Monthly Archives: November 2011

AL Central Notes: Cespedes, Royals, Cuddyer

The Tigers, who agreed to sign Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal today, have interest in Coco Crisp. Here are the latest updates from their division, starting with a note on another possible outfield target for Detroit: Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will watch Yoenis Cespedes play in the Dominican Republic, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, who suggests this is “very unusual” for Dombrowski (Twitter link). Cespedes isn’t yet a free agent, but he’s in the process of establishing temporary residency in the Dominican and may hit the open market soon. Before the Royals signed Jonathan Broxton, outfielder Jeff Francoeur…

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Quick Hits: Murton, Wilson, Twins, Draft

Here are some links for Monday night as we anticipate the end of a managerial search in Boston and the beginning of a GM search in Houston… Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Matt Murton will return to the Hanshin Tigers for 2012 (Twitter link). Murton could have been an outside-the-box alternative for teams looking for outfield help this offseason. The 30-year-old has a .286/.352/.436 line in parts of five MLB seasons and has hit well in Japan. C.J. Wilson, who visited with the Marlins today, has another free agent visit scheduled this week, but it’s not with the…

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Central Notes: Pena, Twins, Quade, Rodriguez

Some items out of the AL and NL Central to round out the evening.. Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena is unlikely to accept the club’s arbitration offer, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Heyman writes that the Type B free agent should be able to land a multi-year deal after hitting .225/.357/.462 with 28 homers in 2011. Twins insiders believe that the new collective bargaining agreement will make it easier for them to sign the No. 2 pick in next June’s draft, writes Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune. The slot bonus for that pick has been set at $6.2MM….

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Twins’ new Triple-A manager Gene Glynn considered ‘a great instructor’

On Friday the Minnesota Twins officially named Gene Glynn new manager of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.
Glynn, 55, is a native of Waseca, MN and has 26 years of coaching experience between the major leagues and minor leagues, most recently as a prof…

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Heyman On Ortiz, Rodriguez, Nathan

Now that this year’s arbitration offers are officially in, the free agent market has become that much easier to read. Jon Heyman of SI.com examines some of last night’s decisions and provides more notes from around the league (all Twitter links): One agent predicts David Ortiz could get $16MM if he accepts Boston’s offer of arbitration. Heyman suggests a two-year deal in the $25-28MM range could also work for both sides. Though the Brewers took on some risk by offering Francisco Rodriguez arbitration, the right-hander seeks a multiyear deal and a closing job, so he’ll decline Milwaukee’s offer. The Brewers…

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American League Free Agent Arbitration Offers

10 American League teams have free agent arbitration offer decisions to make, and we’ll update them in this post throughout the day in advance of the 11pm central time deadline. For a fantastic customizable chart with all 57 Type A/B free agents and their teams’ decisions in real-time, click here. Updated team decisions: The Blue Jays offered arbitration to Frank Francisco (B), Kelly Johnson (A, will not cost signing team a draft pick), Jose Molina (B) and Jon Rauch (B), according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (on Twitter). They declined to offer Shawn Camp (B) arbitration. The Red Sox announced…

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Quick Hits: Red Sox, Sizemore, Padres, Chen

Links for Wednesday night as we await arbitration decisions from the National and American Leagues… Rob Bradford of WEEI.com surveyed this offseason’s stronger-than-usual relief market with the help of many Major League GMs. The Red Sox aren’t desperate for a closer, because Daniel Bard and Bobby Jenks are already in their ‘pen, but GM Ben Cherington figures to explore the market for closers after losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies. The Phillies, Rockies and Cubs had more interest in Grady Sizemore than any teams except the Indians, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Twitter links). Hoynes has…

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Twins Looking To Acquire A Closer

Glen Perkins doesn’t have the experience to pitch the ninth inning for the Twins in 2012, GM Terry Ryan told reporters on the Ryan Doumit conference call today when asked. Ryan says the Twins will look to acquire a closer. We learned yesterday that the Twins still have interest in Matt Capps as their closer, while Joe Nathan is off the board after signing a two-year deal with the Rangers. As our free agent tracker shows, closers Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Cordero, Frank Francisco, Ryan Madson, Jon Rauch, and Francisco Rodriguez remain on the market. Andrew Bailey, Brandon League,…

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Notebook: Twins consider Doumit a catcher; Perkins will not close

On Wednesday the Twins officially announced the signing of catcher Ryan Doumit to a one-year deal worth $3 million.
Regarding Doumit’s positional flexibility, general manager Terry Ryan said in a conference call, “First and foremost we consider Ryan a …

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Twins Sign Ryan Doumit

The Twins agreed to sign Ryan Doumit to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick and Doumit’s agency, Sosnick/Cobbe Sports (Twitter link). The deal is worth $3MM and includes performance bonuses, according to Crasnick. The Twins officially announced the agreement today. The 30-year-old posted a .303/.353/.477 line in 236 plate appearances for the Pirates in 2011. His role with the Twins figures to depend on the health of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. He can catch, play first base or, if both Mauer and Morneau are healthy, contribute as a DH or right fielder. GM Terry Ryan said during…

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