November 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

Tigers Land Javier Baez With Six-Year, $140M Deal

Nov 30, 2021 7:21 AM

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract with Javier Baez, according to a source.

The deal also includes an opt-out. It would be the second-largest deal in franchise history -- Prince Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million deal with Detroit in January 2012.

Baez was a first-round pick in 2011. The shortstop had been close to signing a long-term extension with the Chicago Cubs before the 2020 season, but the pandemic put negotiations on hold.

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Braves Pick Up Brian Snitker's Option For 2024

Nov 30, 2021 2:18 PM

The Atlanta Braves have picked up the option in Brian Snitker's contract for the 2024 season.

Snitker already had two more years on his deal after leading the Braves to a World Series victory last month.

The 66-year-old has spent more than four decades with the organization.

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Cubs, Yan Gomes Agree Upon Two-Year, $13M Deal

Nov 30, 2021 2:15 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with Yan Gomes, according to sources.

Gomes, 34, hit a combined .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs with the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics this past season.

He is expected to serve as the backup to starting catcher Willson Contreras.

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Dodgers Pivoting To Freddie Freeman After Corey Seager's Departure?

Nov 29, 2021 9:23 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost two big-name free agents on Monday -- Max Scherzer and Corey Seager.

Scherzer is joining the New York Mets on a three-year, $130 million deal, while Seager has agreed to join the Texas Rangers for $325 million over 10 seasons.

Though the rotation remains a priority, the Dodgers could pivot and pursue Freddie Freeman in free agency in the aftermath of Seager's departure.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves, Kirby Yates Agree Upon Two-Year, $8.25M Contract

Nov 29, 2021 9:19 PM

The Atlanta Braves will sign Kirby Yates to a two-year, $8.25 million contract.

The reliever will earn $1 million in 2022 and $6 million in 2023. The contract has a $5.75 million team option for the 2024 season that includes a $1.25 million buyout.

Yates signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in January but did not pitch for the team this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers, Daniel Hudson Closing In On One-Year Deal

Nov 29, 2021 9:15 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing an agreement on a one-year deal with Daniel Hudson, according to sources.

The contract for the right-handed reliever is expected to be for around $7 million.

Hudson, 34, split the 2021 season between the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals.

He was 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 23 appearances for the Padres.

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

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Alex Cobb Nearing Deal With Giants

Nov 29, 2021 9:12 PM

The San Francisco Giants are nearing an agreement on a contract with Alex Cobb, according to reports.

Cobb must pass a physical to make the deal official.

The 34-year-old would help fill the void left behind by Kevin Gausman, who signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Expanded Postseason, Draft Lottery Proposed In CBA Talks

Nov 29, 2021 9:09 PM

A number of new wrinkles have been discussed in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining talks.

An expanded playoff proposal includes the ability for division winners to pick their wild-card opponent, according to a source.

The format would call for 14 teams -- seven from each league -- to make the playoffs, four more than currently play in the postseason.

A more recent addition to the negotiations is an NBA-style lottery system for the draft, which the league hopes would at least partly address players' tanking concerns.

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Marcell Ozuna Gets Retroactive 20-Game Suspension

Nov 29, 2021 9:05 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Marcell Ozuna for 20 games under the league policy that governs matters of domestic violence. 

However, Ozuna will be eligible for all of the 2022 season.

The suspension is retroactive and includes all 20 regular season games served while he was on Administrative Leave between his September 10th placement and the conclusion of the 2021 season. 

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Sources: Rangers, Corey Seager Agree To Ten-Year, $325M Deal

Nov 29, 2021 5:21 PM

Shortstop Corey Seager and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a 10-year, $325 million deal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Seager, 27, batted .295/.364/.501 with 100 home runs in 609 games from 2016 to 2021 and established himself as one of the sport's premier offensive shortstops, but he also missed extended time on multiple occasions.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Sources: M's, Robbie Ray Agree To Five-Year, $115M Deal

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Sources: Mets, Max Scherzer Agree To Three-Year, $130M Deal

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Twins, Tigers, Giants Interested In Robbie Ray

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Orioles Listening To Offers For Cedric Mullins

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Angels, Reds Discussing Luis Castillo Deal

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Rangers 'In Play' For Corey Seager

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Jon Gray Agrees To Four-Year, $56M Deal With Rangers

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Source: Mets Closing In On Multiyear Deal With Max Scherzer

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Report: Mets Offer Max Scherzer More Than $40M Per Year

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Sources: Blue Jays, Kevin Gausman Agree To Five-Year, $110M Deal

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Sources: Marlins, Avisail Garcia Agree To Four-Year, $53M Deal

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Sources: Rangers, Marcus Semien Agree To Seven-Year, $175M Deal

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Twins, Byron Buxton Agree To Long-Term Extension

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Reports: Rays, Corey Kluber Agree To One-Year, $8M Deal

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Astros, Hector Neris Agree To Two-Year, $17M Deal

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M's Acquiring Adam Frazier From Padres

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Sources: Mets, Starling Marte Agree To Four-Year, $78M Deal

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Red Sox, Michael Wacha Finalizing One-Year Deal

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Sources: Mets Agree To Deals With Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha

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MLB, Union Agree To Move Up Tender Deadline

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