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Twins Looking For Relief Pitching

Mar 27, 2015 8:44 AM

The Minnesota Twins are looking for bullpen help, according to sources.

Minnesota is looking to add at least one and maybe two relief pitchers by the end of Spring Training.

Twins relievers ranked 21st in the league in ERA (3.73), 24th in fWAR (0.9), 29th in xFIP (4.18) and dead last in strikeouts per nine innings (6.66 K/9) in 2014.

La Velle E. Neal III/Star Tribune

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Twins Sign Brian Dozier To $20M Extension

Mar 24, 2015 8:48 AM

The Minnesota Twins have signed Brian Dozier to a four-year, $20 million contract extension.

Dozier will make $2 million in 2015, $3 million next season, $6 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018.

The 27-year-old hit .242/.345/.416 with 23 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 2014.

RealGM Staff Report

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Twins Option Miguel Sano To Double-A Chattanooga

Mar 17, 2015 1:38 AM

The Twins have optioned third baseman Miguel Sano, one of baseball's top prospects, to Double-A Chattanooga, according to an ESPN.com report.

The 21-year-old Sano, from the Dominican Republic, hit two home runs in 10 at-bats in spring games, with three walks in six contests.

ESPN.com

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Twins Making Progress On Dozier Extension

Mar 3, 2015 3:56 PM

The Minnesota Twins are working on a contract extension with Brian Dozier.

There were strong indications on Tuesday that solid progress is being made.

"I'd love to be here," Dozier said. "I don't want to be anywhere else. If the opportunity presents itself, then I'm all for it. We'll see."

Dozier said he signed his one-year deal for 2015 at an undisclosed amount. A source said Dozier and the Twins agreed at $590,000 for 2015.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Hughes In Line To Start Opener For Twins

Feb 24, 2015 8:17 AM

The Minnesota Twins are expected to start Phil Hughes on Opening Day.

Hughes has been "penciled in" to take the mound April 6 when the Twins play the Detriot Tigers, according to Paul Molitor.

Molitor downplayed the significance of his confirmation and said "if that's newsworthy, then so be it."

Associated Press

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Torii Hunter Jr. Joins Irish Baseball Team

Feb 14, 2015 8:00 PM

Torii Hunter Jr. grew up playing baseball. That should come as no surprise since his father is Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, but Hunter Jr., now a sophomore wide receiver at Notre Dame, had not played the sport competitively since his junior year of high school.

Injuries had forced him to focus only on football, and his scholarship was for football. His love for baseball, however, never went away, and on Friday, Hunter Jr. announced that he would join Notre Dame's baseball team for the 2015 season.

MLB.com

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Buxton Named MLB.com's Top Prospect For 2015

Feb 2, 2015 8:13 AM

MLB.com has released their annual list of the top 100 prospects in Major League Baseball with Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins topping the list.

Buxton, who was a no-brainer last season, struggled with injuries in 2014.

"There have not been any changes in Byron's skill set since the end of 2013," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "Unfortunately, he had an injury-riddled season in 2014 that hindered his ability to showcase his talent. He will bounce back; his ability, makeup, work ethic and desire … will ultimately allow him to become a Major Leaguer in the near future and for years to come."

Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Twins May Have Had Two Trades Fall Through

Jan 26, 2015 7:15 AM

The Minnesota Twins thought they had two trades in the works that ultimately fell through this offseason, according to a report.

The club they were negotiating with decided on another offer late in both instances.

The trades were not for Jeremy Hellickson or J.A. Happ, according to a source.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

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Johan Santana Has Offer, But It's Not From Twins
Johan Santana, who pitched two innings in the Venezuelan Winter League last week, already has an offer from a Major League club.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Johan Santana Eyes 2015 Return
Johan Santana has a 139-78 career record over 12 seasons with the Twins and Mets.

ESPN.com

Hughes, Twins Agree To $42M Extension
Phil Hughes will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 and earn base salaries of $13.2 million from 2017 to 2019.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Report: Twins Finalizing $54M Deal With Ervin Santana
The Twins are close to finalizing an agreement on a four-year, $54 million deal with Ervin Santana, according to a report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams
The Rangers, Rockies, Twins and Giants have been linked to Dillon Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Torii Hunter Berates Twins Beat Writer
The outfielder called the journalist a derogatory word four times near the end of the media session.

ESPN

Hunter, Twins Reach $10.5M Deal
The contract brings the outfielder back to where his Major League career began.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Hunter, Twins Have 'Common Interest' In Reunion
Torii Hunter spent 11 of his 18 Major League seasons with the Twins.

Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Report: Twins Nearing Deal With Hyeon-jong Yang
The Twins are reportedly nearing a deal with Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang.

MLB.com

Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Eddie Rosario Leads Salt River To AFL Title
Salt River defeated Peroia 14-7 in Saturday's Arizona Fall League's title game.

MLB.com

Ten Teams Showing Interest In Torii Hunter
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals, Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Rangers and Mariners have all shown some early interest in the veteran outfielder.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Twins Keep Brunansky As Hitting Coach
The Twins will retain hitting coach Tom Brunansky under new manager Paul Molitor.

Associated Press

Molitor: Twins 'Where I'm Supposed To Be'
Paul Moliter is in the Hall of Fame as a player, but he's entering a new world as manager of the Twins.

Associated Press

Twins Hire Molitor As 13th Manager
Paul Molitor spent 2014 as a coach on Ron Gardenhire's staff.

ESPN

Report: Twins To Name Paul Molitor Manager
The Minnesota Twins are expected to name Paul Molitor their next manager on Monday.

MLB.com

Lovullo Had Second Interview With Twins
The Twins had a second interview with Torey Lovullo for their manager position on Monday, according to a source.

Derek Wetmore & Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Source: 'No Contact' Between Twins, Maddon
There has been "zero contact" between the Twins and Joe Maddon since he opted out of his contract with the Rays last week, according to a source.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Byron Buxton Has Dislocated Finger
It's the latest setback for the Twins outfield prospect, who was the top pick in the 2011 draft.

Associated Press

Twins Continue Search For Manager
The Twins continue to seek a replacement for long-time manager Ron Gardenhire.

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