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Quick Hits: Harvey, Baker, Pohlad, Cardinals
via MLB Trade Rumors October 18, 2015 at 11:09 PM

Both the Royals and Mets hold a 2-0 lead in their respective League Championship Series following the Mets’ 4-1 win over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS tonight.  Five Mets pitchers (including Noah Syndergaard, who threw 5 2/3 innings) held Chicago to five hits in the game while Jake Arrieta struggled, allowing four runs in just five innings of work.  The NLCS has an off-day Monday as the sce

Minor MLB Transactions: 10/17/15
via MLB Trade Rumors October 17, 2015 at 02:27 PM

Here are today’s minor transactions from around the league. The Twins have signed C/1B/OF Joe Maloney from the independent Rockland Boulders, as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America noted last week (via Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press). The 25-year-old Maloney was drafted in the tenth round in 2011 and spent three seasons in the Rangers’ minor-league system, mostly struggling along the

AL Central Notes: Dozier, Zobrist, Brantley, Almonte
via MLB Trade Rumors October 16, 2015 at 12:51 PM

The MRI conducted on Brian Dozier‘s right hip revealed no structural damage, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, meaning the Twins‘ All-Star second baseman will not require offseason surgery. GM Terry Ryan revealed last week that Dozier would undergo the test after playing through hip pain that most likely played somewhat of a role in Dozier’s precipitous second

Heyman’s Latest: Greinke, Mattingly, QOs, Gordon, Anderson, Hunter
via MLB Trade Rumors October 16, 2015 at 08:57 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports kicks off Friday morning with a pair of columns — the first being a piece on Zack Greinke‘s opt-out status and the second being his weekly Inside Baseball column. Heyman writes in the first piece that Greinke will indeed opt out of the remaining three years and $71MM on his Dodgers contract, as has been widely anticipated for the better part of a year. One gene

Offseason Outlook: Minnesota Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors October 14, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Few pundits pegged the Twins as postseason contenders in 2015, but the emergence of some young talent led to the club’s first winning season since 2010 and a legitimate run at an American League Wild Card spot. Veteran GM Terry Ryan and his staff will attempt to push this team to the next level and give Twins fans their second postseason since the opening of Target Field. Guaranteed Contract

AL Central Notes: Atkins, Picollo, Mauer, Tribe
via MLB Trade Rumors October 11, 2015 at 08:33 PM

The Royals’ backs are against the wall after losing Game Three of their ALDS matchup with the Astros today, and Houston now holds a 2-1 edge in the series.  Dallas Keuchel continued his Minute Maid Park dominance by holding K.C. to one run (on five hits and three walks) over seven innings, striking out seven.  Solo homers from Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon accounted for all of the Royals̵

Cafardo On Cherington, Indians, Lackey
via MLB Trade Rumors October 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM

The game is getting younger, but we saw plenty of older players make a difference in 2015, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes.  The list of impact vets starts off with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz who posted a .273/.360/.553 slash line with 37 homers, earning Cafardo’s “Old Guy of the Year” award.  Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was another older player who made his mark th

Quick Hits: Hawkins, Padres, Rockies
via MLB Trade Rumors October 10, 2015 at 08:39 PM

LaTroy Hawkins, 42, is the oldest active player in the game, but he nearly walked away before his career got started, writes Tracy Ringolsby of Hawkins is expected to retire after the season with the 10th most appearances in major league history – 1,042 regular season games. Hawkins was upset when the Twins sent him back to rookie ball to start the 1992 season, but his grandfather t

Central Notes: Pirates, Boyer, Tigers, Chapman, Reds
via MLB Trade Rumors October 09, 2015 at 10:21 AM

The Pirates face a significant amount of questions now that their offseason has arrived, writes Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Decisions surrounding Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez top the list, as the team must decide if it can afford to pay Walker his arbitration raise (projected at $10.7MM by MLBTR’s Matt Swartz) and if Alvarez is worth tendering a contract (projected salary: $8

Twins Notes: Catchers, Hunter, Plouffe, Dozier, May, Offseason
via MLB Trade Rumors October 06, 2015 at 07:09 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan met with the media today to discuss the team’s upcoming offseason. Some highlights from his wrap-up and other notes on the Twins… As Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes, Ryan said he will be open to the idea of making an upgrade behind the plate. The GM noted that starting catcher Kurt Suzuki had a down season but also praised Suzuki fo

Twins Notes: Hunter, Pitching, Cotts
via MLB Trade Rumors October 03, 2015 at 06:15 PM

The Twins were eliminated from the playoffs earlier today, notes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (video). Heyman looked at possible offseason plans for the club. The lineup is youthful and includes top prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and former top prospect Aaron Hicks. Eddie Rosario also had a strong season, and Max Kepler is waiting in the wings for an opportunity. The future may be bright, but ex

Cafardo On Cueto, Angels, Red Sox
via MLB Trade Rumors September 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe looks at the recent phenomenon of teams installing various layers of upper management.  Lately, teams have taken to employing a president of baseball operations, a GM, and then one or two assistant GMs underneath that person.  In baseball circles, this has become known as “title inflation,” Cafardo writes.  One source says that

AL Notes: Nolasco, Wren, Dipoto, Walker
via MLB Trade Rumors September 25, 2015 at 04:15 PM

The Twins have announced that they’ve reinstated starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco from the 60-day DL and cleared space for him on their 40-man roster by placing lefty Logan Darnell (pneumonia) on the 60-day DL. Nolasco has not pitched since May, having missed most of the season with a right ankle impingement. He had surgery on his ankle in July to remove a bone fragment. Nolasco won’t re

Twins Promote Max Kepler
via MLB Trade Rumors September 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM

The Twins announced this evening that first baseman/outfielder Max Kepler will be called up to the big leagues for the first time. The 22-year-old just completed a strong season in which he was named the Southern League’s player of the year. Kepler, 22, made huge strides upon moving up to the Double-A level for the first time. He owns an impressive .322/.416/.531 slash over 482 plate appeara

AL Central Notes: Cueto, Twins, Chisenhall, Indians
via MLB Trade Rumors September 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Johnny Cueto‘s struggles over the past month with the Royals have been well-documented, but he looked considerably better on Friday (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), and as Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes, the improved results could have been due to changes made by someone other than Cueto himself. Cueto admitted to manager Ned Yost and catcher Salvador Perez that he had an issue

AL Central Notes: Tribe, Cueto, Hunter, Joba
via MLB Trade Rumors September 20, 2015 at 09:45 PM

After the Indians traded several veterans at the July deadline, manager Terry Francona asked remaining team leaders like Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber if they could draft a type of “accountability contract” for the rest of team,’s Jordan Bastian writes.  “It’s just a matter of playing the game the right way,” Gomes said. R

Cafardo On Duquette, Showalter, Hunter, Howard
via MLB Trade Rumors September 20, 2015 at 10:27 AM

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe caught up with ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington.  Cherington reflected on some of the decisions he regrets but he also recognizes that he left Boston with a solid core of young talent to build upon going forward.  Many of those young players remain in Boston because Cherington resisted the urge to put together a package for Cole Hamels. “We had

AL Notes: Martin, Twins, Eppler
via MLB Trade Rumors September 19, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Former Rays shortstop prospect Brandon Martin has been arrested in the shooting deaths of two men, including his father, Ali Tadayon of the Press-Enterprise writes (via Cork Gaines of Rays Index). Two men were found dead Thursday, and another, Martin’s uncle, was badly injured. Officers apprehended Martin after a chase Friday. Martin was the 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft, but he strugg

AL Central Notes: Tigers, Sox, Lindor, Sano, Hicks
via MLB Trade Rumors September 18, 2015 at 08:27 AM

Miguel Cabrera spoke with’s Jason Beck about what has been perhaps his most difficult season as a member of the Tigers. Despite great personal success — Cabrera is hitting .335/.438/.540 even after 20 straight hitless at-bats — Cabrera hasn’t experienced a losing season since his first as a Tiger in 2008. The two-time AL MVP told Beck that had everyone been healthy

September Rule 5 Roundup
via MLB Trade Rumors September 14, 2015 at 01:39 PM

This year’s Rule 5 draft class has shown that the Winter Meeting-capping selection process still has meaning. As Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper explained recently, a remarkably high-quality group of players swapped hands last December, and odds are that few of them will end up returning to their original teams. For reference, here are the season’s leaderboards for the players who