Monthly Archives: March 2012

Minor Moves: Astros, Rivera, Branyan, Igarashi

The latest minor moves from around MLB… The Astros released first baseman Jimmy Van Ostrand and right-hander Lance Pendleton, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets. The Brewers released catcher Mike Rivera, according to the team (via media relations director Mike Vassallo on Twitter). The 35-year-old appeared in one game with the 2011 Brewers and has experience in nine MLB seasons. The Yankees announced that they released Russell Branyan from his minor league contract and re-signed him to a new one. The Yankees appear to save $100K with the maneuver. The Blue Jays acquired right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Pirates for cash…

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Twins Release Joel Zumaya

11:51am: The Twins have to pay Zumaya his full $850K salary because he was injured prior to the start of the season, reports Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). GM Terry Ryan confirmed this to Twins reporters at camp. 7:41am: The Twins announced that they have officially released right-hander Joel Zumaya (Twitter link). Zumaya will miss the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The move creates 40-man roster space for the Twins. The Twins signed Zumaya to a low-risk Major League deal that would have guaranteed…

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Make Or Break Year: Scott Baker

The Twins are coming off the second-losingest season since moving to Minnesota in 1961, in part because they only got 21 starts out of Scott Baker. The right-hander has been a stabilizing force in their rotation over the last half-decade, though he’s now entering what might be the most important season of his career. Performance has never been an issue for the 30-year-old Baker. He’s consistently pitched to a 3.98 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, and a 34.1% ground ball rate since breaking into the big leagues full-time in 2007. Brandon Warne of FanGraphs argued last month that Baker…

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Minor Moves: Bulger, Pearce, Mattingly

The latest minor moves from around MLB… The Twins released reliever Jason Bulger from minor league camp, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The 33-year-old right-hander appeared in five games with the Angels last year and signed a minor league deal with the Twins in November. The Twins released Steve Pearce, according to Dustin Morse of the team’s communications department (on Twitter). Pearce, 28, appeared in 50 games for the Pirates last year, posting a .515 OPS in 105 plate appearances. He has MLB experience at all four corner positions. The Yankees released Preston Mattingly, according…

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Ticket Office opens Saturday

The Frontier Field Box Office will open for the 2012 season at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

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AL Central Links: Lillibridge, Guerra, Indians, Inge

It was on this day in 1968 that the Royals officially became the Royals, as the new expansion franchise officially announced its name a year before taking the field. The name was inspired by both the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League and Kansas City’s annual "American Royal" horse show. Here’s the latest from the AL Central… Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik "would love" to have Brent Lillibridge but knows the White Sox aren’t going to trade him, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Right-hander Deolis Guerra is the last player from the Johan Santana trade still with the Twins,…

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White Sox Re-Acquire Terry Doyle

The White Sox re-acquired Rule 5 selection Terry Doyle from the Twins, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune tweets. The Twins paid $50K to acquire Doyle in December and they’ll get half of that sum back from the White Sox. Doyle, 26, spent the 2011 season with Chicago’s Class A and Double-A affiliates, posting a 3.07 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 173 total innings. The 6’4" Massachusetts native also pitched in the Arizona Fall League.

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Quick Hits: Padres, Nishioka, Giants, DeWitt

Here’s a wrap-up of news from around baseball as we head into Tuesday…. A number of teams have asked the Padres about their bench players, but the Friars are "inclined" to keep them, reports Dan Hayes of the North County Times (Twitter link). Everth Cabrera is one of the players who has been asked about, and Hayes presumes Jesus Guzman is another. Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s demotion to Triple-A has Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities radio pointing the finger at both Nishioka and at Twins management for signing the Japanese shortstop and letting J.J. Hardy leave. The Giants’ rise to…

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AL Central Notes: Soria, Baker, Antonetti

Here’s the latest from the AL Central… Royals closer Joakim Soria has suffered "definite damage" in his right elbow’s UCL, GM Dayton Moore told media (including Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star) today. Soria will visit Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday to determine if Tommy John surgery is necessary and, if so, it would be the second time Soria has undergone a Tommy John procedure in his career. Greg Holland and Jonathan Broxton would seem like the top candidates to close games for the Royals in Soria’s absence, but to keep tabs on the situation, follow MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes…

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Quick Hits: Votto, Twins, Dodgers, Lannan

The Padres signed Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson on this date in 2001 and the 42-year-old went on to steal 25 bases with San Diego in his final season as a Major League regular. Here are today’s links… Joey Votto told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that it’d be tough for a premium position player to sign a five-year deal. "No matter how fond a person is of the city, players have to maximize the number of years," Votto said. The first baseman, who is under contract with the Reds through 2013, says Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols "did excellent”…

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