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Pitching Notes: Johan, Shields, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors January 27, 2015 at 03:11 PM

Most of the meat left on the free agent bone belongs to the pitching segment of the market. Indeed, five of the seven players who I listed this morning as intriguing free agents were right-handed pitchers. Here’s the latest on some arms from around the league: There was more cloudy news out of Venezuela regarding Johan Santana‘s comeback attempt, as his agent tells Jon Morosi of FOX S

Central Notes: White Sox, Twins, Baez
via MLB Trade Rumors January 25, 2015 at 09:47 PM

Members of the White Sox are excited about GM Rick Hahn’s high-profile offseason, Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com writes. “They were busy, worked hard and instilled confidence in the guys that were here,” says Adam Eaton. “It kind of credits (us) that ‘This is a good base, this is the time to stretch it.’” For a 73-89 team, the 2014 White Sox had a lot go righ

Quick Hits: Duquette, Flowers, Meyer
via MLB Trade Rumors January 24, 2015 at 10:29 PM

With the 2014 free agent class thinning out behind James Shields, Francisco Rodriguez, and Rafael Soriano, the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff takes a look ahead at the 2015 free agent market. Davidoff predicts David Price will sign the richest contract of the class – if he doesn’t ink an extension first. He also predicts Matt Wieters will sneak his way into a big contract while Jus

Players Avoiding Arbitration: Saturday
via MLB Trade Rumors January 24, 2015 at 05:59 PM

Here are the latest players to avoid arbitration: The Tigers and reliever Al Alburquerque have agreed to a one-year, $1.725MM deal, reports Mike Perchick of WAPT Sports. Additionally, Alburquerque will earn $12.5K if he makes 75 appearances, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The Tigers filed at $1.375MM while Alburquerque asked for $2.05MM. The reported deal is just north of the $1.

Quick Hits: Shields, Porcello, Buxton
via MLB Trade Rumors January 24, 2015 at 04:23 PM

It’s still unclear where James Shields will wind up, and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tracks Shields’ hard-to-read market, guessing at nine potential destinations for the free agent righty. Topping the list is the Cardinals, who showed some interest in Jon Lester and Max Scherzer and likely have room for Shields in their budget. Still, much about the Shields market remains uncertain, w

AL Central Notes: Johan, Hughes, Reimold, Swisher, Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors January 23, 2015 at 06:59 PM

Though Johan Santana‘s comeback attempt briefly stalled when he experienced some shoulder discomfort, it appears he’s back on course, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the former Cy Young winner will throw a bullpen session today and is tentatively scheduled to pitch Game 5 of the Venezuelan Winter League finals next week. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports (via Twitter) that th

Twins, Jordan Schafer Avoid Arbitration
via MLB Trade Rumors January 23, 2015 at 02:53 PM

The Twins announced that they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jordan Schafer by agreeing to a one-year, $1.55MM contract. A look at MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker shows that Schafer and his representatives at Relativity Baseball had filed at $1.7MM, while the team countered with a $1.4MM offer. His $1.55MM settlement is the exact midpoint of those two figures and just $50K north of the

AL Central Notes: Kluber, Arcia, Castillo, Tomas
via MLB Trade Rumors January 22, 2015 at 11:35 PM

Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… As far as Corey Kluber knows, his representatives haven’t had any talks with the Indians about an extension, the Cy Young Award winner told reporters (including Zack Meisel of the Northeast Ohio Media Group).  “That’s not my job to worry about that,” Kluber said.  “My job is to go out there and pitch. I have a

Pitcher Notes: Scherzer, Gallardo, Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors January 18, 2015 at 06:53 PM

The Nationals now might be the favorites to sign Max Scherzer, and that’s a bit surprising, given the quality of their existing rotation and the fact that they don’t seem likely to push their payroll to Dodgers/Yankees levels, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes. By backloading the deal, though, the Nationals could keep their 2015 payroll reasonable, then be able to pay Scherze

MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 13
via MLB Trade Rumors January 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

This week, Jeff covers news from around the league before focusing on the Twins with beat writer Mike Berardino (1:30) and MLBTR’s own Steve Adams (32:55), who also talks about the week’s significant trades. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and please leave a review! The podcast is also available via Stitcher at this link. The MLB Trade Rumors Podcast runs weekly on T

Players Avoiding Arbitration: Friday
via MLB Trade Rumors January 16, 2015 at 05:59 PM

With the deadline to exchange arbitration figures set for noon CT, there figure to be a large number of agreements to avoid arb today, as there were yesterday. All arbitration agreements can be followed using MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker, and we’ll keep track of today’s smaller agreements in this post, with all projections coming courtesy of MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz… T

Twins Sign Blaine Boyer To Minor League Deal
via MLB Trade Rumors January 07, 2015 at 01:47 PM

1:42pm: Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has some further detail on Boyer’s deal (Twitter links). Boyer will earn $750K if he makes the big league roster, with an additional $100K available via performance bonuses. His contract also contains a March 30 opt-out clause that can be exercised if he has not been added to the 40-man roster. 10:28am: The Twins have signed right-hander B

Minor Moves: Stinson, Fryer, Navarro
via MLB Trade Rumors December 29, 2014 at 08:41 PM

Here are today’s minor moves: The KIA Tigers have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson, tweets Global Sporting Integration. The 26-year-old will head to Korea on a one-year, $500K contract. Stinson has pitched parts of four major league seasons for the Orioles, Brewers, and Mets. In 52 and one-third career innings, he’s compiled a 4.47 ERA, 4.99 K/9, 3.61 BB/9, a

AL East Notes: Twins, K-Rod, Aoki, Scherzer
via MLB Trade Rumors December 29, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Twins youngsters Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are still among the top prospects in the game, despite losing most of 2014 to injuries, writes Jim Callis of MLB.com. Buxton suffered a concussion and injuries to both wrists last season, while Sano missed the season after requiring Tommy John surgery. Callis doesn’t see a promotion for either prospect until next August or September since the pai

Twins Designate Chris Parmelee For Assignment
via MLB Trade Rumors December 29, 2014 at 04:47 PM

Today: Parmelee has declined his outright assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent, tweets the Twins’ Dustin Morse. Dec 13: The Twins have designated lefty 1B/OF Chris Parmelee for assignment to clear space on their 40-man roster for Ervin Santana, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune tweets. Parmelee, who will be 27 in February, hit .256/.307/.384 in 270 plate appearances for the Twins las

Quick Hits: Average Salary, Scherzer, Donaldson
via MLB Trade Rumors December 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Christmas Eve is generally a pretty quiet time for transactions, though Erin Hinch might disagree.  The wife of Astros manager A.J. Hinch related an anecdote to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle about how her husband (at the time working in the Diamondbacks front office) took time out of a Christmas Eve church service in 2005 to get Eric Byrnes to agree to a contract with the D’Backs. W

Minor Moves: Gomes, Stewart, Wallace, Crosby
via MLB Trade Rumors December 23, 2014 at 06:23 PM

With a rash of waiver claims today, several players made it through without being added to another club’s 40-man. The Angels announced that outfielder Shawn O’Malley cleared waivers and was released. Meanwhile, the Athletics have outrighted righty Fernando Rodriguez to Triple-A after he cleared, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Indians lefty Nick Maronde has cleared waivers, bee

Twins Sign Tim Stauffer
via MLB Trade Rumors December 23, 2014 at 04:17 PM

The Twins announced that they have signed right-hander Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2MM contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, Eric Fryer has been outrighted to Triple-A. Additionally, Minnesota announced that Chris Parmelee, who had been designated for assignment to clear room for Ervin Santana, was outrighted to Triple-A as well.

Minor Moves: Petit, Twins, Phillies
via MLB Trade Rumors December 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Here are the day’s minor moves: After being outrighted recently by the Astros, shortstop Gregorio Petit cleared waivers, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Petit will have an opportunity to elect free agency, as he has previously been outrighted. The Twins have announced the signings of first baseman Brock Peterson and catcher Dan Rohlfing to minor league deals (via MLB.com’s Rhe

Phil Hughes Talks Contract Extension
via MLB Trade Rumors December 22, 2014 at 07:05 PM

Phil Hughes was two years away from free agency, but both he and the Twins realized that they wanted to work something out for the long-term.  Earlier today, the Twins announced a three-year extension that will pay him an additional $42MM, giving the right-hander a pact that will take him through the 2019 season.  The deal gives Hughes job security, a healthy payday in the here and now, and also a