La Velle Neal

Reporter | Minnesota Twins
Phone: 612.674.4888
La Velle E. Neal III has covered Major League Baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and Dan Barreiro during the season.

Recent content from La Velle Neal

Twins' Mauer feels good, so Molitor does, too

Joe Mauer won’t reveal the location where the meeting took place. He admitted it took place at a St. Paul restaurant where he likes to go and knows he can dine in relative peace. Paul Molitor sat across from him.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 12:14 PM

Twins notes: Molitor alters X's and O's

The new Twins manager is putting his own stamp on how his team defends.

Updated: January 25, 2015, - 09:19 PM

Twins, Duensing agree to $2.7M deal to avoid arbitration

The Twins extended their streak to nine straight years without resorting to an arbitration hearing to settle a contract, agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million deal with left-handed reliever Brian Duensing.

Updated: January 25, 2015, - 08:18 AM

Don't rule out seeing Buxton, Sano with Twins in '15

Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano at Target Field this summer? The highly touted rookies may start out in Class AA and could be up with the Twins before the season concludes.

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 07:23 AM

Schafer agrees to one-year deal with Twins

The Twins and outfielder Jordan Schafer agreed on a one-year, $1.55 million contract that will keep the sides from heading to arbitration.

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 12:59 AM

Plouffe among four Twins players to avoid arbitration

Trevor Plouffe more than doubled his salary; Brian Duensing and Jordan Schafer remain unsigned.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 08:54 AM

Twins caravan starts spreading its message of hope

Paul Molitor has been on past Twins winter caravans, so even though he’s on his first since being named manager, he knows what he’s getting into. The feel-good trek through Minnesota could be a welcome distraction.

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 10:29 AM

Twins' Perkins reports his arm feels fine

The All-Star closer missed the final two weeks of the season, but he says he has had no issues this...

Updated: January 12, 2015, - 08:51 PM

Baseball's winter meetings were really the wild, wild West

Late-night wheeling and dealing - and a last-minute get by the Twins - highlighted one of the most active gatherings in recent memory.

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 10:36 AM

Twins agree to four-year deal with righthander Santana

He went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA for the Braves — and rejected another qualifying offer. Santana’s deal averages $13.5 million a season.

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 06:36 AM

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