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Twins' Trevor May: Set to remain in bullpen
May will be used as a reliever in 2019 and will not move to the rotation, Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
May returned after missing a season due to Tommy John surgery and showed increased velocity on his fastball (94.1 mph average) and an improved strikeout rate (12.8 K/9) once he returned to the majors in August. He converted all three save chances when used in the closer role the final week, and could be in the closer mix this spring if the Twins don't sign an established closer in free agency.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Byron Buxton: Seen as starting CF
Even though Buxton was not called up from Triple-A in September, the Twins don't envision an open competition for the starting center field job this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We don't view it that way. He's our starting center fielder. That's who Byron Buxton is. That's clear to us moving forward," said Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey.
Buxton looked like a budding superstar after a breakout 2017 season only to endure basically a lost season in 2018. Buxton went on the DL in early April due to a recurring migraine issue and then broke his toe while on a rehab assignment. He tried to play through a hairline fracture in his left big toe but hit just .188 in 17 games and was sent to the minors. He then missed several weeks with a wrist injury. When finally healthy he hit .313 with three homers and an .897 OPS over 27 games at Triple-A. However, he wasn't called up in September despite being fully healthy in a thinly-veiled move by the Twins to gain an extra year of service time. It looks like the Twins will re-establish him as the starter next spring. The jury is out on if he'll become a star at the plate or if he can stay healthy given his injury history, but he may also have as much upside for fantasy baseball as any player in the game.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Fernando Romero: Could move to bullpen
Minnesota is considering moving Romero to the bullpen, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "His mentality fits," Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. "When people watch him pitch, they see him in the bullpen, they see clear ability there. So we're open-minded to that."
Romero had impressive velocity in his major-league debut last season, but he was previously thought more to be a candidate for the fifth starter spot in the rotation. He dazzled in his first five starts in the majors last season with a 1.88 ERA and 9.1 K/9. However, he ran out of gas in his next five starts with a 7.54 ERA, 6.0 K/9 and 2.0 HR/9. While Romero had an impressive 95.4 mph average fastball, he struggled with his control and command. He could be a dark horse for Minnesota's closer role if the team doesn't sign a veteran given his velocity, but his role and chances to make the team are uncertain. He likely needs more time at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Ronald Torreyes: Signs with Minnesota
Torreyes inked a one-year, $800,000 major-league deal with the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Torreyes was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs in late November and failed to have his contract tendered by Chicago for this upcoming season. The 26-year-old did well to secure a big-league contract and will serve as added depth all around the infield for the Twins during the 2019 campaign. Across 41 games with the Yankees last year, he slashed .280/.294/.370 with seven RBI and eight extra-base hits.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jonathan Schoop: Joins Minnesota on one-year deal
Schoop signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Schoop will move west to Minnesota after being non-tendered by the Brewers earlier in the offseason. The 27-year-old struggled between Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018, hitting just .233/.266/.416 across a combined 131 games at both stops. That said, he owns a career .258 average and has topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons, so he could make for a sneaky late-round target in fantasy drafts given his open path to playing time in Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Twins' C.J. Cron: Avoids arbitration with Twins
Cron agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with Minnesota on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Cron was scooped up off waivers by the Twins after being designated for assignment by the Rays. He should add much-needed power to Minnesota's lineup in 2019 after launching 30 homers a year ago.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Ehire Adrianza: Avoids arbitration
Adrianza (shoulder) signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, avoiding arbitration.
Adrianza appeared in 114 games for the Twins in 2018, slashing .251/.301/.379 with six homers and five stolen bases. He underwent shoulder surgery in October, though he's expected to be back to full health before the start of the season. Adrianza looks to be in line to open the 2019 campaign as the Twins' utility man.... See More ... See Less
Twins' C.J. Cron: Claimed by Twins
Cron was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Monday.
Cron was scooped up by the Twins after being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay last week. The 28-year-old, who hit .253/.323/.493 with 30 homers across 140 games in 2018, will likely slide in as Minnesota's primary first baseman following the retirement of Joe Mauer.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Brian Schales: Dealt to Minnesota
Schales was traded from the Marlins to the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for Nick Anderson, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Schales played at Double-A Jacksonville throughout the 2018 season, hitting .258 with 10 homers and 49 RBI across 127 games. He appears primed to begin the 2019 campaign with Triple-A Rochester.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Luis Arraez: Promoted to 40-man roster
Arraez was added to the 40-man roster by Minnesota on Tuesday.
Arraez put together a solid 2018 season at the dish coming off a torn ACL, ending the year at Double-A Pensacola sporting a .298 batting average over 48 games. He was shifted to the 40-man roster for protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Twins' LaMonte Wade: Moved onto 40-man roster
Wade was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Tuesday, Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus reports.
The Twins added the outfielder to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Wade put up solid numbers at Double-A over the past two years, but he was a bit older than the competition at that level. He also scuffled a bit upon a promotion to Triple-A, hitting .229 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 352 plate appearances. He has excellent contact rates throughout his professional career, however, and his walk rate sat above 10 percent at most stops in the minors. If the 24-year-old can hit a bit better at the start of the season, he could find his way to Target Field, though his lack of a truly standout tool limits his upside.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Nick Gordon: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
Gordon was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Tuesday, Aaron Gleeman of Baseball Prospectus reports.
This move protects the infielder from being taken by another team in the Rule 5 draft. Gordon was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, and he emerged as one of the Twins' top prospects in recent years. However, he struggled mightily in his first taste of Triple-A last season, slashing a mere .212/.262/.283 with two homers, 40 runs scored and 13 stolen bases across 490 plate appearances. The 23-year-old doesn't pose as a future superstar, but his decent speed, solid contact ability and proximity to the majors have him at least on the redraft radar for 2019.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Wynston Sawyer: Re-ups with Minnesota
Sawyer inked a minor-league deal with the Twins on Friday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Sawyer will continue to serve as organizational catching depth for Minnesota heading into the 2019 season. The 27-year-old spent most of last season with Triple-A Rochester but saw action in only 23 games, hitting .318/.446/.394 with one home run and 11 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Ryne Harper: Returns to Twins
Harper agreed to a minor-league deal with Minnesota on Friday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Harper spent the 2018 season in the Twins' organization, splitting time between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He logged a cumulative 3.60 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with an 86:10 K:BB across 65 innings of relief, though his numbers took a decent-sized dip during his outings with Triple-A Rochester. Don't expect to see the 29-year-old up in the majors barring a rash of injuries.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Zack Weiss: Heads to Minnesota
Weiss signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on Friday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
Weiss was released by Cincinnati in early September after spending the past six years in the organization. He only made one big-league appearance during that time -- in April of 2018 -- during which he gave up four earned runs on two hits (two home runs) and two walks while failing to record an out. Weiss spent a majority of this past season at Triple-A, and he will likely report to Minnesota's Triple-A club this coming spring.... See More ... See Less