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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.


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

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Padres To Interview Ron Gardenhire

Oct 13, 2015 7:04 AM

The San Diego Padres plan to interview Ron Gardenhire for their vacant managerial position, according to sources.

"We're betting on a person, we're betting on a guy we feel like can be a leader," general manager A.J. Preller said last week when discussing what he'll look for in a candidate, "someone who can bring more on the relationship and culture side, more on the day-to-day leadership. The clubhouse, the communication, I think that's going to be the biggest thing."

Gardenhire, who didn't manage in 2015 after parting ways with the Minnesota Twins, has also been linked to the Washington Nationals.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Torii Hunter Not Rushing Decision On 2016

Oct 3, 2015 8:26 PM

Torii Hunter plans on waiting until after the current college football season before deciding if he'll retire.

“This possibly could be my last game," said Hunter. "And there’s a really good chance.”

Hunter is not interested in continuing his career in a part time role.

Hunter also said he would have announced his retirement months ago if the Minnesota Twins had a disappointing season, but they were only eliminated from the playoffs on the final weekend of the season.

Brad Johnson/MLBTradeRumors

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Twins Promote Top Prospect Max Kepler

Sep 22, 2015 4:19 PM

The Minnesota Twins have promoted top hitting prospect Max Kepler from Double-A.

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

The 22-year-old hit .322 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs and 71 RBIs in 112 games, winning the league MVP award.

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Byron Buxton Wants To Add Bunt To His Arsenal

Sep 21, 2015 7:01 AM

Byron Buxton has been working on his bunting with Minnesota Twins coaches as of late.

The rookie outfielder has the speed to use bunts as a skill that could limit slumps and distract opposing defenders.

Paul Molitor has noted that with Buxton's speed, he doesn't need to drop a perfect bunt to get on base. He just needs to keep from popping them out or sending them foul.

"Buxton's bunt wasn't perfect, but I think he's learning he doesn't have to be perfect to be safe," Molitor said. "He's worked hard on it. He's not a guy to shy away from trying to find a way to get better. I also like the fact he's able to inject information rather rapidly into his game."

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Twins Won't Call Up Jose Berrios This Season

Sep 3, 2015 6:49 AM

The Minnesota Twins will not call up top pitching prospect Jose Berrios this season, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

Ryan watched Berrios pitch twice for Triple-A Rochester this week.

The Twins have decided that it would be best to shut Berrios down after the Minor League season because he's nearing his innings limit.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Twins Haven't Ruled Out Promoting Jose Berrios

Sep 2, 2015 7:00 AM

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

The Twins might add Berrios to their roster for the postseason push as a reliever.

"I don't think we have finalized everything we're going to do here," Paul Molitor said. "Going forward, his name is definitely still being talked about."

Terry Ryan suggested the September plan for Berrios remains fluid.

"That will be up for discussion," the general manager said. "He pitched well. Other guys did as well. We haven't made that decision yet."

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Twins Converting High Rate Of Save Chances
The Twins are 30-19 and have the best record in the American League by percentage points over the Astros.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

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