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  1. 2014 Preview: Minnesota Twins

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Rick Anderson, Ron Gardenhire

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Did the Twins improve their starting rotation enough? Prior to this offseason the most…

  2. Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Yan Gomes

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman…

  3. Joe Mauer handles first day at first base with relative ease

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Over the off-season, the Twins announced they were moving Joe Mauer from behind the plate to first base, a decision meant to alleviate the day-to-day physical stress their $184 million man had gone through, particularly recently. Mauer suffered a concussion last season from a foul tip and has also had back problems from time to…

  4. Astros hanging on to Jason Castro for now

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Back in January, the Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million. Prior to the agreement, there was some speculation that the Astros would sign him to a multi-year extension, buying out all three of his arbitration years and likely at least one year of free agency. If…

  5. Joe Mauer takes live BP for first time in six months

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story: Before he stepped into the box against Vance Worley and Logan Darnell on Saturday, Joe Mauer hadn’t faced professional pitching in just over six months. Let that sink in for a moment. Mauer didn’t do much swinging on this day, but afterwards he sounded…

  6. Twins prospect Miguel Sano has high expectations for himself in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    MLB.com recently released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Twins, as expected, had two of the very best with outfielder Byron Buxton at #1 and third baseman Miguel Sano at #4, sandwiched between Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. The expectations are already high for Sano going into…

  7. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  8. Twins making progress with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III…

  9. Report: the Twins are close to a “major free agent signing”

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    Twins logo

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors is hearing some buzz: Heard from a rival team the Twins are close to a major free agent signing. Name is unknown at this time. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) November 27, 2013   It’d be somewhat surprising to see the Twins sign a “major” free agent, as they have not…

  10. Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed…

  11. Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year, $85 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and McCann have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. McCann will get five years and $85 million with a vesting option for a sixth year which could bring the total to $100 million. His $17 million AAV (average annual value) is the highest-ever for…

  12. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  13. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  14. Giants GM Brian Sabean says Buster Posey won’t move to first base

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Days after the Twins announced they are moving catcher Joe Mauer over to first base full-time, Giants GM Brian Sabean shot down speculation that the team would do the same with catcher Buster Posey, per MLB.com’s Chris Haft. “When we signed him to an extension, we considered him as a catcher, and those numbers he…

  15. Twins move Joe Mauer from catcher to first base following concussion

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    For the past two months the Twins have repeatedly insisted that they plan to have Joe Mauer remain at catcher next season despite sitting out the final 40 games following a concussion, but today the team announced that Mauer is moving to first base. Mauer spent 10 seasons at catcher, hitting .323 with an .873…

  16. Silver Slugger Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m. ET) in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients here as they…

  17. Under Pressure: for World Series umpires failure is seized upon, success is ignored

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    BOSTON — An early morning direct flight from St. Louis to Boston the day after Game 5 of the World Series is bound to be full of folks with baseball connections. The lineup for this Southwest Airlines flight is certainly no exception. As I take my place in line to board I notice at least…

  18. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  19. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  20. The time David Ortiz hit a homer with a broken wrist

    Oct 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    david ortiz twins

    David Ortiz‘s postseason heroics with the Red Sox are a huge part of how his exceptional career will be remembered, but Big Papi was hitting dramatic homers before he was Big Papi. I stumbled across this Associated Press article from 2001, when Ortiz was a 25-year-old in his second full season with the Twins: Minnesota…

  21. Overmatched Miguel Cabrera sees record on-base streak end

    Oct 15, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Junichi Tazawa

    Miguel Cabrera‘s record streak of having reached base in 31 straight postseason games was snapped Tuesday when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. Obviously, there’s no shame in that. Even Cabrera mixes in an 0-for every once in a while. But the fashion in which it happened…

  22. Tweet of the Day: Got a brain injury? #playyousissies

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Given how many careers have been derailed by concussions and all we’ve begun to find out about the ugly long-term impact of brain injuries on former athletes it seems unfathomable to me that a prominent veteran mainstream media member would still be ripping players for not playing through a concussion. And yet here’s this from…

  23. Jarrod Saltalamacchia collects rare 40-double season for catcher

    Sep 27, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia originally thought he hit his 15th homer in the third inning Friday against the Orioles. When the call was correctly overturned and ruled a double instead, he accomplished a much more interesting feat. Saltalamacchia became just the 15th catcher (13th different) to put together a 40-double season since 1901. The other active catchers…

  24. Joe Mauer shut down for the year a month after concussion

    Sep 23, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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    After more than a month of continued symptoms and multiple setbacks the Twins have shut down Joe Mauer for the season due to the concussion he suffered on August 19. General manager Terry Ryan told reporters today that Mauer has been making progress recently and the shut down wasn’t caused by a setback, but with…

  25. Joe Mauer had a good day of workouts at Target Field

    Sep 22, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    joe mauer twins getty

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer hasn’t played in over a month due to a concussion and might not return for the final week of the regular season, but there is positive news to report on his overall well-being. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer had a “good day of…

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