Twins Rumors & News

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Twins Void $3 Million Contract Of Dominican Shortstop Jelfry Marte

    Baseball America "The Twins have voided the $3 million contract of 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte due to an issue the team discovered during his physical. The Twins' concern, according to multiple sources, related to Marte's vision. Marte is now a free agent and worked out yesterday for clubs in..." November 15

  • Twins’ Paul Molitor named AL manager of the year

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As arranged marriages go, it’s hard to imagine one working out better than what the Twins experienced in 2017. Holdover manager Paul Molitor didn’t just find a way to co-exist with the new front-office combination of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. Molitor navigated a historic turnaround that saw..." November 14

  • Twins like Darvish and Arrieta — but Darvish tops list

    Fanrag Sports "Everyone’s looking for pitching, they say. But perhaps no one is looking for pitching with as much interest or enthusiasm as the Twins, who are targeting the very top pitchers on the rotation market and on the bullpen market — and hoping to add depth, as well. The Twins are looking at the two..." November 14

  • Twins seeking bullpen help and have an underrated closer in mind

    CBS Sports "On the morning of the 2017 trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins were 50-53 and five games back of the second wild-card spot with three teams ahead of them. The front office decided to sell, so impending free agent closer Brandon Kintzler was sent to the Nationals for a prospect. Now, after..." November 13

  • Twins prospect LaMonte Wade taken to hospital after collision in AFL game

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade avoided major injury after a harrowing collision during an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday night. Wade, 23, was diagnosed with a concussion but his “extremities are all functioning,” according to Paul Kuo, a spokesman for the Ballengee Group sports..." November 12

  • Twins' Buxton named Wilson's Defensive Player of the Year

    USA Today "Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, a 2017 Gold Glove winner, was named Major League Baseball's top defender, Wilson announced on Friday. Buxton, playing in his first full season, led American League center fielders in defensive WAR (according to Fangraphs), defensive runs saved and..." November 10

  • Twins, Brewers Enter Offseason In Position To Spend

    MLB Trade Rumors "Each year, our top ranking of the top 50 free agents and their projected contracts/destinations prompts many to raise an eyebrow. In the now five years that I’ve spent contributing to that behemoth of a post, though, I’m not sure I can recall a more unpopular pick with readers than the notion that..." November 09

  • Twins to let Michael Tonkin walk

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins will open another roster spot Wednesday by allowing righthanded reliever Michael Tonkin to sign a contract with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, a major league source confirmed Tuesday." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Bartolo Colon planning on returning to MLB in 2018

    Sportsnaut "Bartolo Colon will turn 45 during the 2018 MLB season. While most players are long retired by that point, Colon is planning on returning for at least one more season. Colon pitched in 2017 as a member of both the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins. With the Mets, he struggled to a 2-8 record..." November 07

  • Twins hire Derek Shelton as bench coach

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Twins have hired former Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay hitting coach Derek Shelton as their bench coach, the team announced Monday. Shelton, 47, spent last season as quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was the Indians’ hitting coach from 2005-09 and spent another seven..." November 06

  • Cubs claim Randy Rosario off waivers from Twins

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs formally announced on Friday that the club has claimed left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The southpaw signed with the Twins as an amateur free agent as a teenager back in 2010. After working out the kinks in the Dominican Southern, Midwest,..." November 03

  • Twins’ Miguel Sano will have surgery to repair leg injury on Nov. 13

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will have surgery to repair a shin injury that forced him to miss more than a month of games, including Minnesota’s wild-card playoff loss to the New York Yankees, the team said Thursday. Sano, 23, is scheduled to be operated on Nov. 13 in New York by Drs...." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Report: Two experienced candidates emerge in search for Twins pitching coach

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins are looking to replace Neil Allen as pitching coach, and it appears there won’t be an immediate decision on the hire. Allen was let go 9 days ago, and manager Paul Molitor and CBO Derek Falvey said at the time that they expect the rest of the coaching staff to remain intact. Boston..." October 18

  • Twins to buy out final year of Glen Perkins’ contract

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Former Twins closer Glen Perkins is now a free agent. The Twins have informed Perkins that they won’t pick up the 2018 option in his contract, a source said. That would have paid Perkins $6.5 million next year. Instead he’ll get a $700,000 buyout, and is free to sign with any team. Perkins..." October 18

  • Twins hire Baseball America’s John Manuel to work in the pro scouting department

    Hardball Talk "John Manuel of Baseball America announced via his Facebook on Tuesday that he has been hired by the Twins to work in the club’s pro scouting department. Manuel started working for Baseball America in 1996 and has been an editor for the publication since 2005. The Twins have been among the..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Owner Jim Pohlad on Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer and how the Twins might find pitchers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Including his team’s Oct. 3 cameo at Yankee Stadium, Twins owner Jim Pohlad has been watching the 2017 postseason with great interest. In particular, he’s been noticing the high-velocity arms the rest of the postseason field has been putting on the mound. “It’s daunting,” Pohlad said this week...." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Twins say surgery is still being considered for Miguel Sano’s shin

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Surgery is still being considered as a last resort for Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been slow to heal from a stress reaction in his left shin. Now approaching two months since fouling a pitch off the area around his shin, Sano would require an eight-week recovery period should he..." October 11

  • Don’t tell Paul Molitor’s Twins the sacrifice bunt is a dying art

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With each of the Twins’ 53 sacrifice bunt attempts this season, second-most in the American League, Twitter’s court of public opinion would light up with its trusted hashtag of shrieking disapproval: #NeverBunt. While this is to some extent an oversimplication — bunting for a hit, for instance,..." October 09

  • Twins, manager Paul Molitor agree on three-year deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor and the Twins have agreed on a three-year contract that will bring the 61-year-old back as the team's manager. Final details of the contract were worked out over the weekend. Molitor's three-year contract expired at season's end. The Twins were the first team to make the..." October 09

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton played through cracked rib in wild-card loss

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Turns out Twins center fielder Byron Buxton had a very good reason for leaving Tuesday’s American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium after three innings. According to a person with direct knowledge, Buxton was diagnosed this week with a cracked rib after initially being removed due to what..." October 07

  • Twins Make Offer To Paul Molitor

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:22pm: Berardino cites two sources in reporting that Molitor is weighing an offer to return to manage the team in 2018. To this point, there’s been no report of a multi-year offer for Molitor, and Berardino writes that there’s “still work to be done” to finalize the deal. 6:33pm: Mike..." October 06

  • It was a heck of a year for the Minnesota Twins with plenty of hope for the future

    CBS Sports "The Twins fell to the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night in the Bronx, and that means their 2017 season has drawn to a close. That disappointment notwithstanding, the Twins have a lot of reasons to look back upon the campaign that was as a rousing success. Why's that? Well, two..." October 04

  • Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After seeing only 30 pitches in game action since Aug. 19, Miguel Sano will not be active for Tuesday night’s American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. In a difficult decision the Twins took down to the wire, the slugging third baseman was not included on the official 25-man roster..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Twins' Miguel Sano: Likely to start on bench Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Manager Paul Molitor said Sano (shin) will likely open Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees on the bench, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Sano returned from a lengthy stay on the disabled list over the weekend, but he exited Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his..." October 02

  • Twins activate Miguel Sano from disabled list

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins reinstated All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Friday. He has been out for the team's past 38 games because of a left shin stress reaction. " September 29

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Twins GM Thad Levine tells 1500ESPN Miguel Sano could potentially play this weekend

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Minnesota Twins’ run to the postseason is made even more improbable by the fact that All-Star Miguel Sano has been out for the last month. On Thursday, Twins GM Thad Levine joined Mackey and Judd on 1500ESPN. When asked about Sano’s health, he opened the door to the possibility Sano could see..." September 29

  • Twins' Ervin Santana: Named as wild-card game starter

    CBS Sports "Santana will take the mound for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees or the Red Sox, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. This should come as no surprise, as Santana has been Minnesota's ace throughout the season, tossing 206.1 innings over the course of 32 starts in 2017, prior..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • Miguel Sano tests left shin injury with 60 swings "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction to his left shin, saw two specialists who confirmed the original diagnosis and cleared him to return to taking swings. Sano visited orthopedists Dr. Martin O'Malley in New York and Dr. Robert Anderson in..." September 28

  • Twins first in history to make playoffs year after 100-loss season

    ESPN "From worst to wild card, the Minnesota Twins have completed a most remarkable reversal. Their unexpected turnaround season has a new destination -- the playoffs. Unable to clinch on their own after losing 4-2 to the Indians, the Twins earned an AL wild-card berth and meeting with either New..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Twins’ ByungHo Park plans to stay in Twin Cities this offseason

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Coming off a disappointing season at Triple-A Rochester, South Korean first baseman ByungHo Park has decided to remain in the Twin Cities for the bulk of this offseason in hopes of righting his major league career. “As I understand it, he is going to work out stateside for the offseason,” Twins..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Twins To Sign Venezuelan Prospect Carlos Aguiar

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a deal with Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Aguiar, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The contract contains a $1MM bonus. Aguiar wasn’t eligible to be signed until his 16th birthday, which took place on August 28. “Several late suitors” besides the..." September 23

  • Girl hit by Yankees’ foul ball has ‘long’ recovery ahead: relative

    New York Post "The little girl who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium remains in the hospital two days after the freak accident — but her recovery could take much longer, a relative said Friday. “She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have fired international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. It’s the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization. Norsetter, who..." September 21