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Multiple Teams Change Minor League Affiliations
via MLB Trade Rumors September 18, 2014 at 02:53 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

Nationals Claim Pedro Florimon From Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors September 18, 2014 at 01:59 PM

The Nationals have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins, the club announced. This is the move that necessitated the designation of Eury Perez for assignment, which the team also announced.

Central Notes: Aramis, Indians, Perkins
via MLB Trade Rumors September 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Here’s the latest out of the game’s central divisions: Brewers GM Doug Melvin denied a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that the team had decided to exercise its end of a $14MM mutual option over third baseman Aramis Ramirez for next season. The option, which comes with a $4MM buyout, has yet to be decided on according to Melvin. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Melvin

AL Notes: Rodriguez, Hughes, Young
via MLB Trade Rumors September 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez, the pitching prospect the Red Sox acquired from the Orioles for Andrew Miller in July, could end up being a key acquisition, WEEI.com’s Alex Speier writes. “Steal of the trade deadline…I know Miller is doing great in Baltimore, but this kid will make that trade look real bad,” says one evaluator. Rodriguez was dominant for Double-A Portland, posting an 0.96 ERA

Manager Notes: Gibson, Collins, Gardenhire
via MLB Trade Rumors September 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Kirk Gibson’s good relationship with chief baseball officer Tony La Russa might help him keep his job with Diamondbacks, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes. The Diamondbacks are struggling and are in the process of replacing Kevin Towers as their general manager, but Gibson has proactively sought the advice of La Russa, a Hall of Fame manager. “They communicate a lot, and (La Russa) p

Central Links: Martin, Votto, Kipnis, Sox, Thorpe
via MLB Trade Rumors September 11, 2014 at 05:17 PM

In his latest piece for ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick examines how vital a piece of the Pirates‘ success Russell Martin has become. While his two-year, $17MM deal was initially viewed as an overpay by some after a so-so season in New York, he’s become an indispensable asset. Said GM Neal Huntington: “Russ has put us in a position where we got crushed when we brought him in, and if we

Quick Hits: Cabrera, Pinto, Astros, McDonald, Yankees
via MLB Trade Rumors September 05, 2014 at 10:05 PM

The Blue Jays have announced that outfielder Melky Cabrera will be out for the rest of the season with right pinky finger fracture he suffered during Friday’s game, and he’ll have surgery next week. Cabrera is a free agent after the season, which means his career in Toronto could soon be over. As long as he figures to be healthy for the start of next season, though, he could be in for

Minor Moves: Hill, Gwynn, Berry, Rangers, Reds, Bochy
via MLB Trade Rumors September 01, 2014 at 07:29 PM

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… Lefty Rich Hill has been outrighted to Triple-A by the Yankees, according to the International League transactions page. Hill was designated to make room for fellow southpaw Josh Outman. Though he has seen little time at the MLB level this year and posted an unsightly 6.28 ERA

Quick Hits: Twins, Colon, Cosart
via MLB Trade Rumors August 31, 2014 at 07:05 PM

The Twins should look to the Cardinals, Braves, and A’s as role models, writes Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com. Like the Twins, those three clubs are middle class franchises, yet they also consistently succeed against the top payrolls in baseball. Mackey highlights a few traits to emulate. Minnesota should seek to supplement their upcoming prospects with affordable trade and free agent acquisiti

Minor Moves: Aaron Thompson, Chris Bassitt
via MLB Trade Rumors August 30, 2014 at 03:53 PM

Here are today’s minor moves from around the game. The Twins have selected the contract of lefty Aaron Thompson, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press tweets. Thompson will take the roster spot vacated when the Twins lost Sam Deduno to the Astros’ waiver claim. Thompson, 27, posted a 3.98 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 52 innings this season at Triple-A Rochester. The former Marlins f

Astros Claim Sam Deduno From Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors August 30, 2014 at 01:47 PM

The Astros have claimed pitcher Sam Deduno on non-revocable waivers from the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports (Twitter links).

Central Notes: Polanco, Wada, Twins, Sox, Rodon
via MLB Trade Rumors August 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The Pirates will send top prospect Gregory Polanco back to the minor leagues today, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). However, Polanco’s demotion is likely to be relatively short-lived, as the 22-year-old could rejoin the team as soon as next Monday, when rosters expand. Polanco got off to a blazing start to his MLB career, but he’s cooled significantly since that tim

Central Links: Dirks, Cubs, Morton, Meyer, Reds
via MLB Trade Rumors August 20, 2014 at 02:59 PM

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks suffered yet another setback in his return from back surgery i a rehab game on Sunday, according to James Schmel of MLive.com. Dirks sustained the second hamstring injury of his rehab assignment, and while the results of a Tuesday MRI have yet to be disclosed, it’s looking unlikely that he will play for the Tigers at all this season, writes Schmel. There are just

AL Notes: Hamilton, Twins, Dunn, Yankees
via MLB Trade Rumors August 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia is less-than-thrilled with Josh Hamilton and feels that he’s not quite the player he was when he was Rangers, writes Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News.  “Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout,” Scioscia said. “He’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence we know he has. He’s not attacking the ball like he can. He’s wo

Twins Notes: Buxton, Milone, Suzuki, Willingham
via MLB Trade Rumors August 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Twins GM Terry Ryan was on-hand in New Britain tonight to see top prospect Byron Buxton‘s Double-A debut, but the evening took a scary turn for the five-tool center fielder. Buxton collided with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka and was unconscious on the field for roughly 10 minutes before being driven away in an ambulance and has been diagnosed with a concussion, Ryan said on the MiLBtv broadca

Oswaldo Arcia Changes Representation
via MLB Trade Rumors August 12, 2014 at 09:17 PM

Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has switched agents and is now represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. He had previously made multiple changes, most recently moving to the Legacy Sports Group over the winter. The 23-year-old Arcia has hit at a roughly league-average rate since reaching the bigs last year. Over 629 total plate appearance

AL Central Notes: Willingham, Indians, Tigers
via MLB Trade Rumors August 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

While many clubs are averse to making trades within their own division, the Twins and Royals showed little hesitation to do so last night when Minnesota traded Josh Willingham to Kansas City in exchange for right-hander Jason Adam. The Twins, in fact, seemingly have little qualms about dealing to division rivals. Within the past five years, they’ve traded Francisco Liriano to the White Sox,

Royals Acquire Josh Willingham
via MLB Trade Rumors August 11, 2014 at 06:05 PM

The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).

Quick Hits: Rays, Twins, Rangers
via MLB Trade Rumors August 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

 Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan believes there’s too much pressure on prospects today, Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “People didn’t even know who was in Triple-A 10 years ago,” says the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year winner. “People didn’t know your name. Now ‘prospects’ are at an all-time high. … I feel bad for the young kids now because peop

Central Notes: Johnson, Bullpen Issues, Suzuki
via MLB Trade Rumors August 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM

The closest pennant races are in MLB’s two Central divisions. Here’s the latest from both the NL and AL Central: The Brewers sense they were the runner-up for the services of right-hander Jim Johnson, who signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Tuesday, tweets MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. Despite the lack of offense from their first base platoon of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overba