December 2020 - Baseball Wiretap

Source: Padres, KBO Star Ha-seong Kim Agree To Deal

Dec 29, 2020 12:46 AM

The San Diego Padres have added another big name this offseason, agreeing to a deal with Korean star infielder Ha-seong Kim, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Kim, 25, became one of the top infielders on the open market when he was posted earlier this month by the Kiwoom Heroes, his team in the Korea Baseball Organization.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Sources: Padres Set To Acquire Yu Darvish

Dec 29, 2020 12:44 AM

The San Diego Padres are on the verge of making their second trade for a star pitcher in as many days, with the team expected to acquire righty Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Darvish and Victor Caratini, who emerged as the right-hander's personal catcher in Chicago, will go to San Diego once the deal is completed, sources said Monday.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Hall Of Famer Phil Niekro Dies At 81

Dec 28, 2020 8:43 AM

Phil Niekro died Saturday night in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Niekro, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, was one of baseball's most prolific and durable pitchers, using his "butterfly" pitch to win 318 games in a career that spanned 24 seasons, including 21 with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.

"We are heartbroken on the passing of our treasured friend, Phil Niekro," the Braves said in a statement. "Knucksie was woven into the Braves fabric, first in Milwaukee and then in Atlanta. Phil baffled batters on the field and later was always the first to join in our community activities. It was during those community and fan activities where he would communicate with fans as if they were long lost friends.

"He was a constant presence over the years, in our clubhouse, our alumni activities and throughout Braves Country and we will forever be grateful for having him be such an important part of our organization.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy, sons Philip, John and Michael and his two grandchildren Chase and Emma."

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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Nationals Won't Rule Out Reunion With Ryan Zimmerman

Dec 28, 2020 8:41 AM

Mike Rizzo says the Washington Nationals aren't ruling out a reunion with Ryan Zimmerman after acquiring Josh Bell to play first base.

Zimmerman, 36, opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns about his family's safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He told The Washington Post he would like to return from a 16th Major League season.

"The acquisition of Josh Bell isn't going to prohibit us from looking for a good right-handed hitter that comes off the bench or plays multiple positions," Rizzo said.

"We still haven't ruled out a Zim reunion," he added. "That skill set still fits on our roster."

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Padres Nearing Trade To Acquire Blake Snell From Rays

Dec 28, 2020 12:31 AM

The San Diego Padres are finalizing a trade to acquire former Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays for top pitching prospect Luis Patiño, catchers Francisco Mejia and Blake Hunt and right-handed pitching prospect Cole Wilcox, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN.

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

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Pirates Trade Josh Bell To Nationals For Two Pitching Prospects

Dec 25, 2020 1:37 AM

First baseman Josh Bell has been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Washington Nationals, it was announced Thursday.

In return, the Pirates will get young pitchers Wil Crowe, who made his debut with the Nationals in 2020, and Eddy Yean.

ESPN.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Official Trade

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Phillies Have Extended Offer To J.T. Realmuto

Dec 23, 2020 8:42 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have an offer on the table for J.T. Realmuto, according to a report.

Realmuto has also received offers from other interested clubs.

The 29-year-old is believed to be seeking a record-setting deal for a catcher.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nationals 'Open' To Trading Carter Kieboom

Dec 23, 2020 8:39 AM

The Washington Nationals are looking to acquire an impact player and are "open" to trading Carter Kieboom.

Kieboom has been one of the club's more prized prospects in recent years.

The 23-year-old owns a .181/.309/.232 slash line in 165 plate appearances split between 2019-20. He was a first-round pick in 2016.

Britt Ghiroli/The Athletic

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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White Sox To Land Yoelqui Cespedes

Dec 23, 2020 8:36 AM

The Chicago White Sox are expected to sign Yoelqui Cespedes to a contract with a bonus near $2 million, according to sources.

Considered the No. 1 international prospect, Yoelgui is the younger half-brother of Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes, 23, who was declared a free agent and eligible to sign with a Major League team March 18, will likely ink his deal on Jan. 15, 2021, the first day of the international signing period.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mets, Noah Syndergaard Agree To One-Year, $9.7M Deal

Dec 23, 2020 8:32 AM

The New York Mets have agreed to a one-year, $9.7 million deal with Noah Syndergaard.

The agreement allowed the two sides to avoid salary arbitration.

Syndergaard, 28 missed the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow last March. He'll be a free agent after the 2021 season.

ESPN

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

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Phillies Promote Sam Fuld To GM

ESPN.com

MLB Teams Lost $1 Billion In 2020

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Race For George Springer Down To Blue Jays, Mets?

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Yu Darvish's Name 'Out There' On Trade Market

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Didi Gregorius Makes Case For MLB To Play 162 Games

CBS Sports HQ

Blue Jays Will Give Vlad Guerrero, Jr. Another Chance To Play 3B

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Giants Sign Reliever John Brebbia To One-Year Deal

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Howie Kendrick Retires After 15 MLB Seasons

ESPN

Nationals Have Interest In J.T. Realmuto

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Brian Cashman: Yankees Need 'More Certain Innings' In Rotation

MLB Network Radio

Rays, Michael Wacha Agree Upon One-Year, $3M Deal

ESPN

Free Agents Asking Blue Jays If They'll Play In Toronto

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Joe Maddon: Angels' Jo Adell Needs More Time In Minors

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MLB Payrolls Fell Nearly $2.5B In 2020

Associated Press

Dodgers Unsure Whether David Price Will Pitch Next Season

Bill Plunkett/Orange County Register

Justin Verlander Hopes To Pitch In 2021

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Don Mattingly Advocates For More Rule Changes

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Sunday Night Baseball Will Open With White Sox-Angels

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MLB Adds Negro Leagues To Official Records

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Yankees 'Confident' They'll Have MLB's Highest Payroll In 2021

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