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Twins Designate Matt Guerrier For Assignment
via MLB Trade Rumors July 23, 2014 at 03:23 PM

The Twins have designated reliever Matt Guerrier for assignment, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com (via Twitter).

2015 Competitive Balance Lottery Results
via MLB Trade Rumors July 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM

The Competitive Balance Lottery for the 2015 MLB Draft took place this afternoon. Twelve competitive balance picks are awarded, with the first six taking place after the first round’s conclusion and the next six taking place following conclusion of the second round. Here are the results, per MLB.com (Twitter links)… Competitive Balance Round A Marlins Rockies Cardinals Brewers Padres

Twins, Suzuki Far Apart In Extension Talks
via MLB Trade Rumors July 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

JULY 22: There’s mutual interest in an extension, manager Ron Gardenhire told hosts Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio today (Twitter link). Gardenhire’s comments, of course, don’t mean the two sides are any closer to a deal. JULY 21: The Twins and catcher Kurt Suzuki recently engaged in extension talks, but the two sides aren’t seeing eye to eye in terms of

AL Central Notes: Moore, Rios, Castillo, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors July 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… Dayton Moore doesn’t seem to be in sell mode, nor does he necessarily seem to be close on any trades as per comments made to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi.  “I’m not going to give up on our team….We need the group of players we have to produce. We believe they will,” the Royals GM said (Twitter links). The

Latest On Trade Talks Between Mariners, Rays
via MLB Trade Rumors July 18, 2014 at 02:41 PM

FRIDAY: Taijuan Walker‘s name is once again at the center of trade talks surrounding Price, reports Heyman. He adds that Tampa has also expressed interest in the likes of corner infield prospect D.J. Peterson and James Paxton, neither of which is particularly surprising; Peterson and Paxton are two of the top young players in Seattle’s system. The two sides are discussing various itera

Bowden On Price, Hamels, Byrd, Angels, A's, Reds, More
via MLB Trade Rumors July 16, 2014 at 06:11 PM

ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden (Insider subscription required and recommended) offers a bounty of information on the trade market as we draw to within two weeks of the deadline. While you’ll want to give the piece a full read, here are some of the many highlights: The Rays are in no hurry to deal ace David Price, and some possible trade partners increasingly believe that he will not change han

Rusney Castillo To Hold Showcase Next Week
via MLB Trade Rumors July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

10:40am: Badler has a new piece on Castillo, who has put on about 20 pounds since leaving Cuba and beginning a training regimen in the Dominican Republic. Castillo is expected to sign shortly after his showcase and could even potentially help a big league club late in the season, Badler writes. His newest article provides a pair of Castillo videos — one of a batting practice session and the

Reds To Sign Scott Diamond
via MLB Trade Rumors July 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM

The Reds have signed lefty Scott Diamond to a minor league deal, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter). Diamond, 27, was recently released by the Twins. Diamond struggled through 80 innings at Triple-A this year for Minnesota, posting a 6.52 ERA. He had spent significant time in the Twins rotation over each of the last two seasons. After a 173-inning, 3.54 ERA run in 2012, in which he

Morales Interested In Long-Term Deal With Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors July 14, 2014 at 02:29 PM

Kendrys Morales‘ first venture into free agency lasted much longer than the switch-hitter would have liked, and after signing a one-year deal with the Twins in June, it sounds as if he’s more than open to signing a contract that would prevent him from hitting the open market again this winter. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN spoke with Morales’ agent, Scott Boras, who “gushed&#

Quick Hits: Diamond, Beckham, Dodgers, Phillies
via MLB Trade Rumors July 12, 2014 at 09:59 PM

The Twins have released pitcher Scott Diamond from Triple-A Rochester, reports Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. The former Rule 5 pick last pitched well in 2012 when he made 27 starts with a 3.54 ERA and 3.94 FIP. Minor leaguers hit well against Diamond this season, which led to a 6.53 ERA through 17 appearances and 15 starts. The command and control specialist is liable to latch onto a new cl

AL East Notes: Red Sox, Pierzynski, O's, Tanaka, Beltran
via MLB Trade Rumors July 10, 2014 at 02:17 PM

The day after designating $8.25MM catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, the Red Sox have done some looking back and looking forward. The embattled veteran was a source of clubhouse discord, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Meanwhile, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal writes that Pierzynski’s original one-year signing, and his ultimate DFA, fit with the club’s long-term plan

Quick Hits: Prospects, Hoyer, Sabathia
via MLB Trade Rumors July 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM

Though Byron Buxton has only played in six games this season due to a wrist injury, the Twins outfielder still sits atop Baseball America’s midseason ranking of the top 50 prospects in the sport.  Twenty-two of the 30 Major League teams have at least one player on the list, and the Cubs stand out with three players in the top seven — Kris Bryant at #2, the newly-acquired Addison Russel

Cafardo On Bryant, Russell, Twins, Peavy, Mets
via MLB Trade Rumors July 06, 2014 at 08:05 PM

Cubs executive Jason McLeod sees flashes of Troy Glaus in top prospect Kris Bryant, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes. “Definitely 40-home run power,” says McLeod. “There’ll be some strikeouts, but he has a great eye at the plate. He’ll take his share of walks and work the count.” Bryant, last year’s second overall draft pick, continues to dominate after having

Quick Hits: Trade Targets, Marlins, Garcia
via MLB Trade Rumors July 05, 2014 at 06:59 PM

The Independence Day trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics is definitely the top story of the day. When we polled MLBTR readers last week over which pitcher would be traded first, Hammel was the resounding top choice with 31.05% of readers picking the right-hander. Samardzija came in third with 16.19% of the vote. David Price (24.07%) was the only other pitcher to finis

Central Notes: Frieri, Cubs, Hammel, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors July 03, 2014 at 11:05 AM

As Ernesto Frieri was en route to the Pirates after being traded by the Angels, he ran into a familiar face at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, writes MLB.com’s Tom Singer. “I’m waiting for my next flight, so I just went to a bathroom to wash my face. First thing, I look at this guy washing his hands next to me,” said Frieri, “and I thought, ‘I think I know

AL International Signings: White Sox, Castillo, Martinez
via MLB Trade Rumors July 02, 2014 at 12:53 PM

July 2 is upon us; here are the day’s notable international prospect signings from the American League (rankings via MLB.com and Baseball America): The White Sox have made several big-dollar signings: shortstop Ricardo Mota has signed for $750K, second baseman Felix Mercedes will receive a $950K bonus, and catcher Jhoandro Alfaro (brother of Rangers’ prospect Jorge) will get $750K, ac

Reactions To The Astros' Data Leak
via MLB Trade Rumors July 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yesterday’s leak of roughly 10 months worth of Astros trade notes and discussions made plenty of headlines around the nation. Not only was information that was sensitive to the Astros revealed, but other teams found their own executives and trade discussions included in the data. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle has a full transcript of GM Jeff Luhnow’s response to the situation.

AL Notes: Jays, Orioles, Twins, Red Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors June 28, 2014 at 06:29 PM

The Jays need to do some navel-gazing heading into trade season, writes Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. The rotation leads the AL with 35 wins, but other stats like ERA and total bases allowed stack up less promisingly. Veteran Mark Buerhle has provided a timely career season, while other members of the rotation have been solid but volatile. Improvements to the rotation may rank at the top of the Jays

Twins Sign Second-Rounder Nick Burdi
via MLB Trade Rumors June 24, 2014 at 02:17 PM

JUNE 24: The deal is official, tweets Twins’ director of communications Dustin Morse. JUNE 17: The Twins and second-rounder Nick Burdi are closing in on a deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). Burdi, a right-hander who spent this past season as Louisville’s closer, will receive close to the full slot value of $1,218,800, according to Heyman. He adds that Burdi is sche

AL Central Notes: Twins, Outman, Rodon
via MLB Trade Rumors June 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

A new or upgraded stadium just represents a new revenue stream for a franchise, not a surefire promise of a winning team, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes.  Sullivan focuses his piece on the Cubs‘ planned renovations to Wrigley Field, though he uses the Twins and Target Field as an example of a team whose move into a new ballpark was undermined by moves that currently look like ex