The hot stove seemed to halt for a bit over the holidays, but things are back and picking up steam. Here’s the latest news, rumors, and tidbits swirling around out there.
- We’re finally hearing the names of non-Dodgers teams in on Brian Dozier, specifically the Cardinals, Nationals, and Giants. Yesterday it was reported that the Cardinals were “very much” in talks to acquire the second baseman, but ESPN’s Mark Saxon is reporting today that those rumors were apparently overblown.
I'm told the #STLCards are not actively pursuing Brian Dozier. That doesn't mean there hasn't been contact at some point, of course.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 27, 2016
- The Twins have interest in free agent pitcher Tyson Ross, according to Darren Wolfson. You may recall that our Andrew Bryzgornia wrote about getting Ross to the Twins just a couple weeks ago.
- As for actual deals, the Twins recently signed Leandro Castro, a 27-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, to a minor league contract. Castro played for the independent American Association-Laredo Lemurs and Can-Am League-Boulders last season, and is expect to play for the AAA Rochester Red Wings.
- The Red Sox are reportedly interested in signing Trevor Plouffe as a utility player. In case you somehow missed it, the Twins declined arbitration with and waived Plouffe earlier this off-season, making him a free agent.
- Old friend Andrew Albers signed a minor league deal with the Braves.