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Byung Ho Park agrees to $12M, 4-year deal with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) South Korean first baseman Byung Ho Park has agreed to a $12 million, four-year contract with the Minnesota Twins. The 29-year-old, who also is a designated hitter, gets $2.75 million in each of the next two seasons and $3 million each in 2018 and '19. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout. On Nov. 9, Minnesota won the right to...
Via AP on Fox
25 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Twins sign Korean slugger Byung Ho Park to 4-year deal

Minnesota hopes its gamble on Byung Ho Park pays off. The Minnesota Twins have signed Korean slugger Byung Ho Park to a four-year, $12 million deal. Park deal with #Twins: Four years, $12M. Agreement first reported by @JonHeymanCBS.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 1, 2015 Earlier, #Twins had won rights to Park with $12.85M bid. Total investment: $24.85M over four years...
Via Fox Sports
42 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Report: Korean star Park in U.S., Twins hoping to close deal soon

The Minnesota Twins believe they're a step closer to coming to an agreement with Korean slugger Byung Ho Park on a contract, it was reported by Phil Miller of the Star Tribune on Monday morning. Park apparently arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday night and is expected to meet with the Twins and team VP Rob Antony about negotiating a contract to bring...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins add seven players to 40-man roster

The Twins added seven players to the 40-man roster on Friday, promoting left-handers Pat Dean, Mason Melotakis, Taylor Rodgers and Randy Rosario, right-handers J.T. Chargois and Yorman Landa and outfielder Adam Brett Walker. Of the group Dean and Rogers have the most experience, having both spent last season with Triple-A Rochester Dean posted a 2.82 ERA in 179 innings pitched, as...
Via Fox Sports North
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Berrios, 2016 Fantasy Outlook

I'm a bit rookie pitcher-phobic.  Waking up in a dank dungeon missing a kidney after being slipped a roofie from a rookie pitcher will do that to you.  By the by, all dungeons are dank, don't tell Previous Sentence Grey.  This is why I tend to focus mostly on bats when I'm breaking down the rookies that will impact 2016 fantasy baseball (take that deft SEO, Bleacher Report!)....
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Final Twins defensive ratings

Back in late July, we presented the initial results of the Society of American Baseball's (SABR) Defensive Index rankings (SDI).   As we mentioned over the summer, according to SABR, these rankings account for roughly 25 percent of the selection process used in determining each season's Gold Glove winners, which were announced last week.   The Defensive Index is compiled from different...
Via Fox Sports North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Ryan Murphy holding up as an offseason win for Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins needed a catcher this offseason, that much was obvious. Veteran starter Kurt Suzuki dipped off after an All-Star 2014 season and he didn’t have much help from backups Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer, who batted a miserable .160 when put together. With rumors connecting Minnesota to free-agent names like A.J. Pierzynski and Matt […]
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Byung Ho Park brings questions to MLB while Twins look for answers

He could be a Twin come next season, but Korean slugger Byung Ho Park could be one of many options at the corners in Minnesota if he agrees to a contract within the next month. The Minnesota Twins bought the right to a 30-day negotiating period with Ho Park by paying a $12.85 million posting fee to the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) earlier this week. While...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Breakdown: Aaron Hicks To The Yankees

The John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks trade looks great for all involved. The Twins needed catching depth and the Yankees needed, at the very least, a fourth outfielder. As fourth outfielders go, Hicks is an improvement over Chris Young. He is younger, 26 years old to Young's 32.  He is a switch hitter, where Young only bats right-handed.  (Hicks batted .307 vs lefties this past...
Via Lady At The Bat
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Keys to Understanding Aaron Hicks

You’re forgiven if you don’t much care about Wednesday’s swap of Aaron Hicks for JR Murphy. Maybe you’re not a fan of the Twins or the Yankees. Maybe you’re not a fan of baseball at all, and you somehow wound up here by accident. Or maybe you are a fan of the Twins or the Yankees, but you recognize this as a trade featuring two players with less than 2 combined WAR over...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins, Yankees swap Aaron Hicks, John Ryan Murphy

So, about that backlog in Minnesota…looks like it’s been taken care of, for now at least. The Twins have traded center fielder Aaron Hicks to the Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy. OFFICIAL: #MNTwins acquire C John Ryan Murphy (@JRMurphy513) from #Yankees for OF Aaron Hicks. — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 11, 2015   The 26-year...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

If made available, Trevor Plouffe would interest the Angels

After the Twins won the posting for Korean first baseman Byung Ho Park, we wondered how the Twins would rectify their potential logjam at the corner infield and outfield positions. While no solution has even been broached yet, and hell, won’t be broached until the Twins actually sign Park, one possibility was the trade of third baseman Trevor Plouffe. And if Plouffe is put on the...
Via Bloguin Best
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Sano, Molitor finalists for postseason accolades

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins announced that slugger Miguel Sano and Paul Molitor have both been named as finalists for major American League postseason honors. Molitor, one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, helped guide the Twins to 83 wins this season, his first as Minnesota's skipper. The St. Paul native was already named American League Manager of the Year by the...
Via Fox Sports North
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins acquire minor-league OF Palka from D-backs in trade for Herrmann

The Minnesota Twins made their first move of the offseason, trading catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann to Arizona for minor-league outfielder Daniel Palka. Palka, a third-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2013 and who just turned 24 on Oct. 28, batted .280 with a .352 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage at Class A Visalia in 2015. The left-hander's 29 home runs were fourth...
Via Fox Sports North
20 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs trade prospect Palka to Twins for utility player Herrmann

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks traded first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palk to the Minnesota Tiwns for catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann. Herrmann, 27, has appeared in 142 games over the last four seasons with the Minnesota Twins and defensively has appeared at catcher (69 games), right field (36), left field (17) and first base (2). In 389 career plate appearances, he has a .181 average...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins reportedly win bidding for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

The winner of the Byung-ho Park Sweepstakes has officially been revealed and the lucky bidder is the Minnesota Twins. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that the Twins submitted the winning bid of $12.85 million and earned the rights to negotiate with the power-hitting South Korean first baseman. Minnesota will now have 30...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Win Right To Sign Korean Slugger Byung-ho Park With $12.85M Bid

The Minnesota Twins were a pleasant surprise in 2015 despite missing the playoffs. They’re now looking to take the next step and apparently aren’t messing around in their quest to do so. The Twins submitted the winning bid for Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park, the team announced Monday. Minnesota has 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park. OFFICIAL: @Twins win negotiating...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins reportedly win bidding for Byung-ho Park

The winner in the bidding for the services for Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park is a bit of a shocker – the Minnesota Twins, who bid $12.85 million to earn the right to negotiate a contract with Park over the next 30 days. .@Twins reportedly place winning bid to negotiate contract with Korean 1B Byung-ho Park. — MLB ...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter’s Hall of Fame case pales in comparison to a pair of contemporaries

On Monday night, Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter announced his retirement after 17 full seasons in the majors with the Twins, Angels, and Tigers. Hunter has a reputation of being an above average hitter and excellent defender in center field, and a player who could receive some support for the Hall of Fame when he reaches the ballot in five years. (note: this article will...
Via The Outside Corner
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Sano double winner of Twins Diamond Awards

The impressive half of a season Miguel Sano put together for the Minnesota Twins has garnered him recognition from the local media. It was announced Tuesday that Sano is the winner of a couple of Diamond Awards, as voted on by the Twins Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Sano was named winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (Most Valuable Twins) and the...
Via Fox Sports North
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: The Minnesota Twins

A full-circle theme defined the preseason of the 2015 Minnesota Twins. Longtime manager Ron Gardenhire — who, it should be said, is still immensely popular in the North Star State — was gone. The team replaced him with Hall-of-Famer and former Twin Paul Molitor, a Minnesota native and, like Joe Mauer, Cretin-Derham Hall graduate. Fan favorite Torii Hunter returned to the Cities...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins P hints team will hit Indians infielder over bat flip

    The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He had an RBI double in the second, but it was after his 3-run home run in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana is showing he’s worth the money

Last off-season, the Minnesota Twins made Ervin Santana the highest paid free agent in team history, paying him $54 million over the course of four years. This large of a salary provided lofty expectations for Santana, who failed to live up to them at the start of his tenure with the Twins. Fans have had quite a fickle relationship with Santana thus far, but he is starting to prove...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pujols asked for baseball after ending hitless streak

    Albert Pujols is a surefire Hall of Famer when his playing days are over, having piled up numerous accolades and accomplishments along the way. However, on Saturday, he requested a baseball as a memento for a dubious distinction. Heading into the fourth inning the Angels’ game against the Twins, Pujols had gone hitless in 25 consecutive at-bats, the longest such streak...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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