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Glen Perkins (forearm, elbow) believes that he is fully recovered from the forearm strain and nerve irritation that ended his season prematurely, and he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training.

Perkins underwent a precautionary MRI early in the offseason that ruled out any structural damage to his UCL. The Twins closer began his throwing program in mid-December and by all accounts everything has gone smoothly. While there's always risk involved with elbow and arm injuries, it looks like Perkins will be ready for the start of the season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:05 PM

Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.

Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.
Jan 25 - 5:31 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said top prospect Byron Buxton could make his major league debut this season.

"I don't see him breaking camp with us but I do see maybe surfacing in the major leagues in 2015," Ryan told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to injury, so he'll likely begin the season at Double-A. He's still just 21 years old, though, and has as high an upside as anyone in the minors. When he does surface in the majors, he'll be a must-own for fantasy purposes.
Jan 24 - 5:35 PM

Twins and LHP Brian Duensing avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

It's exactly the midpoint between where the two sides filed at, so both sides should be happy with the outcome. Duensing was one of the most reliable options out of the Twins bullpen in 2014, compiling a 3.31 ERA and 33/20 K/BB ratio in his 54 1/3 frames.
Jan 24 - 3:43 PM

Tommy Milone admitted Saturday that he had a benign tumor removed from his neck on December 4.

He was able to resume throwing two weeks later and feels much better now after dealing with neck issues for much of the 2014 season. The 27-year-old southpaw has a strong chance to enter the 2015 campaign as a member of the Twins rotation and has appeal as a late-round option in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Jan 24 - 2:03 PM

Mike Pelfrey said Saturday that he's healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the Twins starting rotation this spring.

The veteran hurler missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He's been able to have a regular offseason though and is optimistic about his chances to return to form in 2015. Even if he doesn't win a rotation spot, Pelfrey is open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Jan 24 - 1:21 PM

Joe Mauer indicated Saturday that he's enjoying a normal and healthy offseason and believes he's in a good place heading into the 2015 season.

Mauer did not have that same luxury last offseason when he was dealing with concussion issues. He had a disappointing season at the dish in his first go-round as the team's starting first baseman, slashing just .277/.361/.371 with four homers and 55 RBI in 120 games.
Jan 24 - 12:54 PM

Byron Buxton said Friday that he was cleared for baseball activities two weeks ago and is hoping he's finally put the injuries behind him.

He's expected to enter spring training fully healthy and ready to go. 2014 was a bit of a lost season for the game's top prospect, as the 21-year-old was limited to only 31 games. He's expected to begin the season at Double-A New Britain.
Jan 23 - 7:29 PM

Twins and OF Jordan Schafer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.

It's right at the midpoint between figures that were exchanged last week. Schafer played well for the Twins down the stretch last season, batting .285/.345/.362 with a homer, 13 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 130 at-bats. He'll be a backup but could still carve out some fantasy value in deep formats due to his speed.
Jan 23 - 3:37 PM

Jordan Schafer requested $1.7 million and was offered $1.4 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old outfielder enjoyed a rebirth after joining the Twins midseason in 2014, slashing .285/.345/.362 with a homer, 13 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 130 at-bats. If he can find his way into the lineup regularly in 2015 he represents a very intriguing source of speed for fantasy purposes.
Jan 16 - 8:48 PM

Brian Duensing requested $3.1 million and was offered $2.4 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 31-year-old southpaw posted a 3.31 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 33/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings out of the Twins bullpen in 2014. Wherever the two sides settle, will be a nice raise over the $2 million that Duensing took home a season ago.
Jan 16 - 8:45 PM

Twins and RHP Casey Fien avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

Fien was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The reliever boasts a 3.54 ERA over the last three seasons and will again serve in a setup role in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:28 PM

Twins and 3B Trevor Plouffe avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million contract.

It's a sizable raise for Plouffe, who was arbitration-eligible for a second time this offseason. The third baseman batted .258/.328/.423 with 14 homers and 80 RBI last season and will hit near the middle of the Twins' order in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:15 PM

Twins and INF Eduardo Nunez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.025 million contract.

Nunez was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The utility player batted .250/.271/.382 for the Twins in 2014 and will back up at multiple positions in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:12 PM

Twins and LHP Tommy Milone avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 million contract.

It's a significant raise for Milone, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander held a 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 75/37 K/BB ratio over 118 innings for the A's and Twins last season and is in line to serve as Minnesota's No. 5 starter in 2015.
Jan 16 - 11:30 AM


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