Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
CBSSports.com "The Rockies and first baseman Justin Morneau are "closing in on" a two-year contract, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. There are some details to finalize but talks are in the final stages. Morneau, 32, would replace Todd Helton, who retired after the season. The Rockies traded center..." December 03
TR: "We are not done with this free agent issue."
Sources: Yankees among many teams showing interest in A's starter Brett Anderson. A's likely to deal him at Winter Meetings.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even with A.J. Pierzynski set to turn 37 later this month, the Minnesota Twins could find it difficult to lure their former catcher without a multiyear offer. "I'd be extremely shocked if he doesn't get at least two years," a baseball operations person from an American League club said Monday..." December 03
#MNTwins announce they tendered contracts to Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak and Trevor Plouffe. No non-tenders.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau sounded pretty certain Saturday that he will return to the Twins. Just not necessarily next year. For that matter, not necessarily as a player. “I can’t say [it’s] unlikely” that he’ll wear a Twins uniform again someday, Morneau said during his first public appearance here..." December 02
Hardball Talk "Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III of..." December 01
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins are expected to announce the signing of free-agent righthander Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal this week, according to a person with knowledge of negotiations. Hughes could be in the Twin Cities as early as this weekend for a physical, the person said. A physical usually..." December 01
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The rebuilding of the Twins’ starting rotation apparently has begun, with Ricky Nolasco as the beneficiary. The veteran righthander, who has won 89 games in eight major-league seasons, agreed to a free-agent contract with the Twins on Wednesday, several media outlets reported, though the Twins..." November 28
Now that Ricky Nolasco is in the fold, #twins are likely to turn their attention to Phil Hughes, says a baseball source.
Source: #Twins agree to terms with Ricky Nolasco.
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
CBSSports.com "The Twins are said by people familiar with their situation to have inquired about just about every available starting pitcher. Although Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco and ex-Twin Matt Garza have been linked to the Twins most often, they've also inquired about other top starters like Ervin Santana..." November 26
CBSSports.com "At least the Twins, Rockies and possibly Blue Jays have been identified as among the teams that could be threats to steal free agent starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the incumbent Red Sox. The Rangers look like another possibility to observers, but one person connected with the..." November 26
Byron Buxton, I'm told, will continue resting his strained L shoulder through Thanksgiving weekend. Could resume BB activities next week
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't the only switch-hitting catcher with World Series experience on the Twins' free-agent radar. According to a major league general manager closely monitoring the situation, the Twins are one of about five teams pursuing Dioner Navarro. Set to turn 30 in February,..." November 26
Hearing Twins remain very high on Bronson Arroyo. Might still be possible to get him on a two-year deal.
Fansided "The Minnesota Twins had one priority going into the offseason – improve their pitching. So far, they’ve struggled to find the needed parts and seemingly continue to lower their standards in hopes of getting ink on a contract. A few days ago it was reported that the Twins were willing to offer..." November 22
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have added first baseman Kennys Vargas, infielder Jorge Polanco, outfielder Max Kepler and lefthander Logan Darnell to their 40-man roster, which had to be submitted to the league today. They also outrighted righthander B.J. Hermsen off the 40-man, giving the Twins 39 players on the..." November 20
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins prospect Eddie Rosario has been suspended for 50 games for violating the minor league drug policy, according to a report out of Puerto Rico, where he was playing winter ball. According to the report on sportlivepr.com, Rosario contacted his winter league team in Mayaguez to inform it of..." November 19
Bronson Arroyo told us that the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles have all expressed in him but he has yet to get an offer XM 89
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Detroit Free Press "Joe Mauer finished a distant second to Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera in batting in the American League this season. Next season, Mauer will be in a better position to challenge Cabrera for the batting title. That position will be first base. The Twins and Mauer announced this week that..." November 16
Hear tonight #MNTwins would go as high as 5-yrs on an arm. Nothing imminent. Def. like Nolasco. Garza too. Comes down to $$. Poker game now.
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Fiery starting pitcher Matt Garza is one of the top free agents on the market. Good news for the Twins: Garza has done his homework and is open to a return, according to a person with direct knowledge of negotiations. The Twins met with Garza's agency, Creative Arts Agency, during the general..." November 15
Source: #Twins making strong push for Nolasco.
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Former Twins infielder Jamey Carroll, who turns 40 in February, has no plans to retire. According to an industry source, Carroll is drawing "significant interest" on the free agent market. The Kansas City Royals, who acquired Carroll from the Twins in August, paid the veteran utility man a..." November 14
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
CBSSports.com "This past season, the Twins had baseball's worst rotation ERA (5.26) by almost half-a-run over the second worst Blue Jays (4.81). That's hard to believe considering the pitcher-friendly confines of Target Field. Needless to say, starting pitching is on the team's agenda this winter. In fact,..." November 13
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Talks between the Twins and veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo are heating up. Negotiations had yet to commence as of Tuesday evening, according to a person with direct knowledge, but the Twins have been going over Arroyo's medical records and have discussed guarantee language with his..." November 13
CBSSports.com "The Twins are looking into bringing A.J. Pierzynski back, according to people familiar with the situation. With star Joe Mauer moving from catcher, Minneosta likes the idea of returning Pierzynski to his roots. It is believed they'd like to do it on a one-year basis. Pierzynski played in..." November 12
Jason Bartlett agrees to non-roster deal with the #twins. Will compete for a job in spring training.
ESPN.com "The Mets need to bring in two starting pitchers, including a fifth-starter type that has a low base salary. So what about a reunion with Mike Pelfrey, who was popular in the Mets clubhouse with teammates during his first stint with the club? Well, a team official did not rule it out, but..." November 11
Mauer moving to first base full time, #mntwins announce. Wow.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins megaprospect Miguel Sano will shut down for the rest of the winter ball season because of a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Sano flew to the Twin Cities last week to be examined by team physicians Dr. John Steubs and Dr. Diane Dahm. But Sano's agent, Rob Plummer,..." November 07
MLB.com "All year long, they went deep and they found the gaps, and baseball's best batsmen of 2013 connected one more time on Wednesday night, collecting The Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performances this season. With the Yankees' Robinson Cano picking up a fourth consecutive silver bat..." November 07
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Bronson Arroyo will turn 37 in the early stages of spring training, but that hasn't dissuaded the Twins from calling to express preliminary interest in the free-agent right-hander. According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the Twins have yet to make a formal offer for..." November 07
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Byron Buxton, baseball's top-ranked prospect, recently aggravated his left (non-throwing) shoulder and will likely miss the remainder of the Arizona Fall League schedule, Twins farm director Brad Steil said late Wednesday. The Twins' prized young center fielder, who displayed his talents in..." November 07
CBSSports.com "There was a time when second base was a wasteland in the minors, when utility types like Taylor Green topped the prospect rankings just because they were the only ones with a chance of contributing in the not-too-distant future. And after a year in which Jedd Gyorko, Anthony Rendon, Jurickson..." November 06
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Just because Josh Johnson is coming off a nightmarish season in Toronto doesn't mean the Twins should expect to lure the veteran right-hander with a multiyear discount deal. Matt Sosnick, Johnson's agent, said Friday in a phone interview that his client still could receive a one-year qualifying..." November 03