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  • Twins designate John Curtiss for assignment

    Twinkie Town "Yesterday, the Twins officially confirmed the signing of possible closer Blake Parker, a move that had been announced a week ago. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the team designated reliever John Curtiss for..." January 15

  • Twins agree to terms with all arbitration-eligible players

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins on Friday reached one-year deals with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players, another step toward clearing up their 2019 payroll picture. Jake Odorizzi will get $9.5 million in 2019 after making $6.3 last season. The righthanded starter, who was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA..." January 15

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Blake Parker Nearing Agreement; Twins Reported To Have Interest

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free-agent right-hander Blake Parker is close to finalizing an agreement, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The Twins are “believed to be” his landing spot, Rosenthal adds. Parker, 33, was somewhat surprisingly non-tendered by the Angels in..." January 07

  • Twins' Aaron Slegers: Designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Slegers was designated for assignment by the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of reports. Slegers was dropped from Minnesota's 40-man roster in order to clear room for the signing of Nelson Cruz. The 26-year-old split time between Triple-A Rochester and the big..." January 03

  • Twins To Sign Nelson Cruz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins are in agreement on a contract with free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). It’s a one-year deal with an option for a second season, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman (on Twitter). Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes further..." December 27

  • Twins mulling their options, including Nelson Cruz

    Yardbarker "Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey tells Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Minnesota isn’t ruling out the addition of an established hitter in free agency. Asked specifically about the possibility of adding a slugger such as Nelson Cruz, Falvey spoke in general terms..." December 26

  • Twins To Sign Mike Morin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Mike Morin, per Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage (via Twitter). It includes an invitation to participate in MLB camp next spring, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN adds on Twitter. Morin, 27, has compiled 174 total inning at..." December 19

  • Twins will retire Joe Mauer's No. 7

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Mauer didn’t have to wait long to join the list of retired Minnesota Twins stars who received the ultimate team honor. The Twins announced they will retire Mauer’s No. 7 during a ceremony Tuesday at his alma mater, Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St...." December 18

  • No September callup upset Byron Buxton; Twins say he will start

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The fact that Byron Buxton flew to the Twin Cities from his Georgia home just to spend three hours meeting young patients at the Gillette Children’s Hospital on Tuesday is evidence that the young Twins center fielder won’t let his disappointment in his team’s front office..." December 12

  • Nelson Cruz to sign with either Twins or Rays

    Larry Brown Sports "There are apparently two finalists in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes. Dominican Republic reporter Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 said on Tuesday that Cruz is deciding between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says that Cruz is also talking..." December 11

  • Twins to Sign 2B Jonathan Schoop

    Twins Daily "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Twins are finalizing a one-year deal with recently non-tendered second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Word is it's for more than $7 million. Schoop appeared to have a breakout 2017 season with the Orioles. He hit .293/.338/.503 (.841) with..." December 06

  • Twins sign infielder Ronald Torreyes to one-year deal

    Twin Cities "The Twins have signed infielder Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contact. Torreyes, 26, played 41 games with the New York Yankees last season, hitting .280 with seven extra-base hits and nine runs scored in 41 games at first, third and shortstop. He has played parts of..." December 06

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Twins cut ties with Robbie Grossman

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins tendered contracts to arbitration eligible players at Friday’s deadline, with outfielder Robbie Grossman being a notable exception. That means an end to Grossman’s Twins career, which spanned 347 games over the past 2½ seasons. Grossman, 29,..." November 30

  • C.J. Cron, who hit 30 home runs last season, picked up by Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune ".J. Cron had a breakthrough season in 2018, hitting 30 home runs and adding 28 doubles and a triple for the Tampa Bay Rays. Watching closely was the team's major league field coordinator, Rocco Baldelli. Baldelli is now the Twins manager and, on Monday, he added Cron to..." November 26

  • 3 potential suitors have emerged for LeMahieu "The Dodgers, Nationals and Twins have had at least preliminary talks with DJ LeMahieu, the free-agent second baseman and 2016 National League batting champion. The Nationals also have monitored infielders Jed Lowrie, Josh Harrison and Marwin Gonzalez on..." November 26

  • Braves, Twins, Rangers, and Padres are in on Sonny Gray

    Hardball Talk "Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray is reportedly up for grabs this season after a disappointing performance in the Bronx, and there appears to be no shortage of suitors vying for the starter’s services. In addition to the Reds, who were linked to the team by Jon Heyman earlier this month,..." November 25

  • Twins add three to 40-man roster, release Alan Busenitz

    Twin Cities "The Twins added infielders Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon and outfielder LaMonte Wade to their 40-man roster on Tuesday, protecting them from selection in the Dec. 13 Rule 5 draft. " November 21

  • 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