December 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Yankees Have Made Gerrit Cole Their Top Priority

Dec 6, 2019 8:39 AM

The New York Yankees have made signing Gerrit Cole their top priority this offseason.

Brian Cashman has approval from ownership to offer Cole a record contract, according to sources.

Cole met with the Yankees on Tuesday.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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

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

Dec 6, 2019 8:36 AM

The Washington Nationals are World Series champions, but figure to lose at least one of their superstars in free agency this winter.

Mark Lerner says the club can't afford to re-sign both Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg.

"We really can only afford to have one of those two guys," the owner said. "They're huge numbers. We already have a really large payroll to begin with."

NBC Sports Washington

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor

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

Dec 6, 2019 8:31 AM

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million contract with Michael Pineda, according to sources.

Pineda will begin next season serving the remainder of a 60-game suspension that began in early September.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Padres Hire Larry Rothschild As Pitching Coach

Dec 6, 2019 7:49 AM

The San Diego Padres have hired Larry Rothschild as their new pitching coach.

Rothschild spent the past nine seasons with the New York Yankees before being fired after last season.

He replaces Darren Balsley in San Diego.

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Rays Trade Tommy Pham To Padres For Hunter Renfroe

Dec 6, 2019 7:47 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres for Hunter Renfroe and prized second base prospect Xavier Edwards, according to sources.

San Diego will also receive two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth in the deal.

Pham will earn more than $8 million in arbitration this season and become a free agent after 2021.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mets Acquire Jake Marisnick From Astros

Dec 6, 2019 7:43 AM

The New York Mets have acquired Jake Marisnick from the Houston Astros in exchange for two prospects.

Marisnick, 28, wasn't an everyday player for the Astros. He's a slick fielder with an inconsistent bat.

"Jake is an elite defender who is an incredibly smart baserunner," Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "Among our offseason plans was to improve defensively and he is one of the best in the game."

The outfielder has one year left on a contract that will pay him $3 million in 2020.

ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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

Dec 5, 2019 9:04 AM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with Cole Hamels.

Hamels didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Chicago Cubs, which means the Braves don't have to surrender a draft pick.

“When it came down to it, I wanted to play on a contender,” Hamels said. “I was very familiar with the Braves. I’ve watched them in the postseason and I’ve seen what they’ve been able to create. I’ve always been following them in hopes of maybe being able to pitch with some of those guys, because they have such good young talent. I know at my stage of my career what I could provide could be beneficial.”

Hamels posted a 3.81 ERA while logging 141 2/3 innings over 27 starts for the Cubs this season.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Angels Acquire Dylan Bundy From Orioles

Dec 5, 2019 9:02 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles for Minor League right-handers Isaac Mattson, Zach Peek, Kyle Bradish and Kyle Brnovich.

Bundy, 27, has made 28 starts in each of the least three seasons.

He posted a 4.79 ERA with 162 strikeouts, 58 walks and 29 homers allowed in 161 2/3 innings this past season.

Bundy, who made $2.8 million in his second year of arbitration last season, is also under team control through 2021.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Wilpons Negotiating To Sell Controlling Stake In Mets

Dec 5, 2019 8:58 AM

The Wilpon family is in talks to sell their controlling stake in the New York Mets.

Steve Cohen, who owns a small percentage of the franchise, is negotiating to increase his investment, which could signal the end of Fred and Jeff Wilpon's longtime control of the franchise.

An announcement said that as part of the agreement "Fred Wilpon will remain in the role of the Control Person and CEO for five years and Jeff Wilpon will remain in his role of Chief Operating Officer for the five-year period as well."

Bloomberg reported that Cohen is in talks to acquire up to 80% of the team, which would be valued at $2.6 billion.

ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Angels Reach Deal To Remain In Anaheim Through 2050

Dec 5, 2019 8:55 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have reached a deal with the city of Anaheim to keep baseball in the area through at least 2050.

The deal also gives the organization full control of its stadium.

The City of Anaheim agreed on Tuesday to sell Angel Stadium and the 133 acres of surrounding land for $325 million to SRB Management LLC, of which Angels owner Arte Moreno is a partner.

In exchange, the Angels have agreed to stay in Anaheim through at least 2050.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Stephen Strasburg Drawing Interest From Dodgers, Yankees

MLB

Nationals Want Answer From Anthony Rendon Soon

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Jake Diekman, Athletics Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

ESPN

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

Mike Moustakas, Reds Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Marlins Acquire Jonathan Villar From Orioles

ESPN

Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Ryan Zimmerman Plans To Retire If He Doesn't Return To Nationals

Associated Press

Athletics Trade Jurickson Profar To Padres

ESPN

Brewers Listening To Trade Offers For Josh Hader

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Blue Jays Expect To 'Add Significantly' To Starting Rotation

Gregor Chisolm/Toronto Star

Yankees Among Clubs Interested In Blake Treinen

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Starling Marte Would Prefer Trade To Contender

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Exemptions For ADHD Drugs Have Dropped Considerably

Associated Press

Chris Sale Cleared To Begin Throwing By Dr. Andrews

MLB.com