January 2023 - Baseball Wiretap

Rays, Yandy Diaz Agree To Three-Year, $24M Deal

Jan 31, 2023 5:35 PM

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz's agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Terms Agreement

Yankees Hire Brad Wilkerson As Assistant Hitting Coach

Jan 31, 2023 8:33 AM

The New York Yankees have hired Brad Wilkerson as assistant hitting coach.

The Yankees already employ Dillon Lawson as primary hitting coach, as well as Casey Dykes as an assistant hitting coach. 

Wilkerson was hired directly from a collegiate program. He had spent the last three years serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville University.

Wilkerson, 45, appeared in parts of eight big-league seasons as a player.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Orioles Expect Grayson Rodriguez To Make Opening Day Rotation

Jan 31, 2023 8:24 AM

The Baltimore Orioles expect top prospect Grayson Rodriguez to crack the club's Opening Day rotation, per general manager Mike Elias.

Elias also believes top outfield prospect Colton Cowser will be ready to make his Major League debut at some point in 2023.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Chad Pinder Agrees To Minor League Deal With Reds

Jan 31, 2023 8:21 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are signing utilityman Chad Pinder to a Minor League deal, according to a report.

Pinder, 30, will be in camp with the Reds as non-roster invitee once the deal is finalized.

He joins the Reds after spending parts of seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Braves Agree To Minor League Deal With Adeiny Hechavarria

Jan 31, 2023 8:17 AM

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a Minor League deal with infielder Adeiny Hechavarria.

The club has also signed outfielders Magneuris Sierra and Forrest Wall, and reliever Brian Moran to Minor League deals.

All four players will receive non-roster invitations to Spring Training.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jazz Chisholm To Grace Cover Of MLB The Show 23

Jan 31, 2023 8:12 AM

Miami Marlins outfielder Jazz Chisholm has become the first Bahamian-born athlete to grace the cover of a sports video game with the announcement of MLB The Show 23.

"I'm from literally a small country that's right outside the U.S., and you barely hear from athletes that come from there," Chisholm said. "For me, it feels like I can finally give back to other kids and it feels like I can make a difference."

While his desire for personal self-expression and celebrating has rubbed some in baseball the wrong way, Chisholm said he's determined to remain himself regardless of the setting.

"You gotta know what that comes with, the noise," Chisholm said. "You're gonna get bashed, you're gonna go on Twitter or Instagram and see stuff. You're gonna have teammates that love it and that don't like it. You just gotta learn to cancel it out and realize you have to be yourself while also not overstepping yourself."

Joon Lee/ESPN

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Marlins Trade Richard Bleier To Red Sox For Matt Barnes

Jan 31, 2023 2:00 AM

The Miami Marlins acquired reliever Matt Barnes in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Miami sent left-hander Richard Bleier to Boston for Barnes, and the Red Sox will pay the Marlins $5,625,000 to cover more than half the $10.25 million Barnes is guaranteed. The 32-year-old Barnes was designated for assignment when the Red Sox signed outfielder Adam Duvall last week.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Official Trade

Plan Unveiled For New Rays Ballpark, Neighborhood Redevelopment

Jan 30, 2023 5:35 PM

A new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays will be built near the current one under plans unveiled Monday as part of a massive redevelopment project that also includes affordable housing, office space and retail in what was once a thriving Black neighborhood.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Darren O'Day Retires After 15 MLB Seasons

Jan 30, 2023 5:33 PM

Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons pitching for six teams in the major leagues.

O'Day posted on his Twitter account that "it's finally time to hang 'em up."

"The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game," O'Day wrote.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Chip Caray Taking Over As Voice Of The Cardinals

Jan 30, 2023 5:31 PM

Longtime broadcaster Chip Caray is taking over as the television play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, more than five decades after his grandfather and Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray became a baseball staple with the same club.

Bally Sports Midwest announced Caray's hiring in a statement Monday.


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Royals, Zack Greinke Agree To Deal For 2023


Josh Harrison Joining Phillies On One-Year Deal

Thomas Harrigan/MLB

Rockies Owner Questions Padres' Spending

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Angels Interested In Zack Britton

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Justin Verlander, Sandy Alcantara Get Cy Young Plaques With Errors

Steven Taranto/CBS Sports

Rays Nearing Three-Year Extension With Yandy Diaz


Yankees, Gleyber Torres Agree To One-Year, $9.95M Deal


Rays Sign Pete Fairbanks To Three-Year, $12M Deal


Braves Sign Manager Brian Snitker To Extension


Mets, Jeff McNeil Agree To $50M Extension

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Yankees Have Shown Interest In David Peralta

Jon Heyman/New York Post

Rangers, Ian Kennedy Agree To Contract

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Acquire Cole Irvin From A's


Astros Hire Dana Brown As New GM


Tigers Agree To Minor League Deal With Cesar Hernandez

Jason Beck/MLB

Astros Owner Jim Crane Still Interviewing GM Candidates


Lars Nootbaar, Masataka Yoshida Named To Japan's WBC Roster

Associated Press

Rays, Jeffrey Springs Agree To Four-Year, $31M Deal


Red Sox Designate Matt Barnes For Assignment

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Police Recover Terry Francona's Stolen Scooter

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