August 2020 - Baseball Wiretap

Padres Acquire Mike Clevinger From Indians

Aug 31, 2020 12:18 PM

The Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres have agreed to a trade that will send Mike Clevinger to the National League, according to reports.

The trade is pending physicals for all players involved.

According to sources, nine players are involved in the deal with Cleveland receiving a package of six players in exchange for Clevinger.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Rays, Padres Have Inquired With Rangers About Joey Gallo

Aug 31, 2020 8:41 AM

Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers has been the subject of trade rumors ahead of Monday's deadline.

The Rangers have been discussing Gallo in talks, along with starter Lance Lynn, per a report.

The Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres have shown interest in Gallo.

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

Braves, Padres Emerge As Favorites For Mike Clevinger

Aug 31, 2020 8:37 AM

A number of teams are interested in Mike Clevinger, but the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres have emerged as the most serious suitors.

According to a source, the Cleveland Indians are asking for Atlanta's No. 2 prospect outfielder Drew Waters.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cubs Acquire Jose Martinez From Rays

Aug 31, 2020 8:32 AM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired designated hitter Jose Martinez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a combination of players to be named later or cash considerations.

Chicago had been searching for a right-handed bat in the days leading up to Monday's trade deadline.

Martinez has hit .239 with two homers, 10 RBIs and a .717 OPS while bouncing between designated hitter (13 games) and first base (six) for the Rays.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Padres, Mariners Complete Seven-Player Trade

Aug 31, 2020 8:22 AM

The San Diego Padres are buyers at the deadline and have completed a seven-player trade with the Seattle Mariners.

San Diego will acquire catcher Austin Nola and two right-handers for a package that includes outfield prospect Taylor Trammell.

The Padres are making a series of trades in an attempt to qualify for the postseason for the first time in 14 years. They are 21-15 after nine straight losing seasons.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Athletics-Astros Game Postponed After Positive Test

Aug 31, 2020 8:17 AM

Sunday afternoon's Oakland Athletics-Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park was postponed after a member of the A's organization tested positive for the coronavirus.

The person's role with the club (players, coach or staff member) was not disclosed.

"Following a positive test for COVID-19 in the Oakland Athletics' organization, today's scheduled game between the A's and the host Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted," Major League Baseball said in a statement. "Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as necessary."

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Finish August With NL Record 57 Home Runs

Aug 31, 2020 8:13 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers set the National League record for home runs in a month with 57 in August.

Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Will Smith each hit homers as the Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

The Atlanta Braves held the previous record with 56 in June 2019.

Dave Roberts didn't seem interested in an asterisk for the record because the NL is using the designated hitter for the first time in the pandemic-shortened season.

"It's still a record," Roberts said. "It's just a byproduct of swinging at good pitches. I don't know how well the ball is carrying compared to the last couple of years, but it's amazing to see the talent that we have in our lineup."


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Stats

Padres Trade Two Prospects To Red Sox For Mitch Moreland

Aug 30, 2020 3:04 PM

The San Diego Padres picked up slugger hitter Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston.

In exchange, the Red Sox acquired a pair of prospects from San Diego, outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Official Trade

Jack Flaherty: 'I Haven't Been Involved Enough'

Aug 28, 2020 8:02 AM

Jack Flaherty spoke with the media for 25 minutes prior to the St. Louis Cardinals' doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Flaherty, 24, described what the week has been like for him as athletes around the sports world have used their voices to sit out games, postpone games and demand change.

The pitcher and Dexter Fowler sat out Wednesday's game in solidarity with other players around Major League Baseball.

"I appreciated being included, but that was Dex's way of -- I don't want to speak for him, but it was just about supporting everybody and to make that statement of not playing yesterday," Flaherty said. "A lot of trying to gather thoughts and trying to gather feelings and emotions."

Flaherty said he didn't expect the team to not play Wednesday night because his and Fowler's decision happened so close to first pitch.

"I said, 'Look, you've got 20 minutes before the game,'" he said. "I love our guys for going out and playing and winning. And they texted us right afterward. This ain't about me right now. I said, 'Dex needs your support. I don't want him to feel like he's on an island. I'm not choosing to not play because I don't have to make that decision tonight. He knows you guys support him and, but just let him know.' I'm proud of the way that they went out and played the game and the way that they battled back, and they're going to go out there and play today."

Anne Rogers/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Acquire Taijuan Walker From Mariners

Aug 28, 2020 7:57 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle will receive a player to be named or cash considerations.

Walker is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season. He will be a free agent after the 2020 season, for which he is making $740,000 for the 60 games.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

The Players Alliance Donating Salaries To Fight Inequality


Players Make Stand As Seven Games Are Postponed

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Rangers Taking Offers For Lance Lynn

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

MLB Exploring Bubble Sites For Postseason

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Aaron Judge Leaves With Calf Injury; IL Stint 'Possible'

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Mets' Dominic Smith: People Still Don't Care


Four Teams Join Reds-Brewers In Postponing Games


Brewers Decide To Go On Strike, Won't Play Wednesday Against Reds


Brewers Listening To Offers For Josh Hader

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Angels-Astros Postponed Due To Hurricane Laura

Associated Press

Mike Clevinger To Return From Virus-Related Demotion

Associated Press

Lucas Giolito Tosses Season's First Ho-Hitter

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Blue Jays Eyeing Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl

Jon Morosi/MLB Network

Yankees Contact Mariners About Taijuan Walker

Jon Morosi/MLB Network

Mets Test Negative, Set To Resume Play

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Terry Francona To Miss Cleveland's Series Against Minnesota

Associated Press

Albert Pujols Now Alone In Second On Career RBI List


Reds Not Shopping Trevor Bauer, Looking For Additions

Jon Morosi/MLB Network

Stephen Strasburg Needs Season-Ending Surgery

Mark Zuckerman/MASN Sports

Mariners Trade Daniel Vogelbach To Blue Jays