RICKY NOLASCO NEWS

Santana improves Twins' starting rotation, gives team options

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the last two winters, the Minnesota Twins have doled out the two largest free agent contracts in franchise history. Both of those lucrative deals went to starting pitchers: Ricky Nolasco last offseason, and Ervin Santana this past weekend. That's a total of $103 million spent on two starters in the span of a year. The Twins' message the past two winters has been...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Some immediate reactions to the Ervin Santana deal

The Twin nearly made it through the Winter Meetings without doing a gosh darn thing, but darn it all, they couldn’t help themselves. Just today, they moved some minor league pitchers around via the Rule 5 draft, and then, well… this happened: Source: E. Santana deal with #Twins is actually four years, $55M. Includes $14M vesting option for fifth year or $1M buyout. Max out...
Via The Rhino and Compass
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Twins agree with SP Ervin Santana on four-year contract

For the second consecutive winter, the Minnesota Twins are spending big money on a free-agent starting pitcher. The Twins on Thursday agreed to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports reports that Santana's deal includes a vesting option for a fifth year, based on innings pitched. Santana, who turns 32 on Friday...
Via Fox Sports North
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The great swap meet of MLB bad contracts

There are a lot of bad contracts in MLB right now. OK, there are ALWAYS a lot of bad contracts, but it seems like there is an inordinate amount this offseason. All these teams will talk about trying to find a way to dump their bad contracts, but nobody ever really seems to follow through on that. With Thanksgiving on the way, we here at The Outside Corner have decided to give ALL...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The great swap meet of MLB bad contracts

There are a lot of bad contracts in MLB right now. OK, there are ALWAYS a lot of bad contracts, but it seems like there is an inordinate amount this offseason. All these teams will talk about trying to find a way to dump their bad contracts, but nobody ever really seems to follow through on that. With Thanksgiving on the way, we here at The Outside Corner have decided to give ALL...
Via Bloguin Best
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching expected to be focus for Twins in free agency

MINNEAPOLIS -- One winter ago, Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad opened up his checkbook as the team signed several free-agent pitchers. The Twins spent $49 million to ink right-hander Ricky Nolasco to a four-year deal in what was the richest free-agent contract in team history. Minnesota also locked in right-hander Phil Hughes on a three-year, $24 million deal as the Twins attempted...
Via Fox Sports North
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A not Optimistic Twins Discussion

Hello all.  You know what's weird?  We are sitting here, the day before the World Series starts at the end of a season where the Twins fired their manager and I haven't written one word about it.  I still love baseball.  I've still watched almost every playoff game possible.  I have a strong rooting interest in the Royals over the boring and overused Giants.  I still care about...
Via Down with Goldy
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014

On Monday we began our look back at our preseason projections, posting our 10 Worst Hitter Projections of 2014, and some of them were pretty ugly. On Tuesday we got to look at things we actually got right with our 10 Best Hitter Projections of 2014 before taking another trip to Oops-ville today when we look at our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014, and then we’ll wrap things...
Via Baseball Professor
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Rumors: Minnesota to address rotation

2014 was yet another miserable season -- pitching wise --  for the Minnesota Twins. Heading into 2014, the Twin's plan was to have a rotation anchored by veterans. Phil Hughes produced a quality season, but other starters like Kevin Correia, Ricky Nolasco, and Kyle Gibson all struggled. The Twin Cities could be a potential landing spot for one of the free agent market's top pitchers...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' Nolasco after loss: 'It's been a terrible year'

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a mostly disappointing first year with the Twins, the hope was that Ricky Nolasco would finish the 2014 season on a high note. After two strong outings before Monday's start, that appeared to be the trend. But Nolasco was hit hard in the series opener against the Diamondbacks, allowing five runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings as Arizona took the first game...
Via Fox Sports North
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks-Twins Preview

Barring something unforeseen, the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks will finish at the bottom of their respective divisions. The Diamondbacks also have a chance at finishing with a pair of ugly skids. With a resurgent Ricky Nolasco on the mound, Minnesota will try to send Arizona to its season high-tying seventh loss in a row and 11th straight away from home in Monday's opener...
Via AP on Fox
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Minnesota Twins

The Twins are probably going to end 2014 with their best record since 2010, but given that they’re coming off three-straight 96-loss seasons, that’s not exactly a consolation. This once proud franchise has fallen onto rough times, and their 2014 season could be their most disappointing year considering the additions the club made in the offseason. Preseason Prediction: The...
Via The Outside Corner
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians doubleheader tomorrow on SportsTime Ohio

Indians Live pregame show begins at 11:30am The Cleveland Indians game tonight against the Minnestoa Twins was postponed due to inclement weather and is rescheduled as the second half of a traditional doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at 12:00pm. SportsTime Ohio will carry both games, beginning with Indians Live pregame show at 11:30am. Pitching matchups: Corey Kluber vs. Kyle Gibson...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan from 3 years ago was prescient, dimwitted.

Do you have TimeHop? It’s great, it pulls up old tweets and Facebook statuses from your personal history  In my case, this means the auto-tweeted links to old posts, like, say, this one. Let’s explore some of the things that Young Ryan had to say, shall we? “I propose involves the Florida Marlins and the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco. There are two years left on Nolasco...
Via The Rhino and Compass
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot-hitting Twins limited by dismal starting pitching

The Twins' 12-8 loss Sunday to Baltimore was a microcosm of how Minnesota's month of August went: plenty of offense, not nearly enough pitching. On a day when the Twins scored eight runs and finished with 15 hits, it should have been enough for the pitching staff to earn the win, or at least hang in the game. But right-hander Ricky Nolasco served up eight runs in five-plus innings...
Via Fox Sports North
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals need to take advantage of final series with last-place Minny

Having lost back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month, the Kansas City Royals will try to keep that skid brief by continuing their success against the Minnesota Twins. In Tuesday night's series opener, the AL Central leaders will also get to face Ricky Nolasco, who was lackluster against Kansas City in his return from the disabled list less than two weeks ago. The Royals...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals need to take advantage of final series with last-place Minny

Having lost back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month, the Kansas City Royals will try to keep that skid brief by continuing their success against the Minnesota Twins. In Tuesday night's series opener, the AL Central leaders will also get to face Ricky Nolasco, who was lackluster against Kansas City in his return from the disabled list less than two weeks ago. The Royals...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins-Royals Preview

Having lost back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month, the Kansas City Royals will try to keep that skid brief by continuing their success against the Minnesota Twins. In Tuesday night's series opener, the AL Central leaders will also get to face Ricky Nolasco, who was lackluster against Kansas City in his return from the disabled list less than two weeks ago. The Royals...
Via AP on Fox
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Deal for Matt Garza Looking Good for Brewers

The contracts given to Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco and Matt Garza by the Orioles, Twins and Brewers, respectively, were remarkably similar. Each called for at least four years and roughly $12.5 million per year, then the going rate for what the offseason market deemed to be middle-tier but still highly valuable starters. The deal between Jimenez and the Orioles looks to be a straight...
Via Brewers Bar
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Pitching Staff Shines in Six-Hit Shutout; Indians 5, Twins 0

Coming off their comeback win against the Twins Tuesday night, during a time when every game counts more than the last, the Indians sought to make it to two in a row as T.J. House took the mound against Ricky Nolasco. House and the rest of the Indians pitching staff combined to throw a six-hit shutout as the Tribe defeated the Twins, 5-0. The Twins attempted to strike early with...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gomes goes for more against Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco's return to the mound last week didn't give the Minnesota Twins any more confidence in what he can do. The same can be said about his first two outings against the Cleveland Indians as he served up homers to Yan Gomes in both. Gomes was the hitting star in the opener of this three-game set and will try to add to Nolasco's misery Wednesday night at Target Field. Nolasco...
Via AP on Fox
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gomes goes for more against Nolasco

Ricky Nolasco's return to the mound last week didn't give the Minnesota Twins any more confidence in what he can do. The same can be said about his first two outings against the Cleveland Indians as he served up homers to Yan Gomes in both. Gomes was the hitting star in the opener of this three-game set and will try to add to Nolasco's misery Wednesday night at Target Field. Nolasco...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

What will the Twins rotation look like next season?

The Twins, at 11 games out of first place, are at a point where they can safely begin thinking of next year. I do believe that it’s important to continue to show strides this year. As many complaints as they have had, they haven’t hit their late season swoon yet, and they have a very good chance at 70 wins this season. It would show the players on the roster that there is hope...
Via The Rhino and Compass
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolasco's return spoiled by 'one bad inning'

MINNEAPOLIS -- At first, it seemed more than a month of recuperation had done Ricky Nolasco some good. Then a familiar face displayed a sliver of his 2012 self. Former Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, back at Target Field for the first time since being traded Monday to Kansas City, provided the game-turning swing in a 6-5 Royals victory that nudged the American League Central Division...
Via Fox Sports North
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolasco activated by Twins, starts vs Royals

MINNAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have activated Ricky Nolasco from the disabled list and put him right back into the rotation. Nolasco was starting Friday night against Kansas City. The right-hander started two games and allowed three runs in 9 1-3 innings during a rehabilitation stint at Class A Cedar Rapids. Nolasco signed a four-year, $49 million free agent contract with the...
Via AP on Fox
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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