March 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Troy Tulowitzki Will Have Surgery Monday

Mar 31, 2018 2:19 AM

Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery Monday to remove bone spurs from both heels and is expected to miss eight weeks, general manager Ross Atkins said Friday.

The bone spurs have bothered Tulowitzki during his recovery from surgery to repair the ligament damage suffered when he stepped on C.J. Cron's foot while trying to beat out an infield hit in a game last July against the Angels.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

Major League Salaries Up One Percent From 2017

Mar 30, 2018 7:44 AM

The free agent market moved very slowly this offseason and Major League salaries increased just one percent from 2017.

That doesn't even amount to a cost of living bump in what turned out to be a depressed market.

The average salary for a Major League player is $4.52 million, up from $4.47 million last year.

A record 130 players will earn $10 million or more, compared to 124 such players a year ago.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

George Springer Makes History With Leadoff Home Run

Mar 30, 2018 7:39 AM

George Springer made Major League history on Thursday when he led off the season for the Houston Astros with a home run off Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers.

It was the first-ever leadoff home run for a defending World Series champion, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Springer is also the only player ever to hit a leadoff home run on Opening Day in consecutive years.

"It feels great. It's a good way to start our season," he said. "To hop on the board and get the first one out of the way for us, it's a good day to be an Astro."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Shohei Ohtani 'Never Going To Forget' First MLB Hit

Mar 30, 2018 7:33 AM

Shohei Ohtani singled on the first Major League pitch he saw on Opening Day.

He went 1-for-5 as a designated hitter, batting eighth, with three pulled ball groundouts and a swinging strikeout in the Los Angeles Angels' loss to the Oakland Athletics.

"I had some good at-bats, and some not so good at-bats," Ohtani said through his translator. "That (first) at-bat, I'm probably never going to forget the rest of my life.

"Now I have to have better at-bats to help the team."

Ohtani will make his pitching debut on Sunday.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Cardinals, Greg Holland Agree Upon One-Year, $14M Deal

Mar 30, 2018 7:29 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with Greg Holland.

Holland saved 41 games for the Colorado Rockies last season and then declined a $15 million option for 2018.

The right-hander was lights out in the first half, but struggled after the All-Star break, converting 13 of 16 save chances with a 6.38 ERA.


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rays Will Open Season With Three-Man Rotation Following Injury

Mar 29, 2018 8:01 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays had planned to open the season with a four-man rotation, but news of an injury to Nathan Eovaldi has changed those plans.

Eovaldi is headed for arthroscopic surgery this week to remove "loose bodies" from his right elbow.

The Rays now plan to begin the season with Chris Archer, Blake Snell and Jake Faria as starters. For now, they plan to stick with those three and fill in gaps with a combination of relievers with a fourth and fifth starter is needed.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Salvador Perez Slips While Carrying Luggage, Suffers MCL Sprain

Mar 29, 2018 7:55 AM

The Kansas City Royals will be without Salvador Perez for up to six weeks after he sprained the MCL in his left knee while carrying a suitcase up some stairs in his home.

Perez suffered the injury on Tuesday night when the Royals returned home from spring training.

He won't require surgery and could be ready to return in as little as four weeks.

"All the work I do, training in the offseason, I feel sad," Perez said.

Ned Yost expects Drew Butera and Cam Gallagher to share catching duties in Perez's place.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Extension Talks Between Twins, Brian Dozier Break Down

Mar 29, 2018 7:50 AM

Talks between the Minnesota Twins and Brian Dozier on a contract extension have broken down, according to sources.

Dozier doesn't plan to discuss a deal with the club and will now become a free agent in November.

Only 10 players have more home runs than Dozier since 2014.

Dozier will be part of a free agent class that includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Charlie Blackmon, Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Cody Allen, Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Marlins Man Will No Longer Attend Team's Home Games

Mar 29, 2018 7:45 AM

Laurence Leavy, better known as Marlins Man, said he couldn't come to terms with the Miami Marlins and will not be paying for tickets for the team's games for the first time in 25 years.

The only games he plans to attend are the Yankees-Marlins series at Yankee Stadium.

Leavy says he's considering keeping the orange jersey he wears but taking the Marlins logo off of it. He said he'll also consider wearing the jersey of another interested team that would be more appreciative of him.

"Four teams reached out to me already and said that I could become, like, the Tigers man or other teams, and they would be happy to sell me tickets on TV view for three years paid in advance with a substantial discount," he said.

Leavy is known for wearing his bright orange Marlins jersey in the view of television cameras at major sporting events.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Indians Unsuccessful On Extensions With Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer

Mar 28, 2018 8:18 AM

It doesn't appear as though the Cleveland Indians will agree to extensions with Francisco Lindor or Trevor Bauer before Opening Day.

They have tried, but no common ground have been found. Bauer and Lindor are under contract for three and four more years, respectively.

There is plenty of time for the Indians to lock the players up, but the market this offseason has been an odd one.

Lindor reportedly turned down a $100 million extension.

Paul Hoynes/

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

John Sterling Hints At Home Run Call For Giancarlo Stanton
Yankees radio announcer John Sterling famously uses personalized home runs call for members of the club.

Pete Blackburn/CBS Sports

Ronald Acuna Rejected $30M Extension From Braves
The deal reportedly would have been for five to six years.

ESPN Deportes

Shohei Ohtani To Make First Start Sunday Against Athletics
After a rocky spring, the Angels have slotted Shohei Ohtani fourth in the rotation.


Dusty Baker Returns To Giants As Special Adviser
Dusty Baker is returning to the Giants as a special adviser to president of baseball operations Brian Sabean.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Red Sox Have Highest Payroll; Yankees Lowest Since 1992
The Red Sox are opening the season with the highest payroll in the Major Leagues at $223 million.


Ketel Marte Gets Five-Year, $24M Deal From Diamondbacks
The deal includes a pair of options worth a total of $22 million.


A's Propose To Buy Coliseum Property From Oakland
The Warriors and Raiders will both leave the site within the next few years, leaving the A's as the only tenants.

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross/San Francisco Chronicle

Diamondbacks Option Yasmany Tomas To Minors
Yasmany Tomas, 27, was signed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal out of Cuba prior to the 2015 season.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Joe Maddon Hopes To Manage At Least Five More Years
Joe Maddon has two years left on his contract with the Cubs, but hopes to remain with the club for the foreseeable future.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Jose Bautista Discussing One-Year Deals With Multiple Teams
The Braves and Rays are among the teams in talks with Jose Bautista.

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Nationals Re-Sign Jeremy Hellickson To New Minors Deal
The Nationals released Jeremy Hellickson from his original minor league deal and re-signed the right-hander to a new one.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Ty Blach To Start For Giants On Opening Day
Ty Blach will start on Opening Day for the Giants as they take on the Dodgers.


Phillies Sign Top Prospect Scott Kingery To Six-Year Deal
The Phillies deal with Scott Kingery is worth $24M in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.

Wade LeBlanc Rejoins M's After Release From Yankees
Lefty Wade LeBlanc made 50 relief appearances for the Pirates last season.

Madison Bumgarner Undergoes Surgery On Broken Pinkie
The Giants expect Madison Bumgarner to miss at least the first two months of the season.

Greg Bird To Visit Foot Specialist
Greg Bird is suffering from inflammation in his right foot.

Mets Send Zack Wheeler To Triple-A Las Vegas
Pitcher Zack Wheeler had been struggling throughout spring training.

Chris Sale Leaves Game After Being Hit By Liner
The Red Sox announced that Chris Sale suffered a hip contusion and will be evaluated further.

Rangers Release Bartolo Colon From Minor League Deal
Veteran Bartolo Colon had vied for a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation this spring.

Phillies Release Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez posted a 5.40 ERA in eight appearances this spring with the Phillies.