February 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Phillies, Bryce Harper Agree To $330M Deal

Feb 28, 2019 2:57 PM

Bryce Harper has agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to a report.

The contract is for 13 years and $330 million and includes no opt-outs.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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'Door's Open' For Julio Urias To Be In Dodgers Rotation

Feb 28, 2019 8:50 AM

There is a chance Julio Urias will begin the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation.

“It’s unfair to put limits on him as far as the potential to open the season," Dave Roberts said. "Right now, he’s doing everything he possibly can. The door’s open for him. The opportunity will present itself if it’s supposed to. We’ve said from the start of spring, we’re seven or eight starting pitchers deep. Fortunately, we don’t have to make that decision right now.”

Urias threw a 1-2-3 inning against the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday's exhibition game.

He threw just 22 innings, including the playoffs, last season.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Bryce Harper Favorite To Win NL MVP

Feb 28, 2019 8:42 AM

Bryce Harper is the favorite to win the National League MVP despite remaining on the free agent market.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened MVP odds Wednesday, with Harper the betting favorite at 6-1 odds. Nolan Arenado (7-1), Paul Goldschmidt (10-1) and Kris Bryant (12-1) have the next-best odds.

"We think Harper's favorite destination is Philadelphia," Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook director John Murray said. "That's a Little League park. You can imagine how many home runs he'd hit there as his home park. If he ends up going to the Dodgers, you could see the odds tweaked a bit since that's such a pitchers' park.

"He's an elite player and is going to be one of the favorites for MVP for a while."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Manny Machado: Orioles Didn't Show Me Love

Feb 28, 2019 8:37 AM

It's been seven months since the Baltimore Orioles traded Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the shortstop hasn't forgotten.

Machado agreed to a $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres as a free agent last week.

"The Dodgers last year, they showed me some love," he says. "The Orioles drafted me. I did a lot for that community, I did a lot for the state, and they didn't show me a little bit of love. It is what it is. But going over to L.A., L.A. giving up a lot of prospects for me, that kind of shows you what I meant to them, which is amazing."

The Orioles drafted Machado with the third overall pick in 2010.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants Have Second Meeting With Bryce Harper

Feb 28, 2019 8:32 AM

The San Francisco Giants have had a second meeting with free-agent Bryce Harper.

Harper and agent Scott Boras met with Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

In the talks, the possibility of a 10-year contract was discussed.

Harper, 26, is looking for a deal in excess of the 10-year, $300 million contract the Washington Nationals reportedly offered him at the end of the regular season.

ESPN

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

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Ross Atkins Tries To Argue Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Isn't Ready For MLB

Feb 27, 2019 9:25 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays will likely keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minor leagues to begin the 2019 season in order to extend their team control for as long as possible under the MLB's service time rules.

“There’s so many opportunities for him defensively, and what he can do to really maximize the power and the size and the strengths that he has," said Ross Atkins. "And everyone then points to defense but it’s really not just about defense, it’s about him having a 15, 20-year career and starting with an incredible foundation. And that’s everything that encompasses teammate [?], that’s the physical aspect, the base-running, the defense. And that physical aspect really plays into what type of offensive player he’s going to be. And I think he has the ability to be so versatile and dynamic, and we want to make sure we tap into all of that potential.”

Atkins also said of Guerrero, “I just don’t see him as a major-league player. He’s 19.”

Guerrero received an 80 prospect grade according to Baseball America, the highest grade possible on the scouting scale. The publication says Guerrero “might immediately rank among the top overall hitters in baseball.”

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Aren't Yet Worried About Clayton Kershaw

Feb 27, 2019 7:42 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't worried about Clayton Kershaw's status for Opening Day.

"We have so much depth in our pitching," Dave Roberts said. "I haven't put any thought into Opening Day outside of Clayton."

Kershaw is taking a few days off from throwing because of a sore left shoulder.

"Right now, the main thought for us is see how he feels Thursday and then we can set out a schedule at that point," Roberts said. "Right now, we feel good about what we're doing as a staff, as an organization, and we'll go from there."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Martinez Shelved For Two Weeks After PRP Injection

Feb 27, 2019 7:38 AM

Carlos Martinez had a platelet rich plasma injection on Monday and won't throw for two weeks.

The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping the injection will stimulate healing in his weak pitching shoulder.

It's unlikely that he'll be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season.

Martinez, 27, threw two bullpen sessions at the start of spring training but has missed the past week.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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MLB Prepared To Delay Pitch Clock Until 2022

Feb 27, 2019 7:31 AM

Major League Baseball is prepared to ditch the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022, according to sources.

The delay is part of a vast proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020.

According to sources, MLB is also proposing limitations on position players' usage as pitchers, getting rid of the waiver trading period, further cutting mound visits and potentially shortening inning breaks.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Cardinals, Mike Mikolas Agree Upon $68M Extension

Feb 26, 2019 3:19 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Mike Mikolas, according to multiple reports.

The deal is worth $68 million and will kick in 2020 and run through 2023.

The 30-year-old is entering the second year of a two-year, $15.5 million deal.

ESPN

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

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Nolan Arenado Finalizing Eight-Year, $260M Extension With Rockies
Nolan Arenado's new deal with the Rockies could last through the 2026 season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Dallas Keuchel Not Ready To Hit 'Panic Button' On Free Agency
Spring Training games have begun and Dallas Keuchel remains on the free agent market.

Mark Berman/FOX 26

Rockies, Bud Black Agree Upon Three-Year Extension
Bud Black has guided the Rockies to back-to-back playoff appearances.

Associated Press

Long Beach Explores Building Stadium For Angels
Long Beach officials have reached out to the Angels about the possibility of the team moving and playing in a new stadium on the city's waterfront.

ESPN

Bryce Harper To Choose Between Phillies, Dodgers, Giants This Week
Bryce Harper is expected to reach his free agency decision by the end of the current week.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Yankees, Aaron Hicks Agree Upon Seven-Year, $70M Extension
Aaron Hicks was scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

Jack Curry/YES Network

J.D. Martinez: Free Agency Has Been 'Embarrassing For Baseball'
The Red Sox slugger didn't land his own free-agent deal until Feb. 26 last season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Dodgers Back In Mix For Bryce Harper
Dodgers officials, including Dave Roberts, were seen in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas on Sunday.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB.com

Max Scherzer: Pitch Clock Messes With 'Fabric' Of Baseball
Max Scherzer has made it clear that he isn't a fan of Major League Baseball's pitch clock experiment.

Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw Dealing With Shoulder Inflammation
Clayton Kershaw has taken a step back from throwing because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder, but he doesn't need an MRI and is taking anti-inflammatory medication.

ESPN

Bryce Harper, Phillies Nearing Crossroads In Negotations
The Phillies remain confident that they are going to sign Bryce Harper.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Indians Sign Hanley Ramirez To Minor League Deal
Hanley Ramirez could have a roster spot with the Indians at first base or designated hitter.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Reds Sign Jose Iglesias To Minor-Leaue Deal
Jose Iglesias hit .269 for the Tigers in 2018.

ESPN

Cardinals Sign Jose Martinez To Two-Year Deal
Jose Martinez led the Cardinals with a .305 batting average and 163 hits last season.

ESPN

Phillies Owner To Meet With Bryce Harper In Vegas
John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday to meet with free-agent Bryce Harper.

ESPN.com

Twins, Marwin Gonzalez Agree Upon Two-Year, $21M Deal
Marvin Gonzalez played every position except catcher and pitcher for the Astros last season.

ESPN

Nationals Move On From Bryce Harper
The Nationals offered a 10-year, $300 million offer to Bryce Harper before the end of the season.

Lisa Redmond/NBC Sports

Astros Will Explore Extensions For Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander
Both Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are set to become free agents at season's end.

Alyson Footer/MLB

Padres Haven't Ruled Out Signing Bryce Harper
The Padres haven't ruled out making a serious play for Bryce Harper despite landing Manny Machado this week.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Brett Gardner: 'It's Been A Disappointing 10 Years'
This season will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Yankees' 2009 World Series victory over the Phillies.

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