giants, a's, mets, cards, twins among teams to show interest in asdrubal cabrera, who could play 3b or 2b as well as ss
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Twins designated first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired pitcher Ervin Santana, reports the Star Tribune on Saturday. Parmelee slashed .256/.307/.384 in 270 plate appearances last season for Minnesota. " December 14
Bollinger Beat "The Twins got their man on the last day of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, as they agreed to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to a Major League source. The Twins met with Santana’s representatives in San Diego on Wednesday, and pushed hard over the..." December 12
Source: #Twins have made offer to Ervin Santana, who remains in talks with several teams. Offer alone does not indicate deal is close.
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Hardball Talk "Toronto has claimed first baseman Chris Colabello off waivers from Minnesota. Colabello signed with the Twins after being an independent league MVP and put up big numbers at Triple-A in 2013. He got a shot in the majors this year and responded with a great April, but then slumped horribly..." December 08
Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s winter meetings time, which means it’s time for the Twins’ annual search for pitching help. The Twins aren’t ruling out adding a position player if they believe they need depth at a position, but they head to San Diego for baseball’s annual winter meetings needing arms for the rotation and..." December 07
“This is where I needed to be. This is home for me.” – @toriihunter48.
The Minnesota #Twins win the Torii Hunter sweepstakes. He returns home on a 1-year contract in perhaps the final chapter of fabulous career.
Torii Hunter would like to have a new team in place by the start of the winter meetings. Twins have a shot, but several teams interested.
Torii Hunter was waiting for son outside ND locker room. A free agent, he's looking at BALT, TEX, SEA, maybe MINN
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28
Fox Sports North "New Twins manager Paul Molitor's coaching staff is three steps closer to being complete. The team announced Tuesday that it has hired Neil Allen as the pitching coach, former Twins closer Eddie Guardado as bullpen coach and Joe Vavra as the bench coach. That leaves just one coaching position..." November 25
Hardball Talk "Anthony Swarzak was due for a raise to around $1.5 million via arbitration, but the Twins have decided to drop him from the 40-man roster rather than keeping him around for 2015. Swarzak can soak up innings in a long-relief role, but he doesn’t throw hard, miss bats, or have great control. " November 25
ESPN.com "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told ESPN.com on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24
Hardball Talk "Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach. He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez...." November 24
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Neil Allen, who helped shepherd the pitchers who form the nucleus of one of the American League's best pitching staffs to Tampa Bay, has been hired as the new pitching coach of the Twins, three sources with knowledge of the hiring confirmed on Saturday. Allen, a coach in the Rays' system since..." November 23
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press on Saturday that he favors the Twins among teams with which he is considering signing and that he could make a decision in a week or so. "(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common..." November 23
Wily Mo Pena had .830 OPS, 32 HR, 90 RBI in 572 PA for Orix in 2014. Turns 33 in January. Interest in #MNTwins is reciprocal, source says.
Hardball Talk "Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago. Yang won the Korean equivalent of the Cy Young award this season and the 26-year-old tops out at 92-95 miles per..." November 22
The #MNTwins have inquired about Masterson, I'm told. Sure, they're checking in on OFs, but finding a starter or two is the top priority.
CBSSports.com "The 2014 Arizona Fall League season came to end on Saturday with the Championship Game. Thanks to a huge game from Twins prospect Eddie Rosario, the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas by the score of 14-7 to win the league title. Here's the box score. Rosario, 23, went 4-for-5 with..." November 16
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Nor do rival teams expect #MNTwins to non-tender or deal LHP Tommy Milone (est. $2.8 arb number). He's penciled into 2015 rotation.
Hardball Talk "Ron Gardenhire is gone as manager, but at least one of his coaches will stick around and be on new manager Paul Molitor’s staff, as the Twins announced that Tom Brunansky will return as hitting coach. There’s probably an argument to be made for simply cleaning house completely, although going..." November 06
I'm told #MNTwins do have some interest in Torii Hunter reunion, but he would have to take a MAJOR pay cut for it to happen.
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
Fox Sports North "Glen Perkins is excited to have another Golden Gopher on board. Joe Mauer gladly welcomes a fellow Cretin-Derham Hall alumni. But both Minnesota Twins players were looking forward to more than just those school ties when Paul Molitor was introduced as the next manager of the Twins on Tuesday...." November 04
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Tuesday isn't just Election Day. It's also the first official day of free agency in Major League Baseball and one player the Twins have already expressed interest in is outfielder Torii Hunter, per a source. Teams were allowed to reach out to agents last week, but contractual terms can't be..." November 04
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins confirmed Monday that Paul Molitor will be named the team's new manager. He has agreed to a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Target Field. Molitor, 58, is considered one of baseball’s most cerebral..." November 04
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Way back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of the Twins' marathon manager search, hall of famer Paul Molitor was considered the frontrunner. Nothing had changed in that regard by Saturday, Day 34 of the search, amid a 1500 ESPN radio report that a deal was being finalized to make the 58-year-old St. Paul..." November 02
Can confirm #MNTwins prospect Byron Buxton underwent surgery on his left middle finger yesterday. He should be ready for Spring Training.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Maddon might be on the verge of becoming the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, but he was briefly on the Twins’ radar. The Twins, indeed, reached out to the Maddon camp after he became a free agent Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the Twins’ search. It’s not clear how..." October 30
CBSSports.com "One thing we've seen this postseason is a lot of velocity. Lots. Yordano Ventura of the Royals shut the Giants down in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night with his high-octane fastball, and we've also seen Kelvin Herrera and Hunter Strickland come out of the bullpen throwing triple-digit..." October 29
Hearing Byron Buxton dislocated a finger today while diving for a ball during Arizona Fall League. Will post something soon.
The Hubbard team (Ch. 5/1500-ESPN) also hearing Maddon is not in the #MNTwins mix. I expect a hiring before week is done: Molly or Lovullo.
Terry Ryan confirmed Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in DR. No setbacks post-TJ, but "doctors do not want him to play."
Twins will contact Joe Maddon, according to sources
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
New York Daily News "Spending on Cuban talent has become the trendy way for a baseball team to try to improve quickly. We all know about Yasiel Puig, the most interesting man in baseball, and Jose Abreu is about to win a rookie of the year award for the White Sox. Boston’s effort to engineer another fast turnaround..." October 22
Hardball Talk "Minnesota has declined right-hander Jared Burton‘s option for 2015, choosing to pay the 33-year-old reliever a $200,000 buyout rather than a $3.6 million salary. Not so long ago that option looked like it might be a bargain, as Burton went from scrap-heap pickup to one of the league’s best..." October 22
Looks like it's Molitor, Mientkiewicz and Lovullo left for the Twins job
Doesn't sound like Terry Ryan is expected to offer Paul Molitor the mgr job just yet. More due diligence remains. #MNTwins
Possible sign #MNTwins are getting closer to naming a manager: source tells me Joe McEwing is out of the mix.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins’ original timetable may have envisioned Miguel Sano as the team’s starting third baseman next April, but Tommy John surgery and a lost 2014 season changed all that. Sano won’t be in Minneapolis next April, General Manager Terry Ryan told season-ticket holders on Wednesday, and when he..." October 09