March 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Mets, Jacob deGrom Agree Upon Five-Year, $137.5M Extension

Mar 26, 2019 8:58 AM

The New York Mets have agreed to a contract extension with Jacob deGrom, according to league sources.

The five-year deal is worth a reported $137.5 million.

The contract includes a 2024 club option and an opt-out for the 2022 season.

If the option is picked up, the deal will be for six years and $170 million.

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Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Kyle Hendricks, Cubs Agree To Four-Year, $55.5M Extension

Mar 26, 2019 3:07 PM

The Chicago Cubs and Kyle Hendricks have agreed to a four-year, $55 million extension.

The extension eliminates Hendricks' last year of arbitration.

Hendricks was 14-11 last season with a 3.44 ERA in a career-high 199 innings and 33 starts.

"Hopefully, watching the way I pitch and get guys out will relate to a lot of younger pitchers," Hendricks said Tuesday. "It's not always about velocity but about the way you go about getting guys out at the major league level."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mike Trout: Harper, Machado Free Agencies 'Drew A Red Flag'

Mar 26, 2019 8:07 AM

While discussing his recent 12-year, $430 million contract agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout admitted that he was scared off by the lengthy free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

"I kind of saw what Bryce and Manny went through and it drew a red flag for me," Trout said. "I talked to Manny and Bryce. It was a tough couple months in the offseason. They put it perspective in my mind. I obviously want to be an Angel for life. That was a big key."

Harper and Machado were free agents until mid-February.

"If we hadn't gotten a deal done it would have been tough for me," Trout said. "I obviously wanted to be here. I said I want to deal with it now. If not [I'm going] to explore free agency. I didn't want to go through the next few seasons thinking 'am I going to get a deal or not?'"

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

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Larry Baer Receives Four-Month Suspension By MLB

Mar 26, 2019 10:43 AM

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced that San Francisco Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer has been suspended without pay through and including July 1, 2019.  Baer’s leave of absence, which commenced on March 4, 2019, will be converted to an unpaid suspension.  

During the period of his suspension, Baer shall have no involvement in the operations of the Giants. The Club shall be operated by an interim control person appointed by the ownership group in consultation with the Commissioner. Baer will be required to undergo an evaluation by an expert to determine an appropriate treatment and counseling plan.

Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement regarding the discipline:

“At my direction, the Department of Investigations conducted an investigation into the March 1, 2019 video-recorded incident involving Larry Baer.  I also personally met with Mr. Baer.  Based on my review of the results of the investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Baer’s conduct was unacceptable under MLB policies and warrants discipline.  In determining the appropriate level of discipline, I find that Mr. Baer should be held to a higher standard because as a leader he is expected to be a role model for others in his organization and community.  Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct.”

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Average Major League Salary On Track To Drop Again

Mar 26, 2019 8:01 AM

Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado received huge deals this offseason, but the average Major League salary is on track to drop on Opening Day for a second straight season.

The 872 players on rosters and injured lists on Monday evening averaged $4.36 million, down from $4.41 million at the start of last season and $4.45 million on Opening Day in 2017, according to projections by The Associated Press.

Last season's Opening Day drop was only the second since the end of the 1994-95 strike.

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Jake Arrieta Has No Doubt Phillies Are Playoff Team

Mar 26, 2019 7:56 AM

There is no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies will be successful this season, according to Jake Arrieta.

"Of course I think we're a playoff team," Arrieta said.

The Phillies open the season on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia transformed this offseason by adding Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura.

"It's exciting," Arrieta said. "With the guys we've got, there's not really a break in our lineup. It's going to be a fun one."

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Indians Unlikely To Extend Francisco Lindor On Megadeal

Mar 25, 2019 9:24 AM

Paul Dolan does not envision a scenario in the future in which the Cleveland Indians sign a player to a contract in the 10-year, $300 million range. For Dolan, Cleveland signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract was even the type of outlay they found difficult to justify.

“No, but I never foresaw us doing a deal like we did with Encarnacion,” Dolan said in his spring-training office during a recent sit-down interview with The Athletic. “You don’t know. Probably the day when we do a deal like that is when somebody else is doing $1 billion deals with somebody else.”

Francisco Lindor is one of the best players in the game and will surely command a megadeal once he becomes a free agent if he doesn't sign an extension with Cleveland before then.

Dolan was asked how he would advise fans of the Indians on the Lindor issue.

“Enjoy him,” Dolan said. “We control him for three more years. Enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.”

Dolan said he isn’t “bothered by the fact we can’t chase the high-end” free agents but added that “where it is painful is when you have one of your own that you can’t keep because the market for them is set by larger markets.”

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Noah Syndergaard Wants Mets To Give Jacob deGrom An Extension

Mar 25, 2019 8:17 AM

A number of players have signed contract extensions this offseason, including prominent pitchers Chris Sale and Justin Verlander, but reigning National League Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom isn't among them.

On Saturday, deGrom acknowledged that the odds of him agreeing to terms ahead of Opening Day were slim.

Noah Syndergaard is among those disappointed.

"I think they should pay the man already," Syndergaard said of deGrom. "I don't get it."

Syndergaard also voiced his displeasure with the Mets' spring-ending travel plans, which will see them take an hours-long bus ride to Sarasota before jetting to Syracuse for a workout at the Carrier Dome.

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Greg Holland Will Serve As Closer For Diamondbacks

Mar 25, 2019 8:10 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially named Greg Holland their closer.

Holland has a 12.27 ERA in 3 2/3 innings pitched this spring.

Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano will serve as setup men in front of Holland.

Holland, 33, signed a one-year deal with Arizona this offseason after spending the 2018 season with the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals.

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Mike Trout On Angels: 'I Love It Here'

Mar 25, 2019 8:06 AM

The Los Angeles Angels saw 3,000 or so fans arrive early for Sunday's exhibition game to celebrate Mike Trout's new 12-year, $426.5 million contract.

Trout arrived at the podium amid a chorus of "MVP" chants.

"Whew!" he exclaimed at one point, attempting to gather himself. "I'm losing it."

"Spending your whole career with one team I think is pretty cool," Trout said.

"That was one thing on my mind, talking to people -- if I did leave in two years, maybe looking back I would've probably regretted it a little bit, because I love it here."

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Braves Still Interested In Reunion With Craig Kimbrel
The reliever remains unsigned with Opening Day just a few days away.

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Corey Kluber To Make Fifth Opening Day Start For Indians
Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day for the Indians for the fifth-straight season, tying a franchise record.

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Brewers Trade Erik Kratz To Giants
Erik Kratz, 39, was a significant part of Milwaukee's NLDS victory over the Rockies last fall.

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Justin Verlander Agrees To Two-Year, $66M Extension With Astros
Justin Verlander would have become a free agent after the 2019 season.

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Astros, Justin Verlander Mutually Interested In Extension
The Astros and Justin Verlander are mutually interested in a contract extension, according to owner Jim Crane.

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Alex Bregman: Slow Market Didn't Impact Extension
Alex Bregman signed a long-term deal with the Astros, but says the decision wasn't impacted by baseball's second-straight slow free agent market.

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Chris Sale Agrees To Five-Year, $145M Extension With Red Sox
Chris Sale will turn 30 on March 30 and is entering the last year of his current contract.

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Mike Trout - A Career Timeline Video
Mike Trout has had a historical start to his career with his production on the field and now have a record breaking 12-year, $430 million contract.

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Brad Miller Opts Out Of Deal With Dodgers
Brad Miller, 29, joined the Dodgers in hopes of resurrecting his career.

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Hunter Pence Makes Rangers' Major League Roster
Hunter Pence joined the club in spring training on a Minor League deal.

Associated Press

Blake Snell Agrees To Five-Year, $50M Extension With Rays
Tony Snell's deal beats the previous records for players with less than three years of service in both total value and average value.

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Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt Finalizing Five-Year, $130M Extension
Paul Goldschmidt will make $14.5 million this season and the extension would keep him with St. Louis through 2024.

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Mookie Betts Rejected $200M Extension With Red Sox
Mookie Betts appears committed to exploring free agency when the time comes.

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Talks Between Brewers, Craig Kimbrel Getting Serious
Discussions between the Brewers and Craig Kimbrel on a contract are getting "pretty serious," according to a report.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Mike Trout Elated To Stay An Angel 'For Years To Come'
Mike Trout and the Angels have officially announced their 12-year contract extension, which will likely keep him in the same uniform for his entire career.

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Ichiro To Retire After Thursday's Game In Tokyo
Ichiro Suzuki has told the Mariners that he will retire after Thursday's game in Tokyo, sources have confirmed.

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Eloy Jimenez, White Sox Agree To Six-Year, $43M Deal
Eloy Jimenez has yet to play a game in the majors and is a top-5 overall prospect.

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Brewers In Talks With Craig Kimbrel
The Brewers already have one of the strongest bullpens in the National League with Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress already in place.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Ryan Pressly Gets Two-Year, $17.5M Deal With Astros
The Astros have agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million contract with reliever Ryan Pressly, according to a source.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Astros Extend Alex Bregman With Six-Year, $100M Deal
Alex Bregman wasn't eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.

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