January 2022 - Baseball Wiretap

A's Hire Brad Ausmus As Bench Coach

Jan 15, 2022 1:34 AM

Brad Ausmus, former manager of the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels, has been hired as bench coach for the Oakland Athletics, providing some much-needed experience to the coaching staff of rookie manager Mark Kotsay.

The A's finalized Kotsay's coaching staff on Friday, also announcing the promotion of Tommy Everidge to major league hitting coach and the hiring of Chris Cron as an assistant hitting coach.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Signing

Arodys Vizcaino Signs Minor League Deal With Royals

Jan 14, 2022 8:24 AM

The Kansas City Royals have signed right-hander Arodys Vizcaino to a Minor League contract.

The 31-year-old reliever has seven years of Major League experience.

He spent last season in the New York Mets organization but was limited to just 7 2/3 innings -- allowing two runs in that span -- because of injuries.

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Giants Sign Corey Oswalt, Luis Gonzalez, Joe Palumbo To Minors Deals

Jan 14, 2022 8:17 AM

The San Francisco Giants have signed a trio of players to Minor League contracts.

Corey Oswalt, Luis Gonzalez and Joe Palumbo were all Minor League free agents, thus eligible to be signed during the lockout.

Gonzalez and Palumbo were both claimed off waivers in 2021, making this their second stint with the Giants.

Oswalt opted for free agency after the New York Mets outrighted him off their 40-man roster in October.

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

Travis Snider Retires After Eight Major League Seasons

Jan 14, 2022 8:14 AM

Travis Snider has decided to retire after eight Major League seasons.

"I have contemplated this day for for a while but the time has finally come for me to hang up the spikes," he wrote on Instagram.

"I have spent many waking hours and sleepless nights trying to find a way back to the show. How to fix my swing. How to be a better teammate and a leader. What I have learned through those experiences is what gives me the confidence in this transition to becoming a 'former player.'"

Snider, who turns 34 next month, last played in the Major Leaguers in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the 14th overall pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Soures: MLB Proposal Does Little To Sway Players

Jan 14, 2022 8:08 AM

Major League Baseball has made its first labor proposal since locking out players December 2, focusing on a narrow set of issues that did little to satisfy players and increased the likelihood of spring training being postponed, according to sources.

It was the sides' first meeting that discussed core economic issues in 43 days.

Per sources, the league proposed changes to the arbitration system for players with two-plus years of service, tweaked its proposed draft lottery and offered the ability for teams to earn draft picks if top prospects find early success in the major leagues.

Jeff Passan & Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Atlantic League Ends Farther Mound, Robo-Umpires Trial

Jan 14, 2022 7:45 AM

The Atlantic League is restoring its pitching mound to 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate and returning strike zone ruling to umpires after experimenting with moving the rubber back and using an automatic ball-strike system.

The independent league announced the changes as part of its partnership with Major League Baseball. The sides have been paired since 2019, with the Atlantic League agreeing to test rules and equipment that might one day reach the majors.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

Twins To Honor Jim Kaat, Retire HOF's No. 36

Jan 13, 2022 8:56 AM

The Minnesota Twins will retire the uniform number of Jim Kaat, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame.

The club announced that they'll add Kaat's No. 36 to their wall of retired numbers during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on July 16.

Kaat will join Harmon Killebrew (3), Rod Carew (29), Tony Oliva (6), Kent Hrbek (14), Kirby Puckett (34), Bert Blyleven (28), Tom Kelly (10) and Joe Mauer (7) on the list of retired numbers.

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

Orioles Moving Back Left Field Wall At Camden Yards

Jan 13, 2022 8:52 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are moving the wall in left field back as much as 30 feet at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"For the start of the 2022 season, the distance from home plate to the left field wall will be pushed back as much as 30 feet, in varying increments at different points in the wall, and the height will raise approximately 5 feet," the club said in an email to fans whose seats would be affected.

"By pushing back the left field wall, we've created a playing field that is fair for both pitchers and hitters."

Baltimore hit 122 home runs at home last year and 73 on the road. Orioles pitchers allowed 155 homers at home, compared with just 103 on the road.


Associated Press

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

MLB, Players' Union Will Meet Thursday

Jan 12, 2022 8:50 AM

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association plan to hold a bargaining session Thursday, according to sources.

It will be the first such session since the league locked out the players December 2.

MLB reached out to the union to set up the meeting, during which the league plans to make a proposal that touches on some core economic and competitive issues, per sources.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Mets To Retire Keith Hernandez's No. 17

Jan 12, 2022 8:47 AM

The New York Mets will retire the No. 17 jersey of Keith Hernandez on July 9.

Hernandez is the fourth player in franchise history to receive the honor.

Hernandez has been with the franchise for almost three decades as a player and broadcaster. He ranks second in team history in batting average (.297) and had a franchise-record six Gold Glove awards.


Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Rays Bullpen Catcher Jean Ramirez Dies At 28


Jon Lester Retires After 16 Major League Seasons

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Blue Jays Hire Jaime Vieira As Minor League Hitting Coach

Betelhem Ashame/MLB

MLB Expected To Make Core Economic Proposal Within Two Weeks

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Nationals Expected To Sign Juan Soto's Younger Brother

Byron Kerr/Washington City Paper

Genevieve Beacom, 17, Becomes First Woman To Play In Australia

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Athletics To Hire Brad Ausmus As Bench Coach

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

CBA Negotiations Likely To Restart Soon

Evan Drellich/The Athletic

Mets Denied Permission To Interview Padres' Ryan Flaherty

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Ty Buttrey Looking To Resume MLB Career

Jeff Fletcher/Southern California News Group

Yankees Hire Rachel Balkovec To Manage MiLB Affiliate


US Mint Coins To Honor Negro Leagues

Bill Ladson/MLB

David Cone To Join Sunday Night Baseball


Former Mets Acting GM Zack Scott Acquitted Of DUI

Associated Press

Astros Add Sara Goodrum To Front Office Staff

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Angels Hire Phil Nevin, Bill Haselman And Benji Gil

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Eric Chavez To Be Named Mets' Hitting Coach

Mark Feinsand/MLB.com

Adam Eaton Considering Retirement, Coaching Position With Angels

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Jim Corsi Dies At 60

Ian Browne/MLB

Cardinals Cancel Winter Warm-Up Because Of Lockout

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