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Frasor Mulled Offer From Twins Before Re-Signing With Royals

Apr 23, 2015 8:03 AM

Jason Frasor entertained a one-year offer from the Minnesota Twins before re-signing with the Kansas City Royals this past winter.

"We thought about it, but I love Kansas City," Frasor said. "I went to the playoffs here for the first time in my life. Once Kansas City got back into it, all things being equal, it was (decided)."

The 37-year-old also admitted that pitching at Target Field isn't high on his list.

"Honestly, it's not my favorite," he said. "I think it's beautiful. I think it's top five, but when I stand on that mound, I feel like I need to crow hop to get it to home plate sometimes. It's wonderful to look at, but it's not one of those mounds where I feel like, 'Wow, I'm right there.'"

Frasor, who never spoke to general manager Terry Ryan during the free-agent process, appreciated Minnesota's interest.

"When you become a free agent and you're a 37-year-old middle reliever, there's not as many teams that come calling as you would think or hope. But that's all right. I just needed one team," he said.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Acquire Dan Rohlfing From Twins

Apr 23, 2015 7:57 AM

The New York Mets have acquired Minor League catcher Dan Rohlfing from the Minnesota Twins.

Minnesota will receive cash considerations in return.

Rohlfing, 26, adds depth for the Mets, who are dealing with injuries at the position.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Twins Place Nolasco On DL With Elbow Inflammation

Apr 10, 2015 5:46 PM

The Minnesota Twins will place Ricky Nolasco on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

The move is expected to come on Saturday.

Nolasco felt pain during Wednesday's 11-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Paul Molitor says an MRI showed no structural damage.

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Torii Hunter Confronts Umpire After Game-Ending Call

Apr 7, 2015 8:08 AM

Torii Hunter confronted umpire Joe West after a game-ending strike call when he was at the plate on Monday.

The Minnesota Twins were trailing 4-0 against the Detroit Tigers when Hunter came to bat with Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer on the bases. Hunter fell behind 1-2 in the count. He thought he checked his swing on the fourth pitch, but West called a third strike to end the game.

Hunter dropped his bat and got in West's face as the umpire left the field, asking him to check with the first-base umpire.

"You know I didn't swing. The proof is in the pudding," Hunter told reporters after the game.

"I think he had dinner reservations or a concert to play in. ... That was terrible," Hunter added. "All I ask -- everybody asks -- we come out and do our job every day. That's what I do. I come ready to play, do my job. I battle at the plate. We ask you to do your job as well. Joe West needs to do his job, and he didn't do it well."

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Ervin Santana Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation

Apr 4, 2015 1:51 PM

Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension is effective for the first 80 games of the regular season.

Santana said he did not know how the PED got into his system.

"I preach hard work, and don't believe in short cuts," Santana said. "I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance."

Mike Pelfrey will be the No. 5 starter to take Santana's spot in the rotation.

"It's disappointing. It's difficult," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. "We had a fairly decent spring. Now we've got to regroup here and hopefully it won't affect us as we move forward."

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Suspension

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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

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

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

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

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Hughes In Line To Start Opener For Twins
Phil Hughes has been "penciled in" to take the mound April 6 when the Twins play the Tigers, according to Paul Molitor.

Associated Press

Torii Hunter Jr. Joins Irish Baseball Team
Torii Hunter Jr. announced on Friday he would join Notre Dame's baseball team for the 2015 season.

MLB.com

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Buxton Named MLB.com's Top Prospect For 2015
Byron Buxton, who was a no-brainer last season, struggled with injuries in 2014.

Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Twins May Have Had Two Trades Fall Through
The trades were not for Jeremy Hellickson or J.A. Happ, according to a source.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

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

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