Monthly Archives: May 2011

Quick Hits: Mauer, Dodgers, Suzuki, Soria

Evan Longoria is back in the cleanup spot and his eighth-inning homer led the Rays to a win against the Rangers today. Here are some links from around the Major Leagues… Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that he doesn’t plan to move Joe Mauer from behind the plate when he returns from the disabled list. "He signed an eight-year deal to catch in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins," Gardenhire said. "So we’re trying to get him back as a catcher. If it doesn’t work out when he comes back, then we’re going to have…

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Stark On Twins, Reyes, Beltran, Draft

Jose Bautista and Josh Beckett are the player and starting pitcher of the month for ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. Here are Stark’s latest rumblings from around the league: Barring a miracle, the Twins will be sellers this July, but they aren’t ready to trade anyone yet. One rival executive says they will eventually talk about trading prospective free agents including Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome and Matt Capps. The Twins would have interest in re-signing some of those players after the season and could conceivably do so even after trading them (the Indians did that with Austin Kearns last year)….

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2012 Contract Issues: Minnesota Twins

The Twins conclude our 2012 Contract Issues series. Here’s what the team faces after the 2011 season: Eligible For Free Agency (4) Michael Cuddyer hasn’t been especially productive since 2009, so retaining him only makes sense at a drastic pay cut from this year’s $10.5MM salary. Though the Twins’ 2012 bullpen is even less settled than their current one, investing in Matt Capps as the anchor might not be the best move. He figures to look to at least match this year’s $7MM salary on a multiyear deal. Jason Kubel is among a handful of Twins having a solid year….

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Quick Hits: Pirates, Reyes, Mariners, Galarraga

Links for Sunday, after John Danks was unable to get his first win of 2011 this afternoon…. It seems likely that the Pirates will place Ryan Doumit on the disabled list after he injured his ankle today, and Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review says (on Twitter) that Dusty Brown would get called up to replace him since Jason Jaramillo is also hurt. Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster is full, so a move will have to be made to accommodate Brown. Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger reports (on Twitter) that Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was again asked about his contract following today’s…

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Cafardo On Indians, Young, Guthrie, Reddick

In his column today for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo argues against potential rule changes, discusses injuries around the league, and looks back at the 2009 trade that sent Justin Masterson to Cleveland and Victor Martinez to the Red Sox. He also dedicates some space to sharing a few hot stove notes. Let’s check out the highlights…. Indians GM Mark Shapiro on whether his team could be buyers at the trade deadline: "It’s not a matter of money. It’s a matter of not giving away any of our prospects. We’re not going to do that." Although the Twins won’t say…

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Rosenthal’s Full Count Video: Red Sox, Capps, Padres

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new Full Count video up, so let’s dive in… If the Red Sox have one need, it’s a right-handed hitter that can play multiple positions and come off the bench. Jeff Baker of the Cubs fits the bill, but Yamaico Navarro could be an in-house solution. He’s on the minor league disabled list with an oblique issue, however. The Twins usage of Matt Capps could impact the way teams view him at the trade deadline and as a free agent after the season. The righty has thrown multiple innings six times already, and…

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Quick Hits: Orioles, Cardinals, De La Rosa, Matsuzaka

Links for Tuesday night, as Tigers catcher Alex Avila enjoys his third career two-homer game… Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli that he will continue considering internal and external replacements for Brian Roberts, who won’t return before the end of May (Twitter link). Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains that the Cardinals demoted Mitchell Boggs in spite of his strong 2011 numbers because they can stretch him out at Triple-A. The Cards could have near-term needs for starters or middle relievers. On a related note, GM John Mozeliak told Tom Krasovic of MLB.com…

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Twins May Explore Kevin Slowey Trade

The Kevin Slowey relief experiment has ended, and a change of scenery appears to be in order. The 27-year-old control artist told Twins manager Ron Gardenhire he was having a hard time as a reliever, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Slowey is headed back to Triple-A to get stretched out as a starter, but Gardenhire implied on ESPN 1500 that the right thing is to find the righty a starting opportunity with another club. After Sunday’s game, Slowey had this to say to Neal: "I understand our situation here. I understand the starters we…

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Quick Hits: Holliday, Twins, Astros, Nats, Red Sox

Some links to browse through on your Sunday afternoon… The Matt Holliday contract is looking better every day, writes Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Miklasz compares Holliday’s deal to several other outfielders, including Alfonso Soriano and Jason Bay, in pointing out the early returns on the Cardinals’ investment in Holliday. Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at some of the biggest trades to date from Twins GM Bill Smith as the trade deadline approaches. The Twins figure to be full-fledged sellers for the first time under Smith’s watch. Neither the Astros nor the Rockies are…

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Twins Designate Steve Holm For Assignment

The Twins designated catcher Steve Holm for assignment in order to add lefty Phil Dumatrait to the 40-man roster according to a team press release. Dumatrait was recalled along with Anthony Swarzak, while Jose Mijares hit the DL and Jim Hoey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Holm, 31, had just two hits in 18 plate appearances with the Twins this season. He was recalled after Joe Mauer hit the disabled list, and produced a .231/.400/.269 batting line with Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate this year. MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk took a look at Minnesota’s bullpen woes last week.

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