Minnesota Twins Wiretap

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

Jan 19, 2015 8:45 AM

Johan Santana, who pitched two innings in the Venezuelan Winter League last week, already has an offer from a Major League club.

The offer didn't come from the Minnesota Twins, his former team, according to a report.

Santana, 35, missed the 2013 and 2014 seasons because of shoulder and Achilles injuries.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

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Johan Santana Eyes 2015 Return

Jan 10, 2015 2:01 AM

Left-hander Johan Santana, whose career appeared to be in serious jeopardy after he tore his left Achilles tendon in June, is making a comeback in the Venezuelan Winter League and expects to return to the major leagues in 2015, his agent said Friday.

Santana, 35, has a 139-78 career record with two Cy Young Awards and four All-Star appearances over 12 seasons with the Twins and Mets. 

ESPN.com

Tags: New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hughes, Twins Agree To $42M Extension

Dec 22, 2014 4:11 PM

Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins.

The right-hander will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 and earn base salaries of $13.2 million from 2017 to 2019.

The deal includes a limited no-trade clause and a chance to make $1 million in performance bonuses over the life of the contract.

It overwrites the final two years and $16 million remaining on his current contract.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Report: Twins Finalizing $54M Deal With Ervin Santana

Dec 11, 2014 2:00 PM

The Minnesota Twins are close to finalizing an agreement on a four-year, $54 million deal with Ervin Santana, according to a report.

The deal is believed to include a vesting option for a fifth season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams

Dec 10, 2014 7:44 AM

The New York Mets are discussing Dillon Gee with as many as six clubs.

The Texas Rangers have talked with the Mets about the right-hander, but nothing is close.

The Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants have also been linked to Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

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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.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Twins Compiling List Of Managerial Candidates
Chip Hale, John Russell, Paul Molitor and Doug Mientkiewicz have all been either interviewed or linked to the Twins.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Molitor, Twins To Discuss Manager Vacancy
Paul Molitor may have even met with Terry Ryan and other Minnesota executives on Wednesday.

ESPN

Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire
The Twins have fired Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as manager.

Associated Press

Hughes 'Would Love To Stay' With Twins Long Term
If the Twins approached him about a long-term extension, he would certainly listen.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Source: Willingham Plans To Retire After Season
Josh Willingham insists that he hasn't made a decision on his future, but a source says he'll retire after the season.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press