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Minnesota Twins Continue to Surprise in 2015

At 43-39 and in a tie with Baltimore for the second wild card spot in the American League, the Minnesota Twins are one of baseball’s biggest surprises in 2015. First-year manager Paul Molitor‘s club received a boost with the return of Ervin Santana. On Sunday, the veteran right-hander made his regular season debut after serving an 80-game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing drug, getting a no-decision while allowing two runs and three hits over eight innings in Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to Kansas City. The Twins fell 4.5... 
 

Miguel Sano Called Up by Minnesota Twins

In a season that has seen the arrival of super prospect Byron Buxton in Minnesota, the Twins will give another top prospect his Major League debut. Miguel Sano, a 22-year-old third baseman who is MLB.com’s No. 11 overall prospect, will join the Twins tomorrow, the website reported. Regarded by most scouts as the best right-handed power hitting prospect in the minors, Sano has clubbed 105 home runs in five minor league seasons, including 15 this year at Double-A Chattanooga. He missed the 2014 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery.... 
 

Phil Hughes Signs Contract Extension with Minnesota Twins

Phil Hughes has signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Twins. The deal adds three years and $42 million to his current contract. Last offseason the Twins inked Hughes to a three year deal worth $24 million. He rewarded them with his best major league season. Now the 28 year-old hurler is under contract through 2019. Hughes will also get limited no-trade protection and a $200K bonus for each season in which he pitches at least 200 innings. Once a top prospect with the New York Yankees, Hughes endured his fair share of ups and downs in the... 
 

Twins, Ervin Santana Reach Agreement on 4-year Deal

Last year right-hander Ervin Santana signed a one year deal with Atlanta, unable to find a multi-year offer, at the value of the qualifying offer. After turning in a solid 2014, going 4-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts Santana took advantage of a suddenly strong pitchers market inking a 4-year deal worth $54 million with the Minnesota Twins, with a conditional option worth $14 million in 2019 if he throws more than 200 innings. He will receive a $1 million buyout if the Twins don’t exercise the option. Santana pitched for the Los Angeles Angels for... 
 

Minnesota Twins Sign Torii Hunter to One-Year Deal

The Minnesota Twins have signed veteran outfielder Torii Hunter to a one-year deal worth $10.5 million, reports Ken Rosenthal. Hunter returns to the team where he began his career all the way back in 1997. The veteran outfielder will turn 40 during the 2015 season. Nevertheless, he’s managed to produce offensive numbers at least ten percent better than the major league average in every season since 2006. After a five year stint with the Los Angeles Angels from 2008-12, Hunter spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Only two... 
 

Minnesota Twins Phil Hughes’ Record-Setting Season

2014 has been another rough year for the Minnesota Twins, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Still, there were some bright spots. Brian Dozier emerged as a solid all-around player, Trevor Plouffe had a nice season, and Danny Santana hit .319/.355/.477 in 97 games at the shortstop position. But, the most impressive year of all was had by Phil Hughes, who the Twins signed to a three year deal this offseason. Prior to signing with the Twins, Hughes had a seven year tenure with the Yankees. He was a very highly hyped prospect,... 
 

Twins Send Sam Fuld Back To Oakland For Tommy Milone

You had to know the Oakland A’s were not finished dealing today. After sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbester deal for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, the team has reacquired Sam Fuld from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Tommy Milone. Milone has been a starting pitcher without a spot since the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The chance for him to start got worse after the Lester deal. Milone has pitched to a  3.55 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 38.4 percent fly-ball rate in 96 1/3 innings of... 
 

Twins Sign Kendrys Morales, DFA Jason Kubel

After signing free-agent Kendrys Morales to a deal a spot on the roster had to be created and today the Minnesota Twins designated for assignment Jason Kubel.  Morales played 156 games for Seattle last year, hitting .277 with 34 doubles, 23 home runs and 80 runs batted in. The 30-year-old switch-hitter declined a qualifying offer from the Mariners in the offseason.  Kubel  has hit .224/.313/.295, one home run, six doubles and 13 RBI this season. Kubel hadn’t seen much playing time in a crowded Twins outfield since the activation of Josh... 
 

Twins Reach Agreement with Kurt Suzuki

The Minnesota Twins reached an agreement with catcher Kurt Suzuki on a one-year deal according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Suzuki’s deal is worth $2.75 million and the contract includes incentives as well. With longtime catcher Joe Mauer transitioning to first base, the addition of Suzuki adds depth to a catching corps that is headed by Josmil Pinto, a well-regarded prospect who impressed in 21 games last season, producing a .342/.398/.566 line and catching 5 out of 11 basestealers. The 30 year-old Suzuki hit 42 home runs... 
 

Twins Reach Agreement With Mike Pelfrey

The Minnesota Twins and Mike Pelfrey agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Pelfrey’s deal contains an additional $3.5 million in performance incentives. With the earlier signings of Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, this is the third free agent pitcher signing the Twins have made. Pelfrey, who will turn 30 in January, is coming off a difficult season. He posted a 5.19 ERA in 152.2 innings, as opposing hitters batted .296 against Pelfrey. While he led the Twins’ starting rotation in strikeout... 
 

Minnesota Twins Pursuing Bronson Arroyo

The Minnesota Twins are interested in free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo, and talks are progressing according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies are also in the mix for Arroyo. The Twins have already acquired two new starting pitchers this offseason in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes but they’re looking to make more upgrades to a starting rotation that had the lowest strikeout rate relative to the league average in baseball history. Arroyo, 37, doesn’t offer much in the way of strikeouts.... 
 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Drawing Interest From Marlins, Twins

With the signing of  A.J. Pierzynski by the Boston Red Sox expect the  interest for free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to rise significantly  as the run on catchers this off-season continues. The Miami Marlins reportedly made an offer to catcher  Saltalamacchia and the Minnesota Twins who lost out on Pierzynski to Boston could be a perfect fit for Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox  reportedly offered Saltalamacchia a two-year deal. Saltalamacchia is said to be looking for a three-year deal at the minimum and the market for catchers... 
 

Minnesota Twins Reach Agreement With Phil Hughes

The Minnesota Twins and free agent right-hander Phil Hughes have agreed to a three-year contract worth $24 million. The deal is pending a physical.  Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA and a 2.88 K/BB in 145 2/3 innings across 29 starts and one relief appearance for the Yankees in 2013. The Twins are counting on Hughes to return to form. He was a first round pick in 2004 and  an All-Star in 2010 when he went 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA and was shaping up as a building block for the Yankees’ rotation. A year ago he went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA and... 
 

Miguel Sano or Maikel Franco: Who Will Be the Better MLB Third Baseman?

The late Buck O’Neil, star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs and ambassador for the sport of baseball, recalled in his autobiography that he once heard a unique crack from the bat of Bo Jackson, a crack he had only ever heard off of the bats of Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson. “But I was at Royals Stadium, scouting the American League for the Cubs, and I came out of the press room and was going down to field level when I heard that ball sound as if the Babe or Josh were still down there. Pow! Pow! Pow! It was Bo Jackson—the Royals had just... 
 

Pirates Add More Offense, Acquire Justin Morneau From Twins

The Pittsburgh Pirates looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 1992 added another bat to their line-up acquiring Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau in a waiver trade according to multiple sources. Earlier this week, the Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets. Morneau has posted 221 home runs and 860 RBI over 11 years with the Twins The Twins are getting outfielder Alex Presley and either cash or a player to be named later, according to a release from the team. Presley, 28, played... 
 
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