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Twins To Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7

Dec 19, 2018 9:20 AM

The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer's No. 7 next season.

The club surprised Mauer with the announcement on Tuesday.

"I enjoyed putting the uniform on every day and being able to put on the Twins uniform, being at home, meant more to me than you'll know," Mauer said. "When I take my kids to a game and see No. 7 up there, it'll probably put a smile on my face every time I see it."

Mauer will become the eighth former Twins player or manager with a retired number.

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Twins, Jonathan Schoop Agree Upon One-Year, $7.5M Deal

Dec 7, 2018 7:32 AM

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal with Jonathan Schoop.

The deal will also allow Schoop to earn a $100,000 performance bonus for reaching 600 plate appearances, plus additional award bonuses.

Schoop, 27, hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs in 2017 for the Baltimore Orioles. He split this past season between the Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .233/.266/.416.

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Joe Mauer Announces MLB Retirement At 35

Nov 9, 2018 7:22 PM

Joe Mauer has announced his retirement from the MLB at the age of 35 after spending all 15 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins.

In his 15 major league seasons, Mauer has appeared in six All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves, three batting titles and racked up 2,123 career hits.

"After much consideration I have decided to retire from playing baseball," the ad from Mauer says in the letter. "The decision came down to my health and my family. The risk of concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season after missing over 30 games as a result of diving for a foul ball.

"Thank you, Minnesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for making my career as special and memorable as it was. Because of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grateful heart."

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Twins Hiring Rocco Baldelli As Manager

Oct 25, 2018 7:56 AM

The Minnesota Twins will hire Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, according to a report.

Baldelli, 37, has spent the last four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

He will be the youngest manager in the Major Leagues.

Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was 305-343 in four seasons as manager with one playoff appearance.

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Twins' Miguel Sano Arrested In Dominican Republic

Oct 7, 2018 10:30 PM

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic after an incident that left a police officer with a broken leg.

 

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Twins To Replace Paul Molitor After Four Seasons

Oct 2, 2018 1:19 PM

The Minnesota Twins will replace Paul Molitor as manager after four seasons, according to sources.

The Twins expect Molitor to remain with the club in another role.

Minnesota finished second in the American League Central at 78-84. They made the playoffs in 2017.

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Joe Mauer Will Consider Retirement This Offseason

Sep 13, 2018 7:46 AM

Joe Mauer has admitted there's a chance he could retire after this season.

The Minnesota Twins star said he'll weigh a number of factors this offseason before making a decision.

"There's a lot that goes into it than just, 'Do you want to play?'" Mauer said. "There's a lot of different dynamics that go into it. I owe it to myself and my family to sit down and think about those things.

"It's interesting. It's a big decision, and I want to make sure I'm 100 percent about it."

Mauer is in the final year of an eight-year, $184 million deal signed in 2010.

Twins executives said there's no pressure on Mauer to make a decision quickly.

"Everyone is 100 percent supportive of Joe's privacy in this matter," Thad Levine said. "If he came with us with the question you posed, 'I'd like to play another season, what does that look like?' I think we're rolling up our sleeves and having a conversation with him."

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Jose Berrios Hires Wasserman Media Group

Sep 7, 2018 8:08 AM

Jose Berrios has hired the Wasseman Media Group to represent him.

The Minnesota Twins right-hander is not slated to reach arbitration eligibility this offseason.

Berrios negotiated with the Twins last winter, but no long-term deal was reached.

The 24-year-old owns a 3.92 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 through 28 starts this season.

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Twins Admit Byron Buxton Wasn't Called Up For Service Time Reasons

Sep 3, 2018 9:01 AM

The Minnesota Twins won't call up Byron Buxton this month in part because of service time concerns.

Buxton has struggled this season, hitting .156/.183/.200 in 28 games because of toe and wrist injuries.

The Twins will send Buxton home when the Triple-A season ends Monday.

Thad Levine listed three reasons for the decision -- a "lingering" wrist injury, an unimpressive performance at the Triple-A level and the lack of an opportunity at the Major League level. He touched on the service time discussion as well.

"Needless to say, neither the agent nor the player were happy to hear this information, and I think for all the right reasons," Levine said. "We totally respect and understand their position in these instances.

"I think part of our jobs is we're supposed to be responsible to factoring service time into every decision we make," Levine said. "I still feel pretty resolute in saying that the other three factors were more present for us in this decision-making process than that. We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we weren't at least aware of service-time impacts on decisions we make."

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Santana: 'Frustrated' With Twins' Front Office

Aug 12, 2018 1:05 PM

Twins pitcher Ervin Santana recently voiced his frustration with Minnesota's front office, saying "they took our pieces away" with a flurry of trades over the past month.

The Twins, who have struggled this season after reaching the American League wild-card game last year, have traded six key veteran players -- second baseman Brian Dozier, closer Fernando Rodney, infielder Eduardo Escobar, starter Lance Lynn and relievers Ryan Pressly and Zach Duke -- since July 27.

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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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Brewers Expected To Target Trade For Brian Dozier
Now that Manny Machado has landed with the Dodgers, the Brewers are looking at other infield options.

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Brewers Have Discussed Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar With Twins
The Brewers have also been linked to starting pitching on the trade market.

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Twins Open To Trading Pending Free Agents
The Twins have lost nine of their last 11 games and are now open to trading their pending free agents, according to sources.

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Twins Send Miguel Sano To Single-A Fort Myers
The third baseman is hitting just .203 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs this season.

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Albert Pujols Passes Stan Musial On RBI List
Albert Pujols hit a homer on Saturday that moved him into sixth on the career RBI list with 1,951.

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Twins To Sign Cameron Rupp
Minnesota is adding Cameron Rupp to boost their organizational catching depth.

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Padres Essentially Pay $7M For 74th Pick In Draft
The Twins traded Phil Hughes to the Padres last weekend.

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Padres Send Catching Prospect To Twins For Phil Hughes
The Twins receive minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos from the Padres in the deal.

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Twins Acquire Chris Carter From Angels
Chris Carter, 31, was hitting .255 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 38 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season.

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Logan Morrison On Pace To Fall Short Of Vesting Option
If Logan Morrison logs 600 plate appearances this season, his 2019 club option with the Twins vests for $9.5 million.

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Twins Promote Fernando Romero For Wednesday Start
Phil Hughes is expected to move to the bullpen to make room for Romero in the rotation.

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