3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have no active discussions regarding contract extensions with any of their three arbitration candidates, 3B Trevor Plouffe, RP Brian Duensing and RP Anthony Swarzak. "I'm not saying it's an impossibility," general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday, Jan. 7, "but we are not talking to any of the three about a multiyear deal. I don't believe that would happen here."
3B | Miguel Sano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday, Jan. 7, that Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out for 3B Miguel Sano (elbow). Sano arrived at the team's spring training facility in Florida Monday, Jan. 6, and he will have an examination by the team's medical staff. "Right now we don't think it is (going to require surgery), but I can't tell you for sure until we crank him up a little more," Ryan said.
C | Josmil Pinto | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday, Jan. 7, that C Josmil Pinto (shoulder) is "doing all right" and "could play catch now." Pinto wasn't selected for the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs due to his injury.
OF | Andruw Jones | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent OF Andruw Jones (Japanese League) re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese League Tuesday, Jan. 7. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are "not all that interested" in free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Dodgers), according to beat writer Paul Hoynes.
Abreu has been tearing it up in winter ball in the DR, and is looking to parlay his big stats into a return to the majors. He hasn't played in the bigs since 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
OF | James Darnell | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent OF James Darnell (Padres), C Ali Solis (Pirates) and 2B Ray Olmedo (Twins) to minor league deals Monday, Jan. 6.
SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox will reportedly meet with Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka this week. Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, is giving his client a tour of the big leagues. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks are known to be interested in Tanaka.
SP | Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha threw a total of 180 1/3 innings between the minors and majors last year, and many of his innings were high-stress innings in the postseason. The overall innings total was slightly more than the Cardinals had prepared for, leading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz to believe that Wacha is a candidate to receive the occasional skipped start in 2014.
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