Alex Cintron Rumors

Minor Moves: Martin, George, Cintron, Hester

We’ll keep track of the latest minor moves right here…

  • The Mets re-signed outfielder Dustin Martin, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com tweets. The Mets drafted Martin in 2006 but traded him to Minnesota. He has a .276/.347/.417 line in seven minor league seasons, the last three of which he played at Triple-A Rochester.
  • The Orioles' Triple-A affiliate announced that the organization released left-hander Chris George (Twitter link). George, a first rounder back in 1998, has started for Norfolk for the past two-plus seasons.
  • Infielder Alex Cintron, who last played in the Major Leagues with the 2009 Nationals, signed with an independent league team, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Cintron, 33, has played in nine big league seasons.
  • The Angels signed minor league catcher John Hester and assigned him to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. The Orioles released Hester last week to create roster space for Luis Exposito. Hester, 28, has big league experience with the Diamondbacks and a .285/.345/.471 batting line in seven minor league seasons.

Minor Moves: Miller, Cintron

The latest minor moves come from Matt Eddy of Baseball America

  • The Dodgers released Justin Miller, who had been pitching at Triple-A. The 33-year-old posted a 5.73 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 9.0 BB/9 in 22 Triple-A innings for the Dodgers, Rangers and Marlins this year. He was useful for the Dodgers in 2010, throwing 24 1/3 innings in the big leagues.
  • The Padres released Alex Cintron in what appears to be a procedural move. The infielder retired in May, then decided to un-retire earlier this month. He last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2009.

Quick Hits: Iwakuma, Cintron, Twins, Buehrle

Links for Monday as the Indians and Pirates claim sole possession of first place in their respective divisions…

  • Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker previews the NPB players who may be available to Major League teams after the season, including starter Hisashi Iwakuma and former big leaguer Matt Murton.
  • The Hiroshima Carp signed Brian Barton, according to a report on Sanspo. The 30-year-old infielder has experience with three MLB teams and last played in the big leagues for last year's Marlins team.
  • The agent for Alex Cintron told MLB.com's Bill Ladson that his client is looking to un-retire and play in the Major Leagues again (Twitter link).
  • Twins assistant GM Rob Antony said on 1500 ESPN's "Sunday Morning SportsTalk" show that Minnesota would like to add a middle reliever and may go outside of the organization for help. Tom Pelissero has the details on the Twins, who started the day just five games out of first place.
  • White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen told Brett Ballantini of CSNChicago.com that he and GM Kenny Williams want to re-sign Mark Buehrle after the season, when the left-hander is eligible for free agency. The White Sox have not discussed years or money with Buehrle, who has hinted at retirement in the past. Buehrle allowed two earned runs in seven innings as the White Sox beat the Royals tonight.


Alex Cintron Retires

Infielder Alex Cintron has retired, tweets Padres Triple-A broadcaster Tim Hagerty.  Cintron had signed a minor league deal with the Padres earlier this month after a brief stint in the Nationals organization.

Cintron, 32, finishes with a .275/.313/.394 line in 2,217 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, White Sox, Orioles, and Nationals.  He played shortstop, second base, and third base.  Cintron's best season was with the 2003 D'Backs, when he hit .317/.359/.489 with 13 home runs.  The Puerto Rico native earned over $4MM in his big league career, according to Baseball Reference.     


Minor Deals: Halsey, Cintron

We'll keep track of the day's minor league deals right here:

  • The Yankees have signed left-hander Brad Halsey to a minor league contract, according to the AP (via the Washington Post). Halsey began his MLB career with the Yankees, who drafted him in 2002, but he hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2006. The 30-year-old has a 4.84 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 286 1/3 career innings for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Athletics.
  • The Padres signed Alex Cintron to a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Cintron, 32, last appeared in the big leagues as a member of the 2009 Nationals. The nine-year veteran has a .275/.313/.394 line and experience at every infield position. He played for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate last year.

Nationals Sign Alex Cintron

The Nationals have signed infielder Alex Cintron to a minor league deal, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Cintron, 32, last appeared in the Major Leagues with Washington in 2009. The utility infielder spent last season in the Mets organization, playing in 20 games with Triple-A Buffalo.

The Nationals plan to give rookie Danny Espinosa a shot at the second-base job this season, but he is inexperienced and coming off hand surgery, so Cintron was presumably added for the sake of organizational depth in the event Espinosa is not ready to go by Opening Day.

Cintron broke into the big leagues with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and remained with Arizona through 2005. He's bounced around since then, spending time in a handful of organizations.


Minor League Transactions: Bierbrodt, Jimerson, Cintron

The latest minor league transactions, from Baseball America's Matt Eddy

  • The Reds signed Aaron Harang's brother Daryl out of the Atlantic League.
  • The Rockies signed lefty Nick Bierbrodt, the Diamondbacks' first-ever draft pick in '96.  Bierbrodt, 31, sat out the '09 season.
  • The Twins signed outfielder Charlton Jimerson out of the Atlantic League.  He put up big numbers there in '09.
  • The Mets inked second baseman Alex Cintron, who hit .285/.303/.387 in Triple A last year.

M’s Ink Cintron To Minors Deal

According to the Tacoma Rainers' official Twitter account, infielder Alex Cintron has signed a minor league contract with the Mariners.

Cintron was designated for assignment on May 20 by the Nationals after going 2-for-26 to start the season.  He'll try to work his way up to the big leagues once again.  The 30-year-old has a .275/.313/.394 career batting line.


Alex Cintron Designated For Assignment

According to Pete McElroy of MASN, the Nationals designated infielder Alex Cintron for assignment.  Cintron, 30, had two hits and two walks in 28 plate appearances.  The Nats also placed Elijah Dukes on the DL, clearing the way for call-ups of Justin Maxwell and Jason Bergmann.  The Nationals are going with an eight-man bullpen.


Odds and Ends: Hearings, Anderson, Selig

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