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Nationals Acquire Sean Burnett From Twins

Aug 19, 2016 4:28 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to acquire Sean Burnett from the Minnesota Twins.

Burnett had been pitching for Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate.

Washington is sending cash considerations to the Twins.

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Twins Focusing Organizational Attention On Jose Berrios

Aug 16, 2016 7:44 AM

Jose Berrios has the second-highest ERA (9.32) in the Major Leagues among starters with at least 20 innings, but the Twins are working to change that.

Berrios will have a full week between starts when he takes the mound Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals.

At Target Field on Saturday, Berrios was accompanied by pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, teammate Ervin Santana and Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven for a bullpen session.

"Every time I come here, he gives me big support," Berrios said of Blyleven, who works as Minnesota's lead television analyst. "He says, 'Hey, Jose. Have a good night.' Every start."

Most bullpen sessions only last 30 or 40 pitches, but Berrios smiled and said this session was more like a simulated start.

"I think I threw 100 pitches," he said. "I kept working and working."

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Miguel Sano Hits Baseball Off Tropicana Field Roof

Aug 8, 2016 8:10 AM

Miguel Sano did something no one had ever done at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon.

Sano hit a ball so high that it scraped off the roof, some 210 feet above the playing surface.

Evan Longoria kept with the ball and caught it to retire Sano despite it being the first incident of its kind.

"I think it would've hit the roof if it was 30 feet higher. It didn't just graze it. He got the catwalk last year, he got the roof this year," Paul Molitor said.

Tropicana Field is known for its unique ground rules -- especially those pertaining to the catwalks.

Adrian Garro/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays

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Twins Could Send Miguel Sano To Triple-A

Aug 4, 2016 3:50 PM

The Minnesota Twins haven't ruled out sending Miguel Sano to Triple-A.

Trevor Plouffe is set to come off the disabled list as early as Monday and Sano has been struggling.

Sano, 23, is hitting .219/.265/.344 with one homer over his past 15 games.

"It's something that's looming," Paul Molitor said. "I wouldn't say I've put off having to consider it. A lot of times, you gather information before that decision gets closer so things can become more clear. You guys can look at the roster and there's limited people you can actually consider. Whether it clears itself up this weekend, I'm going to be open to doing the right thing."

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

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Giants Acquire Eduardo Nunez From Twins

Jul 29, 2016 2:52 AM

The Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Twins on Thursday night in exchange for a minor league pitcher Adalberto Mejia.

Nunez was batting .296 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs this season for the Twins and was leading the American League with 27 steals at the time of the trade.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Indians Among Those Interested In Steve Pearce

Jul 28, 2016 7:55 AM

The Cleveland Indians are among the teams that have contacted the Tampa Bay Rays to inquire about Steve Pearce.

Pearce, 33, will be a free agent after the season and is owed just $4.75 million.

Cleveland is also interested in Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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GM Candidates For Twins Beginning To Emerge

Jul 22, 2016 8:00 AM

Some potential general manager candidates for the Minnesota Twins, who fired Terry Ryan this week, have begun to emerge.

Jon Heyman reports that Thad Levine of the Texas Rangers, Peter Woodfork and Kim Ng of Major League Baseball, Alex Anthopoulos and Josh Byrnes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ben Cherington have been linked to the job.

If the Twins stay in house, they could look at Wayne Krivsky.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

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Red Sox, Twins Have Held Trade Talks In Recent Weeks

Jul 19, 2016 7:37 AM

The Minnesota Twins and Boston 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.

The Red Sox were among the clubs that scouted Ervin Santana, who still has two seasons at $13.5 million left on his four-year deal.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

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Twins Plan To Bring Back Paul Moliter In 2017

Jul 19, 2016 7:29 AM

The Minnesota Twins have no plans to let Paul Molitor go despite firing Terry Ryan.

Molitor said he was informed by team ownership on Sunday that the Twins would like him to remain as manager for the 2017 season.

"I'm grateful because I want to keep doing it," Molitor said. "I want to be part of the solution of the team doing better."

The Twins entered the day with the worst record in the American League at 33-58, 21 games out of first place in the AL Central Division.


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Twins Fire GM Terry Ryan

Jul 18, 2016 1:05 PM

The Twins fired general manager Terry Ryan on Monday, ending his second stint with the team.

The Twins announced that assistant GM Rob Antony will replace Ryan on an interim basis.

"The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious," Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement. "We are extremely grateful and very thankful to Terry, his wife Karilyn and their family for being a part of the Minnesota Twins."


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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.

Alex Putterman/MLB

Twins Hire Ron Gardenhire As Special Assistant To GM
Ron Gardenhire, who managed the Twins from 2002-14, will serve as a roving Minor League instructor and evaluator.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Johan Santana Looking At Mid-Year Comeback
Johan Santana last threw a Major League pitch in 2012.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Twins Sign David Murphy To Minors Deal
The contract carries a $1.15 million salary. David Murphy will be assigned to Triple-A Rochester.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Twins Place Glen Perkins On DL, Kevin Jepsen Expected To Close
The Twins have placed Glen Perkins on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.

Associated Press

Trevor May To Begin Season In Twins' Bullpen
Trevor May had been competing with Tommy Milone, Ricky Nolasco and Jose Berrios for the No. 5 slot.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Byron Buxton On Track To Win Job With Twins
Byron Buxton entered spring training as the likely starting center fielder for the Twins, but the club wasn't going to guarantee the top prospect anything.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Twins Haven't Explored Extension For Paul Molitor
Three managers either had their contracts extended or options picked up last week, but the Twins haven't explored such a move with Paul Molitor.

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Carlos Quentin To Attempt Comeback With Twins
The Twins have agreed to a Minor League contract with Carlos Quentin.

Associated Press

Miguel Sano Hires Roc Nation Sports
Miguel Sano, 22, has an impressive first season with the Twins in 2015.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Twins Hope Byung Ho Park Will Be DH On Opening Day
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 Twins on Opening Day.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Michael Cuddyer Retires At 36 After 15 MLB Seasons
Michael Cuddyer hit .259 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs in 379 at-bats for the Mets in 2015.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation