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Molitor close to finalizing roster, rotation

Twins manager Paul Molitor held extensive talks with his staff and the front office about the roster on Wednesday and said he hopes to announce his Opening Day starter and rotation on Thursday. Molitor said he plans to open with 12 pitchers but hasn't determined whether he'll go with four starters to open the year because of off-days or stick with five.
Via Twins.com
33 minutes ago

Minnesota Twins: Taking a look at prospect Felix Jorge

Welcome to the first edition of Puckett’s Pond’s new feature “A Trip to the Farm”. In this space we will take a look at the less talked about prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. Starting things off is a starting pitcher who is ranked 17th in the Twins Top-30 prospects. The Minnesota...
Via Puckett's Pond
4 hours ago

Minnesota Twins Opening Day Countdown: 9, A.J. Pierzynski

The Minnesota Twins are just 9 days away from Opening Day in Baltimore. As we near that day, here is more Twins history related to that number. The Minnesota Twins are preparing for a 2018 season with expectation after making the playoffs in 2017 as a Wild Card team. We will highlight...
Via Puckett's Pond
6 hours ago

Minnesota Twins: Shining a light on LaMonte Wade

The Minnesota Twins have a wealth of outfield depth within their Minor League system. One rising prospect has placed himself on the Twins radar for the 2018 season. LaMonte Wade has opened eyes all Spring for the Minnesota Twins. He has hit .304 in 32 plate appearances during Spring...
Via Puckett's Pond
1 day ago

Twins Shortstop Jorge Polanco Suspended 80 Games for PEDs

Jorge Polanco informed the Twins on Sunday that he would be serving an 80-game suspension due to the presence of Stanozolol in his body. Polanco was informed that he violated Major League Baseball’s drug policy in February and decided over the weekend to drop his appeal. Polanco, 23, insisted he did not knowingly put the performance-enhancing substance in his body, saying he believes...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago

AL Notes: Cobb not returning to the Rays, latest on Santana's injury

Even though right-hander Alex Cobb is still a free agent as the regular season closes in, there won’t be a reunion between him and the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes. Cobb’s not going to end up signing for a price the Rays deem palatable, Topkin suggests, even though he’s amid a highly disappointing trip to free agency after rejecting the team’s $17.4MM qualifying...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How should the Minnesota Twins react to Jorge Polanco’s suspension?

The Minnesota Twins and their fans received bad news late Sunday afternoon that projected starting shortstop Jorge Polanco has received an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol, a steroid becoming more and more common in MLB drug testing violations. The suspension leaves the Twins without a sense of total certainty...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins position review: relief pitchers

This position group may be more interesting than any other in the organization, because there are so many different ways it could go. Twins’ relievers haven’t been as bad as the starters over the past decade, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. The need in the bullpen prompted the front office to sign three relievers to major league deals this offseason, giving the...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins SS Jorge Polanco gets 80-game suspension for PEDs

Major League Baseball has handed Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco an 80-game suspension without pay for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com tweets. Polanco issued a statement in response to the ban (all of which is available here via Bollinger), saying that he “regretfully accepted” the suspension, but he “did not intentionally...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins acquire Jake Cave, designate Kennys Vargas

The Twins have acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press (via Twitter). Righty Luis Gil goes to the Twins in return. In a corresponding move, Minnesota has designated slugger Kennys Vargas for assignment.The 25-year-old Cave just didn’t have a place in the Yankees’ plans with the organization already sporting a variety of quality...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Minnesota Twins offseason

It’s a good thing I didn’t write this column yesterday morning like I was planning. The Minnesota Twins struck a one-year deal with Lance Lynn last night, making him the latest high-profile free agent to settle for a significantly worse contract than was originally thought possible. The 2017-2018 MLB offseason has been one for the ages with top-flight players and teams locked in...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins have no plans to extend Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Minnesota Twins’ lineup over the past two years, but the team still has no plans to keep him beyond the 2018 season.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins are not planning to offer Dozier a contract extension and will instead make a qualifying offer. The report is consistent with what Dozier said in an interview...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins nearing deal with Lance Lynn

The Minnesota Twins are reportedly near a deal for free agent pitcher Lance Lynn.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Lynn is close to a deal with the Twins, a one-year pact worth upwards of $10 million. Lynn had struggled to find a landing spot this offseason, having gone 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 2017. The one team that had been interested him wasn...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Twins closing in on a deal with Lance Lynn

Fresh off a surprising playoff appearance last season, the small-market Minnesota Twins have been surprisingly active this winter.This looks like it’s going to continue with the signing of veteran starting pitcher Lance Lynn, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Lynn, 30, pitched to an 11-8 record with a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. The former...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins, Byron Buxton reportedly have had contract extension talks

The Minnesota Twins know what kind of player they have in Byron Buxton, and they would like to lock him up long term. It sounds like Buxton is interested in that as well.MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden reported on Monday that the Twins and Buxton have had contract extension talks. Buxton is just 24 and under team control through 2021, which sounds like a while. But the former No....
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Morrison an upgrade and insurance policy for Twins

The nightmare that has been free agency for first baseman Logan Morrison seems to have concluded. He’s reportedly agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Minnesota Twins (pending a physical), with an an option for a second year that’ll vest if he accumulates 600-plus plate appearances in 2018.This kind of contract is surely not what Morrison — who is entering his age-30...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Logan Morrison, Twins agree to 1-year deal

Logan Morrison is no longer a free agent. Finally. This past season, Morrison would slug 38 dingers for the Tampa Bay Rays while slashing .246/.353/.516. But only 14 of those dingers would come during the second half of the season. Still, it’s a bat in an offseason where several teams need one. Perhaps he doesn’t replicate 2017, but it’s February 25 and a player with 38 home runs...
Via The Sports Post
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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