Twins Rumors & News

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Twins GM reflects on releasing Papi in 2003 "Rarely are there do-overs in life, but Bill Murray's 1993 film "Groundhog Day" offered a scenario where a person can receive multiple chances to get a day right before moving forward. In the spirit of Groundhog Day, is taking a look at one move each general manager would like a do-over..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • Twins To Sign Carlos Quentin To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Carlos Quentin, according to Jon Heyman (Twitter links). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp. It had appeared that the veteran was headed toward retirement, though more recent indications were that he would pursue a return to..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Twins' Buxton: Chance to earn everyday job 'drives me more and more'

    The Score "The ponds and lakes near Baxley, Georgia, don't freeze. Rarely does Byron Buxton's hometown get cold or snow. So a recent stop in northwest Minnesota on the annual winter caravan with the Twins resulted in the young center fielder's first time (and likely the last) walking on frozen..." January 31

  • The Twins are putting 6-7 foot tall nets above the dugouts

    Hardball Talk "In December, Major League Baseball announced recommendations — not rules, but mere recommendations — that clubs put protective netting in front of all seats between the near ends of both dugouts (i.e., the ends of the dugouts located closest to home plate). Most parks already had netting which..." January 30

  • Joe Mauer will never catch again, Twins say for the thousandth time

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "An hour after Joe Mauer assured fans at TwinsFest he would never catch again, Twins general manager Terry Ryan seemed to crack open that long-shut door just a bit. “If we would ever get any OK from a physician, we would consider it,” Ryan said Saturday during an hour-long fan forum...." January 30

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Danny Santana is moving back to the outfield, per Terry Ryan

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

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    Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP

    Hear there was no real talk between #MNTwins & Plouffe about a long-term deal. Interesting case study on what that'd look like now vs later.

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    trevor plouffe, twins settle at $7.25M

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

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    Mike Puma @NYPost_Mets

    Sounds like the Twins might have some interest in Carlos Torres.

  • Twins avoid arbitration with Trevor Plouffe

    Twinkie Town "This morning the Twins announced that they had reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Trevor Plouffe, avoiding arbitration and ensuring that all arbitration-eligible players are under contract. Plouffe's one-year deal is for $7.25 million. Plouffe had submitted a salary figure of $7.95..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    TwinsRadio @TwinsRadio

    #MNTwins have also agreed to a 1-year deal with Kevin Jepsen for 5.3 million. Plouffe only arbitration eligible player without a deal yet..

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Eduardo Escobar agrees to deal; Trevor Plouffe headed to arbitration

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After taking over as the Twins' starting shortstop the past two seasons, Eduardo Escobar will enter 2016 with the most security he's ever enjoyed. According to a person with direct knowledge, Escobar, 27, agreed to a $2.15 million salary in his first year of arbitration eligibility after making..." January 16

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Tommy Milone gets a 62-percent raise from $2.775 million to $4.5 million after going 9-5, 3.92 in 24 games (23 starts) in 2015. #MNTwins

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Miguel Sano of the #Twins is now a client of @RocNation.

  • Dodgers reportedly sign Jordan Schafer to minor league deal

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers have reportedly signed outfielder Jordan Schafer to a minor league deal, presumably with a non-roster invitation to big league camp in spring training. Schafer, 29, will earn $1 million if in the majors in 2016, per Jon Heyman. The Dodgers have not yet confirmed the deal. Adding..." January 14

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • Twins minor leaguer suspended

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins minor league catcher Kerby Camacho has been slapped with a 60-game suspension by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a metabolite of Nadrolone, performance-enhancing drug. Camacho, an 11th-round draft pick this year from the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico,..." December 23

  • Yes, there is tanking in baseball

    ESPN "In Monday’s column, I listed the growing industry issue of teams tanking seasons as one of 10 storylines to watch for 2016. In response, John Stolnis insists in this piece that the Phillies are not tanking. He also misses the point of the larger issue. As written here many times in the past..." December 22

  • Molitor leaning towards having May in Twins bullpen

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If the baseball season started today, Twins manager Paul Molitor likely would have righthander Trevor May pitch out of the bullpen. That was the indication Molitor gave Tuesday during a conference call he and General Manager Terry Ryan with season-ticket holders and group sales organizers. May..." December 21

  • The Dodgers spent more on payroll in 2015 than both World Series teams combined

    USA Today "At the Tacoma News Tribune, Bob Dutton passes along figures obtained by the Associated Press showing the complete payrolls of all 30 Major League teams, including “salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and..." December 21

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    Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP

    Lefty reliever Fernando Abad's MLB roster take-home, I hear: $1.25M. Like this move by the #MNTwins.

  • Safer path sought for Cubans to reach MLB "Major League Baseball will "try very hard" to establish a safer method of getting Cuban ballplayers to the United States and is "cautiously optimistic" about playing Spring Training games on the island in March, chief legal officer Dan Halem said at the outset of MLB's goodwill trip to..." December 16

  • Major League Baseball issues new safety netting recommendations

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball has issued recommendations to all 30 Major League Clubs with respect to fan safety at games. Specifically, recommendations related to expanding the number of seats covered by protective netting and expanding the ways in which clubs warn fans about the dangers of sitting near..." December 09

  • Are the Twins Trying to Move Ricky Nolasco?

    Baseball Essential "The Minnesota Twins are searching the league for a possible trade partner to dump struggling pitcher Ricky Nolasco, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports on Twitter. Being that Nolasco is coming off of an ankle surgery that caused him to miss most of the 2015 season, the fact that he turns 33 in just..." December 08

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    I'm told there has been no recent #MNTwins activity on Joakim Soria since initial inquiries. One of 9 active relievers w/200+ career saves.

  • Twins, Cubs, Padres showing interest in Fernando Rodney

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With the winter meetings set to start Monday, the Twins are among three teams showing the most early interest in veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney. According to a person with direct knowledge, the Twins join the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs in that group. Rodney, who turns 39 in..." December 05

  • Report: Tigers signing starter Mike Pelfrey

    Detroit Free Press "The final piece of the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation is in sight. The Tigers have a deal in place with right-handed starter Mike Pelfrey, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The terms of the deal are unknown but, Heyman writes, it is expected to be a two-year deal. Pelfrey, 31, posted a..." December 04