La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. 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 other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Righthander Mike Pelfrey agrees to return to Twins

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 14, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Righthander Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract to return to the Twins, according to a person with knowledge of negotiations. He becomes the third starting pitcher the Twins have signed this month.

The deal, according to the source, includes incentives.

It is not clear if the Twins are done signing starting pitchers. They were busy all week at the recently-completed winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. speaking with agents for Pelfrey, Matt Garza, Bronson Arroyo, Johan Santana and others. Several sources confirmed their interest in Garza, one of the top remaining free agents.

The Twins had offered Pelfrey a two-year, $10 million deal before increasing it Tuesday night. Scott Boras, Pelfrey's agent, said on Wednesday that other teams began to call about his client, and it was reported that the Giants and Texas were two of those teams.

Pelfrey was very comfortable in the Twins clubhouse last season and expressed a desire to return every time he was asked about his future. He was popular with players, and  least one Twins player called Pelfrey in recent days, urging him to sign.

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