January 2020 - Baseball Wiretap

Mariners, Yoshihisa Hirano Agree Upon $1.6M Deal

Jan 31, 2020 7:18 AM

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with Yoshihisa Hirano.

Hirano has spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a valuable reliever.

He appeared in 137 games for Arizona and posted a 3.47 ERA.

Hirano can earn $500,000 in bonuses based on pitching appearances: $50,000 each for 30 and 35, $75,000 apiece for 45 and 50, $100,000 for 55 and $150,000 for 60.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Dusty Baker Says Job With Astros Is 'Last Hurrah'

Jan 31, 2020 7:15 AM

The Houston Astros officially introduced Dusty Baker as their new manager on Thursday.

The Astros fired A.J. Hinch earlier this month in the wake of a sign-stealing scam that was investigated by Major League Baseball.

Baker, 70, has been chasing a World Series title for decades.

"I was happy, but I wasn't satisfied, where I was and what I was doing because something's missing,'' he said. "And I think the Lord gave me the best chance to accomplish what I need as a person, as a father, and as a man.''

Baker has 22 years of managing experience.

"This is my last hurrah," he said. "And I thought my last hurrah was in Washington, actually, because I gave all my stuff away. I went to find my shoes, went up to the attic and I found the empty bag. ... So this is a new beginning for me."


Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Cubs, Rockies Have Discussed Bryant-For-Arenado Trade

Jan 31, 2020 7:11 AM

The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies have discussed the possibility of a blockbuster trade.

According to a report, they have discussed a one-for-one deal that would send Kris Bryant to the Rockies in exchange for Nolan Arenado.

Colorado would likely pay some of the $234 million that remains on Arenado's contract.

This is something I heard very recently -- that, yes, Arenado would love to play for the Cubs," ESPN's Jesse Rogers said during a radio appearance. "I’ll go one step further. That they’ve even discussed a one-for-one deal, Kris Bryant for Nolan Arenado, where the Rockies pick up a good portion of Arenado’s salary over the length of the contract. I’m talking $7 or $8 million per year.

"That’s how much they need to get rid of Arenado," Rogers added, "and he wants out."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Deep In Talks With Dodgers On Mookie Betts Trade

Jan 31, 2020 7:06 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are deep in talks centered around a Mookie Betts trade, according to sources.

The clubs have discussed multiple scenarios, including some with and some without David Price.

Betts, 27, will be eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

The Red Sox understand the benefit of dealing the outfielder before the season, which would remove distractions.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pablo Sandoval Re-Joins Giants On Minors Deal

Jan 30, 2020 7:56 AM

The San Francisco Giants have brought back Pablo Sandoval on a Minor League deal.

The deal is reportedly worth $2 million with $750,000 in incentives.

Sandoval is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but could prove a valuable reverse infielder for the Giants.

Maria Guardado/MLB

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

Reds Not Expected To Trade Nick Senzel

Jan 30, 2020 7:53 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are expected to hold off trading Nick Senzel, according to Dick Williams.

He is expected to be on Cincinnati's Opening Day roster.

"Yeah, I do," Williams said when asked if he thinks Senzel will be on the Opening Day roster. "I like what he brings to our club. He's one of our own. He's an impact, young offensive player. They don't come along very often. The flexibility he brings to the club, attitude he brings. At this point, we see him as very much a part of a winning, championship team here."

Senzel was rumored in trade talks for most of the winter.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Kris Bryant Loses Grievance Against Cubs

Jan 30, 2020 7:46 AM

Kris Bryant lost his grievance against the Chicago Cubs and won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, according to a source.

Bryant was seeking an extra year of service time, which would have allowed him to hit free agency earlier.

With two seasons of team control left, the Cubs can seek more in a possible trade involving Bryant.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Greg Holland Reaches Minor League Deal With Royals

Jan 30, 2020 7:40 AM

The Kansas City Royals have brought back Greg Holland on a Minor League deal.

Holland will make $1.25 million on the one-year deal if he's added to the 40-man roster. He also has the chance to earn more through performance bonuses.

The reliever was 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA last year in 40 relief appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Brewers Agree To Contract With David Phelps

Jan 30, 2020 7:35 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a contract with David Phelps.

The deal is for one year with a club option for 2021.

The 33-year-old reliever finished last season with the Chicago Cubs. Between the Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays in 2019, he made 41 appearances and posted a 3.41 ERA.


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Mookie Betts Trade May Be More Likely Than Ever

Jan 29, 2020 7:39 AM

The Boston Red Sox seem more serious than ever about trading Mookie Betts, according to a report.

Rival clubs are starting to think a trade may truly happen.

Trade talks have picked up as of late. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have most recently been linked to Betts.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Eduardo Nunez Agrees To Minor League Deal With Mets

Associated Press

Red Sox Re-Sign Mitch Moreland To One-Year Deal

Joon Lee/ESPN

Astros To Name Dusty Baker New Manager

Cincinnati Enquirer

Pirates Trade Starling Marte To Diamondbacks For Prospects


Clayton Kershaw: Astros Haven't Shown 'A Lot Of Remorse'


Brewers Re-Sign Shelby Miller To Minor League Deal

Associated Press

Reds Agree To Four-Year, $64M Deal With Nick Castellanos


Mookie Betts Trade Talks 'Evolving' With Dodgers, Padres

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Mets, Padres Discussing Starling Marte Trade With Pirates

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Juco Baseball Coach Among Helicopter-Crash Victims

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Marlins, Brandon Kintzler Agree Upon $3M Deal

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Rockies, Trevor Story Agree To Two-Year, $27.5 Deal


Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman Agree To One-Year Deal


Red Sox, Padres Discussing Mookie Betts Trade

Dennis Lin/The Athletic

Miller Park To Be Renamed American Family Field In 2021

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Mariners Expect Mitch Haniger To Miss Start Of Season

Associated Press

Rob Manfred: MLB Won't Vacate Astros, Red Sox Titles

FOX Business

Phillies Add Francisco Liriano, Others On Minor League Deals

Associated Press

Nolan Arenado Done Talking About Relationship With Rockies


Alex Gordon Returning To Royals For 14th Season