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Central Notes: Polanco, Wada, Twins, Sox, Rodon
via MLB Trade Rumors August 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The Pirates will send top prospect Gregory Polanco back to the minor leagues today, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). However, Polanco’s demotion is likely to be relatively short-lived, as the 22-year-old could rejoin the team as soon as next Monday, when rosters expand. Polanco got off to a blazing start to his MLB career, but he’s cooled significantly since that tim

Central Links: Dirks, Cubs, Morton, Meyer, Reds
via MLB Trade Rumors August 20, 2014 at 02:59 PM

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks suffered yet another setback in his return from back surgery i a rehab game on Sunday, according to James Schmel of Dirks sustained the second hamstring injury of his rehab assignment, and while the results of a Tuesday MRI have yet to be disclosed, it’s looking unlikely that he will play for the Tigers at all this season, writes Schmel. There are just

AL Notes: Hamilton, Twins, Dunn, Yankees
via MLB Trade Rumors August 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia is less-than-thrilled with Josh Hamilton and feels that he’s not quite the player he was when he was Rangers, writes Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News.  “Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout,” Scioscia said. “He’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence we know he has. He’s not attacking the ball like he can. He’s wo

Twins Notes: Buxton, Milone, Suzuki, Willingham
via MLB Trade Rumors August 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Twins GM Terry Ryan was on-hand in New Britain tonight to see top prospect Byron Buxton‘s Double-A debut, but the evening took a scary turn for the five-tool center fielder. Buxton collided with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka and was unconscious on the field for roughly 10 minutes before being driven away in an ambulance and has been diagnosed with a concussion, Ryan said on the MiLBtv broadca

Oswaldo Arcia Changes Representation
via MLB Trade Rumors August 12, 2014 at 09:17 PM

Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has switched agents and is now represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. He had previously made multiple changes, most recently moving to the Legacy Sports Group over the winter. The 23-year-old Arcia has hit at a roughly league-average rate since reaching the bigs last year. Over 629 total plate appearance

AL Central Notes: Willingham, Indians, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors August 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

While many clubs are averse to making trades within their own division, the Twins and Royals showed little hesitation to do so last night when Minnesota traded Josh Willingham to Kansas City in exchange for right-hander Jason Adam. The Twins, in fact, seemingly have little qualms about dealing to division rivals. Within the past five years, they’ve traded Francisco Liriano to the White Sox,

Royals Acquire Josh Willingham
via MLB Trade Rumors August 11, 2014 at 06:05 PM

The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).

Quick Hits: Rays, Twins, Rangers
via MLB Trade Rumors August 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

 Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan believes there’s too much pressure on prospects today, Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “People didn’t even know who was in Triple-A 10 years ago,” says the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year winner. “People didn’t know your name. Now ‘prospects’ are at an all-time high. … I feel bad for the young kids now because peop

Central Notes: Johnson, Bullpen Issues, Suzuki
via MLB Trade Rumors August 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM

The closest pennant races are in MLB’s two Central divisions. Here’s the latest from both the NL and AL Central: The Brewers sense they were the runner-up for the services of right-hander Jim Johnson, who signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Tuesday, tweets’s Adam McCalvy. Despite the lack of offense from their first base platoon of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overba

Dodgers Acquire Kevin Correia
via MLB Trade Rumors August 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

SUNDAY: Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports (via Twitter) that Correia had already cleared revocable waivers, meaning Los Angeles passed on claiming him and the Twins were free to deal him to any team. SATURDAY: The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams.  The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL e

Quick Hits: Rockies, Bloomquist, Castillo, Colabello
via MLB Trade Rumors August 09, 2014 at 12:29 PM

The Rockies are in the midst of an awful 45-70 season, but a strong offseason could help turn them around, Paul Swydan of FanGraphs writes. Swydan argues that the Rockies should let Michael Cuddyer, Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson depart via free agency, then spend the savings on Russell Martin and on a couple of ground-ball-throwing, mid-grade free agent pitchers, like Justin Masterson and Fr

AL Central Links: May, Milone, Pestano, Garcia
via MLB Trade Rumors August 07, 2014 at 08:35 PM

All signs point to the Twins promoting Trevor May to make Saturday’s start against the A’s, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Phillies in 2012′s Ben Revere trade, and he’s seen his command steadily improve since joining the Twins organization. May’s ERA has dropped accordingly, and he’s currently sporting a 2.93 mark throu

Minor Moves: Poulson, Norwood, Christiani, Carnevale
via MLB Trade Rumors August 06, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Though the 2014 draft is long in the rear view mirror, there have still been a couple notable signings of undrafted players of late. Lost in last week’s trade deadline shuffle was the Twins‘ signing of right-hander Brandon Poulson for a $250K bonus. Minnesota scout Elliott Strankman told’s Rhett Bollinger about Poulson’s discovery, noting that the former art school

Central Links: McCutchen, Baez, Milone, Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors August 06, 2014 at 12:59 PM

While it remains unclear exactly how long Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates will be out of action with a rib fracture, any significant lost time will obviously have an impact on the tight NL Central race. As Mike Petriello of Fangraphs writes, Pittsburgh will be absent McCutchen at a time when wins are at a premium. It will be interesting to see whether the team considers a move to add another outfi

Twins Claim Jordan Schafer
via MLB Trade Rumors August 03, 2014 at 01:23 PM

The Twins have claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waiver from the Braves, tweets Lavelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune. The team has confirmed the move.

Released: Gonzales, Cavazos-Galvez, Roberts, Tejada
via MLB Trade Rumors August 02, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Here are the day’s minor moves: The Blue Jays released right-handed pitcher Tyler Gonzales, tweets Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The 2012 supplemental first rounder did not pitch this season. He never advanced past the GCL where he posted a 9.24 ERA in 25.1 innings. The Dodgers released Triple-A right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, according to Eddy (via Twitter). The former 12th round pick

July Trade Recap: AL Central
via MLB Trade Rumors August 01, 2014 at 02:23 PM

As we continue to work through the July deals, division by division (AL East; NL East), let’s turn our attention to the AL Central. First, the deals that went down: Indians Acquired infielder Zach Walters from Nationals in exchange for infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash Acquired outfielder James Ramsey from Cardinals in exchange for righty Justin Masterson Acquired lefty Nick Maronde from

Twins Extend Kurt Suzuki
via MLB Trade Rumors July 31, 2014 at 03:30 PM

3:29pm: Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets that the vesting option is also valued at $6MM. 3:27pm: Twins director of communications Dustin Morse tweets that Suzuki will earn $6MM in 2015 and 2016. 3:15pm: Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports (via Twitter) that Suzuki receives a two-year deal with a third-year vesting option. 3:12pm: The Twins have signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to an exten

New York Notes: Yanks, Byrd, Murphy, Colon
via MLB Trade Rumors July 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

With the trade deadline less than three hours away, here are some notes out of the Big Apple… The Yankees are still considering names like Josh Willingham, Chris Denorfia and Byrd, but their talks are currently at an impasse, tweets Rosenthal. The Yankees appear to be taking their decision down to the wire. Earlier Updates The Yankees aren’t focusing on any major trades, tweets Joel

Twins, Suzuki Again Discussing Extension
via MLB Trade Rumors July 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

11:17am: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that the two sides are still far apart in extension talks, and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also tweets that no extension is close. 10:54am: The Twins have re-started extension talks with catcher Kurt Suzuki, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). There is a reasonable chance that agreement will be reached, he adds. Last we heard, an exten