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David Kim, a Twins Pacific Rim scout, could be watching his first ballgame within a month.
Some Twins players headed for the Twin Cities, but Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers were among those going to their year-round homes to wait for the OK to ramp up their activities.
A two-month delay — at least — is in place before the baseball season starts. When it does, the Twins minor league system has a batch of potential future stars for fans to follow.
It may feel like long ago when the Twins played the last of their 20 spring training games. But there were things learned for when the team is finally able to reassemble and chase the hopes it brought to Florida.
Twins officials left Fort Myers and headed back to Minnesota on Monday. Players are also free to head home now that training camps have been closed.
Only about 20 players plan to stay in Fort Myers.
The spread of the coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 is shutting down American sports, and Major League Baseball on Thursday joined the parade, shutting down for at least the next month.
The Twins trimmed their spring training roster Monday by optioning seven players to minor-league camp and placing Fernando Romero on the restricted list.
Infielder Nick Gordon (left, with Royce Lewis) is seeking to regain top-prospect status with the club.
With a number of players from the Dominican Republic expected to be on the field for both the Twins and Detroit, the game will be one of the events of the year in the country.
The slugger is putting in the work at his latest defensive position.
Derek Shelton earned his first spring managerial victory against his former team.
Two players at Twins camp were on the Team USA roster in November.
Brent Rooker and Caleb Thielbar were teammates Thursday in a spring training game, just as they were teammates last November when both were selected to play for Team USA in an Olympic qualifier..
Royce Lewis was in a rut during the 2019 season that slowed his ascent through the Twins farm system. "I literally didn't think I was going to make it for a while there," said the 20-year-old shortstop.
Kenta Maeda made his exhibition debut for Minnesota, giving up one run in two innings.
Manager Rocco Baldelli is bringing along his key players at different paces during training camp, which means the wait to see actual lineup could be agonizing.
Twins outfielder Max Kepler took part in one event in a mall in which the line snaked throughout the facility, making him wonder if there were more than 1,000 fans in attendance.
After being suspended for violating baseball's drug rules, something happened that convinced pitcher Michael Pineda about how much he wanted to remain with the Twins
New Twins pitcher Homer Bailey, he of two career no-hitters and owner of lots of horses and land in his native Texas, is riding a resurgence after injuries.
Rocco Baldelli erased any doubts on Wednesday as he spoke on the first day of Twins workouts for pitchers and catchers.
Fernando Romero and Kenta Maeda were the only absences on Wednesday -- and Jhoulys Chacin has a video on how to say his name.
Byron Buxton has been cleared by doctors to start swinging a bat, but has not yet joined teammates in on-field batting cage sessions at Fort Myers.
The team's payroll will set a record this season at almost $135 million, and incentive-laden contracts, such as for new starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, should add more.
Nearly a week after the Twins initially thought they had a trade with Boston for Brusdar Graterol secured, the hard-throwing prospect is headed to the West Coast instead.
Depsite losing faith that a deal could be struck, the Twins on Saturday made one last attempt to satisfy the Red Sox by offering a second minor leaguer.
Here are five story lines to watch during the 47 days of spring training, which runs until March 23.
The players' union voiced its concern over the teams' failure to complete the deal.
Second-year infielder Luis Arraez could bat leadoff and says he wants to reach double digits in home runs this season for the Twins. Last season, he made his debut on May 18 and a month later was on the team for good.
The Twins' incumbent left fielder is getting used to feeling slighted, but he's also good at channeling any frustration into his game.
Justin 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.