Twins Rumors & News

  • AL Central showing interest in Justin Masterson

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28

  • Molitor adds 3 to staff including Allen as pitching coach

    Fox Sports North "New Twins manager Paul Molitor's coaching staff is three steps closer to being complete. The team announced Tuesday that it has hired Neil Allen as the pitching coach, former Twins closer Eddie Guardado as bullpen coach and Joe Vavra as the bench coach. That leaves just one coaching position..." November 25

  • Twins drop arbitration eligible Anthony Swarzak

    Hardball Talk "Anthony Swarzak was due for a raise to around $1.5 million via arbitration, but the Twins have decided to drop him from the 40-man roster rather than keeping him around for 2015. Swarzak can soak up innings in a long-relief role, but he doesn’t throw hard, miss bats, or have great control. " November 25

  • Willingham retires after 11 seasons

    ESPN.com "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told ESPN.com on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24

  • Twins hire new pitching coach Neil Allen from Rays’ minors

    Hardball Talk "Rays Triple-A pitching coach Neil Allen beat out longtime MLB pitching coach and former Twins reliever Carl Willis to become Minnesota’s new pitching coach. He joins first-year manager Paul Molitor’s new-look staff, which includes Tom Brunansky, Eddie Guardado, Gene Glynn, and Rudy Hernandez...." November 24

  • Twins hire Neil Allen as new pitching coach

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Neil Allen, who helped shepherd the pitchers who form the nucleus of one of the American League's best pitching staffs to Tampa Bay, has been hired as the new pitching coach of the Twins, three sources with knowledge of the hiring confirmed on Saturday. Allen, a coach in the Rays' system since..." November 23

  • Torii Hunter, Twins have 'common interest' in reunion

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press on Saturday that he favors the Twins among teams with which he is considering signing and that he could make a decision in a week or so. "(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common..." November 23

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Wily Mo Pena had .830 OPS, 32 HR, 90 RBI in 572 PA for Orix in 2014. Turns 33 in January. Interest in #MNTwins is reciprocal, source says.

  • Twins win bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang

    Hardball Talk "Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago. Yang won the Korean equivalent of the Cy Young award this season and the 26-year-old tops out at 92-95 miles per..." November 22

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    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    The #MNTwins have inquired about Masterson, I'm told. Sure, they're checking in on OFs, but finding a starter or two is the top priority.

  • Twins' Eddie Rosario leads Salt River Rafters to Arizona Fall League title

    CBSSports.com "The 2014 Arizona Fall League season came to end on Saturday with the Championship Game. Thanks to a huge game from Twins prospect Eddie Rosario, the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas by the score of 14-7 to win the league title. Here's the box score. Rosario, 23, went 4-for-5 with..." November 16

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Nor do rival teams expect #MNTwins to non-tender or deal LHP Tommy Milone (est. $2.8 arb number). He's penciled into 2015 rotation.

  • Twins change managers, but keep hitting coach Tom Brunansky

    Hardball Talk "Ron Gardenhire is gone as manager, but at least one of his coaches will stick around and be on new manager Paul Molitor’s staff, as the Twins announced that Tom Brunansky will return as hitting coach. There’s probably an argument to be made for simply cleaning house completely, although going..." November 06

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    I'm told #MNTwins do have some interest in Torii Hunter reunion, but he would have to take a MAJOR pay cut for it to happen.

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • Twins stars excited by Molitor hire, say he's great fit

    Fox Sports North "Glen Perkins is excited to have another Golden Gopher on board. Joe Mauer gladly welcomes a fellow Cretin-Derham Hall alumni. But both Minnesota Twins players were looking forward to more than just those school ties when Paul Molitor was introduced as the next manager of the Twins on Tuesday...." November 04

  • Twins have expressed interest in Torii Hunter

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Tuesday isn't just Election Day. It's also the first official day of free agency in Major League Baseball and one player the Twins have already expressed interest in is outfielder Torii Hunter, per a source. Teams were allowed to reach out to agents last week, but contractual terms can't be..." November 04

  • It's official: Paul Molitor named Twins manager

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins confirmed Monday that Paul Molitor will be named the team's new manager. He has agreed to a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Target Field. Molitor, 58, is considered one of baseball’s most cerebral..." November 04

  • Paul Molitor reportedly nearing deal to manage Twins

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Way back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of the Twins' marathon manager search, hall of famer Paul Molitor was considered the frontrunner. Nothing had changed in that regard by Saturday, Day 34 of the search, amid a 1500 ESPN radio report that a deal was being finalized to make the 58-year-old St. Paul..." November 02

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    Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger

    Can confirm #MNTwins prospect Byron Buxton underwent surgery on his left middle finger yesterday. He should be ready for Spring Training.

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    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    Per colleague @1500ESPN_Reusse: Molitor, as expected, will be the choice of the #MNTwins. Sort of figured news would leak this weekend.

  • Twins talked to Joe Maddon about manager job, sources say

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Maddon might be on the verge of becoming the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, but he was briefly on the Twins’ radar. The Twins, indeed, reached out to the Maddon camp after he became a free agent Friday, according to two sources with knowledge of the Twins’ search. It’s not clear how..." October 30

  • Twins' pitchers threw one pitch at 97+ mph in 2014

    CBSSports.com "One thing we've seen this postseason is a lot of velocity. Lots. Yordano Ventura of the Royals shut the Giants down in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night with his high-octane fastball, and we've also seen Kelvin Herrera and Hunter Strickland come out of the bullpen throwing triple-digit..." October 29

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Hearing Byron Buxton dislocated a finger today while diving for a ball during Arizona Fall League. Will post something soon.

  • 32d
    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    The Hubbard team (Ch. 5/1500-ESPN) also hearing Maddon is not in the #MNTwins mix. I expect a hiring before week is done: Molly or Lovullo.

  • 34d
    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Terry Ryan confirmed Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in DR. No setbacks post-TJ, but "doctors do not want him to play."

  • 34d
    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Twins will contact Joe Maddon, according to sources

  • 36d
    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    Source: #MNTwins sell Kris Johnson to Hiroshima in Japan. Frees up 40-man spot. Full story just posted on http://t.co/hDRWl3elgw.

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Who is Yasmany Tomas, and who will sign him?

    New York Daily News "Spending on Cuban talent has become the trendy way for a baseball team to try to improve quickly. We all know about Yasiel Puig, the most interesting man in baseball, and Jose Abreu is about to win a rookie of the year award for the White Sox. Boston’s effort to engineer another fast turnaround..." October 22

  • Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton

    Hardball Talk "Minnesota has declined right-hander Jared Burton‘s option for 2015, choosing to pay the 33-year-old reliever a $200,000 buyout rather than a $3.6 million salary. Not so long ago that option looked like it might be a bargain, as Burton went from scrap-heap pickup to one of the league’s best..." October 22

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Looks like it's Molitor, Mientkiewicz and Lovullo left for the Twins job

  • 38d
    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Doesn't sound like Terry Ryan is expected to offer Paul Molitor the mgr job just yet. More due diligence remains. #MNTwins

  • 40d
    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    Possible sign #MNTwins are getting closer to naming a manager: source tells me Joe McEwing is out of the mix.

  • Twins GM Ryan tells fans Sano could be headed for the outfield

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins’ original timetable may have envisioned Miguel Sano as the team’s starting third baseman next April, but Tommy John surgery and a lost 2014 season changed all that. Sano won’t be in Minneapolis next April, General Manager Terry Ryan told season-ticket holders on Wednesday, and when he..." October 09

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    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    Source: #MNTwins have contacted Chip Hale, and the A's have granted permission. So expect his interview in the near future.

  • 55d
    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Paul Molitor has had multiple interviews with the Twins

  • Mientkiewicz interviews for Twins managing job

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins General Manager Terry Ryan is pushing on with his search for a new manager, interviewing former Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz for the job Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the search process. Ryan on Thursday headed to Fort Myers, Fla., to watch prospects in the..." October 03

  • Molitor seen as a Twins favorite; ex-Twin Mientkiewicz interviewing

    CBSSports.com "Hall of Fame player Paul Molitor, who interviewed Wednesday for the Twins managing job, is seen as a favorite, if not the favorite for the job -- though the process is just getting started. Twins GM Terry Ryan, who has presided over an amazingly stable baseball department, is on his way to..." October 03

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Tigers shut out Twins, split final series to end regular season

    Michigan Live "It took the full 162 games, but the Detroit Tigers got the job done. The Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive American League Central Division title Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the final game of the regular season. Ian Kinsler homered and drove in two..." September 29

  • Ron Gardenhire out as Twins manager

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ron Gardenhire, who had managed the Twins since 2002, was dismissed Monday with a year remaining on a two-year deal he signed last season. Gardenhire and his predecessor, Tom Kelly, are the only managers the Twins have had since late in the 1986 season, and Kelly voluntarily stepped down after the..." September 29

  • Twins offense pounds away at Tigers' postseason plans

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It’s getting ugly here in Comerica Park. The games are blowouts, the fans are booing, and one team looks like it cannot wait for the 2014 season to end. Here’s the weird part, though: It’s the Twins who have only one game left to play, and the Tigers who are playoff-bound. But for the second..." September 28

  • Memorable Motown homecoming for Twins' Achter in victory over Tigers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The announced 35,178 who showed up at Comerica Park on Friday night didn’t get to do the celebrating they had hoped for. Well, except for the dozen or so who are related to A.J. Achter. The former Michigan State righthander earned his first major league victory in the ballpark he has visited..." September 27

  • Tigers top Twins, cut magic number down to 2

    Detroit News "Win and wait, win and wait. That's the way of it right now for the Tigers as the regular season ticks down. But as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait — and in the form of a fourth consecutive American League Central championship, something good might take place on Friday for..." September 26

  • 'Not meant to be': Twins' Hughes turns down shot at $500K bonus

    Fox Sports North "Thanks to a rain delay, Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes came one out away from earning a $500,000 bonus Wednesday, his last start of the 2014 season. Needing just one-third of an inning to trigger the bonus, Hughes was offered the chance to pitch out of the bullpen this weekend in Detroit..." September 26

  • Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future. However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends. Willingham, one of..." September 26

  • Twins Trevor Plouffe breaks forearm while making tag

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Despite another lost Twins season, third baseman Trevor Plouffe had self-direction to finish the campaign strong. Then in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Arizona, his left forearm snapped, ending his season with four games remaining. "It sucks for him," said second baseman Brian Dozier. "I know he..." September 25

  • Minnesota Twins beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After four consecutive seasons of at least 90 losses, the Twins manager and his coaching staff have no idea if they’ve worked their final game at Target Field. But manager Ron Gardenhire is hoping that’s not the case. Gardenhire, speaking Wednesday before the Twins defeated the Arizona..." September 25

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