Saturday, January 12, 2019


Aaron Slegers, whose designation for assignment drew this mild dissent, was claimed on waivers Friday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Good for him. I hope he stays healthy, gets the chance to pitch for the Buccos that the Twins were clearly reluctant to grant him, and succeeds.


Brian Dozier has reportedly reached a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals.

The Nats had an opening at second base that they didn't want to plug with long-term signing, as they have a promising prospect in Carter Kieboom and expect to turn the position over to him by 2020.

The Nats's signing of Dozier apparently triggered a series of other signings of free agent second basemen, with Jed Lowrie going to the Mets and D.J. LeMehieu to the Yankees. I think the Nats were seen as the most desirable landing place, and once that got filled, it was get what you can.


The Twins have not yet completed the signing of reliever Blake Parker. If and when that reported deal becomes official, somebody has to come off the roster.

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