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He came cheap, for $750,00 if he makes the major league roster.
The 6-8 righthander had a roller-coaster 2015 that left his future with the team in doubt.
Rod Carew nearly died twice last September from a major heart attack. He was hospitalized in five different hospitals until finally being released two days before Christmas, he said, and "I cried every day in that damn hospital."
Torii Hunter and former broadcaster John Gordon will be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in July, the team announced Friday.
The Twins eliminated a two-year waiting period for retired players last fall, allowing Hunter to appear on the ballot this winter. The nine-time Gold Glove winner was an easy choice.
The former Yankee is expected to challenge Kurt Suzuki for a starting spot.
Young pitchers like Mason Melotakis, Nick Burdi, J.T. Chargois and Jake Reed are primed to take part in their first big-league camp next month for Paul Molitor and the Twins.
Signing third baseman Trevor Plouffe was a major milestone toward spring because his contract was the largest one the Twins had to negotiate this winter.
"We're still talking, which is a good sign," General Manager Terry Ryan said of the Twins and Trevor Plouffe, who hope to avoid arbitration.
The Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the Yankees in November, clearing the way for the Buxton Era to begin in April. Manager Paul Molitor said things 'might not look too pretty' in center field if he isn't.
The Twins reached one-year deals with Eduardo Escobar, Casey Fien, Eduardo Nunez and Tommy Milone but Trevor Plouffe and Kevin Jepsen are headed to arbitration.
With an offseason focus on offense, they will sort out where everyone plays this spring -- and Miguel Sano may not end up in right field.
New Twins slugger Byung Ho Park will have to adjust to both better pitchers and bigger ballparks now that he's in the major leagues.
Park's $12 million contract is on top of the $12.85 million the Twins must pay to his former team, the Nexen Heroes, as compensation for losing him.
The Twins sent several scouts to South Korea last season to see Byung Ho Park play. But Park has been scouting the major leagues,…
Park was greeted by a handful of Korean baseball fans at the airport Sunday night after arriving from Chicago, which followed a 12-hour flight from Seoul.
Dare Ogunbowale rushed for 161 yards, Taiwan Deal gained 92, and Wisconsin piled up 257 yards on the ground to run its winning streak over the Gophers to 12 straight games.
Joel Stave's stats at quarterback don't dominate the Gophers, but his teams do.
For one amazing month in 2013, it appeared the Twins had found the natural successor to Joe Mauer as their catcher. On Friday, they gave up on Josmil Pinto ever assuming that role.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan described negotiations with Byung-ho Park Wednesday as "ongoing," and said "we're hopeful of coming to an agreement." It's been almost…
The Twins acquired 24-year-old catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees in a trade that did not come without a steep price: Aaron Hicks is headed to the Bronx.
The Twins pulled off their first trade of the offseason, acquiring 24-year-old Class A outfielder Daniel Palka from Arizona for catcher Chris Herrmann, and signed reliever Dan Runzler to a minor league contract.
If the Twins can sign Korean slugger Byung-ho Park, general manager Terry Ryan said Park would likely become the team's regular DH and Miguel Sano would move to the outfield.
He's only the second Twin to win both club awards.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles sat out half the season to convince Chicago to trade her. She was commanding Wednesday, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and earning the MVP award for the WNBA Finals.
The rookie slugger, who turbocharged Minnesota's offense with 18 home runs and a team-high .915 OPS as the team's designated hitter, was a third baseman in the minors.
Twins, Ryan have decisions to make this offseason regarding young talent, pending free agents.
He played a key role after being sent to the Twins bullpen.
Max Kepler can start preparing for 2016 with renewed enthusiasm after making his first start Sunday, going 1-for-5 against All-Star-caliber pitchers such as Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez.
Kansas City piled up five quick runs Sunday afternoon and marched off into the postseason with a victory over the Twins at Target Field.
The Twins' season unofficially ended Saturday, one day from the formal finish, and that fact represents undeniable progress. But their 5-1 loss to the Royals at Target Field, featuring another listless performance at the plate and several unnerving breakdowns in the field, hurt just the same.
The outfielder, who made a big impact in his return, will consider retirement.
A quiet loss to first-place Kansas City pushes the Twins to the brink elimination.
Ervin Santana, suspended for the first half of the season after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs in the spring, turned in seven consecutive quality starts to close the season.
Cleveland's leadoff homer set the tone as Kyle Gibson didn't make it through the third inning, giving up all six runs at Cleveland scored in its 6-3 victory.
Joe Mauer led off the eighth inning Thursday with a walk, the 43rd consecutive game he has reached base. That surpasses Bob Allison's 42-game record, set in the Twins' inaugural season in 1961.
Minnesota improved its American League wild-card hopes with a three-run third inning Tuesday against Danny Salazar and the Indians.
Max Kepler didn't think a day in baseball could get much better than hitting a home run, then celebrating a championship shortly afterward. But it did.
Minnesota scored just four runs in 21 innings Saturday and lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Angels, 4-3 in 12 innings during the day, 5-2 at night.
Phil Hughes retired six of the seven hitters he faced in a two-inning relief stint in Game 2 of Saturday's Twins-Angels doubleheader.
The Angels hit four home runs, two by Mike Trout, after the Twins took a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Tommy Milone was knocked out in the second in the team's third straight loss.
By quirk of the calendar, the Twins' Opening Day starter doesn't know when he will pitch again, and there is an outside chance it won't be this year.
Ian Kinsler's singled home the tie-breaking run in the 12th inning, and J.D. Martinez blasted a two-run homer off Brian Duensing as punctuation as the Tigers won at Target Field.
Ricky Nolasco hasn't pitched in the Twins' last 96 games. But don't rule him out of the final 17 games.
Kyle Gibson stood out against Chicago again, benefiting from his team's latest big day against the All-Star lefthander.
Paul Molitor isn't sure where Torii Hunter's first-inning at-bat against Chris Sale might rank by the time this season is over. But it's one he will remember for a long time.
Tommy Milone, who had allowed only seven runs in seven career starts against Chicago, equaled that number in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, surrendering the Twins' largest inning of the season.
The Twins' 62 steals on the season mean they will likely finish with one of the franchise's three lowest totals of the past 30 years.
Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe and Ervin Santana propelled the Twins' series-opening victory vs. White Sox
Phil Hughes will make his first start since Aug. 9 on Tuesday vs. Detroit, an admittedly ambitious timetable after his lower-back injury but necessary, Paul Molitor said, given the Twins' spot in the standings.
Miguel Sano's home run in the 12th inning put the Twins ahead of Kansas City on Wednesday. Sano had been nursing a sore hamstring and dealing with strikeout issues.
The lure of a pennant race and some well-placed cortisone shots are helping to heal the sore backs of the Twins' Opening Day starter and All-Star closer.
Kyle Gibson pitched well Tuesday in every inning but the first, where he allowed four runs to the Royals before getting anyone out.
Twins' 40-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter said he's accepting of being subbed for because he's worked with and is close to the players who are slowly taking his place.
Tommy Milone limited Kansas City to two runs while Eduardo Escobar drove in three as the Twins built a lead against the Royals and then held on.
Phil Hughes will pitch a simulated game Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey will pitch a real one that night. Their roles might reverse next week.
Until last Monday, Keuchel had not allowed a home run in Minute Maid Park all season. Matter of fact, when Brian Dozier's and Eduardo Escobar's cannon shots put the Twins ahead 2-0, it was the first time that Keuchel had trailed by two runs at home this year.
Few current Twins have participated in a playoff race before, but 'old-timer' Tony Oliva says the drama is unforgettable.
It's not always easy to watch Miguel Sano lope slowly to first base on a ground ball, Paul Molitor said Saturday, but it beats not watching him hit at all.
A parade of Astros touched home after the Twins were refused a run in the first inning in the first game of a critical road trip.
Aaron Hicks has been a center fielder his entire professional career and he was back in center for the Twins on Friday night. But if it's essentially a farewell appearance.
First baseman Kennys Vargas, shortstop Danny Santana, catcher Eric Fryer and relievers Michael Tonkin and A.J. Achter will be at Target Field on Tuesday.
The righthanded starter has progressed beyond a jarring big-league debut with the Twins.
There he was Saturday night, strumming along on his acoustic guitar as a Christian rock band played "Amazing Grace" to close the Twins' first Faith Night promotion at Target Field.
Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings, a performance both he and the Twins needed in their fight for a wild-card berth.
The Twins might be about to embark upon another two-center-fielder era.
Mike Pelfrey couldn't get out of the fourth inning as the Twins stumbled Saturday night against the Astros.
Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and Kevin Jepsen escaped a jam in the ninth to save a Twins shutout over Houston.
Sore hamstrings sidelined both Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Twins slugger Miguel Sano on Friday, though both hope to play later in the series.
Years of losing replenished the farm system, and now the kids are contributing.
The 6-4 Miguel Sano took off for second base in the sixth inning, beating the throw from Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes with room to spare.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner dominated again, facing just 28 batters and needing 98 pitches.
The veteran reliever went on the disabled list Friday because of elbow inflammation
In his last four starts, all Twins losses, Ervin Santana has posted an ERA of 9.90 and his strikeouts have all but ceased.
Trevor May is no longer in the bullpen, Phil Hughes is no longer on the active roster, and Tyler Duffey is no longer a one-and-done major league pitcher.
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