Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus released his midseason Top 50 Prospects list (subscription required), and the Twins' Byron Buxton ranked No. 1 overall. Buxton was drafted second overall last season and opened the 2013 season at Class A Cedar Rapids where he .341/.431/.559 with eight homers and 32 steals in 68 games. Here's more on the Twins and the rest of the AL Central...
- Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweets that the Twins aren't interested in the recently released Ian Stewart. Wolfson also notes that the Twins aren't one of the 10 teams on Yovani Gallardo's no-trade list.
- Indians GM Chris Antonetti told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the intensity of trade talks "has certainly picked up," but the Tribe will wait for Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez to get healthy before making final trade assessments.
- Antonetti sounds open to giving John McDonald a job somewhere in the organization, writes Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer. "Right now John wants to keep playing," Antonetti said about the infielder, who was designated for assignment earlier today. "If he doesn't get another big league job, we'd certainly talk to him."
Zach Links contributed to this post.