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Padres Acquire Phil Hughes

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The San Diego Padres have landed pitcher Phil Hughes, cash, and the 74th pick in the MLB draft in June from the Minnesota Tiwns.

San Diego will send catcher Janigson Villalobos to the Twins as part of the deal.

Minnesota had designated Hughes for assignment earlier this week and will eat the remainder of Hughes’ salary this season.

The Padres will pay nearly half of Hughes’ deal next season, according to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

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Twins Announce Paul Molitor Won’t Return As Manager

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The Minnesota Twins are moving in a different direction in regards to their manager position, as the team announced that Paul Molitor will not return as manager but will remain with the organization in a different role next season, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Molitor, 62, posted a 305-343 record over four seasons as manager of the Twins over the past 4 seasons, finishing 78-84 this season which was 13 games behind the division leading Cleveland Indians.

“I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of this club,” Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said in a statement. “Paul’s roots here run deep and his commitment to the organization, his staff, and the players is special. I have every hope and desire that he remains a part of this club for many years to come.”

Minnesota has had “productive conversations” about keeping Molitor with the organization in another, undisclosed capacity and expect that he will accept the team’s offer.

“The importance and contribution of Paul Molitor to the Twins, our community and Major League Baseball cannot be diminished,” team owner Jim Pohlad said, via statement. “On behalf of our family, I offer thanks to Paul for his four years as Twins manager and look forward to the continuation of our relationship with him.”

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Twins’ Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison Clear Revocable Trade Waivers

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Minnesota Twins veteran hitters Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison both went unclaimed during trade waiver process, according to the Pioneer Press’s Mike Berardino.

Both players are eligible to be dealt for the remainder of the season, but Mauer’s remaining owed money is likely a deterent for many interested teams, as it, and his full no-trade clause, probably was during the trade waiver process.

Mauer is not the player he once was, seeing a significant downturn over the course of the last few seasons.

Morrison signed a one-year, $5.5M with Minnesota during the offseason, including a $1M buyout of a club option year for 2019.

 

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Dodgers Acquire Brian Dozier

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Brian Dozier, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

The Dodgers have tried to acquire Dozier in the past, making a big push to land him during the 2016-2017 offseason.

Dozier is playing out the final season of a four-year, $20M he signed with the Minnesota Twins, and the Dodgers are hoping that despite his struggles of late, he can return to form.

The Twins will take on the contract of Logan Forsythe and will receive prospects Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer in the trade.

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