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AL Central Notes: Santana, Twins, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors January 26, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Today's glimpse at the AL Central.. Bob Dutton of the The News Tribune (via Twitter) hears from industry insiders that Matt Garza's reported four-year, $52MM agreement with the Brewers means that former Royals ace Ervin Santana is unlikely to get more than $40MM over three years and maybe much less.  If there is a drop in price, that could put many more teams in play. &nb

AL Central Rumors: Twins, Plouffe, Downs, White Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors January 07, 2014 at 09:14 PM

After signing a one-year deal worth $4MM that includes a club option for 2015, Scott Downs says he's on board with the White Sox's plan. “The talks that I had about rebuilding, about going young, about needing some extra veteran leadership in the clubhouse and on the field -- it all appealed to me,” Downs said on a conference call, according to Dan Hayes of “I want to win and be a

Cafardo On Tanaka, Jimenez, Cruz, Lackey, Ichiro
via MLB Trade Rumors December 29, 2013 at 08:26 PM

In this week's column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Orioles owe it to their fans to take a shot at a championship by bolstering the roster.  The O's moved Jim Johnson to save on his expected $10MM salary for 2014 but the nixing of Grant Balfour's deal leaves them without a proven closer.  The Orioles, with a few fixes, could be exciting and fun to watch, but they

Quick Hits: Diaz, Benoit, Axford, Feldman, Ibanez
via MLB Trade Rumors December 11, 2013 at 08:26 PM

Since being ruled ineligible due to providing a false birthdate over the summer, Cuban shortstop prospect Aledmys Diaz has interest from a list of teams including the Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees, agent Jamie Torres tells Jesse Sanchez of "There are some very good players out right now and more are coming," Torres said. "Let's put it this way: I

Twins Notes: Bard, Colabello, Morneau, Hamburger
via MLB Trade Rumors September 03, 2013 at 08:27 PM

Here's a look at the latest on the Twins.. The Twins "are in the due diligence phase" on Daniel Bard, whose brother Luke is a Minnesota farmhand,'s Darren Wolfson tweets. Injuries have plagued the 28-year-old's 2013 campaign, as he's pitched just one inning in the majors this year and has a 6.46 ERA in 15 1/3 minor league innings. Still, Bard has two years of arb

Quick Hits: Hernandez, Morneau, Blue Jays, McClellan
via MLB Trade Rumors February 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Earlier this week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports speculated that the Rockies could trade a catcher in order to bolster their pitching staff and of the team's three backstops, Ramon Hernandez would be the most likely to go.  The 36-year-old, who is earning $3.2MM this season on the backend of his two-year deal, has learned not to be bothered by trade talk, writes's Thomas Harding.  

AL Central Notes: Verlander, Tigers, Twins, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors January 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM

Last month, we heard that a number of teams were inquiring on Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.  Detroit turned clubs away at the time because they were unsure if they would be able to retain Anibal Sanchez.  Now that they have Sanchez in the fold, however, Detroit could conceivably pull the trigger on a deal.  Could they also have a significant free agent pickup on the horizon?&

Quick Hits: Mariners, Bonderman, Athletics
via MLB Trade Rumors December 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM

On this date in 2007, the Reds traded Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for Danny Herrera and Edinson Volquez.  Here's tonight's look around MLB.. Jeremy Bonderman told Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times (on Twitter) that he'll get a shot at cracking the Mariners' starting rotation.  He adds that the M's did not go out to see him throw prior to signing him. The Athletics asked to remain in

Odds & Ends: Tigers, Padres, Walker, Webb
via MLB Trade Rumors December 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

The Tigers' signing of Anibal Sanchez puts them right there with the Angels as favorites to win the American League in 2013, writes Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Some are wondering if the Halos’ combination of Mike Trout, Hamilton and Albert Pujols is the best ever, but the Tigers can’t be too far behind with Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder.  Here's more Friday

Quick Hits: Mariners, Cabrera, Greinke, Dempster
via MLB Trade Rumors December 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM

The Mariners are looking for offense and are "in on everybody", a rival GM tells Jon Heyman of  That includes big fish like Josh Hamilton and Justin Upton and they're also considering Mike Napoli and Nick Swisher.  Cody Ross, Ryan Ludwick, and Mark Reynolds may also be fits in Seattle.  More from around baseball.. Asdrubal Cabrera has a six-team no-trade clau

AL East Notes: Yankees, Red Sox, Mauer, Reynolds
via MLB Trade Rumors November 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM

A look at the latest out of the American League East.. We learned earlier today that the Yankees have not had serious talks with Ichiro Suzuki yet about a possible return and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News adds that the club has yet to make an offer to any position player. The Red Sox inquired on Joe Mauer in September, October, and November and were repeatedly told by the Twins that

Twins Sign Tim Wood
via MLB Trade Rumors November 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM

The Twins signed reliever Tim Wood to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, MLBTR has learned.  Wood, who turns 30 later this month, spent 2012 with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate.  The hard-throwing righty posted 21 saves with a 2.19 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, and 0.39 HR/9 in 70 innings.  He's represented by Jonathan Maurer.

Cafardo On Shields, Twins, Wells, Red Sox, Aceves
via MLB Trade Rumors November 04, 2012 at 12:14 PM

After 25 years as a General Manager and president of the Twins, Cubs, and Orioles, Andy MacPhail stepped away from baseball last season to take care of his ailing father.  Now, MacPhail tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he wants to return to baseball in some capacity.  The executive was often viewed as a future commissioner and it would make sense for him to get involved with t

Quick Hits: Greinke, Nats, Indians, Liriano, Dodgers
via MLB Trade Rumors July 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Recently it was reported that Zack Greinke received an extension offer from the Brewers in the neighborhood of $100MM and today the pitcher told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel and Adam McCalvy of that the figure is "pretty accurate".  However, Jon Heyman of says that there's no indication that Greinke will sign quickly.  More from around baseball as Friday

Minor Moves: Angels, Guzman, Bogaerts, Martis
via MLB Trade Rumors June 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM

Today's minor moves.. Right-hander Ysmael Carmona was released by the Angels, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter).  Carmona made the club's 40-man roster after the 2010 season but has struggled with shoulder issues ever since.  The Reds released Double-A first baseman Joel Guzman, Eddy tweets.  The 27-year-old last appeared in the majors with the Rays in 200

Twins Designate Erik Komatsu For Assignment
via MLB Trade Rumors May 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

The Twins have designated outfielder Erik Komatsu for assignment, according to a team press release.  The move allowed the club to recall right-hander Jeff Manship from Triple-A Rochester. Komatsu, 24, was DFA'd by the Cardinals earlier this month and quickly claimed by the Twins.  The outfielder appeared in 15 games for each club in 2012.  Komatsu hit .277/.367/.382 last season i

Quick Hits: Balfour, A's, Twins, Plouffe, Cardinals
via MLB Trade Rumors May 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Links as the weekend comes to a close.. A's reliever Grant Balfour is less-than-thrilled about losing his job as closer, writes Jeff Fletcher for  Balfour has drawn considerable interest from teams around baseball this season and Ben Nicholson-Smith recently looked at what Balfour could net Oakland in a trade. Twins utility man Trevor Plouffe has been struggling as of late and cou

Outrighted To Triple-A: Matt Maloney
via MLB Trade Rumors May 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM

Today's outright assignments.. The Twins announced via Twitter that left-hander Matt Maloney has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Rochester.  The 27-year-old was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for right-hander P.J. Walters.

Twins Designate Matt Maloney For Assignment
via MLB Trade Rumors May 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The Twins announced via Twitter that they have designated left-hander Matt Maloney for assignment.

Quick Hits: Twins, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, Mitre
via MLB Trade Rumors March 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Tuesday night linkage.. Free agent reliever Michael Wuertz says his tryout will be early next week with plans to be finalized in the next day, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Minneapolis.  The Twins are expected to attend. Signing closer Joe Nathan allowed the Rangers to move Neftali Feliz into the rotation while keeping skipper comfortable by continuing to have an established closer