Josh Willingham RUMORS & NEWS

  • Royals acquire Josh Willingham from the Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Royals just announced that they have acquired outfielder/designated hitter Josh Willingham from the Twins in exchange for prospect right-hander Jason Adam. Willingham, 35, is batting just .210/.345/.402 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 68 games this season. However, he still offers power..." August 12

  • Twins “really want to move” Josh Willingham

    Hardball Talk "According to Jerry Crasnick of the Twins “really want to move” left fielder Josh Willingham before Thursday’s trade deadline, but a source tells him “I don’t think they’re getting any bites.” Which makes sense, because while the Twins may have been able to cash in Willingham for a..." July 30

  • Mariners, Yankees considering Twins outfielder Josh Willingham

    CBS Sports "The Yankees and Mariners are two of several teams looking at Twins slugging outfielder Josh Willingham as Thursday's trade deadline approaches. While Willingham is batting only .219 he has 10 homers and 29 RBI despite missing more than a month earlier. Willingham also has an expiring contract..." July 30

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    Tyler Mason @FSNtylermason

    Josh Willingham (hand) took BP today and will head to Triple-A Rochester this afternoon to begin his rehab assignment. #MNTwins

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    Brian Murphy @murphPPress

    CT scan reveals hairline fracture on Willingham's wrist; visiting hand specialists; no surgery; Twins hope 15-day DL suffices for recovery

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    Tyler Mason @FSNtylermason

    #MNTwins will put Josh Willingham (hand contusion) on the DL tomorrow and call up reliever Michael Tonkin.

  • Twins: After last summer, Josh Willingham eager for clean slate

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After fielding four straight questions about the worst offensive season of his career, Josh Willingham playfully punctuated his final backward-gazing answer with a news flash for the assembled media. "I think obviously (lack of) confidence had a little bit to do with it," the Twins left fielder..." February 20

  • Willingham's two homers lead Twins to 4-3 victory over A's

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins’ 2014 schedule revealed on Tuesday says the Oakland Athletics will be the first team to visit Target Field. So it was nice of the A’s to be here this week to help determine which of these Twins will be back here for that game seven months from now. One of those players under contract..." September 11

  • Willingham claimed off waivers, source says

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Willingham was claimed off trade waivers by at least one other team a major-league source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday giving the Twins until noon Friday to work out a trade or pull him back. The source did not reveal which team has been awarded the waiver claim but only one team has..." August 29

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    Dan Connolly @danconnollysun

    The Orioles are the team that claimed Twins OFer Josh Willingham -- they are trying to work out a deal with Minnesota a source confirms

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    Phil Miller @MillerStrib

    Terry Ryan said plans aren't set yet but Willingham's rehab likely to take place where "competition is the highest" meaning AAA Rochester.

  • Willingham will have knee surgery, miss 4-6 weeks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has a torn meniscus as well as a bone bruise. He was willing to rest the knee and try to play until he could have offseason surgery, but the bone bruise wasn’t going away any time soon. So Willingham decided to have surgery on Wednesday to repair the medial..." July 03

  • Josh Willingham's numbers goal is zero injuries

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Josh Willingham's career-high 35 home runs and 110 RBIs in 2012 raised expectations for what the Twins left fielder can do for an encore, though he has enough self-awareness to keep it real. "Yeah, if I don't hit 50 this year I'm going home," Willingham quipped after arriving at spring..." February 16

  • Josh Willingham might be done for season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Josh Willingham will be out of the lineup for the third straight game when the Twins play host to Detroit on Friday, Sept. 28, at Target Field. The left fielder could, in fact, be done for the season. Willingham has a sprained ligament in his left shoulder, suffered while reaching for a home..." September 28

  • Willingham cautious with hamstring

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, still bothered by a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting lineup Wednesday. He did pinch hit in the ninth, flying out to end the game. "I could have [started]," Willingham said. Willingham and the Twins are looking at the big picture. It's better to..." September 06

  • No All-Star spot for Willingham or Diamond

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins starter Scott Diamond and left fielder Josh Willingham were passed over Sunday, July 1, in reserve selections on the American League All-Star team despite having impressive seasons. Willingham entered Sunday's game against Kansas City leading the Twins with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. He..." July 02

  • Review aids Willingham streak

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The league office has spoken. Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has a 15-game hitting streak, not a three-game streak. Willingham went 0-for-3 with a run scored Sunday during a loss to the Cubs. He reached on Ian Stewart's fielding error in the ninth inning. So everyone left that game believing..." June 14

  • Twins Rumors: Josh Willingham Highly Sought-After

    Twinkie Town "Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham remains one of the most sough-after right-handed hitters on the market, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo adds that the Twins haven't currently reached the point where they will sell off assets like Willingham and fellow slugger Justin..." June 11

  • Willingham welcome as classic slugger

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Willingham seems to be a slugger who wants a challenge. He spent last season with Oakland playing in a home park notorious for being a tough place to hit home runs. It was his sixth full season in the big leagues, and he finished with career highs of 29 home runs and 98 RBI. He became a..." May 31

  • Josh Willingham hits game-winning HR in 9th

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Did Josh Willingham deliver one of those signature moments for the Twins? Is it possible he turned around the Twins' lethargic season? "Something like this can be a springboard for a team," Willingham said late Tuesday night, May 29, in the Twins' locker room at Target Field. Willingham..." May 30

  • Minnesota Twins beat Oakland A's on Josh Willingham's walk-off three-run homer

    Oakland Tribune "As their losing streak grows, the A's find more gut-wrenching ways to give games away. Closer Brian Fuentes served up a three-run, walk-off homer to former Athletic Josh Willingham in the ninth inning Tuesday, and the Minnesota Twins sent the A's to their seventh straight defeat,..." May 30

  • Willingham in April: .353 average and one baby boy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Willingham's scouting report on his infant son: "He does a lot of sleeping. He does a lot of eating. He does a lot of pooping." Rogan Willingham was born Wednesday, and he already sounds like a ballplayer. His daddy certainly looks like one. Josh Willingham, whom Justin Morneau calls..." April 30

  • Minnesota's Josh Willingham beats out Josh Hamilton, Michael Young as AL Player of the Week

    Dallas Morning News "Major League Baseball announced Minnesota's Josh Willingham as AL Player of the Week Monday. He beat out both the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and Michael Young. In six games last week, including three losses to the Rangers, Willingham batted .455 (10-for-22) with a double, three home runs, four RBI,..." April 17

  • Willingham shows power at Target Field

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With four home runs in the season's first six games, Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is on pace to hit 108 home runs this year. "I'm keeping it simple, trying to see it and hit it," he said after connecting again in Thursday's 10-9 victory over the Angels. "Usually that's the method that..." April 13

  • A ball or a wall, Willingham makes a dent in it for Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Josh Willingham chooses his words judiciously and shares thoughts in snippets, at least in the presence of media members or if the topic involves himself. A typical answer is proceeded by a shrug. There's nothing boring about the way he plays baseball, though. At the plate or in left..." April 12

  • Gardenhire flips on Willingham, puts him in left field instead

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins manager Ron Gardenhire named Josh Willingham his starting left fielder Sunday, changing a projected outfield alignment that originally had Ben Revere in left, Denard Span in center and Willingham in right. "I thought Ben in left field sounded fine, but then you start seeing everything,..." March 26

  • Willingham looks to be in for Twins; Cuddyer, Kubel likely are out

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins were finalizing a three-year, $21 million agreement with free agent outfielder Josh Willingham late Tuesday night, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Team officials would not confirm the deal, but they acknowledged having serious discussions with Willingham's..." December 14

  • Agent: Willingham will make decision in next 48 hours; Twins in the mix

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have made a three-year, $24 million offer to Michael Cuddyer, but they can't wait forever. One of their top alternatives if Cuddyer signs elsewhere is Josh Willingham, and Willingham's agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Star Tribune today that his client is nearing a decision. "Josh has..." December 13

  • Reds interested in Willingham?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds came to the Winter Meetings in Dallas with the expressed mission of landing a quality starting pitcher. They met with several clubs Sunday and Monday. "We've been busy," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We've talked to several clubs. Nothing close. But at least I feel things..." December 06

  • Twins showing interest in Willingham, Doumit

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins recently contacted Matt Sosnick, the agent for Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham, expressing interest in both players, according to people familiar with the discussion. Sosnick and Paul Cobbe also represent Hisashi Iwakuma, a free agent pitcher from Japan who interests the Twins. In..." November 16

  • Stadium problem could preclude signing Willingham

    San Francisco Chronicle "Oakland's shot at retaining Josh Willingham is slipping away, quite possibly for good. Willingham's agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Chronicle on Saturday that he approached the team last week with various possibilities for a multiyear deal for their top offensive player, and general manager Billy..." September 25

  • Josh Willingham drives in four runs as Oakland A's knock off Los Angeles Angels 6-3

    Oakland Tribune "Left fielder Josh Willingham and first baseman Brandon Allen both could factor heavily into the A's fortunes next season. One continued raking Monday night and the other continued struggling, and both were noteworthy developments in the A's 6-3 victory over the visiting Los Angeles..." September 13

  • Josh Willingham forcing Oakland A's to make difficult decision

    Oakland Tribune "The A's face a crucial decision in whether to re-sign left fielder Josh Willingham, a potential free agent who could be one of the more enticing outfielders available this winter. Willingham, 32, leads the A's in homers (22) and RBIs (73). Though he's hitting just .249, he fills a void as the..." August 23

  • Josh Willingham's 10th-inning homer lifts Oakland A's

    Oakland Tribune "The A's had not won a road series in three months, so it was natural that a victory Sunday required some struggle. After Grant Balfour surrendered a tying home run to Evan Longoria in the seventh inning, Josh Willingham delivered the go-ahead homer in the top of the 10th that lifted the A's to..." August 08

  • A's Willingham, DeJesus leave trade talk to wives

    San Francisco Chronicle "Outfielders Josh Willingham and David DeJesus say they don't closely follow the latest trade rumors. They both have other sources to track that information. "Just what my wife tells me," Willingham said. Same with DeJesus, who said, "I leave that to my wife. She goes to the trade rumor..." July 24

  • Debating the values of Willingham, Ludwick

    Fox Sports "Eleven days from the non-waiver deadline, the buyers are sounding their usual complaints: Asking prices are ridiculous, nothing will happen until the sellers turn realistic, etc. When it comes to two of the top available hitters, the frustration level among some buyers is especially..." July 21

  • Pirates considering acquisition of pricey 'rental' players

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As they set their targets for trade offers, the Pirates are willing to consider acquiring a high-priced "rental" player to provide a boost in the playoff chase. "We are open to various types of players, based on acquisition cost and fit on the club," general manager Neal Huntington said..." July 18

  • A's place Willingham on DL, recall Carter "Oakland's most productive power hitter, Josh Willingham, went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left Achilles tendon on Thursday, and Chris Carter was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Willingham has a .231 average in 64 games, and is leading the A's in home runs (10) and RBIs (42)...." June 23

  • Atlanta has checked in on Willingham and Pence

    ESPN "The Braves are outpitching just about every team in baseball -- including the Phillies. But the Braves continue to worry about an offense that ranks 12th in the National League and 22nd in the big leagues in runs scored per game. So they're aggressively positioning themselves to deal for an..." June 17

  • Willingham's HR is another huge 2-out hit for A's

    San Francisco Chronicle "Oakland's offense is starting to click, and that's especially the case with two outs. The A's scored 12 two-out runs in a three-game sweep of the Orioles, and on Sunday, the big blow of the game came with two outs and two strikes, when Josh Willingham launched a 3-2 pitch from Zach Britton into..." May 30

  • A's Outfielder Josh Willingham drops appeal of one-game suspension

    Oakland Tribune "Even though he still professes his innocence, A's outfielder Josh Willingham decided to drop the appeal of his one-game suspension and sat out Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. "I dropped the appeal for no reason other than to get it over with," Willingham said. It probably..." May 14

  • Willingham appeals one-game suspension "A's outfielder Josh Willingham was handed a one-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount on Monday for what Major League Baseball deemed "inappropriate conduct" in Saturday's game in Kansas City. Willingham was scheduled to serve his suspension during Oakland's series opener against the..." May 10

  • Josh Willingham's five RBIs lead Oakland A's past Texas Rangers 7-2

    Oakland Tribune "Perhaps Josh Willingham should request more correspondence from the commissioner's office. After receiving a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his "inappropriate conduct" toward umpire Bill Miller over the weekend, Willingham responded Monday night with the best game of any A's..." May 10

  • Josh Willingham helps lead A's past Rangers 7-2

    San Francisco Chronicle "Josh Willingham, bad boy. The A's could get used to that. Hours after he was suspended by Major League Baseball, Willingham took the field Monday night and made a statement to anyone who thought such a penalty would get him down. He enjoyed his most productive game as an Athletic, driving in..." May 10

  • Josh Willingham's foundation helps tornado victims

    San Francisco Chronicle "Josh Willingham grew up in Florence, Ala., and he still lives there. He's an Alabaman through and through. So this week, while Willingham's wife, Ginger, was doing hands-on work helping people in Alabama whose homes were destroyed by the deadly tornadoes that struck the South last week,..." May 05

  • Josh Willingham out of A's lineup

    San Francisco Chronicle "Josh Willingham homered Monday and was hitting .333 over his past nine games, which qualifies him as red-hot for the A's. He wasn't in the Oakland lineup for Tuesday's series opener, however. Manager Bob Geren said he wanted to get Ryan Sweeney into a game, so Sweeney was in left field, rather..." May 04

  • A's go with depleted lineup against Angels

    Oakland Tribune "Coco Crisp and Josh Willingham were both out of the A's lineup Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, but manager Bob Geren is hopeful that neither outfielder will miss much time. Willingham, who left Monday's game with tightness in his back, took some swings before Wednesday's game. He said..." April 28

  • Josh Willingham leaves flash to others, just plays baseball

    Oakland Tribune "The questions surrounding Josh Willingham are the same ones faced by any impact hitter the A's import from the National League. People wonder how he'll adjust to American League pitchers and whether he can thrive in the Oakland Coliseum, a ballpark that can be tough on right-handed power..." February 25