Twins Rumors & News

  • Twins' Santana gives update on finger injury

    MLB.com "Right-hander Ervin Santana showed up to Twins camp on Monday with a dark blue cast on his right hand and will wear it for two weeks before being reevaluated. Santana underwent surgery to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger on Feb. 6 and had a follow-up appointment in New York..." February 19

  • Mauer: 'I have no intention' of leaving Twins after contract expires

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The first clue about Joe Mauer’s baseball future comes when he talks not about his contract or career, but his 4-year-old twin daughters. Emily and Maren are in Florida this spring, Mauer said, because “they’ll be in kindergarten next year, so they can’t come down here.” That’s as opposed to..." February 18

  • Twins acquire RHP Jake Odorizzi from cash-strapped Rays

    Twin Cities "The Twins and the cash-strapped Tampa Bay Rays had plenty of trade conversations throughout the offseason. Saturday evening, all those cell minutes and text messages finally bore fruit. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who turns 28 just before Opening Day, will make the short drive from Port..." February 18

  • Twins To Sign Anibal Sanchez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have reached agreement on a MLB contract with veteran righty Anibal Sanchez, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitter links). Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN noted the connection on Twitter earlier this afternoon. Sanchez will receive a $2.5MM guarantee in the arrangement, per Heyman. He’ll..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Twins win arbitration hearing against Kyle Gibson

    Yardbarker "The Twins came out ahead in their arbitration hearing with right-hander Kyle Gibson, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports (via Twitter). Gibson will earn the $4.2MM salary that was submitted by the team, as opposed to the $4.55MM figure that was submitted by his representatives at Rowley..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Twins' Sano to report to spring training amid sexual assault investigation

    The Athletic "It didn't take very long for Miguel Sano to be a topic of discussion at spring training. As pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Tuesday, Twins general manager Thad Levine was asked about the ongoing MLB investigation of assault allegations against Sano and how it could affect the team’s..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Rays' Chris Archer is in Twins' sights as spring training approaches

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After failing to land Yu Darvish with a five-year contract offer, the Twins are looking at several other free-agent pitchers, as well as exploring trades with multiple teams, according to several sources with know­ledge of the club’s search. One pitcher the Twins have targeted is Rays..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Twins reportedly make formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are serious about their interest in Yu Darvish. They’re so serious that they made a formal contract offer to the pitcher, according to a report. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities reported in a podcast published on Wednesday that the Twins made a formal,..." February 08

  • Ervin Santana will be lost to Twins for 10-12 weeks

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have lost projected Opening Day starter Ervin Santana for 10-12 weeks after he had surgery on the third finger of his pitching hand Tuesday. That means Santana could be sidelined until May 1. Santana, an All-Star last season, had the surgery in New York City, performed by Dr...." February 06

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Twins reliever Glen Perkins retires after 12 major league seasons

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Glen Perkins, the local product who became a three-time All-Star as one of toughest lefthanded relievers in the game, is retiring. Twins General Manager Thad Levine said during a winter caravan stop that Perkins has decided to end his playing career but could return to the club in a front..." January 24

  • Astros Claim Buddy Boshers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have claimed left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins, per a team announcement from Houston. Boshers was designated for assignment by the Twins in order to clear a roster spot for Addison Reed. Boshers pushes Houston’s 40-man roster up to a count of 39. Set to..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • Yu Darvish Has Reportedly Received Five-Year Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yu Darvish has received “at least” one five-year offer, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Crasnick does not specify if the five-year offer is the one which he’s reportedly received from the Brewers, though Milwaukee is indeed one of the teams in the mix for Darvish, per the report. The..." January 22

  • Mets aren’t talking about bringing back Bartolo Colon — and they shouldn’t be

    New York Daily News "Hold off on pulling those Big Sexy T-shirts out of the back of your closet. At least two memebers of the Mets’ front office were a little surprised to hear there were reports over the weekend that said they are interested in bringing back Bartolo Colon. “You never know, things could change, but..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Twins interested in Wade Miley

    Hardball Talk "Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly..." January 21

  • Twins owner 'on board' with pursuing Darvish

    MLB.com "The Twins have been linked to free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish all offseason and have stated their interest publicly, but for the first time, owner Jim Pohlad confirmed he would OK a deal for Darvish for the right price. Pohlad, speaking to fans during a question-and-answer session during..." January 20

  • Twins determined in pursuit of Darvish

    MLB.com "As the Rule 5 Draft came to a close on Thursday, Twins general manager Thad Levine stood at the back of the room, waiting to meet with local reporters to talk about the Winter Meetings that were just wrapping up. But before Levine could do his media session, he was swarmed by a group of..." January 20

  • Twins P Michael Pineda intends to pitch this year

    Larry Brown Sports "Michael Pineda says he intends to pitch this year even though he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Pineda was signed by the Minnesota Twins this offseason for two years at $10 million. The Twins signed him to a two-year deal knowing that he might not be able to pitch this season..." January 20

  • Johan Santana inducted into Twins Hall of Fame

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins have added their 31st member to the organization’s Hall of Fame. The Twins formally announced on Friday that the club has now inducted former starting pitcher Johan Santana. “I know this honor means a great deal to Johan. He’s looking for a greater connection to the Twins,”..." January 19

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Twins To Sign Addison Reed

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a two-year contract worth slightly less than $17MM with free agent reliever Addison Reed, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (Twitter link). The deal is pending a physical. Reed is a Wasserman client. The fact that the Twins will reel in Reed on such a short-term..." January 13

  • MLB is investigating sexual assault allegations against Miguel Sano

    Hardball Talk "In late December a photographer for the Minnesota Twins website, Twins Daily, alleged that Miguel Sano assaulted her a few years ago. Her name is Betsy Bissen, and she offered a detailed account of the incident. In it she said that in 2015 Sano was at an autograph signing at a store at which she..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Report: Justin Morneau set to retire, rejoin Twins as special assistant

    Twin Cities "Justin Morneau could soon be coming home. One of five Twins to win the American League MVP, the popular former first baseman reportedly plans to retire after 14 seasons in the major leagues to become a special assistant in the Twins front office. Hall of Fame baseball writer Bob Elliott, now of..." January 09

  • MLB confident Puerto Rican stadium will be fixed before Indians-Twins series

    MLB.com "As the Puerto Rican Winter League began its abbreviated schedule Friday, preparations continued for Major League Baseball's return to the island. This year's regular-season series between the Twins and Indians will be played as scheduled, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last..." January 05

  • Twins in contact with Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "Since the signing of Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, there has been very little movement on the pitcher free agent market. Yu Darvish remains one of the biggest — if not the biggest — pitchers on the market. And the Minnesota Twins are among the teams with heavy interest in him. Fan Rag..." January 04

  • Dillon Gee signs with the Chunichi Dragons

    Hardball Talk "Nikkan Sports reports that Dillon Gee has signed with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan. Gee appeared in 18 games for the Rangers and Twins last year — four of them starts — and finished with a 3.47 ERA and a 41/15 K/BB ratio in 49.1 innings." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Twins haven’t discussed extension with Brian Dozier

    Hardball Talk "Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has another year left on his four-year, $20 million contract with the club, but extension talks have yet to surface again this offseason. “There has been none whatsoever, zero conversations about [staying in Minnesota] after next year,” he told Sid Hartman of the..." December 31

  • Twins are still serious about signing Mike Napoli

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are still seriously pursuing free agent first baseman Mike Napoli. The two sides don’t appear close to a deal at the moment, however, and Napoli has also attracted interest from both the Mets and Rays over the past month. Still, Heyman adds, the..." December 30

  • MLB to reach out to Miguel Sano accuser

    Sporting News "The woman who has accused Miguel Sano of sexual assault will soon speak with MLB about the incident. According to Yahoo! Sports, the league is expected to reach out to Betsy Bissen "sometime in the next 24 hours." Bissen, a photographer for a Twins website, Twins Daily, shared her story..." December 29

  • Miguel Sano Denies Assaulting Female Photog ...'It Never Happened'

    TMZ "Minnesota Twins star Miguel Sano is adamantly denying he ever assaulted a female photographer 2 years ago ... telling TMZ Sports "it never happened." Betsy Bissen posted a statement on social media Thursday accusing Sano of attempting to drag her into a bathroom to hook up against her will..." December 28

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