December 2017 - Baseball Wiretap

Wade Davis Agrees Upon Three-Year, $52M Deal With Rockies

Dec 29, 2017 1:20 PM

The Colorado Rockies have agreed upon a three-year, $52 million deal with Wade Davis.

Davis was the best reliever on the free agent market.

The record $17.33 million-a-year commitment from the Rockies includes a fourth-year vesting option that could push the total deal to $66 million. 

Colorado has become a landing spot for top relievers this winter, with Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw signing three-year, $27 million deals and Davis turning the total guarantee outlay by the club on bullpen arms to $106 million. 

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Reds Sign Jared Hughes To Two-Year Contract

Dec 28, 2017 8:56 AM

The Cincinnati Reds signed right-handed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported that Hughes will get $2,125,000 in each of the next two seasons. The Reds' option in 2020 is worth $3 million with a $250,000 buyout.

Hughes, 32, went 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA and one save in 67 appearances (59 2/3 innings) for the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mets Name Omar Minaya Special Assistant To GM

Dec 23, 2017 1:35 AM

Omar Minaya is returning to the Mets as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, who replaced him as general manager after the 2010 season.

Minaya was the Mets' senior assistant GM from September 1997 until February 2002, when he joined the Montreal Expos as Major League Baseball's first Hispanic GM. He returned to the Mets as GM after the 2004 season, helped put together a roster that reached Game 7 of the National League Championship Series in 2006, then was fired after consecutive seasons with losing records.

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Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Giants May Be Favorites To Sign Jay Bruce

Dec 22, 2017 7:58 AM

After acquiring Evan Longoria earlier this week, the San Francisco Giants may be preparing to add another bat to their offense.

They are considered the favorites to sign Jay Bruce in free agency.

"I think it works out as a perfect fit for the Giants, and we have to figure out the lay of the land, whether it works for the Giants and if it works for us," agent Matt Sosnick said Wednesday on KNBR-AM. "I think if Jay ended up in San Francisco, he'd be thrilled."

Bruce was deep in talks with the Houston Astros, but those negotiations unraveled.

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

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Phillies Won't Issue Roy Halladay's No. 34 In 2018

Dec 22, 2017 7:49 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor Roy Halladay by not allowing anyone to wear No. 34 next season.

Halladay died Nov. 7 when his ICON A5 aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

He spent just four seasons with the Phillies, but left a huge impression.

Andrew Knapp wore No. 34 last season, but recently switched to No. 15.

It is unclear how else the Phillies might recognize or honor Halladay next season.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Pirates 'Motivated' To Move Gerrit Cole, Talks With Yankees Picking Up

Dec 22, 2017 7:43 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees are once again discussing a trade centered around Gerrit Cole, according to a report.

The Pirates are now "motivated" to move the right-hander and the Yankees are currently the most likely landing spot.

Cole, 27, is controllable for another two seasons.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Diamondbacks Add Japanese Reliever Yoshihisa Hirano

Dec 22, 2017 7:37 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano.

Hirano, 34, had 29 saves this season for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League. He spent his entire 11-year career with the Buffaloes, recording a 48-69 record with a 3.10 ERA in 68 starts and 481 relief appearances.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Zach Britton Suffers Torn Achilles, Will Have Surgery

Dec 21, 2017 8:30 AM

The Baltimore Orioles suffered a major blow on Wednesday when they learned that Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles sprinting during an offseason workout.

Britton is expected to have surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for at least four months.

"It's probably the most frustrating thing I've experienced," the reliever said. "Last year [being on the disabled list was disappointing], but those were minor things. Now, this isn't something that's going to affect me long term. As soon as I have the surgery and rehab, I can get back to pitching like I can pitch. It's not career threatening or anything like that. But it's just going to be a real grind. I was really frustrated because I was feeling good with the forearm and the knee. I was about to throw bullpens. I was right where I wanted to be."

Britton will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets Reach Contract Extension With Sandy Alderson

Dec 21, 2017 8:18 AM

The New York Mets have announced that Sandy Alderson has received a contract extension.

The length of the general manager's new deal wasn't specified.

Alderson's previous deal ran through last season.

"I feel that we have some unfinished business," he said in a statement. "Spring training is around the corner and our quest to return to the postseason will continue."

Associated Press

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Indians, Yonder Alonso Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Dec 21, 2017 8:14 AM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a two-year deal with Yonder Alonso, according to a source.

The deal is worth $16 million and includes a vesting option for a third year at $8 million.

Alonso, 30, hit 28 home runs with a .501 slugging percentage for the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners and made his first All-Star team in 2017.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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O's Threaten To Take Manny Machado Off Trading Block
Manny Machado continues to be a focus of widespread trade rumors.

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Giants Acquire Evan Longoria From Rays
Evan Longoria has five years left on his six-year, $100 million deal.

ESPN

Astros, Rangers Set To Meet With Yu Darvish
Yu Darvish met face-to-face with the Cubs earlier this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Want Two Controllable Starting Pitchers For Manny Machado
If the Orioles are going to trade Manny Machado, they hope to come to an agreement by the end of the week.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Mets Have 'Reached Out' To Adrian Gonzalez
The Mets have an in-house option at first base in Dominic Smith.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tim Lincecum Eyeing Comeback, Plans To Hold Showcase
Tim Lincecum has disappeared from public view since leaving baseball.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Dodgers, Yankees Among Five Teams To Pay Luxury Tax
The Dodgers will pay $36.2 million in luxury tax, marking the fourth consecutive year they've paid the highest penalty.

Associated Press

Yankees Have Been Scouting Patrick Corbin
The Yankees have been looking at options to bolster their starting rotation and have scouted Patrick Corbin.

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Red Sox Hope To Find Trade Partner For Hanley Ramirez
The Red Sox want to sign J.D. Martinez, but may have to find a way to trade Hanley Ramirez in order to relieve a roster logjam if they do so.

Evan Drellich/CSNNE

Red Sox Re-Sign Mitch Moreland
Mitch Moreland can reportedly earn an extra $1 million through incentives.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Yu Darvish Has 'Very Good Meeting' With Cubs
Yu Darvish tweeted in Japanese confirmation of the meeting amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him.

Associated Press

Christian Yelich Unhappy With Marlins, Wants Some Answers
Christian Yelich is "unhappy" over all the moves the Marlins have made this offseason and wants some answers from the front office, according to sources.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cole Hamels, Wife Donate $9.4M Mansion To Charity
Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, have donated a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to a charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses.

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Giants Looking Into Trade For Maikel Franco
The Giants shed some salary when they traded Matt Moore to the Rangers last week.

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Anthony Rendon Open To Extension With Nationals
Anthony Rendon is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and cannot become a free agent until 2020.

Jamal Collier/MLB

Diamondbacks, White Sox Showing Most Interest In Manny Machado
As the Orioles continue to mull a possible Manny Machado trade, the Diamondbacks and White Sox have shown the most interest in dealing for the star.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Phillies Have Asked About Chris Archer, Danny Duffy, Marcus Stroman
The Phillies are looking to accelerate their rebuild after signing Carlos Santana and adding to their bullpen.

Matt Gelb/Philly.com

Strasburg May Skip Future All-Star Games
Stephen Strasburg is sure a change in routine for last season's All-Star Game contributed to an arm injury.

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Padres Sign Jordan Lyles To One-Year Deal; DFA Travis Wood
Right-hander Jordan Lyles joined the Padres in early August last season.

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Daniel Murphy Still On Crutches
Daniel Murphy not putting any timetable on retuning from knee surgery.

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