Hardball Talk "Chris Parmelee, who was dropped by the Twins last month, has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles that includes an invitation to spring training. Parmelee was the Twins’ first-round draft pick 2006 and had a huge September debut in 2011, but then hit just .238 with 20 homers and a..." January 26
Alex Meyer on possible pen role: "Whatever it takes to help the Minnesota Twins. If it’s me being a left-on-left guy, I really don’t care."
Ryan on Buxton: "I don't see him breaking camp with us but I do see may surfacing in the major leagues in 2015."
Twins and Brian Duensing have agreed to a 1-yr, $2.7M deal. Team avoids arbitration with all 6 arb-eligible players.
Joe Mauer said he's been able to have a normal offseason, unlike last year, when he was coming off a concussion. Says he's in a good place.
Mike Pelfrey said he's going into camp healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the rotation. Was able to have a normal offseason.
Milone said he couldn't figure out why his neck still bothered him in offseason until they found the tumor. But was throwing 2 weeks later.
Caught up with Byron Buxton. He said he was cleared to resume activity 2 weeks ago. He's hoping he got all his injuries out of the way.
#MNTwins announce they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with outfielder Jordan Schafer on a one-year contract for $1.55M.
Hardball Talk "Johan Santana‘s body will apparently not allow a comeback to happen. Or at least not without a bunch of setbacks first. Finally healthy again after tearing his Achilles’ tendon last spring while coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries, Santana has been pitching in the Venezuelan winter..." January 21
No #MNTwins offer yet to Johan. But he has at least one after his Tuesday outing. 6 or so teams interested. He'll pitch again mid-week.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday that 175 players filed for salary arbitration, including six Twins. Lefthander Brian Duensing, righthander Casey Fien, lefthander Tommy Milone, infielder Eduardo Nunez, third baseman Trevor Plouffe and outfielder Jordan Schafer all..." January 14
New York Post "Johan Santana’s comeback began Tuesday night, pitching two scoreless innings in the Venezuelan Winter League, and the Yankees were among the teams in attendance. It was the left-hander’s first game on a mound since he tore an Achilles tendon while pitching an extended spring training game last..." January 14
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Oswaldo Arcia dealing now with back issues, manager says he will wait 5-6 days before definitive decision @MikeBerardino
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Hardball Talk "Right-hander Tim Stauffer has agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Twins. Stauffer had success as a starter early in his career, but injuries led to a shift to the bullpen and he’s fared well there with a 3.63 ERA and 131/43 K/BB ratio in 134 innings during the past two seasons." December 23
Fox Sports North "Phil Hughes was the lone bright spot in the Minnesota Twins' rotation in 2014. Now the right-hander is being rewarded. The Twins on Monday announced they have restructured Hughes' contract and extended him through the 2019 season. He will be paid $9.2 million per year in 2015 and 2016, and..." December 22
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins gave Doug Mientkiewicz a promotion after all. Just not the one he originally sought. Mientkiewicz, a former Twins first baseman who was one of three finalists last month to succeed Ron Gardenhire in the major leagues, will instead take over Minnesota’s Class AA team, the Chattanooga..." December 20
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.