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  • Report: Twins and D-Backs Have Discussed Paul Goldschmidt Trade

    12 Up "Last offseason, the Minnesota Twins thought they were just a few pieces away from becoming serious contenders as they shocked the world by eking into the 2017 Wild Card Game. A year later, the Twins are coming off of a horrendous 78-84 season and Paul Molitor has been replaced with..." November 20

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Twins Agree To Minor League Deal With Preston Guilmet

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have made their first batch of minor league signings this winter, Rhett Bollinger of reports (on Twitter), with right-hander Preston Guilmet the most experienced among them. Minnesota also added righty Zack Weiss and infielder Randy Cesar on a..." November 16

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • Twins, Baldelli hire longtime college pitching coach Wes Johnson

    Twin Cities "Manager Rocco Baldelli and the Twins have hired Wes Johnson as their pitching coach, a source told the Pioneer Press. Johnson was pitching coach at Arkansas. In addition, Jeremy Hefner has moved from the Twins’ analytics office to become bullpen coach. Johnson spent..." November 15

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Replacing Joe Mauer at first base

    Twinkie Town "We all knew that Joe Mauer’s retirement would come someday and now it’s actually here. The organization has to find a way to fill first base and fortunately for them, they have several options to consider. While this is not a complete list, I’ve included multiple players..." November 14

  • Is Joe Mauer a Hall of Famer? His wonderful, underrated career should stand the test of time

    CBS Sports "The proverbial writing seemed on the wall when Joe Mauer said farewell to Twins fans at the conclusion of the 2018 season and, sure enough, he officially announced his retirement Friday night with a letter. Thus concludes a 15-year career in Minnesota from the boy who was born in St. Paul and..." November 10

  • Joe Mauer will officially retire from baseball

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer lined a vintage Joe Mauer hit, slicing a double to left field in his final at-bat, then saluting the roaring crowd at Target Field after hustling into second base. Then it got better. Before the Twins took the field for the final time, Mauer emerged alone from the dugout,..." November 09

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Derek Shelton will be back as bench coach

    Twinkie Town "Apparently, after losing out on the Twins’ managerial opening to the young Rocco Baldelli, bench coach Derek Shelton wasn’t sure if he would return to the staff at all. According to a report by The Athletic’s Dan Hayes, Derek Shelton and Thad Levine gave Shelton more..." November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Rays claim Oliver Drake off waivers from Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Rays announced on Thursday that the club claimed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Twins. Drake, 31, is well-traveled. In 2018, he wore uniforms for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays, and Twins. Prior to that, he was with the Orioles " November 02

  • Twins Claim Michael Reed

    Twin Cities "The Twins have claimed outfielder Michael Reed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, a team spokesman said. Reed, 25, has played in 22 major league games with Milwaukee and Atlanta. He batted 2 for 7 with a run scored in seven games with the Braves last season. In 53 games with..." October 31

  • Twins To Make Changes To Coaching Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "Following the hiring of new manager Rocco Baldelli, it seems that the Twins will make further changes to the coaching staff. Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that while hitting coaches James Rowson and Rudy Hernandez will return to the organization, pitching coach Garvin Alston..." October 31

  • Twins buying out Ervin Santana and Logan Morrison

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "The Twins won’t pick up the 2019 club option for Ervin Santana or Logan Morrison, the team said Tuesday. Instead they’ll pay the inexpensive buyout in each contract. Morrison would have cost $8 million next year and instead the buyout will cost the Twins $1 million...." October 30

  • Woman with Rocco Baldelli’s old phone number enjoying odd notoriety

    Yardbarker "A New England woman discovered last week that she has Rocco Baldelli’s old phone number due to some unexpected text messages but decided to keep it quiet. With the Minnesota Twins making it official on Thursday that Baldelli will be the team’s next manager, the woman,..." October 25

  • Twins reportedly expected to name Rocco Baldelli new manager

    Sporting News "Rocco Baldelli will be announced as the Twins new manager Thursday, according to Fox 9 Sports in Minnesota.  The Twins announced Paul Molitor would not return as the team's manager after Minnesota went a disappointing 78-84 this season, one year after making the playoffs in..." October 25

  • Could Rocco Baldelli be the next manager of the Minnesota Twins?

    Twinkie Town "Since the Twins fired manager Paul Molitor right after the Twins season ended, the team has been looking for a new manager. Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and Astros bench coach Joe Espada were rumored to be front runners for the job at first, but both have since been..." October 24

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Twins Outright Gregorio Petit

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have outrighted infielder Gregorio Petit off the 40-man roster, per the Triple-A International League transactions page. He’ll likely become a free agent and seek another minor league deal this winter. Petit, 33, batted .246/.313/.279 with a pair of..." October 12

  • Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens interviewing with Twins for managerial position

    Twin Cities "Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens is set to meet with the Twins this week for the job that opened when Paul Molitor was fired. Meulens was in Minneapolis on Thursday and scheduled to interview with the Twins through Friday after traveling from Cincinnati. He met with the Reds, who..." October 12

  • Reds Claim Juan Graterol

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced Wednesday that they’ve claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins after he’d been placed on outright waivers. Cincinnati already had a pair of open 40-man roster spots, so not corresponding move is necessary. Graterol, 29, only appeared in..." October 10

  • Twins reportedly interviewing David Ross for their manager opening

    Hardball Talk "The Minnesota Star Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in interviewing David Ross for their managerial opening. Ross, who has no managerial or coaching experience, has spent his two-season retirement thus far appearing on Dancing with the Stars, working as an analyst..." October 10

  • Twins plan to keep Miguel Sano busy this offseason

    Twinkie Town "After accidentally hitting a police officer with his truck last weekend in the Dominican Republic, it’s safe to say Miguel Sano’s offseason hasn’t gotten off to the best start. Thankfully, however, the Twins don’t plan on just leaving Sano to his..." October 10

  • New Twins manager and Mauer's decision: The wait continues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins fans are playing a waiting game as the team searches for a new manager and awaits Joe Mauer’s retirement decision. Thad Levine, the Twins’ general manager, and Derek Falvey, the team’s chief baseball officer, had a conference call with reporters Tuesday to give..." October 10

  • Twins' Sano won't face charges after hitting officer with his truck

    ESPN "Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not face criminal charges for his involvement in an accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning in which a police officer suffered a broken leg. Sano, who was leaving a nightclub in his native San Pedro de Macoris at 3 a.m. on..." October 08

  • Miguel Sano involved in traffic accident in Dominican Republic; police officer injured

    CBS Sports "According to multiple reports from the Dominican Republic, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was involved in a traffic accident in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris early Sunday morning. Sano is said to have hit a police offer after driving through a checkpoint outside a nightclub...." October 08

  • Miguel Sano Arrested In Dominican Republic

    Twins Daily "According to a variety of reports, Sano left a club around 3 a.m. He was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. When he was asked for his ID, he drove over the officer. The police officer is in the hospital with a broken leg. Some reports say that Sano has offered to pay for any of..." October 07

  • Big Apple is no big deal: Thad Levine not interested in Mets job

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "While Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are tied together in almost every story involving the Twins’ front office, the reality is that Falvey, the chief baseball officer, is in charge. So does Levine, who carries the title of general manager in Minnesota, want more power? He might..." October 05

  • Bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, star Joe Mauer consider their options after Paul Molitor's firing

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Paul Molitor no longer the Twins manager, how could that affect the return of one of his longtime confidants in Eddie Guardado — as well as fellow Cretin-Derham Hall alum Joe Mauer? Guardado owes his coaching career to Molitor. It was Molitor, and then-General Manager Terry..." October 05

  • Twins fire Paul Molitor

    Hardball Talk "The Minnesota Twins have fired Paul Molitor. They will have a new manager for the 2019 season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have had “productive conversations” with Molitor about transitioning to a different role in the organization, however, so it’s..." October 02

  • Paul Molitor could reportedly remain with Twins in new role

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins have decided to move on from Paul Molitor as their manager, but that does not mean his days with the organization are finished. Numerous reports indicated that the Twins informed Molitor on Tuesday that he is being let go from his job as manager. However,..." October 02

  • The Twins let Joe Mauer play catcher one last time in possibly the final game of his career

    Yahoo! Sports "If this really was the final game of Joe Mauer’s exemplary career, it’s tough to imagine a better ending. The 35-year-old Mauer’s contract with the Minnesota Twins will run out after this season, which has reportedly led to Mauer seriously considering retirement..." October 01

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • Disappointing Twins should have another busy offseason ahead as they look to regain contender status

    CBS Sports "Here's how far left the 2018 season went for the Minnesota Twins: they can't even claim to be among the top three most disappointing second-place teams in baseball. The Twins entered the season with postseason aspirations. Following a loss to the New York..." September 28

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27

  • Twins’ Miguel Sano to undergo more testing on leg

    Larry Brown Sports "Miguel Sano has been pulled from the Twins’ road trip and returned to Minnesota to undergo further testing on his leg. Sano had a titanium rod inserted in his leg last year to repair a stress fracture in his shin. He re-injured the leg on a collision with Houston’s Carlos..." September 22

  • Twins select Juan Graterol, move Ervin Santana to DL

    Yardbarker "Per a team press release, the Twins have selected the contract of catcher Juan Graterol from Triple-A Rochester. He’ll head to Oakland Saturday night to join the MLB team. Ervin Santana has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list in order to make room for him on the..." September 22

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14