Twins Rumors & News

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Rangers official Thad Levine could be next general manager of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thad Levine, currently the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, has emerged as a candidate to work under Derek Falvey once he takes over as the Twins chief baseball officer, according to a source familiar with the Twins search. The Twins, according to another source, tried to hire..." October 26

  • Red Sox, D-backs, Twins In Mix For Amiel Sawdaye

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox vice president of international and amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye is weighing whether to accept Boston’s general manager job or take the Diamondbacks’ assistant GM position, Peter Gammons reports (Twitter link). It’s also possible Sawdaye could join the Twins’ front office, a source told..." October 24

  • Twins outfielder Logan Schafer elects free agency

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran outfielder Logan Schafer has declined his outright to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency after the Twins took him off their 40-man roster this week. Schafer, 30, made 19 starts with the Twins over the final five weeks after spending much of the year with the Red Wings. In 74..." October 20

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Twins want $1.65 million to upgrade lighting at Target Field

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins want to put things in a better light next year at Target Field. For the first time since the ballpark opened in 2010, the team is seeking to tap the Ballpark Capital Reserve Fund for structural improvements. The plan is to use $1.6 million to replace lights in the crown-like canopy..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Twins Name Derek Falvey Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have officially announced that they’ve hired Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey as their executive vice president and chief baseball officer. Falvey will join the Twins once the Indians’ season is over. Rob Antony will continue as interim GM until then. Twins Daily’s Jeremy Nygaard and..." October 03

  • Twins' Brian Dozier: Leaves game with oblique soreness

    CBS Sports "Dozier left Saturday's game against the White Sox with right oblique soreness, Rhett Bollinger of reports." October 02

  • Buxton fuels Twins' victory over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The worst season in Minnesota Twins history at least had an upbeat ending on Sunday. The Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 to finish 59-103 -- the most losses since moving to Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1961 -- but closed with three wins in their final four games. Byron..." October 02

  • Rodon fans 10, White Sox hand Twins 103rd loss

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon knows when he's effectively throwing strikes on a regular basis, good things are bound to happen. And from the get-go Friday night, the Chicago White Sox left-hander didn't miss the strike zone much. Rodon struck out 10, including the first seven batters he..." October 01

  • Buxton, Polanco HRs power Twins past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox said little about manager Robin Ventura not returning next season -- and they were quiet on offense against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco homered as the Twins avoided their 104th loss of the season by defeating the..." October 01

  • Vargas, Buxton power Twins past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kennys Vargas and Byron Buxton shouldered the offense for the Minnesota Twins to win for only the third in their past 20 games on the road. Vargas homered for the second straight game and doubled, while Buxton tripled and doubled as the Twins held off the Kansas City..." September 30

  • Royals outlast Twins in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Raul Mondesi scored the winning run, it was the Kansas City Royals' bullpen that made the victory possible. Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night. Seven Royals..." September 28

  • Royals eliminated from race despite win over Twins

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There will be no World Series parade this year through the Kansas City downtown streets. The title defense ended for the Royals despite scoring three runs with two outs in the eighth to beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales drove in the..." September 28

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Twins to hire Indians exec Falvey as president

    MLB Trade Rumors "Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and’s Rhett Bollinger both caution that the team’s executive search “is still ongoing” (links to Twitter), and the team has, of course, yet to make an announcement on the hiring." September 26

  • How's Joe Mauer as Twins season winds down? 'I feel terrible'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer was signing autographs Saturday afternoon when he was asked how he feels. “Great,” he said reflexively. “Just great.” Hmm. There is considerable evidence to the contrary. OK, Joe, all informal pleasantries aside, how do you really feel? “Well, I feel terrible,” the Twins first..." September 25

  • Ailing Cruz, Mariners hand Twins 100th loss

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Not even a sore wrist could keep Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz from reaching the seats this weekend at Target Field. Cruz hit two solo home runs and Jesus Sucre continued his hot hitting since his recall from Triple-A with a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners held on..." September 25

  • Cano, Mariners rip Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't tell the Seattle Mariners that they've got too big a hill to climb to make the postseason. While many around the league were scoreboard-watching, the Mariners did some scoreboard-filling, posting a six-run seventh inning to open their three-game visit to Minnesota..." September 24

  • Twins beat Mariners to end seven-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins didn't make history on Saturday. Teetering on the brink of just the second 100-loss season in franchise history, that's a good thing for them. Early homers by Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano helped the Twins snap a seven-game losing streak, and they never..." September 24

  • Tigers sweep Twins, move into playoff position

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers can be thankful the Minnesota Twins are one of their American League Central rivals. Thanks in part Detroit's dominant performance against Minnesota, the Tigers are in prime position to make the playoffs while the Twins are closing in on 100 losses...." September 23

  • Ailing Tigers, Twins set for Thursday doubleheader

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- If there is any silver lining to the rainout Wednesday, it is an extra day for both the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins to get healthy. The Wednesday game at Target Field was postponed due to heavy rain in the bottom of the third inning before either team scored a run. The..." September 22

  • Boyd, Cabrera carry Tigers past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd had one of his worst major league starts in his last outing, hurting Detroit's playoff hopes with a home loss to the last-place Minnesota Twins. Given another chance against the same opponent, Boyd made an adjustment and bounced back to boost the..." September 21

  • Mets edge Twins on Granderson's HR in 12th

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For several weeks now, the promotional items given out to New York Mets fans have served as a cruel reminder of the Mets' season-long battle with injuries. Fortunately for the Mets, the Curtis Granderson giveaway was months ago. Granderson, the last man standing from the..." September 18

  • Twins' Miguel Sano gets good report after MRI on back

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins received encouraging news about Miguel Sano and his sore back. Sano had a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday that came back relatively clean. “There was a little sign of an old injury that they are not concerned about,” manager Paul Molitor said. Sano, who is batting .236..." September 18

  • Mets complete sweep of hapless Twins

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The theme in recent weeks, especially for unheralded starting pitchers when they meet with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, is about opportunity. The meetings likely go something like "here is your opportunity to show us you can pitch at this level in the middle of a playoff..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • What Should the Twins Do with Brian Dozier?

    Baseball Essential "With the Minnesota Twins stranded in the basement with a 55-92 record, the Twin City faithful have one thing to smile about. Second baseman Brian Dozier is having a remarkable season. Dozier totals 41 home runs, trailing only Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo, who leads the league with..." September 17

  • Report: Twins may be interested in Mets’ assistant GM John Ricco

    Hardball Talk "In the wake of Terry Ryan’s departure from the club back in July, the Twins have been rudderless for several months while they search for a new head of baseball operations. The prevailing thought was that the incoming head of operations would select a new general manager to oversee the team,..." September 17

  • Colon collects 14th win in Mets' 3-0 victory

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The first time Bartolo Colon faced the Minnesota Twins on July 13, 1997, he was a 24-year-old pitching for the Cleveland Indians in a game at the Metrodome and facing a Twins lineup that featured Paul Molitor as the designated hitter. On Friday night, the 43-year-old Colon faced..." September 16

  • Indians exec a finalist for Twins GM job

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Some of the top first-guess names passed on the chance to run the Twins, but that doesn’t mean they won’t end up with a strong candidate. The assistant GM of the Indians, Derek Falvey, is a finalist for the Twins’ president of baseball operations job, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. " September 16

  • Brian Dozier’s Road To Stardom

    The Sports Quotient "No path to the major leagues is easy. Just ask Brian Dozier. Coming through the minors, Dozier was seen as a high-floor, low-ceiling type of player who would most likely end up as a utility man. Power wasn’t something he was known for (only 16 HR in 365 minor league games), but Dozier had a..." September 16

  • Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano heading home for back exams

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was scheduled to return to the Twin Cities on Thursday to have his ailing lower back examined by team doctors. With a little over two weeks left in the season, it seems an open question how much Sano will be able to play the rest of the way, if at all. He left..." September 15

  • Dozier, Santiago help Twins beat Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Some managers look at their opposition and see one player who they will avoid pitching to in game-altering situations. Apparently Detroit Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus is not one of those managers, or Minnesota's Brian Dozier is not one of those players. Down 2-0 in the second..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Miguel Sano headed back to the Twin Cities to have his back examined

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is headed to the Twin Cities tonight to have his back examined by doctors after it has failed to improve with two days of rest. Sano woke up several days ago with a sore lower right back and tried to play through it. But he had to come out of Monday's game..." September 15

  • Cabrera's homer pulls Tigers past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera is adept at quieting naysayers with his bat. The Tigers first baseman hit his 33rd home run of the season, a tiebreaking solo shot off the top of the railing on the wall in deep left center in the seventh inning Wednesday night, to lead Detroit to a 9-6 victory over..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Twins' Miguel Sano: Leaves with lower-back tightness

    CBS Sports "Sano left Monday's game in the bottom of the seventh inning due to lower-back tightness, the Star Tribune's LaVelle Neal reports." September 13

  • Twins rout Tigers behind Polanco, Gibson

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Easy wins, especially against the Detroit Tigers, have been a rarity for the Minnesota Twins this season. The last-place club got a chance to enjoy that feeling Tuesday while dealing a blow to the Tigers' playoff chances. Jorge Polanco drove in a career-high four runs and..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Minnesota Twins ask to interview Cubs executive Jason McLeod

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "On Monday night at Comerica Park, Brian Dozier joined Harmon Killebrew as the only Twins with 40 home runs in a season. Not bad for a former eighth-round draft pick who washed out at his primary position. “What (stinks) is they’re going to expect this every year from me,” Dozier said after a..." September 13

  • Dozier breaks AL record for HRs by 2nd baseman

    CBS Sports "Twins second baseman Brian Dozier on Monday night against the Tigers (MIN-DET GameTracker) hit his 40th home run of 2016. In doing so, he broke Alfonso Soriano's 2002 American League record for home runs by a primary second baseman in a single season." September 13

  • Twins' Brian Dozier belts 40th to join elite list of second basemen

    ESPN "Brian Dozier reached a personal milestone amid another Minnesota loss. He's having a hard time separating those contradictory feelings. "I'm sure when the season is over, it will mean a lot more, but I just wish this was happening in (first-place) Cleveland's position or Detroit's position,..." September 13