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Twins tab Mike Quade for Triple-A manager job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have hired former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade to run their top farm team. The Twins announced their 2015 minor league staff assignments Friday, with Quade joining the organization for the first time. He'll be the manager at Triple-A Rochester. Quade took charge of the Cubs late in the 2010 season and managed them again in 2011. Doug Mientkiewicz...
Via AP on Fox
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Buxton among invites to Twins spring training

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton highlights highlights a list of Twins minor leaguers who have been invited to major-league spring training. Minnesota announced Friday that 18 minor league players will join the Twins in big league camp. In addition to Buxton are fellow outfielders Eric Farris, Danny Ortiz and Shane Robinson. The list of pitchers includes right-hander Mark Hamburger, who...
Via Fox Sports North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #175: Oswaldo Arcia | OF | MIN

In 788 PA across 200 games, Oswaldo Arcia has 34 HR, 100 RBI, and — wait for it — 244 strikeouts. The power is undeniable, but at about 1.25 punchouts per game, Arcia is far from a finished product. And with identical 31.0% strikeout rates in both of his major league seasons, progress seems to have been slow. But that cursory analysis is unfair to Arcia. He was just 23 years...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Now where do the Twins go?

via Star Tribune The Twins were expected to be active this year. They are reaching the point where many of their top prospects are getting ready to make the leap to the majors, and they should be able to identify which areas within the system are strengths and weaknesses. As such, I, and perhaps many observers, believed that the Twins would be active on the trade market this year...
Via The Rhino and Compass
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carl Pavano holds toy drive in Jupiter

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Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins add two key players through free agency

As the Minnesota Twins look to move on from another disappointing season, they hit the free agent market and have already signed two key players for 2015. Torii Hunter is a member of the Minnesota Twins for the first time since 2007. The Twins’ first major acquisition of the offseason came earlier this month when the team announced the signing of Torii Hunter to a one-year,...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins upgrade outfield and rotation but challenges remain

With the Winter Meetings over and the offseason at the midway point, we begin a series of looks at how the Indians' rivals in the AL Central have fared: MINNESOTA TWINS Last season: 70-92, fifth Indians vs. Twins last two years: 24-14 including going 11-8 last year. What They've Accomplished The Ron Gardenhire era is over after 13 seasons as Paul Molitor takes over as manager. Gardenhire...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana improves Twins' starting rotation, gives team options

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the last two winters, the Minnesota Twins have doled out the two largest free agent contracts in franchise history. Both of those lucrative deals went to starting pitchers: Ricky Nolasco last offseason, and Ervin Santana this past weekend. That's a total of $103 million spent on two starters in the span of a year. The Twins' message the past two winters has been...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins designate Chris Parmelee for assignment

The Twins have designated outfielder Chris Parmelee for assignment. Parmelee, 26, was designated for assignment after the Twins announced the signing of Ervin Santana. Last year Parmelee hit .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins. A former first round pick in the 2006 draft, Parmelee has appeared in 273 games for the Twins dating back to the 2011...
Via Tireball.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins add Ervin Santana to a veteran-heavy rotation

The Minnesota Twins have made another big splash in the starting pitching market. A year after signing both Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to multi-year deals, the club inked former Brave Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fifth year. Source: E. Santana deal with #Twins is actually four years, $55M. Includes $14M vesting option...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins to Sign Ervin Santana

The Minnesota Twins’ search for reliable starting pitching came to a head on Thursday. Multiple reports indicate that the team has signed veteran right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract. ervin santana is going to the twins. @JeffPassan says will $54M, 4 yrs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 While a live arm, Santana isn’t necessarily...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking: Minnesota Twins Sign Ervin Santana

BREAKING: The Minnesota Twins, who finished last in the AL Central last season, have signed free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana to a 4 year deal worth 54 million with a 5th vesting year depending on innings pitched. Jeff Passan first reported of the deal. Source: Ervin Santana finalizing a four-year deal for around $54 million with Minnesota. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan)...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Would Swap SS Eduardo Escobar For Gee, Mets Not Interested

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Twins have interest in Dillon Gee or Bartolo Colon, but the Mets don’t like shortstop Eduardo Escobar who they were looking to swap. Sherman says the Twins will move on and a trade is now unlikely. Escobar batted .275 with 35 doubles, six home runs and 52 runs scored last season for the Twins in 465 plate appearances. He struck out...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #194: Glen Perkins | RP | MIN

Closers are probably my least favorite position to rank. Not because they aren’t important, but mostly because there’ss a ton of changeover every year. Who will lose there job? Who will get hurt? Who will emerge? These are all good questions but nearly impossible to answer with any sort of real confidence or accuracy. Outside the uber-elite, so much of a reliever’s end-of...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #200: Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN

When I started writing this profile on Joe Mauer, two thoughts popped into my head: I can’t wait until we’re beyond the fringe top 200 Mauer without catcher eligibility is a pretty worthless player Though Mauer failed to catch a single inning in 2014, he still maintained eligibility due to his 75 games played at the position in 2013. That eligibility gave him some semblance...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Targeting Anderson, Vogelsong for Rotation

After welcoming back veteran outfielder Torii Hunter to help out the offense and in the clubhouse, the Minnesota Twins now appear to have their sights set on improving their starting rotation. Latest on some pitchers the #MNTwins have been reported to have interest in, including Liriano, Anderson & Masterson: http://t.co/0UKk4XWz8c — Nick Nelson (@nnelson9) December 8,...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter will not be enough for the Twins to contend

Sure, signing Torii Hunter was a good move from a popularity standpoint, and sure player/original team reunions are always nice, but if the Minnesota Twins really want to contend in the quickly-escalating AL Central, they’re going to have to get serious about their offseason plans. Signing Hunter makes the Twins a fractionally better team than they were last year, this signing...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Sign Torii Hunter, Are Unrelatedly Interesting

Last night, the Twins signed outfielder Torii Hunter to a one-year, $10.5 million contract, presumably to end his career. Hunter will play right field in Minnesota, the same place where he made his debut as a center fielder in 1997. The move, honestly, doesn’t mean much at all. The Twins had somewhere in the vicinity […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tori Hunter Agrees With Minnesota Twins, Porcello Traded Revisited?

Reports are in that Tori Hunter, formerly of the Detroit Tigers has signed a one year deal with Minnesota Twin. The terms of the deal are believed to be 1 yr/$10.5 million. Hunter will more than likely play right field and occasionally DH for the Minnesota Twins. The agreement marks the homecoming for Tori Hunter […]
Via Infield Single
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s the new Twins home uniform

The Minnesota Twins are rolling out a new, gold-accented home uniform for the 2015 season, and it looks pretty nice. The pinstripes that took over the uniform in recent years are gone, banished to a home alternate jersey. The Twins’ road uniforms remain unchanged (so far) from 2014. Check out this mammoth infographic released by the Twins, highlighting their new threads. Not bad...
Via The Outside Corner
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Officially Hire Paul Molitor As New Manager

The Minnesota Twins found their replacement for ex-manager Ron Gardenhire. The team officially announced Monday that Paul Molitor, who served as a coach for the Twins during the 2014 season, will take over managerial duties. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Tuesday morning to introduce Molitor as the club’s 13th manager in team history. BREAKING: The #MNTwins...
Via NESN.com
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins expected to hire Paul Molitor as manager

The Minnesota Twins’ search for a new manager is reportedly ending soon. The team is expected to hire Paul Molitor as its skipper, according to ESPN 1500’s Patrick Reusse. If hired, the Hall of Famer would beat out other candidates such as Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz, who is currently the manager of the Twins’ single-A affiliate...
Via NESN.com
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes turns down $500K bonus offer from Twins

As we near the end of Major League Baseball’s regular season, incentive bonuses in player contracts are coming into play with only a few games remaining. In the case of Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, his 2014 season comes to an end agonizingly short of an additional $500,000. Hughes was to receive the half million […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Rain delay costs Phil Hughes shot at $500K bonus

It’s been a rough year for the Minnesota Twins.  They enter play on Wednesday with the second worst record in the American League, having finished fourth or fifth in the AL Central the last four seasons.  One of the team’s bright spots has been Right hand pitcher Phil Hughes, who entered today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 15-10 record and very respectable...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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