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Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins will interview Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde for their managerial vacancy on Monday.

Add another team to the list. Hyde is a hot name at the moment, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that he has also interviewed for vacancies with the Rangers and Angels. Hyde has been on the Cubs' staff for the past five seasons, including the last two as bench coach. He also previously served as bench coach with the Marlins.
Oct 15 - 10:08 AM's Mark Feinsand reports that the Mets reached out to the Twins for permission to speak with Thad Levine about their general manager job, but Levine declined to be interviewed.

Levine, who is the senior vice president and GM for the Twins, will remain in Minnesota.
Oct 5 - 11:26 AM

Athletics acquired RHP Fernando Rodney from the Twins in exchange for RHP Dakota Chalmers.

The A's will be Rodney's 10th major league team and his ninth in eight years. Oakland has gone to great lengths to improve its bullpen over the past several weeks, acquiring Jeurys Familia from the Mets, Shawn Kelley from Washington and now Rodney from Minnesota. The 41-year-old has a tendency to make things interesting in the late innings (sometimes a little too interesting), though he's done a nice job with 25 saves and a 10.31 K/9 this season. In Oakland, he'll work in a setup role ahead of closer Blake Treinen. With Rodney gone, the Twins will likely turn to Addison Reed in the ninth inning.
Aug 9 - 10:16 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press hears that Matt Belisle could be headed back to the Twins.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that an agreement has been reached, but there hasn't been an official announcement yet. Belisle, 38, was given his release by the Indians on Monday. The veteran reliever saved nine games for the Twins last year while posting a 4.03 ERA in 62 appearances.
Jun 12 - 10:24 AM

Lance Lynn is expected to make his spring debut on Tuesday.

It will also be his Twins debut, though his new one-year, $12 million deal isn't official yet. Lynn has been working out even though he hasn't been with a team, so he's expected to be right on track for the start of the regular season.
Mar 12 - 2:58 PM

Even with the signing of Lance Lynn, Twins' manager Paul Molitor said he planned to open the season with a four-man rotation.

Due to off-days early in the season the Twins don't need a fourth starter for awhile, so it sounds like they'll roll with Lynn, Jake Odorizzi, Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson.
Mar 11 - 9:32 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Twins and free agent Lance Lynn are in agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal.

Multiple outlets were reporting that the sides were close on a one-year deal, and Morosi says it's now done. One year is surely less than Lynn set out to get at the start of free agency, but he was one of a number of free agents who found the market unfavorable. The Twins, meanwhile, are loading up for another postseason run, having acquired Lynn, Logan Morrison and Jake Odorizzi in recent weeks. Lynn should do well in Minnesota and, with the carrot of another payday next winter, should also be motivated this season.
Mar 10 - 4:42 PM

The Twins are "closing in on a deal" with free agent Lance Lynn, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Twins reportedly recently made a two-year, $20 million offer to Lynn, so the smoke has been there. Heyman says this deal would likely be for one year. The Twins have taken advantage of the down market for free agents this winter, also inking Logan Morrison to a seemingly below-market deal. Lynn posted a strong 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings last year with the Cardinals and would fit nicely in the Twins rotation.
Mar 10 - 4:32 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins recently made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Lance Lynn but it was a "non-starter."

It was reported a week ago that Lynn had rejected an offer from the Twins, and now we know the numbers. The 30-year-old right-hander is presumably looking for something more in the three-year or four-year range, with a much higher average annual value than $10 million. But the calendar is moving quickly toward the opening of the 2018 regular season and Lynn will want to get into a major league camp soon to get properly stretched out. Lynn returned from Tommy John surgery last season to deliver a 3.43 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. He owns a strong 3.38 career ERA.
Mar 6 - 5:23 PM

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio reports that the Twins are unlikely to sign any of the top remaining starting pitchers on the free agent market.

Many had thought that after they lost out on Yu Darvish, that they'd move on down the list and still find a way to reinforce their starting rotation. They reportedly made an offer to Lance Lynn last month, but talks have appeared to fizzle out since then. Bowden doesn't expect the Twins to be in the mix for Lynn, Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb.
Mar 4 - 9:14 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins' offer to Lance Lynn last month "was for more than 2/12ish."

How much more than two years and $12 million isn't known, but that's a really low number so it's no surprise that Lynn rejected it. Wolfson adds that "there aren't any active discussions between the sides," so unless one side budges significantly it doesn't sound like there's a match here. The Phillies, Nationals, Brewers and Orioles are other clubs that have been connected to Lynn.
Mar 2 - 9:34 AM's Jon Morosi reports that Logan Morrison has agreed to terms with the Twins on a one-year, $6.5 million contract with a vesting option for 2019.

Morosi hears the contract could be worth as much as $16.5 million over two years, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Morrison has a "reasonable chance" at maxing out the deal. Morrison no doubt had eyes on a bigger contract after he batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays, but he never gained much traction in the slow offseason market. He should be the Twins' main designated hitter and can also fill in at first base.
Feb 25 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins are "in serious talks" with Logan Morrison and the two sides are "moving closer" to a deal.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was first to report earlier Sunday that the Twins had interest in LoMo, and it appears they're nearing the finish line on a contract. Morrison gives the Twins another option in the designated hitter spot and can also fill in at first base or even the outfield on occasion. He batted .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays.
Feb 25 - 1:43 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are showing interest in Logan Morrison.

Morrison would give Minnesota another option in the designated hitter spot and could also fill in on occasion at first base. The 30-year-old has had trouble finding traction on the market this offseason even after batting .246/.353/.516 with a career-high 38 home runs in 2017. The Twins could be able to land LoMo relatively cheaply.
Feb 25 - 10:57 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.

Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn’t moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Feb 23 - 12:07 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

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with Anibal Sanchez on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The veteran right-hander has the opportunity to earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN was first to report that the two sides were talking. It's a bit surprising given how this market has gone that Sanchez got a major league contract, but's Rhett Bollinger hears that the deal isn't fully guaranteed. Sanchez had a rough go of it the last three years in Detroit, posting a 5.67 ERA. That includes a 6.41 ERA last season. Given the state of the Twins' rotation, the soon-to-be 34-year-old should have a good shot to break camp as one of the starting five.
Feb 16 - 5:34 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez surely isn't a primary target, but Minnesota could be looking for a pair of starters following Ervin Santana's finger surgery. Slated to turn 34 later this month, Sanchez has posted a 5.67 ERA over the last three seasons, including an ugly 6.41 mark in 2017 when he spent some time in the minors. The Twins could probably get him on a minor league contract.
Feb 16 - 4:29 PM

According to Rhett Bollinger of, the Twins will be present for Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

Add another team to the list. The Yankees, Brewers, Giants, and Padres are among the other clubs expected to attend. Lincecum didn't pitch at all last season and had an unsightly 9.16 ERA over nine starts with the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten in great shape in hopes of resurrecting his career. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, though Lincecum is a huge wild card at this point.
Feb 13 - 2:31 PM

According to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are still exploring possible trades with the Rays for right-hander Chris Archer.

After getting spurned by Yu Darvish, the Twins are still looking for an upgrade to the front-end of their rotation. The club made the Rays a formal offer for Archer two weeks ago and it's known that the Rays have some interest in Max Kepler as part of a return package. It's going to take a whole lot more than that though to acquire the 29-year-old hurler, who is affordably locked up through 2019 and has a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Feb 11 - 9:05 PM

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