7:30 PM EST, Sat January 31, 2015

Don't rule out seeing Buxton, Sano with Twins in '15

The highly touted rookies may start out in Class AA and could be up this year.By La VELLE E. NEAL III  lneal@startribune.com

Twinsights: Joe Mauer is "in a good place," Paul Molitor says

A couple of St. Paul guys had a chance to share a meal earlier this week. They had been meaning to get together all winter, so when it finally happened, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer had a lot to discuss. “We talked about a lot of things, to be honest with you,” Molitor, the new Twins manager, said Friday of his franchise first baseman. “It was good to see Joe in a good place. I think he feels really good about the work he’s done this winter.” That includes workouts with a longtime personal trainer that Molitor says Mauer “has […] The post Twinsights: Joe Mauer is "in a good...

Any more Twins Hall of Famers left to elect?

20 players are already in, but Class of 2015 is empty, after voters fail to reach 60 percent agreement on any candidate

Twinsights: Twins Hall of Fame voting fails to produce new inductee

For a second straight year, the Twins won’t be inducting anyone into their franchise hall of fame. The top three finishers in balloting among former players were Dan Gladden, Cesar Tovar and Jim “Mudcat” Grant, but none of them reached the required 75 percent for election. In addition, former radio voice John Gordon and former club officials Andy MacPhail and Jerry Bell fell short of election. There was no induction ceremony last year after former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch was arrested on a domestic abuse charge in the wake of his election. In every other year since the Twins Hall...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan 23, 2015

Twins GM Terry Ryan: 'We need to fix and help' Ricky Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco was a late arrival on the first day of TwinsFest, where he had been scheduled to sign autographs for an hour, starting at 6:45 p.m.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan 23, 2015

Brian Duensing is Twins' last remaining arbitration possibility

The Twins avoided arbitration with reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer on Friday, announcing a salary agreement of $1.55 million for 2015.

Twinsights: Terry Ryan says Ricky Nolasco has "a lot to prove"

Ricky Nolasco was a late arrival on the first day of TwinsFest, where he had been scheduled to sign autographs for an hour, starting at 6:45 p.m. “Flight complications,” was the official explanation from the Twins, who said they expected the veteran right-hander to arrive later Friday evening. He was later rescheduled for a photo booth on the club level at 8:35 p.m. Before boarding his flight, Nolasco shared some thoughts on his Twitter account (@RNolasco47): “Minneapolis here I come! Hate to leave beautiful sunny warm LA! #fanfest #freezing #ughhh #smh” Some Twins fans on Twitter...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan 23, 2015
Twins: Trevor Plouffe not planning on relinquishing third base job

Twins: Trevor Plouffe not planning on relinquishing third base job

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is uninterested in being a placeholder for slugging prospect Miguel Sano and a perennial cellar dweller in the ultra-competitive American League Central Division.

Twinsights: Twins settle with Jordan Schafer, still working on Brian Duensing

The Twins avoided arbitration with reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer on Friday, announcing a salary agreement at $1.55 million for 2015. That figure represents the midpoint between Schafer's request ($1.7 million) and the Twins' offer ($1.3 million) with arbitration hearings scheduled to begin on Feb. 2. Schafer, 28, hit .285 with a .345 on-base percentage in 147 plate appearances for the Twins last season after being claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves in early August. Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing is the final arbitration-eligible Twin that remains unsigned. Duensing has...

Twins, Schafer agree to $1.55 millon deal

The Twins have just one unsigned arbitration case in lefthander Brian Duensing

Twinsights: Season-ticket base continues to plunge for Twins

For the fourth straight year, the Twins are projecting a significant drop in their season-ticket base. Twins president Dave St. Peter said Friday that figure could settle in between 13,000 and 14,000 in terms of full-season equivalents. That's down as much as 23.5 percent from last season and, at its low end, represents a decline of almost 50 percent from the 25,000 FSEs the Twins sold in 2010-11, their first two seasons at Target Field. Not even a manager change could stop that trend line in the short term. Only a return to sustained winning can make that happen. "Look, […] The post...

Twinsights: Torii Hunter tells a great Paul Molitor story

Torii Hunter wasn't eligible to win any Diamond Awards this year from the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but the sage right fielder still managed to steal the show on Thursday night. Called onstage at Target Field along with Ervin Santana for a discussion late in the program, Hunter was asked by Twins TV play-by-play man (and program emcee) Dick Bremer if he was still a fan of Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor. "It depends," Hunter said with a wry grin. "Mollie and I, we’ve stayed in contact the last seven years that I went […] The post Twinsights:...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan 22, 2015

Minnesota Twins: Leadership award a highlight for Kurt Suzuki

Claiming the Bob Allison Award for Outstanding Leadership in his first season with the Twins is one of the personal highlights of Kurt Suzuki's career, right up there with his lone all-star selection last summer.

Twinsights: Class A pitcher Hudson Boyd draws 50-game suspension

Twins minor-league right-hander Hudson Boyd, a former supplemental first-round pick in 2011, has been suspended for the first 50 games of 2015 after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Boyd, 22, also missed time last season at Class A Cedar Rapids for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Drafted 55th overall out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., Boyd received a $1 million signing bonus that was nearly $350,000 above the recommended slot figure ($653,400). Boyd has a career mark of 10-14 with a 4.27 earned run average in 86 games (29 starts). Moved […] The post...

Twinsights: Twins granted fourth option year on Oswaldo Arcia

Late last March the Twins ran into some issues when they tried to outright a trio of players that were out of options. Alex Presley was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros, but Chris Parmelee and Scott Diamond remained in the organization. This year there should be no such difficulties as virtually every borderline player in terms of making the 25-man roster has at least one minor-league option remaining. Outfielder Jordan Schafer and utility man Eduardo Nunez are out of options, meaning they can’t be sent back to the minors without first clearing waivers. Both were eligible for...

Twins Player News

  • Brian Duensing

    Brian Duensing

    Twins' Brian Duensing agrees to $2.7 million contract; Twins payroll over $100 million

  • Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe

    Twins: Trevor Plouffe not planning on relinquishing third base job

  • Torii Hunter

    Torii Hunter

    Tom Kelly hoping to be cleared this week to attend Twins spring training

  • Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer

    Mauer feels good, so Molitor does, too

  • Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco

    Twins GM Terry Ryan: 'We need to fix and help' Ricky Nolasco

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