June 2016 - Baseball Wiretap

Marlins Acquire Fernando Rodney From Padres

Jun 30, 2016 4:46 PM

The Miami Marlins have acquired Fernando Rodney in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

Miami sent right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack to San Diego in the swap.

Rodney, 39, has an 0.31 ERA and 17 saves in 28 appearances with the Padres this season. He has 253 career saves.

At 41-37, the Marlins currently hold the National League's second Wild Card spot.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Official Trade

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Phillies Prospect Loses Eye After Freak Accident

Jun 30, 2016 4:44 PM

Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Matt Imhof, who sustained a traumatic injury to his right eye late last week during a freak training accident, has had his eye removed on the recommendation of doctors.

Imhof said a large piece of metal hit him in the eye and head, fracturing his nose and two orbital bones and causing the loss of vision in his right eye.

"That night, the doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape," Imhof wrote on Instagram.

The Phillies drafted Imhof in the second round of the 2014 draft. He will have a prosthetic eye placed in his right socket.

Imhof, a 6-foot-5 left-hander out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, received a signing bonus of $1,187,900 from the Phillies as the 47th overall pick in 2014.

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Dodgers Place Clayton Kershaw On DL; Trade For Bud Norris

Jun 30, 2016 4:40 PM

After placing Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Bud Norris in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Norris last pitched on Sunday, tossing seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets. He is in line to start for the Dodgers on Friday against the Colorado Rockies, an appearance that Kershaw was slotted to make.

Kershaw received an epidural shot on his ailing lower back, leading to the DL stint.

"I think that he understands that's the best course of action," Dave Roberts said of Kershaw. "He's been our most valuable player. And when you lose a player to the disabled list like Clayton that you have counted on every fifth day for a start -- obviously that's out of all of our control.

"I know Clayton is very disappointed. But it's up to us to pick him up."

The Dodgers also received outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations in the deal.

Los Angeles gave up minor-league pitchers Philip Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Trade Rumor

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Trade Interest In Matt Moore Is Building

Jun 30, 2016 8:08 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays may be willing to trade Matt Moore and interest in the pitcher is believed to be building.

The Texas Rangers are "hot on Moore's trail," according to the report. Three or four other organizations are also pursuing Moore.

Moore struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery last season and he has a 5.04 ERA in 2016.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumor

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David Price: I'm So Much Better Than This

Jun 30, 2016 8:00 AM

David Price, who has allowed at least four earned runs in six of his 17 starts for the Boston Red Sox, said after a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday that he expects much more of himself.

"I'm just putting us behind the eight ball early on in games," Price said. "I'm not setting the tone the way that I need to. It's tough. I'm so much better than this. I've just got to get better. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there."

The Red Sox are paying Price $30 million this season and $217 million over the next seven years.

"Absolutely. It's unacceptable," Price said. "I don't care if I'm a rookie. It's unacceptable."

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Dodgers Remain In Wait Mode With Clayton Kershaw's Back

Jun 30, 2016 7:56 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are waiting for information on Clayton Kershaw's back.

He returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"I know he landed safely and will get some scans sometime," Dave Roberts said. "I should hear at some point and time."

Kershaw gave up four runs on nine hits Sunday night in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, only his second loss in 16 starts this season. He was treated for a lower back issue the next day.

The left-hander is scheduled to pitch against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, but it remains to be seen if he'll make the start.

"I haven't learned anything new today," Roberts said. "I know [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] talked to him before he left. The idea to get him back, settled, to get the doctors' eyes on him, increase those chances for Friday. I think that we are still holding out hope. Things can always change, but I think that's where we're at right now."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

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Jose Altuve On Pace For Historic Season For Second Baseman

Jun 30, 2016 7:50 AM

Jose Altuve is on pace for one of the best seasons from a second baseman in the past 50 years.

He is on pace for a .357 average, 27 home runs, 49 doubles, 43 steals, 123 runs and about 9.0 WAR at this point.

Only four second baseman have posted more WAR since the divisional era began in 1969 -- Joe Morgan (1975, 1976), Craig Biggio and Chase Utley.

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Yankees Sign First-Round Pick Blake Rutherford

Jun 29, 2016 2:46 PM

The New York Yankees have signed first-round pick Blake Rutherford.

New York took him with the 18th overall pick earlier this month.

The Yankees will assign Rutherford to its Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Rutherford has signed for $3,282,000 -- significantly over the allotted slot bonus of $2,441,600 for his slot.

He is a left-handed-hitting prospect out of Chaminade College Preparatory School (CA).

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David Ortiz Won't Participate In Home Run Derby

Jun 29, 2016 2:42 PM

David Ortiz says he won't participate in the Home Run Derby at All-Star Weekend next month.

The Boston Red Sox wouldn't have stood in Ortiz's way if he wanted to participate, but they are thrilled he's sitting it out.

"If it turns out he doesn't participate in the Home Run Derby, I think that's probably music to all of our ears," John Farrell said. "But at the same time, he's earned the right to enjoy and experience that opportunity in San Diego as much as anyone."

Ortiz hasn't taken part in the Home Run Derby since 2010.

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Nationals Playing Trea Turner In Center Field In Minors

Jun 29, 2016 9:07 AM

The Washington Nationals are trying to figure out how to get Trea Turner back to the Major Leagues as soon as possible and have played him in center field at Triple-A Syracuse.

Turner is rated as Washington's No. 2 prospect and the ninth-best in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

He started in center for Syracuse for the first time in his professional career on Monday. Turner had only played the middle infield since he was drafted in 2014, but Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa are blocking him at the Major League level.

"We feel that offensively he's Major League ready," Rizzo said. "Danny's playing extremely well at shortstop up here. We've got a full roster of really qualified quality players at the big league level, but he's a guy that we would like to see here in the big leagues."

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Rangers Focused On Getting Healthy Over Trade Acquisitions
Jon Daniels says the Rangers are focused more on getting healthy than pursuing a serious trade ahead of the August 1 deadline.

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Cubs Use Three Pitchers In Left Field During 15-Inning Win
Travis Wood and Spencer Patton alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.

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Zack Greinke Leaves Start With Strained Oblique
Zack Greinke left Tuesday's start against the Phillies after two innings with tightness in his left oblique.

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2016 Futures Game Rosters Announced
The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park.

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John Jay Suffers Broken Forearm
The Padres will place John Jay on the disabled list after he suffered a broken forearm.

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Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard Pitching With Bone Spurs
The Mets have a pair of pitchers -- Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard -- pitching with bone spurs in their elbows, according to a report.

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Giants May Let Madison Bumgarner Hit In American League Park
No Major League team has refused the DH when available since the White Sox in 1976, according to the Bay Area News Group.

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Alex Rodriguez: 'You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me'
Alex Rodriguez was benched for the second straight game on Monday night and the expectation is that he will not be at designated hitter against right-handers going forward.

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Red Sox Sending Eduardo Rodriguez Down To Triple-A
The Red Sox are sending Eduardo Rodriguez to Triple-A Pawtucket after he allowed nine runs in less than three innings against the Rays.

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Kris Bryant First Player Ever With Three Homers, Two Doubles
Kris Bryant hit three home runs and two doubles on Monday night, becoming the first player in Major League history to do so in a single game.

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Adrian Gonzalez Asks Dodgers For Extra Time Off
Adrian Gonzalez is hitting just .173 with a .212 slugging percentage for the Dodgers over his last 14 games.

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Lucas Giolito To Start For Nationals On Tuesday
Lucas Giolito will make his Major League debut with the Nationals on Tuesday against the Mets.

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Clayton Kershaw Receiving Back Treatment
Clayton Kershaw is receiving treatment for minor back discomfort and may miss his next start for the Dodgers.

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Yankees Could Use A-Rod Only Against Left-Handed Pitching
The Yankees benched Alex Rodriguez at designated hitter on Sunday in favor of Carlos Beltran.

George A. King III/New York Post

Josh Reddick, A's Far Apart On Extension; Trade Possible
Josh Reddick will be a free agent after the season and despite a recent report that contract negotiations with the Athletics are back on, the sides remain far apart.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Marlins Discussing Aroldis Chapman, Fernando Rodney
The Marlins are known to be searching the market for a relief pitcher and have had internal discussions about Aroldis Chapman and Fernando Rodney.

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Jake Arrieta To Get Tattoo After Losing CWS Bet
Coastal Carolina defeated TCU in the College World Series over the weekend.

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Yankees To Sign Partnership Deal With StubHub
The Yankees are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team's new fan-to-fan ticket exchange.

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Rangers Inquired About Steven Wright Last Winter
Steven Wright, who had never started more than nine games, was out of options at that point but the Red Sox didn't budge.

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Trading Andrew McCutchen Isn't On Pittsburgh's 'Radar'
The Pirates are struggling, but trading Andrew McCutchen isn't an option at this point.

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