March 2016 - Baseball Wiretap

Hyun Soo Kim 'Resisting' Minor League Assignment

Mar 31, 2016 4:54 PM

Hyun Soo Kim won't be on the Opening Day roster for the Baltimore Orioles and the Korean outfielder is reportedly "resisting" a Minor League assignment.

A return to South Korea is not in play right now, according to Dan Duquette.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Cubs To Sign Jake Buchanan

Mar 31, 2016 4:51 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to sign Jake Buchanan to a Minor League contract.

Buchanan was released by the Houston Astros earlier Thursday.

Buchanan, 26, has a 4.06 ERA, 5.1 K/9 and 1.56 K/9 over 44 1/3 career Major League innings.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

Andrew Miller Plans To Pitch Through Injury

Mar 31, 2016 4:49 PM

Andrew Miller doesn't plan to miss any time with a small fracture of his non-throwing wrist.

Miller, who suffered the injury fielding a line drive that struck him just below the glove in a game Wednesday, said he expects to be ready for Opening Day in spite of the injury.

"According to Wikipedia, it's not an important bone. It doesn't really do anything,'' Miller said of his broken pisiform, which is in the heel of the hand just above the wrist.

"It's my right hand; I don't really need it. I don't see any reason I can't work around it unless for some reason the doctor tells me I have to protect it for some reason that we don't foresee. I plan to be able to manipulate my glove around it and not really worry about it."


Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

Red Sox Going With Travis Shaw Over Pablo Sandoval At Third

Mar 31, 2016 4:46 PM

The Boston Red Sox will start Travis Shaw at third base on Opening Day, a decision that sends Pablo Sandoval to the bench.

Shaw is a former ninth-round draft pick. Sandoval was signed to a $95 million contract before the 2015 season.

"For right now to start the season, I feel this is the best for our team to go with this alignment," John Farrell said. "My focus is on the guys that are in uniform, not what's attached to them or what their contract states."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Buster Olney To Report From Three Opening Day Games In Two Days

Mar 31, 2016 12:38 PM

Buster Olney will serve as reporter during three Opening Day telecasts on ESPN over a two-day period.

Olney will work Opening Night Baseball when the New York Mets play at the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, April 3rd. Olney will then be on hand for Monday's game in San Diego between the Dodgers and Padres, which begins at 7:00 PM EST.

Finally, Olney will travel up to Anaheim for the 10:00 PM EST start of a game between the Cubs and Angels.

RealGM Staff Report

John Schuerholz Earns Title Of Vice Chairman With Braves

Mar 31, 2016 8:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves will provide John Schuerholz with a new title, Vice Chairman, and the opportunity to remain an integral part of the organization without feeling the need to be part of the daily grind.

Schuerholz will hold some of the same responsibilities that he's had while spending the past eight seasons as team president, but he will now do so at his own pace.

Atlanta also provided title changes for two of its executive vice presidents -- Mike Plant, who will now be president of development, and Derek Schiller, who will be president of business.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves

Padres Insist A.J. Preller's Job Isn't In Danger

Mar 31, 2016 7:55 AM

Despite disappointing results last season after big moves in his first offseason, A.J. Preller's job with the San Diego Padres isn't in jeopardy.

San Diego set a team record for payroll, but won just 74 games.

There have been rumors that Preller's bosses are so upset that the general manager is on the hot seat, but Mike Dee denies the claims.

"Not true," Dee said. "We have more confidence and excitement about him as GM than when we hired him in 2014. ... He's here for the long haul."

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: San Diego Padres

Noah Syndergaard Not Sure What 'Retaliation Talk Is All About'

Mar 31, 2016 7:48 AM

Noah Syndergaard doesn't believe that the Kansas City Royals should have any grievance against him.

Aiming to send a message to the Royals about not being too comfortable in the box, Syndergaard threw the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series to the backstop. After that game, Syndergaard told reporters that he was standing 60 feet, six inches from the plate if any Royals batter had a problem with him.

Newsday reported on Tuesday that Kansas City intends to "seek retribution" for Syndergaard buzzing Alcides Escobar with the up-and-in fastball.

The two teams are opening the 2016 season with a series against one another.

"I don't think they're too fond of me, but as far as retaliation goes, I really don't know what they're going to retaliate against," Syndergaard said. "All I did was establish the inner part of the plate. So I don't know what this whole retaliation talk is all about. But it's going to be an interesting time. ... I simply threw a pitch on the inside corner. Elevated. A purpose pitch. I don't really see how any retaliation could be made."

Ned Yost refuted the report about forthcoming retribution, telling the Kansas City Star, "Our retribution was winning the World Series."

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Kansas City Royals

Yankees' Andrew Miller Suffers Chip Fracture In Wrist

Mar 31, 2016 7:42 AM

The New York Yankees suffered a blow to their bullpen on Wednesday when a CT scan revealed that Andrew Miller has a chip fracture in his right wrist.

Miller was hit by a line drive in the seventh inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves.

The reliever will be evaluated by a hand specialist to determine the next course of action. The Yankees did not say how long Miller is expected to be out.

The injury occurred on Miller's first and only pitch of the game, which was lined back at him by Braves pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

White Sox To Start Jimmy Rollins At Shortstop

Mar 30, 2016 4:57 PM

The Chicago White Sox plan to start Jimmy Rollins at shortstop on Opening Day.

The club announced on Wednesday that Rollins' contract would be purchased from Triple-A Charlotte.

Rollins, 37, entered Wednesday batting .354 (17-for-48) this spring with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Tags: Chicago White Sox

Tigers Re-Sign Bobby Parnell
By releasing Bobby Parnell and then re-signing them, the Tigers avoided paying him a $100,000 retention bonus.

Lynn Henning/Detroit News

Angels Finalizing Deal With Kyle Kendrick
The Angels are finalizing a contract agreement with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.


Indians Send Trevor Bauer To Bullpen
Trevor Bauer made 30 starts for the Indians last season and was projected to be a member of the rotation once again.

Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw Doesn't Believe In Defensive Shifts
Despite a recent trend that has seen more and more teams adopt them, Clayton Kershaw says he doesn't really believe in defensive shifts.


Blue Jays Name Roberto Osuna Closer
Drew Storen, acquired via trade with the Nationals, was in the running for the job.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Diamondbacks Release Matt Reynolds
Matt Reynolds, 31, agreed to an arbitration-avoiding deal with the Diamondbacks back in November which gave him a $675,000 salary for this season.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

A.J. Preller Downplays Possibility Of Trade With Red Sox
The Padres reportedly sent a scout to watch Pablo Sandoval, but A.J. Preller has downplayed the possibility of a trade with the Red Sox.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Four Years After Perfect Game, Philip Humber Opts To Retire
Philip Humber, 33, threw a perfect game for the White Sox in 2012.

Associated Press

Rangers Acquire Bryan Holaday From Tigers For Bobby Wilson, Myles Jaye
The Rangers have acquired Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye from the Tigers in exchange for Bryan Holaday.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Hyun Soo Kim Won't Begin Season With Orioles
Hyun Soo Kim must agree to any Minor League assignment after signing a two-year, $7 million contract last December.

Associated Press

Cubs Release Shane Victorino, Re-Sign Him To Minors Deal
The Cubs released Shane Victorino, Munenori Kawasaki and Manny Parra on Tuesday, and then re-signed all three to Minor League contracts.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Rangers Release Drew Stubbs
Drew Stubbs exercised the opt-out provision in his contract after it became apparent that he wouldn't be added to the 40-man roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Go With Brock Holt-Chris Young Platoon In Left Field
The Red Sox have plans for left field and they don't include Rusney Castillo.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Matt Harvey Had Blood Clot In Bladder
The Mets expect Matt Harvey to start on Opening Day despite a health scare.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Padres Acquire Dan Straily From Astros For Erik Kratz
Houston had been searching for another catcher after losing presumed reserve Max Stassi to injury.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies Sign Will Venable
The Phillies have signed Will Venable, who could end up starting in the outfield next week.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tigers Release Bobby Parnell, Casey McGehee
Detroit also demoted Bruce Rondon to Triple-A.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Raisel Iglesias To Start Opener For Reds
Raisel Iglesias made only 16 starts and two relief appearances last season, pitching 95 1/3 innings overall. He was 3-7 with a 4.15 ERA.

Associated Press

Padres Are Scouting Pablo Sandoval
The Padres have a scout in Fort Myers taking a look at Pablo Sandoval.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Blue Jays Claim Jesus Montero, Name Aaron Sanchez Fifth Starter
Aaron Sanchez was locked in a battle with Gavin Floyd and Drew Hutchison for Toronto's final spot.

Jayson Stark/ESPN