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Quick Hits: Johnson, Twins, Rasmus, Correia
via MLB Trade Rumors December 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The Braves have reportedly been trying to package Chris Johnson or B.J. Upton along with one of their more desirable trade targets, and the Royals at least had some interest in Johnson,’s Mark Bowman reports.  Kansas City’s greater interest was in Justin Upton, though the Royals were considering using Johnson as a platoon partner with Mike Moustakas at third base.  Now that K.C

Quick Hits: Braves, Ross, Cabrera, Kang, Aoki
via MLB Trade Rumors December 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

The White Sox, Yankees and Astros have spent heavily on relief help this offseason, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wonders if they’ll end up regretting their expensive contracts for veteran relievers. “In the last couple of years we’ve lost a lot of games late in the eighth and ninth inning,” says White Sox manager Ventura. “After a while you sit there and think, 

Twins Sign Ervin Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors December 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

MONDAY: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports (via Twitter) that Santana’s contract also contains a sixth-year vesting option that will trigger at $14MM if Santana throws 400 innings from 2018-19 and passes a physical at the end of that two-year span. THURSDAY: The Twins have officially agreed to a four-year, $55MM deal with free agent starter Ervin Santana. The pact includes a $14MM club option

Quick Hits: Stanton, Mets, Tulowitzki, Miller, Mariners
via MLB Trade Rumors December 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Marlins do not think they’ll have to pay out the entire $325MM balance of Giancarlo Stanton‘s contract, Pirates president Frank Coonelly told a crowd (including the Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel) at PirateFest Saturday. Speaking very candidly for a team president, Coonelly recalled a recent conversation with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson: “Th

AL Central Notes: Santana, Tigers, Kluber
via MLB Trade Rumors December 13, 2014 at 07:05 PM

The Twins had interest in their own former pitcher Francisco Liriano on the free agent market, but when Liriano agreed to terms with the Pirates, the Twins quickly changed course and ended up with Ervin Santana, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes. “He’s been very, very durable,” says Twins GM Terry Ryan, referring to Santana. “He’s got enough velocity (92-94 m

Twins Designate Chris Parmelee For Assignment
via MLB Trade Rumors December 13, 2014 at 01:17 PM

The Twins have designated Chris Parmelee for assignment to clear space on their 40-man roster for Ervin Santana, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune tweets.

Minor Moves: Villarreal, Noonan, Rangers
via MLB Trade Rumors December 11, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Here are today’s minor transactions, with the newest moves at the top of the post… The Twins have signed right-hander Brayan Villarreal to a split contract, ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reports (via Twitter).  The deal contains an invitation to Minnesota’s Spring Training camp and Villarreal will earn $522K if he stays on the Twins’ Major League roster.  Villarreal last pitc

Twins "Pushing" To Sign Ervin Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

THURSDAY: Minnesota is prepared to offer Santana a contract in the neighborhood of four years and $50MM, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.  The Royals and Giants are among the other teams involved in the Santana chase. WEDNESDAY: The Twins are “pushing to get [a] deal” with free agent right-hander Ervin Santana, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (Twitter link).  Ken Rosenth

AL Central Notes: Indians, Detwiler, Royals, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Indians are pursuing free agent starter Brett Anderson, ESPN’s Jim Bowden tweets. If he’s healthy, the talented but oft-injured Anderson would provide a wild card and a left arm for a talented Indians rotation that currently includes Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and T.J. House. Anderson has recently been connected to the Twins, Rockies, Royals and Astr

Rule 5 Draft Notes: Rays, Twins, Graham
via MLB Trade Rumors December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Rule 5 Draft takes place at 11am Central on Thursday, with live audio coverage at The Rule 5 involves players who have been with their teams several years (five seasons if they signed at 18 or younger, four years if they signed at 19 or older) and have not yet been protected on their teams’ 40-man rosters. Teams must then add the players they select to their 40-man rosters, and

Mets Confident They Will Trade Dillon Gee
via MLB Trade Rumors December 10, 2014 at 06:11 PM

6:04pm: Rex Brothers‘ name isn’t currently part of the trade talks between the Mets and Rockies, Newsday’s Marc Carig tweets. 4:02pm: At present, there is no traction between the Royals and Mets regarding Gee, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets. 3:31pm: Another set of reports links the Rockies to Gee, with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) and Adam Rubin of ES

Starter Rumors: Red Sox Yet To Engage On Hamels, Giants May Be In
via MLB Trade Rumors December 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

With Jon Lester off the market, we should start to see some dominoes fall.  Here are the latest pitching rumors from around baseball. Talks between the Tigers and Red Sox have yet to gain any traction, tweets Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. The Red Sox have yet to engage the Phillies on Hamels, Stark reports (Twitter links). It is early, of course, though perhaps it would have been expect

Mets Discussing Dillon Gee With Multiple Teams
via MLB Trade Rumors December 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

WEDNESDAY: The Giants have also contacted the Mets about Gee, Morosi tweets. TUESDAY 10:23pm: The Rockies and Twins have also spoken to New York about Gee, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. 9:31pm: Up to six teams are interested in Gee, MLB Network Radio’s Jim Duquette reports (hat tip to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News). 8:54pm: The Mets and Rangers are discussing a possible trade th

AL Central Notes: Tigers, Santana, Neshek, Viciedo
via MLB Trade Rumors December 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM

A reunion between Max Scherzer and the Tigers is “not happening,” a club official tells Peter Gammons (via Twitter).  What Detroit might do, however, is trade right-hander Rick Porcello to the Red Sox for a package of Yoenis Cespedes and Rubby De La Rosa.  Rumors of a Porcello/Cespedes deal arose a few days ago but talks between the two sides were “not hot” according to Mic

Central Rumors: Cubs, Lester, Masterson
via MLB Trade Rumors December 08, 2014 at 10:23 PM

If the Cubs land Jon Lester, an industry source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter) they’re next move would be to pursue a big bat – to go along with Miguel Montero – to try and accelerate their revival. The Cubs are reportedly discussing Montero with the D’Backs in a deal that wouldn’t require them giving up much in the way of assets.  More out of the Cent

Central Rumors: Tigers, Cespedes, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors December 08, 2014 at 07:47 PM

The Tigers declined to open up a spot on their 40-man roster prior to today’s deadline, which means that they will not be adding anyone in the Rule 5 draft, as Chris Iott of writes.  The Tigers protected infielder Dixon Machado and pitcher Angel Nesbitt from the Rule 5 draft last month, but left Joel Hanrahan unprotected due to his contract situation.  More out of the Central divis

Blue Jays Notes: Anthopoulos, Navarro, Gibbons
via MLB Trade Rumors December 08, 2014 at 05:53 PM

Earlier today, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos addressed reporters in San Diego.  Here’s a look at some of the highlights from that plus more.. When asked about how much trade interest there has been in catcher Dioner Navarro, AA said: “I’ve had clubs ask, that’s probably as far as I would go with it,” according to Gregor Chisholm of (via Twitter).  The GM went

Blue Jays Claim Chris Colabello From Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors December 08, 2014 at 01:53 PM

The Blue Jays have claimed first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello off waivers from the Twins, Toronto announced via press release.

Twins Notes: Masterson, Liriano, Neshek
via MLB Trade Rumors December 08, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Twins are focused on pitching upgrades this offseason, and here’s the latest on the arms that Minnesota is (or isn’t) currently exploring… Justin Masterson was linked to the Twins earlier this winter but 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports (via Twitter) that “about every sign” indicates the Masterson will sign with another team.  The Twins aren’t sched

AL Central Notes: Plouffe, Donaldson, Hahn
via MLB Trade Rumors December 06, 2014 at 05:05 PM

Veteran reporter Dick Kaegel is retiring after over 50 years covering Major League Baseball.  Mike Bauman penned a nice tribute to his colleague, chronicling Kaegel’s long career with such outlets as (as the Royals beat writer since 2004), the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Sporting News, to name a few.  Kaegel’s work is very familiar to long-time