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Quick Hits: Clark, Olivera, Guerrier, Moncada
via MLB Trade Rumors March 01, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Commissioner Rob Manfred recently said that he could envision an MLB franchise based in Mexico one day.  For his part, MLBPA president Clark sounds open-minded to the concept, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports writes. “Anytime the industry considers growing, it lends itself to how well the industry is doing,” Clark said. “As such, players are interested in having those conversations, interested as to

International Notes: Bonus Pools, Alvarez, Olivera
via MLB Trade Rumors February 26, 2015 at 06:59 PM

The bonus pools for the 2015-16 international signing period have been determined, Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports, providing the full list of dollar figures.  While the Diamondbacks have the largest bonus pool (just under $5.394MM) of any team due to their league-worst record in 2014, Arizona is unable to sign any pool-eligible player in both the coming signing period and the 2016-17

AL Central Notes: Blanton, Joba, Crain, Albers, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors February 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Joe Blanton, who is in Spring Training with the Royals on a minor league deal this year, missed the game more than he thought he would upon briefly retiring in 2014, writes ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Blanton spent his year off with his wife and three children, but he tells Crasnick that he felt he owed it to himself to take one more shot at the game. “It was nice being home with my family,

AL Notes: Gardenhire, Angels, Pujols, De Aza
via MLB Trade Rumors February 22, 2015 at 06:59 PM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has rejected a position within his old organization and will spend the year away from the game, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger writes. “He’s doing fine, but he’s not going to be participating with us,” says GM Terry Ryan. “I talk to him often. He’s doing pretty good, but he wants to take a year off.” Ryan adds that Gard

Central Notes: Youkilis, Liriano, Murphy, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors February 18, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Recently-retired veteran Kevin Youkilis will be joining the Cubs as a special assistant, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports on Twitter. The connection will be obvious for many: Youkilis rose to prominence and made most of his impact on the field playing for former Red Sox GM and current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. Here’s more from the central divisions: Pir

Free Agent Notes: Moncada, Olivera, O's, McGowan
via MLB Trade Rumors February 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The agent for Cuban teenager Yoan Moncada, David Hastings, says that “offers are coming in,” Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. Hastings says he is “still hopeful” that he and his client “can make a decision soon.” Last we heard from Hastings, on Valentine’s Day, he indicated that no formal offers had been made and softened somewhat the idea that Moncada wou

Quick Hits: MiLB Deals, Announcements, Prospects
via MLB Trade Rumors February 17, 2015 at 02:53 PM

In a fascinating piece for FOX Sports, former big leaguer C.J. Nitkowski discusses his experiences looking for minor league deals. Nitkowski says that he often took it upon himself to look for the best opportunity, considering all aspects of the possibilities he could unearth to get the best shot at making it onto an active roster. Here are some more notes from around the game: Agency Sosnick Cob

Central Notes: Kang, Twins, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors February 15, 2015 at 11:17 AM

The Pirates‘ signing of Jung Ho Kang didn’t represent a big expenditure in terms of today’s baseball dollars but it was a pretty big deal for a historically budget-conscious Pirates team, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.  Still, the Bucs have one of the smallest payroll in all of baseball.  This year, the Pirates will have doubled their payroll in a six-year span

Cafardo On Hamels, Papelbon, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors February 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe ranked every manager in baseball.  Giants skipper Bruce Bochy took the top spot for his ability to get great production of of good, but not great, talent.  After that, Bochy, Buck Showalter, Joe Maddon, Terry Francona, and Bob Melvin round out Cafardo’s top five.  The bottom of the list doesn’t necessarily feature baseball’

Prospect Notes: Nix, Montero, Barnes, Buxton, Meyer
via MLB Trade Rumors February 14, 2015 at 06:23 PM

Toronto will host the Pan American Games this summer from July 11 to July 19, writes Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Team USA could field a potent roster headlined by Byron Buxton, Addison Russell, Corey Seager, and others. To be eligible, players cannot be on a 40-man roster. They also need permission from their parent club to participate. Each team is different, but some will probably allow their top

Central Links: McCutchen, Zito, Albers, Herndon
via MLB Trade Rumors February 14, 2015 at 04:17 PM

The expensive costs of youth travel leagues are an obstacle to attracting young talent to baseball, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen writes in a piece for The Players Tribune.  The full scholarships provided by college basketball or football make them more appealing sports than the long, usually financially-unrewarding path to the majors that the vast majority of prospects face — McCu

Central Notes: Lucroy Injury, Iglesias, Twins, Shields
via MLB Trade Rumors February 11, 2015 at 08:53 PM

The Brewers announced today that a mild right hamstring strain will cost All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy four to six weeks of action in Spring Training. Obviously, that news brings into question whether or not Lucroy can be ready for Opening Day with the Brewers. As Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes, however, Lucroy recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his hamstring to speed the recovery

Quick Hits: Prospects, Offseason Assessment, NPB
via MLB Trade Rumors February 10, 2015 at 01:59 PM

Baseball Prospectus has released its top-100 (+1) prospects list, and it has some fairly significant differences of opinion at the top from other compilations. Most notably, BP lists Cubs standout Kris Bryant fifth overall, preferring the more well-rounded skillsets of the Twins‘ Byron Buxton (No. 1) and three shortstop prospects to Bryant’s immense power potential. Meanwhile, MLB.com&

AL Notes: V-Mart, Miley, Hunter, Mariners
via MLB Trade Rumors February 05, 2015 at 11:41 PM

News broke earlier today that Victor Martinez will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday, and until the veteran slugger’s procedure is complete, the Tigers have no choice but to play the waiting game. “I don’t know what I need to fill [on the roster],” GM Dave Dombrowski told reporters (including MLB.com’s Jason Beck). “We’re going to have to wait to do all of t

AL Central Notes: Tigers, Albers, Giambi, Gwynn
via MLB Trade Rumors February 04, 2015 at 09:53 PM

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski addressed reporters yesterday and touched on a number of Hot Stove related topics. Via James Schmehl of MLive.com (All Twitter links), Dombrowski again stated that he’s happy with his current group of starters and rejected the idea of a serious pursuit of James Shields. Dombrowski did say he’s open to adding another arm, but it would come in the form of a non-

Quick Hits: Betemit, Prospects, Cuba, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors February 03, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Free agent infielder Wilson Betemit has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for amphetamine usage, the league announced. Betemit, who turned 33 in November, is currently a minor league free agent. He struggled through 453 plate appearances with the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate last year but is a lifetime .267/.332/.442 hitter in the Majors. Here are some more notes around the ga

Pitching Notes: Zito, Belisario, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors February 02, 2015 at 06:53 PM

Former AL Cy Young winner Barry Zito is throwing for  “select group” of teams on Tuesday, agent Scott Boras tells ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link). Zito, who sat out the 2014 season, is eyeing a return to the game and hopes to sign with a team before Spring Training. He last followed up a respectable 2012 season with a dismal 2013 campaign, pitching to a 5.74 ERA with 5.8 K/9

Quick Hits: Workman, Ogando, Rockies, Loria
via MLB Trade Rumors January 31, 2015 at 10:35 PM

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is the top prospect in baseball, per MLB.com’s top 100 prospects. The Cubs have two prospects in the top five – Kris Bryant (second) and Addison Russell (fifth). The Dodgers have three in the top 13 – Corey Seager (seventh), Julio Urias (eighth), and Joc Pederson (13th). The Cubs are the first team with four (and five) names to show up with Jorge Sol

AL Central Notes: Garcia, Viciedo, Weeks, Ichiro
via MLB Trade Rumors January 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The White Sox rank at the very top of the list of offseason winners compiled by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. GM Rick Hahn ticked through many of the team’s questions this winter and should have a competitive team to show for it, says Heyman. Of course, despite plenty of praise, there are still some non-believers out there. They can point to this year’s PECOTA projections from Baseball

Pitching Notes: Shields, Albers, Cotts, Gee
via MLB Trade Rumors January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

In his latest piece on the market for James Shields, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports looks at the most recent significant contracts for starting pitchers of age 33 or older and points out that history is not on Shields’ side. MLBTR took a similar look at Shields in Spring Training of last year, noting that recent history suggested it’d be difficult to find a team willing to guarantee his a