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Quick Hits: Manfried, Ramirez, Soriano
via MLB Trade Rumors April 25, 2015 at 08:33 PM

Commissioner Rob Manfried would prefer for the Athletics to remain in Oakland, writes Bill Shaiken of the LA Times. The A’s are currently waiting to learn if the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will remain in the city or move to Los Angeles. Manfried also suggested that public financing would be helpful. “We want to remain loyal to [small market fans], but those markets also have to parti

AL Central Relief Notes: Frasor, Nathan, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Righty Jason Frasor was offered a one-year deal by the Twins this winter but decided to go back to the Royals when Kansas City got involved, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The 37-year-old also added an interesting take on the process of free agency: “When you become a free agent and you’re a 37-year-old middle reliever, there’s not as many teams that come calling as you woul

Mets Acquire Dan Rohlfing From Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 08:45 PM

The Mets have acquired minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing from the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger tweets. Cash considerations are headed to Minnesota in return. Rohlfing, 26, represents depth for a New York club that is dealing with an injury to Opening Day backstop Travis d’Arnaud as well as backup Anthony Recker. He has never hit much, but does offer some defensive versatility, havi

AL Central Notes: Greene, Moose, Morales, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 08:33 AM

Tigers right-hander Shane Greene tells Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees blog that he “felt like he got dumped” when the Yankees traded him in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade this offseason. Greene says he’s pitching with a chip on his shoulder this offseason as he looks to continue proving himself. Manager Joe Girardi tells Jennings that it was tough for the Yankees to part

AL Central Notes: Gose, Marcum, Santana, Rodon
via MLB Trade Rumors April 15, 2015 at 07:09 PM

While the season is still very young, the changes to Anthony Gose‘s swing are showing up in his results at the plate, and Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs wonders if his revamped mechanics will lead to a surprising offensive season from the 24-year-old speedster. Upon being traded to the Tigers, Gose and Detroit hitting coach Wally Joyner worked to lower the positioning of his hands prior to the s

AL Notes: Twins, Bonilla, Rua, Wright
via MLB Trade Rumors April 13, 2015 at 09:45 PM

Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com runs down the laundry list of less-than-productive pitchers who have logged significant innings for the Twins in recent years after being acquired via trade, claim, or free agency. It is, as Mackey notes, not a happy read for Minnesota faithful. Here’s more from the American League: The Rangers have lost another pitcher to Tommy John surgery, as righty Lisalverto

Central Notes: Mesoraco, Iglesias, Harrison, Hunter
via MLB Trade Rumors April 13, 2015 at 03:33 PM

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco did not travel with the team and instead remained in Cincinnati to undergo an MRI on his hip, tweets John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Catcher Kyle Skipworth will fill in for the time being, as he’s had his contract selected from Triple-A, the Reds announced. (A corresponding 40-man move will happen prior to tonight’s game.) The Reds entered the season wi

Pitcher Notes: Axford, Minor, Marmol, Hernandez
via MLB Trade Rumors April 12, 2015 at 05:03 PM

Yesterday, for the first time in nearly 15 years, five pitchers threw at least seven innings and allowed two hits or fewer, notes MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko. Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson, Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Boston’s Joe Kelly, and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer turned the trick. Bartolo Colon was one of the quintet from 2000 (then w

Cafardo's Latest: Lester, Giants, Ross, Tulo, Soriano
via MLB Trade Rumors April 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM

The Cubs aren’t concerned with Jon Lester‘s issues throwing to first base, writes the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo in his weekly Sunday Notes column. “I think it’s being a little overplayed right now, quite frankly,” said manager Joe Maddon to Cafardo. “…I’d much prefer he worries more about getting his fastball where he wants and his cutter where he wants

AL Central Notes: Nolasco, May, Sands, Royals, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors April 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Following yesterday’s MRI, the Twins will place right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the disabled list and recall prospect Trevor May to join the rotation, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. After signing a four-year, $49MM contract in the 2013-14 offseason, Nolasco’s first season was marred by an elbow injury that limited his time on the field and led to an ERA well north

AL Cental Notes: Nolasco, Tomlin, Medlen
via MLB Trade Rumors April 09, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The opening series between the Tigers and Twins could hardly have been more lopsided, as Detroit finished off a three-game sweep with a 7-1 victory today.  The only bright spot for the Twins was that they finally scored a run, after losing the first two games by a combined 15-0 score.  Minnesota will have to turn things around to avoid getting into an early-season hole, as 23 of the Twins’ f

AL East Notes: Clevenger, Masterson, Sox, Hoffman, Jays
via MLB Trade Rumors April 08, 2015 at 08:03 PM

Agent Josh Kusnick, who represents Orioles backstop Steve Clevenger, tells Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com that he’s unsure why the team elected to select Ryan Lavarnway‘s contract and option Clevenger to Triple-A. The sequence has Kusnick questioning Clevenger’s future in Baltimore, and he went so far as to say, “If Steve is going to lose his job to someone with no options

Minor Moves: Oliver, Brignac, Zito, White, LaHair, Capps
via MLB Trade Rumors April 04, 2015 at 09:39 PM

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the newest moves at the top of the post… Phillies Rule 5 pick Andy Oliver has elected free agency after he was outrighted, the club announced via Twitter. The hard throwing lefty has struggled with walks throughout his career. That continued this spring with 11 walks and 22 strikeouts in 12 and two-thirds innings. The club

Twins Notes: Starters, McGowan, Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors April 04, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Here’s the latest from the Twins as they head towards their Monday opener in Detroit… The Twins aren’t looking for starting pitching help right now as they feel they already have enough internal candidates to replace Ervin Santana, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (Twitter link).  Mike Pelfrey will step into the rotation while Santana serves his 80-ga

Ervin Santana Suspended 80 Games For PED Use
via MLB Trade Rumors April 03, 2015 at 04:03 PM

3:57pm: The Twins have announced that Pelfrey, not May or top prospect Alex Meyer, will step into the rotation. 3:53pm: Via the MLBPA, Santana has apologized and denied ever knowingly taking a banned substance: “This is unexpected news for me and my family.  I am issuing this statement so the public knows where I stand.  First, my deepest apologies to my family, fans, colleagues, teammates a

Minor Moves: Axelrod, Oliver, Blackley, Ledezma
via MLB Trade Rumors April 02, 2015 at 07:03 PM

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the latest moves at the top of the post… The Reds outrighted right-hander Dylan Axelrod off their 40-man roster and down to Triple-A, according to the team’s official transactions page.  This move will help free up space for one of the several veterans Cincinnati is looking to add to its 40-man roster.  Axelrod poste

Added To The 40-Man Roster: Thursday
via MLB Trade Rumors April 02, 2015 at 02:51 PM

With rosters being finalized around the league, it’s a busy time for players departing and ascending to the 40-man roster. Here’s the latest: The Twins announced that they’ve selected the contract of outfielder Shane Robinson, who had been in camp on a Minor League deal. The 30-year-old Robinson had previously spent his entire career in the Cardinals organization and will presum

AL Central Notes: Ingram, Kluber, Tigers, McGowan
via MLB Trade Rumors April 02, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Condolences go out to the family and friends of Twins Minor League instructor/manager Riccardo Ingram, who as MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger writes, lost a battle with brain cancer yesterday at the age of 48. Ingram spent 17 seasons in the Twins organization as a manager, coach and roving hitting instructor. “It’s very sad news,” said GM Terry Ryan. “…He’s one

Rule 5 Update: J.R. Graham, Delino DeShields
via MLB Trade Rumors April 01, 2015 at 06:09 PM

Earlier today the Braves claimed Rule 5 left-hander Andrew McKirahan off waivers from the Marlins — the second Rule 5 player to be claimed off waivers in the past week (the Padres also claimed Rule 5 righty Jandel Gustave of waivers from the Royals). As teams are setting their 25-man rosters, here are the most recent updates on the players selected in this year’s Rule 5 Draft… R

Added To The 40-Man Roster: Monday
via MLB Trade Rumors March 30, 2015 at 08:57 PM

With teams making decisions on the final piece of their Opening Day rosters, especially regarding Article XX(B) players, we’ll keep tabs on the day’s moves to add non-roster invitees to the 40-man. Right-handed relievers, somewhat unsurprisingly, dominate today’s news in this arena: Lefty specialist Joe Thatcher has been added to the Astros‘ 40-man roster, Rosenthal report