Minnesota Twins News
8-31-15: The Twins won the rubber game of their weekend series against the visiting Houston Astros, as Minnesota scored the first seven runs of Sunday’s 7-5 victory. Miguel Sano’s 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, proved to be the difference in a game that the Astros scored all five of their runs in the ninth frame.
8-28-15: The Minnesota Twins were named as the mystery team that put in a waiver claim for Milwaukee Brewers veteran relief pitcher Neal Cotts. Minnesota finalized the trade with Milwaukee this week by sending a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Brewers for the big left-hander. Cotts has been used as a lefty specialist, or a LOOGY, this season and has held left-handed batters to an .185/.230/.346 slash this season. Minnesota will be on the hook for an addition $727K in salary for the remainder of the season as the team continues their attempt to chase down one of the two Wild Card slots in the American League while Milwaukee opened up a roster spot for recently claimed Cesar Jimenez. The team now has their bullpen hopefully solidified allowing the team to possibly focus on their first base situation going forward. Ever since he was 16 years old the Twins have scouted Japanese slugger Byung-ho Park and may make a run at him this winter if he’s posted by his Japanese team. Park may be too expensive for the Twins budget but no team has scouted the first baseman as much as Minnesota so there’s always a chance.
8-24-15: The Twins bounced back from a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees to win all four contests against the Baltimore Orioles. On Friday and Saturday, reliever Casey Fien collected victories, and he has not allowed a run in any of his last five outings. Then on Sunday, Minnesota finished the sweep with an extra inning win.
8-21-15: The Minnesota Twins continued their mission to lock down one of the two available Wild Card berths in the American League this week but their bullpen took big blows along the way. The team first learned this week that closer Glen Perkins was sent back to Minnesota to get an MRI on his neck that cost him a nice chunk of time during the 2014 season. Perkins was diagnosed with a nerve injury in his last season which ultimately ended his season and is facing similar symptoms this go around with his neck. The Twins will give Perkins a cortisone shot in hopes of bringing back their best relief pitcher in an already ailing bullpen. The Twins bullpen is one of the worst in the American League this season and cannot afford to lose Perkins and his 1.21 first half ERA for any amount of time. The Twins bullpen situation got especially worrisome when the team learned that right-hander Ryan Pressly was shutdown for the remainder of the season after suffering a setback in his rehab from a lat strain injury. Pressly, along with Perkins, was one of the few bright spots in the Twins bullpen this season posting a 2.93 ERA in his 27.2 innings before the injury.
8-18-15: The Twins fell back to .500 on the season, as they dropped Monday’s contest at Yankee Stadium. Every Minnesota starter had a hit in the 8-7 walk-off loss. The Twins scored in five consecutive frames, but did not score after the sixth inning. Minnesota will need some more wins down the stretch, as the team is 2.5 games out of a wild card spot.
8-14-15: The Minnesota Twins began this week by activating top prospect Byron Buxton off the disabled list after a lengthy DL trip. Buxton was immediately optioned to Triple-A where he will likely stay until September call ups start and Major League rosters expand. Buxton played in a total of 11 games in the Major Leagues before a thumb injury derailed his season. Buxton did not impress in that extremely small sample size slashing just .189/.231/.270 in 39 plate appearances. The Twins put outfielder Aaron Hicks into the outfield rotation when Buxton went down and Hicks has done nothing but take advantage of the opportunity since coming to the Major Leagues. Hicks has slashed .316/.380/.526 during the 32 games that Buxton was on the disabled list thus explaining the demotion for Buxton. Buxton was called up originally from Double-A and has never played a game in Triple-A before the demotion. Buxton is currently the teammate of Jose Berrios but with the Twins struggling rotation that may not last too much longer. Minnesota is at least considering calling up Berrios to the Major Leagues to help in the rotation, especially with right-hander Phil Hughes now on the disabled list.
8-7-15: The Minnesota Twins stood relatively pat at the trading deadline this week as the team only made one notable trade, the trade that brought in relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen. Jepsen was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitchers Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia. To make room on the active roster for Jepsen the team made the tough decision to designate Caleb Thielbar for assignment. Minnesota attempted to make other trades before the deadline that came to light this week including a deal that would have sent Ricky Nolasco and his two years of team control after the 2015 season to San Diego for an unreported return. Minnesota was looking for bullpen upgrades during the entire month of July so you would have to think that the Twins at least discussed both set-up man Joaquin Benoit and closer Craig Kimbrel with San Diego during their talks. Benoit would be more realistic than Kimbrel at this point as Benoit is two months away from free agency while Kimbrel is still owed roughly $28 million for many years going forward. Trading Nolasco’s salary could open way for Minnesota to be able to acquire Kimbrel fiscally so be sure to watch out for that in August.
8-7-15: On Thursday, the Twins suffered their fifth loss in a row, and they fell to 54-54 on the season. After scoring seven runs on Wednesday night in Toronto, Minnesota’s offense went back to struggling the next night. Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks each homered, but the team tallied just five hits in Thursday’s 9-3 loss.
8-3-15: The Twins struggled last week, as they had a four-game losing streak, including a two-game sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then, Minnesota split its four-game series with the Seattle Mariners, including a 4-1 extra inning loss on Sunday. The Twins acquired Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two minor leaguers last week.
7-31-15: The Minnesota Twins came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Twins made a relatively minor deal with the Tampa Bay Rays before the deadline came and went as the team agreed to send two minor league RHP’s to the Tampa Bay Rays for middle relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen of the Rays. Jepsen was sent to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia. Jepsen will look to fill the bridge to Glen Perkins in the Twins bullpen, which has been a huge issue for Minnesota this season. Minnesota has thrown Trevor May, Blaine Boyer, Aaron Thompson, Brian Duensing and Casey Fien at the position this season with few notable results. Jepsen should bring a veteran arm and a veteran presence to the club that is intent on making a serious run at not only an American League Central Division title but also a possible deep October playoff run in 2015.
7-28-15: The Twins received hits from seven of their nine position players and out-hit the New York Yankees, 10-7, on Sunday at Target Field, but Minnesota collected only one extra-base hit. By going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, the Twins could get just two runs in the 7-2 afternoon loss.
7-24-15: The Minnesota Twins were unable to sign their second-round pick from the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft Kyle Cody before the deadline came and went on July 17th. Cody will instead return to the University of Kentucky for his senior season where he will look to sneak into the first round in the 2016 MLB Draft. There was some concern about Cody’s health which may have had to do with the fact that he was not signed but Twins general manager Terry Ryan dismissed those concerns in an interview early in the week. Speaking of pitching inside the Twins organization the team lost RHP Ricky Nolasco this week after he underwent ankle surgery over the All-Star break last week. Nolasco needed a bone fragment removed from his ankle and will be in a walking boot for a few weeks before the team can determine if he will pitch again during the 2015 season. This marks the second straight disappointing season for Nolasco after signing a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins before the 2014 season worth $49 million. Minnesota is falling farther and farther behind in the American League Central Division and moves may need to be made sooner rather than later if the team wants to make a serious run at a playoff spot in 2015.
7-22-15: Since Glen Perkins blew his first save of the season on Saturday, the Twins have scored just one run. They lost Saturday’s game in 10 innings and dropped Sunday’s rubber match, 14-1. Then, on Tuesday, Joe Mauer and Eduardo Nunez were the only Twins to collect hits, as Minnesota lost, 7-0.
7-17-15: The Minnesota Twins started the week off by trying to make a move for former Rookie of the Year and Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz before Feliz ultimately signed with the Detroit Tigers. The Twins have closer Glen Perkins and relievers Blaine Boyer, Brian Duensing and J.R. Graham in their bullpen and every arm has struggled thus far this season. Feliz would have been a great and notable acquisition for a team that is trying to compete in the American League Central Division but Minnesota will have to look elsewhere to upgrade the team’s bullpen. The Twins have also looked at acquiring former closer Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in the club’s search for bullpen help this season. Cishek could essentially be acquired for relatively little in terms of dollars and prospects after the RHP had fallen out of grace with Miami this season. The bullpen isn’t the team’s only weakness this season though and the team has considered acquiring Jimmy Rollins from the Los Angeles Dodgers to solidify the shortstop position. The Twins have run with Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar for much of this season at short with lackluster results and could buy low on Rollins. Rollins would open the roster spot for top prospect Corey Seager for Los Angeles while Minnesota gets an upgrade at both the offensive and defensive side of the game.
7-13-15: The Twins had a very strong week heading into the All-Star break. They won the final three games of their four-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Sunday’s 7-1 victory gave Minnesota its sixth win in its last seven games. Kyle Gibson threw seven innings and allowed one unearned run to get his eighth win of the season.
6-30-15: For the second time in June, Mike Pelfrey had more runs allowed than innings pitched in a start. He threw to four batters in the third inning, but only got six total outs on Monday night in Cincinnati. He allowed eight runs, nine hits and three walks in his fifth loss of 2015. On the bright side, Brian Dozier homered for the 16th time this season in the loss.
6-16-15: Minnesota’s top prospect Byron Buxton, who was called up over the weekend, tripled for his first hit as a Major League Baseball player on Monday. He also scored a run in the game, but the Twins fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2. Torii Hunter, who returned from his two-game suspension, went 0-for-3 in the loss.
6-5-15: The Minnesota Twins are turning their attention to the MLB First Year Player’s Draft where the team owns the sixth overall pick this season. Whether the team goes pitching or hitting, college or High School, polished or not remains to be seen but one thing that will not factor into the team’s decision is health. The team has announced that they would not shy away from injured players like Brady Aiken or Michael Matuella despite both pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery recently. Whoever the team drafts may join third baseman Trevor Plouffe who is on an absolute roll this season for the first place Minnesota Twins. Plouffe is sporting a 135 wRC+ as the week comes to an end as he continues to make large strides with his defense. Minnesota has top prospect Miguel Sano sitting down in the minor leagues waiting on his shot in the major leagues but with the emergence of Plouffe many are wondering if Sano will have to move positions or whether he will be traded this July or not. Plouffe is signed through the 2017 season and is set to get a raise from his $4.8 million salary he received in 2015 meaning it may be more fiscally responsible for the Twins to sign him to a long term extension now rather than waiting for free agency.
6-1-15: The Twins have been playing very well recently, as they prepare to play four games in three days at Fenway Park after the postponement of Monday’s contest. Minnesota has won seven of its last eight games, including a sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Target Field, to vault to the top of the American League Central.
5-30-15: The Minnesota Twins started their week off by releasing 31 year old first baseman Brock Peterson after he put up just a .186/.289/.351 with five home runs in Triple-A this season. Peterson had a short cup of coffee in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2013 before now finding himself a free agent once again in his professional career. Speaking of the team’s Triple-A affiliate the team decided this week to move their Top 100 pitching prospect Alex Meyer into their Triple-A bullpen. The team is trying to get him back on track in hopes of being able to call him up to the MLB bullpen. Meyer has struggled with his control for much of the 2015 season and the team has hopes of turning him around. The team is still competing in the American League Central Division race and may be able to call up Meyer late in the season for the playoff push if the team remains in contention. The Twins aren’t buyers yet despite their hot start but the team would rather wait on the return of Ervin Santana Casey Fein before trading away some of their young talent prematurely.
5-26-15: On Monday, the Twins won their fifth consecutive game started by Ricky Nolasco. The
32-year-old righty had his best start of the season, as he threw 7.2 innings of two-run ball
and moved to 5-1 in 2015. All nine of the Twins’ position players collected at least one hit in the 7-2 victory.
5-18-15: Although the Twins lost in blowout fashion on Sunday at Target Field, they still won their series against the Tampa Bay Rays. They struggled with just two hits in nine at-bats
with runners in scoring position in that contest, but Joe Mauer drove in his 20th run of the season, which put him one behind 39-year-old Torii Hunter for the team lead.
5-11-15: Although the Twins lost on Sunday to the Cleveland Indians, they remain one of the
American League’s best teams just over a month into the 2015 season. The Twins had
two hits in the game, one of which was a Brian Dozier solo home run. He is performing very well recently, as he homered in back-to-back games.
5-5-15: The Twins extended their winning streak to a season-best five games, as they defeated the visiting Oakland Athletics, 8-7, on Monday. The victory pushed Minnesota’s 2015 record to 10-4 at home and 14-12 overall. In addition, the Twins are two games above .500 for the first time since May 21, 2014.
4-28-15: The Twins won the final two games of their weekend series against the Mariners in Seattle, but Minnesota could not match its season-best three-game winning streak on Monday. The Twins hosted the American League-best Detroit Tigers and fell, 5-4. On the bright side, Minnesota turned four double plays in the contest.
4-21-15: Kyle Gibson came into Monday’s contest with a strong career against the Kansas City Royals, but he gave up four runs, four hits and four walks in five innings in the Twins’ 7-1 loss. However, Minnesota won its two previous series. On Friday, Trevor Plouffe hit his first career walk-off home run, and on Sunday, Torii Hunter’s three-run home run propelled the Twins to victory over the Cleveland Indians.
4-14-15: The Twins played their home opener on Monday at Target Field. Trevor Plouffe hit his first home run of the season, but the Kansas City Royals scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Twins, 12-3. On Saturday, the Twins placed right-handed pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with right elbow inflammation.
4-7-15: On Friday, Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million contract over the offseason, was suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use. Then on Monday, the Twins did not look so strong in their Opening Day game at Comerica Park. They had just five hits and did not draw a walk in the 4-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
3-31-15: Last Tuesday, the Twins signed second baseman Brian Dozier to a four-year, $20 million deal. There are no options in this contract, which pays the 27-year-old more money each year. It finishes in 2018 at $9 million. In other Minnesota news, the team optioned right-handed pitcher Trevor May and outfielders Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
3-25-15: On Sunday, shortstop Danny Santana batted leadoff and singled four times in the Twins’ 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. He hopes to continue hitting very well as the season begins. Meanwhile, catcher Josmil Pinto will not be on the field for about a week after suffering a concussion on Friday.
3-18-15: On Monday, the Twins optioned pitchers Jason Wheeler and Lester Oliveros, who is
working back from a shoulder issue, to Triple-A Rochester as well as infielder Miguel
Sano to Double-A Chattanooga. The day before, the team optioned left-hander Logan Darnell to Triple-A Rochester. Also on Sunday, the Twins optioned outfielder Max Kepler and infielder Jorge Polanco, who looks to build off a terrific 2014 in the minor leagues, to Double-A Chattanooga.
3-4-15: Twins manager Paul Molitor spoke about his lineup and closer last Thursday. He said that closer Glen Perkins will not be used for more than one inning this season. In addition, Molitor will not bat Joe Mauer lower than third. The catcher turned first baseman is expected to hit either second or third with just two career plate appearances in the No. 1 spot.
3-3-15: Twins manager Paul Molitor said on Monday that Phil Hughes, who is entering his ninth year in the league and second with Minnesota, is penciled in as the team’s Opening Day starter. Hughes signed a three-year contract extension worth $42 million in December. Meanwhile, starting shortstop Danny Santana came to spring training with seven pounds of added muscle.
2-17-15: The Minnesota Twins unveiled their renovated spring training facility to fans on Sunday
in Fort Myers, Florida. Hammond Stadium and the surrounding CenturyLink Sports
Complex will host the team’s home spring training games, and Torii Hunter is ready to be
back with the club. The 39-year-old, who will turn 40 in July and make $10.5 million this
year, recently said he is excited to make an impact for the team that drafted him 22 years ago.
2-9-15: In 2013, the Twins selected Kohl Stewart as the fourth overall draft pick. After making seven appearances combined in the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League during that season, he had a 2.59 ERA in 19 starts in 2014 for the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League. Although he battled a shoulder injury during the latter half of last season, he recently said that he is back to full strength.
10-1-14: The Twins finished in the AL Central cellar for the third time in four seasons. Ineffective starting pitching was the Twins' problem in 2014. The team's starting staff posted the worst ERA in baseball in 2013, and once again earned that dubious distinction this year too. They fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons at the helm. If the Twins are going to have any prayer of making noise in the playoff race next season, they will need to buy a couple of starting pitchers this offseason.
9-30-14: The Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire looks likely to return to the club for the 2015 season despite a tough season for the Twins on the field. Gardenhire and Twins GM Terry Ryan will look to improve the starting rotation this offseason once again while they build around Phil Hughes for the 2015 season and beyond. Speaking of Hughes the big right hander set a new Major League record this week in his final start of the season when he struck out five batters and walked none finishing with an 11.63 K/BB ratio. While rain may have potentially helped Hughes secure that record it kept him from $500K in a bonus that would have vested with one more recorded out. Rain kept Hughes from reaching the 210 inning mark that would have triggered the new incentive. Hughes is doing okay though as while hitting two other innings based incentives the righty raised his 2014 salary to $8.5 million. Hughes was asked by manager Gardenhire if he wanted to go back out after the lengthy rain delay and get his incentive bonus but declined because he did not want to risk injury and hurt the team for $500K. Hughes is a loyal ball player and has put the Twins and his teammates ahead of himself and should be commended for the fact. The Twins season ended while watching third baseman Trevor Plouffe fracturing his left forearm. The 28 year old finished the season with a .258/.326/.423 slash in 520 plate appearances. Plouffe should be ready and at 100% for spring training in 2015. Minnesota finished the 2014 season with a 70-92 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: At 34-38 against AL Central teams this season, Minnesota has made life difficult on their division rivals. Last week was no different as they Twins took two out of three from a Detroit Tigers team looking to win the division, but dropped two out of three to the Indians over the weekend. After their three-game series at home against the Diamondbacks, the Twins head to Detroit for a four-game series and try to derail the Tigers division title hopes.
9-23-14: The Minnesota Twins held their breath this week as closer Glen Perkins got a “complete look” at his arm. Perkins recently signed a four year extension with Minnesota worth $14 million and has been complaining of throwing arm soreness and fatigue. The soreness originally started in his neck and shoulder and his since moved down to his right arm area. The results all came back clean although he will be shut down with some arm fatigue, a forearm strain, and some nerve irritation. Perkins will begin a strength and conditioning program as he looks to build towards a healthy 2015 season. Perkins will look for a bounce back season next year like Phil Hughes had this year after coming over from the New York Yankees via free agency. Hughes has already picked up a $250K bonus when he passed the 195 IP mark for the season. Hughes has also struck out a staggering 181 batters to just 16 walks this season. Hughes is just 28 years old and under Twins team control for two more seasons after signing a three year deal worth $24 million this winter. The Twins ended the week by announcing that their Double-A affiliate would be moving from New Britain to Chattanooga next season after signing a four year deal.
9-18-14: The Twins struggled on the road this past week against a pair of AL Central foes in the Indians and White Sox. Minnesota now trails the White Sox by five games and they look destined for their third last-place finish in the AL Central in the last four years. Phil Hughes should get three more starts this year to build his resume for AL Comeback Player of the Year. After going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA a year ago, Hughes is 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA.
9-16-14: The Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left throwing elbow adding to a long list of injured Twins prospects in 2014. Thorpe joins Miguel Sano who had Tommy John surgery and Byron Buxton who battled wrist injuries and a concussion all season. Fellow prospect Alex Meyer has also battled shoulder discomfort in his final start of the season and has been shut down. Minnesota is likely to allow manager Ron Gardenhire manage the 2015 season if he wants to but speculation around the club says that Gardenhire may decide to step down and resign rather than manager. Gardenhire has been the manager of the Twins since 2002 and has lost 90+ games in three consecutive seasons. Whether Gardenhire will simply retire or move on to another team remains to be seen as he is likely approaching his fourth consecutive 90 loss season.
9-12-14: It’s been another disappointing season for the Minnesota Twins. However, there are a handful of positive takeaways from the season. The resurgence of Phil Hughes is remarkable. Hughes is 15-9 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, after going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in his final season with the Yankees a year ago. Rookie Danny Santana has swung a terrific bat all season and has provided some nice defensive versatility as well.
9-9-14: The Minnesota Twins made a questionable decision when they decided to extend catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two year deal earlier this season, especially since they had a promising young catcher in Josmil Pinto close to the major leagues. Pinto was asked about this extension this week by a local newspaper and Pinto replied that he was not surprised or upset by the signing. Pinto pointed out that he could gain more experience by playing behind the veteran and will be the backup for at least the next two seasons. Pinto is saying all the right things but whether he truly means what he says remains to be seen for the last place Minnesota Twins team. The Twins currently sit at 61-82 and are 19 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central division.
9-4-14: Despite leading all of baseball with 159 runs scored in the month of August, the Minnesota
Twins went just 11-18 for the month, closing the month out with a sweep at the hands of the
Baltimore Orioles this past weekend. Twins pitcher Tommy Milone failed to go four innings
Tuesday in Minnesota’s 6-3 loss to the White Sox. Trevor Plouffe leads all third basemen this
season with 39 doubles, to go along with a .750 OPS, 12 home runs and 69 RBI.
9-2-14: The Minnesota Twins announced a few of the contracts that the team will purchase prior to the expanded rosters on September 1. Minnesota purchased the contracts of utility man Doug Bernier and right handed starting pitchers Lester Oliveros and AJ Achter as Minnesota looks to get a glimpse into their future. Minnesota added these three players this week but lost pitcher Sam Deduno in a waiver claim with the Houston Astros. Deduno is 31 years old and posted a 4.60 ERA in 92 innings between the bullpen and the rotation this season in Minnesota. To replace Deduno on the roster the Twins selected and purchased the contract of left hander Aaron Thompson out of Triple-A. The Twins currently sit at 59-77 with the worst record in the AL Central division, 15.5 games behind the first place Kansas City Royals.
8-27-14: The Twins offense exploded for 42 runs in a bizarre series against the Tigers over the weekend, and the Twins are now a respectable 10-14 this month, pulling to within a game of moving out of the AL Central cellar. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier officially joined the 20/20 club with a stolen base Wednesday. He is just the 14th second baseman in MLB history to reach that milestone. That is something to be proud of.
8-26-14: The Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan announced last week that manager Ron Gardenhire’s job was all but safe for the 2015 season but this week the GM backed off that statement a little. Ryan stated this week that the comment was pure speculation and reiterated that no job, including his own, was set in stone or set for the 2015 season. The Twins have already lost their top prospect in Byron Buxton for the rest of the season but received a good update on Alex Meyer. Meyer is reportedly right where he should be innings wise this season and may or may not be a September call up this season. The Twins need to add Meyer to the 40 man roster in order to call up the big starting pitcher but will need to this winter anyway to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The Twins would be holding auditions for the 2015 team in September as the team sits at 58-72 in dead last in the AL Central division.
8-20-14: Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco were both activated from the DL last week, which is good news for Twins fans. However, those two will earn a combined $35 million this season and have been both average at best this season. The Twins dropped Tuesday night’s contest to Cleveland 7-5 and will be looking forward to next season from here on out.
8-19-14: The Minnesota Twins watched this week as their top prospect Byron Buxton collided with teammate Mike Kvasnicka and laid on the field unconscious for ten minutes. Buxton was carted off the field in an ambulance and was diagnosed with a severe concussion. The Twins sold some key players at the July 31st trading deadline and acquired a key piece in Tommy Milone from the Oakland Athletics but the team seems to be willing to stand pat at the August trade deadline. Many teams are interested in bullpen arms and the Twins have a few that would intrigue GM’s of other teams but the Minnesota GM Terry Ryan has not shown a willingness to part with any more players this season unless blown away.
8-13-14: The Twins pulled off two of the better under the radar signings this offseason when they nabbed Phil Hughes and Kurt Suzuki. Both of those players are now signed through 2016 and could play a significant role in helping Minnesota climb out of the cellar. Starting pitching does remain the biggest issue for the Twins. They’re 5-5 in their last 10 games played and dropped Tuesday night’s game to the lowly Astros 10-4.
8-12-14: The Minnesota Twins are unloading players after falling out of the AL Central division race and shipped Kevin Correia to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Correia had struggled this season in his age 34 season posting a 4.94 ERA with only a 4.2 K/9 ratio and 2.2 BB/9 ratio. Correia will be a free agent after this season after signing a two year deal with Minnesota in the winter of 2012 worth $10 million. Minnesota saved $1.5 million by shipping off Correia and essentially created a roster spot for the recently acquired lefty Tommy Milone from the Oakland Athletics. Milone will start Monday night in Houston when the Twins take on the Houston Astros. The Twins ended the week by sending outfielder Josh Willingham to the Kansas City Royals for right handed pitcher Jason Adam.
8-6-14: Kennys Vargas hit a three-run homer in his first home game for Minnesota, powering the Twins over Jesse Hahn and the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Tuesday night. Phil Hughes had a season-high nine strikeouts in six innings of work to snap a three-start losing streak, and Glen Perkins earned his 28th save. Both Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco were at Class A Cedar Rapids Tuesday for rehab work.
8-5-14: The Minnesota Twins and
catcher Kurt Suzuki were talking an extension just a week ago but those talks seemingly fell apart quickly. So quickly in fact that the Twins put Suzuki on the trading block just 48 hours before the trading deadline closed. Minnesota quickly put the talks back on the table and got the deal done before the July 31st trading deadline had come and past. Suzuki agreed to a two year extension worth $12 million with a third year as a vesting option. The third year is also worth $6 million and vests based on plate appearances during the 2016 season. The Twins may have made one of the most underrated trades of the trading deadline this week as they traded outfielder and soft hitting Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics for left handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Milone fell out of grace in Oakland due to the insane amount of starting pitching depth the team has.
7-30-14: The Minnesota Twins have gotten consistent work out of Matt Guerrier this season but after a rough outing this week the team designated the right hander for assignment. Guerrier only had a 3.86 ERA on the season even after his rough outing but was not missing many bats with a 3.9 K/9 ratio. The Twins lost Guerrier but have attempted to keep another player in Kurt Suzuki after having contract extension talks this week. The Twins and Suzuki seem to be far apart in talks at this point but both sides have expressed an interest in getting a deal done for the catcher. The Twins can’t keep everyone though and are ready to be sellers at this year’s trading deadline. The player most likely to be traded is outfielder Josh Willingham although he is straddling the Mendoza line offensively and has seen his power numbers dwindle in 2014.
7-28-14: The Twins played well heading into the All-Star break, but they have not looked so good since. However, they did take the series against the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, Phil Hughes suffered a shin contusion after being hit by an Adam Dunn comebacker in Thursday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox. Then, the Twins dropped their second consecutive game to Chicago on Friday.
7-24-14: Brian Dozier had three hits, including his career-high 19th home run in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell to the Indians 8-2 Tuesday night. Minnesota was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday and is 4 for 41 since the All-Star break. The aforementioned Dozier was named the Twins 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner by the MLB Players Alumni Association. The award honors players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values of the game.
7-21-14: The Minnesota Twins won the Kendrys Morales sweepstakes after the June draft this season and now Morales, even though he has struggled this season, loves Minnesota so much he is interested in a long term deal with the club. Morales and Scott Boras are interested but it is unknown whether the Twins are convinced with Morales’ .229/.254/.328 triple slash enough to sign the designated hitter long term. The Twins hosted the 85th MLB All Star Game this week as the American League defeated the National League 5-3 in Derek Jeter’s final All Star Game of his career.
7-19-14: The Twins fell to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to remain in last place in the American League Central, but they had a very successful All-Star break. They hosted the All-Star festivities, including Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game. In addition, manager John Farrell and assistant coach Ron Gardenhire were smart in giving closer Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki the opportunity to close out the All-Star Game in front of their home crowd, and they were successful.
7-17-14: The Twins ended the first half on a high note, registering series wins against the Mariners and Rockies on the road. They entered last week stuck in a rough 3-10 stretch, as they've had an up-and-down season thus far. The Twins rank 28th in the majors with a 4.86 ERA, but that's been no fault of Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92 ERA) as he ranks among the top candidates for AL Comeback Player of the Year.
7-15-14: The Minnesota Twins are primed to host the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game and will send their own in Glen Perkins and Brian Dozier to the game. Dozier will also represent team captain Jose Bautista and the American League in the Home Run Derby this season. Dozier was getting ready for the festivities on the final game before the break when he hit two home runs for the Twins for their 44th victory of the season. The Twins are 44-50 at the break and are in last place in the AL Central division and 10.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers. The Twinkies are ready to sell at this year’s trading deadline and may make outfielder Josh Willingham available to contending teams.
7-14-14: Although the Twins dropped to a season-worst 10 games below .500 earlier this week, they bounced back to take three of four games from the Mariners in Seattle. Ron Gardenhire’s squad has road games on Saturday and Sunday in Colorado before returning home to host the All-Star Game, and Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is participating in the Home Run Derby.
7-10-14: Sam Fuld hit his second homer of the season, and Phil Hughes pitched into the eighth inning as the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 Tuesday night in the Emerald City. Hughes, who improved to 9-5 on the year, gave up eight hits in 7 1/3 innings of work, while striking out eight. Hughes had given up a combined 19 hits and 12 earned runs in his past two starts, losses to Texas and the Yankees. However, he has a strong history pitching in Seattle. He is 5-0 with a 0.61 ERA in seven career games at Safeco Field.
7-7-14: There has not been much going well for the Twins recently. Not only are they on the verge of losing their fourth consecutive series, but they also lost Joe Mauer to a strained right oblique. The injury forced the first baseman to the 15-day disabled list, but Minnesota still has Brian Dozier, who hit his 16th home run of the season on Friday.
7-3-14: Joe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an oblique injury. Eduardo Nunez homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 on Tuesday night. Mauer extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run double down in the fourth inning, but was limping as he ran to second base. Ricky Nolasco earned his first win in five starts for Minnesota, allowing one run and eight hits in six innings of work. The Twins are nine games back of Detroit in the AL Central.
7-2-14: The Minnesota Twins are primed to make an impact in this year’s International spending signing period that starts on Wednesday. The Twins are highly unlikely to spend as much as the Yankees but are willing to go over their spending pool if the right player becomes available. The Twins need all the help in the future they can find as they are in dead last place in the American League Central division with a 37-43 record at the halfway point. The Twins are also still said to be internally discussing a trade of Kendrys Morales in hopes of bringing him back this winter for the 2015 season, something Morales seems open to.
6-30-14: The second half of June has been extremely streaky for the Twins. They had a five-game losing streak followed by a four-game winning streak. After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels and dropping Friday’s contest in Texas, Minnesota has lost its last four games. Unfortunately, Danny Santana, who has provided a jolt for this Twins ballclub, has been put on the disabled list with a knee injury.
6-26-14: Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw 50 pitches over two innings of work in his 25th career start, equaling his shortest outing in the big leagues. The righty gave up seven runs, four hits and two walks, after coming in with a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings as the Twins fell to the Angels 8-6. Joe Mauer, who won three AL batting titles as a catcher and the MVP award in 2009, is hitting only .260 in his first season as a first baseman.
6-24-14: The Minnesota Twins designated Jason Kubel for assignment last week and this week has released the outfielder making him a free agent. The Twins seem extremely satisfied with the player who replace Kubel, Kendrys Morales, but may have to trade him at the July 31 trading deadline. The Twins have stated that if a trade does occur they would be willing to bring him back next season, without the qualifying offer getting in the way, for the 2015 season. Morales fits on this team perfectly with Joe Mauer now at first base and no aging veterans to have to DH. The Twins are falling fast in the American League Central division so a Morales trade along with a Kurt Suzuki move may already be in the works.
6-18-14: Phil Hughes dropped to 7-3 on the year Tuesday night at Fenway as the Twins fell to Boston 2-1. Minnesota has dropped four straight. Minnesota’s has been held to one run and seven hits in the first two games of the series. RF Oswaldo Arcia went 0-for-4 and is now hitless in 20 at-bats. Besides hosting the All-Star game this year, there is not much to look forward to in the Twin Cities. Minnesota sits 5 ½ games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.
6-17-14: The Minnesota Twins have won the Kendrys Morales sweepstakes in what is widely considered to be a win now move but Morales may also help the Twins in the future. If Minnesota falls out of contention Morales would be a valuable trade piece in July, especially to all the teams that lost out on acquiring him for just money. In a corresponding roster move Jason Kubel was designated for assignment and has refused his Triple-A assignment and has elected free agency.
6-10-14: The Minnesota Twins selected the brother of Dee Gordon, Nick Gordon, 5th overall in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday night. The Twins also shocked the baseball world when they won the Kendrys Morales sweepstakes by signing the left handed DH and first basemen to a one year deal worth $12 million. Morales will obviously make a prorated salary that amounts to rough $7.5 million for the rest of the season. In the corresponding roster move the Twins designated struggling DH and outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment. Morales will reportedly need two weeks to get back into baseball shape after spending the entire season working out at the Scott Boras complex.
6-3-14: The Minnesota Twins are surprisingly looking to improve their team this trading deadline season and look willing to add some payroll in the process. The Twins are most notably interested in the St. Louis Cardinals outfield depth and outfielder Jon Jay. The Twins outfielders have struggled as a whole this season and the Cardinals had more depth than they could find playing time for before they called up top prospect Oscar Tavares so a trade looks imminent. The Twins and Phil Hughes had their first trip to Yankee Stadium this season and took two of three from New York including a big inning in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Yankees closer David Robertson.
5-28-14: The Minnesota Twins may have the most versatile and underrated player in all of baseball in Brian Dozier and nobody is talking about him. Dozier broke out last season in Minnesota and has gotten even better across the board, most notably in his power, defense, and base running, and may not find himself getting a long term extension with the club. The Twins do not need to be in a hurry as Dozier is not a free agent until after the 2016 season but the deal may get done sooner rather than later.
5-21-14: The Minnesota Twins have enjoyed a career turnaround from catcher Kurt Suzuki and may be ready to discuss a contract extension with the backstop. The Twins signed Suzuki to a one year deal worth $2.75 million this offseason and have seen him produce a .322/.390/.424 triple slash in 137 plate appearances. If the Twins don’t lock him up this summer than they may have themselves a nice trade piece for the July, 31 trading deadline since Suzuki is only 30 years old. The Twins are currently in second place in the American League Central division and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Minnesota Twins got some terrible news regarding their top prospects, and probably the best prospect in all of major league baseball, when they found out that Byron Buxton re-aggravated an old wrist injury that has almost cost him his entire season. The wrist does not seem any worse than what it was the first time he injured it but at age 20 his development is taking a major step back with the injury. The Twins have persevered though are in third place through two weeks of May baseball and are playing right at the .500 mark right now. The Twins have the pieces in the minor leagues to make a serious run at an American League Central division title or a Wild Card berth if they are close enough to contention in July.
5-7-14: The Minnesota Twins have been one of the pleasant surprises in the American League this season after finishing in the cellar of the American League Central division in the past few seasons. After 30 games in 2014 the Twins have a .500 record of 15-15 and have seen their offseason acquisitions of Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco improve over the past couple of weeks. The Twins have more pitching depth in Matt Guerrier in the minor leagues although he owns a May 8th opt out date that he may leave for a major league deal elsewhere as he has pitched well while rehabbing a flexor mass repair surgery. Speaking of the Twins farm system Minnesota has finally activated top prospect Byron Buxton from the 7-day DL and assigned him to Class A+ Fort Myers to get his feet wet. Buxton tore up High A ball last season and seems ready to head to double-A by midseason if all goes well.
4-27-14: The Minnesota Twins made some major additions to their starting staff this spring and have not had much to show for it after a month of 2014. Phil Hughes has an ERA north of six and Ricky Nolasco's earned run average is flirting with being in the sevens as April comes to a close. Speaking of seven point ERA's Mike Pelfrey, the third addition to the staff this winter, is inching towards a 7.50 ERA in 2014 so needless to say Minnesota is struggling in the American League Central division. Kurt Suzuki has been a bright spot for the Twins after coming over via free agency this season to replace Joe Mauer behind the plate as Mauer begins the transition to first base. Suzuki is hitting over .300 and has 17 RBI's which is more than half of what he had in two stops all of last season with the Nationals and the Athletics. Be sure to vote for your Minnesota Twins in the MLB All Star Game this season as voting has opened up this week for the mid-season classic.
4-14-14: The Minnesota Twins rebounded from a sluggish 3-6 start this week to win their last three games and get to 6-6. Minnesota was simply mediocre at 3-3 coming into the week, but their bats didn’t show up as they dropped all three games in their series against the Oakland Athletics. The Twins were able to pick up the pieces, though, as they crushed the Kansas City Royals 17-2 over their first two games and closed the week with a tight 4-3 win to get win a series sweep of their own.
4-7-14: The Minnesota Twins have been merely a .500 ball club over the first week of the 2014 MLB season, starting with a 3-3 record against the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. Minnesota got the season started off with a 2-1 series loss to the Sox, but did manage to avoid the sweep with a thrilling 10-9 win in game three. After dropping game one to the Indians in the second series, the bats came alive again for the Twins, as they popped off 17 combined runs in their next two games - both wins. Chris Colabello has been red hot through the first week, hitting at a .391 clip with one homer and 11 RBIs.
4-1-14: The Minnesota Twins held tight with the Chicago White Sox at 4-2 in the third inning, but could muster just one more run as they dropped their opening day game, 5-3. Ricky Nolasco absorbed the loss for the visiting Twins, while Chris Sale earned the white for the White Sox thanks to just three earned runs and eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Twins didn’t have their best offensive day, but Kurt Suzuki was easily the star of opening day for the Twins, as he converted two of four at bats, while driving in three runs.
3-27-14: The Minnesota Twins started the final week of spring training by outrighting Vance Worley to the minor leagues and then trading him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This was a bit of a head scratcher since Minnesota is so desperate for starting pitching, even after signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. The Twins tried to spend more money, both on infielders and pitching, but could not get any other free agents to sign to any lucrative offers. Minnesota is still looking at signing free agent shortstop, and Scott Boras client, Stephen Drew if the deal is right. The Twins seems willing to give up the draft pick compensation that is attached to Drew to compete in 2014 and beyond although at this point it seems unlikely that the deal gets done. The Twins have been cellar dwellers for quite some time now in the American League Central division but hopes are high in Target Field for Opening Day 2014 that the Twins could somehow compete for a playoff spot in the very near future.
3-20-14: The Minnesota Twins have a losing record this year in the Grapefruit League but expectations are high for the Twinkies with all the free agent additions, specifically in the starting rotation. Vance Worley has the Twins worried about the strength of their rotation after giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs in a recent start against the Tampa Bay Rays raising his ERA to 13.50 this spring. The Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon is finally back in spring games this week and made his spring debut after going under the knife with an appendectomy surgery, a surgery that kept him out right at a month. The Twins also announced a new deal for closer Glenn Perkins on a four year deal worth $22.175 million giving him the security of a multiyear deal while giving in to his wishes of wanting to stay home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is also still showcasing top overall prospect Byron Buxton in spring although he has missed a game this week with a sore elbow, although it is being called precautionary and not a big deal. The Twins have a losing record in the Grapefruit League this year and have lost twice as many games as they have won in the past two weeks which is never a good sign when you are this close to Opening Day.
3-13-14: The Minnesota Twins gobbled up a lot of the pitching on the market this offseason bringing in Phil Hughes from the Yankees, Ricky Nolasco from the Dodgers, and Mike Pelfrey from the New York Mets. Byron Buxton has been in Twins camp all spring and has been opening eyes all over the league while topping about every top prospects list on the planet. The Twins got some disappointing news when one of their top prospects, Miguel Sano, went down with Tommy John surgery this year and announced that Sano would miss the 2014 season but Minnesota has a ton of prospects in their pitching rich system to step right in and replace him. The Twins also moved longtime catcher and face of the franchise Joe Mauer to first base full time to help prolong his career so it will be interesting to see how he and the Twins transition going forward into 2014.
3-12-14: The Twins have recently expressed interest in free agent pitcher Ervin Santana. Santana is mulling one year deals from the Orioles and Blue Jays, but the Twins have the ability to offer a three or four year deal worth anywhere between $30 and $50 million. Santana spent last season in the divison, with the Kansas City Royals.
3-11-14: The Twins 5 most expensive remaining Spring Training games are: March 28th vs Boston, March 22nd vs the Yankees, March 27th vs Boston, March 29th vs Boston, and March 18th vs the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets for Twins Opening Day April 7th vs Oakland currently average $73 on the secondary market.
3-5-14: Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano announced his retirement from baseball at age 38 in late February. The twins also announced that 20-year-old third baseman Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery pushing his anticipated rookie season back toward likely will be 2015. Joe Mauer is ready to become a full-time first baseman after suffering a concussion last season that derailed his production.
3-4-14: The Twins and Blue Jays made history during the Spring Training game this past Monday at Hammond Stadium. Chris Rahl was ruled safe on a close play at First, which Toronto challenged. After a nearly three minute delay, the umpires upheld the ruling. The Twins also won the second challenge on a similar play in the 8th inning.
1-24-14: This offseason the Minnesota Twins signed catcher Kurt Suzuki so they can finally move All-Star Joe Mauer out from behind the plate to keep him from going down with an injury. If Mauer can play the whole season then expect him to put up some big numbers akin to those when he won the MVP in 2009.
1-7-14: The Minnesota twins have agreed to terms with Kurt Suzuki pending a physical. The deal is worth reported 2.75 million guaranteed with more impossible incentives. The twins also try to bolster their pitching staff by adding Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes today starting rotation. The twins also brought back outfielder Jason Kubel who will make his second tour of duty with the twins this year.
12-9-13: Toward the end of last season in the Minnesota twins began to unload some of their franchise players including Justin Morneau who was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although they still have held on to the Minnesota native Joe Mauer it is likely that another underachieving season would lead them to deal the All-Star catcher Who is nearing the end of his prime. Joe Mauer deserves the right to compete for a championship and with the unwillingness to spend iTrans organization they would likely deal him for young prospects. The twins have not one over 66 games since 2010 when they finished first in the AL Central and lost to the Yankees in the American League division series.
8-20-13 - Although the Minnesota Twins are not in last place in their division they are still 18.5 games back and have surely eliminated themselves from playoff contention. The Minnesota Twins of lost four straight games and have a record of three – seven in the last 10 games. After playing the one game make up gane with the New York Mets the twins will face the Detroit Tigers this week. Catcher Joe Mauer has continued to perform like an all star he is batting .324 and has scored 62 runs the season. The Minnesota Twins rank 21st overall in terms of team runs scored in major-league baseball.
8-6-13 - The Minnesota Twins are 13 games under .500 and will soon be out of playoff contention. Their mediocre pitching and inability to score runs consistently is the cause of their poor record. They will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals this week.
7-31-13 - The Twins have traded catcher Drew Butera from to the Dodgers for either a player to be named or cash.
7-18-13 - The Minnesota Twins continue to struggle season after season. The ball club continuously seems to either run into the Yankees or just struggle to put together wins during the regular season. Well still riding the coattails of the M&M boys Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau the Twins have been unable to build a sufficient roster around them to make a long push into the postseason. The twins are 39 – 53 and currently in fourth place in the American League Central division. It seems to be a very long shot That the twins will make the playoffs this year. They are 12 games out of first place and have losing records at both home and on the road. The twins are -48 in terms of opponent run differential.
7-7-13 - Joe Mauer was voted in as a starter for the 2013 American League all-stars. The catcher will be making his 6th all-star game appearance. Left-hand pitcher Glen Perkins will also be on the team, his first ASG appearance.
6-12-13 - The Minnesota Twins are in last place at 27 – 33. Veteran catcher and hometown boy Joe Mauer is having a nice year hitting .332. This is normal for the twins but the supporting cast has not been able to produce. The pitching is not been solid either with the team ERA of 4.36. The twins will begin in interleague series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at home, This is part of a nine-game homestand for the twins.