Minnesota Twins Wiretap

Twins Coveted Ben Cherington To Run Front Office

Oct 20, 2016 7:14 AM

The Minnesota Twins pushed hard to hire Ben Cherington to run their front office.

Instead, Cherington took a job with the Toronto Blue Jays in September. Cherington isn't the lead decision-maker in Toronto, but can have a more normal life.

Cherington, who was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from October 2011 to August 2015, is Toronto's vice president of baseball operations.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

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Twins Hire 33-Year-Old Derek Falvey To Run Baseball Operations

Oct 3, 2016 12:18 PM

The Minnesota Twins have named Cleveland Indians executive Derek Falvey to take over baseball operations.

Falvey has been with the Indians for nine seasons and is still just 33.

Falvey replaces Terry Ryan, who stepped down in the middle of a season in which the Twins plummeted to 103 losses.

Falvey joined the Indians in 2007 as an intern. He worked in the scouting department his first three years before becoming assistant director of baseball operations in 2011.

Associated Press

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Twins Expected To Hire Derek Falvey To Oversee Baseball Operations

Sep 27, 2016 8:06 AM

The Minnesota Twins are expected to hire Derek Falvey to oversee baseball operations.

Falvey, 33, is currently serving as the assistant general manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Keith Law of ESPN has reported that the Twins will hire Falvey, while Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the search "is still ongoing."

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Rob Antony Will Be Only In-House Candidate To Interview With Twins

Sep 22, 2016 4:37 PM

The Minnesota Twins may be getting closer hiring an executive for their shuffled front office.

Rob Antony, currently interim general manager, will be the only in-house candidate to receive a formal interview for Minnesota's baseball-operations leadership role, according to a source.

Antony has handled the day-to-day responsibilities since longtime Terry Ryan was fired July 18.

Four outside candidates have interviewed with the Twins: Jason McLeod (Chicago Cubs), J.J. Picollo (Kansas City Royals), Chaim Bloom (Tampa Bay Rays) and Derek Falvey (Cleveland Indians).

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Jacob deGrom To Start Sunday Against Twins

Sep 17, 2016 1:27 AM

Jacob deGrom will make his much-anticipated return to the Mets' starting rotation Sunday to face the Twins at Citi Field.

DeGrom, who is 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA this season, hasn't pitched since Sept. 1, when he suffered a third loss in as many starts. He has been sidelined with forearm inflammation.


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Derek Falvey 'Finalist' For Twins Front Office Job

Sep 16, 2016 8:35 AM

The Minnesota Twins view Derek Falvey as a "strong candidate" for a front office job.

Falvey, currently the assistant general manager with the Cleveland Indians, is said to be a finalist for a job with the Twins.

Minnesota is looking for a general manager and president of baseball operations.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Multiple Candidates Have Declined To Interview With Twins

Sep 15, 2016 8:08 AM

"Multiple GM types" have declined to interview with the Minnesota Twins, who are searching to fill front office vacancies, according to a report.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports opines that while the job and title of president of baseball operations are appealing, overhauling the club's infrastructure will be no small task.

Thus far, Alex Anthopoulos, Ben Cherington and David Forst are reported to have turned down an interview.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Twins Interview Royals' J.J. Picollo For Front Office Role

Sep 14, 2016 6:34 AM

The Minnesota Twins recently interviewed Kansas City Royals vice president/assistant general manager J.J. Picollo for a front office role.

The meeting took place when the Royals were in Minnesota and with the blessing of Dayton Moore.

Picollo reportedly interviewed for the president of baseball operations role.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Twins Advancing In Front Office Search

Sep 13, 2016 6:39 AM

The Minnesota Twins have openings to fill in their front office and have already advanced through a large portion of the process.

In conjunction with an executive search firm, the Twins have already nearly wrapped up formulating a list of first-round interview candidates.

Minnesota has formally requested permission to interview Chicago Cubs executive Jason McLeod.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Brian Dozier Becomes Fourth Second Baseman To Hit 40 HRs

Sep 13, 2016 6:27 AM

Brian Dozier made history on Monday night, becoming just the fourth second baseman in Major League history to hit 40 home runs in a season.

Dozier joins Davey Johnson, Ryne Sandberg and Rogers Hornsby on the short list.

"I'm sure when the season is over, it will mean a lot more, but I just wish this was happening in (first-place) Cleveland's position or Detroit's position, where we were making a run," Dozier said. "We're still looking at losing 100 games. ... That takes something away from this."

Dozier is the second Minnesota player to reach 40 home runs in a season. Harmon Killebrew was the other. He did it most recently in 1970.


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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

Twins Focusing Organizational Attention On Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios has the second-highest ERA (9.32) in the Major Leagues among starters with at least 20 innings.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Miguel Sano Hits Baseball Off Tropicana Field Roof
Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.

Adrian Garro/MLB

Twins Could Send Miguel Sano To Triple-A
Miguel Sano, 23, is hitting .219/.265/.344 with one homer over his past 15 games.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Giants Acquire Eduardo Nunez From Twins
The Twins receive minor league pitcher Adalberto Nunez from the Giants.


Indians Among Those Interested In Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce, 33, will be a free agent after the season and is owed just $4.75 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

GM Candidates For Twins Beginning To Emerge
Jon Heyman reports that Thad Levine, Peter Woodfork, Kim Ng, Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes and Ben Cherington have been linked to the job.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Red Sox, Twins Have Held Trade Talks In Recent Weeks
The Twins and Red Sox have held trade talks in recent weeks, but so far the teams "aren't a great match at this point," according to a source.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Twins Plan To Bring Back Paul Moliter In 2017
The Twins have no plans to let Paul Molitor go despite firing Terry Ryan.


Twins Fire GM Terry Ryan
The Twins announced that assistant GM Rob Anthony will replace Terry Ryan on an interim basis.


Byron Buxton Nails Mike Trout At Home With 99.4 MPH Throw
Byron Buxton nailed Mike Trout at home plate on Tuesday night, rifling a throw from center field that was measured at 99.4 mph.

Fabian Ardaya/MLB

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Twins, Robbie Grossman Agree To Minors Deal
He had opted out of a minor league pact with the Indians earlier this week.

La Velle E. Neal III/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rain Delays Joe Mauer's First Game As Leadoff Hitter
The Twins planned to bat Joe Mauer first on Monday night against the Orioles before rain postponed the game.


Owner Calls Twins' Struggles A 'Total System Failure'
The Twins have the second-worst record in the Major Leagues, but owner Jim Pohlad isn't placing all the blame on Terry Ryan and Paul Molitor.

Chip Scoggins/Star Tribune

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.


Twins Demote Byron Buxton To Triple-A
Byron Buxton had just seven hits in his first 45 at-bats, with a .156/.208/.289 slash line in 17 games.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Miguel Sano Starts At Third; Twins Still Consider Him Right Fielder
Miguel Sano spent most of his Minor League career and 2015 rookie season at third base.

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