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Twins' Drew Maggi: Signs with Twins
Maggi signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Maggi toiled at Triple-A for a second consecutive season, hitting a respectable .272/.333/.345 with 11 stolen bases in 64 games with Columbus. He served a 50-game suspension at the beginning of the year after testing positive for Amphetamine. The utility man, who turns 30 in March, figures to offer organizational depth for the Twins in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Daniel Ozoria: Traded to Minnesota
Ozoria was traded to Minnesota from the Angels for John Curtiss, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Ozoria hasn't had much of a minor-league career with just a .556 OPS in 111 games the past two seasons between four levels of rookie ball. He has some speed with 27 stolen bases. He's just 18 years old, however, after being signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Angels. The Twins essentinally get a lottery ticket for Curtiss, who was likely to be lost to the organization anyway after being removed from the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jeff Ames: Signs minors deal with Minnesota
Ames signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Ames is 27 years old and has yet to reach the majors, so this is very much an organizational depth signing. At the two highest levels of the minors last season in the Brewers' and Nationals' organizations, Ames posted a 4.74 ERA in 38 innings. He did strike out a good number of batters, posting a 29.7 percent strikeout rate, but his 13.3 percent walk rate holds him back from having a real major-league future.... See More ... See Less
Twins' John Curtiss: Removed from 40-man roster
Curtiss was designated for assignment by the Twins on Monday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Curtiss was removed from Minnesota's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for reliever Blake Parker, who was officially signed to a one-year deal Monday. The 25-year-old spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Rochester, posting a 2.77 ERA, 9.9 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 across 55.1 innings. Over parts of the past two seasons, Curtiss owns a 7.20 ERA across 15.0 big-league frames.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Eddie Rosario: Gets raise from Twins
Rosario and the Twins agreed to a one-year, $4.19 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Star Tribune reports.
Rosario had a solid all-around season for the Twins in 2018, hitting 24 homers and stealing eight bases while posting a .288/.323/.479 line and playing above-average defense in left field. He'll play a key role in Minnesota's lineup again this season.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Taylor Rogers: Avoids arbitration
Rogers agreed to a one-year, $1.525 million deal with the Twins, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Coming off a season in which he logged a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and the first two MLB saves of his career, Rogers certainly deserved to finally crack the seven-figure threshold. The Twins have one of the more hazy ninth-inning situations at this time, with Trevor May, Blake Parker and Rogers all entering camp with a semi-realistic shot of getting saves at the outset of the season.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Trevor May: Reaches deal with Twins
May signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
May put together a great season after missing 2017 due to Tommy John surgery, with a 3.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 36:5 K:BB over 25.1 innings once healthy in July. The 29-year-old seems likely to battle the newly signed Blake Parker for Minnestoa's closer's role in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Max Kepler: Inks deal with Minnesota
Kepler signed a one-year, $3.125 million contract with the Twins on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Kepler has been a full-time player in the majors for the last two years in Minnesota, and has a .233/.316/.416 slash line with 39 home runs in 303 games. The 25-year-old should get plenty of chances in the outfield in 2019 due to his power and plus defense in right field.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jake Odorizzi: Reaches deal with Minnesota
Odorizzi and the Twins avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Odorizzi was able to reach an agreement with the Twins after being taken to a hearing by the Rays in each of the previous two seasons. The 28-year-old pitched capably enough in his first season in Minnesota, though his 4.49 ERA was his highest mark since a two-start cameo back in 2012.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Miguel Sano: Signs deal to avoid arbitration
Sano agreed to a one-year, $2.65 million with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if Sano makes enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title (502), a mark he's yet to reach in his four-year career. That would require a major jump from the 299 plate appearances he received last year in a season plagued by injury and poor conditioning. He'll need to hit a lot better than the .199/.281/.398 line he posted last season if the Twins are to re-enter the playoff race.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Byron Buxton: Signs one-year deal with Twins
Buxton signed a one-year deal worth $1.75 million Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Buxton's relationship with the team was potentially on rocky ground after the Twins did not call him up in September, a move which secured the team an extra year of control. Avoiding arbitration will at least remove an opportunity to damage that partnership further. Injuries limited the center fielder to just 28 games last season. He hit very poorly in those games, finishing with an ugly .156/.183/.200 line.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Dario Alvarez: Lands with Twins on MiLB deal
Alvarez signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
The southpaw spent much of last season with the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, producing a 1.98 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 28:14 K:BB in 27 frames. He was released in early August, though, allowing him to test the free agent market this offseason. Alvarez will join the Twins organization looking for a big-league bullpen spot, though there are already a few lefties at the major-league level who could force Alvarez to spend even more time in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Tomas Telis: Links up with Twins
Telis signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Telis broke camp with the Marlins in 2018, but hit just .207/.258/.241 in 31 plate appearances before being designated for assignment. The 27-year-old spent the rest of the season with Triple-A New Orleans, slashing .309/.357/.397 across 76 games. Telis represents organizational catching depth for Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Jason Castro: Ready to go for spring training
Castro (knee) has made a full recovery from mid-May surgery to repair a torn meniscus and isn't expected to face any limitations when catchers report to spring training Feb. 13, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Castro had served as the Twins' No. 1 catcher prior to undergoing surgery on his right knee, slashing .143/.257/.238 in 74 plate appearances across 19 games. The 31-year-old remains the most senior member of the Twins' catching ranks heading into the final year of his contract, but he's no lock to retain the top spot on the depth chart in 2019. While Castro was sidelined, both Mitch Garver and Willians Astudillo flashed upside at the plate and could push the veteran into more of a part-time role during the upcoming campaign. Castro's stellar work as a pitch framer should at least keep his roster spot fairly secure.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Blake Parker: Finalizing deal with Twins
Parker agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Twins on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Parker has found a new home after being non-tendered by the Angels earlier in the offseason. The veteran right-hander figures to immediately join the late-inning conversation in Minnesota after posting a 3.26 ERA and 70:19 K:BB in 66.1 innings with Los Angeles in 2018. That said, Parker struggled with homers (1.6 HR/9) and indicators suggest his ERA was nearly a run better than it should have been (4.40 FIP), suggesting he may be better suited for a setup role while Trevor May takes the ninth inning.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Aaron Slegers: Designated for assignment
Slegers was designated for assignment by the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Slegers was dropped from Minnesota's 40-man roster in order to clear room for the signing of Nelson Cruz. The 26-year-old split time between Triple-A Rochester and the big club in 2018, missing two months due to a shoulder injury. He posted a 5.27 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB across 13.2 innings for the Twins while notching a 3.80 ERA and 57:19 K:BB across 85.1 innings (15 starts) with the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less