Minnesota Twins Wiretap

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

Dec 22, 2016 7:44 AM

Talks between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins on a Brian Dozier trade haven't progressed, according to a report.

It had been reported that the two sides agreed on Jose De Leon as the centerpiece of a possible deal, but they are still "at a standstill ... if not an impasse."

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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

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Rod Carew Undergoes Heart, Kidney Transplant Surgery

Dec 17, 2016 1:32 AM

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew underwent heart and kidney transplant surgery Friday and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Minnesota Twins said the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that Carew is resting in recovery.

ESPN.com

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers, Twins Continue To Discuss Brian Dozier Trade

Dec 15, 2016 7:08 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins have had ongoing discussions regarding a possible trade centered around Brian Dozier, according to sources.

No deal is close, but the two sides "remain in dialogue."

The Dodgers would like to play Dozier at second base with Chase Utley a free agent.

Dozier has two years and $15 million left on his contract.

Jon Morosi/MLB

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

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Several Teams Interested In Trading For Brian Dozier

Dec 5, 2016 8:47 AM

Four to five teams are reportedly interested in working out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Brian Dozier.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Dozier, but the seriousness of those reports has come into question.

Dozier will attend this week's winter meetings because of a marketing commitment, which may allow him to meet with Minnesota's new front office.

Darren Wolfson/5 Eyewitness News

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

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Twins Hire Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins, Torii Hunter As Assistants

Nov 29, 2016 7:59 AM

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

The trio played on the franchise's first two American League Central title teams (2002-03).

Associated Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Twins Agree To Three-Year Deal With Jason Castro

Nov 23, 2016 7:23 AM

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a three-year, $24.5 million deal with Jason Castro.

Castro, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Houston Astros.

With a thin market at catcher, Castro drew interest from several clubs.

ESPN

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

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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

Twins Interview Royals' J.J. Picollo For Front Office Role
J.J. Picollo reportedly interviewed for the president of baseball operations role.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Twins Advancing In Front Office Search
The Twins have openings to fill in their front office and have already advanced through a large portion of the process.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Brian Dozier Becomes Fourth Second Baseman To Hit 40 HRs
Brian Dozier joins Davey Johnson, Ryne Sandberg and Rogers Hornsby on the short list.

ESPN

Twins May Consider Trading Brian Dozier For Front-Line Pitching
Brian Dozier is just one home run away from joining Ryne Sandberg, Davey Johnson, and Rogers Hornsby as second basemen in the 40-homer club, but that doesn't mean the Twins won't consider moving him

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Twins Looking At Cubs Front Office For Executives
The Twins are searching for executives and are "looking closely" at some members of the Cubs front office.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Nationals Acquire Sean Burnett From Twins
Sean Burnett had been pitching for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation