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  1. Hey, Rube: Phillies pay dearly for Amaro’s misguided loyalty

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies are paying the bills for their dynastic run, thanks in large part to Ruben Amaro’s mismanagement.

  2. Ricky Nolasco placed on disabled list after revealing elbow injury to Twins

    Jul 8, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco Getty

    Four months and 18 horrible starts into a four-year, $49 million contract Ricky Nolasco revealed to the Twins that he’s been pitching through elbow pain since spring training.

  3. Ricky Nolasco to undergo MRI for sore elbow

    Jul 7, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco Getty

    Ricky Nolasco has been a bust after joining the Twins on a big-money contract over the winter and it turns out that he’s been pitching through an injured elbow.

  4. VIDEO: Edwin Encarnacion hits his 20th home run

    Jun 9, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion Getty

    Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion reached 20 home runs with a three-run shot off Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco tonight.

  5. Nationals wanted to sign Doug Fister to a contract extension

    May 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    Doug Fister still hasn’t pitched for the Nationals, but he did turn down a long-term contract extension.

  6. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 3, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    A quick rundown of a busy Friday around MLB, including an impressive outing from new Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

  7. Paul Konerko is sitting out Opening Day after 15 years in the White Sox’s lineup

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko Getty

    When Paul Konerko decided against retiring and re-signed with the White Sox both sides agreed that he’d be returning in a diminished role, but now that’s a reality: Konerko will not be in the Opening Day lineup today for the first time since 1998. Konerko is slated to play mostly versus left-handed pitchers and Twins…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Once the Orioles surrendered their first- and second-round draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz there was speculation that they might decide to punt a third-round pick too in order to sign Ervin Santana. It hasn’t happened yet, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “maintain interest” in Santana…

  12. James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won’t negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can’t be worked out before then. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the two sides have yet to engage in any talks, so an extension seems unlikely.…

  13. 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…

  14. Congrats to the Marlins for being able to grow beards

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Huge news from Marlins camp, where manager Mike Redmond announced that players are now allowed to grow beards as long as they keep them nice and neat: This year, we’re going to let them have beards, but they have to keep it trimmed up. And the hair, too. We just don’t want it to be…

  15. Report: Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez agree to a four-year, $50 million deal

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez Getty

    UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles and Jimenez agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal. 6:53 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Jimenez have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. 6:23 p.m. ET: After sitting on the sidelines for most of the offseason, the Orioles…

  16. Paul Maholm willing to pitch out of the bullpen if necessary

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Dodgers made a depth signing when they agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal Saturday evening. With Dan Haren suffering from back and shoulder issues over the past two seasons, and with Josh Beckett working his way back from shoulder surgery last July, the Dodgers needed a fallback option in the event either or…

  17. Brewers sign Matt Garza to four-year, $52 million deal

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Now that Masahiro Tanaka is off the market the other starting pitching dominoes can begin falling and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Matt Garza. That’s quite a bit less than most projections pegged Garza for at the beginning of the offseason and…

  18. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. Twins “remain strongly interested” in Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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