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  • Twins' Ehire Adrianza enters end of camp with no guarantees

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One swing on Friday made Ehire Adrianza feel very relieved — and sets up an interesting final stretch of spring training. In the sixth inning against the Orioles, the Twins infielder connected on a knee-high fastball from lefthander Josh Rogers and propelled it over the center..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Twins Option Tyler Duffey, Reassign Chase De Jong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins optioned reliever Tyler Duffey to Triple-A this morning, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis (via Twitter). The Twins confirmed the move via a press release. Chase De Jong is also on the move, as the 6’4″ righty has been reassigned to minor..." March 16

  • Twins ace Jose Berrios says he turned down contract offer, waiting for bigger payday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jose Berrios has a contract now. Maybe not the one he wants, but it’s OK for the moment. Berrios, like the rest of the Twins’ players who have fewer than three years of major league experience, agreed to a one-year contract this week for, as is the Twins’ habit,..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • Could the Twins start the season with a three-man starting rotation?

    Twinkie Town "On Sunday afternoon’s Spring Training game broadcast against the Toronto Blue Jays, radio broadcasters Cory Provus and Dan “Dazzle Man” Gladden were talking about the Twins’ rotation and how it would shake out. One of them mentioned that the Twins will most..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Miguel Sano To Miss Start Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not be prepared for Opening Day and could miss the first month of the season, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey told reporters including Phil Miller of the Star Tribune (via Twitter) and Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (Twitter..." March 05

  • Twins tab Jose Berrios as Opening Day starter

    Twin Cities "When Twins coaches debated who to pick as their Opening Day starter, there wasn’t much of a debate. The Twins told right-hander Jose Berríos he will start March 28 against the Cleveland Indians. “Our staff did spend some time talking about it, just to make sure to..." March 05

  • Byron Buxton's blistering spring start is intoxicating to Twins fans

    Sporting News "It’s easy to believe in Byron Buxton. He’s an incredible athlete, with explosive speed on the bases, impressive power at the plate and a second-to-none ability to track down would-be hits in the outfield. He’s had stretches where he lived up to his expectations as..." March 04

  • Twins Acquire International Bonus Money From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired $750K in international bonus pool space from the Orioles for right-hander Xavier Moore, per Betsy Helfand of the Pioneer Press. This is the second trade of the day involving Moore, whom the Twins acquired from the Rangers a couple hours ago for outfielder Zack..." March 03

  • Rangers acquire speedy center fielder in deal with Minnesota

    Sports Day "The Texas Rangers on Sunday acquired Zack Granite, a good-speed, no-power center fielder from Minnesota for minor-league right-hander Xavier Moore and considerations. Granite, 26, had been designated for assignment earlier in the week. Granite has been graded as having..." March 03

  • Twins reportedly have interest in Craig Kimbrel

    Larry Brown Sports "Craig Kimbrel is one of the most noteworthy names remaining on the free agent market, and there has been no indication that he is close to signing a contract with spring training now underway. The reliever is drawing some interest, however. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reports that the..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Twins third baseman Miguel Sano needs a few more days to let his heel heal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Four weeks remain before the baseball season starts, which sounds like a long time. To everyone but Miguel Sano. The horizontal laceration just above the third baseman’s right heel is “probably about 80 percent” healed, Twins athletic trainer Tony Leo said..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Okay, Twins: It’s time to pick a closer

    Twinkie Town "Mariano Rivera is not walking through that door. Neither is Joe Nathan, for that matter. Or Rick Aguilera, or Eddie Guardado. Yes, closers are still overrated. But they’re an overrated necessity. Or something like that. Indeed, the role has been oversold..." February 26

  • Millennial manager: Rocco Baldelli is voice of new generation in leading the Twins

    USA Today "Rocco Baldelli and Nelson Cruz have not yet talked about it. For now, just a look suffices. At 37, Baldelli is entering his first season as manager of the Minnesota Twins. His designated hitter is Cruz, author of 360 major league home runs and proud recipient of a one-year, $14.3..." February 26

  • Twins Designate Zack Granite For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have designated outfielder Zack Granite for assignment in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed Marwin Gonzalez, Dan Hayes of The Athletic tweets. Granite, 26, forced his way onto the Twins’ big league roster with a..." February 25

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • Twins To Sign Marwin Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a contract with free-agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, reports Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (via Twitter). Dan Hayes of The Athletic first connected the two sides yesterday, reporting that they’d discussed a potential three-year pact (though..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Twins Interested In Marwin Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are showing interest in free agent infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (subscription link). The Minnesota organization has “discussed the parameters of a three-year deal,” per the report. Gonzalez’s market has..." February 21

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Miguel Sano spotted with brace on foot, may wear it up to 10 days

    Sportress of Blogitude "Miguel Sano was spotted entering the Minnesota Twins’ clubhouse in Fort Myers, Fla., sporting a walking brace on his right foot, and the Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal reports it could be between seven and 10 days before the slugger is able to shed it. Sano suffered a..." February 19

  • Twins To Extend Max Kepler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. If and when the deal is completed, it’d be the second long-term deal hammered out by the Twins this week, as the team is also reported to..." February 14

  • Twins, Jorge Polanco finalizing seven-year extension

    ESPN "Shortstop Jorge Polanco and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a contract extension that will cover seven years and guarantee around $25 million, a league source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN on Thursday. The contract will buy out Polanco's last..." February 14

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Twins sign Duda, announce spring invites

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Saturday released their list of non-roster invites to spring training, but not before adding one more player. Lucas Duda, who twice has bashed 30 homers in a season, was signed on Saturday to minor league contract with the spring invite. He spent most of last season with..." February 09

  • Twins, Adam Rosales Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran infielder Adam Rosales, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Hilliard Sports Management client has a $1MM base salary on the contract and another $250K worth of incentives available to him. He can also opt out of..." February 08

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Twins Sign Tim Collins, Justin Nicolino To Minor League Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins announced Wednesday that they’ve added left-handers Tim Collins and Justin Nicolino on a pair of minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. Beyond that, recently designated right-hander Chase De Jong cleared waivers and will remain in the..." February 06

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • The Twins should be targeting Kimbrel AND Keuchel

    Twinkie Town "Here we are a week and a half away from spring training. Sitting slightly below a 100 million dollar opening day payroll, 99.9 million dollars to be exact, and still were scratching our heads asking why we haven't at least matched last years record setting 128.4 million opening day payroll...." February 04