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Carlos Quentin To Attempt Comeback With Twins

Feb 2, 2016 3:45 PM

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a Minor League contract with Carlos Quentin.

Quentin will earn a $700,000 salary if he is added to Minnesota's 40-man roster.

He previously announced his retirement last May.

Associated Press

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

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Miguel Sano Hires Roc Nation Sports

Jan 14, 2016 3:55 PM

Miguel Sano has announced that he's hired Roc Nation Sports as his new representation.

Sano, 22, had an impressive first season with the Minnesota Twins in 2015.

In 335 plate appearances, he slashed .269/.385/.530 with 18 home runs.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Twins Hope Byung Ho Park Will Be DH On Opening Day

Jan 7, 2016 4:45 PM

After watching Jung Ho Kang adjust well to Major League Baseball, Paul Molitor is hopeful that Byung Ho Park can be the designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day.

The Twins signed Park to a four-year, $12 million this offseason.

"When I saw [Kang] last spring, he looked like he was fairly beatable as a hitter, but when we saw him in the summer, he had done what he needed to do to put together productive, competitive at-bats," Molitor said. "So I don't know how those two will relate over time, but I think there has to be some type of comparison there."

Park will be monitored throughout Spring Training.

"It will be important to make sure that we stay in his ear this spring about not worrying about any frustration with whatever adjustment period he has to go through," Molitor said. "I think we are going to need to be patient with him. If he's ready to go as an everyday guy come Opening Day, that would be fantastic, and if he needs a little time to kind of pick matchups a little bit more favorable and those type of things until we get him going, that's fine."

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Michael Cuddyer Retires At 36 After 15 MLB Seasons

Dec 12, 2015 1:17 PM

Michael Cuddyer has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the majors.

Cuddyer, 36, hit .259 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 379 at-bats for the Mets in 2015. 

"I've made the decision to retire. With one year left on my contract, it is especially difficult to imagine not suiting up in a Mets uniform for one more year," Cuddyer said. "As an athlete, retiring is the toughest decision you have to make and I don't make it lightly. I've always run out every hit like it was my last. As an untested high school kid drafted with a dream, I've never taken a single moment in the Majors for granted. It goes against every grain in my body to consider a future without the game. But after 15 years, the toll on my body has finally caught up to me."

Cuddyer was scheduled to make $12.5 million next season. The Mets are expected to have bought out the remaining year.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Twins Looking To Trade Ricky Nolasco

Dec 8, 2015 6:44 AM

The Minnesota Twins are trying to find a new home for Ricky Nolasco, according to a report.

Nolasco is owed $25 million over the next two seasons and Minnesota is trying to move what it can of that commitment.

He missed much of last season after undergoing ankle surgery and owns a 5.64 ERA over his 196 1/3 innings for Minnesota.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Byung Ho Park Signs $12M Contract With Twins

Dec 1, 2015 8:48 PM

The Minnesota Twins have signed Byung Ho Park to a four-year, $12 million contract.

Minnesota won the negotiating rights to the Korean slugger last month with a bid of $12.85 million.

Park hit 105 home runs over the past two seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. 

ESPN

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

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Yankees Acquire Aaron Hicks From Twins

Nov 11, 2015 5:36 PM

The New York Yankees have acquired Aaron Hicks from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for John Ryan Murphy.

Hicks, 26, currently slots in as a fourth outfielder for the Yankees with Chris Young headed for free agency.

The trade could also mean the Yankees will trade Brett Gardner, which has been rumored in several reports.

"At the very least he provides us with what we were getting from Chris Young for the past two years, and at the very most, he provides us with a lot of flexibility depending on how the winter transpires," Brian Cashman said of Hicks. "We believe he's an everyday player."

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

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

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Twins Win Right To Negotiate With Byung Ho Park

Nov 9, 2015 12:10 PM

The Minnesota Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights to slugger Byung Ho Park.

The Twins won those rights with a $12.85 million bid, according to sources. That's the second-largest bid ever paid to negotiate with an Asian position player, behind the $13 million the Seattle Mariners paid for Ichiro Suzuki.

Ho Park, a 29-year-old first baseman, has hit a total of 105 home runs over the past two seasons.

Per Major League rules, the Twins have a 30-day exclusive negotiating period to sign Park to a contract.

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Expected To Be Players For Ian Desmond

Oct 30, 2015 7:42 AM

Many believe the New York Mets will be players for Ian Desmond on the free agent market.

The Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins could also be in the running to sign the shortstop.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Torii Hunter Retiring After 19 Seasons

Oct 27, 2015 7:34 AM

Torii Hunter has announced that he will retire after 19 Major League seasons.

Hunter told the Star Tribune he began the year believing this would be his last in baseball, and he wants to focus on his family, with two of his sons playing college football.

"I didn't want a going-away tour," Hunter told the newspaper. "I didn't want to be a distraction."

In 2,372 career games, Hunter hit .277 with 353 homers and 1,391 RBIs for the Minnesota Twins, the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Padres To Interview Ron Gardenhire
Ron Gardenhire, who didn't manage in 2015 after parting ways with the Twins, has also been linked to the Nationals.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Torii Hunter Not Rushing Decision On 2016
Torii Hunter is not interested in continuing his career in a part time role.

Brad Johnson/MLBTradeRumors

Twins Promote Top Prospect Max Kepler
Max Kepler joined the Twins on Tuesday for their game against the Indians, the day after Kepler helped lead Chattanooga to the Southern League championship.

Associated Press

Byron Buxton Wants To Add Bunt To His Arsenal
Paul Molitor has noted that with Byron Buxton's speed, he doesn't need to drop a perfect bunt to get on base.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Twins Won't Call Up Jose Berrios This Season
The Twins will not call up top pitching prospect Jose Berrios this season, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Twins Haven't Ruled Out Promoting Jose Berrios
He wasn't among their first wave of September call-ups, but the Twins haven't ruled out a promotion for top pitching prospect Jose Berrios.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Twins Place J.R. Graham On DL; Reinstate Blaine Boyer
The Twins have placed J.R. Graham on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.

ESPN.com

Twins Moving Trevor May In Rotation
With Phil Hughes headed to the disabled list with a back injury, the Twins are moving Trevor May into the starting rotation.

Associated Press

Twins Get Kevin Jepsen From Rays
Tampa Bay will receive two Minor League players in return.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Twins Monitoring Market For Catchers
The Twins are looking at A.J. Pierzynski, Derek Norris, Jonathan Lucroy and Alex Avila.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Twins In Market For Reliever
Minnesota has been linked to Joaquin Benoit (Padres) and Steve Cishek (Marlins).

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Twins To Start Ervin Santana On Sunday
Pitcher Ervin Santana has been reinstated after an 80-game drug suspension.

ESPN.com

Twins To Promote Alex Meyer
Minnesota hopes the right-hander will eventually work out of the rotation, but for now he's expected to throw out of the bullpen.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Byron Buxton Scores Winning Run In MLB Debut
Byron Buxton went 0-for-4 on Sunday, but scored the winning run for the Twins in the top of the ninth inning.

ESPN.com

Twins Top Prospect Byron Buxton To Make Debut On Sunday
Byron Buxton has been playing for Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .283.

ESPN.com

Torii Hunter Decides To Drop Appeal
Twins outfielder Torri Hunter started serving his two game suspension on Saturday.

ESPN.com

MLB Suspends Torii Hunter Two Games, Appeals Decision
Torii Hunter called the two game suspension "a little harsh."

ESPN.com

Twins Willing To Make Upgrade If Opportunity Exists
The Twins won't shy away from upgrading their roster this summer despite swinging and missing last season.

Derek Wetmore/1500 ESPN

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

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