Player News - Twins

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Twins GM Thad Levine noted this week that Miguel Sano brought a "generous carriage" into spring training.

In other not-as-kind words, the 24-year-old slugger put on extra weight this winter while mostly incapacitated due to a lingering stress reaction in his left shin. The injury led to Sano missing a number of weeks down the stretch last season along with the Twins' big American League Wild Card Game matchup against the Yankees. There were already concerns about Sano's conditioning level in 2017 and he is still awaiting word on MLB's investigation into a sexual assault claim against him. He may be facing a suspension to open the 2018 regular season. Perhaps he could use that time off to get in better shape.
Feb 21 - 3:26 PM

Brian Dozier (kidney stones) reported back to Twins camp on Wednesday.

Dozier missed the Twins' first few full-squad workouts while passing a kidney stone and he admitted Wednesday that he was in "excruciating pain" for several days, but he should be ready to rock soon after Grapefruit League play gets underway. The 30-year-old second baseman slashed .271/.359/.498 with 34 home runs and 16 stolen bases over 152 games with the Twins in 2017.
Feb 21 - 10:29 AM

Ervin Santana will wear a cast on his right hand for two weeks before being reevaluated.

Santana underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger. He'll have a better idea about when he'll be able to resume throwing after having the cast removed, but the early estimates have him potentially missing the first month of the season. The Twins have added Jake Odorizzi and Anibal Sanchez in recent days, but they could still use more rotation help as they aim to build off their surprising 2017 showing.
Feb 19 - 4:07 PM

Brian Dozier missed the Twins' first full-squad workout on Monday due to a kidney stone.

Dozier is expected to be sidelined for a few days, but it shouldn't be a long-term issue. The 30-year-old batted .271/.359/.498 with 34 homers and 16 steals in 2017 and is going into his final year before free agency.
Feb 19 - 3:56 PM

Twins placed RHP Trevor May on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

It's a move that frees up a 40-man roster spot for Anibal Sanchez. May is expected back from Tommy John surgery by late May/early June and the plan is to use him as a starter, although he could also help in relief.
Feb 18 - 10:14 AM

Twins signed RHP Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

While Sanchez has been added to the 40-man roster, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed and that the veteran right-hander will have to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He is, in effect, being brought in to fill the innings lost by Ervin Santana (finger), who will likely miss at least the first month of the season. Sanchez posted an ugly 6.41 ERA last season with the Tigers.
Feb 18 - 10:10 AM

Twins placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Jake Odorizzi. Pineda is hoping to make it back sometime during the second half after having Tommy John surgery last July.
Feb 18 - 8:40 AM

Twins acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Rays for SS Jermaine Palacios.

Odorizzi has been available all offseason, and it's fascinating to see how relatively little the Rays were willing to accept in a deal for the 27-year-old. Of course, his 4.14 ERA last year contributed to that price tag, as did a career 4.23 FIP, surely. A move from the Trop to Target Field doesn't do much, if anything, to benefit Odorizzi's game, but a change of scenery might. Odorizzi will make $6.3 million this year.
Feb 17 - 11:56 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have traded Jake Odorizzi to the Twins.

FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios is headed back to the Rays. It's a savvy pickup for the middle of the Twins' rotation. Odorizzi's name swirled in trade talks all winter after he put up a 4.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 143 1/3 innings last season. He recently won his arbitration hearing against the Rays and will make a $6.3 million salary in 2018. He's under team control through 2019.
Feb 17 - 9:47 PM

Joe Mauer said he hopes to continue his Twins career after his contract runs out following the 2018 season.

"This is where I want to be," Mauer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "This is where my family is, where my daughters are growing up. I have no intention of going anywhere else. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that." His time with the Twins -- and any club, for that matter -- appeared to be running out after years of middling performance, but the 34-year-old rebounded with a .305/.384/.417 line in 141 games last season. It won't be to the tune of the $23 million he'll make in 2018, but another good year could earn Mauer a new deal with the Minnesota club, perhaps one that takes him to the end of his career.
Feb 17 - 9:43 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with Anibal Sanchez on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The veteran right-hander has the opportunity to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN was first to report that the two sides were talking. It's a bit surprising given how this market has gone that Sanchez got a major league contract, but MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed. Sanchez had a rough go of it the last three years in Detroit, posting a 5.67 ERA. That includes a 6.41 ERA last season. Given the state of the Twins' rotation, the soon-to-be 34-year-old should have a good shot to break camp as one of the starting five.
Feb 16 - 5:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez surely isn't a primary target, but Minnesota could be looking for a pair of starters following Ervin Santana's finger surgery. Slated to turn 34 later this month, Sanchez has posted a 5.67 ERA over the last three seasons, including an ugly 6.41 mark in 2017 when he spent some time in the minors. The Twins could probably get him on a minor league contract.
Feb 16 - 4:29 PM

Kyle Gibson lost his arbitration case.

Gibson will make $4.2 million in 2018 instead of the $4.55 million salary he requested when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 30-year-old right-hander went 12-10 with a 5.07 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 121/60 K/BB ratio over 29 starts (158 innings) in 2017 while earning $2.9 million.
Feb 15 - 1:34 PM

Jake Odorizzi won his arbitration base.

He'll get a $6.3 million salary in 2018, rather than the $6.05 million that the Rays put forth when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. Odorizzi is on the trade block this spring, with reported interest from the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, and Yankees. The 27-year-old right-hander registered a 4.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 127/61 K/BB ratio across 143 1/3 innings (28 starts) with Tampa Bay in 2017.
Feb 15 - 1:23 PM

Kyle Gibson had his arbitration hearing Wednesday.

Gibson requested $4.55 million and was offered $4.2 million by the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. There should be a ruling sometime Thursday. The 30-year-old right-hander earned $2.9 million last season while going 12-10 with a 5.07 ERA in 29 starts covering 158 innings.
Feb 15 - 8:50 AM


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