June 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Rockies Send Jon Gray To Triple-A Albuquerque

Jun 30, 2018 7:36 PM

The Colorado Rockies have sent opening-day starter Jon Gray down to the minors, optioning the right-hander to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Gray was 7-7 with a 5.77 ERA over 17 starts this season, but has particularly struggled since May 13 while posting a 7.25 ERA in his last nine outings. The Rockies replaced him on the roster Saturday with outfielder Raimel Tapia, who was batting .308 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI at Albuquerque.

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Gardenhire Defends Tigers' Decision To Fire Bosio

Jun 30, 2018 12:38 PM

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire on Friday defended the decision to fire pitching coach Chris Bosio for what the team called insensitive comments toward a clubhouse attendant.

"I think this has been a reality check for everybody that hey, we're not going to stand for this anymore," Gardenhire told reporters Friday. "We've got to get this out of lives and our systems and treat each other with respect.

"This has been going on and it's probably overdue and it needs to be pushed even harder. This is why the Tigers did what they've had to do, which is very important."

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Tim Tebow Named Eastern League All-Star

Jun 30, 2018 1:41 AM

Tim Tebow was named to the Eastern League All-Star roster Friday.

Tebow is an outfielder for the New York Mets' Double-A affiliate Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

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Dodgers Send Walker Buehler To Class A

Jun 30, 2018 1:38 AM

Rookie Walker Buehler, the Dodgers' top prospect, has been optioned to the minor leagues after struggling in a relief appearance.

The team says Buehler was sent to Class A Rancho Cucamonga before Friday night's game against Colorado.

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Yu Darvish Has Elbow Impingement, Inflammation

Jun 30, 2018 1:34 AM

Yu Darvish has a new diagnosis on his injury: It's a right elbow impingement and inflammation.

Darvish went to Texas to get another opinion on the sore triceps muscle that flared up again in a bullpen session Thursday. Following the Cubs' win over Minnesota on Friday, team spokesman Peter Chase confirmed the right-hander had consulted with Dr. Keith Meister, an orthopedic surgeon who is one of the Rangers' team physicians.

During the visit, Darvish got a cortisone shot in the area. Chase said the injection would take three to five days "to settle in."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Sent Scout To Watch Tigers' Michael Fulmer

Jun 29, 2018 8:07 AM

The New York Yankees sent a scout to watch Michael Fulmer pitch Thursday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics.

New York is looking to add pitching before the trade deadline. They have also shown interest in the New York Mets' Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

"… I'll stay engaged with the Mets as well as every other club and see where it takes us," Brian Cashman said. "I don't think I'll have any dialogue with the Boston Red Sox. I'll take them off the call list. But other than that, we'll be very busy trying to improve ourselves."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers, Phillies Making Push For Manny Machado

Jun 29, 2018 7:57 AM

The trade market for Manny Machado is heating up once again and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are the most aggressive suitors at this point, according to a source.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs are also contenders to acquire Machado from the Baltimore Orioles.

It remains unlikely that Machado is dealt until closer to the July 31 non-waiver deadline. He is also headed for free agency, which complicates the cost of acquiring him for what could be just a half-season.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cole Hamels Trade Before All-Star Break 'Increasingly Possible'

Jun 29, 2018 7:50 AM

The Texas Rangers are progressing in trade talks involving Cole Hamels and may move him before the All-Star break, according to a report.

The Rangers have discussed Hamels with the Seattle Mariners but no deal is close, according to sources.

Hamels is 4-6 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 16 starts this season. He is in the final year of a six-year, $144 million contract which includes a $20 million club option for 2019 with a $6 million buyout.

The left-hander also has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block a trade with 20 teams, although he may be willing to waive it in order to join a contender.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Chris Bosio Claims Tigers Fired Him Over Misunderstanding

Jun 29, 2018 7:44 AM

Chris Bosio says the Detroit Tigers fired him over a misunderstanding and that he will explore potential legal action against the organization.

The former pitching coach was fired earlier this week for using what the team called insensitive comments toward a club employee.

"I'm crushed," Bosio said. "I'm absolutely crushed. I still can't believe it's gotten to this point."

Bosio explained his side of the story to USA Today. He says he used the word "monkey" to describe pitcher Daniel Stumpf, who is white. However, Bosio said a clubhouse attendant who is African-American overheard what he said and thought Bosio was talking about him.

"Someone in our coaches' room asked me [Monday afternoon] about Stumpf," Bosio said. "And I said, "Oh, you mean 'Spider Monkey.' That's his nickname. He's a skinny little white kid who makes all of these funny faces when he works out.

"The kid [clubhouse attendant] thought we were talking about him. He got all upset. He assumed we were talking about him. I said, 'No, no, no. We're talking about Stumpf.'

"And that was it. I swear on my mom and dad's graves, there was nothing else to it."

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Red Sox Acquire Steve Pearce From Blue Jays

Jun 29, 2018 7:38 AM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Steve Pearce in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Boston will send minor league infielder Santiago Espinal to Toronto for Pearce and cash considerations.

Alex Cora said the Red Sox are adding a strong batter they can use against left-handed pitching.

"It's one more weapon that we have. We got better tonight," Cora said. "It's good to have him."

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Mets Will Listen To Offers For Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
The Mets will at least listen to trade offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, says assistant general manager John Ricco.

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Angels Reliever Leaves Game On Stretcher
Jake Jewell was hurt after a play at home plate in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox Sign Brandon Phillips To Minors Deal
Brandon Phillips will play second and third and will take some grounders at first for the Red Sox.

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Tigers Fire Pitching Coach Following Insensitive Comment
The Tigers have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio after he made an insensitive comment toward at a team employee.

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Manny Machado Apologizes For Not Hustling To First Base
Manny Machado has apologized for not running out a double-play ball in Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and Mariners.

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Injury Setback May Make Josh Donaldson Trade Difficult
The Blue Jays are on the outside of the American League playoff picture, but a Josh Donaldson trade may now be more unlikely.

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Yankees Want To Add Starting Pitcher Without Trading Clint Frazier
The Yankees want to add an impact starter to their rotation, but would prefer to do so without moving Clint Frazier.

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Mike Trout Hopes To Play Field 'In A Few Days'
Mike Trout threw a baseball for the first time in a week on Tuesday as he continues to deal with a sprained right index finger.

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Sandy Alderson Takes Leave From Mets To Battle Cancer
Sandy Alderson announced on Tuesday that his cancer has returned and he will take a leave of absence from the Mets.

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Tigers Sign No. 1 Pick Casey Mize To Record $7.5M Bonus
The $7.5 million signing bonus is the second largest in draft history and the record under the current bonus pool system, which was implemented in 2012.

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Gary Sanchez To Miss 3-4 Weeks With Groin Strain
The Yankees have placed Gary Sanchez on the disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain.

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Yu Darvish Feels Triceps Soreness After Rehab Start
Yu Darvish felt soreness in his troubled triceps tendon after a minor league rehabilitation start Monday night.

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Madison Bumgarner: Rule Changes 'Out Of Hand'
Madison Bumgarner doesn't agree with talk about Major League Baseball adopting a "universal" designated hitter.

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Rays Expected To Trade Wilson Ramos, Other Veterans
Wilson Ramos, Adeiny Hechavarria, Carlos Gomez and Sergio Romo are among those likely to be dealt.

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White Sox Staffers Feel Jose Abreu Could Be Moved By Deadline
There are a few staffers who feel the White Sox will deal Jose Abreu by the trade deadline next month.

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Marlins Fired Several Scouts After MLB Draft
The Marlins continue to clean house under the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter.

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Dodgers Tie Record With Seven Solo Home Runs
The Dodgers tied a Major League record with seven solo home runs in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Mets.

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Braves Place Arodys Vizcaino On Disabled List
The Braves have placed Arodys Vizcaino on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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Kris Bryant To Miss Second Straight Game
Cubs star Kris Bryant is suffering from a sore left shoulder, but don't believe the injury will land him on the DL.

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Masahiro Tanaka Throws Succesful Bullpen Session
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is recovering from right and left hamstring issues.

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