Player News - Twins

Date: Team: Pos:

Twins acquired RHP Justin Haley from the Angels for cash considerations.

Anaheim selected Haley from the Red Sox with the No. 8 pick in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft then quickly flipped him to Minnesota. The lanky 25-year-old right-hander posted a 3.01 ERA, 1.118 WHIP, and 126/45 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings (26 starts, one relief appearance) this past summer with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He stands to see legitimate action out of the patchwork Minnesota rotation in 2017.
Dec 8 - 10:21 AM

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said that Glen Perkins has made "solid progress" in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

Perkins underwent significant labrum surgery in late June. Falvey indicated that given the pace of his rehab, it is "reasonable" that the veteran closer will be able to pitch in games during spring training at some point. A more clarified timetable figures to be passed along after the calendar flips to 2017 and the team has a better idea of just how close Perkins is to a return to the mound. He started into a light throwing program near the end of October.
Dec 7 - 5:45 PM

Twins re-signed RHP Yorman Landa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Landa was non-tendered by Minnesota last week, after posting a 3.24 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 39/22 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings out of the bullpen at High-A Fort Myers in 2016. He's nothing more than organizational relief depth at this point, but the hard-throwing 22-year-old does have some long-term appeal.
Dec 6 - 5:51 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Monday shot down a report that the club had interest in Brian Dozier.

"I haven't had any dialogue with the Twins about Dozier," Cashman said. "That's a false report." It directly refutes a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports earlier Monday, but this is a week where there's a lot of posturing and false information going around. The Yanks have Starlin Castro pegged as their second baseman again in 2017.
Dec 5 - 4:14 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Yankees have shown interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale named the Dodgers as an "aggressive" suitor for Dozier on Sunday, and there are thought to be another 2-3 teams in the hunt. Starlin Castro is currently locked in as the Yankees' starting second baseman and had a pretty good year in 2016, but a followup trade could be executed to fill a spot on the New York infield. Dozier, 29, batted .268/.340/.546 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games this past season for Minnesota.
Dec 5 - 2:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 4-5 teams are in the mix to acquire Brian Dozier from the Twins.

The Dodgers are the one team that's known to be the most aggressive in pursuit of the hard-hitting second baseman, but it appears there are other clubs trying to pry Dozier away from the Twins as well. Twins' general manager Thad Levine is on record saying they won't deal Dozier unless they are "really inspired" by an offer, and a potential bidding war from multiple teams could lead to just that type of proposal.
Dec 4 - 9:46 PM

Twins signed 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

After a strong 2015 season, Paulsen struggled mightily in 2016 slashing just .217/.258/.304 with one homer and 11 RBI in 97 plate appearances with the Rockies. The Twins need all of the offense that they can find, so Paulsen is a worthwhile low-risk investment on a minor league pact.
Dec 4 - 8:52 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are the "most aggressive" team in trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier.

Twins general manager Thad Levine indicated recently that team wasn't going to trade Dozier unless they were "really inspired" by an offer, but of course that could just be GM-speak. Dozier has a very team-friendly contract that will pay him $15 million over the next two seasons, but the Twins might want to capitalize while his value is at its highest following a 42-homer season.
Dec 4 - 9:01 AM

Twins GM Thad Levine said unless they are "really inspired," the team will not consider trading Brian Dozier.

Dozier has understandably been a popular name in trade talks this winter, but the Twins aren't actively shopping him. "We don’t have an immediate replacement," said Levine at an event for season-ticket holders earlier this week. "No one’s replacing his 42 home runs." The power-hitting second baseman still has two years and $15 million remaining on his contract.
Dec 3 - 5:31 PM

Twins non-tendered RHP Yorman Landa.

The 22-year-old right-hander was added to the 40-man roster last November to protect him from the Rule-5 draft. He compiled a 3.24 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 39/22 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings out of the bullpen at High-A Fort Myers in 2016.
Dec 3 - 10:12 AM

Twins and INF Eduardo Escobar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

It's a small raise over the $2.15 million that Escobar took home in 2016. More useful for his defensive prowess and versatility than with the bat, the 27-year-old infielder slashed a mere .236/.280/.338 with six homers and 37 RBI in 105 games for the Twins in 2016.
Dec 2 - 6:49 PM

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Twins will hire James Rowson to be their new hitting coach.

Rowson had been serving as minor league hitting coordinator with the Yankees. He previously was the hitting coach with the Cubs from midseason in 2012 through the end of 2013. Tom Brunansky was let go as Twins hitting coach last month after four seasons on the job.
Dec 1 - 5:32 PM

Twins signed C Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and it's now official. There appears to be little in the way of upside with this contract, but the Twins are banking on his pitch-framing ability to make him worth the investment. Castro owns a .215/.291/.369 batting line (84 OPS+) since his All-Star season in 2013, so he's not really a fantasy option at this point.
Nov 30 - 10:46 AM

Kyle Thousand, the agent for Miguel Sano, said Saturday that his client will not be playing winter ball.

Sano plans to workout the entire offseason and has his sights set on playing in the World Baseball Classic. He's expected to open the 2017 season as the Twins' starting third baseman, despite his poor defense at the position in 2016.
Nov 26 - 1:58 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "continue to aim high" in Brian Dozier trade talks.

Berardino adds that they've told at least one team that they'd "have to be wowed" in order to deal Dozier. You can't blame the Twins for setting their sights high, of course, given that Dozier is coming off a 42-homer season and is owed just $15 million over the next two seasons. The Dodgers are one club known to have interest in the second baseman.
Nov 25 - 4:01 PM


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