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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

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Twins are "pushing" to sign Ervin Santana.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press previously reported the Twins were one of four teams in on the right-hander. The Twins' first-round pick is protected, so they would have to forfeit their second-round pick to sign Santana. The 31-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA with the Braves in 2014.
Dec 10 - 7:55 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports four teams, including the Twins and Giants, are in on free agent Ervin Santana.

The two named by Berardino aren't a surprise, but the other two teams involved are as of yet unknown. Any team signing Santana would need to sacrifice a draft pick, as he turned down a qualifying offer from the Braves earlier this offseason. The soon-to-be 32-year-old had a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts with the Braves this past season.
Dec 10 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants will meet with the representatives for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana on Wednesday.

The Giants made a push for Jon Lester before he opted to sign with the Cubs, so now they are shuffling through the alternatives. Santana, who turns 32 this week, posted a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts with the Braves this past season and is also drawing interest from the Twins. He's reportedly looking for a five-year deal, but that sounds like a stretch.
Dec 10 - 3:17 PM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have discussed Eduardo Nunez with the Twins.

Eduardo Escobar is another possibility with the Twins. The Angels have cast a wide net in their search for a backup infielder, with Colorado's Josh Rutledge and Boston's Brock Holt also in the mix.
Dec 10 - 2:23 PM

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.

It was reported Tuesday that Santana was open to pitch for the Twins, but the interest is apparently mutual. Minnesota's first-round pick is protected, so they would only have to give up a second-round pick in order to sign him. Still, he's likely looking for big money after having to settle for a one-year deal last offseason. ESPN's Buster Olney reported last week that the 31-year-old wants a five-year contract.
Dec 10 - 8:47 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Ervin Santana is open to pitching for the Twins.

"He loves pitching in the cold," said a source. The Twins actually offered Santana a three-year, $33 million deal in February before he landed with the Braves, so it wouldn't be crazy to see them make another run at him. The Twins' first-round pick is protected next season, so they would only have to give up a second-round pick to sign him.
Dec 9 - 5:20 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Danny Santana will come to spring training as a shortstop.

Santana started twice as many games in center field than he did at shortstop for the Twins in 2014, but shortstop was his primary position in the minors. The 24-year-old almost surely overachieved with his .319/.353/.472 batting line last season but is nonetheless an interesting young player for the Twins.
Dec 8 - 8:10 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that, in addition to Jon Lester, the Giants are showing interest in Ervin Santana and other starters.

Ryan Vogelsong is a free agent, Matt Cain is coming off elbow surgery and Tim Lincecum is less than a sure thing, so the Giants understandably are scouring the starting pitching market. Santana wound up having to settle for a one-year deal last offseason but is reportedly looking for a five-year pact this time around. The Royals and Red Sox have also been connected to the right-hander.
Dec 4 - 10:26 PM

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