January 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

Corey Kluber Agrees To One-Year, $11M Deal With Yankees

Jan 15, 2021 8:32 PM

Corey Kluber and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal.

Kluber's first season with the Texas Rangers came to an abrupt halt when the two-time Cy Young Award winner suffered a tear in his shoulder muscle just 18 pitches into his only start for the team in 2020.

Texas declined to pick up his $18 million option for 2021 after the season.

Kluber is a two-time Cy Young winner.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Giants Owner Donated To QAnon Sympathizer Rep. Lauren Boebert

Jan 15, 2021 2:18 PM

Charles Johnson, the largest shareholder of the San Francisco Giants, donated the maximum amount before the 2020 general election to Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado.

Boebert has voiced her support for QAnon and also Tweeted the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Jan. 6 siege fo the Capitol building. 

Johnson’s past contributions have attracted attention. Before the 2018 midterm elections, Johnson donated to then-U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who came under fire during a successful campaign for saying she would be in “the front row” if invited to a public hanging. Johnson also donated $1,000 to a committee that created a racist radio ad in Arkansas.

"Individual contributions of employees and investors are considered personal in nature," wrote the Giants when asked for comment. 

Matt Kawahara/San Francisco Giants

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Yankees, DJ LeMahieu Finalizing Six-Year, $90M Deal

Jan 15, 2021 11:03 AM

The New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90 million contract with DJ LeMahieu, according to sources.

LeMahieu finished third in the American League MVP voting after winning the AL batting title with an MLB-leading .364 average during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

He had rejected a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Yankees.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Theo Epstein Joins Commissioner's Office As Consultant

Jan 15, 2021 8:33 AM

Theo Epstein has joined Rob Manfred's office as a consultant.

The former head executive for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs will consult regarding on-field matters.

"Theo is one of the most accomplished and thoughtful people in our sport," Manfred said in a statement. "I am grateful that he has accepted our invitation to complement our ongoing efforts and provide his insights on making the best game in the world even better for the next generation of fans."

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

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Yankees Nearing Agreement With DJ LeMahieu

Jan 15, 2021 8:30 AM

The New York Yankees are nearing a contract agreement with free agent DJ LeMahieu, according to reports.

A deal could be finalized as soon as Friday.

Jon Paul Morosi/MLB

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

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Rockies, Mychal Givens Agree Upon One-Year, $4.05M Deal

Jan 15, 2021 8:28 AM

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year, $4.05 million deal with Mychal Givens.

The right-handed reliever was acquired by the Rockies in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles on August 30. He allowed at least a run in five of 10 appearances for Colorado.

Combined, Givens was 1-1 with a 3.61 ERA with Colorado and Baltimore.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Corey Knebel Agrees To One-Year, $5.25M Deal With Dodgers

Jan 15, 2021 8:25 AM

Corey Knebel has agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.

Knebel, 29, was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on Dec. 2 ahead of the deadline for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

The right-hander had a 6.08 ERA in 15 games last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Phillies Add Archie Bradley On $6M Deal

Jan 15, 2021 8:21 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have added Archie Bradley to their bullpen on a one-year, $6 million contract, sources have confirmed.

The Cincinnati Reds opted not to re-sign Bradley after he was acquired in a midseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Overall, Bradley was 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 16 appearances between the two teams.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Giants, Alex Wood Agree Upon One-Year, $3M Contract

Jan 15, 2021 8:18 AM

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Alex Wood.

The left-hander, who turned 30 this week, can make up to an additional $3 million in performance bonuses for the number of games.

Wood went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in two starts and seven relief appearances last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mets Remain Engaged In Talks With George Springer

Jan 14, 2021 8:27 AM

Sandy Alderson says the New York Mets are "still engaged, in a loose sense" with free agent George Springer.

However, a report by Joel Sherman of the MLB Network suggests it's unlikely the Mets would sign Springer unless the National League keeps the designated hitter for 2021.

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Phillies More Optimistic About Re-Signing J.T. Realmuto

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MLB Suspends All Political Contributions

Associated Press

Blue Jays Give Mark Shapiro Five-Year Contract Extension

Associated Press

Sources: Astros, Pedro Baez Agree To Two-Year Deal

ESPN.com

MLB Planning To Start On Time, Hold Full 2021 Season

USA Today Sports

Several MLB Ballparks Will Serve As Vaccination Sites

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Carlos Carrasco: Mets Are Primed For Postseason, World Series

Associated Press

Tigers, Michael Fulmer Avoid Arbitration With $3.1M Deal

Associated Press

Reds 'Listening' To Offers For Nick Castellanos, Mike Moustakas

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Blue Jays, Cubs Have Discussed Kris Bryant Trade

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Francisco Lindor Open To Long-Term Deal With Mets

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Sources: Liam Hendriks Agrees To Three-Year, $54M Deal With White Sox

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DJ LeMahieu Engaging With Clubs Other Than Yankees

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Red Sox Shopping Andrew Benintendi

Jim Bowden/CBS Sports

Padres, Fernando Tatis, Jr. Discussing Massive $320M Extension

Pio Deportes

ABL's Sydney Blue Sox Release Manny Ramirez

Associated Press

Kyle Schwarber Signs $10M Deal With Nationals

ESPN

MLB's Deal With ESPN To Drop By $150M Per Year

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Tommy Lasorda Passes Away At 93

ESPN

Bianca Smith Aspires To Become MLB Manager

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