August 2016 - Baseball Wiretap

Clayton Kershaw Headed For Rehab Assignment

Aug 31, 2016 7:50 AM

Clayton Kershaw threw two simulated innings on Tuesday, but the Los Angeles Dodgers expect him to require a rehab assignment before he can be activated from the disabled list.

"My guess is that Kersh will want to pitch in a Major League game tomorrow," Andrew Friedman said. "With the time he's missed, my guess would be the next step would be a Minor League assignment. I think it will take a little bit of time to build him up in a way for him to be strong through September and hopefully October, as well."

Kershaw has not pitched for the team since June 26 because of a herniated disk in his lower back.

The Dodgers entered Wednesday with a two-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Andy McCullough/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Pirates, Yankees Complete Ivan Nova Trade

Aug 31, 2016 7:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have completed the July trade that sent Ivan Nova to the National League.

New York will receive outfielder Tito Polo and left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Nova has a 2.87 ERA over 31.1 innings since the trade, striking out 22 and walking just one.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Indians Agree To Acquire Coco Crisp From Athletics

Aug 31, 2016 7:42 AM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Major League Baseball still needs to approve the deal. It would have to become official by Wednesday for Crisp to be eligible for the postseason.

Crisp spent his first four seasons with the Indians.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Yasiel Puig Claimed On Revocable Waivers By Unknown Team

Aug 31, 2016 7:37 AM

Yasiel Puig has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unknown team, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Dodgers can now work out a trade with the team.

Puig was demoted to the Minor Leagues earlier this month after the Dodgers were unable to work out a trade before the non-waiver deadline.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Trade Rumor

Tim Tebow Signs Apparel Deal With Adidas

Aug 30, 2016 4:06 PM

Tim Tebow has signed a multiyear deal with Adidas, according to sources.

Tebow tried out for Major League teams in Adidas shorts and cleats on Tuesday.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Free Agent Rumor

Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 Option Likely To Vest

Aug 30, 2016 7:44 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma surpassed 162 innings last week, meaning he crossed the minimum innings threshold for his 2017 club option to vest at $14 million.

However, Iwakuma's contract also stipulates that he must finish the season without incurring a specific injury. While it seems likely the option will vest, his 2017 salary isn't yet guaranteed.

Iwakuma signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the Seattle Mariners (including a pair of vesting options) after a three-year, $45 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down over health concerns.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor

Pirates Place Gerrit Cole On DL With Elbow Inflammation

Aug 30, 2016 7:40 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Gerrit Cole on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with "posterior inflammation of the right elbow."

Pittsburgh called up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis to assume Cole's spot against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. He lasted just four innings, striking out four batters and allowed two runs.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

Royals Acquire Daniel Nava From Angels

Aug 30, 2016 7:34 AM

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Daniel Nava from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

The Angels will send Nava to Triple-A Omaha.

At the Major League level this season, Nava hit .235/.309/.303 over 136 plate appearances.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Yasiel Puig: Minors Humbling, 'Difficult' To See Dodgers In First

Aug 30, 2016 7:30 AM

Yasiel Puig would have preferred a trade rather than a stint in the Minor Leagues, but he says he has already been humbled by his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Puig on revocable waivers over the weekend.

"Watching the Dodgers being in first place, it's very difficult," Puig said. "The moment I arrived in L.A., people were crazy for me -- 50-60 thousand people [cheering] at the stadium. I got used to that amount of fans. Getting to Triple-A and not seeing as many fans is not very appealing or fun to play baseball, but this is what I have to do for my future."

Puig has been in the Minor Leagues for three weeks and he has a .375 average.

"[Playing in the minors] is something that has taught me humility, and I am very grateful," he said. "I do not know what the future will hold in the next few hours. I don't know where I will go. I don't know my fate. God only knows my destiny, and I am here to fulfill it. He gave me many opportunities, the way [the Dodgers] did, and I put myself in this situation."

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers

Mike Trout Hits Milestone With Fifth 100-Run Season

Aug 30, 2016 7:25 AM

Mike Trout scored a pair of runs on Monday night to become just the second player in Major League history to score 100 runs five times before his age-25 season.

Alex Rodriguez was the first, and previously only, player to accomplish the feat.

The Los Angeles Angels have struggled this season, but Trout is hitting .316/.434/.556 with 25 home runs, 84 RBI, 21 stolen bases and now 100 runs scored.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Stats

Dodgers Place Yasiel Puig On Revocable Waivers
While a team could claim Yasiel Puig, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes that a trade is much more likely during the offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Drew Stubbs Rejects Outright Assignment From Rangers
Drew Stubbs, 31, has been placed on irrevocable waivers and will be a free agent if he clears.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Now Likely To Pick Up Clay Buchholz's $13.5M Option
Clay Buchholz has a 5.63 ERA as a starter and a 3.05 mark as a reliever.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Rays Won't Allow Chris Archer To Lose 20 Games
Mike Maroth of the Tigers (2003) was the last pitcher to lose 20 games.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

David Ortiz Ties Jimmie Fox On All-Time Home Run List
David Ortiz hit the 534th home run of his career against the Royals on Sunday night, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on the all-time list.

Ian Browne/MLB

Maine-Endwell Tops Seoul To Give U.S. Little League Title
Maine-Endwell (NY) defeated Seoul, 2-1, in Little League World Series title game on Sunday, finishing the tournament undefeated and becoming the first U.S. team to win in five years.

Mike McCormick/MLB

Clayton Kershaw To Pitch Simulated Game Tuesday
The Dodgers have yet to release a timetable for when Clayton Kershaw might return to the Major Leagues.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Braves Unsure About Promoting Top-20 Prospect Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies hit an excellent .322/.394/.446 in 325 Double-A plate appearances this season.

Mark Bowman/ (via MLBTradeRumors)

Orioles Sign Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter played for Baltimore from 2011-15, going 21-20 with a 4.22 ERA.


Giants Place Jake Peavy On 15-Day Disabled List
Jake Peavy was supposed to start for the first time since a demotion to the bullpen on Aug. 1.


Padres Interested In Re-Signing John Jay
At the time of his injury, John Jay was leading the Padres in batting average and the National League in doubles.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Terry Collins Acknowledges Mets May Fire Him After Season
The Mets reached the World Series last season and had high expectations for 2016.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Jays DFA Aaron Loup, Recall Bo Schultz
Aaron Loup gave up three earned runs on Friday.

Canadian Press

Mets Likely To Skip Jacob deGrom's Next Start
The Mets staff and the struggling Jacob deGrom say his issue is with his release point.

Jays Send Prospect To White Sox For Dioner Navarro
The Blue Jays have sent minor league lefty Colton Turner to the White Sox.

Demotion Expected To Delay Shelby Miller's Free Agency
The Diamondbacks have scheduled Shelby Miller for at least one more Triple-A start which will leave him unable to accrue enough days on the active roster this year to reach four full years of MLB serv

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Rick Hahn Disputes Reports Of Discord In White Sox's Front Office
The White Sox are five games under .500 deep in a season in which they were expected to contend.

Collen Kane/Chicago Tribune

Blue Jays Made Play For Joey Votto Last Summer
The Blue Jays were willing to add Joey Votto on top of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, which would have made the 2015 lineup even more star-studded.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Dodgers Will Try To Re-Sign Justin Turner
Justin Turner is expected to be one of the better free agent options this winter and has done nearly everything in his tenure with the Dodgers.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Red Sox Place Andrew Benintendi On DL With Knee Sprain
The Red Sox are hopeful that the rookie will return before the season ends.

Associated Press