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Twinsights: Free agent Blaine Boyer remains interested in Twins return

Veteran free-agent reliever Blaine Boyer is receiving solid interest from a handful of clubs after posting a career-best 2.49 earned run average with the Twins this season. The Kansas City Royals, fresh off their first World Series title in 30 years, are among the clubs that have checked in on Boyer, who pitched in Triple-A for them in 2013 before finishing that season in Japan. Boyer, 34, would love to return to the Twins next season after working in 68 games for them at the bargain rate of $850,000 in 2015. The affable right-hander has talked with Twins manager Paul […] The post...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 14, 2015

Tom Powers: Who's on third? For Twins, bet on Sano

The Twins have too much pride in their ballpark to have Miguel Sano stomping around in left field, casting an oversized shadow and killing all the grass. So look for a series of deals to free up third base for Sano and to add relief pitching.

Twinsights: Stuart Turner and the search for a two-way catcher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At 23 Stuart Turner is just seven months younger than John Ryan Murphy, the potential Kurt Suzuki successor the Twins acquired from the New York Yankees this week. While Murphy was a second-round pick in 2009 out of a Bradenton, Fla., high school, Turner landed with the Twins in the third round out of Ole Miss four years later. Murphy went 76th overall to the Yankees. Turner went 78th overall to the Twins. And while the Twins and rival scouts believe Murphy will eventually be a two-way weapon behind the plate, which he has shown signs of […] The post Twinsights: Stuart...

Twins love potential of Herrmann-for-Palka trade

Newly acquired slugging outfielder is a good match for Adam Brett Walker, who is already in their system

Will Byung-ho Park's power play at Target Field?

It's crazy to think that the reigning KBO home run king can continue to mash at the same pace with the Twin, but what are some realistic expectations?

Twinsights: Can Max Kepler make the jump?

Even though Max Kepler has just seven career plate appearances in the majors, the chances of him being the Twins' Opening Day right fielder next season cannot be dismissed. Torii Hunter's retirement opened up one spot in the Twins' outfield, and dealing Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees on Wednesday for young catcher John Ryan Murphy opened up another. Miguel Sano is supposedly taking fly balls in the corner outfield in the Dominican Winter League, but on-site reports suggest Sano isn't expecting to try the outfield in a game until he gets to spring training. Kepler, who turns 23 […] The...

What do the Twins' moves this week tell us about their master plan?

A Twins fan and longtime friend of mine texted yesterday with a question, which I will clean up for publication: “Just out of curiosity, what … are the Twins doing? I don’t get anything that’s happened in the last week or so.” What my hirsute friend is referring to, of course, is the Twins’ winning bid for strikeout-prone Korean slugger Byung-ho Park and Wednesday’s trade that sent Aaron Hicks — a young outfielder with all the tools — to the Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy. We won’t be able to tell how good these moves turn out for a while. But for now, we can at...

Souhan and Rand: What are the Twins planning?

Two moves this week have the potential to impact many positions as the Twins prepare for the 2016 season and beyond.

Twins change rules, put Hunter on Hall of Fame ballot

After nobody was elected into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2015, the team dropped the two-year waiting period for retired players. Torii Hunter will be on this year's ballot.

Twins trade Hicks to Yankees, receive backup catcher

Aaron Hicks has been traded to the Yankees, potentially opening an outfield spot for Miguel Sano. In return, the Twins will receive John Ryan Murphy, a 24-year-old catcher who backed up Brian McCann in New York.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 11, 2015

Twins trade Aaron Hicks to Yankees for catcher Murphy

The Twins have traded outfielder Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy, the team announced Wednesday.

Why the Twins traded Hicks

John Ryan Murphy has a chance to outperform Kurt Suzuki offensively, and the Twins desperately need a catcher who can hit.

Twins change rules, put Hunter on Hall of Fame ballot

After nobody elected in 2015, team drops two-year waiting period for retired players

Twins trade Hicks to Yankees, receive backup catcher

John Ryan Murphy, 24, batted .277 in his first full season in majors

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