Juan Miranda Rumors

Minor Moves: Juan Miranda

Here are some of the day's minor transactions, with the newest moves at the top of the page…

Rays Sign Four To Minor League Deals

The Rays have signed Juan Miranda, Matt Mangini, Jhonny Nunez, and Ricky Orta to minor league contracts, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Of the four signings, the 28-year-old Miranda is the most intriguing. He spent a good chunk of 2011 in the bigs with the Diamondbacks, posting a .717 OPS in 202 plate appearances.

Outrighted To Triple-A: Juan Miranda

Here's where we'll keep track of which players get outrighted to the minors…

  • The D'Backs announced that they outrighted Juan Miranda to Triple-A Reno to create roster space for Geoff Blum and Brandon Allen. The 28-year-old posted a .213/.315/.402 line with seven home runs in 202 plate appearances for the D'Backs, who acquired him from the Yankees in a November trade.

D’Backs Notes: Kennedy, Miranda, Skaggs, Young

With the Cactus League in full swing, let's check out some news about the team that plays in Arizona year-round…

  • The Diamondbacks renewed the contracts of Ian Kennedy and Juan Miranda for the 2011 season, according to a team press release.  This means the club couldn't agree to terms on a one-year contract with either pre-arbitration player.  Madison Bumgarner, Tommy Hanson and Jason Berken are a few of the notable pre-arb players who have settled for renewals this spring.
  • The Snakes were pretty roundly criticized for not getting enough in return for Dan Haren last summer, but Tyler Skaggs (one of the prospects Arizona acquired in the deal with the Angels) tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he wants to "prove people wrong, to show people that I'm worth the trade."  Skaggs, 19, was the 40th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, and he has a 3.16 ERA, a 4.26 K/BB ratio and a 9.3 K/9 rate in two minor league seasons.
  • Piecoro also comments on the recent Michael Young talks between the D'Backs and Rangers, saying he is "being told not to expect it to happen."  Piecoro thinks even if the Rangers agree to pay most of Young's $48MM salary over the next three years, the D'Backs will still have to pay some of it, and "wouldn’t that money be better spent on the draft or on international signings?"  Piecoro also doesn't think the Diamondbacks should deal away young players for Young, except for possibly Brandon Allen, "whom they don’t seem to value anyway."

Yankees Acquire Scott Allen For Juan Miranda

It's no blockbuster, but Kevin Towers and Brian Cashman made a deal today. The Yankees acquired right-hander Scott Allen from the Diamondbacks for first baseman Juan Miranda, according to a team press release.

The Diamondbacks chose Allen, 19, in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. In 95 2/3 innings over two seasons, he has a 3.95 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. He won't figure into the Yankees' big league plans for a while, but Miranda could compete for Arizona's first base job in 2011. 

Miranda, now 27, has played parts of three seasons with the Yankees and has a .253/.330/.458 line in 94 big league plate appearances. With Mark Teixeira at first base and Jorge Posada DHing, the Yankees don't have much room for Miranda, who has a .281/.367/.478 line in 1779 minor league plate appearances. He's out of options, so the D'Backs will have to expose him to waivers to send him to the minor leagues.

Towers worked for the Yankees in 2010, so he knows their farm system – and their general manager – well. It's not the first time in recent history the two GMs have matched up on a trade. Cashman acquired Chad Gaudin from Towers' Padres in 2009 and acquired Darrell May from San Diego for Paul Quantrill and Tim Redding in 2005.

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Yankees Sign Cuban Defector Juan Miranda

The Yankees signed another Cuban defector, this time a position player.  Juan Miranda, who is 23ish, signed for four years and $2MM.  A small price to pay if there’s any decent chance he becomes an average regular.

Miranda plays first base and the outfield, presumably left.  There isn’t much scouting info on him floating about; ESPN quoted a guy saying he can hit .280 with 20 HR eventually.  Let’s see him do something in Double A first.

This shouldn’t affect the Yanks’ pursuit of a first baseman; Doug Mientkiewicz still appears to be on the radarThe A’s could also sign Mientkiewicz.