November 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Phillies Reportedly Have Gerrit Cole Atop Wish List

Nov 11, 2019 7:36 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are heading into the General Manager meetings, which begin on Monday, with a plan to improve their pitching staff.

They could look to add multiple starters, but Gerrit Cole is currently atop their wish list.

Cole is tied to draft pick compensation after receiving the one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Houston Astros. The Phillies have surrendered picks recently in signing Carlos Santana, Bryce Harper and Jake Arrieta.

"One of the things we have to try to do, if we can, is to not forfeit Draft picks, and that's hard when you're fishing in the deep end of the free-agent pond," Matt Klentak said. "But we lost our second-round pick last year and our second and third the year before. That doesn't sound like a lot, but that's where Scott Kingery comes from, that's where Spencer Howard comes from, that's where Connor Seabold comes from. That's where some good players come from."

However, if the Phillies want to add a top starter they'll be forced to concede a pick again. In addition to Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Jake Odorizzi all received qualifying offers from their clubs.

Matt Breen/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Marcell Ozuna 'Very Unlikely' To Accept Qualifying Offer

Nov 11, 2019 7:24 AM

Marcell Ozuna is "very unlikely" to accept the $17.8 million qualifying offer from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The deadline to accept or reject the qualifying offer is Thursday, Nov. 14.

If he rejects the offer, the Cardinals would be entitled to draft pick compensation in free agency.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

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

Anthony Rendon May Not Top Nolan Arenado's $260M Deal

Nov 11, 2019 7:46 AM

Third base is one of the stronger positions in free agency this winter, which may keep Anthony Rendon from setting a record.

Rendon may be considered the top position player in this year's class and should receive a contract worth more than $200 million.

The Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels should be in play for Rendon.

Nolan Arenado signed a seven-year, $260 million contract with the Colorado Rockies last offseason.

Rendon's leverage could be affected by fellow free agents Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas at the position.

Mark Feinsand/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Drew Pomeranz Drawing Heavy Interest

Nov 11, 2019 7:30 AM

There has been lots of interest in Drew Pomeranz in free agency.

Pomeranz, who will turn 31 later this month is expected to receive a multiyear deal with a significant annual salary.

He began the 2019 season in the rotation for the San Francisco Giants before moving to the bullpen and being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pomeranz is expected to sign as a reliever. He tossed 28 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this past season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Ryosuke Kikuchi To Be Posted For Major League Clubs

Nov 11, 2019 7:19 AM

Japan's Hiroshima Carp will post second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi for Major League clubs this offseason.

"A lot of ballplayers want to go further, to play at the highest level, and I am one of those," Kikuchi said.

He's had an eye on playing in the United States since the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Kikuchi, who will be 30 in March, is a strong defender that has never added much offensive punch.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Giants Hire Former Cubs Exec Scott Harris As GM

Nov 10, 2019 7:09 PM

The San Francisco Giants have hired former Cubs front-office executive Scott Harris as general manager, the team announced Sunday.

Harris spent seven years in the Cubs' front office and was named their assistant GM in January of last year. He has long been seen as a future GM and was an integral part of the Cubs' recent rise.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring in an executive of Scott's caliber to help lead our Baseball Operations group," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Signing

Padres Unveil New Brown-And-Gold Color Uniforms

Nov 10, 2019 11:16 AM

The Padres unveiled new uniforms Saturday night that feature a brown-and-gold color scheme, similar to the one used from the franchise's inception in 1969 through 1984.

The new uniforms were unveiled at Petco Park in front a few thousand fans by players Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Team Achievement

Matt Chapman, Nolan Arenado Repeat As Platinum Award Winners

Nov 9, 2019 1:11 AM

For the second consecutive year, the Athletics' Matt Chapman and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado have won their league's Rawlings Platinum Glove Award. Established in 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards are given to the best defender in each league, as selected via a fan vote from among the Gold Glove Award winners at each position.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Personal Award

Phillies, Cole Hamels Have Mutual Interest In Reunion

Nov 8, 2019 7:36 AM

Cole Hamels is a free agent and appears willing to take a one-year deal to play for a contender.

The left-hander and the Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have mutual interest in a reunion.

Hamels, 35, had a 3.81 ERA in 27 starts for the Chicago Cubs in 2019.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Brett Gardner, Yankees Discussing New Contract

Nov 8, 2019 7:32 AM

The New York Yankees and Brett Gardner have begun discussing a new deal.

The 36-year-old free agent has never played for another organization.

Gardner signed a one-year deal worth $7.5 million last winter.

Mark Feinsand/MLB

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

Pirates May Hire Ben Cherington To Run Baseball Operations

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Astros Reassign Reid Ryan, Nolan Ryan Out As Advisor

Sources: Yankees Hire Matt Blake As New Pitching Coach

CC Sabathia Has Talked To Gerrit Cole About Playing In New York


Braves Prioritizing Madison Bumgarner In Free Agency

Alex Pavlovic/NBC Sports California

Giants Narrow Search For Manager Down To Three Candidates


MLBPA Investigating Team Coordination In Free Agency

Associated Press

Cardinals Won't Increase Payroll For 2020 Season

Mark Saxon/The Athletic

Yankees Interview David Cone For Pitching Coach Vacancy

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Automated Strike Zone Coming To Some Minor League Ballparks In 2020

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Cardinals Extend Contract Of Manager Mike Shildt Through 2022 Season

Astros Ready To 'Take A Run' At Gerrit Cole

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Blue Jays Acquire Chase Anderson From Brewers

Associated Press

J.D. Martinez Doesn't Opt Out Of Deal With Red Sox


Yankees Don't Extend Qualifying Offer To Didi Gregorius


Nationals May Have To Choose Between Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg


Yankees Might Have To Pay Competitive Balance Tax To Sign Gerrit Cole

Joel Sherman/New York Post

MLBPA Rejected League Proposal For Signing Deadline

Evan Drellich/The Athletic

Padres Plan To Pursue Stephen Strasburg

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Nolan Arenado Headlines 2019 Gold Glove Winners