Twins Rumors & News

  • Migraines force Byron Buxton to disabled list for Twins

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches. After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team..." April 19

  • Berrios: Starting for Twins in native Puerto Rico 'is a special moment'

    MLB.com "Shohei Ohtani and Jose Berrios have a few things in common. They are 23 years old. They have overpowering pitch repertoires. And they can hit. Admittedly, Berrios' Major League sample size is microscopic: He is 2-for-6 in the Majors. But the right-hander who dominated the White Sox on Thursday..." April 18

  • Indians vs. Twins to Be Played in Puerto Rico Despite Island-Wide Blackout

    Bleacher Report "Despite an island-wide blackout, the scheduled game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be played Wednesday. According to ABC News, it is expected to take between 24 and 36 hours for power to be restored. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted..." April 18

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton scratched from lineup with migraine

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, originally scheduled to bat eighth in the opener of this two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians, was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after batting practice because of a migraine. Robbie Grossman took Buxton’s spot in the lineup, bumping Max..." April 17

  • Twins-White Sox postponed for 2nd straight day

    Chicago Tribune "The Twins postponed their second straight game against the White Sox on Saturday morning due to a snowstorm that began Friday night and was expected to last nearly 24 hours. The Twins and White Sox didn’t play Friday either due to rain, and Sunday’s game could be in question depending on how..." April 14

  • Joe Mauer joins the 2,000 hit club

    Hardball Talk "With his second hit on Thursday evening against the White Sox, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer became the 287th member of baseball’s 2,000 hit club. He singled in the third inning to knock in the Twins’ second run and hit a two-run single in the seventh off of White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer to..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • How the Twins improved their defense and became a playoff contender

    Sporting News "The Minnesota Twins were 2017’s biggest surprise, going from 103 losses to a playoff spot due in large part to allowing 101 fewer runs. That swing came without making any notable pitching acquisitions or breakout performances, but through better defense and run prevention. 2018 may be even..." April 09

  • Twins Pursued Offseason Extensions With Multiple Young Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins were long rumored to be chatting with center fielder Byron Buxton about a new contract this spring. But it seems he was not the only target for an organization that was evidently hoping to enhance the value of some existing player control rights. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, via..." April 05

  • Ervin Santana Still Not Cleared To Throw

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins righty Ervin Santana has still not been cleared to resume throwing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was among those to report on Twitter. He is rehabbing from early-February finger surgery. When the procedure was announced, the club suggested that Santana might be ready to..." April 05

  • Report: Buxton, Berrios, Kepler rejected long-term deals from Twins

    The Score "The Minnesota Twins' attempt to lock up their young core this winter was unsuccessful. The club reportedly made an effort to sign Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, and Max Kepler to long-term deals during the offseason but all offers were turned down, sources told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Both..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Brian Dozier explains what critics are missing in flap over Chance Sisco bunt

    Twin Cities "Brian Dozier noticed he was “getting hammered” on social media in the wake of his Sunday criticism of Baltimore Orioles rookie catcher Chance Sisco and his ninth-inning bunt against the shift in a 7-0 game. While even some Twins fans wondered why the star second baseman and several of his..." April 02

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Brian Dozier and the Twins are upset the Orioles' Chance Sisco tried to help his team win

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios carried his team to victory over the Baltimore Orioles (MIN 7, BAL 0). Berrios struck out six in the three-hit shutout. It was the first complete game of his career. In the ninth inning, O's catcher Chance Sisco bunted against the..." April 01

  • Twins starter Kyle Gibson had to leave a no-hitter after six innings due to his pitch count

    CBS Sports "Minnesota right-hander, Kyle Gibson worked six hitless innings at Camden Yards in Saturday night's game against the Orioles. However, Twins manager Paul Molitor understandably pulled Gibson after the sixth as the 30-year-old right-hander was already at 102 pitches (just 56 of which were strikes)..." April 01

  • Report: Talks ‘dead’ between Twins and Brian Dozier on a contract extension

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The talks, they are dead. Brian Dozier will not get a contract extension this year with the Minnesota Twins, according to a report from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. So there you have it. The Twins aren’t going to extend Dozier and he’ll be a free agent next winter. We wrote in recent weeks why it..." March 29

  • Twins send Kennys Vargas to Class AAA Rochester

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kennys Vargas cleared waivers Tuesday and was sent to Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) by the Twins. Vargas was designated for assignment earlier this month by the Twins, then claimed off waivers by Cincinnati. When the Reds tried to sneak him through waivers so they could stash him in the minors,..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Twins Claim Kennys Vargas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have claimed Kennys Vargas off waivers from the Reds, says Dan Hayes of The Athletic. The Reds had claimed the first base/DH type off waivers from the Twins just two days ago, but it’s possible that they designated him in order to make room for infielder Cliff Pennington, who was added..." March 24

  • Twins' Miguel Sano won't be suspended by MLB after Twitter accusation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Major League Baseball declined to suspend Miguel Sano after a lengthy investigation into an assault accusation. The Twins third baseman had been the subject of an inquiry by MLB after being accused, on Twitter, of assault in a 2015 incident at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. Sano was accused..." March 23

  • Erick Aybar Opts Out Of Twins Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Shortstop Erick Aybar is no longer in the Twins’ spring camp, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (Twitter link), thus indicating that the veteran has decided to opt out of his minor league contract with the team. Today was Aybar’s opt-out date for his deal, and the..." March 23

  • Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins have lost first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas to waivers. The Reds have picked up the big slugger from the waiver wire, the team announced Thursday. In his career with the Twins, Vargas hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 homers in 859 plate appearances. Vargas, who will be 28 this summer, has..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Twins teammates vow to support suspended shortstop Jorge Polanco

    Twin Cities "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has known Jorge Polanco since they were 12-year-old baseball prodigies in the famed town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. So it was an emotional conversation on Sunday evening between the two teammates, friends for half their young lives, after..." March 19

  • Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco receives 80-game steroid suspension

    Twin Cities "Just 11 days before opening one of their most promising seasons in recent memory, the Twins were rocked Sunday afternoon by a bombshell involving starting shortstop Jorge Polanco. Major League Baseball announced an 80-game suspension without pay for Polanco after he tested positive for..." March 18

  • Twins Acquire Jake Cave, Designate Kennys Vargas

    Yardbarker "The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment." March 16

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Twins have no plans to extend Brian Dozier

    Larry Brown Sports "Brian Dozier has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Minnesota Twins’ lineup over the past two years, but the team still has no plans to keep him beyond the 2018 season. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins are not planning to offer Dozier a contract extension and will..." March 11

  • Twins To Release Anibal Sanchez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins will release right-hander Anibal Sanchez, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports on Twitter. Sanchez’s 40-man roster spot will go to fellow righty Lance Lynn, whom the Twins added on a one-year, $12MM deal Saturday. The Twins brought Sanchez aboard less than a month ago, signing him..." March 11

  • Lance Lynn, Twins Reportedly Agree to 1-Year, $12M Contract

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent starting pitcher Lance Lynn is closing in on a deal with the Minnesota Twins, as reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Saturday. Per MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the contract will be for one year and is worth $12 million guaranteed. Lynn was one of the last major dominoes to..." March 10

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Twins could still use starter

    Fanrag Sports "The Twins offered Lance Lynn $20 million over two years, reported Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but that offer may have come awhile back. It was described as “outdated” by one person in the know. It doesn’t hurt to try, but does seem a bit low, considering there were decent but not..." March 08

  • Mike Pelfrey retires

    Hardball Talk "Mike Pelfrey has announced his retirement. Pelfrey was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State. He grew up in Wichita and is leaving baseball to take a job coaching with Newman University which is, you guessed it, in Wichita. Turns out you can go home again. He..." March 07

  • Twins reportedly offered Lance Lynn two years and $20 million, which is a lowball

    CBS Sports "The free agent market this offseason has been relatively terrible for the players and pretty great for the people who think the players make too much money. It's starting to get a bit ridiculous when it comes to an industry making well over $10 billion a year. A few days ago, we learned of Neil..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Sources: Twins still looking for (affordable) starting pitching

    Twin Cities "Even with a club-record $118 million payroll projected for Opening Day, the Twins continue to prowl for pitching upgrades. They recently offered a two-year, $20 million contract to free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, according to a person with direct knowledge. That idea proved a non-starter as..." March 07

  • Twins Have Not Approached Brian Dozier About Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brian Dozier has emerged as one of the faces of the Twins’ franchises in recent years, but he’s now on the precipice of free agency and has not been approached by the team about a contract he tells Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Dozier is earning $9MM..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

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