Player News - Twins

Date: Team: Pos:'s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins have hired Tony Diaz as their new third base coach.

Diaz was the Rockies' first base coach this past season. He joins Wes Johnson (pitching coach) and Jeremy Hefner (assistant pitching coach) as recent additions to new manager Rocco Baldelli's staff.
Nov 16 - 4:56 PM

Twins signed RHP Zack Weiss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Weiss made his major league debut with the Reds this season but failed to retire a batter in his one appearance. The 26-year-old also struggled in the minors in 2018, although he posted excellent numbers previously.
Nov 16 - 2:18 PM

Twins signed RHP Preston Guilmet to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guilmet was rocked for 13 runs over 10 innings during his brief time in the majors this season, though he was excellent at Triple-A. He'll be a long shot to win a bullpen spot.
Nov 16 - 2:15 PM

According to Dan Hayes of the The Athletic, the Twins are hiring Wes Johnson from the University of Arkansas to be their next pitching coach.

You don't see very many college-to-MLB jumps among the modern baseball coaching ranks, but Hayes notes that Johnson "is experienced​ with analytics and has​ a strong history of​ development" -- something that should suit him well working alongside new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and forward-thinking general manager Thad Levine. Johnson, a proponent of TrackMan technology for training pitchers, helped guide the Razorbacks to the College World Series championship in 2018, where they fell to Oregon State. He also led a big turnaround at Mississippi State prior to heading to Arkansas.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 1:53 PM

Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday after 15 seasons.

Mauer indicated that the decision came down to his health and his family, explaining that the risk of another concussion was too great and that his desire to play was outweighed by the possibility of another injury. The first overall selection from the 2001 draft, Mauer spent all 15 seasons of his big league career with his hometown Twins. A six-time All-Star, Mauer slashed .306/.388/.439 with 143 home runs for his career. He also captured the American League MVP Award in 2009, where he hit a ridiculous .365/.444/.587 with 28 homers and 96 RBI. He was the recipient of three Gold Glove awards behind the plate and tacked on five Silver Sluggers as well.
Nov 9 - 7:05 PM

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that Twins bench coach Derek Shelton will return to the club next season.

Shelton finished runner-up for both the Twins' and Rangers' manager jobs but will return to Minnesota as new skipper Rocco Baldelli's right-hand man. He previously was a coach with the Blue Jays, Rays and Indians.
Nov 5 - 6:03 PM

Twins claimed outfielder Michael Reed off waivers from the Braves.

After six years in the Brewers system, Reed signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent a year ago and hit .342/.453/.520 between Double-A and Triple-A. He was never nearly as good previously, but he's fast, he draws walks, and he has a little pop; he could have a career as a reserve outfielder.
Oct 31 - 3:20 PM

Twins declined their $14 million club option on RHP Ervin Santana for 2019.

Santana will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The veteran right-hander missed most of 2018 with finger issues while posting an 8.03 ERA over five starts. He plans to play winter ball in preparation for 2019. If healthy, he could make for an interesting buy-low for someone.
Oct 30 - 2:40 PM

Twins declined their $8 million club option on 1B/DH Logan Morrison for 2019.

Morrison will receive a $1 million buyout and hit free agency. 2018 was a year to forget for the 31-year-old, as he batted just .186 with 15 homers and a .644 OPS over 95 games before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in August.
Oct 30 - 2:35 PM

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports that Garvin Alston will not return as Twins pitching coach in 2019.

Alston spent just one season as Twins pitching coach, with the team ranking ninth in the AL with a 4.50 ERA. Rocco Baldelli was just hired as the new manager, so there figures to be a number of changes on staff.
Oct 30 - 2:26 PM

Twins activated RHP Michael Pineda from the 60-day disabled list.

Pineda missed most of 2018 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery and then had meniscus surgery on his knee in September. It's unclear whether he'll be ready for spring training.
Oct 29 - 7:56 PM

Twins activated C Jason Castro from the 60-day disabled list.

Castro had season-ending meniscus surgery in May. He should enter spring training without limitations.
Oct 29 - 7:54 PM

Twins activated LHP Adalberto Mejia from the 60-day disabled list.

Mejia's season ended early due to wrist and arm ailments. He's expected to be fine for spring training.
Oct 29 - 7:53 PM

Twins activated 1B/DH Logan Morrison from the 60-day disabled list.

Morrison had season-ending hip surgery in August. The Twins hold an $8 million option on him for 2019 that they're likely to decline.
Oct 29 - 7:52 PM

Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move to put him back on the 40-man roster. Santana missed most of 2018 with a couple different finger injuries, but he will pitch in winter ball and hopes to report to spring training with no limitations.
Oct 29 - 7:50 PM

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