Twins Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Twins' Santiago continues mastery of White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Minnesota Twins left-hander Hector Santiago flashed a big smile. After earning his fifth straight victory against his old team, he knew what was about to happen. Santiago limited the Chicago White Sox to two runs in 6 2/3 innings as Minnesota cruised to a 7-2 victory Tuesday..." May 10

  • Twins claim Adam Wilk off waivers from the Mets

    Hardball Talk "The Twins announced on Wednesday that the club claimed pitcher Adam Wilk off waivers from the Mets. Wilk, 29, started on Sunday for the Mets against the Marlins in place of Matt Harvey, who had been suspended by the team for three games. The lefty went 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs (five..." May 10

  • Twins' Miguel Sano to serve one-game ban after losing appeal

    ESPN "Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano on Tuesday lost his appeal and will serve his one-game suspension for what Major League Baseball termed "aggressive actions" against the Detroit Tigers on April 22. Sano will sit out Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. He was..." May 09

  • Minnesota Twins acquire lefty Kevin Chapman for Danny Santana

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Twins officially cut ties Monday with Danny Santana, their one-time shortstop of the future, dealing him to Atlanta Braves for Triple-A left-hander Kevin Chapman. Santana, 26, hit .200 in just 25 at-bats before being designated for assignment over the weekend. Once ranked among the Twins’..." May 09

  • Red Sox score 10 in ninth to rout Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Red Sox's offense enjoyed Boston's weekend trip to Minnesota, ruining an anticipated pitching duel Sunday by securing the series finale with a season-high 17 runs. Boston scored 10 runs in the ninth inning after the Twins closed within one run in the eighth, and the Red..." May 07

  • Mauer's walk-off homer lifts Twins past Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- In uncharacteristic fashion, Joe Mauer pumped his fist rounding first base. When he reached home plate, he was mobbed by teammates before being picked up by Miguel Sano. Mauer enjoyed the moment after hitting his first career walk-off homer to push the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3..." May 06

  • Red Sox erupt early in rout of Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Boston's Josh Rutledge sent a seemingly innocuous grounder to shortstop Jorge Polanco with two outs in the second inning on Saturday. Polanco fielded the ball and fumbled the exchange while trying to decide whether to record the final out of the inning at first or second base...." May 06

  • Vargas' 5 RBIs power Twins past A's

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas expected a fastball from Oakland's Kendall Graveman in the third inning on Wednesday night and didn't waste any time, sending the first pitch of the at-bat deep to center field for a three-run homer. Vargas accounted for two hits and five RBIs to lift the..." May 04

  • A's beat Twins to end three-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS - Oakland Athletics rookie starter Jharel Cotton displayed some maturity by overcoming early struggles on Thursday. Meanwhile, Minnesota five-year veteran Kyle Gibson was unable to turn his season around and was sent to the minors. Cotton provided six effective innings on the..." May 04

  • Sano, Twins blast Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Life has been good for Miguel Sano lately. The Twins third baseman was recently named the American League Player of the Week after an impressive stretch on Minnesota's road trip. Sano's bat was a big reason why the Twins finished April with a winning record. On Tuesday,..." May 03

  • Former player, Twins manager Sam Mele dies at age 95

    Hardball Talk "Sam Mele, who played ten years in the big leagues and then managed the Minnesota Twins for seven seasons, has died. He was 95. Mele made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1947 before making stops with the Senators, White Sox, Indians, Reds and Orioles. He was a career.267 hitter with..." May 03

  • Sano drives in five as Twins top Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano struck out in his first at-bat Sunday. In his next three at-bats, he drove in five runs. Sano's big day at the plate and Phil Hughes' effective pitching into the sixth inning allowed the Minnesota Twins to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday. "My..." April 30

  • Twins send Royals to eighth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is glad he does not have to face teammate Miguel Sano. Sano homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Friday night. "Miggy is swinging the bat well,"..." April 29

  • Rangers slam Twins, 14-3

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers were wondering where their slumbering offense had gone. For one night, at least, the bats were back in a big way. Ryan Rua clubbed his first career grand slam, Shin-Soo Choo belted a three-run bomb in the same inning, and the Rangers blasted the..." April 27

  • Big inning leads Twins over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Minnesota Twins may want to play the Texas Rangers every night. Minnesota used its biggest inning of the year, a seven-run fifth, to roll past the Rangers 8-1 Tuesday night. Minnesota has now won four straight games against Texas and seven out of eight dating back to..." April 26

  • Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phil Hughes danced out of trouble early Monday night, keeping the Minnesota Twins close. That made one swing from Brian Dozier hold up. Hughes remained undefeated on the road, and Dozier delivered a three-run double in the Twins' 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on..." April 25

  • Minnesota’s Miguel Sano suspended one game but will appeal

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been suspended one game for his role in an altercation on Saturday afternoon, per Mike Berardino and LaVelle E. Neal III. Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been suspended one game for his role in an altercation on Saturday afternoon, per..." April 24

  • Miguel Sano shows how to thrive with a low batting average and lots of strikeouts

    CBS Sports "For as long as Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been in the baseball consciousness, it's easy to forget that he's still just 23 years of age. After all, he was a fixture on top prospects lists for half a decade, has been toggled among various positions, and is even a veteran of Tommy John..." April 24

  • Rosario's blast carries Twins by Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has historically been very good against the division-rival Minnesota Twins through the years. On Friday at Target Field, though, a patient Twins lineup got the better of Verlander. Minnesota drew six walks against the Detroit ace --..." April 22

  • Castellanos, Tigers outlast Twins in wild affair

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Justin Haley on Saturday, adding some intensity to an early-season matchup between the two American League Central foes. The Tigers responded to the hit-by-pitch and a later..." April 22

  • Bauer's strong outing helps Indians beat Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Santana enjoys hitting in Minnesota's Target Field. The Cleveland Indians' first baseman demonstrated why with another big performance on Thursday. Santana had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, and Trevor Bauer had his best outing of the season for the..." April 20