Monthly Archives: October 2011

Twins claim LHP Matt Maloney, RHP Jeff Gray off waivers

The offseason activity has officially begun for the Minnesota Twins, who on Monday claimed two pitchers off waivers — 27-year-old left-hander Matt Maloney off wai from the Cincinnati Reds and 29-year-old right-hander Jeff Gray from the Seattle Mariner…

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Twins Claim Jeff Gray

The Twins announced that they claimed right-hander Jeff Gray off of waivers from the Mariners. They also confirmed that they claimed left-hander Matt Maloney off of waivers from the Reds.
Gray, 29, spent the 2011 season with the Mariners and White S…

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Twins Claim Matt Maloney

3:50pm: The Reds announced that the Twins claimed Maloney off of waivers (Twitter link). 1:08pm: The Twins appear to have acquired 27-year-old lefty Matt Maloney from the Reds, as Maloney tweeted today, "Thanks for everything Reds…but i am now a Minnesota Twin!!! Looking forward to a great new opportunity!!" Maloney spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a 2.99 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 in 81 1/3 innings, missing much of the season with a cracked rib. Baseball America ranked him eighth among Reds prospects a few years ago, noting that his ceiling was…

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Joe Nathan Seeks Closing Job

Joe Nathan’s agent Dave Pepe says his client is excited about free agency and seeks a closer job in 2012, tweets SI’s Jon Heyman. Nathan is apparently not interested in an eighth inning gig after dominating as the Twins’ closer from 2004-09. Yesterday the Twins made the obvious call of declining Nathan’s $12.5MM club option, but they have interest in re-signing the righty. The Twins can offer him a chance to close, but the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, and Cubs could be in the market as well. Nathan, 36, had Tommy John surgery in March of 2010,…

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Twins decline Joe Nathan’s 2012 option, but still hope to re-sign him

As expected, the Minnesota Twins have declined right-hander Joe Nathan’s 2012 option the team announced in a release on Tuesday.
Nathan was set to earn $12.5 million in 2012 but will instead be paid a $2 million buyout.
“I spoke with Joe and his agent …

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Twins Decline Option On Joe Nathan

The Twins announced today that they’ve declined their club option on reliever Joe Nathan. The option was worth $12.5MM, but the team will pay a $2MM buyout. GM Bill Smith said, "I spoke with Joe and his agent this morning, and expressed our interest in re-signing Joe. We will remain in contact with them as we move forward into the free agent process." Nathan signed a four-year contract extension for $47MM in March of 2008, and the total remains the record for a reliever. Nathan, 36, had been dominant as the Twins’ closer from 2004-09, racking up a 1.87 ERA,…

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Twins outright Brian Dinkelman, Phil Dumatrait to Triple-A Rochester

The Minnesota Twins continued to clear space on their 40-man roster on Thursday by outrighting infielder/outfielder Brian Dinkelman and left-hander Phil Dumatrait to Triple-A Rochester.
The moves come six days after the Twins outrighted four other play…

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Twins Outright Dinkelman, Dumatrait

The Twins announced that they outrighted utility player Brian Dinkelman and left-hander Phil Dumatrait to Triple-A. They now have 36 players on their 40-man roster. Dinkelman, 27, made his Major League debut this year, appearing in 23 games and getting regular playing time in September. He played second, left and right and finished the season with a .301/.346/.315 line in 78 plate appearances. In 526 Triple-A plate appearances this year, the 2006 draft pick posted a .243/.316/.324 line. Dumatrait, 30, appeared in 45 games for the Twins this year, posting a 3.92 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 in…

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Quick Hits: Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox

MLBTR has the rundown on your team’s arbitration eligible players. Be sure to read Tim Dierkes’ series for insight into how each team’s offseason will develop. Here are the latest links from around MLB… Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers need offense this offseason in an interview on 710 ESPN’s Mason & Ireland Show (link at ESPNLosAngeles.com) and he acknowledged that Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are on Los Angeles’ radar. "Those are nice thoughts, there’s a lot of teams talking about those type of guys … but you gotta have a Plan B, a Plan C." Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi…

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