December 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'

Dec 14, 2018 8:19 AM

Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

That's what Machado's longtime friend and coach Bobby Dickerson told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I think if the contract is right, he would [move to third]. It may have to go an extra $5 million, or more, or whatever to get him out of [shortstop]. But if the contract is right, I think he would go to third," Dickerson said.

Machado was drafted as a shortstop before moving to third as a Major League rookie. He moved back to shortstop full-time in 2018.

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Targeting Wilson Ramos

Dec 14, 2018 8:14 AM

The Los Angeles Angels need help at catcher and Wilson Ramos appears to be their top target.

Ramos has also been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.

The 31-year-old hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs in 416 plate appearances in 2018.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rockies Hire Dave Magadan As Hitting Coach

Dec 14, 2018 8:10 AM

The Colorado Rockies have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach.

They finished with the lowest batting average in club history this past season.

The Rockies also said Ron Gideon, who had been on manager Bud Black's staff, will become the first base coach.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap

Dec 14, 2018 8:05 AM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Cleveland Indians.

Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Indians will receive Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay will get Yandy Diaz from Cleveland.

Tampa Bay will send $5 million to Seattle, and the Mariners will pay $6 million to Cleveland.

The Indians also are sending minor league pitcher Cole Sulser to the Rays and the 77th pick in the 2019 competitive balance draft to the Mariners.

ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Jerry Dipoto Released From Las Vegas Hospital

Dec 14, 2018 7:57 AM

Jerry Dipoto was released from a hospital Thursday, hours after completing a trade from his bed during baseball's winter meetings.

The Seattle Mariners general manager began feeling ill earlier in the week.

The ciub said Dipoto was driven to an area hospital by Mariners officials Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution." Dipoto made improvements into Thursday and was released later in the day, the team said. He was expected to fly home to Seattle on Friday.

Despite being sick, the 50-year-old Dipoto dealt Carlos Santana to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion on Thursday.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Brian Cashman Calls Yankees 'Fully Operational Death Star'

Dec 13, 2018 8:29 AM

Brian Cashman has said the New York Yankees would be active this offseason, while also throwing cold water on the notion of signing Bryce Harper.

On Wednesday, Cashman seemingly left anything open for possibility.

"If something doesn't make sense today, it doesn't mean it won't make sense tomorrow," Cashman said when asked again about Harper. "All I can keep telling you is, you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time we're a fully operational Death Star."

The Yankees' main needs are starting pitching, bullpen help and middle infielders.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Craig Kimbrel Reportedly Seeking $100M-Plus Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:24 AM

Craig Kimbrel is looking for a massive contract in free agency.

Kimbrel is seeking a six-year deal worth more than $100 million, according to a report.

The right-hander is one of the best closers in Major League history, but will be entering his age-31 season.

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Justin Bour Joins Angels On One-Year Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:20 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Justin Bour, according to a source.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million.

A left-handed-hitting first baseman, Bour will be used as insurance for both Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani.

Bour is a career .260/.344/.466 hitter with 84 home runs and 277 RBIs in 507 games.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Nationals Trade Tanner Roark To Reds

Dec 13, 2018 8:16 AM

The Washington Nationals have traded Tanner Roark to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Tanner Rainey.

Roark expected to be pitching in Washington's rotation alongside Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newcomer Patrick Corbin.

"I felt like we would have a pretty good staff over there in D.C., but they thought otherwise, and I don't know what their plans are," Roark said. "I'm just grateful to be a National. It was good times over there."

Roark, 32, made $6,475,000 last year, and he is eligible for arbitration. He can become a free agent after next season.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Add Lance Lynn On Three-Year, $30M Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:12 AM

Lance Lynn has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal to join the Texas Rangers.

Lynn, 34, had a 4.77 ERA last season in 29 starts and four relief appearances with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jeurys Familia Returning To Mets On Three-Year, $30M Deal
New York traded the right-hander to Oakland on July 21.

ESPN

Dodgers, Joe Kelly Agree Upon Three-Year, $25M Deal
The Dodgers have added to their bullpen by agreeing to terms with Joe Kelly on a three-year, $25 million deal, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Mets Making Push To Acquire J.T. Realmuto
The Marlins consider the Mets the front-runner to acquire the catcher, according to one source.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Blue Jays Release Troy Tulowitzki
The Blue Jays still owe Troy Tulowitzki $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020, plus the $4 million buyout of his $15 million club option for 2021.

RealGM Staff Report

Orioles Set To Name Brandon Hyde As Manager
The Orioles will name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde their next manager, according to reports.

ESPN

Dodgers Expect Clayton Kershaw To Regain Velocity
Dave Roberts is "very hopeful" that Clayton Kershaw will regain some of his velocity next season.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Gary Sanchez Will Be Yankees' Catcher 'Moving Forward'
Amid trade rumors, Brian Cashman made it clear on Tuesday that Gary Sanchez will be the lead catcher for the Yankees "moving forward."

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Red Sox To Move Mookie Betts To Second In Lineup
Alex Cora announced at baseball's winter meetings on Tuesday that the Red Sox will move Mookie Betts to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while Andrew Benintendi will leadoff.

ESPN

Andrew McCutchen Agrees To Three-Year, $45M Deal With Phillies
Andrew McCutchen batted .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games last season.

ESPN

Phillies To Meet With Agents For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
According to sources, the Phillies prefer signing Manny Machado to Bryce Harper.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Mariners Express Interest In Japanese Lefty Yusei Kikuchi
The Mariners, who have made a number of trades this offseason, are interested in Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi.

Greg Johns/MLB

Talks Intensifying Between Dodgers, Indians On Corey Kluber
The Indians signed Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, paving the way for either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to be traded.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Brian Cashman Insists Yankees Aren't Interested In Bryce Harper
Brian Cashman continues to throw cold water on any rumors linking the Yankees to Bryce Harper in free agency.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Cubs Focused On Filling Veteran Leadership Void
The Cubs are searching for another David Ross after suffering from a lack of leadership in the clubhouse this past season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Rockies Expected To Be Interested If Mariners Trade Carlos Santana
If the Mariners decide to trade Carlos Santana, the Rockies are expected to be in the mix.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Indians 'Increasingly Motivated' To Move Corey Kluber Or Trevor Bauer
After signing Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, the Indians are "increasingly motivated" to trade either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Padres, Yankees Discussing Sonny Gray Trade
The Yankees and Padres continue to discuss a possible trade centered around Sonny Gray.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Yankees Unwilling To Offer Manny Machado $300M
The Yankees have been linked to Manny Machado, but they are reportedly unwilling to offer him a $300 million contract.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Harold Baines, Lee Smith Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame
Harold Baines was picked after never coming close in any previous election.

Associated Press

Mets Hire Chili Davis As Hitting Coach
Chili Davis was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs last season under Joe Maddon.

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