Player News - Twins

Date: Team: Pos:

Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday after 15 seasons.

Mauer indicated that the decision came down to his health and his family, explaining that the risk of another concussion was too great and that his desire to play was outweighed by the possibility of another injury. The first overall selection from the 2001 draft, Mauer spent all 15 seasons of his big league career with his hometown Twins. A six-time All-Star, Mauer slashed .306/.388/.439 with 143 home runs for his career. He also captured the American League MVP Award in 2009, where he hit a ridiculous .365/.444/.587 with 28 homers and 96 RBI. He was the recipient of three Gold Glove awards behind the plate and tacked on five Silver Sluggers as well.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 9 - 7:05 PM

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that Twins bench coach Derek Shelton will return to the club next season.

Shelton finished runner-up for both the Twins' and Rangers' manager jobs but will return to Minnesota as new skipper Rocco Baldelli's right-hand man. He previously was a coach with the Blue Jays, Rays and Indians.
Nov 5 - 6:03 PM

Twins claimed outfielder Michael Reed off waivers from the Braves.

After six years in the Brewers system, Reed signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent a year ago and hit .342/.453/.520 between Double-A and Triple-A. He was never nearly as good previously, but he's fast, he draws walks, and he has a little pop; he could have a career as a reserve outfielder.
Oct 31 - 3:20 PM

Twins declined their $14 million club option on RHP Ervin Santana for 2019.

Santana will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The veteran right-hander missed most of 2018 with finger issues while posting an 8.03 ERA over five starts. He plans to play winter ball in preparation for 2019. If healthy, he could make for an interesting buy-low for someone.
Oct 30 - 2:40 PM

Twins declined their $8 million club option on 1B/DH Logan Morrison for 2019.

Morrison will receive a $1 million buyout and hit free agency. 2018 was a year to forget for the 31-year-old, as he batted just .186 with 15 homers and a .644 OPS over 95 games before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in August.
Oct 30 - 2:35 PM

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that Garvin Alston will not return as Twins pitching coach in 2019.

Alston spent just one season as Twins pitching coach, with the team ranking ninth in the AL with a 4.50 ERA. Rocco Baldelli was just hired as the new manager, so there figures to be a number of changes on staff.
Oct 30 - 2:26 PM

Twins activated RHP Michael Pineda from the 60-day disabled list.

Pineda missed most of 2018 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery and then had meniscus surgery on his knee in September. It's unclear whether he'll be ready for spring training.
Oct 29 - 7:56 PM

Twins activated C Jason Castro from the 60-day disabled list.

Castro had season-ending meniscus surgery in May. He should enter spring training without limitations.
Oct 29 - 7:54 PM

Twins activated LHP Adalberto Mejia from the 60-day disabled list.

Mejia's season ended early due to wrist and arm ailments. He's expected to be fine for spring training.
Oct 29 - 7:53 PM

Twins activated 1B/DH Logan Morrison from the 60-day disabled list.

Morrison had season-ending hip surgery in August. The Twins hold an $8 million option on him for 2019 that they're likely to decline.
Oct 29 - 7:52 PM

Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to put him back on the 40-man roster. Santana missed most of 2018 with a couple different finger injuries, but he will pitch in winter ball and hopes to report to spring training with no limitations.
Oct 29 - 7:50 PM

Twins hired Rocco Baldelli as manager.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was first to report that Baldelli would be the Twins' choice, and now the club has made it official through a press release. Baldelli spent the 2018 season as the Rays' first base coach and field coordinator, and the previous four years working in the Tampa Bay front office. The 37-year-old former major league outfielder will now become the youngest manager in MLB. An official press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT in the Twin Cities.
Oct 25 - 11:03 AM

According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins will announce Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde were believed to be the other two finalists to replace Paul Molitor, who was let go after the conclusion of the 2018 regular season. Twins hitting coach James Rowson also interviewed for the job at some point. Baldelli, 37, served as the Rays' field coordinator and first base coach this past season, after spending four years in the team's front office. He spent parts of seven seasons as an active player in the major leagues before getting diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial deficiency. Baldelli was also a candidate for the managerial openings in Toronto and Texas.
Oct 25 - 9:38 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that Rays field coordinator Rocco Baldelli is having another interview on Monday for the team's managerial vacancy.

Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported over the weekend that the Twins have trimmed their list of finalists down to 3-5 names. Derek Shelton, who was Paul Molitor's bench coach this season, has been considered the favorite in recent days. However, there could still be some room for a surprise here. Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Twins hitting coach James Rowson are among the other candidates who have been under consideration.
Oct 22 - 2:31 PM

Phil Miller of the StarTribune reports the Twins have whittled down their list of potential managers to between three and five candidates.

They are finished with their first round of interviews and are calling in the surviving candidates for a second round of talks. Miller speculates that Derek Shelton, who served as the Twins' bench coach this year, could be the favorite to land the job. Other known candidates are Twins' hitting coach James Rowson, Cubs' bench coach Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli of the Rays, Giants' bench coach Hensley Meulens and Astros' bench coach Joe Espada. Jon Heyman of Fancred says Meulens and Espada are out of the running. LaVelle Neal of the StarTribune says former catcher David Ross is also in the mix. Miller made the interesting observation that none of the candidates have ever managed in the majors before and the last time the Twins hired a new manager with previous managing experience was in 1976 (Gene Mauch).
Source: StarTribune
Oct 20 - 10:38 AM


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