February 2022 - Baseball Wiretap

MLB Willing To Miss Month Of Regular Season Games

Mar 1, 2022 8:04 AM

The league took a threatening tone in talks with the players on Monday and voiced a willingness to miss a month's worth of regular season games, according to a report.

The first meeting between the two parties today reportedly lasted only 40 to 45 minutes, but they were expected to negotiate again.

The Associated Press estimates that every day of canceled games will result in roughly $20 million in missed salary for players.

The Athletic

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Derek Jeter Stepping Down As Marlins CEO, Shareholder

Feb 28, 2022 12:44 PM

Derek Jeter has stepped down as both CEO and a shareholder of the Miami Marlins.

The move came as a surprise nearly 4 1/2 years after the Hall of Famer joined the club's front office. The Marlins had the fourth-worst record in baseball over Jeter's four seasons, making the playoffs only in 2020.

"Through hard work, trust and accountability, we transformed every aspect of the franchise, reshaping the workforce and developing a long-term strategic plan for success," Jeter said in a statement. "That said, the vision for the future of the franchise is different than the one I signed up to lead."

Jeter became CEO of the Marlins in September 2017 when Bruce Sherman bought the team from Jeffrey Loria.

Associated Press

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Mets Have Some Interest In Freddie Freeman

Feb 28, 2022 8:00 AM

The New York Mets checked in on the availability of Freddie Freeman prior to the lockout, according to a report.

The Mets have been big spenders this offseason, adding Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha.

Freeman has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Contacted Carlos Correa Before Lockout

Feb 28, 2022 7:57 AM

The New York Yankees were expected to be in the market for a shortstop this offseason and they reached out to Carlos Correa before the Major League Baseball lockout, according to a report.

Correa is believed to be seeking even more than Corey Seager received in his 10-year, $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

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

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Dodgers, Dave Roberts Discussing Contract Extension

Feb 28, 2022 7:52 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Roberts are in talks about a contract extension.

The two sides intend to have an agreement finalized before the start of the 2022 season.

Roberts is entering the final season of his contract.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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Nationals Sign Jordan Weems To Minor League Deal

Feb 28, 2022 7:50 AM

The Washington Nationals have signed Jordan Weems to a Minor League contract.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training for the right-hander.

Weems, 29, made his Major League debut in 2020. He posted a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings with the Oakland Athletics that year.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jackie Robinson '47 Debut Ticket Stub Sells For Record $480K

Feb 28, 2022 7:48 AM

The record for the most expensive collectible sports ticket was set with Heritage Auctions early Sunday.

A ticket stub from Jackie Robinson's 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, graded by PSA, sold for $480,000.

Dan Hajducky/ESPN

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Mets Hire Elizabeth Benn As Director Of Major League Operations

Feb 28, 2022 4:22 PM

The Mets have hired Elizabeth Benn as director of major league operations, making her the franchise's highest-ranking female baseball operations employee ever, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by SNY.

Benn has worked for Major League Baseball since finishing a master's degree in philosophy at Columbia in 2017. She has had roles in youth programs, labor relations and baseball operations with the league.

ESPN.com

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MLB, MLBPA Remain Far Apart On New CBA

Feb 28, 2022 4:22 PM

Despite a long day of conversations between MLB and the MLBPA on Sunday, the sides still remain far apart on a new collective bargaining agreement, a union source told ESPN.

The six-plus hours of meetings came a day before a league-imposed deadline that will trigger the cancellation of regular-season games. If the sport doesn't have a new collective bargaining agreement by the end of negotiations on Monday, Opening Day on March 31 will be canceled along with potentially a week's worth of games.

The league has indicated it wants about four weeks of spring training before opening the season, hence the Feb. 28 deadline in order to play on March 31.

ESPN.com

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Players Angered With Negotiations But Will Meet On Sunday

Feb 28, 2022 2:30 AM

Major League Baseball negotiations moved to the verge of a breakdown after taking several steps forward Saturday, leaving less than two days until management's deadline for an agreement to salvage Opening Day on March 31 and a 162-game schedule.

While the sides moved toward each other on some topics as they negotiated for the sixth straight day, they remained far apart on the biggest economic issues: luxury tax thresholds and rates, the minimum salary and the new pre-arbitration bonus pool.

Players were angered by the state of negotiations but after some discussion agreed to meet with the league again on Sunday for a seventh straight day.

ESPN.com

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Marcus Stroman Calls Out Mets, New GM

Shanna McCarriston/CBS Sports

Lance McCullers, Jr. May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

MLB Talks To Extend As Deadline Looms

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

'Growing Belief' Freddie Freeman Will Leave Braves

Buster Olney/ESPN

Josh Reddick Signs With Mexican League's Acereros De Monclova

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers Top Prospect Josh Jung Has Shoulder Surgery

Associated Press

MLB: Shortened Season If No Deal Struck By Monday

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Former Infielder Julio Cruz Dies At Age 67

Associated Press

Yankees To Retire Paul O'Neill's No. 21

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Padres Expected To Pursue Matt Olson

Dennis Lin/The Athletic

Josh Hamilton Gets Probation In Daughter-Assault Case

Associated Press

Minimal Progress As MLB, MLBPA Continue To Talk

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

MLB Considering Negro League Stadium For Future Game

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Mariners Sign Patrick Weigel To Minor League Deal

Chris Hilburn-Trenkle/Baseball America

Oliver Perez Plans To Retire After Playing 2022 Season In Mexico

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Tweaks Offer But Sides Still Far Apart

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Mariners To Pursue More Offense After Lockout

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Vanderbilt Debuts Wearable Pitch-Signaling Device

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tommy Pham Open To Playing First Base

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Red Sox Sign Tyler Danish To Minor League Deal

Tim Dierkes/MLB Trade Rumors