December 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Stephen Strasburg Returning To Nationals On Seven-Year, $245M Deal

Dec 9, 2019 4:04 PM

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a seven-year, $245 million deal with Stephen Strasburg, according to sources.

The deal is now the highest ever for a pitcher.

Strasburg was named the World Series MVP in October.

The right-hander opted out of the final four years of his previous contract with the Nationals and entered free agency.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Report: Yankees Offer Gerrit Cole Seven-Year, $245M Deal

Dec 8, 2019 2:46 PM

The Yankees are reportedly acting on their goal for this offseason so far -- to sign right-hander Gerrit Cole, one of the game's elite starting pitchers and the top starter on this year's free-agent market.

According to the New York Times' Bob Klapisch, New York has put forth a seven-year, $245 million offer for Cole just ahead of the Winter Meetings, which get underway Monday in San Diego.

Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor

Indians Listening To Offers For Corey Kluber

Dec 9, 2019 8:38 AM

The Cleveland Indians are believed to be listening to offers for Corey Kluber, but they haven't gained much momentum in talks.

According to sources, other teams are trying to buy low on Kluber, who hasn't pitched since May 1.

Kluber will earn $17.5 million in 2020, and he has an $18 million team option in 2021.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Discussing Possible Reunion With Rick Porcello

Dec 9, 2019 8:35 AM

The Boston Red Sox are interested in re-signing Rick Porcello.

Porcello is coming off a disappointing season, but the Red Sox are looking to build a rotation while also monitoring their spending.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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

Rangers Sign Jordan Lyles To Two-Year, $16M Deal

Dec 9, 2019 8:31 AM

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with Jordan Lyles on a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles is expected to boost the Rangers' starting rotation.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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

Phillies Have Interest In Signing Anthony Rendon

Dec 9, 2019 8:28 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have already signed Zack Wheeler this offseason, but they may not be done in free agency.

They reportedly have interest in Anthony Rendon, who is the top position player on the market.

Signing Rendon would put the Phillies over the Competitive Balance Tax for the first time.

If they don't land Rendon, Philadelphia could turn to Josh Donaldson.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Exec Predicts Gerrit Cole Could Earn Up To $280M Over Eight-Years

Dec 8, 2019 11:32 PM

According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, an exec whose team is in the market for starting pitching speculates that Gerrit Cole could earn up to $280 million over eight years, which would give him the pitcher record for total guaranteed money and average annual value.

Zack Greinke currently holds the AAV record at $34.4 million.

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons Elected To Baseball HOF

Dec 8, 2019 11:28 PM

Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Personal Award

Reports: D-Backs, Junior Guerra Agree To One-Year Deal

Dec 8, 2019 2:48 PM

The D-backs have an agreement on a one-year deal for 2020 with a club option for '21 with free-agent pitcher Junior Guerra, according to multiple reports. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports the deal is for $2.55 million for 2020 with a $100,000 buyout on the option. The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Kyle Lesniewski of Brew Crew Ball.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor

Brewers Sign Keon Broxton To Minor League Deal

Dec 8, 2019 1:22 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Keon Broxton to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league training camp.

Broxton returns to Milwaukee after playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and New York Mets in 2019.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Signing

Royals Sign Trevor Rosenthal To Minor League Deal

Nationals, Howie Kendrick Agree To One-Year, $6.25M Deal

Yankees Have Made Gerrit Cole Their Top Priority

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Owner: Nationals Can't Afford Both Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg

NBC Sports Washington

Twins, Michael Pineda Agree Upon Two-Year, $20M Deal

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Padres Hire Larry Rothschild As Pitching Coach

Associated Press

Rays Trade Tommy Pham To Padres For Hunter Renfroe

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Mets Acquire Jake Marisnick From Astros


Cole Hamels, Braves Agree Upon One-Year, $18M Deal

Mark Bowman/MLB

Angels Acquire Dylan Bundy From Orioles

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Wilpons Negotiating To Sell Controlling Stake In Mets


Angels Reach Deal To Remain In Anaheim Through 2050

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Zack Wheeler Agrees To Five-Year, $118M Deal With Phillies

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Stephen Strasburg Drawing Interest From Dodgers, Yankees


Nationals Want Answer From Anthony Rendon Soon

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Jake Diekman, Athletics Agree Upon Two-Year Deal


Tyler Anderson, Giants Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Associated Press

Phillies Viewed As Top Bidder For Zack Wheeler

Buster Olney/ESPN

Yankees Have Meetings Set With Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg

The Athletic

Rangers Met With Anthony Rendon On Sunday

T.R. Sullivan/MLB