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Morneau, who won an American League MVP award for the Twins in 2006 and almost won another two years later, is the newest member of the team's Hall of Fame.
Josh Donaldson, who owns the highest batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage of any Twins opponent, signed the largest free-agent contract in team history.
Signing veteran pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill adds experience to the rotation. But the team apparently will rely on some young pitchers for the first part of the season.
It started last offseason, when the Twins were looking for a power hitter to anchor their lineup, a veteran who could guide a group of young players looking for leadership. They found that leader in Nelson Cruz.
After spending 2019 with rival Cleveland, 13-year veteran landed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million.
Mike Bell's grandfather Gus was a 15-year major-leaguer, his father Buddy had an 18-year career and his brother David will be going into his second season as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Sergio Romo, who will be 37 on March 4, posted a 3.18 ERA in 27 games with the Twins after coming over on a deadline day trade with Miami.
As they prepare for the 2020 season, the Twins left the winter baseball meetings still needing a high-impact starting pitcher, a capable reliever and a corner infielder.
Finding starting pitching continues to be a priority for the Twins but they have been in contact with 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson's representatives for most of the offseason.
Derek Shelton is the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and already named a bench coach Rocco Baldelli and the Twins were also considering.
Teams are committing more money than expected to lock up top pitching, and it's leading to quicker clarity on the starting pitching market.
Madison Bumgarner might end up being the winner if he gets above market price as a free agent.
So far this offseason, the Twins have been unable to land the impact starter they seek. The winter meetings begin Monday in San Diego, and Minnesota might have to turn its focus to offense.
The Twins agreed to re-sign the free agent righthander to a two-year contract worth $20 million. He'll be sidelined until early May to finish his 60-game suspension.
The Twins now will move on with their list of candidates, including lefty Madison Bumgarner, who had a bounceback season in 2019.
Twins Insider: The Twins are unlikely to go after über aces Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg in free agency, but they have interest in the next tier of pitchers.
The All-Star had arthroscopic debridement on his right ankle Friday in Los Angeles.
Derek Shelton, who replaces Clint Hurdle, beat Matt Quatraro for the job.
After seven seasons in Minnesota, the team let him go as a free agent.
The 33-year-old was an advance scout for the Twins before joining the coaching staff last season.
The Twins looked at candidates within and outside the organization, and also received feedback from players before name Edgar Varela hitting coach.
Edgar Varela, 39, will join the major league staff after spending the past two seasons as Twins' minor league field coordinator.
The Twins added five minor leaguers to their 40-man roster, highlighted by Jhoan Duran, a 21-year-old pitcher whose fastball has been clocked as high as 102 miles per hour.
With possibly four-fifths of the 2019 rotation becoming free agents, the Twins have spots open behind Jose Berrios.
Sam Dyson, 31, had right shoulder surgery on Sept. 24 and is expected to miss all of next season, making it all but certain the Twins would not offer him a contract for 2020.
Teams have started a window in which they can talk to their own players who can become free agents.They can start going after players from other teams next week.
All three were late season additions as the team won the American League Central Division.
Boston selected Tampa Bay executive Chaim Bloom to head their baseball operations department. According to multiple sources, the Red Sox had Derek Falvey high on their list of candidates
After guiding the Twins to a record 307 home runs this season, Rowson will be a bench coach in Florida and also have the title of "offensive coordinator."
Twins management said it plans to aim high to upgrade its roster, with an extra focus on improving a starting rotation that frayed badly during the second half of this season.
Everything a manager he does is up for scrutiny, especially in the postseason. And there were things about Rocco Baldelli's decisions to dissect after the Twins' season-ending loss.
The Twins have scored six runs in two games. So what now? "We have a plan," Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz said. "Hopefully the plan works this time."
Didi Gregorius' third-inning grand slam was the deciding blow as New York rolled to the victory, the Yankees' 12th in a row over the Twins in postseason play.
Entrusted with the responsibility of putting the Twins on the right path during Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Yankees, the numbers told the story for starter Jose Berrios.
Luis Arraez, Marwin Gonzalez, Max Kepler and Ehire Adrianza, all walking wounded, were all part of the Twins ALDS roster decisions.
Jose Berrios, who will start Game 1 vs. the Yankees tonight, will take the mound for the Twins after a regular season filled with successes, struggles and adjustments.
Forget home-field advantage: The Twins have spent the season walking into opposing teams' stadiums and walking out with victories.
There's talking, arguing, laughing. It's the environment the Twins and manager Rocco Baldelli envisioned having this season, one that has been all the team could have hoped for.
The Twins appear to have hit on right bullpen blend for their postseason push after a first part of the season when changes needed to be made. "They've been dominant," manager Rocco Baldelli said.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Twins want to know whether San Francisco was aware that reliever Sam Dyson had a sore shoulder when the Giants traded him.
Nelson Cruz's blast highlighted an afternoon in which the Twins reduced their magic number for clinching the AL Central title to three despite another round of pitching problems.
Injuries have forced him into the lineup this month, and he is producing.
The Twins lowered their magic number to five by getting eight innings out of four rookie pitchers.
His left arm is immobilized following an operation on his shoulder that ended his season.
The White Sox came back from a 5-0 deficit to force extra innings, with the Twins rallying to tie in the 11th and winning when Ronald Torreyes capped a three-run rally when he was hit by a pitch in the 12th.
Max Kepler played both games of the day-night doubleheader in Cleveland on Saturday but has not been in the lineup since.
The Twins not only get back a player they can use all over the field, they get one who is batting .263 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI.
It was the first time Jose Berrios had pitched more than seven innings since June 28, a key development for the Twins as he attempts to put a disastrous August behind him.
Kyle Gibson's return from the injured list didn't go well in a 12-6 loss, and the Twins now have a 3 1/2-game lead over Cleveland with 16 games remaining in the regular season.
Jorge Polanco did not start after undergoing emergency dental surgery on Thursday. He did pinch hit in the eighth inning, and struck out as the potential tying run.
With a half-dozen key players out of the lineup, the Twins went hitless with runners in scoring position and fell behind early in a 6-2 loss to Washington on a dreary night at Target Field.
Thursday will be Kyle Gibson's first start since Aug. 30 in Detroit, when he gave up four runs over five innings on 10 hits.
Mitch Garver belted home runs in the first and seventh innings as the Twins rallied to beat the Indians 5-3 while returning their lead to 6 1/2 games in the AL Central.
Major League Baseball on Saturday announced that Twins pitcher Michael Pineda has received a 60-day suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
Nelson Cruz's plan was to take some swings with his sore wrist before Saturday's game, then take his usual spot in the starting lineup. Manager Rocco Baldelli, however, had other ideas
The Indians scored four, two-out runs to take the victory in the opening game of a weekend series at Target Field.
It was a laborious Labor Day for Twins hitters for most of the afternoon, as they sputtered with runners in scoring position and appeared on their way to losing to last-place Detroit.
With rosters expanded up to 40 in September, the Twins now feature a 12-man bullpen. Manager Rocco Baldelli has an arm for any occasion.
A day after breaking the major league home-run record, lesser hits are plentiful.
The Twins' top pitching prospect has a month to prove himself playoff-worthy.
Brusdar Graterol, a 21-year-old right-hander, has consistently thrown fastballs timed at 100 miles per hour and is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Nelson Cruz tied the major league record in the eighth inning, and then Mitch Garver hit Joe Jimenez's first pitch of the ninth inning for his second home run of the night, and the Twins' 268th home run of the season.
The Twins sent 26 batters to the plate in the first three innings to stage the rout. It marked their sixth consecutive win, tying for their longest streak of the season.
General manager Thad Levine said a four-week scenario was presented when Byron Buxton dislocated his left shoulder Aug. 2.
Jose Berrios threw four wild pitches, but made it through six innings as the Twins hit three more home runs and won their fifth consecutive game.
Byron Buxton said he knew he didn't feel right when he swung a bat Sunday. The Twins hope taking some extra time to treat his shoulder will allow it to heal enough to play.
Jonathan Schoop's three-run homer in the second inning set off the Twins' offense, and he hit another one in the eighth when the Twins broke open the 8-2 victory.
A few minutes after Twins closer Taylor Rogers finished off the Chicago White Sox, he watched his identical twin brother Tyler make his major league debut.
Both pitchers were effective in the series opener, but Michael Pineda was a little bit better, striking out eight White Sox and giving up only four hits in five innings.
Less than 24 hours after quickly departing Target Field, Jose Berrios apologized to reporters before Saturday's game and was set to resume efforts to rediscover the form that made him an All-Star.
Miguel Sano, Jake Cave and the Twins offense stepped up after poor defense reared its head early.
Ronny Rodriguez hit his first career grand slam, the spark plug of a 9-6 victory in the opening game of a weekend series.
Finding a lineup spot for Jonathan Schoop has grown complicated. He has started only six of 21 games this month as the Twins give more at-bats to rookie Louis Arraez, batting .341.
The Twins broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fifth inning and added seven more runs in the eighth to take a three-game lead in the AL Central.
In his first start on Monday, Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Tuesday night he was 4-for-5, with a solo homer, three doubles and three RBI.