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Minor Moves: Roberts, Baez, D-Backs, Putkonen
via MLB Trade Rumors March 28, 2015 at 06:57 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the game. The Royals have released 2B/3B Ryan Roberts, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets. Roberts, 34, played sparingly for the Red Sox last season and has a career .243/.320/.388 line in parts of nine seasons, also playing for the Blue Jays, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Rays. The Royals have announced that they’ve traded righty Ange

Central Notes: Hicks, Pirates, Madson
via MLB Trade Rumors March 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM

The Twins have optioned Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune writes. Heading into Spring Training, Hicks had seemed to be the likely choice for the Twins’ starting center field job. He has struggled this March, however, putting up a .206/.300/.324 line that’s very consistent with his career .201/.293/.313 performance. The demotion is another setback for th

Mike Pelfrey Would Welcome Trade
via MLB Trade Rumors March 28, 2015 at 11:39 AM

After losing out on the Twins’ fifth starter spot, veteran Mike Pelfrey says he is open to a trade, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes. Pelfrey did not demand a trade, Berardino reports, but he says would not mind one. “Obviously if some team realizes I’m healthy for the first time in years, and this is probably the best I’ve felt and thinks I can help them, let’s do it,”

Twins' Lewis Thorpe To Have Tommy John Surgery
via MLB Trade Rumors March 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Highly regarded Twins prospect Lewis Thorpe has a torn UCL and will have Tommy John surgery at an undetermined date, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune tweets. Baseball Prospectus ranked Thorpe the No. 91 prospect in baseball last month, and MLB.com ranks Thorpe the No. 9 prospect in an excellent Twins system. His injury is simply the latest in an epidemic of arm problems leading

AL Central Notes: Graham, Pelfrey, Salazar, Finnegan
via MLB Trade Rumors March 27, 2015 at 09:33 PM

Word in the scouting community is that the Twins made a great Rule 5 pick-up in righty J.R. Graham, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweets. Graham was once a top-100 prospect with the Braves, who would receive him if he cannot stick with Minnesota or another club for the duration of the year. He scuffled in his second attempt at Double-A last year, throwing 71 innings (including 19 starts) of 5.58 ERA ba

Twins Have Inquired On Rafael Soriano
via MLB Trade Rumors March 27, 2015 at 04:21 PM

The Twins have inquired about watching free agent right-hander Rafael Soriano throw, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports (via Twitter). Minnesota is known to be looking for bullpen help, and Soriano is the most established relief arm left on the open market. It’s possible, Wolfson notes, that they’ve already seen him throw in Miami. Soriano, 35, is a client of Scott Boras and the lone

Twins Outright Lester Oliveros
via MLB Trade Rumors March 27, 2015 at 02:57 PM

The Twins have outrighted right-hander Lester Oliveros off the 40-man roster, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link). The move drops the Twins’ 40-man roster to 39, Berardino adds. The 26-year-old Oliveros was acquired from the Tigers in a trade that sent Delmon Young to Detroit back in 2011. Oliveros has thrown just 21 1/3 innings with the Twins since being acqui

AL Central Notes: Rodon, Nathan, Indians, Robinson
via MLB Trade Rumors March 27, 2015 at 08:45 AM

While Kris Bryant‘s situation is grabbing all of the headlines in Chicago (and nationally, for that matter), Jon Morosi of FOX Sports believes that another Chicago phenom — White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon — is making a strong case for the Opening Day roster as well. Morosi argues that the ChiSox are running out of reasons not to bring last year’s No. 3 overall pick north with

Twins Looking For Relief Pitching
via MLB Trade Rumors March 26, 2015 at 09:45 PM

The Twins are looking to add bullpen help, two sources tell La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  The club is looking to add at least one and possibly two hurlers to their relief corps, possibly through trades or via waiver wire pickups as teams make roster cuts at the end of Spring Training. “This bullpen has been a topic of conversation at headquarters,” Neal writes,

Central Notes: White Sox, Dozier, Baez, Madson
via MLB Trade Rumors March 25, 2015 at 09:15 PM

If all the high-profile moves the White Sox have made this offseason don’t work out, the organization plans to be “nimble” in trying to contend in 2016 and beyond, GM Rick Hahn tells MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. “Knock on wood, given the young players that we have in the organization now and the ones we have coming and players under control for the next several years, I do

Quick Hits: Zimmer, Boras, Draft, Dozier
via MLB Trade Rumors March 24, 2015 at 02:33 PM

The Rays will honor the late Don Zimmer by announcing that his #66 jersey will be retired in a ceremony on Opening Day.  Zimmer only wore #66 for one season during his 11 years as a senior advisor for the Rays, as he increased his uniform number by one every season to reflect how many years he had spent in baseball.  The beloved long-time coach, manager and player passed away last June. Using Max

AL Central Notes: Dozier, Tigers, Finnegan
via MLB Trade Rumors March 24, 2015 at 11:57 AM

It’s already been a busy day for AL Central news.  We’ve learned Corey Kluber and the Indians aren’t close in contract negotiations, MLBTR’s Zach Links has a pair of interviews with Twins GM Terry Ryan and right-hander Mike Pelfrey, and Minnesota also grabbed headlines by inking second baseman Brian Dozier to a four-year, $20MM extension.  Here’s even more from around

Terry Ryan On Phil Hughes, Eduardo Escobar
via MLB Trade Rumors March 24, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Phil Hughes was two years away from free agency but both he and the Twins realized that they wanted to hammer out something for the long term.  In December, Hughes agreed to a three-year extension that will pay him $42MM but also allow him to cash in again at the age of 32. For both sides, the deal appeared to be a win-win.  The Twins locked up Hughes following his best season to date and Hughes w

Mike Pelfrey "At Peace" With His Pitching, Mets
via MLB Trade Rumors March 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM

In a spring start against the Phillies on Monday, Mike Pelfrey made his final argument for joining the Twins rotation.  Unfortunately for the right-hander, a few bad breaks (including Cody Asche‘s two-run smash early in the afternoon) might have punched his ticket for the bullpen.  The veteran has been in a strange spot this spring; while Pelfrey was fighting hard to make the starting five,

Twins Extend Brian Dozier
via MLB Trade Rumors March 24, 2015 at 07:51 AM

The Twins have announced a four-year, $20MM extension for second baseman Brian Dozier.  The deal will pay Dozier $2MM this season, $3MM in 2016, $6MM in 2017 and $9MM in 2018.

Blaine Boyer And His Personal Entourage
via MLB Trade Rumors March 23, 2015 at 02:21 PM

In March, it’s not uncommon to see over-the-hill veterans in camp looking to extend their careers for just one more season.  By the same token you don’t normally see marketable 30-year-old players call it quits, but that’s what reliever Blaine Boyer did three years ago.  Boyer didn’t fall out of love with baseball, but he was decidedly heartsick and missing his family back

Eduardo Escobar Changes Agents
via MLB Trade Rumors March 20, 2015 at 07:57 AM

Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar is now represented by Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes. Escobar had previously been represented by MDR Sports Management, according to MLBTR’s Agency Database. As Berardino notes, Praver and Shapiro also represent Escobar’s Twins teammates Oswaldo Arcia and Tommy Milone. Escobar, 26, hit .275/.315/.406 in a break

Central Notes: Melvin, Garcia, Beckham, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors March 19, 2015 at 01:51 PM

Now that the Brewers have settled Ron Roenicke’s contract situation, the focus has now naturally turned to GM Doug Melvin, whose own deal is set to expire after the 2015 season.  Talking with reporters, including Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter links), Melvin said that he felt Roenicke’s extension was the more important deal to complete first so Roenicke woul

Quick Hits: Gardenhire, Bryant, Valverde
via MLB Trade Rumors March 18, 2015 at 01:09 PM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was in attendance as the team his son coaches at Wisconsin-Stout took on a Twins rookie team Tuesday, would be thrilled to manage again, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune writes. “Oh, no. I’ve got a lot left in me in baseball,” says Gardenhire, shown in a photo wearing a T-shirt and smoking a cigar. “If somebody is looking for a manager and

Central Notes: Lackey, Snider, Robinson
via MLB Trade Rumors March 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Cardinals starter John Lackey remains interested in re-working his contract for this season, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lackey, of course, is set to make the league minimum salary this season due to an unusual clause in the contract he signed with the Red Sox several years ago. Lackey says he would “love to hear something from the Cardinals. I’d listen to any offer