Athletics could lose Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento to the Giants

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics could lose the Sacramento River Cats, their Triple-A affiliate, to the Giants after the season. The Athletics’ affiliate agreement with Sacramento expires after the season, coinciding with the Giants’ deal with the Fresno Grizzlies, their Triple-A affiliate, expiring as well.

Slusser notes that Sacramento is considered one of the better minor league cities to play in and the River Cats play in one of the best stadiums in the minors. It would certainly hurt the Athletics’ ability to reign in free agents looking to make it back to the big leagues. The Giants are comparatively a more attractive partner given the market in which they play.

The Giants and A’s have some recent history with each other, as the Giants blocked the Athletics’ attempt to move to San Jose. The River Cats joining forces with the Giants would just be more salt in the wound for the Athletics.

The Jaime Garcia trade is now official

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Last Thursday, it was reported that the Twins and Braves had struck a deal involving starter Jaime Garcia. The deal hit a snag, but it’s now official, the Twins announced on Monday. The Twins get Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker, as well as cash considerations. The Braves receive minor league pitcher Huascar Ynoa.

Garcia, 31, has a 4.30 ERA and an 85/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings this season. He started on Friday against the Dodgers and wound up hitting a grand slam while also tossing seven innings of three-run ball.

Recker, 33, has played in only six games in the majors this season, registering just one single in seven plate appearances. With Triple-A Gwinnett, he batted .223/.301/.381 in 156 trips to the dish.

Ynoa, 19, signed with the Twins for $800,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. This year, with the Twins’ rookie ball team in Elizabethton, the right-hander gave up 16 runs (15 earned) on 28 hits and 14 walks with 23 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings. Ynoa was the Twins’ No. 22 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are assuming the remainder of Garcia’s salary (about $4.55 million) and $200,000 of Recker’s $300,000 salary. The Braves are sending $100,000 to the Twins.

Marlins option Tom Koehler to Triple-A, recall Hunter Cervenka

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Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.

Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.

Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.