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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 Closing in on Deal with Blake Parker

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The Minnesota Twins are believed to be finalizing an agreement with right hander Blake Parker, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Parker, 33, spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels who made the peculiar decision to non-tender him in November, despite posting a 2.90 ERA over two seasons with the team.

Parker had shown a dip in velocity, but Minnesota may have won on their gamble on Parker.

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Twins Designate Aaron Slegers For Assignment

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The Minnesota Twins have designated right handed pitcher Aaron Slegers for assignment.

Minnesota made the move to open a roster spot for the recent addition of free agent slugger and designated hitter Nelson Cruz.

Slegers has spent most of his playing career in Triple A, with only 29 innings logged for the Twins over the past two seasons.

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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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