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Date: Team: Pos:

Twins sent C Eric Fryer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Fryer is now off Minnesota's 40-man roster. The 29-year-old catcher is a .246/.321/.339 career hitter.
Dec 23 - 5:22 PM

Twins sent OF Chris Parmelee outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Parmelee was designated for assignment by Minnesota earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old hit just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014.
Dec 23 - 5:21 PM

Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth.
Dec 23 - 5:18 PM

Twins signed OF Wilkin Ramirez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ramirez spent time in the majors with the Twins back in 2013, when he hit a serviceable .272/.302/.370 in 81 at-bats. He spent most of 2014 at Double-A. It's unlikely that Ramirez will see significant time with the Twins next season. Should he crack the Opening Day roster, it will be as a backup outfielder.
Dec 23 - 2:58 PM

Twins signed INF Jose Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martinez was named the No. 17 prospect in the Cardinals' system way back in 2007. He's disappeared off the baseball map since then due to a variety of injuries, but the Twins are apparently willing to give him a chance to see if there's still anything left in the tank.
Dec 23 - 2:42 PM

Twins signed 1B/OF Brock Peterson to a minor league contract.

Peterson is 31 years old and has only logged 28 career plate appearances at the major league level, but his Triple-A numbers are very good. He could get a shot in Minnesota at some point during the 2015 season.
Source: MiLB.com
Dec 22 - 1:45 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Twins.

The extension wipes out the final two years and $16 million on Hughes' original three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. So it's essentially a five-year, $58 million pact, and it'll keep Hughes in Minnesota through the 2019 season. The 28-year-old right-hander revitalized his career in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings. He had a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 2013, his final year with the Yankees.
Dec 22 - 8:59 AM

Twins signed LHP Wil Ledezma to a minor league contract.

The 33-year-old southpaw hasn't appeared in a major league game since he was a member of the Blue Jays during the 2011 season. He spent the 2014 campaign toeing the slab for Yucatan in the Mexican League where he compiled a 1.91 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 29/9 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He could emerge as situational left-hander in Minnesota.
Dec 21 - 10:06 PM

The Twins have invited pitching prospect Jose Berrios to major league spring training.

It will be a good chance for the 20-year-old hurler to work with the big league coaching staff and get exposure to facing major league hitters. He climbed from High-A Fort Myers all the way to Triple-A Rochester in the 2014 campaign, compiling a 2.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 140/38 K/BB ratio over 140 innings across three levels. With the current state of the Twins rotation, it wouldn't be shocking to see him make his debut at some point during the 2015 season.
Dec 19 - 8:08 PM

The Twins have invited top outfield prospect Byron Buxton to major league spring training.

The Twins announced Friday that they have invited 18 minor leagues to spring training as non-roster invitees, with Buxton and Jose Berrios headlining the crop. The 21-year-old outfielder was limited to only 31 games in 2014 due to a variety of ailments and then fractured a finger during play in the Arizona Fall League. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training.
Dec 19 - 8:03 PM

Twins designated OF Chris Parmelee for assignment.

Parmelee became the roster casualty with Ervin Santana's contract signing on Saturday. The 26-year-old hit .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. He shouldn't have any difficulty finding another team willing to give him an opportunity.
Dec 13 - 2:10 PM

Twins signed RHP Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract.

The deal includes a $14 million vesting option for the fifth year, or a $1 million buyout. The Twins will hold a press conference Saturday morning to announce the deal. Santana posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 179/63 K/BB ratio over 196 innings with the Braves in 2014. The 31-year-old hurler should provide a stabilizing veteran presence atop the Twins rotation.
Dec 12 - 8:25 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins and Ervin Santana have struck a four-year, $55 million deal.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the contract will also include a fifth-year vesting option worth $14 million (or a $1 million buyout). Santana had to settle for a one-year, $14.1 million contract last winter from the Braves but has now hit it big despite posting worse numbers in 2014 than he did in 2013 with the Royals. The 31-year-old's free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but Minnesota's first-rounder is protected.
Dec 11 - 1:59 PM

Twins picked RHP J.R. Graham from the Braves with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Graham was maybe the biggest name available today, but he took a huge step back last season, amassing a 5.55 ERA in 71 1/3 innings in Double-A and dealing with a shoulder problem for the second year in a row, causing the Braves to leave him available. If he looks better in spring training, the Twins should stick him in the pen and hope for the best; he has showed plenty of upside in the past.
Dec 11 - 12:42 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Yankees are "kicking the tires" on Ervin Santana.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported late Wednesday that the Twins had made a four-year offer worth around $50 million to Santana, so the Yanks will have to beat that. Santana rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves in early November, which means that his free agency is once again tied to draft pick compensation. The 31-year-old had a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts this past season with Atlanta.
Dec 11 - 8:56 AM


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