Minnesota Twins Wiretap

Johan Santana Has Offer, But It's Not From Twins

Jan 19, 2015 8:45 AM

Johan Santana, who pitched two innings in the Venezuelan Winter League last week, already has an offer from a Major League club.

The offer didn't come from the Minnesota Twins, his former team, according to a report.

Santana, 35, missed the 2013 and 2014 seasons because of shoulder and Achilles injuries.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Johan Santana Eyes 2015 Return

Jan 10, 2015 2:01 AM

Left-hander Johan Santana, whose career appeared to be in serious jeopardy after he tore his left Achilles tendon in June, is making a comeback in the Venezuelan Winter League and expects to return to the major leagues in 2015, his agent said Friday.

Santana, 35, has a 139-78 career record with two Cy Young Awards and four All-Star appearances over 12 seasons with the Twins and Mets. 

ESPN.com

Tags: New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hughes, Twins Agree To $42M Extension

Dec 22, 2014 4:11 PM

Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins.

The right-hander will make $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 and earn base salaries of $13.2 million from 2017 to 2019.

The deal includes a limited no-trade clause and a chance to make $1 million in performance bonuses over the life of the contract.

It overwrites the final two years and $16 million remaining on his current contract.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Twins Finalizing $54M Deal With Ervin Santana

Dec 11, 2014 2:00 PM

The Minnesota Twins are close to finalizing an agreement on a four-year, $54 million deal with Ervin Santana, according to a report.

The deal is believed to include a vesting option for a fifth season.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets Discussing Gee With Multiple Teams

Dec 10, 2014 7:44 AM

The New York Mets are discussing Dillon Gee with as many as six clubs.

The Texas Rangers have talked with the Mets about the right-hander, but nothing is close.

The Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants have also been linked to Gee.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Mets, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Torii Hunter Berates Twins Beat Writer

Dec 4, 2014 9:44 AM

Torii Hunter scolded a beat reporter during a news conference on Wednesday to announce his one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.

The outfielder called the journalist a derogatory word four times near the end of the media session.

A beat reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press asked Hunter about his endorsement of Arkansas Republican Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson in the context of Hutchinson's views and stance opposing same-sex marriage and how that may have affected the veteran's free-agency hunt.

"Hey Mike is kind of a p---k huh? No, seriously, you're a p---k, man," Hunter said. "I don't even know you. You're a p---k. Seriously. Ain't nothing wrong with that man, that's your job. He's definitely a p---k, though."

In a statement later released to a local TV station, the reporter, Mike Berardino, said in part that he was only trying to give Hunter a chance to answer his critics.

"Regardless, I consider the unfortunate matter closed and I look forward to covering Mr. Hunter throughout the 2015 baseball season," Berardino said in the statement.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Hunter, Twins Reach $10.5M Deal

Dec 2, 2014 8:54 PM

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Torii Hunter.

The contract brings the outfielder back to where his Major League career began.

He was being pursued by the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Hunter, Twins Have 'Common Interest' In Reunion

Nov 24, 2014 10:32 AM

Torii Hunter is considering a return to the Minnesota Twins as a free agent.

"(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common interest there, for sure," Hunter said.

Hunter spent 11 of his 18 Major League seasons with the Twins.

Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Twins Nearing Deal With Hyeon-jong Yang

Nov 22, 2014 6:57 PM

The Twins have won the bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang and are nearing a deal with the left-hander, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. 

Yang was posted earlier this month by his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, the Kia Tigers. He won league's equivalent of a Cy Young Award this season, going 16-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 165 innings. 

 

 

MLB.com

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Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson

Nov 17, 2014 6:04 PM

At least six teams are believed to have interest in Justin Masterson, according to reports.

The Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins have been linked to Masterson.

Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

The right-hander could draw a two-year contract and the Cleveland Indians are interested as well.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Eddie Rosario Leads Salt River To AFL Title
Salt River defeated Peroia 14-7 in Saturday's Arizona Fall League's title game.

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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

Twins Hire Molitor As 13th Manager
Paul Molitor spent 2014 as a coach on Ron Gardenhire's staff.

ESPN

Report: Twins To Name Paul Molitor Manager
The Minnesota Twins are expected to name Paul Molitor their next manager on Monday.

MLB.com

Lovullo Had Second Interview With Twins
The Twins had a second interview with Torey Lovullo for their manager position on Monday, according to a source.

Derek Wetmore & Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Source: 'No Contact' Between Twins, Maddon
There has been "zero contact" between the Twins and Joe Maddon since he opted out of his contract with the Rays last week, according to a source.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Byron Buxton Has Dislocated Finger
It's the latest setback for the Twins outfield prospect, who was the top pick in the 2011 draft.

Associated Press

Twins Continue Search For Manager
The Twins continue to seek a replacement for long-time manager Ron Gardenhire.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Twins Compiling List Of Managerial Candidates
Chip Hale, John Russell, Paul Molitor and Doug Mientkiewicz have all been either interviewed or linked to the Twins.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Molitor, Twins To Discuss Manager Vacancy
Paul Molitor may have even met with Terry Ryan and other Minnesota executives on Wednesday.

ESPN

Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire
The Twins have fired Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as manager.

Associated Press

Hughes 'Would Love To Stay' With Twins Long Term
If the Twins approached him about a long-term extension, he would certainly listen.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Source: Willingham Plans To Retire After Season
Josh Willingham insists that he hasn't made a decision on his future, but a source says he'll retire after the season.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Hughes Turns Down Chance For $500K
Phil Hughes has turned down a chance to pitch again this weekend, even though one more out would have earned him a $500,000 bonus.

ESPN

Hughes Falls One Out Shy Of $500K Bonus
In his final start of the season, Hughes fell one-third of an inning short of triggering a $500,000 innings bonus in his contract with the Twins.

ESPN

Trevor Plouffe Breaks Left Forearm
Plouffe was hurt on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when A.J. Pollock stole third base.

Associated Press

Terry Ryan Wants To Return To Twins In 2015
Terry Ryan, who was diagnosed with cancer eight months ago, says he feels "pretty good" and would like to return to his GM position with the Twins next season.

ESPN

Gardenhire Appears Safe In Minnesota
A Twins executive said he would be "surprised" if Gardenhire didn't come back based on his young team playing hard and having run down the stretch.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe