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Twinsights: Twins sign journeyman slugger Brock Peterson to minor-league deal
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Chris Colabello was lost on waivers to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this month, but the Twins have indirectly replaced him with another well-traveled minor-league slugger they know well. According to a source with direct knowledge, 31-year-old first baseman Brock Peterson has signed a minor-league deal with the Twins, who originally drafted him out of a Washington high school in the 49th round in

Twinsights: Hand injury sidelines Oswaldo Arcia
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yet another nagging injury has cropped up for Oswaldo Arcia. The Twins' projected starting left fielder hasn't played since Dec. 10 for Caribes in the Venezuelan Winter League. According to local news reports, Arcia is dealing with a tendon issue in his right hand, suffered while grounding out to second in the sixth inning of a 9-8 loss to Aragua. X-rays taken the following day were negative, and

Twinsights: Doug Mientkiewicz leaning toward return in 2015
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 14, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Doug Mientkiewicz, one of the top managerial prospects in the game, has yet to decide if he will remain with the Twins organization in 2015. "I'm probably going back," Mientkiewicz said Sunday in a text message to the Pioneer Press. "Just not 100 percent." Twins general manager Terry Ryan agreed Saturday with the idea that Mientkiewicz was "disappointed" at being passed over for Paul Molitor despi

Twinsights: Chris Parmelee designated for assignment
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 13, 2014 at 01:29 PM

Former first-round draft pick Chris Parmelee was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for newly signed right-hander Ervin Santana. A first baseman/outfielder, the 26-year-old Parmelee played 16 games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League last month. In 63 at-bats, he hit .270 with a .708 combined on-base/slugging percentage. The Twins’ Opening Day right fielder i

Twinsights: Ervin Santana enters smiling as he opens Twins career
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

As usual, Ervin Santana entered smiling. Before signing a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins, the outgoing right-hander from the Dominican Republic said he received good reports on the organization from three of his best friends in the game: Francisco Liriano, Alexi Casilla and Torii Hunter. “Before I chose this team, Francisco Liriano was playing here,” Santana said Saturday morning at hi

Twinsights: Could Mike Pelfrey thrive in the bullpen?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 12, 2014 at 02:35 PM

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins have spent a combined $139 million in guaranteed money on four starting pitchers over the past 12 1/2 months. Three of those pitchers -- Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco -- are virtually guaranteed spots in the 2015 season-opening rotation. As they should be. And then there's Mike Pelfrey. Re-signed last winter for $11 million over two years, Pelfrey pitched horr

Twinsights: How do the Twins view Ricky Nolasco now?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Just because the Twins felt the need to go out and make another 30-something right-hander the richest free agent in franchise history, that doesn't mean they've given up on Ricky Nolasco. Quite the contrary. Before agreeing to sign Ervin Santana to a $55 million guarantee -- $6 million richer than what the Twins needed to corral Nolasco a year ago -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan m

Twinsights: Ervin Santana-type value has been rare for Twins in recent years
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

SAN DIEGO -- How much did the Twins need to acquire a proven starter like Ervin Santana? Consider that Santana, who turned 32 Friday, has posted five seasons of 2.9 rWAR ('s Wins Above Replacement) or better in his 10-year big-league career. His best year came in 2008 with the Los Angeles Angels, when he was five full wins above replacement. The entire Twins pitching staff (r

Source: Twins finalizing four-year deal with Ervin Santana
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 11, 2014 at 01:23 PM

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins were in the final stages Thursday morning of completing a four-year agreement with free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana, a person with direct knowledge said. The deal was "almost" done, the person said. Santana, who turns 32 on Friday, will receive a guarantee of $54 million, according to a report, with a fifth-year vesting option. That’s $5 million more than the

Twinsights: Rule 5 pick J.R. Graham will get a look in Twins bullpen
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 11, 2014 at 01:11 PM

SAN DIEGO --The Twins worked out J.R. Graham at Target Field before the 2011 draft when he was a college closer at Santa Clara. The undersized right-hander hopes to return in 2015, this time as a member of the Twins’ big-league roster. Once ranked as high as No. 2 in the Atlanta Braves’ farm system by Baseball America, Graham was the Twins’ selection Thursday in the major league Rule 5 draft at th

Twinsights: On Ervin Santana and his love of pitching in cold weather
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Ricky Nolasco wasn't exactly enamored with pitching in the April cold around the American League Central, one of several factors that torpedoed his debut season with the Twins. This probably shouldn't have come as a great surprise to the Twins, considering Nolasco, a Southern California product, had spent his entire big-league career to that point with the Florida/Miami Marlins and th

Twinsights: Twins vying with three teams for Ervin Santana
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 10, 2014 at 06:29 PM

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins have made the final four for Ervin Santana. According to a person with direct knowledge, the veteran right-hander has narrowed his list of contenders to a quartet that includes the Twins and reigning World Series-champion San Francisco Giants. While the Twins had yet to make an offer as of Wednesday afternoon, they were in the process of preparing one, the source said. Despi

Twinsights: Paul Molitor talks music, harmonica collection
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 10, 2014 at 04:53 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Twins manager Paul Molitor spent a good portion of Wednesday’s annual managers’ media luncheon talking music. A big fan of Bruce Springsteen, whom he first saw in concert in 1974, Molitor has quite of collection of harmonicas. Springsteen has given him three of his concert-used harmonicas. Each comes with a case, and on the back Springsteen inscribes the date and the song on which it

Twinsights: Eddie Guardado breaks down his recruitment of Torii Hunter
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 10, 2014 at 02:47 PM

SAN DIEGO -- It’s a little surprising the Twins didn’t force Eddie Guardado to stick around this week at the Winter Meetings. After all, he is 1 for 1 in his brief career as a free-agent recruiter after helping to lure Torii Hunter back to the Twins. “I got lucky on that one,” Guardado said this week after making the short drive down from Orange County. “We’re tight, that’s why.” Until this year,

Twinsights: Neil Allen is already missed by Tampa Bay Rays
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 10, 2014 at 01:35 PM

SAN DIEGO -- What kind of pitching coach are the Twins getting in Neil Allen? One who is already missed by his former employer, the Tampa Bay Rays. “It’s a great opportunity for Neil,” Matt Silverman, Rays president and general manager, said at the Winter Meetings. “He couldn’t have done a better job for our organization in helping prepare our pitchers for the big leagues. He’s someone who has a g

Twinsights: Twins have yet to push for reunion with Pat Neshek
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 09, 2014 at 07:53 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Pat Neshek's return to the Twin Cities as a first-time all-star was one of the best stories of the Midsummer Classic in July, but the Twins have yet to engage the free agent's representative in talks about a potential reunion. "It's certainly a natural fit, but we haven't had any substantive discussions at all," Barry Meister, Neshek's agent, said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. "I kn

Twinsights: White Sox splurge while Twins continue to explore
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 09, 2014 at 06:11 PM

SAN DIEGO -- The Chicago White Sox have averaged 94 losses the past two seasons, finishing a combined 47 games out of first place in the American League Central. Their last postseason trip came in 2008, and since that time all four of their close competitors have reached the playoffs. That includes the Twins, who also have averaged 94 losses the past two seasons while finishing the same 47 combine

Twinsights: With Liriano off the board, compensation-based options are dwindling
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 09, 2014 at 01:59 PM

SAN DIEGO -- And then there were four. Francisco Liriano's reported deal to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates (three years, $39 million) lowered the number of remaining qualifying-offer free agents on Tuesday morning as the Winter Meetings started to kick into overdrive. The Twins reportedly had interest in a reunion with Liriano, who has found himself in Pittsburgh the past two years under the tut

Twinsights: Twins hopeful Tom Kelly will be healthy enough for spring training
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 08, 2014 at 11:59 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Legendary former Twins manager Tom Kelly is feeling better after suffering a mild stroke in late September. " I saw him down at Target Field probably within the last couple of weeks and he's doing well," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday at the Winter Meetings. "It's a reminder that he's been through something that he has to be mindful of and how he's caring for himself, but over

Twinsights: Terry Ryan has no interest in leaving Twins
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 08, 2014 at 10:11 PM

SAN DIEGO -- Two organizations have blocked their general managers from interviewing for the Toronto Blue Jays’ potential president/CEO opening, but the Twins won’t have to worry about that with Terry Ryan. Ryan, who turned down a chance to be the Blue Jays GM 13 years ago, essentially removed his name from consideration Monday in the wake of a Pioneer Press report that his name was prominent on a