TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Top spin rates helped Pressly post solid '16 numbers

With a fastball that averages 95 mph, to go along with a wipeout slider and a nasty curveball, it's easy to see Twins reliever Ryan Pressly has impressive stuff.
Via Twins.com
3 hours ago

Former Twins infielder Plouffe signs with Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.The team announced the move Wednesday.Plouffe went on the disabled list for three different injuries last season with Minnesota. He began the year as Minnesota's starting third baseman and hit a career-best...
Via Associated Press
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers by Matthew Trueblood

Brian Dozier is still in Minnesota, but maybe the Dodgers and the Twins were right to balk at a deal.
Via Baseball Prospectus
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kintzler hoping to expand repertoire in '17

In 2016, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler, whose repertoire is heavily dependent on his two-seam fastball. Yet despite throwing his sinker 88 percent of the time, it was one of the most effective pitches in baseball, helping lead to his 61.9 percent groundball rate, which was the eighth-highest mark in the Majors.
Via Twins.com
1 day ago

Twins, Phillies unveil shared DR academy

The Twins officially opened their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, hosting a grand opening in Boca Chica with the Phillies, who will share the facility.
Via Twins.com
1 day ago

Minnesota Twins Prospects – Second Base

There is so much uncertainty when talking about the Minnesota Twins and their second baseman.  Brian Dozier‘s name has been making its rounds throughout baseball this offseason, with his final destination yet to be determined.  But for the time being he is a Twin and the organization is set at that position until he is moved. The Twins have had their share of second baseman over...
Via Legends On Deck
1 day ago

Forecasting Mauer's Remaining Years

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today SportsWhen the Twins signed Joe Mauer to the largest contract in team history, fans were excited to see what the future could hold. He was coming off an MVP season where he rewrote the record books when it comes to offense from the catching position. Minnesota was annually in the playoff hunt and optimism was running high.Flash-forward six seasons...
Via North Dakota Twins Fan
1 day ago

Minnesota Twins: Three Questions They Still Have to Answer

The Minnesota Twins were the worst team in the majors last season, doing basically nothing right. They broke the franchise record for losses since the team moved to Minnesota, and were dead last in runs and earned runs allowed. They’ve made a few moves with their coaching staff since the season finished, but there are still several questions that need to be answered before the...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Surprise By Signing Chris Gimenez

Twins Loading Up on Catching This Off-Season, Signing Free Agent Catcher Chris Gimenez. Obviously, the Minnesota Twins felt they needed to shore up the catcher’s position this off-season. After letting Kurt Suzuki go into free agency, they have signed Jason Castro to a major league contract, plus Dan Rohlfing, Eddy Rodriguez, and now Chris Gimenez […] Minnesota Twins Surprise...
Via Puckett's Pond
4 days ago

Twins, Hector Santiago Avoid Arbitration

The Twins have avoided arbitration with left-hander Hector Santiago by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $8MM, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (on Twitter). Santiago, a client of Excel Sports, earns a nice raise over last year’s $5MM salary. He’d been projected to earn $8.6MM by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago

Report: Twins have been in contact with Jose Bautista’s agent

The Minnesota Twins’ bizarro offseason continues. According to a report by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins have been in touch with the agent of free agent slugger Jose Bautista this winter. The market for the 36-year-old Bautista has been rather frosty as of late, and he may be forced to settle for a shorter-term deal. As for the Twins, they have definitely had a strange...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Minor League Preview: Minnesota Twins

It's been a rough year for Minnesota, it started with the death of Prince, and just snowballed from there. The Twins were awful, finishing with the worst record in the majors by 9 games. The Vikings crapped out after beginning the season with so much promise. Jose Berrios is not quite the ace the Target Field faithful were dreaming on, and Atmosphere, though still entertaining, has...
Via Razzball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers ‘heavy favorite’ to acquire Brian Dozier from Twins

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still aggressively pursuing improvements, and they have one target in mind. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers are regarded as the “heavy favorite” to acquire second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins, but the cost will be steep. The #Dodgers are the heavy favorite to land #Twins 2B Brian Dozier,but Twins continue...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Offseason Rumors, 12/9-12/22

Not a whole lot has happened for the Twins in the two weeks since the last update on their offseason. With the largest news being a death in the organization, here are the rumors and news from the Minnesota Twins between December 9 and December 22. Twins Suffer Loss The Twins were saddened by the loss of pitching prospect Yorman Landa on December 9. He was killed in a car crash...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Twins Should Take Jose De Leon While They Can

The Dodgers want Brian Dozier, the Twins terrific second baseman. The Twins, rightfully so, want a lot for an excellent player due just $15 million in total over the next two seasons. Based on public reports, the two sides have agreed that young RHP Jose De Leon would go to Minnesota if a deal gets done, with the current stalemate surrounding what else the Dodgers would have to...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Falvey and Levine: New Leadership in Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins have a different, and far more analytical, front office than in years past. Following the World Series, the AL Central club formally introduced Derek Falvey as executive vice president, chief baseball officer, and Thad Levine as senior vice president, general manager. Falvey, who has an economics degree from Trinity College, had been an assistant GM with the Cleveland...
Via Fangraphs
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Did the Minnesota Twins have a Successful Season?

For the last few decades, the Minnesota Twins unofficial motto has been consistency. Front office staff, managers, players, and “the Twins way” embodied a type of baseball that valued fundamentals and pitchers who were better than their raw stuff. The Twins finished first or second in the AL Central eight times between 2001 and 2010. The other two years they finished in third—hardly...
Via The Sports Post
November 28, 2016  |  Discuss
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