September 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Red Sox On Track To Pay $13.05M In Luxury Tax

Sep 14, 2019 7:49 PM

The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions' payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on Opening Day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press.

Teams are allowed to get to $206 million before the luxury tax kicks in.

As of Opening Day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Legal, Misc Rumor

Braves Rally To Clinch Playoff Berth

Sep 14, 2019 8:07 PM

Ronald Acuna Jr. ignited a four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double, as the NL East leading Braves clinched a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Acuna Jr.'s double down the left-field line off of Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney added fuel to a dramatic seventh inning for the Braves (93-57), who reduced their magic number to four to clinch their 19th division title.

The win eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

D-Backs Give GM Mike Hazen Contract Extension

Sep 13, 2019 10:10 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached an agreement on a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, the team announced on Friday. Length and terms of the deal were not announced.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cubs' Organist Gary Pressey Retiring After 33 Years

Sep 14, 2019 7:52 PM

Gary Pressy has played the organ at Wrigley Field for 2,679 consecutive Chicago Cubs games -- and counting. That streak, however, will come to an end after this season.

The 61-year-old Pressy, who began his career with the Cubs in 1987, is retiring after this season.

"I've been there a third of a century, 33 years, and I think the cup is full," Pressy told the Chicago Tribune on Friday. "I was debating it back and forth, but I really just wanted to spend more quality time with my family. Around the All-Star break I really got to thinking about it and made my decision."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Braves' Charlie Culberson Carted Off After Taking Pitch To Face

Sep 14, 2019 7:55 PM

Braves pinch hitter Charlie Culberson left Saturday's game after a failed bunt attempt led to him taking a pitch off his face in the top of the seventh inning against the Nationals.

Culberson had a bloody nose after he squared to bunt and couldn't get out of the way of a high offering from Fernando Rodney.

Culberson was carted off the field after standing on his own and gave a thumbs-up to Rodney as he departed.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Activate Lourdes Gurriel Jr. After Missing 30-Games

Sep 14, 2019 4:09 PM

Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been activated off the injured list after missing 30 games with a left quad strain, the team announced Saturday.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

Justin Upton Done For The Season With Patellar Tendinitis

Sep 14, 2019 11:28 AM

Angels outfielder Justin Upton was ruled out for the rest of the season with patellar tendinitis, the team announced after Friday night's loss to the Rays.

Upton, who had an MRI earlier this week after complaining of right knee discomfort and missed his second straight game Friday, will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and will need six weeks of recovery. He is expected to be ready for spring training in 2020.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury, Misc Rumor

Freddie Freeman Back In Braves' Lineup

Sep 14, 2019 4:12 PM

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is back in the lineup Saturday after exiting Friday's game with elbow soreness.

The All-Star left in the fourth inning of Friday's win against the Nationals in what the Braves called a precautionary move.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

Tim Mayza To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Sep 14, 2019 4:07 PM

Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The news comes a day after Mayza dropped to his knees in pain after delivering an awkward pitch that sailed behind Yankees batter Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

Yankees Hope Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez Return For Playoffs

Sep 13, 2019 9:54 PM

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday he's "optimistic" both Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez will be able to return before the end of the season, one day after the sluggers were injured in separate games of a doubleheader victory over Detroit.

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

Angels Scratch Mike Trout From Anticipated Return To Lineup

Freddie Freeman Leaves Game With Elbow Soreness

Luis Severino To Make 2019 Debut Against Angels

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Christian Yelich Avoids Surgery On Kneecap

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Shohei Ohtani To Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Pete Alonso Shaves Mustache Midgame


Nationals 'Confident' Stephen Strasburg Will Remain With Club

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Wilson Ramos Likely To Continue Catching Noah Syndergaard

Associated Press

Dallas Keuchel Calls Out Phillies Management

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Jonathan Villar Hits MLB's Record-Setting 6,106th HR


Giants Could Hire General Manager

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Alex Cora Will Return To Red Sox In 2020

Chris Cotillo/Mass Live

Christian Yelich Out For Season With Fractured Kneecap


Dodgers Clinch Seventh Consecutive NL West Title

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Mike Trout Undergoes Procedure On Right Foot

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox Ownership Clashed Over Spending, Process

Tom Verducci/SI

Red Sox Likely To Lose Mookie Betts Or J.D. Martinez This Offseason

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Noah Syndergaard Unhappy Pitching To Wilson Ramos

Joel Sherman & Kevin Kernan/New York Post

David Ortiz Throws Out First Pitch At Fenway Park


Anthony Rendon Could Seek Deal Similar To Nolan Arenado

Mark Feinsand/MLB