October 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Giants Legend Willie McCovey Dies At Age 80

Oct 31, 2018 9:04 PM

Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who played 19 of his 22 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and slugged 521 career home runs, died Wednesday at age 80.

The Giants said McCovey died "peacefully" after battling "ongoing health issues."



Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Exercise $8M Option On Justin Smoak

Oct 31, 2018 8:17 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have decided to exercise their $8 million club option on Justin Smoak.

The Blue Jays could have payed Smoak a $250,000 buyout.

Smoak initially signed a two-year, $8.5 million extension with the Blue Jays in the summer of 2016.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rockies Decline Gerardo Parra's $12.5M Option

Oct 31, 2018 8:11 AM

The Colorado Rockies have declined their $12.5 million club option on Gerardo Parra for the 2019 season.

Instead, the Rockies will pay Parra a $1.5 million buyout.

Parra signed a three-year, $27.5 million contract with the Rockies prior to the 2016 season.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

J.T. Realmuto Wants Marlins To Trade Him

Oct 31, 2018 8:04 AM

J.T. Realmuto has no desire to remain with the Miami Marlins and will "definitely be wearing a different uniform by the start of spring training," according to his agent.

"J.T. has informed the Marlins' ownership, he's informed their front office, he's not going to sign an extension in Miami," agent Jeff Berry told MLB Network Radio. "It makes sense, when you have one of the more valuable trade assets in baseball, to move him. Period."

Realmuto is under team control for two more seasons -- though he is eligible for arbitration in both 2019 and 2020 -- before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

World Series Ratings Down 25 Percent

Oct 31, 2018 7:55 AM

Ratings for this year's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14,125,000 viewers on Fox, down 25 percent from last year and the fourth-lowest ever.

Last year's World Series between the Dodgers and Houston Astros averaged 18,909,000 viewers.

In 2016, a historic matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians brought in 23,386,000 viewers.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Yankees 'Lukewarm' On Signing Manny Machado

Oct 30, 2018 8:12 AM

The New York Yankees are "lukewarm" to the idea of signing Manny Machado in free agency this offseason.

The Yankees watched Machado closely this postseason, seeing him fail to run out every ground ball and get into it with opponents.

Andy Martino/SNY

Tags: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks Exercise Paul Goldschmidt's $14.5M Option

Oct 30, 2018 8:07 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised Paul Goldschmidt's $14.5 million option for next season.

Goldschmidt signed an extension in March 2013 and 2019 is the final option year.

He posted a .290/.389/.533 slash with 33 home runs in 2018.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

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

Giants Exercise Options On Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

Oct 30, 2018 8:01 AM

The San Francisco Giants have exercised Madison Bumgarner's $12 million option for 2019.

They also exercised Pablo Sandoval's option for the $555,000 minimum.

Bumgarner signed a six-year, $35.56 million deal in April 2012 that included $12 million club options for the 2018 and '19 seasons.

Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, is recovering from right hamstring surgery and didn't play after July 29.

Associated Press

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

Nationals Exercise $6M Option On Sean Doolittle

Oct 30, 2018 7:55 AM

The Washington Nationals have exercised a $6 million club option on closer Sean Doolittle for next season.

Doolittle's contract also carries a club option for 2020 at $6.5 million.

The 32-year-old had 25 saves and a 3-3 record with a 1.60 ERA in 43 appearances this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

A's Give Long-Term Extensions To Beane, Frost, And Melvin

Oct 29, 2018 3:10 PM

The Oakland A's have reached long-term agreements with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, General Manager David Forst and Manager Bob Melvin, the club announced today. 

"I'm proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come," said Oakland A's Managing General Partner John Fisher. 

Beane was elevated to his current post as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on Oct. 5, 2015 after serving 18 seasons as General Manager. Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1793-1607 (.527) record over the last 21 years, which is the fourth-best record in the American League and seventh best in all of baseball during that time frame. 

Forst will be entering his 20th season in the Athletics organization and his fourth as General Manager after being appointed to the position on Oct. 5, 2015. The A's have made nine postseason appearances since he joined the organization in 2000, including four times in the last seven seasons. 

Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the Majors (97-65) and a postseason berth this season.

Press Release

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Signing

Scott Boras Jokingly Claims Bryce Harper Has Deal In Place
Bryce Harper becomes a free agent ten days from now since the World Series is complete.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Union, Officials Have Concerns About Brodie Van Wagenen As Mets GM
There are concerns being expressed by both the union and Major League officials about how Brodie Van Wagenen can avoid conflicts as the new general manager of the Mets.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Clayton Kershaw Has Three Days To Decide On Option
Clayton Kershaw has three days to decide whether to opt into the remainder of his contract with the Dodgers, which would pay him $65 million over the next two years.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Edwin Diaz, Josh Hader Honored As Top Relievers
Edwin Diaz is a traditional closer, while Josh Hader represents the new school of relievers.

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

Steve Pearce Named World Series MVP
Steve Pearce hit two home runs on Sunday night to help lead the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series.


Red Sox, Astros Co-Favorites To Win 2019 Series
The Red Sox and Astros are each listed at 6-1 at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas.


Price, Pearce Lead Boston To World Series Title
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-1 on Sunday night to win their fourth World Series title in 15 years.


Dave Roberts Explains Pulling Rich Hill
Rich Hill had expressed concern he might not be able to hold up much longer, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.


Mets Close To Naming Brodie Van Wagenen GM
The Mets and agent Brodie Van Wagenen appear close to completing a deal that would make him the next GM.


Red Sox To Start David Price In Game 5
The Red Sox have decided to change their pitching plans and start David Price against the Dodgers in Game 5 on Sunday.


Red Sox Rally For Game 4 Win, Take 3-1 Series Lead
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers by the score of 9-6 on Saturday night to take a 3-1 lead in the World Series.


Red Sox To Start Eduardo Rodriguez In Game 4
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched one-third of an inning in Game 3, coming in with two outs in the fifth inning.


Hank Aaron Award Goes To Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez
Christian Yelich hit .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs, whole J.D. Martinez hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the majors in RBIs and total bases.


Dodgers Win Historical Game 3 In 18 Innings
The Dodgers' Max Muncy led off the bottom of the 18th inning with a game-winning HR to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Red Sox.


Dodgers Rip 'Brutal' Bullpens At Fenway Park
Clayton Kershaw struggled in his first-ever appearance at Fenway Park in Game 1 of the World Series, allowing five runs on seven hits in just four innings against the Red Sox.

Tom Verducci/SI

Rays Agree To $2.61M Bonus With Cuban Prospect Sandy Gaston
A hard-throwing right-hander, Sandy Gaston is considered one of the top international free-agent prospects.

Associated Press

Rick Porcello Will Start Game 3 For Red Sox
Teams that have won the first two games of the World Series have gone on to win the series 84 percent of the time.

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

Twins Hiring Rocco Baldelli As Manager
Rocco Baldelli, 37, has spent the last four seasons as a coach for the Rays.


Nationals Likely To Retain Entire Coaching Staff
Dave Martinez will be entering the second year of a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Blue Jays Down To Five Candidates For New Manager
The Blue Jays are looking for a new manager and are believed to be down to five candidates.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet