Twins Rumors & News

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Twins Acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Braves, per a club announcement. Cash considerations will also go to Minnesota in the deal, in which Atlanta acquires young righty Huascar Ynoa. While these two clubs had seemingly been nearing a deal involving..." July 24

  • Twins DFA reliever Craig Breslow, recall Alan Busenitz

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Twins designated left-handed reliever Craig Breslow for assignment Monday, recalling right-hander Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester to replace him on the 25-man roster. Breslow last pitched for the Twins during a marathon loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Originally..." July 24

  • Garcia deal to Twins not finished

    TSN "On Thursday night, it appeared the Minnesota Twins were putting on the finishing touches to a trade that would land them starting left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, but's Mark Feinsand says the deal has not yet come to fruition. Not only the deal not done, but the Braves..." July 21

  • Jaime Garcia Reportedly Traded by Braves to Twins

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins acquired starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves,'s Rhett Bollinger reported Thursday. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman confirmed Garcia is on the move. According to Bollinger, Atlanta will receive a minor league player in a one-for-one swap. Garcia has..." July 21

  • Bartolo Colon Has Considered Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon tells ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he’s considered retirement recently. The 44-year-old signed a minor league pact with the Twins and made his debut in Minneapolis last night, surrendering four runs in four innings vs. the Yankees. Colon hasn’t made up his mind yet,..." July 19

  • Phil Hughes returns to disabled list, expected to be out for the season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes just wanted to find a way around his injury, to help the Twins win games. After three weeks, he and the team have given up on this season. Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, effectively ending his season after just nine starts, five relief appearances, and a..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Players who will be traded before the deadline

    ESPN "Justin Verlander has been mentioned in trade talks, and it’s possible that market moons and stars will align and the future Hall of Famer switches teams. But any Verlander deal would be incredibly complicated for the Tigers to pull off in the short time frame that remains before the July 31 trade..." July 17

  • Twins' Bartolo Colon: Will start Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Colon will start against the Yankees on Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Although Colon struggled during his outing Thursday with Triple-A Rochester, allowing four earned runs off four hits and a pair of walks in three innings, the Twins saw enough from their newly-acquired..." July 15

  • Bartolo Colon dissed? Vet says ex-Mets mates didn’t recruit him

    New York Post "Any Mets fans upset the team did not make a reunion with Bartolo Colon happen might want to put the blame where it belongs — on the current Mets players, Big Sexy’s former teammates. Last Friday, Colon “stunned” Mets officials and disappointed many fans when he decided to sign a minor league..." July 15

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • Report: Twins 'checking on' Sonny Gray

    CSN Bay Area "The A's are 21 games out of first place in the AL West and figure to be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Prospective buyers are already engaging to see what Oakland has to offer. The Twins, who are 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, are "checking on" controllable..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Twins Showing Interest In Controllable Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are “checking in” on a few starting pitchers around the game, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Minnesota is seemingly limiting its interest to controllable arms at this point. That’s not terribly surprising to hear. After all, the Twins are still treading water..." July 11

  • Twins sign Bartolo Colon to minor-league deal, but does he have anything left?

    CBS Sports "With the release of Bartolo Colon by the Braves becoming official a few days ago, many expected the Mets to re-up with "Big Sexy," but instead Colon has signed a minor-league deal with the Twins. The club announced the move Friday evening. Perhaps most noteworthy here is that this marks..." July 08

  • Twins still weighing whether to put Joe Mauer (back spasms) on DL

    ESPN "Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer might not play again before the All-Star break, and the Twins have not ruled out putting him on the disabled list because of back spasms, manager Paul Molitor said. Mauer was not in the starting lineup for Thursday's 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles,..." July 07

  • Twins GM says they aren’t interested in rentals

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are right on the cusp of the AL Central lead, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to activate win-now mode. In an appearance Friday on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities’ “Mackey and Judd,” Twins general manager Thad Levine said that the team is lukewarm on the rental market and is..." July 07

  • Twins reliever Tyler Duffey admits he’s worn teammate’s undies

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tyler Duffey admitted it — he has worn another man’s underwear. But the circumstances, to the Twins reliever, made it completely acceptable. It was a pair of long johns, on a chilly day, while playing in Rochester, N.Y., and he grabbed them from the team’s lost and found. Yes, even in..." July 05

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Twins prospect and 2017 No. 1 pick went deep in first professional at-bat

    CBS Sports "The best month of Royce Lewis' life just keeps getting better. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Twins selected Lewis out of a California high school with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft. They later paid him a $6.725 million bonus, the largest bonus ever given to a high school..." June 27

  • Twins Agree To Minors Deal With Dillon Gee

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a minor league pact with free-agent right-hander Dillon Gee, tweets Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN was the first to report that the two sides were in talks, and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweeted soon after that the two sides were “very close” to..." June 20

  • Twins To Sign Royce Lewis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a deal with first overall draft pick Royce Lewis, Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman tweets. Lewis will receive a bonus of a bit over $6.7MM. Lewis, a high school shortstop from California, will forgo his commitment to UC-Irvine, as expected. It was reported late last week that Lewis..." June 17

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Twins are reportedly deciding between two players for No. 1 pick

    CBS Sports "Monday night, all 30 baseball teams will look to acquire their next franchise cornerstone when the 2017 First-Year Player Draft begins. It's a three-day even that covers 40 rounds. Here are all the first round details. The Minnesota Twins hold the first overall pick for the third time in..." June 12

  • Why the Twins should skip the two-way star at No. 1

    Sporting News "While holding the first pick in the MLB Draft is a somewhat “dubious honor,” to quote Crash Davis from "Bull Durham," it does provide a team — the Twins this year — the opportunity to help turn around their organization’s fortunes. So far this spring, three names have been linked with the..." June 11

  • Twins reportedly leaning toward a surprise at No. 1 overall

    CBS Sports "As you might know, MLB's first-year player draft begins on Monday night. The Minnesota Twins have the no. 1 pick, and it seems increasingly likely they'll spend that on a collegiate pitcher -- just, perhaps, not the one everyone is expecting. Over the last few weeks, the Twins have been..." June 10

  • Twins claim Chris Heston off waivers from the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse announced on Wednesday that the team claimed pitcher Chris Heston off waivers from the Dodgers. This comes just two weeks after the Dodgers claimed Heston off waivers from the Mariners, so it’s been a busy time for the right-hander. The Twins..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Sixteen years after No. 1 pick, no regrets for Twins or Joe Mauer

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The conference call had begun, and a voice in New York was slowly and deliberately taking roll, making sure each major league team was connected, could hear clearly, and was ready to start. The 2001 MLB draft was about to begin, and the Twins still didn’t have an answer. “Cleveland … ready...." June 04

  • Dodgers acquire Jason Wheeler from Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Dodgers acquired Twins’ lefty reliever Jason Wheeler for cash considerations, the team announced on Friday. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers shifted third baseman Rob Segedin to the 60-day disabled list to clear space for Wheeler on the 40-man roster. The rookie southpaw was optioned to..." June 03

  • Hunter Greene? Brendan McKay? Kyle Wright? Twins' Falvey coy about No. 1 draft choice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have narrowed the field of candidates to “a group of five to six, probably,” for the first pick in the June 12 draft, Derek Falvey said Wednesday, and roughly a dozen scouts and supervisors have seen each one in person. But “there are questions we want to answer with each of these..." June 01

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • Joe Mauer becomes first Twin to reach base seven times in a game since Rod Carew

    Hardball Talk "Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings. ESPN’s Stats & Info notes..." May 29

  • Twins’ top prospect Nick Burdi will undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Twins’ right-hander Nick Burdi is set to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced on Friday. Burdi made 14 appearances for Double-A Chattanooga before succumbing to a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is not expected to make his major league debut until mid-2018 at the..." May 27

  • Twins relief prospect Nick Burdi headed for Tommy John surgery

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Double-A Chattanooga right-hander Nick Burdi, one of the Twins’ top pitching prospects, is headed for Tommy John surgery after suffering a full thickness tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Burdi, 24, last pitched on Sunday at Biloxi, where he worked his seventh scoreless outing of the month..." May 26

  • Twins reportedly expected to pass on Hunter Greene at No. 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Hunter Greene is good enough to have been featured on the cover of SI a few weeks ago, but he may not be good enough to convince the Minnesota Twins to select him with the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s MLB draft. Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Twins are expected to pass on..." May 26

  • Twins are reportedly narrowing down choices for top overall pick

    CBS Sports "The Twins own the top pick in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft (colloquially known as the MLB Draft). Since said draft gets underway on June 12, the Twins are working steadily toward deciding what to do with at that No. 1 overall selection. Speaking of which, the Twins have reportedly..." May 25

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Shoulder sends Phil Hughes to DL again as Twins split doubleheader with Royals

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Phil Hughes clearly wasn’t right. As Jorge Bonifacio sent a fourth-inning cut fastball on a majestic arc into the bullpen, the Twins’ struggling starter slumped forward with both hands on his knees. When Brandon Moss connected as well moments later, a shellshocked Hughes was on his way to a 6-4..." May 22

  • Ian Desmond compares Twins’ Jose Berrios to Jose Fernandez

    Larry Brown Sports "Jose Berrios has been dominant in his first two outings this season for the Minnesota Twins. He’s looked so good that he has one of his opponents comparing him to the late Jose Fernandez. Here’s what Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond said about Berrios after Thursday’s game. Desmond..." May 19

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Four-run rally carries Rockies past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Colorado Rockies aren't too familiar with Target Field, the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins. Tuesday marked just the second time since the park opened in 2010 that the Rockies paid a visit. These days, though, it doesn't seem to matter which road venue Colorado plays..." May 17

  • Twins handcuff Indians again in 4-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- This was the Jose Berrios that Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was hoping to see. "You've got to be excited about a performance like that," Molitor said. Berrios pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, combining with two relievers to give up three hits, and Max Kepler homered..." May 13

  • Kintzler helps Twins hang on to beat White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Brandon Kintzler quickly got into trouble Thursday when he entered in relief in the eighth inning with a one-run lead and two runners on base against the Chicago White Sox. The Minnesota Twins right-hander misfired with a wild pitch during an Omar Narvaez at-bat, allowing runners..." May 12

  • Twins in no rush to promote Jose Berrios

    Hardball Talk "Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios had an uninspiring debut last season, posting an 8.02 ERA with an equally ugly 49/35 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings across 14 starts last season. But the 22-year-old has been utterly dominant at Triple-A Rochester so far this season, compiling a minuscule 1.13..." May 12

  • Twins to promote Jose Berrios

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we posted about the Twins’ alleged lack of interest in bringing up top prospect Jose Berrios in the short term. Scratch that. They’re doing it. He’s being called up and will start for the Twins on Saturday. Berrios did not impress in his partial season in the majors last year, posting..." May 12

  • Twins, Santana shut down Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Nobody was more surprised by the final score than the winning manager. "You don't expect a 1-0 game in this park, but we'll take it. This is a good win for us," Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Ervin Santana pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball and..." May 12

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11