ESPN's Keith Law reports the Twins have hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported minutes earlier that an agreement was close. Falvey joined the Indians soon after graduating from Trinity College in 2005 and rose to the position of assistant general manager last October at age 32. He'll bring a youthful, analytics-based flavor to a Minnesota front office that had employed many of the same "old school" baseball men for years. Longtime general manager Terry Ryan was let go in July, in the midst of what has become a 100-loss season. Falvey will likely be allowed to hire his own GM now, though these front-office structures are certainly not uniform.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey is the "distinct favorite" to become the new president of the Twins.
Passan says it "could happen soon." Falvey has been with the Indians for eight years and rose to the position of assistant general manager last October at the age of 32. He fits the new-age analytics type of mold that the Twins are trying to pivot to after "old school" general manager Terry Ryan flamed out and left the organization in disarray. Falvey would be taking over the top spot in the Minnesota front office and would likely be allowed to name a hand-picked GM from there.
Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.
Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week.
Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year.
Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings Sunday in the Phillies' 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets, leaving him with a 5.70 ERA in 53 2/3 innings for the season. The young right-hander did show some promise in his first taste of the majors -- if you look beyond the ugly overall numbers -- and he should open the 2017 campaign as a member of the Philadelphia starting rotation assuming all goes smoothly next spring. Acquired from the Rangers in last year's Cole Hamels trade, Thompson has a bright future ahead.
Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.
It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He should be on the postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist.