Twins Rumors & News

  • Owner Jim Pohlad on Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer and how the Twins might find pitchers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Including his team’s Oct. 3 cameo at Yankee Stadium, Twins owner Jim Pohlad has been watching the 2017 postseason with great interest. In particular, he’s been noticing the high-velocity arms the rest of the postseason field has been putting on the mound. “It’s daunting,” Pohlad said this week...." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Twins say surgery is still being considered for Miguel Sano’s shin

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Surgery is still being considered as a last resort for Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been slow to heal from a stress reaction in his left shin. Now approaching two months since fouling a pitch off the area around his shin, Sano would require an eight-week recovery period should he..." October 11

  • Don’t tell Paul Molitor’s Twins the sacrifice bunt is a dying art

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With each of the Twins’ 53 sacrifice bunt attempts this season, second-most in the American League, Twitter’s court of public opinion would light up with its trusted hashtag of shrieking disapproval: #NeverBunt. While this is to some extent an oversimplication — bunting for a hit, for instance,..." October 09

  • Twins, manager Paul Molitor agree on three-year deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Molitor and the Twins have agreed on a three-year contract that will bring the 61-year-old back as the team's manager. Final details of the contract were worked out over the weekend. Molitor's three-year contract expired at season's end. The Twins were the first team to make the..." October 09

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton played through cracked rib in wild-card loss

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Turns out Twins center fielder Byron Buxton had a very good reason for leaving Tuesday’s American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium after three innings. According to a person with direct knowledge, Buxton was diagnosed this week with a cracked rib after initially being removed due to what..." October 07

  • Twins Make Offer To Paul Molitor

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:22pm: Berardino cites two sources in reporting that Molitor is weighing an offer to return to manage the team in 2018. To this point, there’s been no report of a multi-year offer for Molitor, and Berardino writes that there’s “still work to be done” to finalize the deal. 6:33pm: Mike..." October 06

  • It was a heck of a year for the Minnesota Twins with plenty of hope for the future

    CBS Sports "The Twins fell to the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night in the Bronx, and that means their 2017 season has drawn to a close. That disappointment notwithstanding, the Twins have a lot of reasons to look back upon the campaign that was as a rousing success. Why's that? Well, two..." October 04

  • Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After seeing only 30 pitches in game action since Aug. 19, Miguel Sano will not be active for Tuesday night’s American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. In a difficult decision the Twins took down to the wire, the slugging third baseman was not included on the official 25-man roster..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Twins' Miguel Sano: Likely to start on bench Tuesday

    CBS Sports "Manager Paul Molitor said Sano (shin) will likely open Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees on the bench, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Sano returned from a lengthy stay on the disabled list over the weekend, but he exited Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his..." October 02

  • Twins activate Miguel Sano from disabled list

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins reinstated All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Friday. He has been out for the team's past 38 games because of a left shin stress reaction. " September 29

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Twins GM Thad Levine tells 1500ESPN Miguel Sano could potentially play this weekend

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Minnesota Twins’ run to the postseason is made even more improbable by the fact that All-Star Miguel Sano has been out for the last month. On Thursday, Twins GM Thad Levine joined Mackey and Judd on 1500ESPN. When asked about Sano’s health, he opened the door to the possibility Sano could see..." September 29

  • Twins' Ervin Santana: Named as wild-card game starter

    CBS Sports "Santana will take the mound for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Yankees or the Red Sox, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. This should come as no surprise, as Santana has been Minnesota's ace throughout the season, tossing 206.1 innings over the course of 32 starts in 2017, prior..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • Miguel Sano tests left shin injury with 60 swings

    MLB.com "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction to his left shin, saw two specialists who confirmed the original diagnosis and cleared him to return to taking swings. Sano visited orthopedists Dr. Martin O'Malley in New York and Dr. Robert Anderson in..." September 28

  • Twins first in history to make playoffs year after 100-loss season

    ESPN "From worst to wild card, the Minnesota Twins have completed a most remarkable reversal. Their unexpected turnaround season has a new destination -- the playoffs. Unable to clinch on their own after losing 4-2 to the Indians, the Twins earned an AL wild-card berth and meeting with either New..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Twins’ ByungHo Park plans to stay in Twin Cities this offseason

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Coming off a disappointing season at Triple-A Rochester, South Korean first baseman ByungHo Park has decided to remain in the Twin Cities for the bulk of this offseason in hopes of righting his major league career. “As I understand it, he is going to work out stateside for the offseason,” Twins..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Twins To Sign Venezuelan Prospect Carlos Aguiar

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a deal with Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Aguiar, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The contract contains a $1MM bonus. Aguiar wasn’t eligible to be signed until his 16th birthday, which took place on August 28. “Several late suitors” besides the..." September 23

  • Girl hit by Yankees’ foul ball has ‘long’ recovery ahead: relative

    New York Post "The little girl who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium remains in the hospital two days after the freak accident — but her recovery could take much longer, a relative said Friday. “She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have fired international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. It’s the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization. Norsetter, who..." September 21

  • Play Halted After Line Drive Appears to Strike Child at Yankees-Twins Game

    SI "Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Twins was stopped for about four minutes after a foul ball off Todd Frazier's bat appeared to strike a young fan. After the line drive went into the stands, the crowd let out a gasp then when silent. Frazier looked distraught as he watched events..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Bartolo Colon wants to play two more years to chase records for Latin pitchers?

    Larry Brown Sports "Bartolo Colon may be continuing to add to his already indelible mark on the game of baseball for multiple more years to come. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted on Thursday that some believe Colon could pitch for two more years in the interest of some good ol’ record-chasing. Per Heyman:..." September 16

  • Twins fire minors skip Mientkiewicz while he was cleaning up after Irma

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Doug Mientkiewicz, who followed his seven seasons as a player with the Twins with five seasons as a manager in the organization, was fired by the organization on Friday. “I wasn’t shocked, because I had a message that changes were taking place,” Mientkiewicz said. “I feel bad for the kids who..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Twins’ Miguel Sano ‘inching closer’ to a return, likely as designated hitter

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Injured Twins slugger Miguel Sano participated in running drills Monday and took batting practice on Tuesday as he inches toward a return from a shin injury that has sidelined the third baseman for nearly a month. With only 18 games remaining after Tuesday, manager Paul Molitor indicated he’d..." September 14

  • Twins Designate Engelb Vielma For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins announced today that they’ve selected the contract of left-handed reliever Gabriel Moya from Double-A Chattanooga and designated minor league shortstop Engelb Vielma for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Vielma, 23, was added to the 40-man roster last..." September 12

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Twins to honor Bartolo Colon by hosting ‘Big Sexy Night’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are paying tribute to the living legend. The team announced Friday that they will be honoring veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon by hosting “Big Sexy Night” when he takes the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field on September 15. Exclusive “Big Sexy” T-shirts..." September 08

  • Sano suffers setback with left shin soreness

    MLB.com "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction to his left shin, continues to make slow progress with the injury and encountered a slight setback on Thursday. Sano participated in light running drills for the first time on Wednesday, but he came out of it..." September 08

  • Joe Nathan signs 1-day deal to retire as member of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Nathan made it about 20 seconds into his retirement speech before he broke down. The former Twins closer signed a one-day contract to finish his career with the team for which he is the all-time saves leader, put on a jersey, sat down at a Target Field news conference Friday and started to..." September 02

  • Byron Buxton left yesterday’s game with an injury

    Hardball Talk "Twins outfielder Byron Buxton left last night’s game against the White Sox with an injury. The exact nature of the injury is unclear. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger quotes manager Paul Molitor as saying that Buxton was removed from the game “after his hand slipped off his bat on a swing.” That could be..." August 31

  • Joe Nathan To Formally Announce Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Six-time All-Star Joe Nathan will formally announce his retirement in a press conference at Target Field on Friday, the Twins announced. The Twins will not only host Nathan’s press conference, they’ll honor arguably the best reliever in franchise history in a pregame ceremony prior to Friday’s..." August 29

  • Twins place Jason Castro on seven-day concussion disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Jason Castro on the team’s seven-day concussion disabled list while recalling outfielder Zack Granite from Triple-A Rochester, the club has announced. Castro suffered a concussion against the rival Chicago White Sox on Wednesday evening and was removed in..." August 24

  • Miguel Sano fouls a ball off his shin, so a columnist slams him for his weight

    Hardball Talk "As Bill wrote last night, the Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin. He sustained the injury Friday after he fouled a ball off of his leg, attempted to play through it, and left the game on Saturday when the pain became too..." August 21

  • Bartolo Colon Becomes 18th Pitcher to Defeat All 30 MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins' 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sunday's matchup was more than just another regular-season game in the dog days of summer; it was history for Bartolo Colon. According to Jonah Birenbaum of The Score, the 44-year-old became just the 18th pitcher to notch a..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Twins activate reliever Glen Perkins from 60-day DL

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins activated left-handed reliever Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, adding the three-time All-Star to their bullpen as they push for an American League wild-card spot. Perkins, 34, hasn't pitched this season as he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn..." August 17

  • Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana multiple times

    Larry Brown Sports "The non-waiver trade deadline may have already passed, but the Seattle Mariners are still pursuing upgrades on the waiver trade market. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the M’s have tried to trade for Minnesota Twins righty Ervin Santana “multiple times.” Divish..." August 15