June 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Police: David Ortiz Shooting Was $30K Hit Gone Bad

Jun 30, 2019 5:07 PM

Police say a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting that wounded baseball slugger David Ortiz, who was sitting alongside the intended victim.

National Police spokesman Frank Felix Duran Mejia told a news conference on Sunday that the alleged mastermind of the attack had so far paid only $10,000 to people hired to arrange the killing of Sixto David Fernandez, his cousin.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Yankees Sweep Red Sox In London

Jun 30, 2019 5:03 PM

Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a nine-run seventh inning, and the Yankees overcome a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 12-8 Sunday for a two-game sweep of the groundbreaking, high-scoring trek across the pond.


Tags: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Kyle Hendricks To Start Tuesday For Cubs

Jun 30, 2019 2:08 PM

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks will be activated on Tuesday to start against the Pirates, manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday.

Hendricks, 29, has been out two weeks with shoulder soreness after lasting just 4.1 innings in his last outing on June 15.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

Vlad Jr., Josh Bell, Carlos Santana Fill Last Three HR Derby Spots

Jun 30, 2019 2:05 PM

Blue Jays rookie star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will become the youngest player in major league history to compete in the Home Run Derby.

Major League Baseball confirmed Sunday that Guerrero, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Indians first baseman Carlos Santana will participate in the midseason power showcase, filling three spots in the eight-player field.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Christian Yelich To Compete In HR Derby

Jun 30, 2019 1:47 AM

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich has thrown his name in the hat for the Home Run Derby.

Yelich, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, confirmed Saturday night that he will compete in the All-Star event on July 8 in Cleveland. The event will be televised on ESPN.


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Strop: Puig Acted 'Stupid' After HBP

Jun 30, 2019 1:43 AM

Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig had words with each other as the benches cleared in the Cubs' 6-0 win on Saturday.

Puig got hit in the hip by a 3-0 pitch from Strop in the bottom of the eighth inning and began to walk toward the mound while screaming at the pitcher. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and first baseman Anthony Rizzo held Puig back while Puig and Strop kept yelling at each other. Things eventually calmed down, and after the game, Strop didn't understand why Puig was so upset.

"He just reacted like that," Strop said. "Maybe because it was a 3-0 pitch, maybe it looks weird. I wasn't commanding my sinker, and I didn't want to leave a cookie 3-0. He'll swing 3-0 and hit it way out of the park. He just acted stupid."


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Tigers Sign Trevor Rosenthal To Minor League Deal

Jun 29, 2019 6:26 PM

The Detroit Tigers signed former St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league deal after he threw a bullpen session Saturday at Comerica Park.

The veteran right-hander pitched in 12 games this season with the Washington Nationals, posting a 22.74 ERA.


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

Giants CEO Larry Baer Returning In Reduced Role

Jun 29, 2019 6:23 PM

When Giants CEO and president Larry Baer rejoins the team Tuesday, he will report to the man who filled his role while he was suspended.

On Saturday, the Giants acknowledged Baer's pending return and announced that Rob Dean, the son-in-law of late Giants principal owners Harmon and Sue Burns, would continue as the MLB control person and be Baer's boss.

"Rob will transition into the role of chairman and will continue as the MLB designated control person," the team said in a statement. "In this capacity, Rob -- along with Larry -- will represent the club with MLB. Rob will also, on behalf of ownership, collaborate with the executive leadership team on major organizational issues. Keeping in line with industry standards, the president of baseball operations reports to the control person, and we will adopt that practice."


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Yankees Beat Red Sox 17-13 In London

Jun 29, 2019 6:20 PM

Apparently, there was only one way the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox felt they could introduce baseball to the United Kingdom: with runs -- plenty of them.

It took both teams very little time to flex their offensive power Saturday, plating a combined 12 runs by the end of the opening inning of this weekend's two-game series at London Stadium. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in the history of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry that both teams have scored six runs in the first inning of a series game.

Nearly five hours later, when it was all over, the Yankees had held on for a 17-13 victory in a game that featured 30 hits and no errors.


Tags: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Manfred: MLB Scraps 2020 Asia Opener, Hopes To Play More In Europe

Jun 29, 2019 2:41 PM

Major League Baseball has scrapped plans to open its 2020 season in Asia and hopes to play more games in Europe.

MLB started its season in Tokyo for the fifth time in 2019, and its labor contract with the players' association called for a 2020 opener in Asia.

"We just decided it probably wasn't the right time to try to do it," Manfred said Saturday.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Cubs, Red Sox Among Those Scouting Matthew Boyd
The Red Sox and Cubs were among the teams with scouts in attendance to watch Matthew Boyd start against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Jason Beck/MLB

Astros Have Evaluated Marcus Stroman Extensively
The Astros are looking for a consistent No. 5 option in their starting rotation and have done extensive scouting of Marcus Stroman.

Peter Gammons/MLB Network

2019 MLB All-Star Starters Announced
The reserves for the American and National League will be announced on Sunday.


Mike Trout: MLB Asks About Home Run Derby 'Every Year'
Mike Trout will not participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but that isn't because Major League Baseball isn't trying.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Rays Calling Up Top Prospect Brendan McKay
The Rays are calling up two-way prospect Brendan McKay to start on Saturday against the Rangers, according to a source.


Giancarlo Stanton Likely Out Until August
The New York Yankees are more likely to get Giancarlo Stanton back in August than July after straining the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Associated Press

Yankees Split On Trading For Madison Bumgarner
The Yankees are split internally on trading for Madison Bumgarner before the July 31 deadline.

Big Time Baseball Podcast

Rays To Pursue Multiple Bullpen Upgrades
They could also seek a right-handed bat off the bench.

Juan Toribio/MLB

Cubs Adding Craig Kimbrel To Roster
The Cubs will add Craig Kimbrel to their roster for Thursday's series finale against the Braves.

Associated Press

Giancarlo Stanton Lands Back On IL With Sprained Knee
Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton will be sidelined longer than the 10-day minimum.

Associated Press

Jason Vargas On Dispute With Reporter: 'All The Info Isn't Out There'
Jason Vargas answered questions on Wednesday for the first time since being fined for an expletive-filled confrontation with a reporter.


Twins Have 'Strong Interest' In Madison Bumgarner
The Twins have the American League's best record (51-27).

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Yoelkis Cespedes Defects From Cuba, Looking For MLB Deal
The National team was participating in an international exhibition series in the independent Canadian American Association when the younger Cespedes defected.

Francys Romero/MLB

Yankees Extend Home Run Streak To 28 Games
The Yankees have broken the Major League record for consecutive games with a home run.


Shohei Ohtani To Throw Off Mound
Shohei Ohtani will throw off a mound on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Associated Press

Jordan Hicks Diagnosed With Torn UCL
The Cardinals are determining the next step, but the injury typically leads to Tommy John surgery.

Anne Rogers/MLB

Marcus Stroman Would Welcome Trade To Yankees
Marcus Stroman isn't scheduled to pitch while the Blue Jays play a series at the Yankees this week, but the pitcher still fielded plenty of questions on Monday.

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Athletics Hoping To Fortify Bullpen
The Athletics recently lost starter Frankie Montas to an 80-game suspension, but they appear focused on bolstering the bullpen prior to the trade deadline.

Susan Slusser/San Francisc Chronicle

Mets' Front Office Has Dictated In-Game Moves
The Mets' front office has dictated at least some pitching moves during games this season, according to multiple sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Orioles Sign No. 1 Pick Adley Rutschman To Record Bonus
Adley Rutschman, 21, hit .411 with 17 home runs as a junior this year.