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Latest On Royals' Search For Outfielder
via MLB Trade Rumors July 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Royals are in the market for a right-handed hitting bat to play right field, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the team isn’t in on Boston’s Jonny Gomes or Minnesota’s Josh Willingham (Twitter links). Additionally, Crasnick tweets that he isn’t sure the Royals view Chris Denorfia and Justin Ruggiano as upgrades over Justin Maxwell, who is hitting well in Trip

Quick Hits: Cards, M's, Willingham, Sox, Kemp, Lindstrom
via MLB Trade Rumors July 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM

It’s been a busy afternoon, but no deals have gone down; let’s round up some worthwhile recent news and rumors as the market heats up: The Cardinals are in need of a starter for Saturday, and manager Mike Matheny says that it could go to an arm that is not currently in the organization, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Philadelphia has sent a scout to watch the

Minor Moves: Joe Saunders, George Kottaras, Matt Guerrier
via MLB Trade Rumors July 29, 2014 at 08:05 PM

Here are the day’s minor moves: Lefty Joe Saunders has been released, the Royals announced on Twitter. Saunders opted out of his minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo of (Twitter link). The 33-year-old lefty will presumably now look for his fourth organization of the year. The Cardinals have released catcher George Kottaras after designating him for assignment to create

Olney's Latest: Marlins, Lester, Phils, Suzuki, Kemp
via MLB Trade Rumors July 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Rival executives continue to say that the Marlins are lurking in the trade market, looking to acquire a starting pitcher that can help them beyond the 2014 season, writes Buster Olney in his latest ESPN Insider-only blog post. Marlins president of baseball ops Michael Hill has said the team won’t be sellers — as first noted by Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald on Monday — and Oln

Suzuki Extension Looks Unlikely For Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors July 28, 2014 at 04:11 PM

JULY 28: There were no extension talks between the Twins and Suzuki over the weekend, Wolfson tweets. One source tells him that “nothing’s going to get done” by Thursday. JULY 25: The Minnesota field staff is making the case that the club should hold onto Suzuki, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It is not likely that an extension will come together quickly, however, says Rosen

Yankees Looking At Josh Willingham, Other Bats
via MLB Trade Rumors July 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Yankees are “looking at” Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, reports Jon Heyman of The club is also eyeing several other possible additions that would bolster the lineup. GM Brian Cashman said recently that the team sees adding offense as the first priority. Heyman explains that, while the rotation is an obvious need, the club never intended for Ichiro Suzuki to play e

Central Links: Cubs, Twins, Prospects, Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors July 25, 2014 at 03:59 PM

While the Cubs are among the most clear-cut sellers at this year’s deadline, the team may hang onto Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Both are enjoying solid seasons and both are controlled through 2016. While the team wants to get as much young talent in the door as possible, each provides a veteran presence to help with the club’s impending influx

Cards, O's Among Clubs With Interest In Kurt Suzuki
via MLB Trade Rumors July 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The Cardinals and Orioles are among the teams that have interest in acquiring Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Both clubs have seen their starting catchers go down with significant injuries, as Matt Wieters is out for the season following Tommy John surgery, while Yadier Molina is out through mid-to-late September with a torn ligament in his thumb. Mike Berardino of the

Mariners Acquire Kendrys Morales
via MLB Trade Rumors July 24, 2014 at 01:47 PM

The Mariners have acquired Kendrys Morales from the Twins in exchange for right-hander Stephen Pryor, the team announced. Morales’ stay with the Twins didn’t prove to be a lengthy one, as his tenure in Minnesota lasted just 39 games. The switch-hitting slugger’s overall numbers with the Twins don’t look like much, as he’s batted just .234/.259/.325. He did, however, j

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 (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 (Twitter links)… Competitive Balance Round A Marlins Rockies Cardinals Brewers Padres

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’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 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