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Twinsights: Pitching coach Neil Allen hopes to bring Rays experience to Twins

Neil Allen has come close to landing a major-league pitching coach job in recent years, going to the wire with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Still, the former big-league closer with the New York Mets in the early 1980s was pleasantly surprised to hear from the Twins about the same opening. “It shocked the heck out of me,” Allen said Thursday in a phone interview from his Sarasota, Fla., home. “I was always a New York guy. I was thrilled to have that surprise. When I got the call, it was very exciting for me.” Allen, 56, has […] The post Twinsights: Pitching coach...

Twinsights: Should Jason Adam be added to Twins' 40-man roster?

When the Twins set their winter 40-man roster Thursday afternoon in advance of December’s Rule 5 draft, several difficult decisions await. Perhaps the most borderline call is whether to add right-hander Jason Adam, acquired from the Kansas City Royals in the August trade for Josh Willingham. Adam, 23, was rated No. 9 among all Royals prospects by Baseball America a year ago but his stock has dropped notably after a year in which he struggled to a five-plus earned run average in 21 combined outings (19 starts) at Double-A and posted a 2.18 WHIP (5.40 ERA) in 10 Arizona Fall […] The post...

TwinsCentric: The case for pitcher Brett Anderson

He might be the best FA option for the Twins. Here's why.

Twins narrow pitching coach search, including Willis

Two are finalists to lead pitching staff: Rays’ Neil Allen and ex-Twin Carl Willis.

Twinsights: Bobby Cuellar carries no bitterness after Twins dismissal

This has been quite a November for Bobby Cuellar. On Nov. 4, the Twins’ former bullpen coach finally had his left knee replaced after years of pounding his lead foot into dusty mounds while throwing batting practice at ballparks all over the hemisphere. “I wouldn’t want anybody else to go through this,” said Cuellar, who is looking at the middle of January (at best) before he’ll be back up to speed. A day or so earlier, he received a call from Twins general manager Terry Ryan informing him his services would no longer be needed after 11 years with the […] The post Twinsights:...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 19, 2014
Eddie Guardado to be Twins bullpen coach

Eddie Guardado to be Twins bullpen coach

It will be announced soon that former Twins reliever Eddie Guardado will be named the team's new bullpen coach.

Wednesday (MLB patience and Torii Hunter's return to the Twins?) edition: Wha' Happened?

Aaron Hicks has 538 plate appearances over the past two seasons with the Twins, and in that time he has shown very little in terms of production. In 2013, as a rookie, he hit eight homers, but more than one of every four trips to the plate ended in a strikeout. Last year, he boosted his walks, cut down a little on the strikeouts, but any semblance of power basically vanished as he fluctuated between switch-hitting and going from just the right side. It adds up to a .606 career OPS. He’s a gifted centerfielder, but many Twins fans question whether he will ever be a quality everyday player,...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 19, 2014
Twins interview Frank Viola, head in 'another direction'

Twins interview Frank Viola, head in 'another direction'

The disappointment in Frank Viola's voice was impossible to mistake Wednesday morning.

Twinsights: Frank Viola falls short in bid to become Twins pitching coach

The disappointment in Frank Viola’s voice was impossible to mistake Wednesday morning. “I’m out,” the Twins’ 1987 World Series hero said by phone. “From what I gathered, they’re down to their final two.” Viola, 54, said he spent more than an hour interviewing by phone for the Twins’ pitching coach opening. Twins general manager Terry Ryan and newly installed manager Paul Molitor were on the conference call with him. “I thought it went well, but a phone interview is a phone interview,” Viola said. “It’s not the same as face to face. It would have been nice to do a...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 19, 2014
Twins: Ex-reliever Carl Willis interviewed to be Paul Molitor's pitching coach

Twins: Ex-reliever Carl Willis interviewed to be Paul Molitor's pitching coach

The Twins could soon reach back to their championship past for their next big-league pitching coach.

Twinsights: Carl Willis has interviewed for Twins pitching coach opening

The Twins could soon reach back to their championship past for their next big-league pitching coach. Carl Willis, a key reliever for Tom Kelly’s teams of the early 1990s, told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday he has interviewed for the position held by Rick Anderson over the past 13 seasons. Willis spent the bulk of 11 seasons (2003-13) as pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, working with three Cy Young winners (C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez) in the season of their awards. Willis, 53, has spoken by phone with both Twins general manager Terry Ryan...

TwinsCentric: 40 Man Roster Decisions

A look at the Minnesota Twins players eligible for the Rule 5 draft if not protected on the 40 man roster.

Twins reportedly interested in former Cleveland pitcher Masterson

The 2013 All-Star had a miserable 2014 season.

Masterson is on Twins radar

One of the free agents the Twins have expressed interest in is righthander Justin Masterson, the former Red Sox and Indians pitcher who wound up with St. Louis during the second half of 2014

Twins reportedly are interested in Justin Masterson, so let's dig into the FA pitcher

Free agent movement has been sloooooow for the Twins this offseason, which shouldn’t be surprising since baseball’s hot stove generally takes a while to heat up. Not much even qualifies as “news” yet on the Twins front, but there are rumblings, at least, that free agent pitcherJustin Masterson is on their radar. Several other teams are also intrigued by Masterson, per that tweet from Jerry Crasnick, but it’s worth at least a discussion of what kind of deal would make sense for the Twins … and what type of pitcher they would be getting if they landed him. First off, Masterson fits...

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