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Twinkie Town Oct 7, 2015

A first look at the Minnesota Twins' 2016 payroll

Jesse breaks down the numbers. In 2015, the Twins' opening day payroll was $108,262,500. It was the second-highest mark in franchise history, trailing only the $113,237,000 mark from 2011, and it gives us a good starting point when trying to determine how much money the club may have to play with when it comes to building a roster for 2016. Contracts Contract Salary Signed Thru Joe Mauer $23,000,000 2018 Ervin Santana $13,500,000 2018 Ricky Nolasco $12,000,000 2017 Phil Hughes $9,200,000 2019 Kurt Suzuki $6,000,000 2016 Glen Perkins $6,300,000 2017 Brian...
Twinkie Town Oct 5, 2015

Twins drops season finale 6-1

Well that pretty much puts a bow on the Twins' 2015 season. The Royals came into the weekend series looking to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and they did exactly that by sweeping the Twins. Minnesota was outscored 14-3 over the three games, and apart from Ervin Santana's performance on Friday night and Tommy Milone's solid outing on Saturday afternoon they never really looked at their best. With the club being eliminated from post-season contention after Saturday's game, Paul Molitor went with a mix of youth and backups in the season finale. Ricky Nolasco got the...

Pelfrey, Hughes, Nolasco: Twins' Class of '14 free agents all in one game

If one game can show the jumbled mess that the Twins’ starting rotation is even in the midst of a playoff chase while also encapsulating the dangers of delving into the free agent market in an attempt to solve the problem, Game 2 of last night’s doubleheader — not a must-win, but a hurts-to-lose 10-2 drubbing at the hands of Cleveland — was exactly that game. In an effort to bolster their starting rotation heading into the 2014 season, the Twins signed three pitchers to multi-year contracts: Ricky Nolasco (4 years, $49 million), Phil Hughes (3 years, $24 million) and Mike Pelfrey (2...
Athletics Nation Oct 1, 2015

San Jose appeal to Supreme Court of baseball antitrust exemption unlikelier by the day

The Supreme Court accepted 13 petitions for review, but San Jose's petition to upend baseball's antitrust exemption remains in limbo. The Supreme Court of the United States returned from its summer recess to grant appeals on the approximately 2,000 petitions submitted to it over the break, but took no action today on City of San Jose vs. Major League Baseball, a strong indicator that it will allow the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stand. The Supreme Court announced approval of 13 petitions Thursday morning after its "Long Conference" last Monday to...
Denver Post Oct 1, 2015
Jeremy Affeldt, former Rockies reliever, retiring after season

Jeremy Affeldt, former Rockies reliever, retiring after season

San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is retiring after the season, not a surprise move for the 14-year veteran as he turns his attention to family and further involvement with several causes he has worked with for years.
Twinkie Town Sep 25, 2015

Nolasco's Back. What Now?

The injured Twins starter has been activated. What does this mean for a scuffling staff? Not a lot, for now. Ricky Nolasco, who maybe two people thought would be back in the majors in 2015, is back in the majors, and it is still 2015. The Twins activated their oft-injured starting pitcher on Friday, sending Logan Darnell to the 60-day DL with pneumonia.  Per 1500ESPN's Derek Wetmore, manager Paul Molitor is impressed with Nolasco's efforts to return to the field, but it doesn't mean he'll slide into a spot on the beleaguered starting staff: Nolasco will not pitch out of the rotation....
St. Paul Pioneer Press Sep 24, 2015

Twins report: No promises Ricky Nolasco will pitch again this season

Ricky Nolasco is back in town and could be activated as early as Friday.

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco moves closer to joining bullpen

Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco came through his 49-pitch intrasquad outing with no complications on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. Field coordinator Joel Lepel, who watched the session along with minor-league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen and other members of the instructional league staff, said Nolasco’s first look at batters since May 31 “went well.” Reports were that Nolasco threw “a high percentage of strikes,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Nolasco, coming off July 13 right ankle surgery, also was tested in the field and handled that part fine as well. “That went...

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco passes latest test, heads next to Fort Myers

A light rain Friday afternoon converted Ricky Nolasco’s scheduled simulated game into a 45-pitch bullpen session at Target Field. Eric Fryer caught him, and a Twins employee stood in with a bat from both sides of the plate but took no swings. “There was no point to going out there with the mound wet and what I’m coming back from,” said the Twins right-hander, who is working back from July 13 surgery on his right ankle. “I wanted a little more adrenaline, obviously, but I thought it was a good effort. It was real good.” Using his full arsenal and […] The post Twinsights: Ricky...

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco admires hard-luck friend Josh Johnson

You won’t catch Ricky Nolasco wallowing in self-pity after a second straight injury-marred season. Despite landing on the disabled list with a pair of elbow issues, in addition to surgery on his right ankle in mid-July, Nolasco need only look west for inspiration as he tries to make it back before the season ends. San Diego Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, his former Miami Marlins teammate, learned this week he would need a third Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. Nolasco quickly reached out to his longtime friend with words of support. Unable to take the mound in a big-league...

Twinsights: Ricky Nolasco's comeback bid gathering steam

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, yet another Twins pitcher on the rehab trail, threw a 37-pitch bullpen on Wednesday, his fifth since resuming baseball activity in the wake of July 13 surgery on his right ankle. Nolasco will face hitters Friday for the first time in a 45-pitch simulated game. If that goes well, he will fly to Fort Myers, Fla., for another 45-pitch outing in the Florida Instructional League. “The ball is coming out good,” Twins pitching coach Neil Allen said. “He looks good. Breaking ball is good. The fastball has got some life to it.” Nolasco, who last pitched on […] The...

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