Monthly Archives: January 2011

Quick Hits: Ohlendorf, Izzy, Edmonds, Flores

On this day in 2006, Frank Thomas officially parted ways with the White Sox, signing a free agent contract with the Athletics. The Big Hurt left Chicago after suffering through two injury-plagued years, a dispute with GM Kenny Williams and virtually no role in the team’s run to the 2005 World Series title. Thomas had a huge bounce-back year with the A’s, posting a .926 OPS to help lead Oakland to the ALCS. Some news to wrap up a busy Monday night… Both Ross Ohlendorf and the Pirates would prefer to avoid an arbitration hearing, but "each party [is] hesitant…

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Nathan has spoken with Capps, says goal ‘is to be the closer’

With the departures of free agents Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Brian Fuentes and Jon Rauch, the Minnesota Twins will enter spring training with several bullpen slots up for grabs.
If all goes according to plan, Joe Nathan — in the final stages of his …

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Quick Hits: Weeks, Dodgers, Cuddyer, Mets

On this day 20 years ago, the Atlanta Braves signed Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders as a free agent. Though he struggled in his first year as a Brave, ‘Prime Time’ was a key contributor for the National League champs in 1992; he hit .304/.346/.495 with 26 stolen bases in 325 regular season plate appearances and added eight hits and five steals in four World Series games. Sanders ended up leaving both Atlanta franchises in 1994, but not before he racked up 75 stolen bases and ten touchdowns for the Braves and Falcons respectively. Here are Sunday’s links: The Brewers are…

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Arbitration Rumors: Marcum, Weeks, Liriano, Young

17 arbitration eligible players remain unsigned, according to MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker, and only four teams have more than one outstanding case. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MLB.com’s Kelly Thesier provide negotiation updates on two of those clubs with multiple cases, the Brewers and Twins…. Brewers negotiator Teddy Werner is optimistic that the team will reach agreements with both Shaun Marcum and Rickie Weeks without going to a hearing. Both players are exclusively discussing one-year deals with the Brewers, though Werner conveyed the club’s desire to work out a long-term extension with Weeks later this year. Like the…

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Notebook: GM says Morneau progressing, but ‘is not 100 percent’

In all likelihood, the true measure of Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau’s progress won’t be determined until he faces live pitching in a spring training game down in Fort Myers — something he hasn’t done since a knee to the head in Toronto…

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Twins say goodbye to trees in CF

Despite winning 53 regular-season home games at Target Field in 2010, Minnesota Twins players have been subtly — or not so subtly in some cases — hinting that they’d like to see some changes to accommodate hitters in 2011.
The higher-ups have listene…

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Delaney claimed by Rays

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comMINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Rob Delaney, who was designated for assignment this week when the Twins picked up left-hander Dusty Hughes, has been claimed off waivers by the Rays.Delaney made one appearance for Minnesota last season, giving up one…

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Changes at Target Field

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comMINNEAPOLIS — The batter’s eye at Target Field will look slightly different when the Twins open up the 2011 season.Twins president Dave St. Peter said Friday that the team plans to remove the black spruce trees that are…

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Rays Claim Rob Delaney

The Rays claimed minor league right-hander Rob Delaney off of waivers from the Twins, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (on Twitter). The Twins had designated Delaney for assignment when they claimed Dusty Hughes from the Royals earlier in the week. Delaney has appeared in just one big league game so far, but the 26-year-old right-hander has plenty of minor league experience. He has a 2.96 ERA with 9.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 242 minor league relief appearances. Last year he posted a 3.44 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 83 2/3 innings…

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Twins to retire Bert Blyleven’s number 28 jersey

No Minnesota Twins player will ever wear number 28 again.
The club announced on Thursday that it will honor Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven by retiring the right-hander’s jersey at a ceremony at Target Field on July 16. The ceremony will take place as part…

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