Twins Rumors & News

  • 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 "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 "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 "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

  • Photographer accuses Twins Miguel Sano of assault

    New York Daily News "Betsy Bissen, a professional photographer who has covered the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, has alleged that the team’s third baseman Miguel Sano assaulted her following an autograph signing at a store during the 2015 season. “No, he didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me,” she wrote...." December 28

  • Miguel Sano's post-surgery progress encouraging "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been rehabbing without any issues since his surgery on Nov. 13 to insert a titanium rod into his left shin, and he will begin training with former Major League third baseman Fernando Tatis shortly after the New Year. Sano, who sustained a stress fracture on..." December 27

  • Twins in serious discussions with Mike Napoli

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are reportedly eyeing another power bat for their lineup. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Monday that the Twins are in serious discussions with free agent first baseman and DH Mike Napoli, who spent 2017 with the Texas Rangers. There are indications that the Twins..." December 26

  • Twins agree to terms with veteran lefthander Zach Duke

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran lefthander Zach Duke, a major league source said Monday. The deal is pending a physical. Duke, who will be 35 on April 19, pitched last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, going 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief outings. He did not make..." December 25

  • Twins interested in signing Napoli

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Chris Gimenez and Mike Napoli don’t play the same position, not anymore. But the Twins appear interested in offering Gimenez’s role — as a clubhouse leader, not a catcher — to the veteran slugger. The Twins have contacted Napoli’s agent about a contract for 2018, in hopes of completing a..." December 24

  • Key for Twins might be desired length of Yu Darvish's contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It will take a club record offer to land free agent righthander Yu Darvish, and the Twins are very aware of that. But as they continue to look at Darvish as a top priority this offseason, the biggest concern is not just the money, it's the length of the contract that will be required to land..." December 23

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Twins are still part of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As spring training creeps closer — yes, it’s only two months away — we have the same old Twins. They speak optimistically of making impactful moves, fail to do so, then talk about how hard they tried. Or so it seems. This offseason still could be different. The Twins seem determined to try..." December 18

  • Twins to sign veteran reliever Fernando Rodney

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to a with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, pending Rodney passing a physical exam. The 2018 contract has a $4.25 million base with $1.75 million in possible incentives, sources confirmed. There is also a team $4.25 option for 2019; if the Twins don't pick it up, there's a..." December 14

  • Manager Paul Molitor: Twins have 'tremendous interest' in Yu Darvish

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There's more stuff from Twins manager Paul Molitor below, but here's one of the more interesting subjects he spoke about during his press conference today. As a mini-throng of Japanese media looked on, Molitor was asked about the Twins interest in free agent righthander Yu Darvish. "Let's..." December 13

  • Twins sign former Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that they have signed former Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract. Pineda, a free agent, is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, performed in July. He might not be available for the 2018 season, but he could be ready for..." December 13

  • Relationship with Twins GM Thad Levine could be ‘game-changer’ for Yu Darvish

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Yu Darvish, the Japanese star right-hander considered the best available starting pitcher on a slow-moving free-agent market, has been doing his homework on potential employers. That includes the Twins, whose general manager, Thad Levine, has publicly called signing Darvish a “priority.” Levine..." December 12

  • Yunior Severino signs $2.5 million deal with Twins

    Hardball Talk "’s Jesse Sanchez reports that infield prospect Yunior Severino signed a $2.5 million deal with the Twins on Friday. The deal has not been publicly confirmed by the team and appears to be pending a physical. The 18-year-old infielder was one of 13 prospects removed from the Braves’ system..." December 09

  • Twins To Extend Fan Safety Netting At Target Field

    CBS Minnesota "The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they’re extending and enhancing fan safety netting at Target Field for the 2018 season. The original backstop netting at Target Field met Major League Baseball guidelines. Before the 2016 season, the Twins extended the safety netting from behind home..." December 06

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Source: ByungHo Park, Twins working through release agreement

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The ByungHo Park experiment appears to be over. According to a person with direct knowledge, the disappointing slugger has asked the Twins for his release so he can return home to the Korea Baseball Organization. The Twins are expected to grant Park his release, but the person cautioned Sunday..." November 27

  • Yu Darvish, Shohei Ohtani Among Priorities For Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "Speaking with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio on Sunday, Twins general manager Thad Levine confirmed that the team is in the market for major pitching upgrades. Levine revealed that the Twins are actively talking with the agents for available starters Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance..." November 26

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Twins Have Explored Trades For Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are known to be on the hunt for rotation upgrades and have already been linked to top free agents Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, but they’re also poking around the trade market. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota has spoken to the Pirates about Gerrit Cole..." November 22

  • 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

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