December 2016 - Baseball Wiretap

Jason Hammel To Change Agents, Likely To Join ACES
The Cubs declined Jason Hammel's $12 million option for 2017 in favor of a $2 million buyout.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Rockies 'Keeping Track' Of Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo
The Rockies continue to keep an eye on high-profile sluggers such as Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, according to Jeff Bridich.

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Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Theo Epstein: Cubs Haven't Seen Real Jason Heyward Yet
Jason Heyward struggled at the plate, hitting just .230, in his first season with the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Padres Have Held Discussions With Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy, 35, last played with the Padres in 2009.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Chris Colabello Signs Minors Deal With Indians
Chris Colabello served an 80-game suspension last season for a performance-enhancing drug violation.

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Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz To Phillies
The Red Sox have traded Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Indians Have Made Offers To Right-Handed Bats
Options for the Indians include Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, Mark Trumbo and Mark Reynolds.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Blue Jays Haven't Offered Jose Bautista More Than Qualifying Offer
The Blue Jays have not made a formal offer to Jose Bautista that exceeds the value of the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Mets Looking Into Possible Trade For Center Fielder
Ken Rosenthal described the Mets as being "semi-engaged" in talks for a variety of possibilities.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees Remain Interested In Trade For Jose Quintana
The Yankees haven't yet added to their starting rotation, but they remain interested in a trade for Jose Quintana.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Pirates Sign Daniel Hudson To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Daniel Hudson might have a path to the closer's role in Pittsburgh after Mark Melancon signed with the Giants.

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Jimmy Rollins Signs Minor League Deal With Giants
The deal will pay Jimmy Rollins $1 million if he makes the major league roster, according to a source.

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Edwin Encarnacion Discussing Deal With Several Teams
Edwin Encarnacion is focused on a long-term deal and is discussing options with several teams.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Many Expect Matt Wieters To Sign With Nationals
There is heavy speculation that the Nationals will sign Matt Wieters.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Braves Consider Dansby Swanson Close To Untouchable
The Braves are very impressed with Dansby Swanson's on-field talent and off-field intangibles.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marlins Could Begin 2017 With Entirely Left-Handed Bullpen
The Marlins have assembled their bullpen on talent and availability, which may lead them to open the 2017 season with an entirely right-handed bullpen.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Phillies Looking For Another Hitter, Reliever
Matt Klentak added that neither move is a necessity.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

New Labor Deal Requires Earlier Game Times On Getaway Days
Major League Baseball will require teams to start games earlier than normal beginning in 2018 when either team faces a flight longer than 2 hours after the game.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Bryce Harper Marries Longtime Girlfriend
Nationals star Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner were married in San Diego this weekend.

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Source: Padres, Jhoulys Chacin Agree On One-Year Deal
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin made 34 appearances with the Braves and Angels last season.

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White Sox, Jose Abreu Agree On One-Year, $10.825M Deal
The White Sox have avoided salary arbitration with first baseman Jose Abreu.

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Joe Maddon Defends Use Of Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman admitted he never voiced his concerns to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

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Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

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Rod Carew Undergoes Heart, Kidney Transplant Surgery
The Twins have reported that Rod Carew is resting and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Marlins, Brad Ziegler Agree To Two-Year, $16M Deal
In 33 appearances with the Red Sox, Brad Ziegler posted a 1.52 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks.

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Cardinals Listening To Offers For Matt Adams
Matt Carpenter is set to play first base for the Cardinals in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rangers Have Discussed Asking Price For Edwin Encarnacion
It remains unclear if the Rangers have made a formal offer to Edwin Encarnacion.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Mike Dunn Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockies
The deal is worth more than $19 million, according to a source.

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Phillies Sign Odubel Herrera To Five-Year Extension
The Phillies have signed Obudel Herrera to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee the center fielder $30.5 million, according to a source.

Jayson Stark/ESPN