Also, #mntwins SS Pedro Florimon has been out since 12/6 with an oblique strain. "Not considered serious," Terry Ryan said.
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Miguel Sano, the Twins' highly rated Double-A third baseman, had his ailing throwing elbow re-examined recently by club doctors. According to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, Sano's elbow "has improved." "There have been some positive results," Ryan said Thursday. "He'll be re-examined in..." December 19
Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
MLB Trade Rumors "Doumit, who will turn 33 on April 3, is coming off a down season in which he batted .247/.314/.396 and dealt with concussion issues late in the year. However he's just one year removed from a strong .275/.320/.461 showing with a career-high 18 homers for the Twins. Though he's not considered a..." December 18
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Friday announced the signing of Jason Kubel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, giving a player they drafted a chance to re-establish himself as a power hitting outfielder. It’s a low-risk move for a club that’s searching for offensive help. Kubel..." December 14
CBSSports.com "This offseason, the Twins have already added Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to the rotation, and now, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, they've agreed to terms with right-hander Mike Pelfrey on a two-year contract. Heyman adds that the deal will guarantee Pelfrey $11 million with the chance to..." December 14
CBSSports.com "The race for Bronson Arroyo is down to Twins, Reds and two other teams according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Mets, Pirates, Angels and Giants all had interest in the free agent right-hander at different points of the offseason. Arroyo, 36, came into the winter seeking at least a..." December 14
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
jason kubel agrees to deal with #twins. nice homecoming.
Byron Buxton recently ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, fastest of his life. His previous best was 4.43, he said. "I want to get faster." #MNTwins
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Even as their free-agent pursuit of veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo grinds toward the finish line, the Twins are keeping a spot open for Mike Pelfrey. Their two-year, $10 million offer remains on the table for the towering right-hander who went 5-13 with a 5.19 earned-run average in 2013,..." December 11
Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have met with the agent for outfielder Rajai Davis, an indication that they are concerned about having a fall-back plan if Aaron Hicks doesn't win the centerfield job during spring training. Davis, 33, has a career batting average of .268 and has stolen 268 bases in his career. He can..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Sources: #Twins making push for Arroyo, talks gaining momentum.
Sounds like the Twins have interest in former Mets catcher John Buck.
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
Sources: Yankees among many teams showing interest in A's starter Brett Anderson. A's likely to deal him at Winter Meetings.
TR: "We are not done with this free agent issue."
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
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
Byron Buxton, I'm told, will continue resting his strained L shoulder through Thanksgiving weekend. Could resume BB activities next week
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
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
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