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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
20 hours 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
22 hours 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...
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Schafer, Twins reach $1.55 million, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins and outfielder Jordan Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration. The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players. Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing remains unsigned. Schafer was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves last August and batted...
Via AP on Fox
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 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
2 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
7 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
7 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
9 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
10 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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins take a similar route when hiring a new manager

Photo Credit – Benjamin Reed The Minnesota Twins don’t like change. Since the hiring of Tom Kelly in 1986, they’ve only had only three managers, with all three having noticeable similarities. Kelly, Ron Gardenhire, and Paul Molitor each landed their first managerial job with the Twins, replacing the man that they worked under while polishing their craft. All three have major...
Via Hot Stove MLB
12 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
15 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

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,...
December 15, 2014  |  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
December 11, 2014  |  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...
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...
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday. Gardenhire, who took over in 2002, led the Twins to division titles in each of his first three seasons and four of his first five.  Minnesota also won back-to-back AL Central championships in 2009-10. But the team has slipped over the past four years, finishing fifth in the division in three of those seasons and fourth...
Via Sports-Glory
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

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