June 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Nationals Would Want 'Franchise-Altering Return' For Max Scherzer

Jun 19, 2019 7:08 AM

There are a number of factors at play when considering whether or not the Washington Nationals will trade Max Scherzer before next month's deadline.

They are five games under .500, but not out of the playoff race at this point. Also, Scherzer is the face of the franchise after Bryce Harper left in free agency this past offseason.

He carries a hefty salary -- $35 million annually through 2021 -- that may preclude some smaller market contenders from acquiring him.

There is also the fact that Scherzer will gain 10-and-5 rights at the end of the season, allowing him to veto any trade. That leaves the Nationals with a window between now and July 31 to move him wherever they choose.

Ken Rosenthal said during an appearance on MLB Network that general manager Mike Rizzo denied a trade was under current consideration, but that for it to be the Nationals would want a "franchise-altering return" for Scherzer.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

White Sox Plan To Extend Netting To Foul Poles

Jun 19, 2019 6:51 AM

The Chicago White Sox will extend protective netting to both foul poles this summer.

The decision comes a week after a woman at Guaranteed Rate Field was struck in the head by a foul ball and hospitalized.

According to sources, owner Jerry Reinsdorf spearheaded the plan. Officials from other teams expect it to have a cascading effect throughout the league.

One source with knowledge of installing netting believes other teams could retrofit their stadiums before the end of the season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

Howie Kendrick Could Be Coveted Trade Target

Jun 19, 2019 6:59 AM

Howie Kendrick could become an interesting trade target as the deadline nears.

Kendrick, who turns 36 soon, is in the final year of his contract with the Washington Nationals.

He is hitting .333/.383/.602 with 12 home runs. His career high of 18 came in 2011.

Kendrick has played three infield spots for Washington this season and has experience in the outfield as well.

Mike Petriello/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Max Scherzer Breaks Nose During Bunting Drill

Jun 19, 2019 6:54 AM

Max Scherzer suffered a broken nose when he took a ball off his face during batting practice on Tuesday.

He was injured while attempting a bunt. A CT scan was negative, according to the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer was scheduled to start one of the two games of Washington's day-night doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

The Nationals haven't yet determined the pitcher's status.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Royals Would Put 'Crazy' Asking Price On Whit Merrifield

Jun 18, 2019 8:53 AM

It appears unlikely that the Kansas City Royals will trade Whit Merrifield at this year's deadline.

Dayton Moore called Merrifield "one of the best players in all of baseball right now" and said "the ask would be just crazy" if teams called the Royals about the utilityman.

Merrifield, 30, is playing under a team-friendly contract.

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Edwin Encarnacion: Being A Yankee 'Is Going To Be Fun'

Jun 18, 2019 8:47 AM

After acquiring him over the weekend, the New York Yankees had Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup for the first time on Monday night.

Encarnacion went 0-for-4 in his debut, but the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.

"I saw a lot of pitches. I feel good," Encarnacion said. "I just missed a couple pitches that I know I can hit good. But this is part of the game. I'll get them tomorrow."

New York acquired him from the Seattle Mariners, who started hot but are now 10 games back in their division. The Yankees will give him a chance to enjoy postseason baseball.

“I can’t wait to see that," Encarnacion said. "It’s going to be fun. I know we are going to hit a lot of home runs, and we’re going to win a lot of games, too."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Dallas Keuchel Expected To Make Debut For Braves On Friday

Jun 18, 2019 8:41 AM

After two Minor League starts, Dallas Keuchel is expected to make his debut with the Atlanta Braves on Friday versus the Washington Nationals.

Over 14 innings, the left-hander allowed three runs and struck out 13 batters.

Keuchel signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Braves earlier this month.

The Braves have a three-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.

David O'Brien/The Athletic

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

Latest AL All-Star Results Have Astros With Three Starters

Jun 18, 2019 8:37 AM

The latest American League voting results are in with the All-Star Game just three weeks away.

The current voting system will close on Friday at 4:00 PM EST. After that, the top three vote getters at each position will partake in a 28-hour runoff beginning on June 26 to determine the starter.

Monday's results had the following in the lead at their respective position:

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, Yankees

First Base: Luke Voit, Yankees

Second Base: Tommy La Stella, Angels

Third Base: Alex Bregman, Astros

Shortstop: Jorge Polanco, Twins

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels; George Springer & Michael Brantley, Astros

Designated Hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Manny Machado Says He Didn't Bump Umpire, Will Appeal Suspension

Jun 18, 2019 8:30 AM

Manny Machado denies he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke on Saturday night after being ejected and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine.

"I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we'll see what happens," Machado said.

Major League Baseball said the punishment was for "aggressively arguing and making contact'' with Welke.

Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it.

"You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it."

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Charlie Blackmon Breaks 58-Year-Old Hitting Mark

Jun 17, 2019 8:03 AM

Charlie Blackmon had 15 hits in the Colorado Rockies' four-game series against the San Diego Padres.

The previous record for hits in a four-game series was 14 -- Buck Jordan of the Boston Braves against the Cardinals, July 17-18, 1934 (consecutive doubleheaders); and Bill White of the Cardinals against the Cubs, July 12-15, 1961.

Blackmon had four hits in each of the first three games of the series.

"The beauty of Charlie is the consistency, day in and day out," Bud Black said. "That's one of Charlie’s strengths, what he does each and every day to prepare to play. He's one of the best I've seen. When you're in a good spot, Charlie is able to maintain it -- which he has done for this stretch of games."

Thomas Harding/MLB

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Stats

Christian Yelich Hits Double Through Outfield Fence
The hit had an exit velocity of 117.9 mph, the fifth-highest base hit in Major League Baseball this season.

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Giancarlo Stanton To Return To Yankees On Tuesday
Giancarlo Stanton has been sidelined since April 1.

Russell Dorsey/MLB

Padres, Rockies Break Four-Game Series Scoring Record
The Padres and Rockies combined to set a modern-era record by scoring 92 runs in a four-game series.

Associated Press

Yankees Option Clint Frazier To Triple-A
Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier was "pretty surprised" to find out he was being sent down.


Angels Expect Justin Upton To Make Season Debut Monday
Justin Upton hist 30 home runs for the Angels last season.


Twins Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
An emotional Joe Mauer has his No. 7 jersey retired on Saturday night.


Dallas Keuchel Eyes Braves After Shaky Minors Outing
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel said he felt good physically and eyes his debut with the Braves.


Mets Place Noah Syndergaard On IL
The Mets have also activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the injured list.


Rockies Option Brendan Rodgers To Triple-A
Infielder Brandon Rodgers was the Rockies' top prospect when he was recalled on May 17.


Sources: Cubs Considering Sportsbook At Wrigley Field
The Illinois' new sports betting law prepares to take effect.


Sources: M's Trade Edwin Encarnacion To Yankees
Edwin Encarnacion leads the AL with 21 home runs this season.


Babe Ruth Yankees Jersey Sells For Record $5.64M At Auction
The Babe Ruth jersey sold at auction dates to around the 1928-30 period.


Yu Darvish: Return To Dodger Stadium 'A Big Deal'
Yu Darvish will take the mound at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday night against his old teammates.


Angles Designate Cody Allen For Assignment
Cody Allen has a 6.26 ERA over 23 innings in his first season with the Angels.


Zack Greinke: Throwing No-Hitter Would Be 'A Hassle'
Zack Greinke has made 429 Major League starts, but he's never thrown a no-hitter.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Ben Zobrist Could Return To Cubs This Season
Theo Epstein says there's a path for Ben Zobrist to return to the Cubs this season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Japanese Player To Hit For Cycle
Shohei Ohtani is the seventh different Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout in 2013.


Tommy Pham: All-Star Process 'Never Going To Be Fair'
The Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball's best stories in the first half of the season.


Tigers Open To Dealing Veterans At Deadline
Detroit's front office is seeking deals that would strengthen the teamís roster for 2021 and beyond.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Indians Wouldn't Rule Out Trading Trevor Bauer To Twins
The Indians could move Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic