February 2023 - Baseball Wiretap

Reds, Frankie Montas Agree To One-Year, $16M Deal

Dec 31, 2023 2:13 AM

The Cincinnati Reds added a veteran pitcher on Saturday, agreeing to terms with righty Frankie Montas on a one-year, $16 million contract, sources told ESPN.

The deal is pending a physical.


Tags: Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

White Sox, Chris Flexen Agree To One-Year, $1.75M Deal

Dec 31, 2023 2:11 AM

Chris Flexen agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, giving manager Pedro Grifol another possibility for his rotation.

Flexen played for Seattle and Colorado this season, going 2-8 with a 6.86 ERA in 29 games, with 16 starts. The right-hander is 27-34 with a 4.95 ERA in 120 major league appearances, including 80 starts.


Tags: Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

Braves Acquire Chris Sale, Cash From Red Sox For Vaughn Grissom

Dec 31, 2023 2:06 AM

The Atlanta Braves acquired left-hander Chris Sale from the Boston Red Sox for infielder Vaughn Grissom on Saturday, shoring up their rotation with the seven-time All-Star they hope rounds out a World Series-caliber roster.

Sale waived his no-trade clause to consummate the deal, which followed months of efforts from the Braves to add a starting pitcher to a rotation that already includes Spencer Strider, Max Fried and Charlie Morton. Although Grissom had been part of prospective trades this winter, including offers for Chicago White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease, he wound up being what it took to get Sale, who will go to Atlanta along with $17 million to offset his $27.5 million salary in 2024, per sources.


Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Official Trade

Red Sox, Lucas Giolito Agree To Two-Year, $38.5M Deal

Dec 30, 2023 1:07 AM

Right-hander Lucas Giolito and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a two-year, $38.5 million contract, sources told ESPN, locking up the innings-eating veteran as the starting pitching market begins to move.

The deal includes an opt-out after the first season and includes innings-based performance bonuses that can bring the total value to $40.5 million.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Yankees, Rangers, Dodgers Among Those In On Josh Hader

Dec 29, 2023 9:10 AM

Josh Hader remains unsigned, in part because the reliever is looking for a contract "north" of the five-year, $102 million deal Edwin Diaz received from the New York Mets last offseason.

The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the clubs interested in Hader.

The left-hander posted a 1.28 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 56.1 innings for the San Diego Padres in 2023.

Jim Bowden/The Athletic

Tags: New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery Linked To Angels, Giants, Phillies

Dec 29, 2023 9:04 AM

Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery are the leading starters on the market now that Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Snell and Montgomery, a pair of lefties, are drawing interest from the Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and other clubs.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets have been linked to the next tier of starters -- Shota Imanaga and Lucas Giolito.

Jon Heyman/New York Post

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Interested In Robert Stephenson, Amed Rosario

Dec 29, 2023 9:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox have cast a wide net this offseason.

In addition to looking for starting pitching, the Red Sox have also shown interest in reliever Robert Stephenson and infielder Amed Rosario, according to a report.

Boston has also been linked to outfielder Teoscar Hernandez.

Chris Cotillo/MassLive

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Reds Re-Sign Buck Farmer To One-Year, $2.25M Deal

Dec 29, 2023 8:57 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are bringing back Buck Farmer on a one-year, $2.25 million deal.

Farmer hit free agency after he went 4-5 with three saves and a 4.20 ERA in 71 appearances for the Reds this past season.

He can earn $350,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched: $50,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65. He had a $1.75 million, one-year contract this past season.

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Andrelton Simmons Announces Retirement

Dec 29, 2023 8:52 AM

Four-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop Andrelton Simmons has announced his retirement.

Simmons, 34, is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons.

He was a second-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2010. He debuted two years later.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

White Sox Reach One-Year Deal With LHP Tim Hill

Dec 29, 2023 8:48 AM

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million deal with left-handed reliever Tim Hill.

Hill, 33, was 1-4 with a 5.48 ERA in 48 appearances for the San Diego Padres last year. He missed most of the second half of the season because of a sprained left finger and had surgery on Sept. 20.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Kevin Kiermaier, Blue Jays Agree To One-Year, $10.5M Deal


Giants Still 'Big-Game Hunting' In Free Agency

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Mets Showing 'Strong Interest' In Lucas Giolito

Mike Puma/New York Post

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Joins Blue Jays On Two-Year, $15M Deal

Keegan Matheson/MLB

Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Would Have Picked Dodgers Even Without Ohtani

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Wander Franco Summoned To Answer Complaint In D.R.


Twins, Josh Staumont Agree On One-Year Deal


Red Sox Among Many In On Lucas Giolito

Chris Cotillo/MassLive

Market For Relievers Expected To Intensify Soon

Jon Morosi/MLB

Angels, Dodgers, Red Sox Have Interest In Teoscar Hernandez


Blue Jays, Kevin Kiermaier Reach One-Year Deal

Nick Deeds/MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox, Martin Maldonado Agree To One-Year Deal


Yankees Trade Estevan Florial To Guardians For Cody Morris


Mariners, Mitch Garver Agree To Two-Year, $24M Deal


Shohei Ohtani Gives Porsche To Joe Kelly's Wife For No. 17


Padres, Yuki Matsui Agree To Five-Year, $28M Deal


Tigers Sign Shelby Miller To One-Year, $3M Deal


Mets Hit With Record $101M Luxury Tax


Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Dodgers Agree To 12-Year, $325M Deal

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Giants Seeking Help At Shortstop

San Francisco Chronicle