5:09 PM EST, Fri December 26, 2014

Twinsights: Doug Mientkiewicz leaning toward return in 2015

Doug Mientkiewicz, one of the top managerial prospects in the game, has yet to decide if he will remain with the Twins organization in 2015. "I'm probably going back," Mientkiewicz said Sunday in a text message to the Pioneer Press. "Just not 100 percent." Twins general manager Terry Ryan agreed Saturday with the idea that Mientkiewicz was "disappointed" at being passed over for Paul Molitor despite interviewing twice for the big-league managerial opening. There was some thought Mientkiewicz might land a coaching position on Molitor's staff, but that didn't happen. Ryan said it was his belief...

Here's one more position for Tovar: A spot in Twins' HOF

The new Twins Hall of Fame ballot arrived last week with 16 names and a limit of five selections. I voted for one: Cesar Tovar
St. Paul Pioneer Press Dec 13, 2014

Minnesota Twins: No payroll 'ceiling,' but it won't go to $150M

With the Twins' projected 2015 Opening Day payroll unofficially at $103.5 million, which would be the second-highest in club history, club owner Jim Pohlad was asked Saturday how much higher it could go.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Dec 13, 2014

Minnesota Twins designate Chris Parmelee for assignment

Former first-round draft pick Chris Parmelee was designated for assignment Saturday by the Twins to make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed right-hander Ervin Santana.

Twins introduce their latest Santana

After a $55 million deal, Ervin Santana becomes the fourth free-agent starting pitcher signed by Minnesota in the past two winters.

Twinsights: Chris Parmelee designated for assignment

Former first-round draft pick Chris Parmelee was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed right-hander Ervin Santana. A first baseman/outfielder, the 26-year-old Parmelee played 16 games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League last month. In 63 at-bats, he hit .270 with a .708 combined on-base/slugging percentage. The Twins’ Opening Day right fielder in 2013, Parmelee has failed to seize a full-time role despite multiple opportunities. He cleared waivers in March and was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester, where he posted a .920 OPS and was back...

Twinsights: Don't look for $150 million payroll, Twins CEO Jim Pohlad says

With the Twins’ projected 2015 Opening Day payroll unofficially at $103.5 million, which would be the second highest in club history, Twins owner Jim Pohlad was asked Saturday how much higher it could go. “I wouldn’t say that there’s a ceiling,” Pohlad said after Ervin Santana’s introductory news conference at Target Field. “I’m just telling you it’s not going to go to $150 million. You just know when this thing becomes unreasonable.” Pohlad wouldn’t confirm the $103.5 million projection, saying the team’s budget is still being finalized, but that would represent a...

Twinsights: Ervin Santana enters smiling as he opens Twins career

As usual, Ervin Santana entered smiling. Before signing a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins, the outgoing right-hander from the Dominican Republic said he received good reports on the organization from three of his best friends in the game: Francisco Liriano, Alexi Casilla and Torii Hunter. “Before I chose this team, Francisco Liriano was playing here,” Santana said Saturday morning at his introductory news conference at Target Field. “I always asked him about this team, and he told me a lot of good things about this team. That’s one of the reasons I chose Minnesota.”...

Twins sign Ervin Santana

Pitcher joins Twins on Saturday as club tries to boost rotation.

SidCast: Signing Ervin Santana is a positive sign for the Twins

The signing of pitcher Ervin Santana is a positive sign that the Twins are serious about competing next season.

TwinsCentric: What to expecdt from Ervin Santana

Will Santana be worth the money spend?

Twinsights: Could Mike Pelfrey thrive in the bullpen?

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins have spent a combined $139 million in guaranteed money on four starting pitchers over the past 12 1/2 months. Three of those pitchers -- Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco -- are virtually guaranteed spots in the 2015 season-opening rotation. As they should be. And then there's Mike Pelfrey. Re-signed last winter for $11 million over two years, Pelfrey pitched horribly for the first month before landing on the disabled list for the rest of the season. First, it was a groin problem that was blamed for his alarming drop in velocity. By the […] The post...

Twinsights: How do the Twins view Ricky Nolasco now?

SAN DIEGO -- Just because the Twins felt the need to go out and make another 30-something right-hander the richest free agent in franchise history, that doesn't mean they've given up on Ricky Nolasco. Quite the contrary. Before agreeing to sign Ervin Santana to a $55 million guarantee -- $6 million richer than what the Twins needed to corral Nolasco a year ago -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan made it clear the team doesn't view Nolasco's remaining $37 million as a sunk cost. "We have hopes that Ricky is going to get it back together," Ryan said at the […] The post Twinsights: How do the...

Twinsights: Ervin Santana-type value has been rare for Twins in recent years

SAN DIEGO -- How much did the Twins need to acquire a proven starter like Ervin Santana? Consider that Santana, who turned 32 Friday, has posted five seasons of 2.9 rWAR (Baseball-reference.com's Wins Above Replacement) or better in his 10-year big-league career. His best year came in 2008 with the Los Angeles Angels, when he was five full wins above replacement. The entire Twins pitching staff (relievers included) has produced a combined five seasons of 2.9 rWAR since the start of 2010. Three of those came in 2010, the last time the Twins reached the postseason: Francisco Liriano (4.4), Carl...

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