Found November 19, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday acquiredleft-handed pitcher Kris Johnson from Pittsburgh. In exchange, the Twins sentpitcher Duke Welker -- originally acquired by the Pirates in October -- back toPittsburgh.The 29-year-old Johnson made his major league debut lastyear with the Pirates and appeared in four games, including one start. He was0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in 10 innings. Johnson had better success in the minorsin 2013, going 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 26 games with Triple-A Indianapolis.Welker, 27, was a part of the trade that sent Justin Morneauto Pittsburgh in exchange for Alex Presley and a player to be named later.Welker officially became the last part of the deal on Oct. 5. Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter

Twins add four players to 40-man roster

The Twins have added first baseman Kennys Vargas, infielder Jorge Polanco, outfielder Max Kepler and lefthander Logan Darnell to their 40-man roster, which had to be submitted to the league today. They also outrighted righthander B.J. Hermsen off the 40-man, giving the Twins 39 players on the roster. This gives them flexibility to add a player through a trade, free agency or the...

Twins to bring Jason Bartlett to spring training

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with former starting shortstop Jason Bartlett on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The Twins announced the deal on Wednesday among several other minor moves. Bartlett is one of 11 non-roster players who'll be in camp. The 34-year-old did not appear in the majors last season, but he was a regular for...

Blockbuster Alert: Johnson!

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a deal that includes a pitcher named Johnson.  Kris Johnson. Johnson will be sent to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a favorite of mine, Duke Welker. Needless to say I’m pretty pumped about this, admittedly, minor deal. I like Johnson too, but he’s a bit old, and the Pirates…

Twins add four players to 40-man roster, protecting them from Rule 5 Draft

MINNEAPOLIS -- Upon the deadline to protect players fromMajor League Baseballs Rule 5 Draft, the Minnesota Twins added four players totheir 40-man roster on Wednesday.Outfielder Max Kepler, infielders Jorge Polanco and KennysVargas and left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell were all placed on the Twins40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. Additionally, Minnesotaoutrighted...

MLB-WWE War Brewing Over The Bella Twins?, Cena, SD

– The Minnesota Twins are opposing WWE’s registration of the trademark on “Bella Twins.” No specific reason is given in the filing. The team has requested an extension and have until February 12th to file their official opposition. – The January 7th SmackDown in Philadelphia begins its pre-sale tomorrow at 10 AM. The password is SMACKDOWN. – John Cena will appear on ESPN2′s...

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a reliever, after putting up some impressive numbers in Triple...

Sawchik: Pirates 'finalists' for Josh Johnson

2013 is Neal Huntington's seventh offseason at the helm of the Pirates (!!! I know) and at this point, it's relatively easy to look at a free agent list at the beginning of the off-season and guess who he'll be interested in. Josh Johnson is 6'7", he's capable of throwing hard, he strikes out a ton of hitters, and he's coming off of a mediocre year in...

News and notes: Welker, Johnson, Spring Training

Some news and notes as we continue to head in to the hot stove season… The Bucs have been identified as one of the finalists to land free agent pitcher Josh Johnson. The righty is coming off a very poor season, which also included some injury problems. He’s capable of being a front-line starter, though, and is a strong bounce-back candidate for several valid reasons…and the...

Links of the Day 11/30/13

Good morning! I hope you haven’t started without me. Apparently, falling an entire deck at a stadium can have some negative consequences. The Twins made a fairly insignificant trade yesterday. Sure, this sounds nice and all, but I usually prefer eating alone. But no, really, it probably was a nice thing they did. SCOREBOARD NHL Montreal 6, Minnesota 2 – Even when they were bad...
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