Player News - Twins

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Twins signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with a club option for 2019.

Rodney got off to a rotten start in April with the Diamondbacks this past season but was excellent the rest of the way with a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He recorded 39 saves in 2017 and should option 2018 as the Twins' closer.
Dec 15 - 1:51 PM

Twins signed C Wynston Sawyer to a minor league contract.

Sawyer, 26, hit .277/.333/.429 with four homers at Double-A in the Dodgers organization this past season. He'll provide organizational depth.
Dec 15 - 11:36 AM

Twins signed OF James Ramsey to a minor league contract.

The former first-round pick isn't a prospect anymore at this point and missed virtually all of 2017 due to injury. Ramsey is merely a depth guy.
Dec 15 - 11:35 AM

Twins signed INF/OF Taylor Featherston to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Featherston has batted just .160/.221/.256 over 244 plate appearances in the majors but does offer plenty of versatility. He'll compete for a bench job in spring training.
Dec 15 - 11:30 AM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

The one-year deal also includes $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses, so it could be worth as much as $6 million. Rodney also drew heavy interest from the Tigers, Rangers, Mets, and Diamondbacks this winter before deciding to head to Minnesota -- where he should get a chance to serve as the primary closer. The 40-year-old right-hander posted some rather underwhelming overall numbers in 2017, but he had a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings and tallied 39 total saves.
Dec 14 - 11:34 AM

Twins selected RHP Tyler Kinley from the Marlins with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Kinley, 26, posted a 3.54 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings this past season between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He got lit up in a short stint at the Triple-A level in 2016 and will likely struggle to make the Twins' Opening Day bullpen next spring. That would likely result in a return to the Marlins' minor league system.
Dec 14 - 10:31 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the Twins are "still strongly in the mix" for free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported late Wednesday night that there is mutual interest between Rodney and the Tigers, one of the 40-year-old right-hander's former teams. But if Rodney would prefer to pitch for a contender in 2018 -- what could be his final MLB season -- Minnesota obviously makes a lot more sense. There is also said to be some level of interest from the Rangers and Mets, and the Diamondbacks have discussed a possible return.
Dec 14 - 6:37 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that there is "mutual interest" between the Tigers and free agent Fernando Rodney.

The 40-year-old right-hander is an odd fit for a rebuilding team, but perhaps the Tigers are thinking they could get a few good months out of Rodney in 2018 and then flip him for young talent. Rodney had a dreadful April in 2017 with the Diamondbacks but rebounded nicely after that, posting a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He racked up 39 saves.
Dec 14 - 12:32 AM

Twins signed RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract.

Pineda underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past July and might not pitch in a live game in 2018, but he should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in 2019. The 28-year-old starter owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 in 680 career major league innings. It's a nice gamble for Minnesota, even though the pay-off will require some patience.
Dec 13 - 9:47 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Mets and Tigers have shown interest in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Add those two teams to the list of Rodney suitors that already included the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old right-hander posted a 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings this past season in Arizona, but he still managed to rack up 39 saves. Cotillo notes that Rodney is at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and is a "good candidate to sign this week."
Dec 12 - 7:02 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks are considering free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com was first to report word of the Rangers' interest. Minnesota is a new one. Rodney racked up 39 saves for Arizona in 2017, but that came with an underwhelming 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander can probably be had on a one-year deal.
Dec 12 - 6:29 PM

Miguel Sano (leg) has begun rehabbing at the Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

Sano underwent surgery in early November to repair a stress reaction in his left shin. There was no recovery timetable given at the time and there hasn't been a whole lot of clarity since, but it sounds like the young slugger could be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season. Sano batted .264/.352/.507 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI over 114 games in 2017.
Dec 12 - 5:24 PM

Twins GM Thad Levine said Phil Hughes (shoulder) is doing "extremely well" following his August thoracic outlet revision surgery.

Levine added that Hughes is "extremely hungry" to contribute to the Twins in 2018 after logging just 112 2/3 innings between the 2016 and 2017 season. This was the second thoracic outlet syndrome procedure for Hughes and he'll be a big question mark next season despite the positive outlook from Levine.
Dec 12 - 5:10 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have met with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Rodney offers closing experience, which is worth noting with the back-end of the Rangers' bullpen unsettled. The soon-to-be 41-year-old saved 39 games with the Diamondbacks this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. He was much better after a rough April.
Dec 12 - 12:39 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that Fernando Rodney is drawing interest from several teams, including the Diamondbacks and Mets.

Rodney, who turns 41 in March, served as Arizona's closer this past season while posting a 4.23 ERA and 65/26 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. The club could go in another direction at closer in 2018, even if he's brought back. The Mets have been linked to seemingly every reliever on the market, so they are at least doing their due diligence here.
Dec 11 - 1:48 PM


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