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TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Don’t get too worked up over prospect rankings

Today, Keith Law released his his top 100 prospects in baseball. It’s led to some consternation and frustration for Twins fans. Sure, there were 6 (!) Twins prospects in the top 100: Byron Buxton (2), Miguel Sano (15), Alex Meyer (30), Nick Gordon (43), Kohl Stewart (53) and Jose Berrios (97). Not many had a problem with 1-5, but many thought Berrios should be ranked much higher...
Via The Rhino and Compass
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Danny Santana: Favorite To Win Minnesota Twins Shortstop Battle

It’s been a long time since the Minnesota Twins have had some stability and depth at shortstop, but that could be changing with Minnesota Twins manager, Paul Molitor, who is declaring a battle for the starting spot between Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar, according to MLB.com. Santana, 23, showcased himself as one of the best rookies in the American League last season, as he...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins hoping for more production from Joe Mauer

The one player the Minnesota Twins have been able to count on the most the past ten years has been Joe Mauer. His .319 career batting average, three league batting titles, and one MVP award put him in the conversation for greatest hitter in Twins history. He has led the Twins to three division titles so far in his career, and with a young team this season, they are counting on him...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Orioles sign Chris Parmelee and Dane De La Rosa

The Orioles have signed outfielder Chris Parmelee and pitcher Dane Le Rosa to minor league contracts. Parmelee, a former first round pick of the Twins, became a free agent this winter after hitting just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games in 2014. The 26-year-old has never met the expectations of his high draft selection and will struggle to find any at-bats...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy Glen Perkins Ready To Anchor Twins Bullpen

Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins is “fully recovered” from a forearm injury that ended his season early last September and the 31-year old lefty will be ready for Spring Training, according to MLB.com. Perkins, who was named to his second straight All-Star team last summer, was shut down for the final two weeks of last season after suffering a strain and nerve irritation...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Buxton Could Make MLB Debut In 2015 According To Manager

Byron Buxton was the consensus top prospect in baseball entering the 2014 campaign eager to assert himself as a major league talent. However 2014 did not go as planned for the former 2nd overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, an injury riddled season that will hopefully be all but a distant memory for the budding star. Buxton suffered a wrist injury right out of the gate in spring...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins, left-hander Duensing agree to $2.7M, 1-year deal

  The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing. Duensing, a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 54 appearances...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins 3B Plouffe enters season with Sano waiting for chance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When Trevor Plouffe signed a $4.8 million, one-year deal, he became the highest-paid third baseman in Minnesota Twins history. The question is, how long will he hold that position? Plouffe is coming off of a solid season in which he hit 14 home runs and led the team with 80 RBIs. But star prospect Miguel Sano is healthy and itching for a crack at the big leagues...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins agree to deal with Duensing

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins inked a new deal with relief pitcher Brian Duensing on Saturday, avoiding arbitration with the last of six arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Minnesota and the veteran left-hander agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal, the team announced during its annual TwinsFest event at Target Field. Duensing was prepared to attend an arbitration hearing but...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Can they compete in 2015?

Things haven’t gone quite as planned for the Minnesota Twins the past few years. After winning back to back American League Central Division titles in 2009 and 2010, the Twins have suffered through four consecutive 90 loss seasons. The organization has undergone a rebuilding project the last few years and fans may be wondering when the team will finally compete for division titles...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is making it this year?

People seem pretty optimistic about the Twins this year. Well, ok, maybe “optimistic ” isn’t the right word for it. They seem enthusiastic. The Twins had one of the top offenses in baseball last year, and it remained mostly unchanged. They also have one of the most well stocked farm systems in baseball, and some of those prospects are on the cusp of breaking through this...
Via The Rhino and Compass
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Recovered Buxton aims for bounce back, debut with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The fast track Byron Buxton has been on to the majors with the Minnesota Twins hit a huge speed bump last season. Ranked by Baseball America magazine as the top prospect in the game when the year began, Buxton sprained his left wrist diving for a ball in March during spring training. He aggravated the injury in May sliding into a base with Class A Fort Myers after...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Plouffe pushing for improvement in all facets of game

MINNEAPOLIS -- About once a week this offseason, Trevor Plouffe would touch base with Paul Molitor. The former, Minnesota's third baseman, often had plenty to discuss with the latter, his new manager. The conversation sometimes revolved around Plouffe's forearm, which was broken late in the season but is now fully healed. Other times, the two talked about the coaching staff, with...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

'Stretch' for Buxton, Sano to open with Twins, but debut in 2015 possible

MINNEAPOLIS -- There were plenty of housekeeping items at Friday's media luncheon at Target Field, where team president Dave St. Peter and general manager Terry Ryan spoke to a gathering before TwinsFest to address the state of the club.  But after the luncheon, Ryan was asked a question that is surely on the minds of plenty of Twins fans: What are the chances prospects Byron Buxton...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts: Josmil Pinto

They say talent trumps experience. That said, they also say persistence trumps talent. They also say persistence pays off. Sorry y'all, got lost reading motivational posters it seems. But that's what happens when you are trying to get people excited about Josmil Pinto for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball season. Believe me, I know it's a bumpy road. I mean, haven't we been down it...
Via Razzball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #110: Brian Dozier | 2B | MIN

There’s a very good possibility that it never gets any better than 2014 for Brian Dozier, who enjoyed far and away the best season of his career. He’ll be 27 years old when he starts the 2015 season and is still very much in the heart of his prime. Why do I doubt Dozier’s ability to repeat? Too many things went right for him, and finishing with only three fewer runs scored...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Spiritual Hamburger, New Boog, Banny in Boston, Clint Frazier, more

Professional baseball has been a strange road for 27-year-old Mark Hamburger. In 2011, four years after the Minnesota Twins signed him as a non-drafted free agent, Hamburger pitched in five games for the Texas Rangers. Since that time he’s meandered through the minors with multiple organizations and played a season of indie ball with his […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bringing Back A Familiar Face Could Fill A Void For Twins

  Photo Credit – Keith Allison 82. That’s how many wins Johan Santana accumulated compared to just 35 losses from 2003-2007 for the Minnesota Twins. During that stretch he racked up 1,152 strikeouts while issuing only 245 walks with a 2.93 ERA. He led the league in ERA twice, in 2006 became the first pitching Triple Crown winner since Dwight Gooden in 1985 when he led the...
Via Hot Stove MLB
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Minnesota Twins

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Minnesota Twins. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians invite Swarzak to spring training

The Indians added some more competition to the bullpen on Thursday, signing Anthony Swarzak to a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training. The right-hander has spent his entire career in the Twins organization, including the past three at the major-league level. His 237 1/3 relief innings over the past three seasons are second in the majors. Last season Swarzak...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Top 20 Prospects 2015

1. Byron Buxton The 2014 #1 overall prospect in baseball had a tough 2014, battling back from an injury only to slam into the outfield wall and play in only 31 games-30 in High A Fort Myers and 1 in AA New Britain. Buxton’s tools are still very, very impressive, and if he can stay healthy he should be at Target Field in 2015. He is a prototypical five tool player-speed, power,...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Offseason: So Far, So Meh

It’s getting harder and harder as a baseball fan in Minnesota to be excited about the game. The Twins needed to make some drastic moves, and they didn’t make any. They hired the safe, fan-friendly Paul Molitor to be their manager. They topped it off by bringing back or promoting almost every position of his coaching staff from within the organization, which does not give me a...
Via Brush Back Pitch
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Twins May Have Weakened a Weakness

Let’s talk about the Twins for a moment. No, you probably don’t want to talk about the Twins, I understand, but it’s Christmas Eve, and the eight or so of you who are unfortunate enough to be in an office right now will probably be happy to talk about something, I think. And the Twins, […]
Via Fangraphs
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins tack three more years onto Phil Hughes’ contract

After by far the finest year of his career in 2014, Phil Hughes won’t be leaving Minnesota any time soon. Hughes agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension that will be added to the two years remaining on his current three-year, $24 million deal, meaning that he’ll be staying with the Twins until 2019. The extension, first reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News...
Via The Outside Corner
December 22, 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
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