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Twins Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7

Jun 16, 2019 2:04 PM

Eighteen years after the Twins took Joe Mauer with the first overall draft pick, the hometown star with the textbook left-handed swing was still having a hard time realizing his place among the franchise's all-time greats.

As Mauer's jersey number formally joined the seven others retired by the Twins on Saturday night, the six-time All-Star and three-time batting champion sounded as awestruck of his place in team history as on his first day of rookie ball.

"Wearing the No. 7 the past 15 years has been my absolute pleasure," Mauer said, his voice cracking as he paused to compose himself, "and being able to play my entire career in that number in front of my family, friends and fans here at home means more to me than any of you will ever know."

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Indians Wouldn't Rule Out Trading Trevor Bauer To Twins

Jun 13, 2019 8:02 AM

The Cleveland Indians could move Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline.

According to sources, the Indians wouldn't rule out trading Bauer within the American League Central if they become sellers.

The Minnesota Twins hold a 10.5-game lead over the Indians in the division.

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey is a former member of Cleveland's front office and has a close relationship with Bauer.

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Twins 'Pushed Hard' To Sign Craig Kimbrel

Jun 7, 2019 7:45 AM

The Minnesota Twins "pushed hard" to sign Craig Kimbrel before he agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The offer was competitive, but the Twins were only offering two years.

Kimbrel was a target of Minnesota dating back to the offseason.

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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.

 

Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal

 

Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State

 

Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor

 

Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy

 

Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan

 

Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS

 

 

 

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Six Teams Could Be In Mix For Dallas Keuchel

May 30, 2019 10:18 AM

With the Major League Baseball Draft looming, as many as six teams could be in the mix to sign Dallas Keuchel.

Once the draft passes, teams will no longer have to surrender a draft pick as compensation for signing the pitcher.

Jon Heyman noted that the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers have been linked to Keuchel.

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Twins On Pace For MLB-Record 324 Home Runs

May 24, 2019 8:17 AM

The Minnesota Twins homered eight times on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, continuing a remarkable pace.

Minnesota also went deep eight times in a game earlier this season against the Baltimore Orioles.

"It's all just kind of clicked and hopefully there's no stopping," C.J. Cron said. "When you are hitting like this it is contagious. If you look at this lineup you are going to see a lot of power. We have the ability to do that and it is nice to show it."

The Twins lead baseball with 98 home runs in 2019, putting them on pace for 324 homers. That would shatter the 2018 New York Yankees' record of 267 home runs.

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Twins Designate Addison Reed For Assignment

May 17, 2019 8:47 AM

The Minnesota Twins are moving on from Addison Reed.

Reed was designated for assignment on Thursday.

The move was made to make room for right-hander Austin Adams, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Reed, 30, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues this season.

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Giants Send Prospect To Twins For Tyler Austin

Apr 8, 2019 6:26 PM

First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler.

The 27-year-old Austin played in two games for the Twins after making the team out of spring training. He will be added to the 25-man roster.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Twins Name Jose Berrios Opening Day Starter

Mar 5, 2019 8:04 AM

Jose Berrios will start for the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day for the first time.

Berrios was the club's only All-Star last season. He had a 3.84 ERA with 202 strikeouts in 192 1/3 innings.

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Twins, Marwin Gonzalez Agree Upon Two-Year, $21M Deal
Marvin Gonzalez played every position except catcher and pitcher for the Astros last season.

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Twins To Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
The Twins surprised Joe Mauer with the announcement on Tuesday.

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Twins, Jonathan Schoop Agree Upon One-Year, $7.5M Deal
The deal will also allow Jonathan Schoop to earn a $100,000 performance bonus for reaching 600 plate appearances, plus additional award bonuses.

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Joe Mauer Announces MLB Retirement At 35
Joe Mauer appeared in six All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves, three batting titles and racked up 2,123 career hits.

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Twins Hiring Rocco Baldelli As Manager
Rocco Baldelli, 37, has spent the last four seasons as a coach for the Rays.

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Twins' Miguel Sano Arrested In Dominican Republic
Miguel Sano was arrested on Sunday after an incident that left a police officer with a broken leg.

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Twins To Replace Paul Molitor After Four Seasons
The Twins expect Paul Molitor to remain with the club in another role.

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Joe Mauer Will Consider Retirement This Offseason
Joe Mauer has admitted there's a chance he could retire after this season.

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Jose Berrios Hires Wasserman Media Group
Jose Berrios negotiated with the Twins last winter, but no long-term deal was reached.

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Twins Admit Byron Buxton Wasn't Called Up For Service Time Reasons
Byron Buxton has struggled this season, hitting .156/.183/.200 in 28 games because of toe and wrist injuries.

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Santana: 'Frustrated' With Twins' Front Office
Twins pitcher Ervin Santana recently voiced his frustration, saying "they took our pieces away" with trades since the end of July.

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A's Acquire Fernando Rodney From Twins
Fernando Rodney has a 3.09 ERA and 25 saves in 46 appearances this season.

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Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison Clear Waivers
Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison were placed on waivers by the Twins and have passed through unclaimed, according to a report.

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Dodgers Acquire Brian Dozier From Twins For Logan Forsythe
Brian Dozier is batting just .224 but has 16 home runs and 52 RBIs this season.

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Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn From Twins
Lance Lynn joined the Twins in March on a $12 million, one-year contract that includes bonuses of $1 million each for pitching 170 and 180 innings.

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Twins Attempted To Sign Eduardo Escobar To Long-Term Deal Before Trade
Eduardo Escobar, who will be a free agent this offseason, was dealt to the Diamondbacks for three prospects.

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Diamondbacks Acquire Eduardo Escobar From Twins
Eduardo Escobar, 29, has a .274/.338/.514 slash line this season

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Astros Acquire Ryan Pressly From Twins
Ryan Pressly was 1-1 with a 3.40 ERA (47 2/3 innings pitched, 18 earned runs), 19 walks and 69 strikeouts for the Twins this season.

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Ervin Santana To Make 2018 Debut On Wednesday
Ervin Santana has not played since undergoing surgery on his right middle finger in early February.

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Eduardo Escobar, Mike Moustakas Remain Options For Phillies
The Phillies are targeting possible trades for Eduardo Escobar and Mike Moustakas now that they've missed out on Manny Machado.

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