.
Rutgers Takes Second Annual Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers and Iowa State met at Yankee Stadium on Friday for the second annual Pinstripe Bowl, a game that reconnects New York with its storied past in college football. Rutgers, feeding off a friendly crowd, started slow but scored 20 straight points en route to a 27-13 victory. The school has now won five straight bowl games -- all under coach Greg Schiano -- and hasn't lost since the 2005 Insight Bowl. Rutgers, in fact, has gone to six bowls in the last seven years.
Bonifacio Likely To Play Center For Miami
Emilio Bonifacio was a rate bright spot for the Marlins during the 2011 season. The speedster enjoyed a breakout season and proved capable of playing multiple positions in both the infield and outfield. Bonifacio is likely to be the starting center fielder and bat second behind shortstop Jose Reyes in 2012.
Cubs Hire Buckner As Minors Hitting Coach
The Cubs have hired former star Bill Buckner as a minor league hitting coach. Buckner will be with the Boise Hawks of the short-season Class A Northwest League. The Cubs made the announcement Friday. Buckner played for the Cubs from 1977-84 and won the 1980 NL batting title. He was a career .289 hitter over 22 seasons.
Halladay Rescues Boy From Anaconda Bite
Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay recently helped rescue a boy from an anaconda attack in the Amazon. Professional sport fisherman Skeet Reese embarked on a fishing trip to Brazil earlier in the month with Halladay, Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter and former closer B.J. Ryan. Halladay and Reese found a local sitting naked next to a tree with a large anaconda bite. The anaconda wrapped around the motor of the boy's canoe, preventing him from fleeing. Halladay and Reese helped the local gather his belongings, flip the boat and tow it away.
Tigers Join Pursuit Of Matt Garza
The Tigers are a new suitor for Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. Interest in Garza has picked up recently, according to Major League sources. Multiple teams are pursuing the right-hander aggressively, increasing the odds that he will be dealt before spring training.
Sources: Blue Jays, Oliver Reach Deal
The Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year deal with left-handed reliever Darren Oliver, according to sources. The agreement includes a team option for the 2013 season. Oliver, who turned 41 in October, was a key member of the Rangers bullpen the past two seasons.
Former Giants Star Don Mueller Dies
Don Mueller, a two-time All-Star, has died at age 84.
Josh Hamilton Will Continue Tossing Balls To Fans
Shannon Stone passed away from injuries sustained in a fall at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in July when he tried to catch a foul ball tossed to him by Josh Hamilton.
Andruw Jones Re-Signs With Yankees
He hit .247 with 13 home runs and 33 RBI in 190 at-bats with New York in 2011.
Kalish Will Miss Start Of 2012 Season
Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish revealed Thursday that he underwent left shoulder surgery in November to repair a torn labrum.
Source: Orioles Interested In Saunders
The Orioles have had multiple conversations with left-hander Joe Saunders, according to a baseball source.
Report: Rosman Garcia Dies In Car Accident
The Winnipeg Free Press reported that former Rangers pitcher, Rosman Garcia, died in a car accident in his native Venezuela.
Melvin Mora Retires After 13 Seasons
Melvin Mora retired on Thursday after 13 seasons played with the Orioles, Mets, Rockies and Diamondbacks.
Kobe Bryant Directed A-Rod To German Doctor
Kobe Bryant confirms he recently directed Alex Rodriguez to the German doctor who performed the treatment the slugger had on his right knee.
Longoria Shoots Down Twitter Trade Talk
Evan Longoria has firmly dismissed a Twitter report that he was "disgruntled" by the Rays financial situation.
IRS Sues Hal Steinbrenner
The IRS is suing Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner over what it calls an "erroneous" tax refund of more than $670,000.
Doctor Who Treated A-Rod: I Can Cure Arthritis
The doctor is also a former physician for Pope John Paul II.
Valentine: Bailey Fills Void In Boston
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine spoke on Thursday about the team's recent acquisitions of Mark Melancon and closer Andrew Bailey.
Source: Pujols Backloaded Deal To Help Angels Sign Wilson
Albert Pujols will take less money in the first two seasons of his contract.
Rockies Source: Ross Rumors 'Absolutely Not True'
Despite rumors that the Rockies were in talks with free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, an agreement is unlikely.
Yankees Nearing Deadline With Nakajima
New York bid $2 million for the right to negotiate with Hiroyuki Nakajima, giving them a 30-day window to complete a deal.
Jurrjens May Be An Option For Red Sox
The Red Sox are exploring all options as they look for a starting pitcher and Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens is a possibility.
Nationals 'Shooting' For Fielder
A member of the Nationals claims that the team is very much in the race to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder.
Cubs Want Young Starter For Garza
The Yankees and Blue Jays have the type of young arms that Chicago would desire and a need for a starter.