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Minor Moves: Mark Hamburger, Josh Stinson
via MLB Trade Rumors October 23, 2014 at 01:47 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Twins have re-signed minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The 27-year-old St. Paul native has had a brief taste of the Majors, tossing eight innings for the 2011 Rangers after the Twins sent him to Texas in exchange for Eddie Gu

AL Central Notes: Aviles, Soria, Burton
via MLB Trade Rumors October 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

As the Royals look to even the score in the World Series against the Giants, other teams in the division are shifting their focus to the offseason. Here are a few notes from the AL Central… The Indians are expected to exercise their $3.5MM club option on Mike Aviles rather than pay him a $250K buyout, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Indians could have reasonably gone

Twins Sell Kris Johnson To Hiroshima Carp
via MLB Trade Rumors October 22, 2014 at 06:35 PM

The Twins have sold left-handed starter Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. At least six clubs from Japan’s top league showed interest in Johnson, but the Carp submitted the highest bid, according to Wolfson. The move appears to work out for both the Twins and Johnson, as Wolfson reports in a followup tweet that the Twins w

Twins Decline Jared Burton's Option
via MLB Trade Rumors October 22, 2014 at 03:23 PM

The Twins have declined their $3.6MM club option on right-hander Jared Burton, director of communications Dustin Morse announced (on Twitter). Burton will receive a $200K buyout and hit the open market this winter.

Latest On Twins' Managerial Search
via MLB Trade Rumors October 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

As the Twins continue to seek a replacement for longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire, here are the latest news and rumors: OCTOBER 22: Molitor’s one-on-one meeting with GM Terry Ryan went “fine” but did not result in a job offer, per a tweet from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Internal candidate Gene Glynn is out of the running, according to Jim Mandelaro of the Democr

AL Central Notes: Tomas, Tigers, 2014 Draft
via MLB Trade Rumors October 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

SungWoo Lee, the diehard Royals fan from South Korea whose visit to Kansas City earlier this summer made headlines around the sports world, is on his way back to watch his favorite team compete in the World Series.  The Royals have gone 40-20 in the regular season and playoffs since Lee first arrived in the United States on August 5.  Lee’s very first game at Kauffman Stadium was a matchup b

AL Central Notes: Indians, Tomas, Lovullo, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors October 15, 2014 at 07:11 PM

Congratulations to the Royals, who not only reached the playoffs for the first time since 1985 this year but are now headed to the World Series on the heels of a dominant 8-0 showing through the Wild Card game, ALDS and ALCS. As KC fans celebrate the end of a long World Series drought, the rest of the division is focused on how they can get to that point in the near future. Here are some notes per

Outrighted: Stephen Fife, Doug Bernier, Yohan Pino
via MLB Trade Rumors October 13, 2014 at 07:47 PM

Here are today’s minor moves and outright assignments from around the league… Righty Stephen Fife was reinstated from the 60-day DL and outrighted to Triple-A by the Dodgers, the club announced on Twitter. Fife, a depth starter for Los Angeles who just turned 28, underwent Tommy John surgery late in the season and will likely miss most or all of 2015. He owns a 3.66 ERA in 91 career b

AL Central Links: Royals, Aviles, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors October 11, 2014 at 02:59 PM

After sharing some White Sox-centric notes, let’s take a look around the rest of the AL Central… The December 2010 trade of Zack Greinke to the Brewers was a major moment in Royals history, and Tyler Kepner of the New York Times revisits that blockbuster deal to see the impact it had on Kansas City’s current ALCS run.  Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain are playing big roles for t

Quick Hits: MASN, Cubs, Mariners, Cruz, Minniti, Santana
via MLB Trade Rumors October 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The arbitration order regarding Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights fees that is now the subject of litigation between the Nationals and Orioles would deliver about $300MM in payments to the Nationals over the five years, as James Wagner of the Washington Post writes. Documents filed in court show the structure of the award, which spanned the 2012-16 seasons and therefore would have both

AL Notes: Twins, Red Sox, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors October 05, 2014 at 09:23 PM

Previous experience is no longer the most important criterion for teams deciding on new managers, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune writes. “There are managers who are in the postseason right now who didn’t have one game of experience as manager,” says Twins GM Terry Ryan. A number of recent hirees have had little or no previous big-league managerial experience, including Mike Matheny of

AL Central Notes: Anderson, Tomas, Sox, Cabrera
via MLB Trade Rumors October 03, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson will not be back with the team next year, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Rosenthal’s source, Anderson informed GM Terry Ryan that he wouldn’t return once Ron Gardenhire was ousted as manager. However, John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke with Anderson directly, who went on the record with a different story, saying he didn

Offseason Outlook: Minnesota Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors October 02, 2014 at 11:05 AM

After an extended run atop the AL Central last decade, the Twins turned in their fourth consecutive 90-loss season and saw many of their top prospects sidelined by injury. Guaranteed Contracts Joe Mauer, 1B: $92MM through 2018 Ricky Nolasco, RHP: $37MM through 2017 Glen Perkins, LHP: $18.15MM through 2017 Phil Hughes, RHP: $16MM through 2016 Kurt Suzuki, C: $12MM through 2016 Mike Pelfrey, RHP: $

AL Central Notes: Moore, Twins, White Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors September 30, 2014 at 08:23 PM

With the Royals playing in the postseason for the first time in nearly three decades, general manager Dayton Moore has been validated, at least in part, writes’s Jerry Crasnick. The small-market club has stayed with the principles he carried into the job. As Moore explains it: “We’ve got to play defense. Power is expensive and power comes later, and our ballpark just isn

Twins Remove Ron Gardenhire From Manager Role
via MLB Trade Rumors September 29, 2014 at 03:23 PM

3:15pm: Gardenhire has been offered a different position within the organization, Ryan said at today’s press conference. Gardenhire says that he hasn’t decided whether or not he would have interest. 1:05pm: La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports that the “entire coaching staff is not being brought back,” though he does note that because the new manager will get to

Multiple Teams Change Minor League Affiliations
via MLB Trade Rumors September 29, 2014 at 02:47 PM

As Baseball America’s Josh Leventhal writes, yesterday marked a two-week period where Major League clubs are free to negotiate with available minor league organizations. Major League clubs sign player development contracts with minor league organizations much like players will sign contracts with teams. As such, Leventhal notes that the “affiliation shuffle” is akin to free agenc

AL Notes: Blue Jays, Hughes, Guilmet
via MLB Trade Rumors September 28, 2014 at 06:59 PM

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons are in no immediate danger of losing their jobs, but that could change if team president Paul Beeston leaves his post, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes. Beeston is in the last year of his contract, and there is speculation around the game about whether he’ll stay. Beeston backed Red Sox chairman Tom Werner over Rob Manfred for comm

Cafardo On Moore, Hart, Wotus, Hughes
via MLB Trade Rumors September 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe looks at nine managers and GMs to watch. The Braves search for a new GM features prominently on the list. While Royals owner David Glass won’t prevent GM Dayton Moore from pursuing the opening in Atlanta, the matter of compensation could still complicate a move. When the Red Sox traded Theo Epstein to the Cubs, they only acquired an u

Poll: The Best In-Season Waiver Claim
via MLB Trade Rumors September 26, 2014 at 01:29 PM

With the regular season coming to a close, we can see with MLBTR’s Transaction Tracker that there were 52 waiver claims made during the season this year (roughly one every three and a half days). While many of the players involved in these transactions didn’t crack a big league roster or didn’t stick following their claim, a handful provided legitimate value to their new clubs. L

Central Notes: Braun, Ramirez, Hughes, Rondon
via MLB Trade Rumors September 25, 2014 at 06:47 PM

The Brewers fell to the Reds today by a score of 5-3, thereby officially eliminating the club from the postseason despite having spent 150 days in first place in the NL Central this season. As’s Adam McCalvy notes, Milwaukee’s collapse makes the Brewers the first team since divisional play began in 1969 to spend that much time in first place but miss the postseason (Twitter lin