Player News - Twins

Date: Team: Pos:

Twins acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Rays for SS Jermaine Palacios.

Odorizzi has been available all offseason, and it's fascinating to see how relatively little the Rays were willing to accept in a deal for the 27-year-old. Of course, his 4.14 ERA last year contributed to that price tag, as did a career 4.23 FIP, surely. A move from the Trop to Target Field doesn't do much, if anything, to benefit Odorizzi's game, but a change of scenery might. Odorizzi will make $6.3 million this year.
Feb 17 - 11:56 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have traded Jake Odorizzi to the Twins.

FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios is headed back to the Rays. It's a savvy pickup for the middle of the Twins' rotation. Odorizzi's name swirled in trade talks all winter after he put up a 4.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 143 1/3 innings last season. He recently won his arbitration hearing against the Rays and will make a $6.3 million salary in 2018. He's under team control through 2019.
Feb 17 - 9:47 PM

Joe Mauer said he hopes to continue his Twins career after his contract runs out following the 2018 season.

"This is where I want to be," Mauer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "This is where my family is, where my daughters are growing up. I have no intention of going anywhere else. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that." His time with the Twins -- and any club, for that matter -- appeared to be running out after years of middling performance, but the 34-year-old rebounded with a .305/.384/.417 line in 141 games last season. It won't be to the tune of the $23 million he'll make in 2018, but another good year could earn Mauer a new deal with the Minnesota club, perhaps one that takes him to the end of his career.
Feb 17 - 9:43 PM

Kyle Gibson lost his arbitration case.

Gibson will make $4.2 million in 2018 instead of the $4.55 million salary he requested when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 30-year-old right-hander went 12-10 with a 5.07 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 121/60 K/BB ratio over 29 starts (158 innings) in 2017 while earning $2.9 million.
Feb 15 - 1:34 PM

Jake Odorizzi won his arbitration base.

He'll get a $6.3 million salary in 2018, rather than the $6.05 million that the Rays put forth when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. Odorizzi is on the trade block this spring, with reported interest from the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, and Yankees. The 27-year-old right-hander registered a 4.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 127/61 K/BB ratio across 143 1/3 innings (28 starts) with Tampa Bay in 2017.
Feb 15 - 1:23 PM

Kyle Gibson had his arbitration hearing Wednesday.

Gibson requested $4.55 million and was offered $4.2 million by the Twins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. There should be a ruling sometime Thursday. The 30-year-old right-hander earned $2.9 million last season while going 12-10 with a 5.07 ERA in 29 starts covering 158 innings.
Feb 15 - 8:50 AM

Phil Hughes (shoulder) said he has no restrictions leading into spring training this year.

"It's really early, so I'm cautiously optimistic about how I feel right now," the veteran right-hander told reporters Wednesday at Twins camp. "It's nice to not have anything holding me back, and I can just go full bore from day one and not feel like I'm behind or anything. So far I'm happy, but the games haven't begun yet so there are a lot of progressions to go." Hughes underwent a second thoracic outlet surgery last August and remains a major question mark for the 2018 season.
Feb 14 - 3:14 PM

Ervin Santana is scheduled to travel to New York for a follow-up exam on his surgically repaired right hand.

Santana underwent a capsular release (debridement) procedure for the middle finger on his throwing hand last Tuesday. He's currently in a cast and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. He could miss the first month of the 2018 season.
Feb 13 - 2:06 PM

Miguel Sano (shin) is expected to report to Twins' camp on time.

Sano is currently working out in the Dominican Republic in preparation to join his teammates. He'll be limited in the early days of camp coming off surgery to repair a stress reaction in his left leg, but the expectation is that he should be on track for the start of the season. Of course, he's under investigation by MLB for a sexual assault claim, so it's possible he could be facing a suspension.
Feb 13 - 1:44 PM

Twins signed OF Chris Heisey to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Heisey, 33, missed time with groin and biceps injuries last year while batting .162/.215/.270 over 79 plate appearances with the Nationals. He'll try to win a job as a right-handed bat off the bench in the spring.
Feb 13 - 1:32 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said in an interview on Treasure Island Baseball Network this week that the team is "very happy" with how Miguel Sano's (leg) rehab has gone.

Sano had surgery in November to repair a stress reaction in his left leg, an injury that limited him to just three games over the final six weeks of the season. However, it sounds like Sano will be at least close to a full participant at the outset of spring training. "He continues to get his conditioning up now that he's fully active and moving around," Falvey said. "We feel very happy about the work that he's doing to put himself in a position to be ready to go." While the news appears to be good from a health perspective with Sano, he's still under investigation by MLB into sexual assault claims made against him, so he could be facing a possible suspension.
Feb 9 - 2:15 PM

Ervin Santana underwent surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand on Tuesday and will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks.

It was a capsular release (debridement) procedure performed by Dr. Charles Melone in New York. 10 weeks would mean mid-to-late April and 12 weeks would mean early May, so Santana is certain to begin the 2018 season on the disabled list. It's obviously tough news for the Twins, who might have picked the 35-year-old right-hander as their Opening Day starter. Santana went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 167/61 K/BB ratio in 211 1/3 innings last season. He also started the 2017 American League Wild Card Game for Minnesota.
Feb 6 - 5:40 PM

Michael Pineda (elbow) threw Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July.

He made 30 throws from a distance of 60 feet. Pineda signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Twins over the winter and hopes to make it back by the end of the 2018 season. While he has been maddeningly inconsistent, it's a nice gamble for Minnesota. The 28-year-old owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 over 117 major league starts.
Feb 5 - 9:14 AM

After hearing plenty of chatter earlier this winter, Jake Odorizzi said he's surprised that he's still a member of the Rays.

"Still happy to be here; it's just the waiting game," Odorizzi told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. "If something happens, sooner than later is always helpful for the player. But I'm prepared, we've got our place for spring training, we're all ready to go. So that's our mind-set, to get ready for the season." Odorizzi will make either $6.3 million or $6.05 million this year, depending on how his arbitration hearing goes. He has two years left before free agency. A trade remains a possibility, but the teams that could be interested in his services are still waiting to see what's going to happen with the free agent starters.
Feb 4 - 9:33 AM


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