11:36 PM EST, Sat November 22, 2014
St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 hours ago
Minnesota Twins hire Neil Allen as pitching coach, source says

Minnesota Twins hire Neil Allen as pitching coach, source says

Three weeks after selecting Paul Molitor as their new manager, the Twins finally got around to picking a pitching coach.
Bless You Boys 12 hours ago

Tigers sign outfielder Xavier Avery

The Tigers add Xavier Avery to the list of possible replacements for Ezequiel Carrera and Torii Hunter. The Tigers have signed Xavier Avery to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Xavier Avery is a veteran of seven minor league seasons, though he turns only 25 on New Year's Day. He was selected by Baltimore in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft and was promoted to the major league club in 2012. Baltimore traded him to Seattle for Mike Morse in 2013, the same Mike Morse who is a newly-minted World Series champion with...
Twinkie Town 11 hours ago

Twins Win Bid For Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang

Who had this in their office "Twins offseason transactions" pool? Pardon the pun, but this sure came out of left field. So left, it's coming out of Korea. It was just announced that the Twins won the bid for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang according to Mike Berardino and they now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with him. Reports project Yang as a mid-rotation starter and he throws in the low to mid-90s with a good slider. It's important to note that this system is not like the current Japanese posting process but rather like the old system. In the new Japanese system, teams submit their...

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Plain Dealer 23 mins ago

Cleveland Indians add third baseman Giovanny Urshela, four others to 40-man roster

The Indians, in preparation for the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 11, added Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Ryan Merritt, Giovanny Urshela and Tony Wolters to the 40-man roster.
Plain Dealer 2 hours ago

Terry's Talkin' about some bad Cleveland Indians predictions and Nick Swisher -- Terry Pluto

I said Justin Masterson would be an All-Star, Jason Kipnis would drive in 90 runs, and Nick Swisher would hit 22 homers. Oh boy!
St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 hours ago

Charley Walters: Torii Hunter, Twins have 'common interest' in reunion

Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press on Saturday that he favors the Twins among teams with which he is considering signing and that he could make a decision in a week or so.

Twinsights: Andrew Albers in 'limbo' after rocky debut in Korean league

What’s next for former Twins left-hander Andrew Albers after a rocky debut season in the Korea Baseball Organization? “Great question,” Albers said Saturday by phone from Saskatchewan. “I have no idea. I’m kind of in limbo right now.” In 28 starts for the Hanwha Eagles, Albers struggled to a 6-13 record and a 5.89 earned run average. In 151 1/3 innings, he allowed a whopping 200 hits (18 homers) and 40 walks while striking out just 107 in the offense-happy league. Albers, 29, is open to returning for a second season in the KBO after making $700,000 this year. However, […] The...

Twinsights: Andrew Albers breaks down fellow KBO lefty Hyeon-jong Yang

As a first-year import in the Korea Baseball Organization, Andrew Albers got a chance to watch Hyeon-jong Yang pitch in person on four occasions against the Hanwha Eagles this season. Yang, a fellow left-hander for whom the Twins won negotiating rights on Friday, went 16-8 with a 4.25 earned run average in 28 starts for the Kia Tigers. Some reports have pegged him as a potential No. 2 starter in the major leagues, but Albers’ scouting report was a good bit more conservative. “Could he pitch in North America? I think so, just going from my eye test,” said Albers, […] The post...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 12 hours ago

Twins win bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang

The Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights with Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang and are closing in on a deal, a person familiar with the process told the Pioneer Press on Saturday.

Twinsights: Twins win bidding for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang

The Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights with Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang and are closing in on a deal, a person familiar with the process told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. Yang, 26, won the inaugural Choi Dong-won Award -- the equivalent of the Cy Young Award in the Korea Baseball Organization -- after going 16-8 with a 4.25 earned run average in 28 starts for the Kia Tigers. According to the source, media descriptions of Yang’s arsenal -- 92-95 mph fastball with a four-pitch mix and a plus slider -- are accurate. Yang projects as a No. […] The post Twinsights:...

Isiah Thomas appreciates Bulls reasonable approach regarding Derrick Rose

PORTLAND, Ore. — If Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas is referencing German philosopher Immanuel Kant, something big is up.

Isiah Thomas appreciates Bulls reasonable approach regarding Derrick Rose

PORTLAND, Ore. — If Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas is referencing German philosopher Immanuel Kant, something big is up.

Twins' TV ratings follow same downward slope as on-field product

The club still ranks in the upper half of ratings among the 30 big-league teams, but just barely.
Plain Dealer Nov 21, 2014
Cleveland Indians, minor league manager Ted Kubiak part ways after 21 years

Cleveland Indians, minor league manager Ted Kubiak part ways after 21 years

Kubiak managed 16 years in the Indians minor league system.

White Sox shun risk with proven additions

CHICAGO – If last winter was about taking chances on unproven commodities like Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, this offseason, the Chicago White Sox have gone with proven options as their roster rebuild continues. This week alone the White Sox have added veterans in left-handed reliever Zach Duke and left-handed hitting run producer Adam LaRoche, with a number of other holes left to fill. Sources confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday that LaRoche has agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal.

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