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Date: Team: Pos:

Twins re-signed RHP Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Hamburger, 27, posted a 3.69 ERA and 54/27 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings this season between the Twins' Double- and Triple-A affiliates. He'll likely serve as organizational depth again in 2015.
Oct 23 - 4:02 PM

Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.

Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team.
Oct 23 - 9:32 AM

Twins declined RHP Jared Burton's $3.6 million club option for 2015.

Burton will receive a $200,000 buyout and hit free agency. It's an expected move after he posted a mediocre 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio over 64 innings this past season.
Oct 22 - 4:00 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have three finalists for their manager job in Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo.

That means Gene Glynn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale have been eliminated. The feeling all along has been that Molitor is the favorite for the job, and there's been no indication that that's changed. Lovullo, who is the Red Sox' bench coach, is the lone finalist from outside the organization.
Oct 21 - 10:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that it "doesn't sound like" the Twins are ready to offer Paul Molitor their manager job just yet.

Berardino says that "more due diligence remains." Molitor is viewed as the odds-on favorite for the gig, with Berardino adding that he has a leg up because he sat in on the team's organizational meetings last week. The Twins could still conduct additional interviews, though, with Orioles bench coach John Russell reportedly on the radar. In addition to Molitor, other candidates for the job include Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale interviewed but have reportedly been told they will not get the job.
Oct 20 - 8:17 PM

Twins prospect Eddie Rosario continued his hot hitting in Arizona Fall League play on Friday, going 3-for-6 with a run scored as Salt River and Peoria played to a 3-3 tie.

Rosario also swiped a pair of bases in the ballgame, giving him six steals in seven games in Arizona. He's hitting a blistering .455 (15-for-33) in the early going with five RBI and four runs scored. The 23-year-old outfielder is expected to return to Double-A New Britain to begin the 2015 campaign.
Source: MILB.com
Oct 18 - 8:30 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing is "out of the mix" for the Twins' manager job.

McEwing was the last to interview and apparently didn't make a good enough impression to be a finalist. Paul Molitor has had multiple interviews appears to be the leading candidate to replace Ron Gardenhire. Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. have also interviewed, and John Russell is also expected to get an interview.
Oct 17 - 3:18 PM

Twins sent RHP Yohan Pino outright to Triple-A Rochester.

The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Pino has the ability to become a minor league free agent. The 30-year-old was shut down in August with a slight sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Oct 13 - 5:40 PM

Doug Bernier has elected free agency.

Bernier chose free agency after being outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster. The 34-year-old appeared in seven games at the major league level this season and hit .280/.348/.396 over 124 games in Triple-A.
Oct 13 - 5:38 PM

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo interviewed for the Twins' managerial position late last week, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

Cafardo previously reported the BoSox had granted the Twins permission to conduct an interview, and apparently that interview took place sometime during the week. That makes three different openings for which Lovullo has interviewed, as he also interviewed with the Rangers and Astros, before the Astros hired A.J. Hinch. Chip Hale, Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, John Russell and Sandy Alomar Jr. are a few of the other names being considered for the Twins' job.
Oct 11 - 6:23 PM

White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing interviewed for the Twins managerial vacancy on Friday.

The Twins are certainly being diligent in their search to replace Ron Gardenhire, with McEwing the seventh candidate to interview already. Before joining the White Sox staff, McEwing served as the manager at Triple-A Charlotte for one season in 2011. The Twins aren't expected to make a decision on their next manager until the end of the month.
Oct 10 - 11:52 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. will interview for the Twins' vacant managerial position.

Alomar is the seventh known candidate linked to the Twins, joining Torey Lovullo, Chip Hale, Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and John Russell. A 20-year major league veteran, Alomar has been on Cleveland's coaching staff for six years, serving as the bench coach for the past two seasons. He has interviewed for other managerial openings over the past few years.
Oct 10 - 9:20 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have granted the Twins permission to interview bench coach Torey Lovullo for their manager job.

Lovullo is also a candidate for the Rangers' managerial vacancy. Chip Hale, Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, and John Russell are among the other names under consideration for the Twins' job. Molitor is reportedly the favorite for the job.
Oct 7 - 10:18 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have asked for and been given permission to interview Athletics bench coach Chip Hale for their managerial vacancy.

Hale, who played six of his seven big league seasons in Minnesota, has also interviewed for the Diamondbacks' job. He joins Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz, and John Russell as known candidates to replace Ron Gardenhire. Molitor is viewed as the early favorite for the gig.
Oct 6 - 7:43 PM

Paul Molitor has had multiple interviews for the Twins managerial vacancy and appears to be the leading candidate to replace Ron Gardenhire.

Molitor spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach for the Twins, with a focus on base running, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, and in-game strategy. While he has no managerial experience, he spent three seasons as a bench coach with the organization and also served as the hitting instructor for the Mariners in 2004.
Oct 4 - 8:51 AM


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