Minnesota Twins Wiretap

Ron Gardenhire Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Feb 14, 2017 5:00 PM

Ron Gardenhire, recently hired as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Gardenhire, 59, said it would be the only time he would talk publicly about the subject this spring.

The longtime Minnesota Twins manager says he received the diagnosis about a week ago after tests in Minnesota and would undergo surgery to remove the prostate gland, probably the second week in April.

He says doctors believe they caught the cancer early and that the surgery would leave him cancer-free.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Twins Offered Mike Napoli More Than Rangers

Feb 10, 2017 7:28 AM

The Minnesota Twins wanted to add to both the roster and the clubhouse by signing Mike Napoli, but the slugger ultimately decided to play for the Texas Rangers.

According to sources, the Twins offered Napoli more money than the Rangers.

Napoli is believed to have signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with Texas.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Twins Designate Byung Ho Park Fro Assignment

Feb 4, 2017 1:40 AM

The Minnesota Twins have designated Korean slugger Byung Ho Park for assignment after a disappointing major league debut as a first baseman/designated hitter.

The move was made on Friday to clear space on the 40-man roster for right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, who finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract after posting a career-best 1.76 ERA last season for Washington.

ESPN.com

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Twins, Justin Morneau Interested In Possible Reunion

Jan 30, 2017 8:10 AM

The Minnesota Twins and Justin Morneau have mutual interest in a possible reunion, according to a report.

Morneau intends to return for a 15th Major League season in 2017, but he'll have to find a team willing to give him enough at-bats to make it worthwhile.

He has appeared in just 107 games over the last two seasons, hitting .283/.330/.442 with nine home runs.

Morneau last played for the Twins in 2013.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Twins To Honor Tom Kelly With Statue

Jan 28, 2017 7:05 PM

The Twins plan to honor former manager Tom Kelly with a bronze statue outside Target Field.

The team made the announcement at TwinsFest on Friday night. The statue will be unveiled this season, although a date is not yet set.

Kelly led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. His record of 1,140-1,244 places him first on the Twins' managerial list in wins and games. Kelly retired after the 2001 season. His No. 10 was retired in 2012, the first Twins manager to be so honored.

ESPN.com

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman

Jan 20, 2017 7:51 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Brian Dozier.

According to sources, L.A. is even searching beyond Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

The Dodgers could also turn back to Chase Utley.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Twins Have Set No Deadlines Regarding Brian Dozier

Jan 12, 2017 7:41 AM

The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly reached an "impasse" in trade talks involving Brian Dozier, but that doesn't mean the infielder will stay put.

"I think that's the obligation we have to ownership here, to our fans, to our players," Thad Levine said, "which is we're never going to narrow the field over our ability to help the franchise in the short and long term. So any sort of deadline or saying we can't work with specific teams because of how they've worked with us in the past, (chief baseball officer Derek Falvey) and I will never do that. We'll never curtail our ability to improve the club."

Levine went on to say any reported deadlines regarding Dozier are artificial at best.

"In this case in particular it was reported there was a hard-and-fast deadline," Levine said. "I can assure you that is not the way we're going to operate. First of all we would never use that as a ploy just to leverage a negotiation. I think that's pretty flimsy and transparent on its own merits.

"The reality is there's going to be a point in time in this offseason where we may stop initiating calls but we're always going to pick up the phone and hear teams out. We would be imprudent not to do that, and I assure you Derek and I will never let one of our individual principles get in the way of helping this franchise. So we'll never put ourselves in intractable positions that will cost this franchise in the near or long term."

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Twins Have Done Due Diligence On Jose Bautista

Jan 11, 2017 8:45 AM

The Minnesota Twins have met with the representatives for several players this offseason as they look to bolster the roster, including Jose Bautista's agent.

The level of interest on both sides remains unclear, but reports have indicated that Bautista could sign a one-year deal to reset his value and hit the market once again next winter.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Twins Likely To Decide On Brian Dozier's Future Soon

Jan 5, 2017 7:23 AM

The Minnesota Twins may be nearing a resolution on Brian Dozier's future.

Indications around Major League Baseball suggest that trade discussions involving Dozier will conclude in the next week or so -- whether or not he is moved.

The Los Angeles Dodgers remain in talks with the Twins on a deal.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier

Dec 27, 2016 12:55 AM

Coming off a season in which he set the AL record for home runs by a second baseman, Brian Dozier has been the center of trade talks since the Winter Meetings. The Dodgers have been in talks with the Twins to try and acquire his services, but Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minnesota reports Los Angeles is not alone.

The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers as a team that is "very much" in the running to land Dozier, according to Wolfson, who added the Nationals and Giants also "remain in dialogue" with the Twins.

MLB.com

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers, Twins Aren't Progressing On Brian Dozier Trade
Talks between the Dodgers and Twins on a Brian Dozier trade haven't progressed, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Rod Carew Undergoes Heart, Kidney Transplant Surgery
The Twins have reported that Rod Carew is resting and is expected to make a full recovery.

ESPN.com

Dodgers, Twins Continue To Discuss Brian Dozier Trade
No deal is close, but the two sides "remain in dialogue."

Jon Morosi/MLB

Several Teams Interested In Trading For Brian Dozier
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Dozier, but the seriousness of those reports has come into question.

Darren Wolfson/5 Eyewitness News

Twins Hire Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins, Torii Hunter As Assistants
The Twins have hired Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter as special assistants to the baseball operations department.

Associated Press

Twins Agree To Three-Year Deal With Jason Castro
The Twins have agreed to a three-year, $24.5 million deal with Jason Castro.

ESPN

Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers
The Twins, Orioles, Braves and Rays have been linked to Jason Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Twins Not Looking To Package Phil Hughes With Brian Dozer In Trades
Brian Dozier is drawing interest from other teams, but the Twins aren't looking to package Phil Hughes in a potential trade, according to a report.

Mike Berardino/St. Paul Pioneer Press

Diamondbacks Hire Ron Gardenhire As Bench Coach
The Diamondbacks have hired Ron Gardenhire as bench coach under new manager Torey Lovullo.

Associated Press

Dodgers Have Contacted Twins About Brian Dozier
The Dodgers are looking for a solution at second base and have made contact with the Twins about Brian Dozier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Brian Dozier Drawing Trade Interest
Brian Dozier finished the season with 42 home runs and is owed just $15 million in total over the next two seasons.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Twins To Hire Thad Levine As General Manager
Thad Levine has been with the Rangers since 2005.

La Velle E. Neal III/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Twins In Mix To Hire Amiel Sawdaye
Amiel Sawdaye, currently the vice president of international and amateur scouting for the Red Sox, is weighing a number of options this month.

Peter Gammons

Twins Coveted Ben Cherington To Run Front Office
Ben Cherington, who was the general manager of the Red Sox from October 2011 to August 2015, is Toronto's vice president of baseball operations.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

Twins Hire 33-Year-Old Derek Falvey To Run Baseball Operations
Derek Falvey replaces Terry Ryan, who stepped down in the middle of a season in which the Twins plummeted to 103 losses.

Associated Press

Twins Expected To Hire Derek Falvey To Oversee Baseball Operations
Derek Falvey is currently serving as the assistant general manager of the Indians.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Rob Antony Will Be Only In-House Candidate To Interview With Twins
The Twins may be getting closer hiring some executives for their shuffled front office.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Jacob deGrom To Start Sunday Against Twins
Jacob deGrom has been out since September 1 with forearm inflammation.

ESPN.com

Derek Falvey 'Finalist' For Twins Front Office Job
Derek Falvey, currently the assistant general manager with the Indians, is said to be a finalist for a job with the Twins.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Multiple Candidates Have Declined To Interview With Twins
"Multiple GM types" have declined to interview with the Twins, who are searching to fill front office vacancies, according to a report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports