The Minnesota Twins and veteran catcher Bobby Wilson have agreed to a minor league deal, a source confirmed to Strike3baseball.com. "@RosterRoundup" on Twitter was first to report that the two sides have agreed to a deal.
Wilson, 34, will enter spring training with a shot to make the Twins' opening day roster. The Twins currently have veteran Jason Castro starting at the catcher position, with newcomer Mitch Garver backing him up. If the Twins look for a more veteran presence with their young team next season, it is very possible that Wilson could be Castro's backup in late March.
Wilson has bounced around the league since he made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2008. Wilson has played in five different uniforms throughout his eight year career. Those teams are the Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers.
In those eight seasons, Wilson has hit .214 with 16 home runs and 84 RBIs. Regarding Wilson's defensive side he has only committed 12 errors in over 2100 innings in the big leagues. Even though he is an excellent fielder and great pitch-framer, he is a little slow to throw runners out. In 165 stolen base attempts, Wilson has only thrown out 37% of those runners.
The New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a trade that will send Jaime Garcia to the Bronx and minor leaguers, Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns will head to the Twins, according to Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan.
Garcia, was acquired by the Twins last week from the Atlanta Braves. After the Twins' downfall this past week, instead of being deadline buyers, they are sellers. The Twins seemingly will make a profit out of Garcia. They traded minor leaguer Huascar Ynoa last week to Atlanta, who is an unranked prospect. This week they will acquire the Yankees' #22 prospect and a major league ready starter.
Garcia, 31, is 5-7 this season with a 4.29 ERA in 119.2 innings with Atlanta and Minnesota. The southpaw has given a lot of free passes this season. He is averaging 3.3 walks per nine innings, which is the second highest BB/9 ratio of his career. As long as he provides the Yankees with at least six solid innings a start, he should be fine in the Bronx. Garcia is considered to be a rental and will hit free agency after the season.
Switching organizations with Garcia, is Zack Littell. The 21-year-old right handed starter has pitched in High-A and AA this year. He has a record of 14-1 and a 1.87 ERA this season. Littell was originally in the Seattle Mariners' organization until he traded to the Yankees this past offseason. Littell moved up the ladder quickly this season and he has a chance to impact the Twins' rotation as early as next year.
The Twins will also acquire Dietrich Enns. The 26-year-old lefty has pitched all season in AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He has pitched well in seven starts with a 1-1 record and 2.29 ERA. Enns will most likely head to AAA with the Twins, but he may have a chance to prove he is major league material at some point during the season.
The Minnesota Twins have acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Atlanta Braves. In return the Braves will receive minor league pitcher Huascar Ynoa.
The Twins were originally supposed to acquire Garcia last week but due to medical concerns with Nick Burdi, who the Braves were scheduled to acquire, the trade fell apart. Burdi, who is one of the Twins' top prospects, had Tommy John surgery in May.
Garcia, 31, joined the Braves in the offseason, after the St. Louis Cardinals dealt him to Atlanta. The southpaw will most likely be a rental for the Twins, as he is set to be a free agent after the season. Garcia owns a 4.30 ERA this season in 18 starts.
The Twins could use Garcia in their rotation. They are 49-48 at the moment and sit a game out of a wildcard spot. They also are 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the lead in the American League Central division.
The Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a trade. The deal involves infielder Danny Santana being sent to Atlanta and left handed reliever Kevin Chapman will join the Twins' bullpen. The Braves will also send cash considerations to the Twins, according to an announcement on the Braves' twitter page.
Santana, 26, is a career .266 hitter. He owns 76 RBIs and has proven he can run, stealing 41 bases over his four career seasons in the big leagues. Santana is also considered to be a versatile fielder, as he has played at all three outfield positions, as well as third base, shortstop, and second base. When he broke into the big leagues in 2014, he impressed with a solid stat line of .319/.353/.472 and also earned some consideration for the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Chapman, 29, has not played up to his expectations this season in AAA. He has struggled, pitching with an ERA of 7.71 in 11.2 innings out of the bullpen. In his four career big league seasons, he owns an ERA of 4.09 with 48 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.
Santana is reportedly joining Atlanta's bench, while Chapman is expected to join Triple-A Rochester