Hunter to mentor Twins' young outfielders
via Mlb.com - Twins January 29, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Now that Torii Hunter is back with the Twins as the club's starting right fielder after being away for seven years, he has made it his mission to help mentor Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton this year.

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2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders January 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM
The Twins by position: Third base
via Baseball Outsider January 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

His arm fractureaside, Trevor Plouffehas had a good winter:a $4.8 millioncontract for 2015and a baby on the way.Trevor Plouffe, theoretically, should have the firmest grip of his career on the third base job. He had a fine 2014. His defense was much improved over previous years, and he had the highest OPS+ of his career.But ... here comes Miguel Sano.Sano is not going to come out of spring trainin

AL Central Notes: Garcia, Viciedo, Weeks, Ichiro
via MLB Trade Rumors January 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The White Sox rank at the very top of the list of offseason winners compiled by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. GM Rick Hahn ticked through many of the team’s questions this winter and should have a competitive team to show for it, says Heyman. Of course, despite plenty of praise, there are still some non-believers out there. They can point to this year’s PECOTA projections from Baseball

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2015-01-29 10:37:30
via Twins Digest January 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The White Sox rank at the very top of the list of offseason winners compiled by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. GM Rick Hahn ticked through many of the team’s questions this winter and should have a competitive team to show for it, says Heyman. Of c...

Keith Law's top 100 prospect list 2015: Twins boast six
via Twinkie Town January 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Minnesota boasts six players in Law's top 100. Moving on from yesterday's good news that the Twins were ranked as the second-best farm system in the game is the introduction of Keith Law's top 100 prospects for 2015. Minnesota had six players on MLB's mid-season update in 2014, and the same players all appear in his Law's pre-season ranking. Insider required. You can see his 1-50 list here a

MLB Network to reveal Top 50 prospects for 2015 (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins January 28, 2015 at 11:17 PM

With the hope of a new season also comes renewed excitement about the future of baseball and those who could become the game's next household names. That will be the focus of MLB Network this Friday night when they air a one-hour special revealing MLB.com's Top 50 prospects for the 2015 season. MLB.com’s annual ranking of the best young prospects in baseball will be revealed on Top 50 Prospects

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Strikeouts and Stolen Bases (Rotoworld) January 28, 2015 at 08:05 PM
Keith Law's 2015 minor league team rankings: Twins second
via Twinkie Town January 28, 2015 at 02:05 PM

Minnesota enters 2015 with one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. There aren't a lot of things to like about a string of losing seasons, but having one of the top picks in the MLB draft is a silver lining. The Twins have added Byron Buxton (1, via our own community vote), Kohl Stewart (5), and Nick Gordon (7) as their top pick these last three seasons, but it's more than the draft th

Twinsights: Paul Molitor, Ichiro Suzuki share special bond
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM

As the winter wore on and Ichiro Suzuki continued to seek employment, his agent reached out to the Minnesota Twins on multiple occasions. In particular, veteran agent John Boggs would check in with another client of his, one he's known for more than three decades: Twins manager Paul Molitor. "We kind of had a running thing: 'Paulie! Ichiro! Come on!' " Molitor said during a break over the weekend

Twins announce Spring Training broadcast schedule
via Mlb.com - Twins January 28, 2015 at 12:35 PM

The Twins announced their broadcast schedule for Spring Training on Wednesday, as a dozen games will be televised on Fox Sports North, while 18 games will be carried via radio and also streamed at twinsbaseball.com.

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Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops January 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM
Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Chris Parmelee joins thebattalion of former Twinsin the Baltimore organization,including Delmon Young,J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce.When Chris Parmelee opted for free agency last month rather than accept relegation to Rochester, I suggested Baltimore was a likely landing place. And indeed, the Orioles this week announced that the 2006 first round draft pick had signed a non-roster deal with them.The

Pitching Notes: Shields, Albers, Cotts, Gee
via MLB Trade Rumors January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

In his latest piece on the market for James Shields, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports looks at the most recent significant contracts for starting pitchers of age 33 or older and points out that history is not on Shields’ side. MLBTR took a similar look at Shields in Spring Training of last year, noting that recent history suggested it’d be difficult to find a team willing to guarantee his a

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2015-01-28 09:18:34
via Twins Digest January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

In his latest piece on the market for James Shields, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports looks at the most recent significant contracts for starting pitchers of age 33 or older and points out that history is not on Shields’ side. MLBTR took a similar l...

Other Ways To Make Baseball More Exciting
via Twinkie Town January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

#BaseballIsDying, so let's fix it. By now, you've likely heard about the casual proposal thrown out by new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about banning defensive shifts to help inject some more offense into the game. Seemingly everyone has an opinion over his announcement and they've been overwhelmingly against the idea. Baseball fans (at least the most vocal) recognize that shifts are mainly

Twins Notes: Parmelee, Swarzak, Pelfrey, Boyd, Gladden, and Santana
via Aaron Gleeman January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

• Dave St. Peter and Jacque Jones were great guests at the second annual "Winter Meltdown" event Saturday night, but unfortunately due to technical issues their interviews were not properly recorded for "Gleeman and The Geek" purposes. We'll do our best to recap all the details on the next episode, but for better or worse […]

Twins with options remaining in 2015
via Twinkie Town January 27, 2015 at 06:35 PM

When it comes to making roster decisions for Opening Day, options play a significant role. When it came to the Minnesota Twins and handling players out of options in 2014, things didn't go so well. Heading into spring training a trio of starting pitcher candidates were sans options in Samuel Deduno, Scott Diamond, and Vance Worley. Worley was acquired by the Pirates on March 25 as the spring

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2015-01-27 16:09:01
via Twins Digest January 27, 2015 at 03:23 PM

Most of the meat left on the free agent bone belongs to the pitching segment of the market. Indeed, five of the seven players who I listed this morning as intriguing free agents were right-handed pitchers. Here’s the latest on some arms from arou...

Pitching Notes: Johan, Shields, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors January 27, 2015 at 03:11 PM

Most of the meat left on the free agent bone belongs to the pitching segment of the market. Indeed, five of the seven players who I listed this morning as intriguing free agents were right-handed pitchers. Here’s the latest on some arms from around the league: There was more cloudy news out of Venezuela regarding Johan Santana‘s comeback attempt, as his agent tells Jon Morosi of FOX S