KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 07: Joakim Soria #48 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on August 7, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals won 4-3. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Here's the latest out of the American League Central, with concerns about Kendry Morales' health, a juicy rumor on Red Sox interest in Royals' closer Joakim Soria, Jon Garland as a potential option in Minnesota, and bad news for the Tigers with Al Alburquerque:
Cleveland Indians have concerns about health of Kendry Morales - Paul Hoynes
"Not one Indian is signed for guaranteed money past 2012. General managers call that payroll flexibility. From the outside looking in, it could be called a bare-bones operation, clearing the decks to make a big move in the near future or trying to attract a new owner."
Red Sox called on Kansas City closer Joakim Soria - WEEI
"According to multiple sources, the Red Sox had discussions with the Royals about the possibility of dealing for Kansas City closer Joakim Soria. The talks have currently failed to progress, however, with KC seeking (according to a source) at least 'a couple solid pieces.'"
Twitter / @jonmorosi:
"Twins considering Pineiro, Francis, et al. Garland is an option if he demonstrates health."
Al Alburquerque has screw inserted in throwing elbow, out until at least mid-season - Bless You Boys
"So we see even more why it was important to add Octavio Dotel to the bullpen. We also see that the Tigers have an opening in the pen. The recent acquisition of Collin Balester from the Nationals was said to be for the middle innings. The Tigers wanted a pitcher who could throw for multiple innings, too. So I guess we'll see if they decide to add anyone else or take care of this internally."
Twitter / @MLBastian:
"Indians designate RHP Josh Judy for assignment to clear a spot on 40-man roster for OF Aaron Cunningham. Roster is at capacity."
Joe Saunders does not interest me - Bless You Boys
"...his value is probably less [than 2-3yrs, $12-18M]. I suppose I could accept the Tigers signing him for a one-year deal worth $6 to $7 million. But if he wants more than that, I think looking for a lower cost alternative knowing you have several interesting young pitchers in hand would be a better move for Detroit."
Minor League Report...Elizabethton Twins - Twinkie Town
"As expected, the Twins cleared three spots on their 40-man roster by outrighting Pedro Florimon to Rochester, non-tendering Jose Mijares and losing Jim Hoey to Toronto on waivers. With the signing of Josh Willingham, their 40-man roster is at 38. Will the two open spots go to pitchers?"
How Quentin could make sense for the Padres - Ken Rosenthal
"Quentin, 29, is highly available as he enters his final season before hitting the open market. The Padres can’t afford free-agent hitters, not that many would even want to play at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. So, trades are the only way for them to fix an offense that last season ranked next-to-last in runs in the National League."