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Minor Moves: Josh Elander, Brock Peterson
via MLB Trade Rumors May 22, 2015 at 05:03 PM

Here are today’s minor moves of note: The Diamondbacks have released outfielder Josh Elander, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports on Twitter. Elander, 24, was the player that went to Arizona in the deal that shipped Trevor Cahill to the Braves, meaning that the club really only ended up achieving some salary relief in that swap. Elander had reached the High-A level last year for the Brave

Twins Sign Ryan Wheeler To Minor League Deal
via MLB Trade Rumors May 15, 2015 at 03:09 PM

The Twins have signed third baseman Ryan Wheeler to a minor league contract, according to the MLB.com Transactions page. Wheeler, a client of CAA Sports, will report to Triple-A Rochester. The 26-year-old Wheeler, a former fifth-round selection by the Diamondbacks (2009), frequented the club’s list of Top 30 prospects (per Baseball America) prior to being traded to the Rockies in exchange fo

MLBTR Podcast: The Unpredictable AL Central
via MLB Trade Rumors May 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Jeff and MLBTR colleague Steve Adams look at every team in the AL Central, running down how their respective starts to the season — good and bad — could shape their activity over the summer. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and please leave a review! The podcast is also available via Stitcher at this link. The MLB Trade Rumors Podcast runs weekly on Thursday afternoon

AL Notes: Correa, Hicks, Angels, Tanaka, Red Sox, Kazmir
via MLB Trade Rumors May 12, 2015 at 01:21 PM

Promotions are always interesting to keep an eye on this time of year, as teams look to balance future control and cost with developmental prerogatives and the needs of the MLB roster. One of the most-watched players, shortstop Carlos Correa of the Astros, will make his debut today at Triple-A after destroying the Double-A level at just twenty years of age. The next stop could be Houston, where th

Boof Bonser Retires
via MLB Trade Rumors May 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Former Twins pitcher Boof Bonser says he has retired in an interview with Twinkie Town. The 33-year-old Bonser last pitched competitively in 2014, when he made 12 appearances for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2010. The Giants took Bonser with the 21st overall pick in the 2000 draft, then sent him to Minnesota with Joe Nathan and Francisco Lir

AL Central Notes: Rodon, Chen, Bourn, Rios
via MLB Trade Rumors May 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Top White Sox prospect Carlos Rodon will make his first career big league start on Saturday. Rodon has pitched from the pen in the early going, but will get a chance to take the hill to open the game due to the five-game suspension of Jeff Samardzija. It remains to be seen what the team’s plans are the rest of the way with their highly-touted rookie, who was taken in last year’s draft

Minor Moves: Parker, Cabrera, Walters, Hernandez, Stock
via MLB Trade Rumors May 06, 2015 at 09:33 PM

Some minor transactions from around the league and the independent circuit… The Cubs have released right-hander Blake Parker, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Parker, designated for assignment yesterday, had not appeared in the big leagues this year. In his 3 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level, Parker permitted one earned run to score while striking out one and walking three batte

Kyler Murray Opts Out Of MLB Draft
via MLB Trade Rumors May 06, 2015 at 05:27 PM

High school shortstop/second baseman Kyler Murray tweeted today that he is withdrawing from the MLB draft. Murray was ranked 32nd in this year’s draft class by ESPN’s Keith Law, 34th by MLB.com and 15th by Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs. Rather than enter the draft, Murray will instead head to Texas A&M not only as a highly touted baseball recruit, but also as one of the nation’

AL Notes: Rosario, Cobb, Blue Jays, White Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors May 05, 2015 at 07:51 AM

Yesterday, the Twins promoted outfielder Eddie Rosario from Triple-A Rochester, with Oswaldo Arcia headed to the disabled list due to a right hip flexor strain. (TwinsDaily.com’s Seth Stohs first tweeted word of Rosario’s promotion.) In Rosario, the Twins are recalling a former fourth-round pick that ranked in the organization’s Top 10 prospects per Baseball America, Baseball Pro

AL Notes: Hamilton, Ventura, Graham, Rangers, Hassan
via MLB Trade Rumors May 03, 2015 at 04:51 PM

The Angels signing of Josh Hamilton has set the franchise back in ways other than financial, opines Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. During the 2012 offseason, the Angels decided to invest their payroll in Hamilton rather than make a serious bid to retain Zack Greinke. The five-year, $125MM contract forced GM Jerry DiPoto to cut corners when building his pitching staff for the 2013 sesaon an

AL Central Notes: Young, Salcedo, Hu, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors May 01, 2015 at 10:33 AM

A conversation with Minor League teammate Shawn Hill and an email to a St. Louis-based surgeon Robert Thompson in 2013 saved the career of Royals right-hander Chris Young, writes Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Young was unknowingly suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome — a difficult-to-detect shoulder condition in which nerves are pinched between the collarbone and top rib. Young

Quick Hits: Manfried, Ramirez, Soriano
via MLB Trade Rumors April 25, 2015 at 08:33 PM

Commissioner Rob Manfried would prefer for the Athletics to remain in Oakland, writes Bill Shaiken of the LA Times. The A’s are currently waiting to learn if the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will remain in the city or move to Los Angeles. Manfried also suggested that public financing would be helpful. “We want to remain loyal to [small market fans], but those markets also have to parti

AL Central Relief Notes: Frasor, Nathan, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Righty Jason Frasor was offered a one-year deal by the Twins this winter but decided to go back to the Royals when Kansas City got involved, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The 37-year-old also added an interesting take on the process of free agency: “When you become a free agent and you’re a 37-year-old middle reliever, there’s not as many teams that come calling as you woul

Mets Acquire Dan Rohlfing From Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 08:45 PM

The Mets have acquired minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing from the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger tweets. Cash considerations are headed to Minnesota in return. Rohlfing, 26, represents depth for a New York club that is dealing with an injury to Opening Day backstop Travis d’Arnaud as well as backup Anthony Recker. He has never hit much, but does offer some defensive versatility, havi

AL Central Notes: Greene, Moose, Morales, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors April 22, 2015 at 08:33 AM

Tigers right-hander Shane Greene tells Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees blog that he “felt like he got dumped” when the Yankees traded him in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade this offseason. Greene says he’s pitching with a chip on his shoulder this offseason as he looks to continue proving himself. Manager Joe Girardi tells Jennings that it was tough for the Yankees to part

AL Central Notes: Gose, Marcum, Santana, Rodon
via MLB Trade Rumors April 15, 2015 at 07:09 PM

While the season is still very young, the changes to Anthony Gose‘s swing are showing up in his results at the plate, and Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs wonders if his revamped mechanics will lead to a surprising offensive season from the 24-year-old speedster. Upon being traded to the Tigers, Gose and Detroit hitting coach Wally Joyner worked to lower the positioning of his hands prior to the s

AL Notes: Twins, Bonilla, Rua, Wright
via MLB Trade Rumors April 13, 2015 at 09:45 PM

Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com runs down the laundry list of less-than-productive pitchers who have logged significant innings for the Twins in recent years after being acquired via trade, claim, or free agency. It is, as Mackey notes, not a happy read for Minnesota faithful. Here’s more from the American League: The Rangers have lost another pitcher to Tommy John surgery, as righty Lisalverto

Central Notes: Mesoraco, Iglesias, Harrison, Hunter
via MLB Trade Rumors April 13, 2015 at 03:33 PM

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco did not travel with the team and instead remained in Cincinnati to undergo an MRI on his hip, tweets John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Catcher Kyle Skipworth will fill in for the time being, as he’s had his contract selected from Triple-A, the Reds announced. (A corresponding 40-man move will happen prior to tonight’s game.) The Reds entered the season wi

Pitcher Notes: Axford, Minor, Marmol, Hernandez
via MLB Trade Rumors April 12, 2015 at 05:03 PM

Yesterday, for the first time in nearly 15 years, five pitchers threw at least seven innings and allowed two hits or fewer, notes MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko. Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson, Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez, Boston’s Joe Kelly, and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer turned the trick. Bartolo Colon was one of the quintet from 2000 (then w

Cafardo's Latest: Lester, Giants, Ross, Tulo, Soriano
via MLB Trade Rumors April 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM

The Cubs aren’t concerned with Jon Lester‘s issues throwing to first base, writes the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo in his weekly Sunday Notes column. “I think it’s being a little overplayed right now, quite frankly,” said manager Joe Maddon to Cafardo. “…I’d much prefer he worries more about getting his fastball where he wants and his cutter where he wants