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Twins' Nolan Blackwood: Joins MIN on MiLB deal
Blackwood signed with the Twins on a minor-league contract Tuesday.
Blackwood had spent the last three seasons in the Detroit organization, and the right-hander appeared in 44 games with Triple-A Toledo with a 3.81 ERA and a 38:19 K:BB in 49.2 innings of work. He'll provide pitching depth with Triple-A St. Paul in the 2023 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Aaron Sanchez: Re-signs with MIN
Sanchez re-signed with the Twins on a minor-league contract Jan. 30.
Sanchez ended the 2022 season with the Twins. The right-hander posted a disappointing .660 ERA in 15 appearances -- 10 starts -- over 60 innings with Minnesota and the Nationals. Once one of the more promising young arms in baseball, Sanchez now will have to pitch well in the Grapefruit League if he has any chance of making the Twins' Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Locke St. John: Signs MiLB deal with Minnesota
St. John signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Friday.
St. John allowed three earned runs over just two big-league innings last season with the Cubs. The 30-year-old left-handed reliever will likely be ticketed for Triple-A St. Paul out of Twins camp this spring.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Max Kepler: Likely staying put
Minnesota plans to move forward with Kepler on the roster after the team didn't find enough interest on the trade market, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kepler seemingly was on the way out of Minnesota after the Twins signed Joey Gallo, but Hayes writes that trade interest in Kepler "hasn't been there" and the team now plans to hang on to the veteran outfielder. The trade of Luis Arraez did free up more playing time, and it's probably not a bad idea to keep Kepler around given Gallo's uncertain outlook and the injury history of Alex Kirilloff.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jorge Polanco: Says knee is ready to go
Polanco says he's ready to go for spring training after missing the last month of the 2022 season due to a knee injury, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Polanco missed a week with patellar tendinitis before he landed on the injured list Sept. 3. He then worked his way back to playing minor-league games before a setback in late September. It sounds like he just needed some rest to get back to full strength, but watch his status early in spring training. His injury risk has become a concern after a chronic ankle injury also hindered his 2020 season.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Kenta Maeda: No restrictions for spring
Maeda (elbow) will have no restrictions during spring training, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Maeda missed all of the 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in September of 2021. The right-hander struggled to a 4.66 ERA in 21 appearances before the injury that season, but he has been an effective option in previous seasons. He's someone to monitor in the Grapefruit League, as a return to prior form could pay dividends for fantasy managers in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Twins' A.J. Alexy: Booted off 40-man roster
Alexy was designated for assignment Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
This move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Michael Taylor, who was acquired from the Royals on Monday in exchange for Steven Cruz and Evan Sisk. Alexy appeared in five games for the Rangers in 2022, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and nine walks while fanning six over seven innings of work. He was then traded to the Twins from the Rangers on Jan. 10.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Michael Taylor: Traded to Minnesota
Taylor was traded Wednesday from the Royals to the Twins, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. In return, the Royals will receive left-handed pitching prospect Evan Sisk and right-hander Steven Cruz.
Taylor has been the subject of trade rumors for most of the winter, and he will stay in the division with the trade. In 124 games last season, the 31-year-old hit nine homers with four steals while slashing .254/.313/.357 for the Royals. Taylor could get a strong amount of playing time with the Twins, but there isn't much fantasy upside in his right-handed bat.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Byron Chourio: Traded to Minnesota
Chourio, Pablo Lopez and Jose Salas were traded to Minnesota from Miami for Luis Arraez on Friday.
Chourio had a strong professional debut in the Dominican Summer League by hitting .344 (63-for-183) with one home run, 19 stolen bases, a .429 on-base percentage and an .838 OPS in 51 games. At age 17, he's a lottery ticket throw-in for the big trade. We'll need to see if he can keep up this success when he moves to to the U.S, though his 11.5 percent walk rate and 12.4 percent strikeout rate are promising.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Bailey Ober: Could begin season in minors
Ober could begin the season at Triple-A St. Paul following the Twins' addition of Pablo Lopez, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
It's also possible the Twins could opt for a six-man rotation, something which might appeal to them as Kenta Maeda (elbow) works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Ober hasn't been a bastion of health himself but has pitched well when on the mound, including last season when he held a 3.21 ERA over 11 starts for Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jose Salas: Traded to Minnesota
The Marlins traded Salas alongside Pablo Lopez to the Twins on Friday in exchange for Luis Arraez, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Salas reached the High-A level for the first time in 2022, though he slashed just .230/.319/.340 in 217 plate appearances. The 19-year-old switch-hitter was considered one of the top prospects in the Marlins' farm system, and Salas' defensive versatility could help him rise through the Twins' minor-league system more quickly than expected.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Pablo Lopez: Sent to Minnesota for Arraez
Lopez was traded from the Marlins to the Twins on Friday in exchange for infielder Luis Arraez, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
In addition to Lopez, prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio are also heading to Minnesota in the deal, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Lopez made 32 starts for the Marlins last season and had a 3.75 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 174:53 K:BB across 180 innings. The right-hander is under team control through the 2024 campaign and should slot in near the top of the Twins' starting rotation.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Dereck Rodriguez: Re-signs with Twins
Rodriguez re-signed with the Twins on a minor-league contract Thursday.
Rodriguez made two relief appearances for the Twins in 2022 but spent most of the year at Triple-A St. Paul, where he held a 4.75 ERA and 92:32 K:BB over 94.2 innings. The 30-year-old will provide some rotation depth for Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Chris Paddack: Signs three-year extension
Paddack (elbow) signed a three-year extension with the Twins on Wednesday.
Paddack made five starts with the Twins last season and forged a 4.03 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May. The right-handed hurler is expected to miss the majority -- if not all -- of the 2023 season while recovering from the operation, but he should have a good chance of carving out a role in Minnesota's rotation beginning in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Takings swings at full speed
Kirilloff (wrist) has been able to take full swings in offseason workouts and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The 2016 first-round draft pick and former top prospect has shown flashes of being a productive regular with the bat, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy amid continued wrist issues. His 2022 season ended in July due to a ligament tear in his right wrist that required season-ending surgery. It's the same wrist issue that has plagued him the past two seasons. He decided to have ulnar shortening surgery, which he hopes will provide a more permanent fix. The Twins will likely ease him into action in spring training. His minor-league pedigree and 2021 underlying numbers (12.8 Barrel%, 43.9 HardHit%) suggest he can be an impact hitter, If healthy.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Oliver Ortega: Outrighted to Triple-A
Ortega cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul by the Twins on Tuesday.
Ortega will remain in the organization after being designated for assignment and has been invited to major-league spring training. The 26-year-old had been a waiver claim of the Twins earlier this month.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Kyle Garlick: Clears waivers, sent to Triple-A
Garlick cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A St. Paul by the Twins on Tuesday.
Garlick will be invited to major-league spring training. The soon-to-be 31-year-old boasts a career .839 OPS against left-handed pitching, so he could still have a short-side platoon role at some point down the road.... See More ... See Less
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