Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mackey: Twins committed to finishing climb, but must unclog outfield

By not pulling the trigger on any deals prior to Sunday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins’ front office A.) saved itself from making a mistake, in one case, and B.) thumbed its nose at math and logic and turned its back on contenders rep…

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AL Central Trades

Here are this month’s trades in the AL Central, headlined by the deal that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians.. Indians Acquired outfield prospect Thomas Neal from the Indians for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Acquired Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies for Joe Gardner, Alex White, Matt McBride and a player to be named later. The deal is expected to include left-hander Drew Pomeranz once he’s eligible to be traded in mid-August. Acquired right fielder Kosuke Fukudome and about $3.9MM from the Cubs for minor leaguer outfielder Abner Abreu and reliever Carlton Smith. Royals Acquired infielder/outfielder Yamaico Navarro and reliever Kendal Volz…

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AL Central Notes: Hunter, Thornton, Rauch, Indians

The American League Central welcomed a handful of new players this week – most notably right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Yet many other trades didn’t materialize. Here are the details on some deals that could have impacted the division… The Tigers tried to acquire Tommy Hunter from the Rangers before the Orioles obtained him in the Koji Uehara deal yesterday, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Tigers did acquire Doug Fister for their rotation. The Brewers called on every good left-handed relief option out there, including White Sox southpaw Matt Thornton, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com…

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Twins to reinstate Denard Span from DL; Luke Hughes optioned

Just a few hours after electing to hold onto center fielder Denard Span through Sunday’s trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins announced that Span will be activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s game in Anaheim.
To make room, the team opti…

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Twins Daily: Pavano’s struggles continue, as Twins drop 2 of 3 to A’s

By not selling off any key pieces prior to the trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins’ front office showed confidence in the product on the field, but the product failed to return the favor, dropping Sunday’s game to the Oakland A’s 7-3.
The skinny
Carl P…

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Span stays: Despite several discussions, Twins stand pat at deadline

Denard Span isn’t going anywhere.
The 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline passed Sunday without a peep from the Minnesota Twins, who elected not to swing any deals.
The Twins were deeply involved in discussions with the Washington Nationals about a trade …

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Nationals, Twins Not Close On Span Trade

2:46pm: The teams are not close on a Span trade, tweets Jon Paul Morosi. 12:29pm: The Twins don’t currently believe this deal can get done, tweets Yahoo’s Tim Brown. The Nationals so far will not include Storen, tweets Scott Miller. 9:43am: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian tweets that the chances of a Storen/Span deal are less than 50/50. The Nationals are still in the mix for B.J. Upton. 7:59am: Nationals closer Drew Storen is in the Denard Span trade with the Twins, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, but the hangup is over the other players in the deal. Yesterday we heard…

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Justin Morneau could begin rehab assignment as soon as this week

The Minnesota Twins may be close to adding an impact bat.
Not via trade, but instead with the return of first baseman Justin Morneau, who has been taking batting practice and going through various baseball activities with no issues.
“He’s actually doin…

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Span wants to be a Twin ‘for the rest of the deal I signed a year ago’

With the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals deeply involved in trade talks as the 3 p.m. Sunday deadline approaches, outfielder Denard Span — the centerpiece of those talks — has made his feelings clear.
“I want to be in a twins uniform after t…

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Pirates, Indians In Mix For Ryan Ludwick

The latest on Padres right fielder Ryan Ludwick, who is hitting .238/.301/.373 and has $2.2MM left on his contract… The Pirates are back in on Ludwick, tweets Brown. An earlier report had the Indians close but then balking at the Padres’ asking price. The Pirates are in play for Ludwick but he’s not their top target, tweets Rob Biertempfel. That might be Jason Kubel, he adds. However, Jon Paul Morosi says there are no serious talks now between the Pirates and Twins about Kubel. As of last night, the Pirates were still in the mix for Ludwick along with the…

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