June 2017 - Baseball Wiretap

Yankees Looking For Bullpen Help Immediately

Jun 30, 2017 8:30 AM

The New York Yankees are looking for bullpen help right now.

Brian Cashman acknowledged that "the bullpen is struggling right now."

The Yankees have a 3.50 bullpen ERA, sixth-best in baseball, but Tyler Clippard has struggled lately.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Teams Interested If Tigers Decide To Trade Justin Verlander

Jun 30, 2017 8:23 AM

If the Detroit Tigers decide to move Justin Verlander, there will be many teams interested.

Verlander is one of the highest-paid players in the Major League Baseball and is on a multi-year deal. He is due $28 million a year for this year and two more plus a vesting option for $22 million in 2020.

A person with knowledge of the situation put the chances for a trade of ace pitcher Verlander at a "3" on a (1 to 10 scale).

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jeffrey Loria Nearing Decision On Sale Of Marlins

Jun 30, 2017 8:05 AM

Jeffrey Loria is nearing a decision on the sale of the Miami Marlins and is prepared to sell the club for less than the originally reported $1.3 billion price tag, according to a report.

It was reported on Thursday afternoon that the Marlins had made "significant progress" on a sale and were expected to receive $1.1-$1.3 billion from the group that is being led by Tagg Romney, Tom Glavine and Wayne Rothbaum or the group that is led by Derek Jeter.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Trea Turner Out Indefinitely With Broken Wrist

Jun 30, 2017 8:01 AM

The Washington Nationals will be without Trea Turner indefinitely because of a broken wrist.

Turner was hit in the right wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh inning on Thursday night.

He remained in the game and caught a pop-up in the top of the eighth inning, but was replaced in the top of the ninth.

"I didn't know," Turner said. "I had tape on my wrist, so initially it didn't feel that bad. But I went out there and tried throwing. It hurt to lob the ball, but it felt fine when I threw it as hard as I could or basically full speed.

"So I stayed in there a little bit, and then after a little while it started stiffening up on me so I figured I'd get out of there. In a close game, didn't want to make a double-cut play or whatever it might be. I figured (Stephen) Drew might have a better shot or Difo. They'd have a better shot at playing some defense."

Turner, 24, is hitting .279/.324/.422 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury

Mets Considering Re-Signing Bartolo Colon

Jun 30, 2017 7:55 AM

The New York Mets are considering whether or not to re-sign Bartolo Colon, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking.

Colon was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

The Mets have an injury-plagued pitching staff. Colon was an All-Star with the club last season.

The 44-year-old was 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts before being designated.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees Rookie Ruptures Patellar Tendon In Debut

Jun 30, 2017 7:47 AM

Dustin Fowler suffered an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee crashing into the first-base-line rail during Thursday night's game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.

The injury occurred in the first inning of his Major League debut.

The Yankees said he would undergo surgery later in Thursday evening at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. Joe Girardi said Fowler's season is over and he thought the recovery time would be at least six months and possibly longer.

"I was in tears, actually," Girardi said. "Because I know what it takes to get here and how hard he has worked and what is supposed to be a really exciting day for him turns into a really bad day. I'm still disbelief. I'm in tears for the kid."

Fowler, 22, batted .293 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 70 Triple-A games.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

Koda Glover Dealing With Severe Shoulder Inflammation

Jun 29, 2017 7:52 AM

Koda Glover may not pitch for the Washington Nationals anytime soon.

Glover, who has been on the disabled list with lower back stiffness, revealed Wednesday that he has "severe inflammation of the rotator cuff and two strains" in his right shoulder.

There is no timetable for Glover's return, but he hasn't been cleared to start throwing yet.

"It's obviously frustrating," he said. "You want to play. It's what you wake up to do. It’s your job. But it's one of them things where it's kind of out of your control. I'm just doing what I can to get healthy and be back as soon as possible."

Mark Zuckerman/MASN Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Kris Bryant Sprains Ankle, May Require DL Stint

Jun 29, 2017 7:48 AM

Kris Bryant left Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals after stepping awkwardly on third base following his catch of a pop fly in the fifth inning.

Bryant has a mild to moderate sprain of his right ankle, according to the Chicago Cubs. He won't play on Thursday and the club isn't sure if he will need to go on the 10-day disabled list.

"The awkward momentum off the base caused it," Joe Maddon said. "I was watching closely. It was more painful than you might think, but I've done it, so you know it can really be a sprain.

"It's unfortunate. Hopefully, it's just going to be a couple days."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

Hanley Ramirez Surprised To Hear He's Bad Against Lefties

Jun 29, 2017 7:43 AM

Hanley Ramirez was surprised to be told that he's hitting just .143 against left-handed pitching this season.

Ramirez was out of the lineup of the Boston Red Sox for a third consecutive game Wednesday night after taking a pitch off the knee Sunday. While speaking with reporters after batting practice he was informed that he's 5-for-35 with eight strikeouts in 45 plate appearances against lefties.

"You're kidding me," Ramirez said. "It took you long enough to tell me that. I didn't know that, for real. So OK, after this conversation, let's see what's going to happen now. I'll say it: Bring it, OK? I didn't know. I swear. Interesting. Thank you."

Ramirez hit .346 against lefties last season and has a .300 career average against southpaws.

"We know it's not to that [2016] level yet, but we're not going to give up on him by any means and say this isn't going to happen," John Farrell said. "We see stretches where the impact of the baseball is to all fields. That's always been the goal to get him to that. He's not giving up on himself, and we're not giving up on him."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Cubs Cut Miguel Montero After Being 'Bad Teammate'

Jun 29, 2017 7:38 AM

The Chicago Cubs have designated Miguel Montero for assignment after he publicly called out Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

"That's the reason they were running left and right today, because they were slow to the plate," Montero said as he criticized Arrieta and the Chicago pitching staff for Washington's baserunning success. "Simple as that. It's a shame it's my fault because I didn't throw anyone out."

Montero said he apologized on Wednesday to Arrieta and that the teammates were on good terms. However, Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon both said the catcher's comments necessitated a roster change.

"When something goes wrong on the field we expect our players to take the blame, step up and proactively assume the blame for it, even if it's not their fault," Epstein said. "That's the way to be a good teammate. He completely agreed when it was pointed out to him and he apologized.

"After thinking about it some more, I just came to the conclusion that now more than ever we need to be a team. This was an example of being a bad teammate publicly and that we'd be better off moving on and not standing for it."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Red Sox 'Keen' On Trade For Sonny Gray
The Red Sox have sent respected scouts to Sonny Gray's last two starts.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Braves Seeking Trade For Controllable Starter
The Braves would like to trade for a top-of-the-rotation starter and have Chris Archer and Jose Quintana on their wish list.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rays Release Derek Norris
Tampa Bay added Norris before the season after he was let go by the Nationals.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Miguel Montero Blames Jake Arrieta For Nationals' Seven Steals
Miguel Montero blamed the total on Jake Arrieta's slow delivery, which he says kept him from throwing out runners.

Associated Press

Tim Tebow Realizes He Still Has 'A Long Way To Go'
Tim Tebow was promoted recently, but realizes he still has "a long way to go" to be a successful professional baseball player.


Yasiel Puig Has Suspension Rescinded
Yasiel Puig flashed his middle finger on both hands at fans sitting behind home plate after he hit a home run at Progressive Field two weeks ago.


Giants Deny Stretch Routine Created Friction
The Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.

Chris Haft/MLB

John Farrell Suspended One Game, Fined By MLB
John Farrell will serve his punishment on Tuesday when the Red Sox face the Twins.


Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria From Marlins
The Rays have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins in exchange for two minor leaguers.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Kyle Schwarber 'Not Surprised' Cubs Demoted Him
Kyle Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after hitting .171 in 64 games this season.


Terry Francona Leaves Game After Not Feeling Well
Terry Francona left the Indians' win over the Rangers on Monday night because he wasn't feeling well.


Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal
The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Giancarlo Stanton To Defend Home Run Derby Victory
Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown at his home ballpark next month.

Patrick Pinak/MLB

Phillies 'Foresee' Changes At Trade Deadline
The Phillies are expected to be busy at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Marlins Willing To Listen To Offers On Relievers
They are willing to listen to trade offers for relievers A.J. Ramos, David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ichiro, 43, Becomes Oldest To Start Game In Center Field
Ichiro Suzuki broke the record held by Rickey Henderson, who was a month younger when he started in center in 2002 for the Red Sox.

Associated Press

Carlos Rodon Rejoins White Sox, Will Make Season Debut
Carlos Rodon is back with the White Sox and is expected to make his season debut during the club's homestand.

Associated Press

Yankees Place Aaron Hicks On DL With Ribcage Injury
Aaron Hicks will be out three to four weeks with a ribcage injury on the right side.


Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt Off Waivers From A's
The Brewers added veteran catcher Stephen Vogt to their roster on Sunday.


Mets Promote Tim Tebow To St. Lucie
Tim Tebow batted .222 in 212 at-bats for the Columbia Fireflies this season.