December 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Blue Jays Acquire Clayton Richard From Padres

Dec 31, 2018 2:16 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired left-hander Clayton Richard and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Sunday, it was announced.

Toronto will send minor league outfielder Connor Panas to San Diego.

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Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Contract

Dec 29, 2018 1:34 AM

Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Friday.

Shoemaker went 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season

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Angels, Jonathan Lucroy Agree To One-Year, $3.35M Deal

Dec 29, 2018 1:31 AM

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy has agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to multiple reports. News of the agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Lucroy, 32, hit .241 with four homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games for the Oakland Athletics last season after signing a one-year, $6.5 million contract in March.

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Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Both Prefer Not To Sign With Phillies

Dec 28, 2018 9:55 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have been planning for this offseason for years and are loaded with money to pursue free agents.

Both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have received interest from the Phillies, but word is neither player particularly likes Philadelphia. Furthermore, Harper and Machado both would have preferred to sign with the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have shown little interest in signing Harper.

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Nelson Cruz Signs One-Year, $14.3M Deal With Twins

Dec 27, 2018 12:48 PM

Nelson Cruz has agreed to sign a one-year, $14.3 million deal with the Minnesota Twins.

The deal also features a $12 million team option for 2020, according to the source. 

Cruz made $14.725 million in the final year of his four-year, $64 million contract that he signed in 2015.

In 14 major league seasons, Cruz, a former outfielder, has 360 home runs, 1,011 RBIs, 838 runs and a .274 batting average. 

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mike Fiers Agrees To Re-Sign With A's On Two-Year Deal

Dec 23, 2018 5:43 PM

The Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign Mike Fiers to a two-year deal that could be worth up to $15 million.

Fiers, 33, is coming off his best season (12-8, 3.56 ERA) as a major league starter.

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Cubs Agree To Deal With Kendall Graveman

Dec 22, 2018 6:26 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Kendall Graveman, a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Graveman, who is still rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery in late July, will receive at least $575,000 for 2019 and has a $3 million club option for 2020, according to multiple reports.

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Cardinals Sign Andrew Miller To Two-Year Contract

Dec 22, 2018 1:27 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed two-time All-Star reliever Andrew Miller to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

According to The Athletic, Miller will receive $25 million over the next two seasons with a vesting option that would pay him $12 million in 2021 or a $2.5 million buyout.

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Giants, Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Agree To One-Year Deal

Dec 22, 2018 1:23 AM

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Venditte made 15 appearances with a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings for the Dodgers last season, so new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is plenty familiar with the pitcher.

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M's Acquire Domingo Santana From Brewers

Dec 22, 2018 1:19 AM

The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league pitcher Noah Zavalos.

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Dodgers Trade Kemp, Puig, Wood To Reds In Seven-Player Deal
The Dodgers have taken on the contact of starting pitcher Homer Bailey.

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A's Acquire Jurickson Profar In Three-Team Trade With Rangers, Ray
The A's have a potential replacement for Jed Lowrie in Jurickson Profar.

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Cardinals Closing In On Deal With Andrew Miller
According to a report, it will be a multi-year deal.

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J.A. Happ Wants Manny Machado To Join Him On Yankees
J.A. Happ has landed with the Yankees and now he wants Manny Machado to join him.

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Nationals Reach Two-Year, $19M Deal With Anibal Sanchez
The 34-year-old had a 2.83 ERA in 24 starts for the Braves last season.

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Daniel Murphy Agrees To Two-Year, $24M Deal With Rockies
Daniel Murphy is expected to play mostly first base for the Rockies.

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A's, Joakim Soria Agree Upon Two-Year, $15M Deal
Joakim Soria had a 4.09 ERA in 26 games with the Brewers last season.

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Troy Tulowitzki Could Be Fit For Giants
The Blue Jays released Troy Tulowitzki earlier this month, leaving themselves responsible for $38 million over the next two years.

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Indians Still Discussing Corey Kluber Trade
The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Reds have shown interest in Corey Kluber.

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MLB, MLBPA, Cuba Reach Deal For Players To Sign
A new agreement has been reached between Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation that will allow players from the island to sign contracts without defecting,

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Mariners Sign Naming Rights Deal With T-Mobile
The Mariners' ballpark has been known as Safeco Field since it opened in 1999 as part of a 20-year agreement.

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Matt Harvey Joins Angels On One-Year, $11M Deal
Matt Harvey, 29, reset his value a bit after the Mets traded him to the Reds.

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Twins To Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
The Twins surprised Joe Mauer with the announcement on Tuesday.

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Yankees Hire Carlos Beltran As Special Adviser
The Yankees have hired Carlos Beltran as special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman.

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Cubs, Daniel Descalso Agree On Two-Year, $5M Deal
The Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with Daniel Descalso that includes a club option for 2021.

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Astros Back In Mix To Trade For J.T. Realmuto
The Astros have resurfaced as a potential destination for J.T. Realmuto, according to a source.

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CC Sabathia Gets $500K Bonus Despite Ejection
The Yankees gave CC Sabathia a $500,000 performance bonus, even though the left-hander was ejected from his final regular-season start six outs shy of the 155 innings required.

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Yankees Could Trade Miguel Andujar
The Padres are believed to be a team interested in Miguel Andujar.

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Dodgers Interested In Bryce Harper On Short-Term Deal
The Dodgers do not want Bryce Harper on the type of long-term, record-setting contract he's seeking.

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Astros Sign Michael Brantley To Two-Year, $32M Deal
Michael Brantley gives the Astros a left-handed bat in the middle of their lineup.

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