December 2022 - Baseball Wiretap

Rays' David Hess 'Cured' Just Months After Tumor Diagnosis

Jan 31, 2022 7:54 AM

David Hess announced on Twitter this weekend that he had been "cured" and cleared for activity, just three months after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his chest. 

Hess, 28, went to the emergency room last October after experiencing chest tightness and shortness of breath. Subsequent testing revealed that he had a cancerous germ cell tumor that was "pressing majorly" against his heart and lungs. 

The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander began to receive chemotherapy treatment shortly thereafter.

Hess has appeared in 62 games over four Major League seasons with three different teams: the Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

Carlos Beltran Joins YES Network As Analyst

Jan 31, 2022 7:50 AM

Carlos Beltran has been hired by the YES Network to serve as a game analyst.

Beltran is expected to call 36 games for the New York Yankees' regional network. He played two and a half years for the Yankees from 2014-16.

The 45-year-old retired as a player following the Houston Astros' World Series win in 2017. 

Jack Curry/YES Network

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Rays Received Calls About Kevin Kiermaier

Jan 30, 2022 8:22 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays received calls about Kevin Kiermaier before the lockout, according to a report.

Kiermaier is entering the final guaranteed year of the six-year, $53.5 million extension he signed in March 2017.

He will earn $12 million in 2022 with a $13 million club option for 2023. 

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rockies Had Interest In Kyle Schwarber Before Lockout

Jan 30, 2022 8:19 PM

The Colorado Rockies had interest in Kyle Schwarber prior to the lockout, according to a report.

The Rockies are expected to continue pursuing Schwarber once the lockout ends.

Colorado was also linked to Kris Bryant, but it appears unlikely the club would meet the free agent's asking price.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Giants, Mariners Favorites To Land Seiya Suzuki

Feb 1, 2022 8:51 AM

Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki, who was submitted to Major League Baseball's posting system earlier this offseason, will not sign with a club until after the league's owner-imposed lockout is lifted.

However, that hasn't stopped rumors from swirling around the Hiroshima Toyo Carp hitter.

According to a report, the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners are the favorites to sign Suzuki.

The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres have also been mentioned as suitors.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Former Mets Reliever Jeff Innis Dies At 59

Jan 30, 2022 8:11 PM

Jeff Innis has died at age 59 after a long battle with cancer.

Innis, a right-hander reliever, spent his entire seven-year career with the New York Mets.

He had a 3.05 ERA over 360 Major League innings.

Thomas Harrigan/MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Matt Carasiti Agrees To Minor League Deal With Giants

Jan 28, 2022 8:35 AM

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a Minor League deal with Matt Carasiti.

The right-hander is expected to provide bullpen depth for the club's farm system.

Carasiti, 30, last appeared in the Major Leagues with the Miami Marlins in 2019.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Royals Sign Sam Freeman To Minors Contract

Jan 28, 2022 8:32 AM

The Kansas City Royals have signed Sam Freeman to a Minor League contract.

Kansas City didn't specify whether the reliever received an invitation to Major League camp.

Freeman, a left-hander, has appeared in parts of nine Major League seasons.

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement, Terms Agreement

Cubs, Matt Dermody Agree To Minor League Deal

Jan 28, 2022 8:30 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a Minor League deal with reliever Matt Dermody.

The left-hander made a single Major League appearance for the Cubs in 2020, his most recent big-league action.

Dermody spent the 2021 season in Japan.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

MLB Won't Require Minor Leaguers To Be Vaccinated

Jan 30, 2022 8:22 PM

Major League Baseball will not require Minor League players to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play in 2022, according to a memo sent to teams this week.

However, the league will mandate on-field staff working with players be "up-to-date" on vaccinations.

The league had considered mandating vaccinations across the Minor Leagues, which it could have done without players' consent because their working conditions are not governed by a collective bargaining agreement like Major Leaguers.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Guardians Extend Progressive Field League Through 2036

Associated Press

Red Sox Make History With Two Female Coaches

Ian Browne/MLB

Ron Wotus Joins Giants As Special Assistant

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Gordon Beckham Announces Retirement


Padres Add Mike Shildt To Player Development Staff

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Rangers, Nick Tropeano Agree Upon Minor League Deal

Associated Press

Significant Progress Made In CBA Talks

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Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens Again Miss HOF Threshold

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

David Ortiz Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Bradford Doolittle/ESPN

White Sox Announce Deal With Cuban Slugger Oscar Colas

Associated Press

MLB Open To Pre-Arbitration Bonus Pool

Jeff Passan & Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Players Drop Push For Earlier Free Agency In CBA Talks

Evan Drellich/The Athletic

Report: MLB Expresses Willingness To Cancel Games Amid Lockout

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Mets GM: Yankees Weren't Surprised By Eric Chavez Hire

Associated Press

MLB, Players' Association To Meet Again Tuesday

Jeff Passan/ESPN

MLB, MLBPA Set To Meet In Person

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Arkansas Right-Hander Peyton Pallette To Have Tommy John Surgery

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Former MLB Pitcher Sergio Mitre Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Brewers Hire Matt Klentak As Special Assistant

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Kevin Gausman: Giants 'Never Made Me An Offer'