Twins radio broadcasts set to return to WCCO

Twins radio broadcasts set to return to WCCO

WCCO AM 830 returns as the Minnesota Twins' Twin Cities metropolitan area affiliate, highlighting a fully integrated radio partnership announced Friday by the organization in conjunction with Entercom Communications Corporation.

Starting with the 2018 season, WCCO AM 830 will air all Twins regular-season and postseason games as well as Spring Training coverage across the metro area.

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MLB Awards grand finale (7 CT, MLB Network)

Winners from 15 categories will be revealed on MLB Network, MLB.com

MLB Awards grand finale (7 CT, MLB Network)

The grand finale of Major League Baseball in 2017 has arrived. Somehow, even after all the drama that we witnessed from April through November in a magnificent season, there's one more dramatic moment to behold for baseball fans everywhere.

The last group of honors, the Esurance MLB Awards, will be given out tonight beginning at 8 ET on MLB Network and MLB.com to cap a fantastic 2017 season. And, as is the case every year, they will span a wide-ranging field of accomplishments -- both traditional and modern -- that also account for the recent postseason.

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Twins in search of bullpen help this offseason

Twins in search of bullpen help this offseason

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will be looking to add relief help, including a closer, this offseason after their bullpen ranked 22nd in ERA, finished 26th in strikeouts and lost Brandon Kintzler to a trade and Matt Belisle to free agency.

The good news for the Twins is there are plenty of quality free-agent relievers this offseason. Wade Davis headlines the list of available closers, but he's likely to fall out of Minnesota's price range, especially if the Twins spend on starting pitching, as they've already been linked to some of the top rotation arms available.

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Ervin comes in 7th in AL Cy Young Award vote

Ervin comes in 7th in AL Cy Young Award vote

Twins ace Ervin Santana finished seventh in the 2017 American League Cy Young Award voting, as announced on MLB Network on Wednesday night.

The right-hander received three fifth-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, placing him behind AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Chris Sale, Luis Severino, Carlos Carrasco, Justin Verlander and Craig Kimbrel. Santana produced a 16-8 record with a 3.28 ERA over 33 starts and 211 1/3 innings in 2017.

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Molitor receives AL Manager of Year Award

Twins skipper guided club to postseason after 100-loss season

Molitor receives AL Manager of Year Award

At the helm of one of the Majors' biggest surprise teams this year, and in the midst of one of the game's biggest turnarounds, Twins skipper Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Molitor, who just completed his third season and was also a finalist in 2015, edged out the Indians' Terry Francona and the Astros' A.J. Hinch for the AL honors. Molitor received 18 first-place votes, six second-place and four third-place for a total of 112 points, and he was left off just two of the 30 total ballots. Francona received 90 points and Hinch, 56.

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Twins get Competitive Balance pick in Draft

Twins get Competitive Balance pick in Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.

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Twins void contract of int'l prospect Marte

Physical revealed issues with 16-year-old shortstop's vision

Twins void contract of int'l prospect Marte

The Minnesota Twins have voided the contract of Dominican shortstop Jelfry Marte after complications with his physical, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo has learned. Baseball America was first to report the news.

The Twins' concern was caused by issues with the 16-year-old's vision, sources told Baseball America. Marte's contract was worth $3 million, the third-largest deal during the current 2017-18 international signing period.

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Twins confident, patient at GM Meetings

Pitching takes focus as Minnesota looks to build on AL Wild Card finish

Twins confident, patient at GM Meetings

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Relative to last offseason, the Minnesota Twins' timeline to compete in the American League Central has been accelerated by two fundamental factors.

"One is our team had a really nice performance in 2017, which gives us confidence we might be a little bit further ahead than we expected," Minnesota general manager Thad Levine said Monday at the General Managers Meetings. "And two, that in this moment in time we have three teams in our division who are retooling or full-fledged rebuilding.

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Sano has successful surgery on left leg

Sano has successful surgery on left leg

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano had successful surgery performed on his left leg Monday morning in New York, according to a tweet by Dustin Morse, Twins senior director, communications. Sano suffered a stress reaction in his left shin in mid-August that never fully healed.

Sano was expected to have a permanent titanium rod inserted into his left shin, and the surgery generally carries a six-to-eight week recovery period before a return to baseball activities. If all goes as planned, Sano should be ready for Spring Training.

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Plans announced for TwinsFest at Target Field

Plans announced for TwinsFest at Target Field

The Twins and the Twins Community Fund on Monday unveiled the details for TwinsFest at Target Field. The event is scheduled to run from Jan. 19-21, and it will give fans the opportunity to enjoy "exclusive and intimate baseball experiences."

More than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to be at the event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Over the past 27 years, TwinsFest has raised over $4.8 million for various programs supported by the organization.

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Wade sustains concussion in outfield collision

Wade sustains concussion in outfield collision

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade was treated for a concussion and released from a local hospital after being involved in a scary collision with Cardinals outfielder Oscar Mercado in right-center field during the second inning of the Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Game on Saturday. Wade, who was playing right field for the Surprise Saguaros, was able to return to the stadium before the end of the game, which the Saguaros lost to the Peoria Javelinas, 11-10.

Braves prospect Austin Riley hit a ball into the right-center-field gap and Wade, the Twins' No. 17 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, and Mercado collided at full speed. Mercado managed to hold onto the ball for the third out of the inning, but he remained on the ground for several minutes before staying in the game.

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Buxton adds Platinum Glove to trophy case

Twins center fielder voted top defender in American League

Buxton adds Platinum Glove to trophy case

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was honored as the American League's top defender Friday, receiving the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award at the Gold Glove ceremony in New York.

Buxton is the first Twins player to win a Platinum Glove, an award established in 2011. He was also named the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Friday.

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Buxton wins Wilson Defensive Player of Year

Twins' speedy star led all center fielders in runs saved

Buxton wins Wilson Defensive Player of Year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Days after winning his first Gold Glove Award, Byron Buxton added to his hardware on Friday with the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, announced on MLB Network.

Buxton was rated as the best defender in baseball, also taking home the honors in center field, for the first time in his career. Among others, he beat out Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, who was last year's Defensive Player of the Year.

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Twins begin offseason quest for pitching ace

Twins begin offseason quest for pitching ace

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have had trouble acquiring or developing an ace since trading two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana to the Mets after the 2007 season.

The Twins have had only one pitcher reach 200 strikeouts since then -- Francisco Liriano in 2010. This year, Ervin Santana became the first Twins starting pitcher to be named an All-Star since Santana in '07.

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Tonkin to play in Japan, clearing roster spot

Tonkin to play in Japan, clearing roster spot

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are set to clear another 40-man roster spot, as reliever Michael Tonkin's contract will be sold to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.

The move isn't official yet, but Tonkin is set to sign a two-year deal worth $2.1 million, according a report from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Tonkin, who was designated for assignment in May but returned to the roster as a September callup, wasn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, so it guarantees him more money than he would've made in the Majors.

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Buxton, Dozier win first career Gold Gloves

Twins have multiple winners for first time since 2007

Buxton, Dozier win first career Gold Gloves

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins center fielder Byron Buxton won what could be the first of many Rawlings Gold Glove Awards of his burgeoning career. He was joined by second baseman Brian Dozier, who in a mild surprise, won his first Gold Glove. The winners were announced on ESPN on Tuesday night.

Buxton, 23, beat out fellow American League finalists Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and Lorenzo Cain (Royals), snapping Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier's streak of two consecutive Gold Gloves in center field. And Dozier, 30, earned the honor over Ian Kinsler (Tigers) and Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox). Kinsler won it in 2016 and was considered the favorite to win it again this year.

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Twins name Shelton new bench coach

Twins name Shelton new bench coach

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins hired veteran coach Derek Shelton as bench coach, replacing the departed Joe Vavra, the club announced Monday.

Shelton, 47, has 13 years of coaching experience at the Major League level, and most recently served as the quality control coach for the Blue Jays last season. He served as Rays hitting coach from 2010-16 under Joe Maddon and Kevin Cash, and Indians hitting coach from 2005-09 under Eric Wedge.

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Twins lose Turley, drop Gimenez, O'Rourke

Twins lose Turley, drop Gimenez, O'Rourke

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins cleared three more spots on their 40-man roster Monday, as left-hander Nik Turley was claimed on waivers by the Pirates, while catcher Chris Gimenez and left-hander Ryan O'Rourke were both outrighted off the 40-man roster. Both Gimenez and O'Rourke have been outrighted previously and can elect free agency.

Minnesota also opened three 40-man roster spots Friday, as left-hander Randy Rosario was claimed on waivers from the Cubs, outfielder Daniel Palka was claimed on waivers from the White Sox and infielder Niko Goodrum cleared waivers and was outrighted off the roster.

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Longtime Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

Former big league catcher spent 32 seasons with Minnesota

Longtime Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

MINNEAPOLIS -- Longtime Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, who served as a coach for 32 seasons from 1982-2012, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. He was 69.

The Twins issued a statement regarding Stelmaszek, who was the longest-tenured coach in Minnesota history, and only trails Nick Altrock (42 straight seasons with the Senators) and Manny Mota (34 consecutive seasons with the Dodgers) among the longest-tenured coaches in continuous service with one franchise in MLB history.

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Morris on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

Garvey, John, Mattingly, Miller, Morris, Murphy, Parker, Simmons, Tiant, Trammell to be considered

Morris on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

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Twins' FA departures could open up spots

Twins' FA departures could open up spots

MINNEAPOLIS -- Historically, the Twins haven't been huge players in free agency, and the front office under chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine views it as more of a way to supplement a club than as a magic elixir.

In their first offseason in charge of the Twins, Falvey and Levine looked to create a better clubhouse culture, signing veterans like catchers Jason Castro and Chris Gimenez and relievers Matt Belisle and Craig Breslow. Castro was the lone big splash of the group, getting three years and $24.5 million.

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LHP Rosario, OF Palka claimed off waivers

Goodrum clears waivers, outrighted off Twins' 40-man roster

LHP Rosario, OF Palka claimed off waivers

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins opened three spots on their 40-man roster Friday, as left-hander Randy Rosario was claimed off waivers from the Cubs, outfielder Daniel Palka was claimed off waivers from the White Sox and infielder Niko Goodrum cleared waivers and was outrighted off the roster.

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Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Twins announce home Spring Training schedule

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced their home schedule for 2018 Spring Training, including their first workouts for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 14 and their home opener at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 25 against the Rays.

Twins pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 13, and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 19, with the balance of the club reporting on Feb. 18. The first exhibition game will be on Feb. 22 against the University of Minnesota at 5:05 p.m. CT.

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3 questions facing Twins this offseason

Closer, back of rotation areas of need as club looks to build on successful 2017

3 questions facing Twins this offseason

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will be looking to supplement their young core this offseason, and improving the pitching staff will be the top priority of chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, general manager Thad Levine and the rest of the front office.

Coming off a surprise run to the American League Wild Card Game, the Twins don't have any major impending free agents, and they've re-signed manager Paul Molitor to a three-year deal and hired Garvin Alston as pitching coach. But the club needs to improve both the rotation and the bullpen if they're to compete again in '18.

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Longtime Twins coach Vavra departs

Longtime Twins coach Vavra departs

MINNEAPOLIS -- After hiring Garvin Alston as pitching coach to replace the dismissed Neil Allen, the Twins figured their 2018 coaching staff was set. But they're now looking for a bench coach after longtime coach Joe Vavra was hired by Tigers manager -- and former Twins skipper -- Ron Gardenhire.

Vavra, who had served as a coach for the Twins in a variety of roles since 2002, will be a quality control coach for the Tigers under Gardenhire, according to the Detroit Free Press. It's a similar role to the one performed by Twins coach Jeff Pickler, who also coaches Minnesota's outfielders.

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Twins hire Alston as new pitching coach

Molitor praises 'communication style' of longtime Minor League coach and player

Twins hire Alston as new pitching coach

MINNEAPOLIS -- With several other clubs making pitching-coach changes this offseason, the Twins had several experienced options to choose from. After a search that included several high-profile candidates, they hired Garvin Alston, whom they believe is an up-and-comer with his communication skills, knowledge of analytics and background working with rehabbing pitchers. Alston replaces the dismissed Neil Allen.

Alston, 45, was the bullpen coach for the A's in 2017 after opening the season as a pitching rehab coordinator for the Padres in his 13th year as a coach in professional baseball. He's the 16th pitching coach in club history, and only the fourth since 1985. The Twins interviewed other candidates, like Carl Willis and Jim Hickey, but they went with Alston even though he's never served as a Major League pitching coach.

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Twins' Arizona Fall League Overview

No. 8 prospect Jay making up for lost time in AFL

Twins' Arizona Fall League Overview

When Tyler Jay was taken with the sixth overall pick of the 2015 Draft, the Twins knew they could get the former University of Illinois closer to the big leagues in a hurry if they kept him in the bullpen. They also knew he could have success in a rotation with a potential four-pitch mix and plus command.

That potential led the organization to send Jay, now No. 8 on the system's Top 30 prospects list, out as a starter in 2016. There were some successes, like making it to Double-A in his first full season, but also some concerns, like being shut down the final month of that year because of a neck issue. So the decision was made to move him back to the bullpen, which would presumably allow him to move quickly and stay healthy.

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Paul takes AFL Hitting Challenge title

Paul takes AFL Hitting Challenge title

MESA, Ariz. -- Pitted against some of Minor League Baseball's best up-and-coming hitters at Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Hitting Challenge, Minnesota Twins prospect Chris Paul walked away with bragging rights -- and a little spending money.

The Twins' sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft, Paul came in first place in the fifth-annual event with a score of 2,750, narrowly defeating Mets No. 9 prospect Tomas Nido, who finished atop the National League side with 2,600 points. Brewers No. 2 prospect Corey Ray and White Sox catching prospect Seby Zavala both finished at 2,100, good for second place in the NL and AL, respectively.

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