Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Minor transactions

The Twins designated outfielder Zack Granite for assignment when they signed Marwin Gonzalez. On Sunday they announced a series of transactions related to that:

  • Granite goes to the Texas Rangers. The Twins got minor league right-handed pitcher Xavier Moore and "cash considerations" for him.
  • The Twins then shipped Moore to the Baltimore Orioles for $750,000 in international signing bonus cap room. The permission to spend that money expires June 15.

Moore probably isn't too much of a much. A 16th-round draft pick in 2017, he has a 4.54 minor league ERA in 33.6 innings in the lower levels of the Texas chain, all in relief. He's only 20 and is said to be "projectable." Which means the scouts think he's got some physical maturity ahead of him. He's a lottery ticket.

The $750,000 in international cap space sounds significant -- that's the kind of bonus Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler got -- but there's not a lot of talent unsigned in the current international class. My hope is that the Twins have a plan for that cap space.

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