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Rangers Keep Soriano

Assistant general manager Jon Daniels wouldn't comment Monday on anything regarding Alfonso Soriano and waivers, but he did say there was no trade pending, adding, "We expect him to be a member of the club moving forward this season and next."

Minnesota claimed Soriano on special revocable waivers last week, and the Rangers had until Monday afternoon to decide whether to trade him, allow the Twins to pick up his contract or to revoke waivers and retain Soriano's rights.

Soriano will be eligible for arbitration after the season and could become a free agent after the 2006 season. He signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal last off-season to avoid arbitration.

Via Dallas Morning-News


Twins Claim Soriano

The Minnesota Twins have claimed second baseman Alfonso Soriano off waivers, a move that could either lead to a trade or him staying with the Rangers for the rest of the season.

Sources said the Twins claimed Soriano mainly to block a trade to another contending team and a deal between the Rangers and Minnesota is not expected. But there have been discussions between the two teams about working out a deal.

The Rangers and the Twins had serious trade talks before the July 31 deadline, but Minnesota would not part with highly regarded pitcher Francisco Liriano, who is 7-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 11 games at Triple A.

The Twins have shown a willingness to trade either right-hander Kyle Lohse (8-11, 4.17) or Joe Mays (6-8, 5.00), as well as reliever J.C. Romero, but the Rangers have been insistent to this point about getting Liriano.

To be traded after July 31, a player must clear waivers. If a player is claimed, the two teams have 48 hours to work out a deal. If not, the team that put the player on waivers, in this case the Rangers, could either pull him back or let him go to the team that claimed him.

Once pulled back, a player cannot be traded. The Rangers and Twins have until Monday.

Via Star-Telegram


Boone Could End Up In Washington

Bret Boone, who was released by the Twins this week, might be signed by the Washington Nationals.

If he is able to find his swing again in the minor leagues, then he could be brought up to the big-league club.

Via Dayton Daily News


Twins Dispute Report On Hunter

ESPN reported on Tuesday that outfielder Torii Hunter has a torn tendon in his left ankle in addition to a fracture, which had Twins officials fielding inquiries from the local media.

They maintain that all Hunter has is a fracture.

"If it's torn, that's news to me," General Manager Terry Ryan said.

Twins team physician John Steubs also disputed the report. He said there were initial concerns that there was damage to the tendon, but exams Monday revealed only the fracture. Steubs said there also are some stretched ligaments in the ankle, as expected.

Hunter, who broke the ankle when he crashed into a wall at Fenway Park in Boston on Friday, will be on crutches for at least a month and is expected to miss the rest of the season. For now, there are no plans for surgery.

Steubs said Hunter could have suffered tendon damage if his foot had turned out, instead of in, when his foot stuck in the padded wall.

Via La Velle E. Neal III,/Star Tribune


Bret Boone Released, Hints At Retirement

Bret Boone hinted at retirement Monday after getting his unconditional release from the Twins.

The team told Boone of its plans on Sunday's flight home from Boston. On Monday, the Twins made it official, releasing the former All-Star second baseman to make room for shortstop Jason Bartlett, who was in the starting lineup against Oakland after arriving from Class AAA Rochester.

Boone, 36, had been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners and nearly released before July 11, when Seattle dealt him to the Twins for a minor league player to be named.

In 14 games with the Twins, Boone hit .170 with nine hits -- all singles -- in 53 at-bats. Boone said it reminded him of struggles he had in 1997 and 2000, "where the swing isn't working anymore."

Via Star Tribune


Twins Aug 2005 Archive

  • Hunter Actually Broke Ankle

    Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter will miss at least another month, if not the rest of the season, because of a broken left ankle.