Player News - Twins

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Brandon Kintzler plans to potentially throw more offspeed pitches in 2017.

The spring training cliches are pouring in early this year. As Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com notes, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Kintzler in 2016. It didn't stop him from posting a 3.15 ERA in 54 appearances while saving 17 games. However, Kintzler isn't satisfied and cites his health as a reason why he plans to experiment with his repertoire. "Last year was my first year ever healthy in the Major Leagues," said Kintzler. "I've had some success but I never felt like I showed what I could do. And I could never practice much in the offseason, even offspeed. But now that I have that chance with a normal offseason, I feel like I have weapons instead of just my fastball." Kintzler will be the fallback for the closer role to start 2017 if Glen Perkins encounters setbacks from labrum surgery.
Jan 18 - 12:46 PM

Twins and RHP Ryan Pressly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. Pressly holds a 3.55 ERA over the last four years out of the Twins' bullpen.
Jan 13 - 2:44 PM

Twins and RHP Brandon Kintzler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.925 million contract.

Kintzler receives a nice bump in salary after he went from a minor league contract to surprise closer with the Twins last season, putting up a 3.15 ERA with 17 saves. He'll hit free agency next offseason.
Jan 13 - 12:56 PM

Twins and LHP Hector Santiago avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8 million contract.

It's a $3 million raise from last year's salary in what is Santiago's final year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander put up a disappointing 4.70 ERA across 33 starts last season for the Angels and Twins.
Jan 13 - 12:00 PM

Twins and RHP Kyle Gibson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract.

Gibson receives a big raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility even after putting up a 5.07 ERA over 25 starts last season. He'll be part of the Twins' rotation again in 2017.
Jan 13 - 11:23 AM

Twins signed C Chris Gimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gimenez appeared in 68 games with the Indians last season and owns a .218/.297/.335 batting line over 776 plate appearances in the majors. The 34-year-old will provide some useful depth behind the plate for Minnesota.
Jan 12 - 4:28 PM

Byung Ho Park (hand) has begun taking swings near his offseason home in South Korea.

Park underwent season-ending surgery in August to repair a tendon his right middle finger that had been causing him discomfort for months. The injury might help explain why Park cratered so badly in June after performing well over his first several weeks of MLB action. Park is expected to be 100 percent leading into spring training next month and should have partial share of the DH role in Minnesota.
Jan 12 - 1:18 PM

Phil Hughes (thoracic outlet syndrome) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Hat-tip to Phil Hughes, who had the scoop first. The 30-year-old right-hander underwent surgery last July for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the expectation is that he'll be ready for the start of 2017. Hughes has disappointed with a 4.83 ERA (85 ERA+) in 36 starts and three relief appearances over the past two seasons.
Jan 11 - 2:25 PM

Twins signed RHP Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

After missing all of 2015 due to elbow issues and thoracic outlet syndrome, Tepesch made one appearance with the Dodgers last season and posted a 3.96 ERA and 62/28 K/BB ratio over 116 innings in Triple-A in between stops with the Rangers, Athletics, Royals, and Dodgers. The 28-year-old is another depth piece for Minnesota.
Jan 11 - 8:41 AM

Twins signed RHP Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Vogelsong missed over two months last season after being hit in the face by a pitch and posted a 4.81 ERA and 61/41 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings with the Pirates. The 39-year-old provides some veteran insurance for the rotation and will attempt to win a roster spot in the spring.
Jan 11 - 8:31 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins and Dodgers are at an "impasse" in talks on a Brian Dozier trade.

The two sides have been linked for weeks now, but Rosenthal writes that there's "no momentum" toward a deal. Pitching prospect Jose De Leon has been mentioned as a centerpiece all along, but they apparently haven't made progress on the other pieces. This doesn't mean that a deal won't still happen, but the Twins were hoping to have some resolution on the matter soon. They could always keep him around for the start of the season, though there's a strong argument to deal him after a career year.
Jan 10 - 2:31 PM

Twins signed OF Leandro Castro to a minor league contract.

Castro, 27, split his 2016 season between a pair of Independent league teams, Laredo in the American Association and Rockland in the Canadian-American Association, where he hit .316/.355/.524 with 11 homers, 36 RBI and eight stolen bases in 58 games. He possesses an interesting blend of power and speed but will have to prove he can handle minor league pitching before he's an option for the Twins.
Jan 8 - 9:57 AM

Twins signed LHP Matt Tracy to a minor league contract.

The 28-year-old southpaw registered a 4.61 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 64/27 K/BB ratio across 82 innings between High-A Jupiter, Double-A Trenton and Double-A Jacksonville in 2016. With the Twins' lack of quality left-handed arms in the bullpen, there's a chance that he could find his way to Minnesota at some point during the season should injuries strike.
Jan 6 - 6:25 PM

Twins signed INF Benji Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gonzalez, who turns 27 later this month, hit .271/.342/.386 with five homers and 19 steals at Double-A in the Mariners organization last season. He's never appeared in the majors and is simply a depth guy.
Jan 6 - 12:08 PM

Twins signed C Dan Rohlfing to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rohlfing came up in the Twins organization but spent the last two years with the Mets and Diamondbacks, hitting .273/.313/.435 with five homers between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. The soon-to-be 28-year-old is merely an extra guy to throw to in spring training.
Jan 6 - 12:05 PM


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