Twins Rumors & News

  • KBO’s Lotte Giants Post Third Baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang

    MLB Trade Rumors "NOV. 30: Hwang has now officially been posted. Clubs will have until 5:00pm ET on Friday to submit bids for the third baseman. NOV. 25: Hwang will actually be posted on the 30th, Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweets. Lotte is pushing back the date to accommodate the Thanksgiving..." November 30

  • Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Fresh off a starring turn in the Premier 12 tournament, Byung-ho Park is headed to the Twin Cities, according to a report by a South Korean news agency. According to a Google translation and, the 29-year-old first baseman/designated hitter will depart for the U.S. on Sunday, stopping..." November 28

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

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    Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP

    Thought, maybe foolishly, that the #MNTwins might have interest in FA reliever Matt Thornton -- knows the AL Central, etc. But hear nope.

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Source: Hot target Bruce has limited no-trade clause "When the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline expired this past season, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce let out a big sigh of relief while sitting at his locker in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. One thing that is certain this winter for Bruce is he will get to live that feeling of..." November 22

  • By two at-bats, Buxton retains his rookie status for 2016

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Newly crowned Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa was the first player chosen in baseball’s 2012 draft. It’s still possible for the second pick of that draft to earn the top rookie honor, too. An column this week that attempts to project next year’s Rookie of the Year candidates —..." November 20

  • Twins optimistic they'll sign Byung-ho Park before deadline

    The Score "The Minnesota Twins are facing a deadline to sign Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, and they believe they can get it done. "We wouldn't have bid on him if we didn't believe or hope that we could get him signed," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told Rhett Bollinger of "So there's..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Free agent Blaine Boyer remains interested in Twins return

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran free-agent reliever Blaine Boyer is receiving solid interest from a handful of clubs after posting a career-best 2.49 earned run average with the Twins this season. The Kansas City Royals, fresh off their first World Series title in 30 years, are among the clubs that have checked in on..." November 15

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Angels interested in trading for Trevor Plouffe

    MLB Daily Dish "It's no secret that the Angels are being aggressive in their search for a third baseman this offseason, and a new trade candidate on the market may pique their interest. According to a report from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Halos are likely to have interest in Twins third..." November 12

  • Yankees Acquire Aaron Hicks From Twins For John Ryan Murphy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees and Twins have announced a two-player deal involving important young players. New York will add center fielder Aaron Hicks in the swap, while Minnesota receives catcher John Ryan Murphy. It’s somewhat surprising to hear that Minnesota has parted with Hicks, who finally seemed to..." November 12

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    Minnesota Twins @Twins

    OFFICIAL: #MNTwins acquire C John Ryan Murphy (@JRMurphy513) from #Yankees for OF Aaron Hicks.

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    Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks

    #Dbacks acquire catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann from the Twins for infielder/outfielder Daniel Palka.

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Carlos Correa a finalist for BBWAA AL Rookie of Year award with Lindor and Sano.

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    Steve Berthiaume @BertDbacks

    #Dbacks have acquired C/OF Chris Herrmann from #Twins for OF Daniel Palka @Danielbpalka

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Johan Santana is still hoping to make a comeback

    Hardball Talk "Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since August 17, 2012, but he still hasn’t given up on a comeback. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the news on Santana, who will be 37 years old in March: It’s been one setback after another for Santana, who underwent..." November 10

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Minnesota Twins won rights to Byung-Ho Park with $12.85 million posting bid.

  • Twins GM Terry Ryan has no restrictions this offseason

    Hardball Talk "Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reported on Thursday that Twins executive vice president and GM Terry Ryan won’t have any restrictions from CEO Jim Pohlad this offseason. The Twins boosted their Opening Day payroll from $85 million in 2014 to $108 million this past season and wound up winning 13..." November 09

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Twins reportedly win bidding for Korea's Park "After days of speculation and conflicting reports, the Twins reportedly placed the winning bid to negotiate a contract with Korean slugger Byung-ho Park. Yahoo Sports and Korean baseball reporter Daniel Kim said Monday that the Twins are the winning team. The Twins have not confirmed or..." November 09

  • Sano to try left field in winter ball as Twins look to increase versatility

    CBS Sports "While Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa understandably dominated AL Rookie of the Year talk, Twins slugger Miguel Sano had an excellent debut season in 2015, hitting .269/.385/.530 (146 OPS+) with 18 home runs in 80 games. He drove in 52 runs. Sano, 22, was primarily a DH, playing only nine..." November 07

  • Torii Hunter sheds tears at retirement presser, plans to stay in baseball

    The Score "Torii Hunter announced his retirement from baseball after 19 major-league seasons in October, but he officially said goodbye to the game he loves so much on Thursday in Minnesota. Hunter took the podium with Twins manager Paul Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan for his retirement press..." November 05

  • MLB free agents 2015: Predicting top targets for each American League team

    Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • Twins' Paul Molitor voted AL Manager of the Year by peers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Because of his hall of fame playing career, Paul Molitor had the respect of his players and his peers upon moving to the Twins dugout this season. Those peers apparently thought he did a pretty good job as a rookie manager, too, voting him American League Manager of the Year in polling..." October 27

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • Torii Hunter retiring after one-year encore with the Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Torii Hunter, one of the most popular Twins ever and a motivational force on all three Major League Baseball teams he played for, is retiring. Hunter, 40, said he was leaning toward retirement at the end of the regular season, but the outfielder decided to contemplate his future some more..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • Report: Twins interested in reunion with catcher A.J. Pierzynski

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "As the Twins look at their roster this winter and try to figure out how they can squeeze a couple more wins out of the 2016 team, catcher would be a logical place to upgrade. Kurt Suzuki his .240/.296/.314 in his second season with the Twins, following a career year in 2014. Suzuki, 32, is well..." October 23

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • Miguel Sano named Twins' team MVP and top rookie for 2015

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Only one player in Twins history had ever played so well as a rookie, his season was judged the best on the entire team. Until Miguel Sano arrived in Minnesota. The 22-year-old slugger on Tuesday was named the Twins’ Most Valuable Player for 2015 and also the team’s top rookie, an historic..." October 20

  • Brian Dozier’s hip passes MRI scrutiny

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Brian Dozier got some good news after a rough second half. A recent magnetic resonance imaging exam on the all-star second baseman’s hip showed no structural damage, according to a person with direct knowledge. Surgery will not be required. Twins general manager Terry Ryan revealed Dozier’s..." October 16

  • Rob Manfred: MLB working on new slide rule

    New York Post "Major League Baseball continues to move forward on implementing a new rule on sliding to protect middle infielders, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. Such a rule could be in place for the 2016 season, much like the catcher collision rule, but there remains bridges to cross. Chase Utley was..." October 14

  • Padres to interview Ron Gardenhire

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Last week, his search for a full-time manager not yet a day old, Padres General Manager A.J. Preller was asked what type of blend he was looking for in a new leader. Baseball nowadays is a mixture of old and new schools, the dugout increasingly thought of as a collaboration with the front office...." October 13

  • A solution to the Twins' Joe Mauer problem

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, earned a nickname as a Hall of Fame player: The Ignitor. (Baseball players are not always good spellors.) Joe Mauer, progeny of Cretin-Derham Hall, deserves a new nickname as a player once headed to the Hall of Fame: The Obstructor. Once a..." October 09

  • Twins want Sano to play a position instead of just DH

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With no Twins baseball to help pass the time this winter, Terry Ryan provided the team’s fans with a juicy mystery instead Tuesday: What does he have in mind for Miguel Sano? In an hourlong season-wrapup media session at Target Field, the Twins general manager dropped a series of seemingly..." October 07

  • Royals clinch home-field advantage in 6-1 win over Twins

    Royals Review "It seemed unrealistic a few days ago, as the slumping Royals dropped their 17th game in 26 September contests. At 90-67, the Royals fell to 1.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the race for home-field advantage. Panic set in as local radio shows were filled with fans proclaiming that the..." October 05

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Phil Hughes has been diagnosed with pneumonia

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