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  • • White Sox To Promote Nick Madrigal
    The White Sox have called up second baseman Nick Madrigal, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter). His promotion had been anticipated but was not yet confirmed to be imminent. More to come …...2020
  • • Sources: MLB adds COVID-19 compliance officers
    Major League Baseball is mandating the use of surgical masks instead of cloth masks during travel and requiring teams to add a compliance officer to ensure players and staff follow the league's coronavirus protocol, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Latest On MLB’s Coronavirus Response
    With the coronavirus ravaging the Marlins, who haven’t played this week and won’t do so again until at least Monday, Major League Baseball is changing its COVID-19 protocols in an effort to keep the season running, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The league still won’t force players or staff to quarantine when they’re on the…...2020
  • • Marlins To Sign Pat Venditte
    The Marlins have added switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on a minor-league deal, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. He had been with the organization during Spring Training. Venditte, 35, has long been one of the game’s quirkiest players due to his ability to work off the mound with either arm, depending upon the handedness of…...2020
  • • Baseball now requiring COVID-19 compliance officers with teams
    Now that Florida Cow is out of the barn, Major League Baseball has decided to have someone watch the door. According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, MLB officials have now mandated that teams make a number of changes to keep players safe from further outbreaks like the one that infected nearly half the Miami Marlins [more]...2020
  • • Eight Marlins Players, Two Coaches Test Positive For COVID-19; Tonight’s Game Canceled
    The Marlins had four players test positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports this morning that an additional eight players and two coaches have since tested positive (Twitter link). Tonight’s scheduled home opener against the Orioles has been canceled, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers tweets that not…...2020
  • • Sources: Betts, Dodgers near long-term contract
    The deal, which could be agreed upon as soon as Wednesday, would keep Mookie Betts with the Dodgers for at least a decade, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Passan: How the weirdest MLB season ever will play out, from predictions to the Pittsburgh Blue Jays
    As baseball replaces its usual marathon with a 60-game sprint during a pandemic, Jeff Passan explains what it could look like on -- and off -- the diamond....2020
  • • Royals Acquire Franchy Cordero, Ronald Bolanos From Padres For Tim Hill
    In a surprising preseason swap, the Royals announced that they have acquired outfielder Franchy Cordero and right-hander Ronald Bolanos from the Padres for left-handed reliever Tim Hill. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the news. More to come....2020
  • • Rockies To Release Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee
    The Rockies have requested release waivers on relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter) and Thomas Harding of MLB.com (Twitter link). More to come …...2020

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Jeff Passan injury and suspension

  • • Manfred Expects 2020 Season To Resume; Spectators Still Possible?
    In a memorandum issued to baseball operations employees around the game, commissioner Rob Manfred stated that he “fully anticipate[s] baseball will return this season,” per a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. The message was delivered alongside less optimistic news: while already expected, the league has officially suspended the contracts of uniformed non-player employees and…...2020
  • • Noah Syndergaard reportedly underwent successful Tommy John surgery
    Despite COVID-19 putting a halt to many nonessential surgeries around the world, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John Surgery on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Syndergaard underwent the surgery in Florida. It was deemed essential by doctors due to the impact it would have on his career if he waited to get it done. Regular recovery time for Tommy John s...2020
  • • MLB rosters frozen, conditions set for resumption of play
    As anticipated, an agreement regarding the coronavirus-driven suspension of the 2020 season has resulted in a freezing of MLB rosters, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter. A date for the resumption of transactions will be set in the future. As part of their negotiations, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have also reached a set of understandings regarding the resump...2020
  • • Source: Syndergaard TJ surgery a success
    Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery on Thursday and is expected to return some time in the 2021 season, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • MLB, players 'hope' season can start in early June
    At a time of great uncertainty throughout the globe, MLB is in unfamiliar territory with the start of the 2020 season suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic. While MLB publicly pushed its start back to mid-May at the earliest, league executives and players are reportedly just hoping Opening Day can take place in early June. MLB and the MLB Players’ Association are discussing plans for the 2020 sea...2020
  • • Noah Syndergaard to undergo Tommy John surgery
    The New York Mets’ hopes of contending once baseball starts up took a huge hit Tuesday. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, pitcher Noah Syndergaard has a torn UCL in his right elbow, and will need to undergo Tommy John surgery that will likely keep him out into 2021. This is an awful blow for the Mets, who are losing their second-best pitcher. Even though he’s coming off a down year, Syndergaard is ...2020
  • • Report: Mets’ SP Noah Syndergaard expected to undergo Tommy John surgery
    New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The news is crushing for a team that had World Series aspirations in 2020, even with the MLB season suspended indefinitely. The 27-year-old would have lined up as the New York’s No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom, helping...2020
  • • Report: MLB teams commit $1 million each to help ballpark employees hurt by suspended season
    All 30 Major League Baseball teams reportedly pledged $1 million on Tuesday to cover lost wages of stadium employees who have been impacted by the postponed season due to the coronavirus. MLB suspended the start of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus. Now with Opening Day not expected until at least May, with July becoming a likelier scenario, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports all 30 clubs are steppin...2020
  • • Report: Second Yankees MiLB player tests positive for coronavirus
    The New York Yankees informes their players on Tuesday that a second MiLB player has tested positive for the coronavirus, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The news comes just two days after it was reported that another Yankees minor-league player became the first known player in baseball to test positive for the coronavirus. MLB and MILB announced the indefinite suspensions of the 2020 season on March 12 a...2020
  • • Minor-leaguer tests positive for coronavirus
    A player in the Yankees’ farm system has tested positive for coronavirus, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (via Twitter). He becomes the first known case in pro baseball. The player was quarantined Friday morning. The player involved was only on the minor-league side of Yankees’ camp this spring, Passan adds. The minor-league complex has been closed since, although that was part of the team’s plan rega...2020

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Jeff Passan trade, contract, salary rumors

  • • Sources: Betts, Dodgers near long-term contract
    The deal, which could be agreed upon as soon as Wednesday, would keep Mookie Betts with the Dodgers for at least a decade, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Padres To Acquire Jorge Mateo
    In the first trade since MLB’s transaction freeze has lifted, the Padres are set to acquire infield prospect Jorge Mateo from the A’s, Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN report (Twitter link). Oakland will receive a player to be named later in return. Long regarded as one of baseball’s more promising prospects due in…...2020
  • • Sources: Players vote down MLB's 60-game offer
    The MLBPA executive board on Monday voted to reject MLB's 60-game offer with expanded playoffs, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers, putting commissioner Rob Manfred in position to unilaterally implement a schedule of his choosing....2020
  • • Source: Ex-Cubs SS Russell finalizing KBO deal
    Former Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Sources: MLBPA proposes 89-game season
    The MLBPA has made a proposal to MLB for a season of 89 games, with a full prorated share of salary and expanded playoffs, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan, but MLB sources told ESPN's Karl Ravech the proposal is a nonstarter because of health concerns....2020
  • • Sources: MLBPA set to propose 89-game season
    The MLBPA is making a proposal to MLB for a season of 89 games with a full prorated share of salary and expanded playoffs, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Sources: MLB to offer 50 games, prorated salaries
    Major League Baseball intends to propose a shorter season in which the league would pay players a full, prorated share of their salaries, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Baseball’s return may include no spitting, no tobacco, no sunflower seeds
    As baseball moves closer to a potential return in the post-pandemic new normal (if owners and players can figure out the financial aspect of a truncated season), the game will be implementing procedures that will be distinctly abnormal in light of long-established practices. Via Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, a working draft of Major League Baseball’s [more]...2020
  • • MLB Will Hold Draft Remotely
    The shortened 2020 MLB Amateur Draft will be held remotely, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter thread). It’s not a particularly surprising development but is nevertheless yet another departure from the norm. Per Passan, teams won’t be permitted to have draft rooms. Each club’s head of baseball operations will be on camera during the draft, without…...2020
  • • MLB To Hold 5-Round Draft
    MLB has decided upon a five-round draft this summer, according to Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com (Twitter links). The union had previously agreed to the possibility of a draft as short as five rounds, though more recently had pushed for a lengthier process. Commissioner Rob Manfred laid down the decision when MLB and the…...2020

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  • • Veteran utilityman Sean Rodriguez agrees to minor-league deal with Marlins
    The Marlins have struck a minor-league deal with veteran utilityman Sean Rodriguez, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Other terms aren’t yet known. Presumably, the 34-year-old Rodriguez will receive an invitation to participate in MLB camp. Rodriguez has seen action in each of the past 12 years in the big leagues, though he has failed to produce league-average offensive numbers over t...2020
  • • Zack Wheeler signs five-year, $118M contract with Phillies
    The Phillies have reached an agreement to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Wheeler, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that it’s a five-year pact. The deal is still pending completion of a physical. Geography played a pivotal role in Wheeler’s decision, it seems. Marc Carig of The Athletic noted in his original report that Wheeler’s wife is from nearby New Jersey, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic twe...2019
  • • Wednesday’s crowd for Royals game was unbelievably small
    Major League Baseball day games in April can sometimes be lightly-attended affairs, but Wednesday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays redefined that entirely. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted out a photo of the stands at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, and it looked like you could count the game’s attendees individually. The weather looks bad and Passan makes good points about schedu...2019
  • • Report: Manny Machado agrees to 10-year, $300M deal with San Diego Padres
    The San Diego Padres have reportedly landed free agent Manny Machado, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. According to Mark Feinsand, it’s a 10-year, $300 million deal. This is a huge signing, not only because it finally takes one of the two biggest free agents off the board — the other being Bryce Harper — but because it also signifies a massive move for a Padres team that hasn’t been nationally re...2019

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  • • Sources: Cole to join Yankees for 9 years, $324M
    Prized free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record nine-year, $324 million contract, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2019
  • • Sources: Red Sox trading Betts, Price to Dodgers
    The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan. Boston's return includes outfielder Alex Verdugo, sources said....2020
  • • Sources: Betts, Dodgers near long-term contract
    2020
  • • Sources: MLB plans to suspend spring training
    Spring training is expected to be suspended Thursday, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan, and the start of the season is likely to be delayed....2020
  • • Major League Baseball Expected To Suspend Spring Training
    As sports entities throughout the world take action to minimize the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball appears poised to cease play of Spring Training games. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that officials with Grapefruit League clubs in Florida are expecting games to be suspended, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that executives throughout…...2020
  • • Sources: Twins land Donaldson for 4 years, $92M
    Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Twins have agreed to a four-year deal that includes $92 million guaranteed, with a chance to increase to $104 million in value if Donaldson hits escalators on a fifth-year club option, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • White Sox, Dallas Keuchel Agree To Deal
    The White Sox have reached agreement on a deal with free agent lefthander Dallas Keuchel, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Passan (link). It’s a three-year deal for $55.5MM, with a vesting fourth year that could take it to 4/$74MM, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (link). Keuchel’s signing means there’s one less coveted…...2019
  • • Sources: Strasburg, Nats agree on $245M deal
    Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals have reached agreement on a deal, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan Monday....2019
  • • Braves Sign Marcell Ozuna
    6:06pm: The Braves have announced the deal and confirmed the terms of the agreement. 6:01pm: The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. The MDR Sports Management client will receive an $18MM salary that slightly exceeds the $17.8MM qualifying offer from the Cardinals that he…...2020
  • • Mets, Dellin Betances Agree To Terms
    12:15pm: It’s a one-year guarantee, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. That terminology is somewhat subjective, though, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that Betances has not one but two player options on the contract. In essence, Betances is guaranteed three years with a rolling opt out after each season of the pact. 12:00pm: The Mets have…...2019

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  • • Eight Marlins Players, Two Coaches Test Positive For COVID-19; Tonight’s Game Canceled
    2020
  • • Latest On Potential Changes In Shortened 2020 Season
    Major League Baseball has now made clear its hope for players to report to a rebooted training camp on July 1 and a July 24-26 opener. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted last night that the league expects the MLBPA to respond to those dates and the health and safety protocols by 5pm ET today. Exactly what…...2020
  • • Sources: Players vote down MLB's 60-game offer
    2020
  • • Sources: MLBPA proposes 89-game season
    2020
  • • Sources: MLBPA set to propose 89-game season
    2020
  • • MLBPA To Propose 89-Game Schedule In Latest Offer To MLB
    The Major League Baseball Players Association is preparing to send a counter-proposal to the league which will call for 89 games at prorated salaries and expanded playoffs, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter thread). It’s 25 fewer games than the 114-game proposal the union last sent and 13 games more than MLB’s 76-game proposal on Monday.…...2020
  • • MLB announces minor-league salary plan
    Major League Baseball has announced a plan to continue financial support and medical benefits to all minor-league baseball players. Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reported that a deal was pending (Twitter links), while Baseball America’s JJ Cooper first reported one was in the works (Twitter links). The plan is for teams to issue $400 weekly payments to all minor-league players — less than higher-level p...2020
  • • Noah Syndergaard reportedly underwent successful Tommy John surgery
    2020
  • • MLB rosters frozen, conditions set for resumption of play
    2020
  • • Noah Syndergaard to undergo Tommy John surgery
    2020

Jeff Passan rumors, scandals

  • • Sources: Crane, Astros to talk scandal strategy
    Astros owner Jim Crane is expected to meet with the entire roster Wednesday to discuss how the team will publicly address the sign-stealing scandal that led to the firing of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Sources: Crane, Astros to talk scandal strategy
    Astros owner Jim Crane is expected to meet with the entire roster Wednesday to discuss how the team will publicly address the sign-stealing scandal that led to the firing of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan....2020
  • • Astros continue search for new GM after Dusty Baker's hire
    The Astros have spent a large portion of January reeling from the fallout of their 2017 sign-stealing scandal – one that cost them championship-winning GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch. They’ve already replaced Hinch, having hired decorated veteran skipper Dusty Baker on Wednesday, but there’s no successor to Luhnow yet. However, the Astros continue to tack on candidates in their quest to rep...2020
  • • Kris Bryant reportedly loses grievance against Cubs
    Chicago Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant lost his service time grievance against the Cubs and will now remain under team control for the next two seasons, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The 28-year-old filed the grievance against Chicago for manipulating his service time in 2015 by bringing him up at a later date in order to receive an additional contract year. Bryant argued his case in front of MLB a...2020
  • • Nationals reportedly sign Thames to one-year, $4M deal
    In a continuation of a recent signing bonanza, the Nationals have struck a deal with first baseman Eric Thames, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, $4 million pact — that includes a $1 million buyout on mutual option — per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter) and ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). The Nats have now added five veteran infielders on short-...2020
  • • Twitter reacts to Mike Trout’s mammoth contract extension
    Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a contract extension, and to call it massive would be doing the new deal a great injustice. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported, Trout and the Angels are finalizing a new 12-year contract worth $430 million. That would be the largest contract in professional sports history, and it is also beats the previous MLB record deal Bryce Harper just sig...2019
  • • Padres 'are enamored with' Manny Machado after extensive research
    The Padres continue to be linked to Manny Machado on the rumor mill, and The Athletic’s Dennis Lin (subscription required) provides a bit of history on San Diego’s pursuit of the star infielder. It wasn’t until late January that the Padres began to “seriously contemplate” the idea of signing Machado, due to his high asking price and the team’s own hesitation about Machado’s well-documented history...2019

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