August 2017 - Baseball Wiretap

Giancarlo Stanton Clears Waivers, Four Teams Have Inquired

Aug 16, 2017 7:38 AM

Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers on Sunday, according to multiple sources, meaning that the Miami Marlins can trade him to any team through the end of August.

Stanton is baseball's hottest hitter and clubbed his 44th home run on Tuesday night. He has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his contract.

According to sources, at least four teams have inquired about Stanton and in some negotiations names have been discussed.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Not Interested In Curtis Granderson Trade

Aug 15, 2017 9:21 AM

While there has been some talk about the Washington Nationals trading for Curtis Granderson, that reportedly isn't the case.

The Nationals preferred starting outfield is all on the disabled list. The hope remains that Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper will be healthy for the postseason.

Chelsea Janes/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers First Team Since 2004 To Be 50 Games Over .500

Aug 16, 2017 7:51 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Tuesday night, moving them 50 games over .500 on the season.

They are the first club since the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals to achieve the feat.

Los Angeles is on pace to win 117 games, one more than the Major League record set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners and 1906 Chicago Cubs.

"It's a credit to the guys in the clubhouse," Dave Roberts said. "It's really special. I know personally, having worn this uniform as a player and knowing a lot of guys that played before, it's pretty special."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Marco Estrada Claimed On Revocable Waivers

Aug 16, 2017 7:45 AM

Marco Estrada has been claimed on revocable trade waivers, but the Toronto Blue Jays don't plan to move him.

It remains unknown who claimed Estrada, although reports have indicated that it may be an American League East rival.

"Yeah, but nothing is going to happen," John Gibbons said. "We need him. Most guys go through that; most of them probably get claimed anyway. Nothing's going to happen."

Estrada has a 5.09 ERA, 4.54 FIP and 143 strikeouts in 139.2 innings this season.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ian Kinsler Rips Umpire Angel Hernandez: 'Find Another Job'

Aug 16, 2017 7:31 AM

Ian Kinsler unloaded on Angel Hernandez a day after the umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes.

Kinsler said Hernandez "needs to re-evaluate his career choice" because he's "messing with baseball games."

Hernandez has been a Major League umpire since 1993.

"I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is," Kinsler said. "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line.

"If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball games, blatantly."

ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Joey Votto Beats Cubs' Four-Man Outfield Shift

Aug 15, 2017 9:17 AM

The Chicago Cubs used an unusual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.

With Votto coming to the plate in the top of the fifth inning, third baseman Kris Bryant moved to left-center field, with left fielder Kyle Schwarber playing near the foul line. Jon Jay remained in center, with Jason Heyward in right field.

The left side of the infield was left entirely open with shortstop Javier Baez playing up the middle.

Votto beat the alignment by doubling to right field.

"Joey Votto right now is ungodly," Joe Maddon said. "Whatever you do, you're taking chances anyhow. It's almost like [San Diego Padres legend] Tony Gwynn when he was good.

"We'll continue to throw it out there when we think it's the right thing to do."

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Giancarlo Stanton Sets Marlins Record With 43rd Home Run

Aug 15, 2017 9:12 AM

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 43rd home run of the season on Monday night as the Miami Marlins took on the San Francisco Giants.

Stanton set a new club record, breaking Gary Sheffield's mark of 42 reached in 1996. He accomplished the feat in Miami's 117th game of the season.

"When you're one homer or one hit away from a record, you don't want to let it linger because then every at-bat is, 'Is he going to do it? Is he going to do it?'" the slugger said. "So luckily I got it out of the way right away, put us on top, and able to finish."

Stanton has homered 22 times in his past 34 games.

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Pablo Sandoval: Heart Remained In San Francisco During Boston Tenure

Aug 14, 2017 7:54 PM

Pablo Sandoval wrote an essay for The Players' Tribune about his experience playing for the Boston Red Sox and returning to the San Francisco Giants.

"I thought back to when San Francisco signed me to my first contract at 16 years old," wrote Sandoval about the moment he was called up to return to the Giants. "I wanted to be a Giant forever. Then I thought about being released by the Red Sox last month and doing everything in my power to get back to San Francisco. It was a lot of emotion."

Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on a five-year, $95 million contract, but "it just never felt like home."

"I had the greatest times of my life in San Francisco. And when I chose to leave, I left the special group of guys that I had shared those times with. I left behind the chemistry I had built with my teammates. I left behind a dynasty.

"And I think that’s another reason I struggled so much the last couple of years: Because every day I spent in Boston, my heart was still back in San Francisco."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants

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Padres Extend Andy Green's Contract Through 2021

Aug 14, 2017 8:03 AM

The San Diego Padres have extended Andy Green's contract.

Exact terms haven't been announced, but it's been reported that Green's deal now runs through the 2021 season.

Green is just 119-159 since being hired by the Padres before the 2016 season.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Have Tried Multiple Times To Acquire Ervin Santana

Aug 14, 2017 7:54 AM

The Seattle Mariners have tried multiple times to acquire Ervin Santana from the Minnesota Twins.

The talks were put on hold with the Twins making another push towards the Wild Card and moving ahead of the Mariners in the standings.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Acquire Tyler Clippard From White Sox
The Astros have acquired Tyler Clippard from the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Connor Byrne/MLB Trade Rumors

John Farrell Admits Error Trying To Bring Craig Kimbrel Into Game
John Farrell was initially unsuccessful in trying to bring Craig Kimbrel into Sunday night's game between the Red Sox and Yankees in the ninth inning.

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Brewers Acquire Neil Walker From Mets
Neil Walker hit .264 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 73 games with New York this season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Bryce Harper Out Indefinitely, Suffers No Knee Damage
Bryce Harper suffered a significant bone bruise in his left knee and is out indefinitely.

ESPN

Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minor League Deal
Ryan Howard signed a minor league contract with the Braves in April and was released after one month.

RealGM Staff Report

Red Sox Place Dustin Pedroia On DL For Third Time In 2017
Dustin Pedroia had arthroscopic knee surgery after last season.

ESPN

Yankees Place Masahiro Tanaka On 10-Day DL
Masahiro Tanaka is 8-10 with a career-worst 4.92 ERA in 23 starts this season.

ESPN

Rich Hill Taken To Hospital Following Hit To Throat
The Dodgers said Rich Hill checked out fine after X-rays were taken.

ESPN

Derek Jeter's Group Buying Marlins For $1.2 Billion
Derek Jeter is investing $25 million of his own money and will run the baseball side of the operation.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Red Sox May Have To Consider Extending Chris Sale's Contract
The Red Sox hold two years of options on Chris Sale's contract for a total of $26 million.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Yankees Likely To Start Jordan Montgomery Over CC Sabathia
The Yankees say there's "a really good possibility" that Jordan Montgomery will be recalled from Triple-A to start against the Red Sox on Sunday night.

Associated Press

Cardinals Say 'Rally Cat' Is Missing
According to ballpark ushers, "a fan grabbed it and claimed it was hers."

ESPN

Tigers Place Ian Kinsler On Revocable Trade Waivers
The Brewers reportedly have interest in Ian Kinsler, though he'd have to approve a trade to the Brewers.

Ken Rosenthal/MLB Network

Royals Bench Alex Gordon Amid Season-Long Slump
Alex Gordon has been mired in a season-long slump and the Royals have decided to bench the veteran.

Associated Press

Indians Acquire Jay Bruce From Mets For Prospect
The Indians have acquired Jay Bruce from the Mets for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Clayton Kershaw 'Close,' But Dodgers Won't Rush Him
Clayton Kershaw has been sidelined with a back injury since July 23.

ESPN

Rangers Sell Ernesto Frieri To Mariners For $1
The Rangers signed Ernesto Frieri as a minor league free agent on June 15.

Associated Press

Joe West Suspended Three Games For Comments About Adrian Beltre
In an article published on June 20 to coincide with the umpire's 5,000th regular-season game, West said "it's got to be Adrian Beltre" when asked who was the biggest complainer in baseball.

Associated Press

Wives Of Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper Fuel Cubs Rumors
Bryce Harper will become a free agent after the 2018 season and rumors about where he'll land have been swirling for years.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Joey Votto Becomes All-Time HR Leader At GABP
Joey Votto slugged a two-run home run in the third inning against the Padres on Monday night to become the all-time home run leader at Great American Ball Park.

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