Buster Olney at ESPN says the Pirates are sending reliever Jesse Chavez to the Rays. Chavez is 26 and had a decent season in relief this year. If this turns out to be true, I'm fine with the Twins not trying to match that offer.
Chavez, 26 for 2010, just finished his first full season in the bigs, posting a 4.01 ERA in 73 appearances and 67.1 innings. He struck out 47 while giving up 22 walks and and 69 hits. He throws a 95-mph fastball with a very good hard slider and a plus changeup. His biggest advantage over someone like Jesse Crain: he'll be under team control through roughly 2014.
Hat tip to fischean, it looks like Pittsburgh might be the NL team on the move for Iwamura
. Source? None other than Dan Kovacevik. There's also been some unconfirmed talk of the Marlins being involved
...which is exactly where the Twins are at: speculationville.
UPDATE: Roger Mooney of BradentonHerald.com
says Iwamura’s trade should be completed tonight…to an NL club. He gives no sources.
This from Marc Tompkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Are the Twins a fit? With the Twins clearing space on the 40-man roster today by outrighting Brian Buscher (hat tip to 33MorneauMVP
), could Minnesota be trying to get an early start on their off-season?