Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Twins.2608152064.59
AL Central2nd2nd2nd2nd
American League 4th4th9th9th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
1:05 pm ET
@BOS
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Sat Feb 24
6:05 pm ET
@BAL
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Sun Feb 25
1:05 pm ET
TB
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Mon Feb 26
1:05 pm ET
STL
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Tue Feb 27
6:05 pm ET
BOS
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Wed Feb 28
1:05 pm ET
TB
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Wed Feb 28
1:05 pm ET
@HOU
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Thu Mar 1
1:05 pm ET
@STL
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Fri Mar 2
1:05 pm ET
TOR
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Sat Mar 3
1:07 pm ET
@TOR

Standings

AL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Cleveland96-46102-60
Minnesota72-7085-77
Kansas City71-7180-82
Chicago61-8167-95
Detroit56-8664-98
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Twins' Anibal Sanchez: Deal not guaranteed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanchez's one-year deal with the Twins is not guaranteed, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

With the signing, Sanchez goes on Minnesota's 40-man roster, but it sounds like the team can just cut bait without much of a financial hit if Sanchez fails to impress during spring training. The 33-year-old finished strong with Detroit last season, allowing three runs or fewer in each of his final four starts, but his overall body of work over the past few seasons leaves a lot to be desired. He will be in the mix for the final spot in the Twins' rotation.

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Twins' Anibal Sanchez: Heads to Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Sanchez will have a chance to double his salary with incentives based on games started. The 33-year-old spent the last five years in Detroit and consistently struggled over the last couple seasons. In 2017, he posted a 6.41 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 105.1 innings. He was able to boost his strikeout rate to 8.9 K/9, but gave up an unsightly 2.2 HR/9. He started 17 games and also spent part of the year as a reliever, making 11 relief appearances at the beginning of the season. Sanchez will look to win a spot at the back end of the Twins' rotation this spring.

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Twins' Mitch Garver: Leading candidate to win backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Garver enters spring training as the leading candidate to win the backup catcher role behind starter Jason Castro with last year's backup Chris Gimenez signing with the Cubs in free agency, MLB.com reports.

He'll compete against Bobby Wilson and Willians Astudill for the backup catcher role, but the job is his to lose after a breakout season at Triple-A, where he hit 17 home runs with a .928 OPS. Garver will need to show he can hold his own with his defense. If he wins the job, he could get more at-bats than Gimenez had last year since he's both a right-handed hitter (Castro is a lefty) and can play first base or the outfield in a pinch.

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Twins' Kyle Gibson: Loses arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gibson lost his arbitration hearing Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

With the Twins emerging victorious, Gibson will now earn $4.2 million in 2018 rather than the $4.55 million figure he filed for. The 30-year-old posted an unremarkable 5.07 ERA last season (identical to his 2016 ERA), but he went 10-3 with a much more respectable 3.76 ERA in 13 second-half starts. His second-half success can likely be attributed to his improved walk and strikeout rates following the All-Star break (4.6 BB/9 to 2.6 BB/9 and 5.6 K/9 to 8.2 K/9). Gibson should enter the season in the Twins' rotation, and he could pick up where he left off in 2017 if his gains are legitimate.

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Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Healthy, ready for spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirilloff is fully recovery from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in March of 2017, Mike Berardino of Baseball America reports.

Berardino also reported that Kirilloff has added 30 pounds of muscle since the summer of 2016. The No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Kirilloff should not be forgotten in dynasty leagues, as he still has special offensive potential. He has plus raw power and excellent contact skills that could allow him to someday hit second or third in a big-league lineup. The fact that he missed all of 2017 may allow for a brief window to buy low. If he impresses in his first taste of full-season pitching this year, he will shoot up prospect lists.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJoe Mauer , 1B.305
HRBrian Dozier , 2B34
RBIBrian Dozier , 2B93
OBPJoe Mauer , 1B.384
SLGEddie Rosario , LF.507
RBrian Dozier , 2B106
SBByron Buxton , CF29
WErvin Santana , SP16
ERAErvin Santana , SP3.28
WHIPErvin Santana , SP1.13
KErvin Santana , SP167
SVMatt Belisle , RP9

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