Minor Moves: Yankees, Angels, Guzman, Bogaerts

Today's minor moves..

  • The Yankees released Double-A right-hander Adam Miller, tweets Josh Norris of The Trentonian.  Miller was ranked as Baseball America's #16 prospect after the 2004 season.
  • Right-hander Ysmael Carmona was released by the Angels, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter).  Carmona made the club's 40-man roster after the 2010 season but has struggled with shoulder issues ever since. 
  • The Reds released Double-A first baseman Joel Guzman, Eddy tweets.  The 27-year-old last appeared in the majors with the Rays in 2007.
  • The Cubs cut first baseman Jair Bogaerts, the twin brother of Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, according to Eddy (via Twitter).  Bogaerts came to Chicago as a throw-in in the Theo Epstein compensation trade.
  • The Indians released outfielder Ben Copeland, tweets Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.  The fourth-round pick in 2005 was a former member of the Giants farm system.
  • The Pirates have traded minor league right-hander Shairon Martis to the Twins, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Biertempfel also tweets that the two sides have yet to work out what the Pittsburgh will receive in return.  Martis, 25, has a 4.96 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 15 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A.  The hurler also appeared in 20 games for the Nationals in 2008 and 2009. 

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24 Comments on "Minor Moves: Yankees, Angels, Guzman, Bogaerts"

3 years 2 months ago

Traded him for? Sort of a key piece of info . . .

3 years 2 months ago

 Use your imagination.

Devern Hansack
3 years 2 months ago

Josh Willingham.

3 years 2 months ago

 Thankfully Bill Smith is no longer GM, or this could be closer to the truth than any Twins fan wants to imagine.

3 years 2 months ago

In related news, Shairon Martis has been named the Ace of the Twins as well as the closer. 

Gardenhire ” He will start every 5th day, pitch 6 innings, go to the pen and loosen up during the 7and 8th, then close out his own game.  Should be in line for a win and save”

3 years 2 months ago

@ Drew: The return to the Pirates from the Twins is still TBD, which is why I haven’t reported it yet. It is sorta a key piece of info, but I’m not gonna just make it up.

3 years 2 months ago

I love these deals.

“Hey Terry, do you guys want Shairon Martis?”

“Sure Neal, what do you want for him?”

“Idk let’s figure it out later.”

“Done deal. Let’s announce it.”

3 years 2 months ago

How much would it take to acquire Trevor Plouffe, A good hitter in the AL?

Please be Miquel Sano…

3 years 2 months ago

 If you think the Twins would trade Sano for a AAAA pitcher, you’re on crack.

3 years 2 months ago

What’s more unbelievable is that the Twins picked a 29-year old journeyman over prospcts like Rudy Owens, Brian Morris, Daniel Moskos, and Justin Wilson.

3 years 2 months ago

whats even more unbelievable is hes 25 not 29

3 years 2 months ago

 whats even more unbelievable is this stuff on my toast, it’s certainly not butter.

3 years 2 months ago

I’m guessing cash or the ever-popular “future considerations”

scott brooks
3 years 2 months ago

…for Liriano?

Jeff Snedden
3 years 2 months ago

More likely for future considerations.

Granola Barr
3 years 2 months ago

This has always struck me as a fancy word for Snack Packs for the team.. or something like that

donna rothwell
3 years 2 months ago

For Nick Blackburn! Please do us all a favor and get rid of blackie.

3 years 2 months ago

That would be awesome.  Blackburn has no business being on a MLB pitching mound right now.

3 years 2 months ago

What’s wrong with Adam Miller? By looking at his numbers… he looked OK before 2008. and he wasn’t TERRIBLE the past couple of years… walk numbers (BB/9 and K:BB) are the only ones that jump out at me. Although, that amount of time between GP usually means major surgery…

3 years 2 months ago

I’d been wondering that too. They had been the premier team in the AL Central for several seasons. The all of a sudden… Second worst team in baseball. Very odd.

3 years 2 months ago

Agreed. From 2006 to 2010 he was by far the best catcher in baseball, and a top 10 player overall. However, that much money for a catcher is quite outlandish, considering the huge injury risk and wear and tear on their body everyday.

Albert’s contract is clearly an overpayment. If he was 27 it would of been a fine deal, and I would have been happy giving Albert 210-240 million over 10 years. But for a 32 year old?!? No.

It hurt when he left, though I, and most Cardinal fans would agree, realize it was for our best when he walked. It allowed us to keep Yadi, Furcal, and sign Beltran. Now we’ll lock up Waino, and maybe Freese, Jay, or Craig.

3 years 2 months ago

Starting with Molina:

There is no question in my mind that Yadi is the best. He is simply a great catcher. He can hit very good, has power, and such a great arm teams just quit running.

I would have been one of those people giving you flack. In the back of my head I knew it was a distinct possiblity, but I refused to admit it. Always choosing to believe that Albert was never going to leave and we’d all live happily ever after. But could anyone truly picture him in a different uniform? I couldn’t. That’s what made it so tough.


Waino doesn’t strike me as a guy that would really want to test the market. He seems to absolutely love it here. Assuming he finishes the year good, I don’t think the Cards would risk him leaving, and would extend him. Albert and Tony left this year. Carpenter is nearing the finish line. Berkman is gone after this season. I don’t think the Cards can risk having another “face of the franchise” guy leave.

I love Jon Jay. Great guy, hustles, great defender, can take a walk, good hitter, some pop, some speed. I believe he will stick as an everyday centerfielder. However, I’m not sold that the Cardinals believe it. Also with the many outfield/first base young guys we have it’s going to be interesting. Taveras, Craig, Jay, Adams should all be in the bigs by 2013. But where do put them all? Not sure if Taveras can play center long term, but if he can you’d have to think Jay would be moved aside.

3 years 2 months ago

While I agree Jay should be our centerfielder, I can’t agree on the Victorino comp. Jay has solid speed, and decent pop. But Victorino has great speed and good pop. Jay is probably a .310 hitter/15 bombs/15 bags in his prime along with a good OBP.

I would be fine with AC being a super utility as long as he gets his 400-450 at bats each year. Because he can rake. I really enjoy watching him hit.

If the Cards trade for anyone this year, Cox won’t be a Cardinal on August 1st. I know Cox has struggled this year, but surely he could still be a center piece or co-center piece in a deal.

I’m not to found about the idea of acquiring Grenkie or Garza. Both being in our division we will have to overpay a ton to get either. Not interested that way. I would like a good starter though. Any possibilities? I’m blanking right now.

3 years 2 months ago

Honestly, I don’t like the fit. For one I don’t see the Tigers having an interest in Cox with Miggy and Castellones there unless they plan on Cox being a 2nd baseman. Also I don’t think Rick is a upgrade. He currently has a 4.71 ERA. He seems more like a “next year” kinda guy. Where he can start fresh. But right now I wouldn’t be interested. We also have several young pitchers coming up that we wouldn’t want to block. That’s just my opinion though.