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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 16, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT

    Night court

    I only watched a little baseball last night. Watched a lot of “Night Court” though.

  2. 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…

  3. Twins make Kyle Gibson their fifth starter

    Mar 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have given the final spot in their starting rotation to pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. Gibson, 26, has been listed as one of baseball’s top-100 prospects going into the 2010, 2011, and 2013 seasons by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The rotation…

  4. Twins reportedly offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal

    Mar 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Twins have offered free agent starter Ervin Santana a three-year deal. The right-hander has been mulling one-year deals from the Blue Jays and Orioles and has stated that he prefers a one-year deal, which doesn’t bode well for the Twins’ chances of signing him. In the…

  5. Twins monitoring free agent left-hander Joe Saunders

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders AP

    Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins are monitoring the situation of free agent left-hander Joe Saunders and could be interested in signing him if he is willing to take “a minimal deal.” Saunders made $6.5 million with the Mariners last season, but he struggled to find much interest over the winter after putting…

  6. Quote of the Day: Phil Hughes is adjusting to leaving New York behind

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes Getty

    This quote is actually from Thursday night, but it’s too good to ignore. Phil Hughes, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Twins in December, was in town for the team’s annual awards banquet at Target Field and was asked for his thoughts on leaving New York behind. Per Pat Borzi of Sports…

  7. Twins, Red Sox interested in Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Twins and Red Sox have shown interest in 27-year-old Korean free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, and suggests the Giants would be a good fit for the right-hander as well. The Twins’ interest in Yoon, represented by Scott Boras, is interesting given that they have already spent a lot of money…

  8. Johan Santana reuniting with the Twins? Still possible

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s been nine days since Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Johan Santana was close to signing a minor-league deal and that hasn’t happened yet, but now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Twins “remain a real possibility” to sign Santana. According to Martino at least a dozen…

  9. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  10. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  11. No, the Yankees didn’t ruin Joba Chamberlain

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    joba chamberlain getty

    I think the Yankees jerked Joba Chamberlain around a lot early in his career. They meant well. They thought they had a special talent and they wanted to save his arm and as such they used him as a reliever and then babied him as a starter and when that wasn’t working they used him…

  12. Twins “remain strongly interested” in Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    bronson arroyo getty

    Even after signing free agents Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year contracts and re-upping with Mike Pelfrey, the Twins are still trying to make improvements to a starting rotation that ranked last in the majors in 2013 with a hideous 5.26 ERA. The Astros finished second-worst with an ERA of 4.81. This comes from…

  13. Twins re-sign Mike Pelfrey to two-year, $11 million deal

    Dec 14, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    mike pelfrey getty

    Mike Pelfrey posted an ugly 5.19 ERA (78 ERA+) in 152 2/3 innings this past season for the Twins and owns a 4.48 career ERA (90 career ERA+) in 1,049 major league frames. But the Minnesota front office apparently feels he has some untapped potential. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins have…

  14. Jason Hammel is looking for three or four years

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    jason hammel getty

    ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is looking for a three- or four-year deal in free agency. This is an excellent market for starting pitching, with Phil Hughes and Scott Feldman both recently receiving three-year deals, but it’s not that good. While Hammel was one of the Orioles’ best starters in…

  15. Twins “making a push” for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Minnesota has been linked to Bronson Arroyo all offseason and today the free agent right-hander told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that the Twins, Phillies, and Angels were among the teams he’s had talks with. And now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “making a push” for Arroyo with “talks gaining momentum.” Arroyo…

  16. Scott Kazmir signs two-year, $22 million contract with A’s

    Dec 2, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com says it’s a two-year, $22 million deal, which is a sneaky/interesting move for the A’s in a market where Ricky Nolasco just got $49 million for four years and guys like Phil Hughes and Jason Vargas got $8 million per season for three and four years. ========== Recent reports suggested…

  17. Twins making progress with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    pierzynski getty

    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…

  18. Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday. Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA…

  19. Report: Free agent Phil Hughes seeking more than two years

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting via Twitter that a source close to Phil Hughes laughs at the notion that the Yankee would take a two-year deal. The Twins were reportedly interested in Hughes but Wolfson says he doesn’t see Hughes taking the team’s two-year offer if they do offer. Hughes was once a top…

  20. The Twins haven’t given up on Bronson Arroyo yet

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    bronson arroyo getty

    This blog is quickly becoming “TwinsStartingPitcherTalk,” isn’t it? Oh well, nothing else going on. MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Twins’ signing of Ricky Nolasco does not end their pursuit of free agent starter Bronson Arroyo. Which flows nicely with the idea of them chasing Phil Hughes too. They need two pitchers, it…

  21. Twins expected to make a run at Phil Hughes

    Nov 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    The Twins have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $49 million contract with Ricky Nolasco, but they aren’t done attempting to upgrade their starting rotation. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Twins are now likely to turn their attention to free agent right-hander Phil Hughes. George A. King III of the New York Post hears that…

  22. Marlins showing interest in Phil Hughes

    Nov 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty

    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the scoop: The Marlins often like to pursue players who had one bad year after a good one, hoping to get them at a reasonable price. So it’s not surprising they called about Yankees free agent right-hander Phil Hughes, who went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013…

  23. Mets suffering from “sticker shock” on free agents

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Ushering in a “new day” for the Mets is a bit more difficult than GM Sandy Alderson anticipated. Per Mike Puma of the New York Post on Twitter, the Mets are dealing with “sticker shock” in the current free agent market. Puma writes that the Mets were hoping to pursue free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta…

  24. Great Moments in the Hot Stove League: When the Yankees passed on Miguel Cabrera

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Two

    I saw this floating around Twitter over the past several days It’s loads of fun. From the New York Daily News in November 2007, talking about the Yankees and Marlins and a trade for Miguel Cabrera that never happened: Brian Cashman met with the Marlins at about 6 p.m. last night at the GM meetings.…

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