Twins Rumors & News

  • Twins hire James Rowson as hitting coach

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins finalized one coaching staff change Friday, as the organization hired James Rowson to be the team’s new hitting coach. Rowson most recently served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the New York Yankees, but he has also worked in the Cubs and Angels..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Twins hire Hunter, Hawkins, Cuddyer as special assistants

    CBS Minnesota "The Minnesota Twins will have some very familiar faces around when the team reports to Spring Training next February. The Twins announced Monday that they have hired Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter to the organization as special assistants to baseball operations. They’ll be..." November 28

  • Miguel Sano will skip winter ball for now, agent says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Young slugger Miguel Sano, slated to be the Twins’ Opening Day third baseman for the first time in 2017, has no plans to play in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. “As of now Miguel will not be playing winter ball,” Kyle Thousand, Sano’s agent, wrote in an email to the Pioneer Press on..." November 27

  • Heyman: Twins sign former Astros catcher Jason Castro

    Fanrag Sports "As the Twins attempt to pick up the pieces after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, they will be doing so with an import catcher. Minnesota has won the bidding war for former Astros backstop Jason Castro, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was..." November 22

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • LaTroy Hawkins to join Twins as a special assistant

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Former Twins pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who retired following the 2015 season, is going to return to the club as a special assistant, according to club sources. Hawkins was a special instructor during spring training earlier this year, and is expected to do the same in 2017. But the 21-year major..." November 20

  • Joe Mauer, Derek Falvey share a Shapiro connection

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It didn’t take long for Joe Mauer to make an impression on his new boss, who also happens to be a contemporary. When Derek Falvey, 33, was introduced last week as the Twins’ first-ever chief baseball officer, the club’s franchise first baseman joined rehabbing closer Glen Perkins among players..." November 18

  • Twins place Plouffe on outright waivers

    CBS Sports "Plouffe has been placed on outright waivers and is expected to clear Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. If he does indeed clear waivers, Plouffe will become a free agent. Plouffe was entering his third winter of arbitration eligibility and would have been due north of..." November 18

  • Twins considering all options including 'very difficult decisions' with players

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Don’t get too attached to your favorite Twins, the team’s new baseball bosses warned season-ticket holders Thursday, because “some very difficult decisions” are pending about how to restructure the roster. Does that mean Brian Dozier, rumored to be the trade target of several teams around the..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Twins GM: Santana is 'the anchor of our starting rotation'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Against the backdrop of a stunningly thin free-agent market for starting pitching, with recent reclamation projects such as Jeremy Hellickson and Rich Hill expected to cause a relative bidding frenzy, the Twins could find themselves this offseason entertaining suitors for Ervin Santana. “He’s a..." November 11

  • Report: Twins have ‘received interest’ in Brian Dozier during GM meetings

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "It’s going to be a hectic offseason, relatively speaking, for the two men atop the Twins’ baseball operations department. Having just officially taken over, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and senior vice present and GM Thad Levine have hit the ground running at the GM meetings in..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Thad Levine to be named Twins general manager

    Today's Knuckleball "Thad Levine, longtime Rangers executive, will be named Twins GM in coming days, sources say. He will work under the Twins’ new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, whose hiring was announced a few weeks ago. The Levine deal was done for a while, too, but the announcement was set to wait..." November 03

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Rangers official Thad Levine could be next general manager of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thad Levine, currently the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, has emerged as a candidate to work under Derek Falvey once he takes over as the Twins chief baseball officer, according to a source familiar with the Twins search. The Twins, according to another source, tried to hire..." October 26

  • Red Sox, D-backs, Twins In Mix For Amiel Sawdaye

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox vice president of international and amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye is weighing whether to accept Boston’s general manager job or take the Diamondbacks’ assistant GM position, Peter Gammons reports (Twitter link). It’s also possible Sawdaye could join the Twins’ front office, a source told..." October 24

  • Twins outfielder Logan Schafer elects free agency

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran outfielder Logan Schafer has declined his outright to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency after the Twins took him off their 40-man roster this week. Schafer, 30, made 19 starts with the Twins over the final five weeks after spending much of the year with the Red Wings. In 74..." October 20

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Twins want $1.65 million to upgrade lighting at Target Field

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins want to put things in a better light next year at Target Field. For the first time since the ballpark opened in 2010, the team is seeking to tap the Ballpark Capital Reserve Fund for structural improvements. The plan is to use $1.6 million to replace lights in the crown-like canopy..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Twins Name Derek Falvey Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have officially announced that they’ve hired Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey as their executive vice president and chief baseball officer. Falvey will join the Twins once the Indians’ season is over. Rob Antony will continue as interim GM until then. Twins Daily’s Jeremy Nygaard and..." October 03

  • Twins' Brian Dozier: Leaves game with oblique soreness

    CBS Sports "Dozier left Saturday's game against the White Sox with right oblique soreness, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports." October 02

  • Buxton fuels Twins' victory over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The worst season in Minnesota Twins history at least had an upbeat ending on Sunday. The Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 to finish 59-103 -- the most losses since moving to Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1961 -- but closed with three wins in their final four games. Byron..." October 02

  • Rodon fans 10, White Sox hand Twins 103rd loss

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon knows when he's effectively throwing strikes on a regular basis, good things are bound to happen. And from the get-go Friday night, the Chicago White Sox left-hander didn't miss the strike zone much. Rodon struck out 10, including the first seven batters he..." October 01

  • Buxton, Polanco HRs power Twins past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox said little about manager Robin Ventura not returning next season -- and they were quiet on offense against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco homered as the Twins avoided their 104th loss of the season by defeating the..." October 01

  • Vargas, Buxton power Twins past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kennys Vargas and Byron Buxton shouldered the offense for the Minnesota Twins to win for only the third in their past 20 games on the road. Vargas homered for the second straight game and doubled, while Buxton tripled and doubled as the Twins held off the Kansas City..." September 30

  • Royals outlast Twins in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Raul Mondesi scored the winning run, it was the Kansas City Royals' bullpen that made the victory possible. Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Seven Royals..." September 28

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