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Minor MLB Transactions: 7/4/15
via MLB Trade Rumors July 04, 2015 at 07:39 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the game. Righty Ben Rowen has opted out of his contract with the Orioles and is now a free agent,’s Steve Melewski reports (via Twitter).  Rowen’s contract gave him the option of opting out if he wasn’t on the team’s MLB roster by July 1.  Rowen has a 2.41 ERA, 24 strikeouts and six walks over 37 1/3 Triple-A r

Twins Outright Doug Bernier
via MLB Trade Rumors July 04, 2015 at 10:51 AM

The Twins have outrighted utility infielder Doug Bernier, according to the transactions page. He was back in the lineup for Triple-A Rochester late last week, so he evidently accepted the assignment. The 35-year-old signed a minor league deal with the Twins after they outrighted him following last season. Bernier then played several weeks for Rochester before being promoted in early May. H

Twins To Sign Wander Javier
via MLB Trade Rumors July 02, 2015 at 09:15 AM

The Twins have agreed to a deal with Dominican shortstop Wander Javier, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. Javier rated as high as fifth on international prospect charts heading into the July 2 signing period. Javier will earn a $4MM bonus,’s Jesse Sanchez reports on Twitter.

Twins To Promote Miguel Sano
via MLB Trade Rumors July 01, 2015 at 04:27 PM

The Twins will promote top prospect Miguel Sano prior to tomorrow’s contest, an industry source tells’s Rhett Bollinger (Twitter link). It would seem, then, that Sano will be recalled to replace DH Kennys Vargas, who was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga earlier today. Sano is regarded as some by the best power-hitting prospect in baseball.

Minor Moves: Tabata, Romak, Wheeler
via MLB Trade Rumors July 01, 2015 at 01:51 PM

We’ll track the day’s minor moves here: The Pirates have outrighted outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A, per the International League transactions page. Recently designated for assignment, Tabata still has another year left on the extension he signed early in his career. It’s no surprise, then, that Tabata appears on the Triple-A Indianapolis roster (Twitter link), meaning that h

Which Rule 5 Picks Are Still With Their New Teams?
via MLB Trade Rumors June 30, 2015 at 09:03 AM

There were 13 players selected in the Major League phase of the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, and nearly halfway through the year, a surprising percentage remain with their new clubs. Here’s a look at each of the Rule 5 picks, where they’re currently playing and if they have a chance to remain with their team… Oscar Hernandez, C, Diamondbacks: Selected out of the Rays organization despite

Cafardo On Buchholz, Samardzija, Cueto, Hamels
via MLB Trade Rumors June 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe pit Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts against Tigers shorstop Jose Iglesias.  Of course, Boston once had both, but Iglesias was shipped out in 2013 in a three-team deal that brought Jake Peavy to Fenway.  Bogaerts offers more potential as a hitter, but Iglesias clearly has the superior glove.  That difference in the field never made Bogaert

Twins Promote Alex Meyer
via MLB Trade Rumors June 25, 2015 at 01:45 PM

The Twins will promote right-hander Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester for tomorrow’s game, according to a tweet from the Rochester Red Wings. The Twins’ long-term hope for the towering righty is that he can work out of the rotation, but he’ll presumably join the bullpen for the time being. Fellow righty Michael Tonkin was optioned to Triple-A yesterday. Acquired from the Nationa

AL Notes: Martinez, Luhnow, Chen, Schafer
via MLB Trade Rumors June 20, 2015 at 08:39 PM

The Mariners have named former franchise star Edgar Martinez their new hitting coach, writes Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Martinez will replace Howard Johnson who has been reassigned elsewhere in the organization. Seattle’s offense has struggled despite the notable additions of Nelson Cruz over the offseason and Mark Trumbo earlier this month. The team has the lowest batting average in

Draft Signings: Marshall, Hillman, Blankenhorn, Davila
via MLB Trade Rumors June 19, 2015 at 09:03 PM

It’s time to get caught up on some draft signings. Slot values courtesy of Baseball America. The Giants have agreed to a well-above-slot, $750K bonus with fourth-round pick Mac Marshall, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. You might remember that Marshall was taken in the late rounds last year by the Astros, who fell short of a rumored last-minute attempt at a deal with him as they tried to

Twins Release Jordan Schafer
via MLB Trade Rumors June 18, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The Twins have released outfielder Jordan Schafer, director of communications Dustin Morse announced on Twitter. He had been on the DL with a knee sprain. Schafer, 28, had a nice run with the Twins last year after being claimed off waivers from the Braves. That led the team to tender him a contract through arbitration, ultimately agreeing upon a $1.55MM pact. This year, however, has been a disappo

AL Central Notes: Buxton, Sox, V-Mart, Tigers, Young
via MLB Trade Rumors June 17, 2015 at 09:09 PM

Speaking about the team’s recent promotion of top prospect Byron Buxton, Twins GM Terry Ryan told Kris Atteberry of Twins Radio (audio link): “We brought up Buxton because he’s the best one we had available at the time. We have a few guys down there that we considered, but they aren’t as good as Buxton, so we brought up Byron to give him a shot. … I’m hoping tha

Twins Release Tim Stauffer
via MLB Trade Rumors June 17, 2015 at 07:03 PM

JUNE 17: The Twins have released Stauffer, reports’s Rhett Bollinger (Twitter link). JUNE 10: The Twins have designated right-hander Tim Stauffer for assignment, tweets’s Betsy Helfand. Right-handed reliever Michael Tonkin will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Stauffer’s spot in the bullpen for Thursday’s contest. After a long stint of relatively

Twins To Sign Tyler Jay
via MLB Trade Rumors June 17, 2015 at 04:21 PM

The Twins and No. 6 overall pick Tyler Jay are in agreement on a full-slot bonus of $3,889,500, reports Jim Callis of (Twitter link). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN first tweeted that Jay was at Target Field in Minneapolis and was scheduled to meet with the media shortly. Jay, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Illinois, is represented by Scott Leventhal of All Bases Covered Sport

Draft Signings: Thompson, Jones, Cabbage
via MLB Trade Rumors June 17, 2015 at 12:09 PM

We’ll track some of the day’s notable draft bonus agreements here. (Slot values via Baseball America; signing links to Twitter.) Another player whose signing was reported yesterday, Dylan Thompson of the Mariners, agreed to an above-slot deal, per Callis. A high school righty, Thompson will receive a $585K bonus after being taken 125th overall ($448K slot value). Earlier Updates 70t

Twins Promote Byron Buxton
via MLB Trade Rumors June 13, 2015 at 05:27 PM

The Twins will promote top prospect Byron Buxton prior to tomorrow’s game, tweets Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Buxton is the game’s number one prospect according to Prior to the season, most prospect outlets ranked Buxton as a virtual tie with Kris Bryant.

Heyman's Latest: Twins, Mariners, Draft, Viciedo
via MLB Trade Rumors June 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports’ latest column contains notes on every team throughout baseball. Here are a few highlights. The Twins are surprise contenders this year, and they’re open to acquiring a middle-of-the-order hitter, possibly an outfielder, Heyman writes. They could also seek relief help. After trading for Mark Trumbo, the Mariners seem to lack budget flexibility, which might be

Amateur Notes: July 2, Martinez, Sierra, D'Backs, Draft
via MLB Trade Rumors June 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM

With the draft in the books, the next July 2 period is just around the corner. Last year saw several teams blow past their spending allocations, incurring two-year bans on $300K+ signings to do so. As the Angels, Diamondbacks, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees go on probation, the Cubs and Rangers are returning to the market. Ben Badler of Baseball America breaks down this year’s market, with the C

Trade Notes: Sellers, Dodgers, Papelbon, Jays, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors June 11, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Dave Cameron of Fangraphs opines that we may be headed for the “most extreme sellers’ market in years” given the unprecedented parity in the American League and a lack of sellers in the National League. Only 8.5 games separate the best team in the AL and the second-worst, Cameron notes, and the worst club (the Athletics) can be reasonably expected to turn things around if one bel

AL Central Notes: Price, Indians, Lindor, Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors June 08, 2015 at 11:03 AM

In an interview with Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (video link), Tigers ace David Price discussed his lasting connection with the Vanderbilt baseball program, the absence of Victor Martinez in his team’s lineup, his early picks for the AL Cy Young and, perhaps most interestingly to MLBTR readers, his upcoming free agency. Price says that free agency hasn’t been on his mind very often throug