December 2023 - Baseball Wiretap

Jackie Robinson's Name Misspelled On NYC Road Sign

Feb 28, 2023 8:49 AM

New York City's Department of Transportation missed with a road sign for the Jackie Robinson Parkway that spelled the Baseball Hall of Famer's first name as "Jakie."

The sign spotted Sunday in Queens featured a picture of Robinson, Major League Baseball's first African American player in the modern era, over the words "Jakie Robinson Parkway."

Department of Transportation spokesperson Scott Gastel said the botched sign was replaced Monday.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

Average MLB Salary Rose To Record $4.22M In 2022

Feb 28, 2023 8:44 AM

Major League Baseball's average salary rose 14.8% to a record $4.22 million last year.

The rate of increase was the highest since a 17.7% increase in 2000 to $1.61 million.

The average had dropped in each of the previous four seasons before 2022, sparking player anger that was expressed by the union during a 99-day lockout that ended last March.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

Seiya Suzuki Out Of WBC With Oblique Tightness

Feb 28, 2023 2:09 AM

Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki, who is dealing with left oblique tightness, withdrew from Japan's roster for the World Baseball Classic.

The Cubs announced Monday night that Suzuki was officially out of the WBC but that additional details about his injury and spring training status would come at a later date.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury

Rays' Tyler Glasnow Injures Oblique

Feb 28, 2023 2:05 AM

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow may be forced to miss some time after sustaining an oblique injury during a live spring training batting practice session Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The right-hander threw about six pitches before leaving the mound with one of the club's trainers.

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury

Blue Jays Hire James Click As VP Of Baseball Strategy

Feb 27, 2023 4:01 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have hired James Click as the team's vice president of baseball strategy, the team announced Monday.

Click previously served as general manager of the Houston Astros. His contract expired in October, and he stayed on in the role through the Astros' World Series victory. In Click's three years as Houston's GM, the team went to the ALCS three times and the World Series twice, winning last season's title.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Signing

Mariners Sign Kole Calhoun To Minor League Deal

Feb 27, 2023 8:28 AM

The Seattle Mariners have signed Kole Calhoun to a Minor League deal.

Calhoun, 35, spent last season with the Texas Rangers. He slashed .196/.257/.330 with 12 home runs.

He needs to spend another 42 days on an MLB roster to reach 10 years of service time and lock in the full pension. 

CBS Sports

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Tim Anderson Hoping For Extension With White Sox

Feb 27, 2023 8:25 AM

Tim Anderson hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the Chicago White Sox.

Anderson, 29, will make $12.5 million in 2023, and his contract includes a $14 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2024.

"I'm on two option years, and we let it get here and it's like, dang, I kind of want to know where my feet are going to be at the next whatever years it is and I want to know where I'm going to be at," Anderson said. "I'm so comfortable where I'm at now. I'm kind of just really anxious to see what it is, and I would rather be comfortable as quick as I can.

"I have a lot of things that are going on with kids and just family. Being comfortable is huge for me. No, I'm not promoting 'pay me.' It's just that's what's really going on. Everybody knows I want to be here. It's no secret."


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

Orioles Take Down Iconic Baltimore Sun Sign

Feb 27, 2023 8:22 AM

Camden Yards will look vastly different this season.

The famous Baltimore Sun sign that sits atop the scoreboard and below the clock has been taken down, according to a report.

The sign, which reads "The Sun," has been above the scoreboard since the team's first season at Camden Yards in 1992.

The Orioles are still "having conversations" about what will replace the sign.

The Baltimore Sun hadn't paid for the sign to be up there for "more than a few years."

Baltimore Banner

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Bob Nutting: New CBA Didn't Benefit Pirates Enough

Feb 27, 2023 8:13 AM

Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is making it clear that he's not a fan of Major League Baseball's economic structure or the current collective bargaining agreement.

"There's no question the CBA contained several things that were not good for the Pirates and very few things that were excellent for us," said Nutting, who reportedly has a net worth of more than $1 billion.

He noted that he voted for the CBA -- rather than casting a "protest" vote against ratification -- because losing the 2022 season would have been bad for both the league and the city.

The CBA, agreed upon last March, is slated to run through the 2026 season.

CBS Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays, Alejandro Kirk Make 'Collective Decision' To Skip WBC

Feb 27, 2023 8:11 AM

Alejandro Kirk has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider has confirmed.

Kirk was in line to play for Team Mexico, but his arrival at spring training in Dunedin, Florida, has been delayed while he awaits the birth of a child.

"We decided collectively probably best to not to do the WBC. That's the decision that he came to," Schneider said. "As soon as the baby comes, he's coming right to camp and he'll be here."


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

MLB Reviewing Exchange Between Oliver Marmol, Umpire C.B. Bucknor

Padres, Manny Machado Finalizing Eleven-Year, $350M Deal

MLBPA's Tony Clark To Fight Salary Cap

Pitch Clock Violation Ends Braves-Red Sox Spring Game In Tie

Dusty Baker: Astros Didn't Have GM To Add Veteran Pitcher

Chandler Rome/Houston Chronicle

MLB Plans To Reemphasize Enforcement On Foreign Substances

Jayson Stark/The Athletic

Bryce Harper To Report To Phillies In Two Weeks

Associated Press

Jacob deGrom Throws, Takes 'Step In The Right Direction'

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Masks Still Required For Fans At WBC In Japan

Associated Press

Noah Song Joins Phillies Despite Navy Commitment

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Red Sox, Tanner Houck Discussed Extension Last Year

Chris Cotillo/MassLive

Frankie Montas Has Surgery; Yankees Hope For Second-Half Return

Associated Press

Astros' Lance McCullers, Jr. Won't Be Ready To Start Season

Associated Press

Fernando Tatis Jr. To Be Eased Back In, Play Mostly In Outfield

Yankees Mull Moving Aaron Judge To Left Field

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Aroldis Chapman Can Make $8.75M If Named Royals' Closer

Associated Press

Twins, Donovan Solano Agree To One-Year Deal

MLB Owners Create 'Economic Reform Committee'

The Athletic

Sandy Alderson No Longer Operating As Mets' Team President

Tim Healey/Newsday

Diamondbacks Open Extension Talks With Corbin Carroll

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic