Monthly Archives: June 2011

Red Sox Notes: Lee, Beltran, Cuddyer, Millwood

How’s this for a fun defensive alignment? Adrian Gonzalez will play right field for Boston tonight while David Ortiz plays first base. Here’s the latest on the Red Sox from WEEI.com as we wait for Terry Francona’s heavily-scrutinized defenders to take the field… The pitcher who defeated Boston last night, Phillies lefty Cliff Lee, told Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com that the Red Sox had "nonexistent" interest in him last offseason. "I think they were satisfied with their pitching, they weren’t looking for pitching," Lee said. "Nothing with any substance to it, they were never serious." MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons…

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Heyman On Padres, Athletics, Twins

The latest from SI’s Jon Heyman… The Padres are being aggressive in engaging in trade discussions, say executives who have spoken to them. They’re even willing to discuss dominant set-up man Mike Adams, who is under team control for next year. Many teams prefer Adams over closer Heath Bell, who Heyman says is "very likely" to be dealt. There are a couple of surprise suitors for Bell, but one exec told Heyman the righty "won’t bring as much as you think." The impending returns of Rich Harden, Brandon McCarthy, and Tyson Ross are delaying the Athletics’ decision on whether to…

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AL Central Notes: Raburn, Twins, Indians

The Tigers lost Joel Zumaya to a season-ending elbow injury on this date last year, the same day they took over first place with a win against the Twins. A year later, Zumaya hasn’t made it back to the big leagues, but the Tigers have returned to first place, at least for now. Here’s the latest from their division… The Tigers offered outfielder Ryan Raburn to the Mets for reliever Brian Stokes a couple of years ago, according to ESPNNewYork’s Adam Rubin (on Twitter). The Mets eventually acquired Gary Matthews Jr. for Stokes. Longtime Twins executive Howard Fox died at…

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D’Backs Will Be Able To Add Payroll At Deadline

The Diamondbacks are 2.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West and two back of the NL Wildcard, and they’ll be able to add reinforcements at the trade dealine. Team president/CEO Derrick Hall told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that GM Kevin Towers will have the flexibility to add payroll in a midseason trade. "We’ve got the flexibility," said Hall. "Our ownership group is willing to invest in this team. We’ve told KT, ‘If we’re in it, we’ll do whatever it takes to support you.’" For now, the D’Backs are hopeful that recent callups Yhency Brazoban and…

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Poll: Are The Twins A Legitimate Playoff Threat?

By the time the Twins emerged from May with a 17-36 record, most people had written them off. They were a flawed team with serious injuries, hopelessly far behind the Indians and Tigers in the American League Central. But since the beginning of June, no team has been playing better than the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 18 games. All of a sudden, they’re 7.5 games out of first place and it seems possible that they’ll be buyers at the trade deadline, rather than sellers. The Twins still have their issues – Justin Morneau, Jim Thome, Denard…

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Quick Hits: Twins, Ellis, Cole, Hultzen

The Mets released Wily Mo Pena on this date two years ago. The slugger resurfaced with the D’Backs yesterday, when he homered in his first MLB game since 2008. Here are some links for Wednesday night as Pena attempts to hit another homer or two… A scout tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Twins seem less likely to become sellers than they were a few weeks ago (Twitter link). Minnesota has re-entered the playoff race thanks to a 14-3 tear. Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group hears that the Giants are not one of the six…

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Minor Moves: Twins Sign Diamond

Collecting the latest minor moves… The Twins signed righty Thomas Diamond, according to the Rochester Red Wings Twitter account. The 28-year-old, who was drafted by the Rangers tenth overall in 2004, was released from the Cubs’ Triple-A club earlier this month after posting an 8.66 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.

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Olney’s Latest: Bell, Phillies, B.J. Upton

Buster Olney of ESPN.com has passed along some interesting tidbits tonight via Twitter. He also touched on some of these notes in his daily column this morning. Here’s Olney’s latest: The Padres’ sweep at the hands of the Twins this weekend could hasten their decision on if and when they should trade closer Heath Bell, Olney thinks. The sooner the Friars deal Bell, the more they can ask in return (Twitter links). The Phillies are looking for a right-handed hitter and have checked in on the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer and the Athletics’ Josh Willingham (Twitter link). Olney first reported the…

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Rosenthal’s Full Count: Marlins, Wandy, Phillies, Rockies

Ken Rosenthal has his lastest Full Count video up over at FOXSports.com. Let’s go over the highlights: If the Marlins make a managerial change, the most likely candidate would be Nationals’ third base coach Bo Porter. Porter spent five years with the Marlins, and three as a Major League coach. Rosenthal wonders if the Nats would let him go to a division rival midseason, and if Porter would accept the job on an interim basis, knowing the Marlins ultimately want Ozzie Guillen. Porter turned down a similar offer last season. Rosenthal asked Yankees GM Brian Cashman if he would consider…

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Draft Pick Signings: Twins, Indians, Red Sox

Let’s round up some notable draft picks signings in one convenient spot… The Twins have signed second round pick Madison Boer, reports MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Schelling. The Oregon righty was taken with the 87th overall pick, which comes with a slot recommendation of $405K from MLB. The Indians announced via press release that they have signed third rounder Jake Sisco, a right-hander from Merced College. MLB’s slot recommendation for the 97th overall pick is approximately $357K. The Red Sox announced in a press release that they’ve signed a dozen more draft picks, including sixth rounder Miguel Pena and…

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