Monthly Archives: December 2010

Rosenthal On Fuentes, Soriano, Keppinger

The Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Twins are among the many teams interested in Brian Fuentes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. There’s some question as to whether Fuentes is truly a closer, but his asking price suggests he views himself as one. Here’s the latest on Fuentes and more notes from around the majors: Fuentes is asking for over $5MM per season on a multiyear deal, according to Rosenthal. The Yankees are not after Rafael Soriano, according to Rosenthal (on Twitter). They have inquired on the Scott Boras client, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Talks between the…

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Killebrew diagnosed with cancer; ‘most difficult battle of my life’

Sad news from the Minnesota Twins organization Thursday — Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
“With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life,” …

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Unfinished Business: AL Central

We’ve covered the unfinished business for teams in the NL East, Central, and West as well as the AL West. Now it’s time to tackle the AL Central. White Sox: Swingman or reliever. A week ago, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin opined that Chicago’s biggest remaining need was a fourth or fifth starter type who could move to the bullpen when Jake Peavy returns. Or, the Sox could add another reliever and put Chris Sale in the rotation to start the season. GM Kenny Williams could theoretically clear some payroll space by moving Mark Teahen. Another remaining offseason goal could be to…

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Will Carl Pavano Land A Three-Year Deal?

The Twins and Nationals are still vying for free agent righty Carl Pavano, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. He suggests a decision could come later this week. On December 15th, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports passed along one GM’s word that Pavano sought a three-year deal worth $10-11MM per year. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote yesterday that Pavano is holding out for three years. Aside from the Twins and Nationals, Cafardo tossed the Rangers and possibly Mariners into the mix for Pavano. Rosenthal’s column from a couple of weeks ago said the Rangers were "not on"…

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Pavano still holding out for three-year deal

This likely comes as no surprise, considering he remains a free agent despite having multiple teams interested, but Carl Pavano is still holding out for a three-year contract, as pointed out again by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Minnesota Twin…

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Cafardo’s Latest: Uggla, Pavano, Matsuzaka, Ellsbury

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe asked ten baseball people to select the ten most significant moves/non-moves of the offseason. Unsurprisingly, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford, and Cliff Lee topped the list. Here are the rest of Cafardo’s rumors… Talks between the Braves and Dan Uggla have slowed because he’s seeking more money, but an extension should get done during the first week of January. Cafardo reported that the two sides were close to a five-year deal worth $60-61MM about two weeks ago. The Orioles still have interest in Kevin Gregg and the Red Sox still…

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Nationals Remain In Mix For Carl Pavano

The Nationals are still one of the primary suitors for Carl Pavano, a source tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com. The top free agent pitcher still on the market, Pavano figures to decide on a team after Christmas, according to Ladson. Most recently, we heard that the Brewers, following their acquisition of Zack Greinke, were officially out of the running for Pavano’s services. The Twins have long been considered a favorite to bring the 34-year-old back after his successful 2010 season in Minnesota. However, besides the Nationals, few other clubs have been seriously linked to Pavano in recent weeks. When we…

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Minor League Transactions: Rangers, Twins, Nats

Here are some minor transactions from the past week, courtesy of Baseball America’s Matt Eddy… The Rangers signed two former first-round draft picks in left-hander Zach Jackson and utility infielder Omar Quintanilla. Jackson, picked 32nd overall by the Blue Jays in the 2004 draft, has a 5.81 ERA in 22 career major league games (17 of them starts) with the Brewers and Indians since 2006. Jackson spent 2010 pitching for Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. Quintanilla was taken with the 33rd pick of the 2003 draft by Oakland, and then dealt to the Rockies in 2005 as part of…

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Minor Deals: Stokes, Diaz, Barton, Brewers

Rounding up today’s minor signings: The Blue Jays signed Brian Stokes, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (on Twitter). The 31-year-old struggled through 16 2/3 innigns for the Angels last year, but was useful for the Mets from 2008-09 before they sent him to L.A. for Gary Matthews Jr.. The A’s signed right-hander Jonathan Ortiz, who combined a sinker and an above-average changeup to post 11.8 K/9 in the Yankees system this year, according to Eddy (all links go to Twitter). The Tigers signed shortstop Argenis Diaz, who was non-tendered by the Pirates despite his strong glovework. The Angels…

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Jesse Crain says Twins ‘were never really in the running’

Former Minnesota Twins reliever Jesse Crain, who signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the White Sox last week, spoke to reporters via conference call on Monday to discuss his new life in Chicago.
Most notably, Crain revealed the Twins “were never…

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