Twins
February 13
Kenta Maeda arrives at Twins spring training

Kenta Maeda arrives at Twins spring training

Kenta Maeda had to wait almost a week from the deal being made public until it was official.
Twins
February 13
RandBall: Everyone is still mad at the Astros, and it's glorious

RandBall: Everyone is still mad at the Astros, and it's glorious

The Astros ducked the media on Wednesday but gave a news conference Thursday morning that most likely will open them up to even more criticism.
Twins
February 13
Twins players took the field on Wednesday in Fort Myers for the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. Opening Day is in exactly six weeks.

Baldelli tells Twins on Day 1: 'Come in expecting to win a lot of games'

Rocco Baldelli erased any doubts on Wednesday as he spoke on the first day of Twins workouts for pitchers and catchers.
Twins
February 13
Pitcher Caleb Thielbar threw at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, during the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

Reusse: Five years after last MLB pitch, Thielbar resurfaces with Twins

Lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar, a training camp invite from Randolph, Minn., has found extra jump in his fastball after reaching the age of 30.
Twins
February 13
Twins pitchers warmed up on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers.

Twins pitchers - minus two - and catchers report to spring training

Fernando Romero and Kenta Maeda were the only absences on Wednesday -- and Jhoulys Chacin has a video on how to say his name.
Twins
February 12

Reusse: Sign stealing is an old craft; you just need a good set of binoculars

Phil Roof was 20-year-old neophyte walking through Milwaukee Braves' bullpen when he almost tripped over a prone teammate. What was Charlie Lau doing? You guessed it.
Twins
February 12
Garver gives his No. 18 to Maeda, takes Nick Punto's old number

Garver gives his No. 18 to Maeda, takes Nick Punto's old number

“Kenta really wants that number and if that is what it takes for him to feel comfortable and be his best I’m all in,” Garver posted on Twitter.
Twins
February 12
The Twins’ Marwin Gonzalez expressed remorse for participating in a sign-stealing scandal while with the Astros in 2017.

Twins' Gonzalez 'remorseful' for role in Astros sign-stealing scandal

Asked if the Astros could have won the 2017 World Series without cheating, Gonzalez said, "That's hard to say. ... I still think that we had one of the best teams in the last decade."
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February 12
The Twins’ Marwin Gonzalez expressed remorse for participating in a sign-stealing scandal while with the Astros in 2017.

Podcast: Gonzalez apologizes for cheating, but story far from over

La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to talk about the opening of Twins spring training, which featured the intrigue of Marwin Gonzalez addressing his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Twins
February 12
Byron Buxton

Buxton can swing, but Twins not rushing him after shoulder surgery

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.
Twins
February 11
The latest salary to land on the books is that of righthander Kenta Maeda, who was acquired from the Dodgers. Maeda’s base salary is just $3 million

Twins opening season with record payroll that only figures to rise

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.
Twins
February 11
Recent trades by the Twins and Timberwolves to acquire Kenta Maeda and D'Angelo Russell show both franchises are willing to make bold roster moves if

Scoggins: Here's my thank-you to Twins, Wolves for aggressive moves

Shrewd. Aggressive. Unemotional. The courage to address a glaring problem by sacrificing something that feels familiar or safe is a refreshing change.
Twins
February 10
It is hard to expect the Red Sox to be able to keep up with the Yankees in 2020 after they dealt away 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts in an effort to decreas

Souhan: Twins look even more like a World Series team, Red Sox even less

Baseball's sign-stealing scandal cost Boston manager Alex Cora, and its handling of negotiations with the Dodgers and Twins indicates that the organization lacks savvy and guts, too.
EPISODE 45
February 10
Minnesota Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series

Twins podcast: Exactly what happened in the Graterol trade saga?

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand on the deal that will result in Brusdar Graterol being traded and Kenta Maeda joining the Twins. Did it work out well for the Twins in the end? And do they now have enough pitching?
Twins
February 10
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws his first MLB pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sund

Deal do-over: Graterol now going to Dodgers in revised trade for Maeda

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.
Twins
February 9
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol throws his first MLB pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Sund

Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox make progress toward finalizing trade once feared dead

The Twins are expected to trade righthander Brusdar Graterol and another minor leaguer, and will receive righthander Kenta Maeda and either another player or cash.
Twins
February 9
Asked to judge the Twins’ 101-victory, AL Central-winning 2019 season, team owner Jim Pohlad said: “Did we exceed our expectations? I’m not sure

Hartman: Twins owner Pohlad believes team has 'World Series-caliber organization'

Twins owner Jim Pohlad explained how the front-office team of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine approached him with the plan to sign a player like Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million deal, the richest in club history.
Twins
February 9
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli says he welcomes challenge of improving on 101-win season

Rocco Baldelli will supervise the Twins' first workout of the spring Wednesday, opening his second season as a big-league manager with one burden that instantly raises the degree-of-difficulty: expectations.
Twins
February 9
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol

Twins' portion of baseball megadeal appears to be on the rocks

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.
Twins
February 9
Chaim Bloom

Reusse: Duress no excuse for Red Sox to back out of bad deal

The Red Sox and their new general manager the Red Sox needed an excuse after the reaction to trading star Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.
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