April 2016 - Baseball Wiretap

Mets, Giants, Jays Candidates To Trade For Reliever

Apr 30, 2016 9:16 PM

The New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are three clubs likely to improve their bullpen via trade as the season progresses.

While the Mets have received strong innings from their relievers, the bullpen of the Giants and Jays have struggled.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Brewers Trading Ryan Braun 'Becoming More Realistic' Possibility

Apr 30, 2016 9:06 PM

The idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading away Ryan Braun to begin rebuilding "is becoming more realistic," according to Ken Rosenthal.

Braun can veto a trade to all teams except the Dodgers, Angels, Marlins, Rays and Nationals.

Braun is now 32 and he has four years and $76 million remaining on his contract after this season.

Rosenthal believes it would make sense for Braun to be traded to the Angels but they have a lack of quality prospects.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via MLBTradeRumors)

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants Waive Ian Gardeck

Apr 30, 2016 7:19 PM

The San Francisco Giants have waived Ian Gardeck.

Gardeck underwent Tommy John surgery during Spring Training. 

The Giants needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster and can re-signed Gardeck at a later date.

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Cardinals Gathering Information On Civil Suit Against Carlos Martinez

Apr 30, 2016 7:12 PM

Carlos Martinez received permission to leave the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said.

"We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information."

The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Washington Nationals.

"We're right on track. He's going to be our starter tomorrow," manager Mike Matheny said.

The Cardinals have not heard from representatives of Major League Baseball but were gathering facts to determine whether any of the allegations made by the woman who filed the civil suit could trigger an investigation under the league's domestic violence rules.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals

Adam Conley Pulled In 8th Inning Despite No Hitter

Apr 30, 2016 1:19 PM

Don Mattingly pulled Adam Conley after 116 pitches despite having a no hitter through 7 2/3 innings.

Conley's exit elicited boos from Miller Park.

''It was easy right there,'' Mattingly said of the decision. ''I knew he couldn't finish. We weren't going to let him finish.''

Conley struck out seven and walked four.

''I never like coming out of the game no matter what the circumstances are, but considering where I was at the in the game and everything I knew what was going on,'' Conley said. ''I knew coming into the eighth I was already at about 100 (pitches).''

Conley's career high for pitches was 106 last season.



Tags: Miami Marlins

Jose Bautista Prepared To Take Less Than $150M

Apr 30, 2016 1:15 PM

Jose Bautista reportedly is seeking a five-year, $150 million extension with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bautista is prepared to take less than $150 million, but he wouldn't take less than $100 million.

Bautista turns 36 this October and currently has an OPS of .911.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Braves Seeking To Trade For Draft Picks

Apr 29, 2016 8:18 AM

The Atlanta Braves have reached out to teams looking to trade for competitive balance draft picks.

The Braves want to bolster their number of draft choices and available bonus pool, according to a report.

Atlanta would be willing to take on some bad contracts to facilitate such trades.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Draft, Trade Rumor

Alex Rios Isn't Ready To Retire

Apr 29, 2016 8:14 AM

The season is almost a month old and Alex Rios hasn't found his name in many free agent rumors.

However, the 35-year-old isn't ready to announce his retirement from Major League Baseball.

Rios has offered to play for teams, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor

Kris Bryant To Have MRI On Right Ankle

Apr 29, 2016 8:11 AM

Kris Bryant will have a precautionary MRI on his right ankle after he rolled it as he rounded the bases on Thursday as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs labeled the injury as a mild sprain.

"I don't know," Joe Maddon said when asked if Bryant will miss time. "I honestly don't know. You saw him jog off the field. I don't want to create conjecture. Let's see what happens with the test."

Bryant, 24, is hitting .289/.372/.506 with four home runs and 15 RBI this season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury

Dee Gordon Suspended 80 Games

Apr 29, 2016 8:05 AM

Major League Baseball has suspended Dee Gordon, who won the National League batting title in 2015, for 80 games for violating the game's performance-enhancing drug policy.

The Miami Marlins infielder tested positive for the performance-enhancing substances exogenous testosterone and clostebol.

Gordon, 28, will lose about $1.65 million in salary during the suspension.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Suspension

Josh Reddick Not Aware Of Extension Talks With A's
Josh Reddick says he's not aware of any substantive extension talks that took place between his agents and the Athletics during the spring.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

John Stanton Group Purchases Majority Ownership Of Mariners
John Stanton will become the chairman and CEO of the Mariners, the club announced in a release on Wednesday.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.


C.J. Wilson Targeting Mid-June Return To Angels
C.J. Wilson has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis since the start of spring training.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Tigers Send Tyler Collins To Minor After Incident With Fans
The Tigers have sent Tyler Collins to the Minor Leagues less than 48 hours after he flipped off booing fans at Comerica Park.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers Call Up Top Prospect Michael Fulmer
The Tigers will promote top pitching prospect Michael Fulmer, who will presumably to make his Major League debut on Friday.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Bengie Molina Wants To See More Hispanic Managers
Bengie Molina thinks it's time Major League Baseball starts giving more opportunities to Hispanic managerial candidates.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

A's Reportedly Set To Call Up Sean Manaea
Sean Manaea will reportedly be called up by the club and make his Major League debut against the Astros on Friday.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Hamstring Injury Ends Charlie Morton's Season
Charlie Morton will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Monday in Philadelphia and will miss the remainder of the season.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Chris Colabello Insists He Didn't Knowingly Take Banned Substance
Chris Colabello says he is still trying to figure out how a banned substance found its way into his urine sample.

Arden Zwelling/Sportsnet.ca

Joe Girardi Would Like To Ban Shifts From Baseball
If he were the commissioner of baseball, Joe Girardi would use his power to ban shifts.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Jake Arrieta Flattered By Accusations Of PED Use
Jake Arrieta says it's "flattering" that some in the game are questioning whether he has used performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his status among the elite pitchers.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Victor Martinez Critical Of Detroit's Offense
Victor Martinez, 37, gave credit to Athletics pitcher Rich Hill, but was critical of his team's play as well.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tyler Collins Won't Be Suspended For Flipping Off Fans
Tyler Collins will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for flipping off the booing crowd at Comerica Park after he misplayed a routine fly ball on Monday.


Albert Pujols Passes Reggie Jackson On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit two home runs on Monday, passing Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list with 565 career long balls.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Were Padres Stealing Signs Against Cardinals?
The Cardinals defeated the Padres on Sunday afternoon, but the Padres made things interesting late and there have been questions about whether or not they were stealing signs.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Todd Frazier Sought Extension Prior To Trade
Todd Frazier sought a contract extension with the Reds prior to his trade to the White Sox, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tyler Collins Flips Off Crowd After Misplayed Ball
After making a misplay in the outfield, Tyler Collins flipped off the jeering crowd at Comerica Park during the sixth inning of the Tigers' 7-3 win over the Athletics on Monday night.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Twins Demote Byron Buxton To Triple-A
Byron Buxton had just seven hits in his first 45 at-bats, with a .156/.208/.289 slash line in 17 games.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Randal Grichuk Now Represented By Casey Close
With a year and 61 days of service time, Randal Grichuk is controllable through the 2020 season and won’t reach arbitration eligibility until the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN