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AL Central Links: Masterson, Ryan, LaRoche
via MLB Trade Rumors November 27, 2014 at 05:17 PM

Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… The White Sox and Tigers have expressed interest in Justin Masterson, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, meaning that all five AL Central clubs have at least checked in on the free agent righty.  Outside of this division, Masterson’s long list of suitors also includes the Braves, Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Marlins. The

AL Notes: Moss, Mariners, Lester, Headley, Rays, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors November 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Brandon Moss could not help but become aware that the Athletics have made some notable additions that have a bearing on his status with the club, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Moss, who avoided the need for micro-fracture surgery on his hip and expects to be ready to go on something close to a normal schedule this spring, says he realizes that the additions of Billy Butler a

KIA Tigers Reject Bid For Hyeon-jong Yang
via MLB Trade Rumors November 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM

TUESDAY: The KIA Tigers announced that they have rejected the winning bid for Yang, as was first reported (in Korean) by San Kang on Twitter (h/t: Dan Kurtz of As a result, there may end up being no certain resolution as to whether it as the Twins or Rangers who ultimately posted the highest bid. Regardless of which club won the bidding, Yang won’t be jumping to Major League Base

Details On Jay Bruce's No-Trade Clause
via MLB Trade Rumors November 25, 2014 at 03:35 PM

We heard recently that the Reds will at least listen to offers on outfielder Jay Bruce. While that still seems to be a long shot, it is worth noting that Bruce has an eight-team no-trade clause that would come into play were he shopped. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, Bruce can block deals to the Athletics, Blue Jays, D’backs, Marlins, Rays, Red Sox, Twins, and Yankees. Tha

Twins Outright Anthony Swarzak
via MLB Trade Rumors November 25, 2014 at 02:17 PM

The Twins have outrighted righty Anthony Swarzak, according to a tweet from Rhett Bollinger of With the move, Minnesota has one open 40-man roster spot. Swarzak, 29, has been a mainstay on the Twins staff for the last four years, primarily working out of the pen and also making spot starts. He threw to a 4.60 ERA last year after posting a strong 2.91 mark the year before, and did so while

Quick Hits: Upton, Montero, Rays, Hunter, Pirates
via MLB Trade Rumors November 23, 2014 at 06:35 PM’s Anthony Castrovince names the ten players most likely to be traded this offseason and the Braves’ Justin Upton tops the list. Castrovince feels the Braves could obtain a similar, if not better, return than they received for Jason Heyward because of Upton’s powerful bat has tremendous value. Here are the latest notes from around baseball: Miguel Montero placed tenth on

Quick Hits: Twins, Albers, Bavasi, Scherzer
via MLB Trade Rumors November 22, 2014 at 09:05 PM

The Twins will hire Neil Allen as their pitching coach, write LaVelle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. However, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (via Twitter) that Allen has been told “absolutely nothing.” Allen has coached in the Rays organization since 2007, including the last four years as the Triple-A pitching coach. He has no major league experi

Minor Moves: Satin, Kensing, Romak, Orioles, Billings, Avery
via MLB Trade Rumors November 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… A number of additional minor league signings have been reported on the transactions page. Among the more notable moves: The Reds added first baseman Josh Satin along with second baseman Ivan De Jesus. Righty Logan Kensing and shortstop Juan Diaz have agreed to terms with the White Sox. And five catchers are off the board: Gr

Free Agent Notes: Robertson, Lester, Hunter, Scherzer
via MLB Trade Rumors November 21, 2014 at 05:53 PM

While Andrew Miller is said to have multiple three-year offers in hand already, the other top reliever on this year’s market, David Robertson, just may end up finding someone to meet his reported asking price of “Jonathan Papelbon money.” Andrew Marchand of spoke with four executives, each of whom believed that Robertson would receive his desired four years and at

Players Added To The 40-Man Roster
via MLB Trade Rumors November 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Midnight EST is the deadline for teams to add players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from being selected in next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Jonathan Mayo of lists the notable prospects who are newly Rule 5 eligible. Of course, the decision whether or not to protect a player has as much to do with roster flexibility and his expected ability to stick on a big league roster

Minor Moves: Brignac, Bernier, Venditte, Almanzar
via MLB Trade Rumors November 19, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Here are the latest minor moves from around the game: The Marlins have agreed to a minor league deal with infielder Reid Brignac, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Brignac, a former top prospect, hit .222/.300/.346 in 91 PA for the Phillies this season and is a lifetime .222/.266/.314 hitter in 905 PA. The 28-year-old has experience at shortstop, second base, third base and has mad

Minor Moves: Butler, Robinson, Solano, Marcum, Lincoln
via MLB Trade Rumors November 18, 2014 at 06:41 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Cardinals have outrighted right-hander Keith Butler off the team’s 40-man roster, according to the transactions page. St. Louis has also released center fielder Shane Robinson. The 25-year-old Butler has yet to establish himself in the bigs, but has been quite good in the upper minors. Robinson, 30, has seen his ro

Minor Moves: Purke, Jensen, Walters, Marks, Hermida, Orr
via MLB Trade Rumors November 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Baseball America’s Matt Eddy has this week’s edition of his Minor League Transactions feature up, which, as usual, features several recent minor league signings. Here are a few highlights from his piece, as well as other minor moves from around the league… After releasing him on Friday, the Nationals have re-signed lefty Matt Purke to a minor league deal with a Spring Training i

Multiple Teams Interested In Justin Masterson
via MLB Trade Rumors November 17, 2014 at 01:11 PM

The Braves, Cubs, Giants, Red Sox, Royals and Twins are six of the teams thought to have asked for Justin Masterson’s medicals or otherwise checked in on the right-hander, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter links).  Though Masterson is coming off an injury-plagued season, he is drawing significant interest and could find a two-year deal on the open market.  The Indians, Masterson&#

AL Central Notes: Masterson, Twins, White Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors November 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The latest from the AL Central.. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter) hears that the Twins have inquired about free agent starter Justin Masterson.  Minnesota is also checking in on free agent outfielders, but finding a starter or two is at the top of their wish list.  In my October profile of the 29-year-old (30 by Opening Day), I speculated that the Twins could be a possible match for Maste

AL Notes: Ryan, Hunter, Miller, Bonifacio, Front Office
via MLB Trade Rumors November 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Twins GM Terry Ryan is “doing well” after his bout with throat cancer, writes’s Barry Bloom. The 61-year-old still is experiencing various forms of discomfort, but has completed radiation and is back at full force in the Minnesota front office. Here’s more out of the American League: The Tigers will not pursue Torii Hunter after inking Victor Martinez and trading f

AL Central Notes: Yost, Tomas, Alexei, Hanrahan
via MLB Trade Rumors November 12, 2014 at 03:53 PM

The Royals have yet to begin extension talks with manager Ned Yost, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.  “There’s a progression in the offseason.  There’s a sequential way we’re doing things. Right now, we’re focused on other things,” GM Dayton Moore said, in reference to the team’s roster.  Whenever negotiations take place, there’s no doubt Yost will eventually get a fres

Free Agent Notes: Scherzer, Lester, Miller, Rios
via MLB Trade Rumors November 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Talk about the market’s top free agent, Max Scherzer, has been scarce to this point, but agent Scott Boras tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that he’s not worried about the quiet air surrounding his client. “Premium free agents are rarely talked about at the GM meetings,” Boras said. “This is an owners’ decision. Every GM wants him. There’s always a place for

Ten Teams Showing Interest In Torii Hunter
via MLB Trade Rumors November 10, 2014 at 02:17 PM

At least ten teams have reached out to express interest in Torii Hunter, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today, and the free agent’s most aggressive suitors are in the very familiar AL Central. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals, Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Rangers and Mariners have all shown some early interest in Hunter (Twitter links). Hunter’s preference is to remai

Central Notes: Maddon, Vogelbach, Hunter, Latos
via MLB Trade Rumors November 04, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Prior to being hired by the Cubs, manager Joe Maddon reached out to the Rays with an “olive branch” offer that is believed to be for less guaranteed money than he received from the Cubs, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman writes, however, that even Maddon’s lighter offer was more than the team was willing or able to pay. The Rays offered Maddon an annual salary approaching