Twins Rumors & News

  • Minnesota Twins favored to sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The July 2 international signing date is still more than four months away, but the Twins already are being connected with the second-rated 16-year-old prospect in the Dominican Prospect League. Switch-hitting shortstop Jelfrey Marte has been “linked to the Twins,” according to Baseball..." February 25

  • Twins pitcher barfs before almost every appearance

    Hardball Talk "Twins righty Ryan O'Rourke has pitched in 54 big league games. He has barfed before almost every one of them. No, really: Through his first 54 big-league outings over the last past two years, O’Rourke estimates he emptied the contents of his stomach close to every time. “I don’t do it in..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Twins GM: Former top prospect Byron Buxton ‘turned a meaningful corner last year’

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Twins had high expectations for top prospect Byron Buxton when they drafted him No. 2 overall back in 2012 out of high school. Fast forward five years and the organization is still waiting to see him blossom into a star, but perhaps things are finally looking up. After toiling in..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Duff enough: Duffey ready to start or relieve

    MLB.com "After posting a 3.10 ERA and strong peripheral stats in 10 starts as a rookie in 2015, the Twins had high hopes for right-hander Tyler Duffey last year. But Duffey struggled in spring with a 7.30 ERA, and ultimately opened the year at Triple-A Rochester. It was a sign of what was to come from..." February 18

  • Braves’ Kurt Suzuki steps up big time for ill 3-year-old

    Fox Sports "The latest social media effort, the #TruckerToughChallenge, began Jan. 31. About four months earlier, the Dukes family had stopped radiation on their little Trucker, ending all of the conventional cancer treatment that his mother, Shauna, had labeled “soooo toxic.” Trucker, 3, had been..." February 17

  • Twins pitcher explains why he kept the body part doctors removed during surgery

    Fox Sports "Phil Hughes lost seven games and four months of the 2016 season, along with a rib. Well, he hasn’t exactly lost the rib. The Twins’ right-hander had surgery in July after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. It’s a procedure that involves the removal of a rib in order to take pressure..." February 17

  • How Phil Hughes calmed Matt Harvey’s surgery fear

    New York Post "Baseball is a brotherhood. The Twins’ Phil Hughes wanted to help the Mets’ Matt Harvey any way he could regarding the right-hander’s thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. The Dark Knight is fearless on the mound, but this was uncharted waters. He was facing a surgery last July he knew little about,..." February 16

  • Phil Hughes held onto his rib as souvenir from surgery

    New York Daily News "Phil Hughes isn’t likely to earn any jewelry as a member of the Twins anytime soon, so the starter has looked inward to find a solution. The former Yankee righthander decided to keep the rib that was removed during his July surgery to repair Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. And now he wants to turn..." February 16

  • Pirates acquire Pat Light from the Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Pat Light from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Pirates designated pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla for assignment to create roster space. Light, 25, was designated for assignment by the..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Twins To Sign Craig Breslow

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Craig Breslow, the veteran hurler tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Terms are not known at this time, though Breslow suggests he turned down potentially more lucrative offers from other organizations. " February 08

  • Twins sign Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Twins have signed outfielder Drew Stubbs to a minor league contract, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Stubbs, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Braves, Rangers, and Orioles. " February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Pudge's son looks to make name for himself

    MLB.com "Puerto Rico right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was in the room when the National Baseball Hall of Fame came calling for his father, former catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Dereck was there when his father cried tears of joy. He shed a few tears, too. "When he finally got the call, it was something amazing..." February 04

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Hunter Greene, possible No. 1 pick in 2017 MLB draft, hits 100 mph in latest outing

    CBS Sports "Hunter Greene, a right-hander at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, reportedly hit 100 mph in his latest outing Friday night. Greene is the early favorite to go first overall in the 2017 amateur draft. Once upon a time it was extremely rare for a high school pitcher to reach..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Twins designate Byung Ho Park for assignment

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Byung Ho Park era could be over in the Twin Cities before it even gets to a second year. To make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Matt Belisle, the Twins took the somewhat surprising step Friday of designating Park for assignment or release. Still owed $9.25 million..." February 03

  • Twins, Matt Belisle agree to 1-year deal

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Seeking to add more experience to their bullpen, the Twins have agreed to terms with veteran right-hander Matt Belisle, a person with direct knowledge said. Belisle, 36, will earn $2.05 million on a guaranteed one-year deal after pitching to a 1.76 earned run average in 40 outings for the..." February 03

  • Twins reportedly no longer considering Justin Morneau

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, word got out the Twins were considering a reunion with first baseman/designated hitter Justin Morneau. Morneau played with the Twins from 2003-13, and was named 2006 AL MVP while with Minnesota. A reunion is not happening, however. On Monday, La Velle E. Neal III of the Star..." January 30

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Twins showing interest in Justin Morneau, Craig Breslow

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Having already brought back three of their most popular players in front-office roles this winter, could Justin Morneau be next for the Twins? According to a person with direct knowledge, there is mutual interest in a reunion with the veteran first baseman, who intends to return for a 15th..." January 29

  • Report: Craig Breslow drawing interest from Blue Jays, Indians and Twins

    Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays, Indians and Twins have reportedly emerged as frontrunners to sign free agent left-hander Craig Breslow. No offers are on the table yet, however, and Rosenthal speculates that fellow free agent left-handers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins will..." January 28

  • Twins could be good fit for Mike Napoli

    Hardball Talk "Mike Napoli still hasn’t anchored himself to a major league team for the upcoming season, but FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman speculates that the Twins might be just what he’s looking for. While it’s all conjecture at this point, Heyman cites comments made by Twins’ GM Thad Levine, who told press on..." January 28

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Kintzler hoping to expand repertoire in '17

    MLB.com "In 2016, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler,whose repertoire is heavily dependent on his two-seam fastball. Yet despite throwing his sinker 88 percent of the time, it was one of the most effective pitches in baseball, helping lead to his..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Twins Sign Chris Gimenez To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins announced that they’ve signed veteran catcher Chris Gimenez to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. That the Twins would sign Gimenez isn’t exactly a surprise, as catching has been a priority for them this season, and John Ryan Murphy isn’t a lock..." January 12

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Minnesota Twins have set no deadlines regarding Brian Dozier

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Amid national reports the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers had reached an “impasse” in their on-again, off-again trade talks regarding second baseman Brian Dozier, Twins general manager Thad Levine suggested it’s never over until it’s over. “I think that’s the obligation we have to ownership here,..." January 12

  • Source: A's agree to one-year deal with free-agent infielder Trevor Plouffe

    CSN Bay Area "The A's are adding another bat to the lineup this offseason as the club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, pending physical, with infielder Trevor Plouffe, a source confirmed to CSNCalifornia on Tuesday night. Plouffe, 30, has spent his whole seven-year MLB career with the Twins. He hit..." January 11

  • Twins add pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, Nick Tepesch to spring training roster

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ryan Vogelsong, a 39-year-old righthander who made his MLB debut 17 years ago, has reached a verbal agreement on a minor-league contract with the Twins, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction, and will be invited to the team’s major-league spring training camp to compete for a..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • Dodgers talks with Twins about Dozier are at an 'impasse'

    CBS Sports "Over the last few weeks, no player has been featured in more trade rumors than Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. The Dodgers have been connected to him more than any other team, though the Giants, Cardinals, and Braves are reportedly in the mix as well. Despite weeks of rumors, trade talks..." January 10

  • Rumours: Bautista talking with Twins

    TSN "Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the Minnesota Twins have met with the representative of Toronto Blue Jays free agent Jose Bautista, but adds that it's unclear how interested both parties are in the pairing. Reportedly, Bautista, 36, is willing to sign a one-year deal in hopes of..." January 10

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Twins checked in on Jae-gyun Hwang

    Rotoworld "Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have checked in on Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang. It sounds like a matter of a due diligence more than anything else, as Berardino writes that there's no fit at the moment. Miguel Sano currently projects to be the Twins'..." January 10

  • Royals and Braves reportedly interested in Trevor Plouffe

    Hardball Talk "Free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly been drawing interest around the league, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Braves and Royals are rumored to have shown interest alongside the Red Sox and Athletics, though no contract talks have emerged as of yet. Plouffe, 30, was..." January 08

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