Hunter says he favors Twins among suitors
Torii Hunter | DET
(November 23, 2014 8:54 AM EST)
Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.
"I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught," said Hunter. His other suitors include the Royals, Orioles, Giants and Blue Jays. Hunter isn't quite the defender he used to be, but he put up a .286/.319/.446 line in 2014, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 83 over 142 games at age 39. He indicated he would make a decision about his landing spot within the next few weeks.
Pioneer Press
Blanco takes coaching job with Cubs
Henry Blanco | CHC
(November 23, 2014 8:36 AM EST)
Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.
Blanco's position under Joe Maddon will be as a quality assurance coach. He will also work closely with the catchers. The departure of the former catcher leaves the Diamondbacks without a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff, something the team plans on addressing.
Arizona Republic
Indians acquire RHP Brewer from Diamondbacks
Charles Brewer | CLE
(November 22, 2014 11:59 PM EST)
Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from the Indians for cash considerations.
The Diamondbacks had designated Brewer for assignment on Thursday. The right-hander had a cup of coffee with the club in 2013, but he spent all of this past season in the minors. The 26-year-old will be pitching depth for the Indians.
Report: Astros interested in David Robertson
David Robertson | NYY
(November 22, 2014 11:39 PM EST)
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Astros have contacted the agent for David Robertson to express their interest in the free agent closer.'s Brian McTaggart previously reported the Astros were aggressively seeking a top closer, so it makes sense that they would be interested in Robertson. The 29-year-old is said to be looking for a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies, so if the Astros are willing to pony up the two could be a match. A return to the Yankees is also a strong possibility, and as many as a half-dozen teams have reached out to express their interest in the right-hander.
New York Post
Martin designated for assignment by Dodgers
Jarret Martin | LA
(November 22, 2014 8:31 PM EST)
Dodgers designated LHP Jarret Martin for assignment.
Martin was designated for assignment to make room for Mike Bolsinger on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old had a 3.29 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 54 2/3 innings with Double-A Chattanooga this past season.
D'backs deal Bolsinger to Dodgers for cash
Mike Bolsinger | LA
(November 22, 2014 8:28 PM EST)
Dodgers acquired RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
The D'backs had previously designated Bolsinger for assignment. In Bolsinger, the Dodgers are getting a 26-year-old right-hander who had a 5.50 ERA in 52 1/3 innings this past season. Bolsinger may start or pitch in relief for the Dodgers.
Twins to name Neil Allen as pitching coach
Paul Molitor | MIN
(November 22, 2014 7:01 PM EST)
The Twins are set to name Neil Allen as their new pitching coach, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Allen spent the past four seasons as the pitching coach at Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system, helping bring along a number of talented arms. Allen has no major league coaching experience. The 56-year-old spent 11 seasons in the majors as a pitcher with the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox and Indians.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Orioles reach agreement with SS Navarro
Rey Navarro | CIN
(November 22, 2014 6:34 PM EST)
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports the Orioles and free agent Rey Navarro have reached an agreement on a major league deal, pending a physical.
Kubatko reported the two sides were close on Friday, noting that the O's were looking to stockpile strong defensive shortstops. In Navarro, they get a 24-year-old who hit .282/.343/.435 in the Reds' minor league system this past season. Navarro is regarded as a plus defensive shortstop and should have a good shot at earning a bench job in spring.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Cisnero signs minor league contract with Reds
Jose Cisnero | CIN
(November 22, 2014 5:44 PM EST)
Reds signed RHP Jose Cisnero to a minor league contract.
Cisnero was outrighted off the Astros' 40-man roster earlier this month. Cisnero, 25, had Tommy John surgery in May, so he won't be ready by the time spring rolls around.
Giants to pursue Tomas if Sandoval leaves
Yasmany Tomas | INT
(November 22, 2014 5:24 PM EST)
The Giants are "expected to make a serious bid on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas" if Pablo Sandoval signs elsewhere, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
With the Padres reportedly having made the biggest offer to Sandoval and the Red Sox believed to be his preference at the moment, things don't look promising for a Sandoval return to San Francisco. In that event, Shea said the club will turn its focus to the 24-year-old Tomas. They wouldn't be the only team interested, either -- Tomas has suitors in the Padres, Braves and Phillies, among others.
San Francisco Chronicle