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Veteran Pitcher Bartolo Colon Considering Retirement

Bartolo Colon, who is 44, is thinking about retiring from baseball. The Minnesota Twins veteran pitcher said that his upcoming start where he will face the Los Angeles Dodgers could help him determine his future in baseball The pitcher said that while he remains grateful the Twins gave him the opportunity to be in their starting rotation, his poor results this year have made him consider retiring. The only thing that has kept Colon on the pitching mound for a major league baseball team is a promise to his mother that he made before she died in August... 
 

Hall of Famer Given New Lease on Life

Hall of Famer Rod Carew first met Konrad Reuland in 1990 and likely had a hard time remembering that meeting. Seventeen years later, the two are inseparable. Reuland died last December and his kidney and heart were donated to Carew. The Hall of Famer at the time was in desperate need of a heart. This week the story was revealed by the American Heart Association of how one family of a legend in baseball and the family of a young player in the NFL, who died of a brain aneurysm, learned of the circumstances surrounding the gift Carew received. The... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Awaiting Decision by Twins on Brian Dozier

The Dodgers have been hotly pursuing the talented Minnesota second baseman. The auction for Dozier should end sometime this week, says one baseball source close to the Minnesota Twins organization, although even the teams involved are not sure, if the Twins will ended up trading the hard-hitting second baseman. New management at the Twins has shopped Dozier, who is 20, for the past two months. Los Angeles believes they presented the Twins the best offer with Jose De Leon a talented pitching prospect reported to be the centerpiece of the deal. However,... 
 

Brian Dozier Hits 40th Home Run Setting American League Record

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit his 40th homer for the season on Monday, which set a new record in the American League for primary second baseman. However, the Twins still lost 4-2 to Detroit. The home run by Dozier moved him past Alfonso Soriano the former New York Yankee, who had set the previous mark with 39 in 2002. Two of the 40 home runs by Dozier came while he played DH, but he is now the holder of the AL record for a player who has spent most of one season at second base. The overall record for the Major Leagues is held by... 
 

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... 
 

Twins Kyle Gibson Gets First Victory in ML Debut

After spending parts of four seasons in the minors and rebounding from Tommy John surgery in late 2011, Kyle Gibson and the rest of the Minnesota Twins organization can breath easier after Saturday afternoon, as Gibson garnered his first career victory in his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals. Gibson was impressive in his debut, working six innings and surrendering two runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking none. Gibson was pulled after making 91 pitches following the sixth, wherein he appeared commanding on the... 
 

Trevor Plouffe Has Concussion, Placed on DL

Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the seven-day DL on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a concussion. After being hit by a Craig Kimbrel fastball in the tenth-inning, Plouffe would attempt to brake up a double play, but in the process would be struck in the head by Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla‘s shin. Plouffe writhed on the ground for a few minutes before exiting the field under his own power, covering his eyes due to light sensitivity. Minnesota will wait a few days before scheduling Plouffe for a concussion... 
 

Oswaldo Arcia Injured in Twins Camp, No Timetable for Return

The Minnesota Twins have suffered its first hit in Spring Training. Number five prospect and number 93 overall, Oswaldo Arcia, left Friday’s action with a pulled intercoastal muscle and has no timetable on his return. The injury comes as a frustrating one for Ron Gardenhire and his big league club. Arcia was expected to see a lot of action and was the starting right fielder for Friday’s game against the Rays until the injury surfaced. Results from Twins’ Doctors should be available later on Saturday, and Arcia is expected to miss... 
 

Minnesota Twins: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Once praised as a small market team who still thrived as a perennial contender, the Minnesota Twins lost 99 games and 2011 and 96 last season. A lack of effective starting pitching weakened  the club during those campaigns, and in 2013 the rotation is a question mark yet again. The Twins did acquire Vance Worley from Philadelphia in the Ben Revere trade, and they signed Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey. All three are expected to be part of the rotation along with holdovers Scott Diamond and Liam Hendriks. Another free agent signee, injury prone... 
 

Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Fresh off back-to-back dismal seasons that saw them lose 99 games in 2011 and 96 last year, the Minnesota Twins launched an off-season strategy to upgrade their rotation. To accomplish this, they continued their familiar habit of trading young veterans who are getting more expensive to other clubs. This offseason, they dealt outfielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for highly regarded starting pitching prospect Alex Meyer and outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-hander Vance Worley. Worley will join free agents... 
 

Minnesota Twins’ Rotation: Has it Improved for 2013?

Scott Diamond is one of  two remaining starters from 2012 In 2012, the Minnesota Twins endured their second straight ninety-plus loss season. While their hitting wasn’t spectacular (combined 99 OPS+, which was slightly below league average of 100 OPS+), it was really their pitching that did them in. The Twins pitching staff ranked second-to-last in the American League with a combined 85 ERA+. Considering the league average was a 101 ERA+, the 2012 Twins’ hurlers were pretty pathetic. More specifically, the team only had one starting... 
 

Kevin Correia Reaches Agreement with Twins – Two-years – $10 million

Correia joins a Twins team looking for starters The Minnesota Twins have reached an agreement with right-hander Kevin Correia on a two-year deal worth $10 million. Correia pitched for the Pirates last year to a 4.21 ERA , 1.30 WHIP and 89 strikeouts over 171 innings of work. Twins GM Terry Ryan has set out to improve starting pitching this off-season. The Twins traded center fielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for prospect Alex Meyer and traded what would have been Span’s replacement, Ben Revere, to the Philadelphia Phillies... 
 

Twins Trade Ben Revere To Phillies for Vance Worley and Trevor May

Phillies and Twins make a deal that works for both teams Ben Revere wont get a  chance to play centerfield for the Minnesota Twins  after all. The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Revere from the Twins for Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May. It was believed that Rivere would step in to be the everyday center fielder after Minnesota traded Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for prospect Alex Meyer. The 24-year-old Revere is coming off a 2012 season in which he batted .294/.333/.342 with six triples and 40 stolen bases in 124 games... 
 

Twins Trade Denard Span To Nationals for Prospect Alex Meyer

Span fills the Nationals need for center-fielder and a leadoff hitter The Washington Nationals surrendered top pitching prospect Alex Meyer for Minnesota Twins center-fielder Denard Span in a trade and in doing so filled their need for center-fielder and a leadoff hitter. The Nats have been seeking to acquire Span since 2010. Span has a career average of .284 and a .357 on-base percentage. Span hit 23 home runs, had 230 RBI in 90 steals during his five seasons with the Twins. “His skill set is something that we were looking for, we’ve been... 
 

American League Central – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a Baseball News Source division-by-division series that will address what teams might do this off-season. We started with the American League East. Here is a look at the American League Central. Anibal Sanchez was acquired to make starts like these for the Detroit Tigers. The 28-year-old right-hander, who was acquired along with second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins at July’s trade deadline for a package that included top pitching prospect Jacob Turner, will take the mound on Sunday... 
 

Twins’ Nishioka Walks Away From Final Year of Contract

Nishioka decided to forego the rest of his contract Ichiro Suzuki has a chance to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and Hideki Matsui was a significant part of the New York Yankees lineup for several seasons. Akinori Iwamura had two solid years with the Tampa Bay Rays before injuries derailed his career. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was not as fortunate as his aforementioned Japanese countrymen during his Major League tenure. On Friday, the Minnesota Twins announced that they released the 28-year-old middle infielder at his request, according... 
 

Josh Willingham Will Undergo MRI on Injured Shoulder

Willingham has hit .260/.366/.524 with 35 home runs and 110 RBI Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham will undergo an MRI today to check for damage on his injured shoulder, which occurred as he slammed into the left-field fence in a game with the New York Yankees on Monday night. Willingham is listed as day-to-day. With eight games left in the season and the Twins not heading for the playoffs, Willingham’s 2012 season may well be over. The Twins signed Willingham to a three-year $21 million deal this past off-season and has been a model... 
 

Twins Will Decide on Morneau in Off-Season

Will Twins bring back Morneau in 2013 ? While they are mired in the present and gazing at the future, the Minnesota Twins recognize they must return to the past to become a contender again. At 52-76 entering Tuesday night’s clash with Seattle, the Twins have the worst record in the American League and the third worst mark in the majors. Though they are considered a small market franchise, the Twins captured six American League Central titles from 2002 to 2010 focusing on effective starting pitching, exceptional defense and fundamentally sound... 
 

Scott Diamond Sparkles for Twins

Chances are, unless you follow the Minnesota Twins, Scott Diamond is the best starting pitcher in 2012 whose name you don’t know. The 26-year-old Canadian left-hander totes a 10-5 record and a tidy 2.91 ERA to the mound tonight against Tampa Bay. Likely, Target Field is the only ballpark in the majors where most fans don’t exclaim, “Scott Who?” Undrafted by the Atlanta Braves out of SUNY-Binghamton in 2007, Diamond was plucked by the Twins in 2010 as a Rule 5 draft pick. The Guelph, Ontario native posted impressive numbers... 
 

Samuel Deduno – Pleasant Surprise in Twins Rotation

Baseball writer Aaron Gleeman, who works for Hardball Talk and blogs about the Twins, tweeted a line that aptly describes the pitcher who has been a bright spot amid what otherwise has been a dismal season in Minnesota. “Nothing about Samuel Deduno makes any sense,” Gleeman wrote. The tweet was authored during Deduno’s gem on Thursday night against Boston. The 29-year-old limited the Red Sox to no runs and two hits over six innings. Both hits belonged to Adrian Gonzalez. In a 5-0 Twins win, Deduno outdueled Jon Lester, who allowed... 
 

Twins Trade Francisco Liriano to White Sox

The Chicago White Sox went looking for starting pitching help, and were in the mix to land Zack Greinke before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels. Instead, the White Sox traded infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for Francisco Liriano. Liriano is eligible for free agency after the season and is owed approximately $2.1 million this year. Liriano has pitched both in the rotation this year, posting a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts, and has had very good outings on occasion. On July 13 he struck out 15 batters... 
 

Trading Josh Willingham Not in Twins Plans – For Now

The Minnesota Twins like Josh Willingham and Willingham likes the Twins. The  Twins signed outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year $21 million deal this past off-season. Willingham  is hitting .275, with a .389 on-base percentage, 23 home runs and 68 RBIs. Those are the kinds of numbers that make Willingham a bargain and a great find for a small market team like the Twins. It also makes Willingham a very attractive option in a trade market. While it has been said that trading Willingham is not likely, if a team offered the right package of... 
 

Interleague Recaps – Matt Moore and Rays Relievers One-Hit Marlins

ST. PETERSBURG, FL –  Matt Moore combined Burke Badehop  and Brandon Gomes for a one hitter against the Miami Marlins and beat the in state rivals 11-0 . The Rays had been struggling to score runs recently, scoring only nine runs in their previous three games, but exploded tonight for 11 runs including 8 of those runs with two out. Ben Zobrist extended his multi-hit streak to five games, the best of his career, including a solo home run in the  5th inning. Moore struck out eight in seven innings of work, while walking three and giving up... 
 
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