May 2017 - Baseball Wiretap

Phillies Have Discussed Sending Maikel Franco To Triple-A

May 31, 2017 3:57 PM

If he doesn't break out of his slump, the Philadelphia Phillies could send Maikel Franco to Triple-A.

"We've talked about it," Pete Mackanin said. "That's about all I'll say. It's been discussed."

Franco has a hit in just three of his last 25 at-bats and was benched two days last week.

"Befuddled is a good word," Mackanin said last week. "As much as he works in the cage and on the field in batting practice and does it right, when he gets in the game his head is still flying [out] and his bat is coming out of the zone.

"You've heard me say this many times: Hitting is like riding a bike. I can't teach you to keep your head in there. I can tell you to do it, but you have to do it on your own and he's got to figure it out. Guys have to figure it out. They have to figure out how to get the job done. Whether it's cut down on your swing, choke up, use a different bat, use a different stance, do something different. If you make outs the same way over and over, it's not going to change.

"At this level you've got to produce. You want to play, you've got to hit and they have to understand that. Nobody is here on scholarship."

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

MLB Reduces Bryce Harper's Suspension To Three Games

May 31, 2017 3:53 PM

Major League Baseball has reduced Bryce Harper's suspension to three games, a source has confirmed.

Harper originally received a four-game ban for his role in a fight with San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.

He will begin serving the suspension when the Washington Nationals face the Giants on Wednesday night.

Harper is tied for the National League lead with 15 home runs. He will be eligible to return Sunday as the Nationals finish off a series at the Oakland Athletics.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Bryce Harper Leads NL In All-Star Voting

May 31, 2017 8:41 AM

Major League Baseball released the first National League All-Star balloting results on Tuesday and Bryce Harper leads the league in voting.

Harper, who has totaled 900,079 votes, has a 230,436 lead on Washington Nationals teammate Daniel Murphy for the top spot.

Below are the voting leaders at each position:

Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants

First Basemen: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

Second Baseman: Murphy, Nationals

Third Baseman: Kris Bryant, Cubs

Shortstop: Corey Seager, Dodgers

Outfielders: Harper, Nationals, Charlie Blackmon, Rockies, Jason Heyward, Cubs

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Jeb Bush No Longer Interested In Marlins; Jeter Still Trying

May 31, 2017 8:34 AM

Jeb Bush is no longer interested in buying the Miami Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team, according to two people close to the negotiations.

Derek Jeter, who had been part of Bush's group, is still exploring a bid with other investors.

Jeter becomes the frontman for an investment group competing with a group led by businessman Tagg Romney. The Romney group includes Tom Glavine and former Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart.

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Theo Epstein Visits Struggling Cubs In San Diego

May 31, 2017 8:30 AM

Theo Epstein visited the Chicago Cubs in San Diego on Tuesday, saying he is providing "moral support" for the reigning champions amid their ongoing struggles and insisting no drastic changes are imminent.

Epstein was on the West Coast scouting and decided to watch the final two games of the Padres series.

"It's more important to be around when the team is struggling than when they're doing well," Epstein said. "Showing moral support can be good from time to time. Take the heat off of others when the team is scuffling."

The Cubs are 25-26 after losing to the Padres on Tuesday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Buster Posey Told By Giants To 'Stay Out Of Pile'

May 30, 2017 7:55 PM

During Monday's brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence. 

After Strickland hit Harper on the hip with a fastball, Posey didn't move in an attempt to intervene and diffuse the situation. As Harper yelled and motioned at Strickland, Posey continued to stand behind home plate and chose to not enter the fray as the benches cleared.

“Given his injury that took him out for a whole year, that has everything to do with it… Imagine what this team would be like without him. You have to know what he’s been told – ‘stay out of the pile.’ And you have to know the corner infielders have been told he’s not gonna be there, you need to protect. And you saw Michael Morse come in and that was his main job. Basically, Buster’s responding the way he’s been told. Buster has no choice,” Giants' color announcer Mike Krukow said.

“It is extremely hard for Buster not to get in that pile. So know that. But, I’m just saying, and I’m not gonna tell you who told him, I’m just saying that he’s been told, ’stay out of the pile,’” Krukow said.

Posey also was likely upset with Strickland for hitting Harper, which will make him a target for the Nationals during the remainder of the series.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals

Hunter Strickland Suspended Six Games, Bryce Harper Gets Four

May 30, 2017 7:01 PM

Discipline has been issued to both Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper as a result of the bench-clearing incident that occurred in the top of the eighth inning of Monday's game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. 

Strickland has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally hitting Harper with a pitch, inciting the bench-clearing incident and fighting. Harper has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for charging the mound, throwing his helmet and fighting.

The suspensions had been scheduled to be effective on Tuesday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in San Francisco. However, both players have elected to appeal. Thus, the respective discipline issued to each player will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Suspension

Braves Like Austin Beck With Fifth Pick

May 30, 2017 9:28 AM

The Atlanta Braves, who have the No. 5 overall pick in next month's draft, are reportedly looking at North Carolina high school outfielder Austin Beck.

John Coppolella and scouting director Brian Bridges have held several private workouts and discussions with Beck.

Beck is a right-handed hitting outfielder at North Davidson High School.

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Bill Shanks/The Telegraph

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Draft, Misc Rumor

Rays Call Up Jose De Leon To Boost Bullpen

May 30, 2017 8:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays called up Jose De Leon to pitch out of the bullpen on Monday after they played a 15 inning game the day prior.

The Rays acquired De Leon from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Logan Forsythe this past winter. He had been scheduled to start for Triple-A Durham on Monday.

He tossed 69 pitches over 2.2 innings for the Rays, earning the win in a victory over the Texas Rangers despite allowing three runs.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Dustin Pedroia To Have MRI On Injured Wrist

May 30, 2017 7:53 AM

Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game with a sprained left wrist.

He tumbled over Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu while running out a groundout in the first inning and landed awkwardly on his wrists.

"I think anytime you're dealing with a position player’s wrist, a hitter’s wrist, that’s always cause for concern," John Farrell said.

X-rays immediately taken in Chicago were negative, according to the Boston Red Sox, but he is being sent back to Boston to get an MRI.

"He feels he knows those guys, they know him well, so we felt it would be more comfortable for him to do that," Dave Dombrowski said. "He wanted to do that too because he knows those guys so well. We could have gotten an MRI here and had people read it but he just knows the people there so well. We figured he wanted to do that, so we said, 'Sure, we’ll fly you there and get the MRI done there.'"

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Royals Place Danny Duffy On DL With Oblique Strain
Danny Duffy is headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.


Mike Trout Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Thumb Injury
Mike Trout is on the disabled list for the first time in his career and will have surgery Wednesday to repair the UCL in his left thumb.


Twins Expected To Pass On Hunter Greene With No. 1 Pick
Unless they make a late change, the Twins are expected to pass on taking high school phenom Hunter Greene with the No. 1 overall pick next month.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

David Price To Make Season Debut On Monday
David Price has been rehabbing an elbow injury this spring and the early part of the season.

Ian Browne/MLB

Ryan Braun Likely Headed Back To Disabled List
Ryan Braun is expected to be headed back to the 10-day disabled list, just days after the Brewers activated him.


Dustin Pedroia Leaves Early With Left Knee Pain
Dustin Pedroia underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last October.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Terry Collins: Mets Will Avoid Publicly Predicting Injury Return Dates
Terry Collins is attempting to clarify comments he had made Wednesday about his role in relaying injury news to reporters.


Cooperstown Will Pay Tribute To 'Homer At The Bat'
Homer Simpson will be "inducted" into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Padres Receiving Trade Interest In Brad Hand
The Padres recently told other clubs that they are "open for business" and reliever Brad Hand is receiving a lot of interest, according to a report.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Boy Hurt By Shattered Bat At Yankee Stadium
Fans waved for assistance and play was delayed for about two minutes as players looked into the stands.


David Price, Red Sox To Meet After Latest Rehab Start
The Red Sox plan to meet with David Price on Thursday to determine the next step for the left-hander after he allowed six runs (three earned) in less than four innings for Triple-A Pawtucket.


Draft-Pick Compensation Varies Due To Team's Economic Circumstances
Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement has changed draft-pick compensation to vary due to a team's economic circumstances.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Red Sox Not Blaming Slow Start On John Farrell
The Red Sox have underperformed through the first quarter of the season, but they aren't blaming the slow start on John Farrell.

Jen McCaffrey/MassLive

Red Sox Promote Sam Travis To Face Left-Handers
Looking for a spark, the Red Sox promoted Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Equipment Malfunction Caused False Alarm At SunTrust Park
In the top of the third inning, an emergency alarm sounded in the ballpark and a disturbing message was posted on the scoreboard.

Associated Press

Joc Pederson Leaves Game After Collision With Yasiel Puig
Joc Pederson left Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a frightening collision with Yasiel Puig on the warning track.


Nationals Nearly Acquired David Robertson Before Season
The Nationals have bullpen issues, but they nearly acquired help before the regular season.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

White Sox 'Closing In' On Luis Robert
Luis Robert will earn a bonus of between $25 million and $30 million.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Carlos Zambrano Will Pitch In Venezuelan Winter League
Carlos Zambrano will return to the mound, but it remains to be seen if he will aim to make a Major League comeback.

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Braves Release James Loney From Triple-A Contract
James Loney, 33, signed a Minor League deal with the team on Thursday after they learned Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

Associated Press