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Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday that Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this season.

The top prospect hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but the doctors do not want him to play. He has been doing baseball-related drills at the Twins extended spring training complex and is getting healthier by the day, but the Twins still want to take things cautiously with their prized young slugger.
Oct 24 - 8:47 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan to contact Joe Maddon regarding their managerial vacancy.

The Twins narrowed down their list of finalists to three earlier in the week, but with Maddon opting out of his deal with the Rays on Friday it would be foolish to not do their due diligence and at least speak to him. Paul Molitor is still believed to be the favorite for the position.
Oct 24 - 8:20 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Kevin Towers is expected to join the Reds front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.

Towers, who had served as the general manager of the Diamondbacks for the past five seasons before being removed from his position after the 2014 campaign. He's a long-time friend of Jocketty and widely respected around the game, and would make for a terrific addition for the Reds.
Oct 24 - 8:14 PM

James Shields said Friday that he made some mechanical adjustments during Friday's bullpen session and is confident that he will be much better in Game 5 of the World Series.

Shields was bounced from Game 1 against the Giants before he recorded an out in the fourth inning and had looked extremely hittable this entire postseason as he sports an 8.05 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over his four starts spanning 17 innings.
Oct 24 - 8:01 PM

Michael Taylor has elected free agency.

Taylor refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte and will become a minor league free agent. He shouldn't have any difficulty securing a minor league contract and spring training invitation elsewhere.
Oct 24 - 7:56 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that the club has yet to offer it's manager job to any candidates just yet.

Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo are the three finalists for the position as successor to Ron Gardenhire, with Molitor the believed favorite. Look for this situation to before the winter meetings begin in December.
Oct 24 - 7:53 PM

Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award on Friday.

The annual award, in existence since 1971, recognizes the MLB player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team" and is voted on by fans and members of the baseball media. This marks the first time that the award has been shared.
Oct 24 - 7:25 PM

White Sox sent OF Michael Taylor outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

The move clears an opening on the 40-man roster for the White Sox who are now down to 37. The 28-year-old former top prospect will once again look for a new opportunity. Given his skillset and respectable .275/.371/.437 slash line at Triple-A in 2014, there should be plenty of organizations interested in giving him a shot on a minor league deal.
Oct 24 - 7:10 PM

Royals claimed OF Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox.

The 26-year-old outfielder appeared in 96 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox in 2014, slashing .230/.265/.342 with a pair of homers and nine RBI. He'll look to compete for a reserve outfielder role with the Royals in 2015.
Oct 24 - 7:06 PM

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Cubs assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske turned down an opportunity to interview for the Yankees' hitting coach job.

The Yankees are eyeing replacements for Kevin Long, who was fired earlier this month before quickly being scooped up by the Mets. Yankees minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson is a possibility, and former Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette's name has also been brought up. Bichette is friends with manager Joe Girardi, and his son, Dante Jr., is a prospect in the Yankees' organization.
Oct 24 - 5:51 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Joe Maddon is seeking a contract in the five-year, $25 million range.

It's a perfectly reasonable request, as that would put him right on par with Mike Scioscia as the highest paid manager in the game. Most of the speculation has the Cubs as the most likely landing spot for Maddon, though we're obviously at the very beginning of the process and there will surely be many teams interested in the former Rays skipper.
Oct 24 - 5:25 PM

Taylor Jordan underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Jordan missed the last few months of the season with elbow issues, so it's no surprise that an operation was needed. The good news is that he's expected to be fine for spring training. He'll likely begin 2015 in the Triple-A rotation.
Oct 24 - 5:20 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.

That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 5:18 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of starting Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest if they lose Game 3.

That would also possibly put him in line to start Game 7, which would also be on short rest. However, Bochy said that Ryan Vogelsong is still slated to get the ball in Game 4 "right now." We'll see if the plans change should San Francisco drop Game 3 on Friday.
Oct 24 - 5:04 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had a ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow on Friday.

The Cardinals said Monday that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation, but the righty had a second opinion after that which obviously revealed the need for surgery. The good news is that general manager John Mozeliak said Waino should be able to throw in six weeks and the procedure would not affect the righty's availability for next season. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years.
Oct 24 - 4:30 PM



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