Quick Hits: Gardenhire, Twins, Giants

Chase Lambin is the oldest active minor league player to have never played a game in the majors, but the 34-year-old is still chasing the dream, writes Kent Babb of the Washington Post.  Lambin, whose career has taken him to multiple stops in the minors and even Japan, is with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate in Omaha and hoping to get the call up to Kansas City.  If it doesn't come this year, Lambin says he'll keep playing until there are no more contracts, whether here in the states or overseas.  Here's tonight's look around baseball..

  • There have been questions about manager Ron Gardenhire's job security with the Twins, but people around the team tell Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that there's very little chance that he won't be asked back for 2014.
  • Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (Sulia link) spoke with a rival front office executive who said that the Giants'' best trade bait is their pitching in the low minors along with Double-A catcher Andrew Susac in return for big-league talent, if they're buying at the deadline.  San Fran is 43-51, 6.5 games back of the first place D'Backs.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America has the up-to-date international bonus pool figures for all 30 big league teams.  
  • Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball compiled a list of the players earning bonuses for their appearance in the 2013 All-Star game.  The Tigers wound up doling out $400K in bonuses to five players, including Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, and Torii Hunter, who made $100K each for their trip to Queens.

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