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Competition in Fort Myers for spots in the Twins rotation and bullpen, along with DH and bench roles, could be fierce. The team opens Grapefruit League play Friday vs. the Rays.
Ehire Adrianza is in Twins camp to kick off spring training - his third organization in a month after being released by San Francisco and Milwaukee.
The 29-year-old former first-round draft choice decided he had to do something drastic after muddling through a discouraging season that included six weeks on the disabled list and a fat ERA.
Roughly a dozen arms will audition for a starting staff in flux. "It doesn't matter if you have a spot, you still have to prove it," Ervin Santana said
Since reaching the majors in 2009, Chris Gimenez has been waived, designated for assignment or nontendered seven times, including once the day after he signed a contract.
Craig Breslow altered his pitching motion, charted results and created a market for an aging lefty.
Under watchful eye of new front office, Molitor returns as Twins manager.
The Twins' new era begins Tuesday, when Derek Falvey and Thad Levine oversee their pitching staff's first workout in Fort Myers, Fla. You will have to look closely, though, to notice any subtle changes.
Belisle, a 36-year-old righthander who has pitched for the Reds, Rockies, Cardinals and Nationals, has agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.05 million.
The bankroll is the biggest of any team (though teams can add additional spending space through trades), and the most money the Twins have been allowed to spend in one year since baseball adopted the draft-slotting system in 2012.
For the third time in four years, Escobar will report to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., with the creeping feeling that he is considered Option B at shortstop.
New Castro has been studying video of each of the Twins pitchers since signing a three-year contract in November, and he spent TwinsFest getting to know them personally.
Healthy again after an injury-filled 2016, Trevor May has been promised a shot at a starting role, just as he was last year. This time, though, he believes the opportunity is legitimate.
Tom Kelly managed the Twins from 1986 to 2001, winning a pair of World Series titles.
Thirty years ago, Andy MacPhail built Minnesota's first World Series champion. Twenty years ago, Michael Cuddyer joined the Twins organization as a first-round draft pick.
Brandon Eggum, a J Robinson assistant after his wrestling days ended in 2000 and his top aide for five seasons, was hastily handed the reins when Robinson was fired last fall.
The center fielder hopes his September success means his days of big-league misery are behind him.
Kyle Gibson quadrupled his salary on Friday, the biggest raise among four Twins arbitration-eligible pitchers who settled on 2017 contracts with the team on Friday.
Dozens of veteran free agents remain unsigned, one month before spring training camps open, and only one big-name player has been traded since last season ended.
General Manager Thad Levine said the team never will put an artificial time limit on any transaction that could improve the team.
As former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire prepares for a new job this spring, his son (and former Twins farmhand) Toby Gardenhire is doing the same.
Jeff Pickler, a former SEC Player of the Year and professional scout who has spent the past two seasons in the Dodgers' front office, has been hired for Twins manager Paul Molitor's coaching staff for 2017
Former Twins superstar Rod Carew had a 13-hour operation Friday in Los Angeles to receive a heart and kidney transplant. Carew, 71, had been living with a left ventricular assist device since September 2015.
There have been several incidents involving player protests, including ones at Missouri and Oklahoma last year.
"If you have veterans for the eighth inning, ninth inning, they can shoulder the load and take the stress off the kids," GM Thad Levine said.
Trevor Plouffe, who has spent most of the past five seasons as the Twins' third baseman, has been waived and will become a free agent.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine talked to fans about Joe Mauer, Byron Buxton and Neil Allen on Thursday night.
In the Twins' annual question-and-answer session for ticket holders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine hinted they are willing to trade even the most popular current players.
Twins new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey was blunt last week about how much money he and GM Thad Levine will have at their disposal: He doesn't care.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine found time to circulate with peers from other teams and agents but, "our primary objective was more internally focused," Levine said.
Glen Perkins' lengthy recovery from extensive shoulder surgery means that the former Twins closer will have to win back a job in the bullpen in 2017.
The Twins also announced they will retain pitching coach Neil Allen, third base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and bench coach Joe Vavra.
The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
The manager is effusive in his praise of his much younger newsuperiors, and vice versa.
It's a moment that has been replayed countless times, including regularly on the scoreboard at Target Field. Gene Larkin remembers the nerves and the anxiety of extra innings in Game 7, even 25 years later.
He was named MVP as the team's end of season awards were announced.
The Twins' front office is in an odd limbo for now, preparing for important decisions about the team's future without the team's new top baseball executive having any input.
MLB's Statcast system timed Byron Buxton at 14.05 seconds around the bases, the fastest time ever recorded in the system's two seasons
Brian Dozier, stuck on 99 RBI, left the game with a sore leg muscle and is unlikely to play Sunday.
The 2016 Twins are the least successful team that Minnesota has ever witnessed in 56 seasons of Major League Baseball. A meek defeat in Chicago sealed that mark.
As it turned out, the Twins' Sept. 23 loss to Seattle in Target Field was probably Kurt Suzuki's farewell to Minnesota.
Vargas said he understands the crowd at first base for the Twins, but he is optimistic he will be given a shot next year.
Not since the 1942 Philadelphia Phillies went 109 innings without a multiple-run inning had any major league team suffered through such a lengthy offensive drought.
While Brian Dozier continues his pursuit of Rogers Hornsby's home-run record for second basemen, he's pulled alongside a few other legendary names with his remarkable season in stolen base success as well.
The Twins haven't scored more than one run in an inning in two weeks and moved within one loss of tying their single-season record for losses.
Falvey, who is expected to be formally named to his new post sometime in the next week, will try to bring that level of success to Minnesota, where the Twins are headed toward a new franchise record for futility.
Joe Mauer's past few months have been ruined by the strained quads he suffered in Atlanta on Aug. 16, while scoring from first base on a double.
The Twins avoided their 100th loss of the season with a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings.
J.T. Chargois, a second-round pick in 2012, hit 99 miles per hour three times during Thursday night's loss to Detroit
Kennys Vargas intends to discover whether his readjusted swing carries him as far as some of the tape-measure blasts he's hit this month.
Nobody should have been caught off guard by Miguel Cabrera's seventh-inning home run off Michael Tonkin, a vintage blast deep into the left field bleachers.
Now in his fourth stint with the Twins, he appears to be looking closer to the player fans have been hoping for from the day he was drafted.
The science of preserving arms becomes a go-to resource.
Their error total reached 114, far and away most in the American League.
The Twins mustered a 12th-inning rally - and Joe Mauer's second career walk-off hit - after some fine work by their pitchers.
Byron Buxton scored from second base on an infield error and banged a home run as the Twins won for the first time in their last eight games against Kansas City,
With the Twins up 4-2 and two out in the fifth inning of the Labor Day matinée against Kansas City, Kendrys Morales got ahead in the count 2-0 and then pounced on a changeup from Jose Berrios, smashing it so far, right fielder Logan Schafer didn't bother to turn around and watch it sail into orbit.
The Twins' constant losing is making it tough for him to savor his power exploits.
The Twins couldn't hold on to a four-run lead in a 13-11, 12-inning loss, or win a series at Target Field.
Buxton homered in three of the four games vs. the White Sox and is 9-for-16 with six extra-base hits and has struck out only once since his return from Class AAA.
Brian Dozier's 13th home run of the month came in the eighth inning, when the Twins had all but guaranteed a 13th straight loss.
With Danny Santana on the disabled list and Robbie Grossman nursing a sore oblique, "we need another body here in the short term," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Twins proceeded to go backward after Brian Dozier belted the first pitch of Tuesday's game into the seats.
Eduardo Escobar this season has been the victim of slow starts, both his own and his team's.
At nearly 30, he's the oldest outfielder on the team by more than three years.
Josh Donaldson hit three home runs as the Twins blew another lead and approached a dubious major league record.
Danny Santana used his right hand to pull his shirt over his left shoulder as he dressed after the Twins' 9-6 loss to the Blue Jays. It didn't go well.
Hector Santiago played catch Friday for the first time in a week, then threw a bullpen session Saturday, and believes the bruise has healed
The Twins will hire a presidential-level executive who will have authority over all baseball decisions yet be freed from the day-to-day particulars of the GM job. That person will then hire a GM.
Toronto slugged four home runs, all with runners on base.
Small mistakes continue to bedevil and ultimately wreck the Twins. Wednesday, a baserunning gaffe cost a run, a failure to turn a double play provided the Tigers an extra out, and Detroit took advantage.
The Twins don't have a tradition of high-velocity pitchers, but that might change
Brian Dozier hit his 10th home run in August on Tuesday. But for the third time this month starter Kyle Gibson allowed at least five runs, a nagging problem for the Twins' starting rotation.
Amid all the uncertainty surrounding the Twins' future and that of their young players, a few determinations have been made.
Dozier hit his sixth homer this month for the 100th in his career.
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