The Twins' biggest move to this point this offseason was to make righthander Jake Odorizzi a $17.8 million qualifying offer, which he accepted.

Twins leave winter meetings with same holes they had before

As they prepare for the 2020 season, the Twins left the winter baseball meetings still needing a high-impact starting pitcher, a capable reliever and a corner infielder.

MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' death

December 12
Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.

Nice of baseball's commissioner to admit sport's economics unfair to Twins

December 12
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred admitted that the economics of baseball are unfair, even though he was trying to make a point that the system works well.
December 12

Twins pass on Rule 5 draft

Derek Falvey, the Twins' president of baseball operations, said progress was made in the search for a new bench coach and assistant pitching coach. With the help of manager Rocco Baldelli, the Twins spoke to a few candidates during the week.
December 12
Josh Donaldson

Another big bat? Twins making pitch for ex-MVP Donaldson

Finding starting pitching continues to be a priority for the Twins but they have been in contact with 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson's representatives for most of the offseason.
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December 11
Former Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal.

Biggest MLB free-agent signings again go to biggest markets

"Do I deny that Tampa can't sign a pitcher for $326 million? I don't deny that; that's a fact," Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said.
December 11
Do the Twins have a shot at Bumgarner?

Do the Twins have a shot at Bumgarner?

With Gerrit Cole signed, the price for the former Giants left hander went higher. Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ru and Rick Porcello are other options.
December 10
Derek Shelton, left, and Rocco Baldelli shared a laugh during spring training in Fort Myers in February.

Twins manager Baldelli must replace Shelton -- and battle with him

Derek Shelton is the new manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and already named a bench coach Rocco Baldelli and the Twins were also considering.


  • AL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Minnesota 101 61 .623 0 46-35 55-26 8-2
    Cleveland 93 69 .574 8 49-32 44-37 4-6
    Chicago White Sox 72 89 .447 28.5 39-41 33-48 7-3
    Kansas City 59 103 .364 42 31-50 28-53 3-7
    Detroit 47 114 .292 53.5 22-59 25-55 2-8
  • AL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    NY Yankees 103 59 .636 0 57-24 46-35 4-6
    Tampa Bay 96 66 .593 7 48-33 48-33 7-3
    Boston 84 78 .519 19 38-43 46-35 4-6
    Toronto 67 95 .414 36 35-46 32-49 6-4
    Baltimore 54 108 .333 49 25-56 29-52 5-5
  • AL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 107 55 .660 0 60-21 47-34 8-2
    Oakland 97 65 .599 10 52-29 45-36 6-4
    Texas 78 84 .481 29 45-36 33-48 4-6
    LA Angels 72 90 .444 35 38-43 34-47 3-7
    Seattle 68 94 .420 39 35-46 33-48 4-6
  • NL Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    St. Louis 91 71 .562 0 50-31 41-40 6-4
    Milwaukee 89 73 .549 2 49-32 40-41 7-3
    Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 7 51-30 33-48 2-8
    Cincinnati 75 87 .463 16 41-40 34-47 4-6
    Pittsburgh 69 93 .426 22 35-46 34-47 4-6
  • NL East w l pct gb home away last 10
    Atlanta 97 65 .599 0 50-31 47-34 4-6
    Washington 93 69 .574 4 50-31 43-38 9-1
    NY Mets 86 76 .531 11 48-33 38-43 7-3
    Philadelphia 81 81 .500 16 45-36 36-45 3-7
    Miami 57 105 .352 40 30-51 27-54 4-6
  • NL West w l pct gb home away last 10
    LA Dodgers 106 56 .654 0 59-22 47-34 8-2
    Arizona 85 77 .525 21 44-37 41-40 8-2
    San Francisco 77 85 .475 29 35-46 42-39 3-7
    Colorado 71 91 .438 35 43-38 28-53 5-5
    San Diego 70 92 .432 36 36-45 34-47 1-9
  • Batting Average
    N. Cruz MIN .311
    J. Polanco MIN .295
    E. Rosario MIN .276
    M. Kepler MIN .252
  • Home Runs
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    M. Kepler MIN 36
    M. Sano MIN 34
    E. Rosario MIN 32
    M. Garver MIN 31
  • Runs Batted In
    E. Rosario MIN 109
    N. Cruz MIN 108
    M. Kepler MIN 90
    J. Polanco MIN 79
    M. Sano MIN 79
  • Earned Run Average
    J. Berrios MIN 3.68
    M. Perez MIN 5.12
  • Wins
    J. Odorizzi MIN 15
    J. Berrios MIN 14
    K. Gibson MIN 13
    M. Pineda MIN 11
    M. Perez MIN 10
  • Strikeouts
    J. Berrios MIN 195
    J. Odorizzi MIN 178
    K. Gibson MIN 160
    M. Pineda MIN 140
    M. Perez MIN 135
  • Batting Average
    T. Anderson CWS .335
    D. LeMahieu NYY .327
    Y. Moncada CWS .315
    M. Brantley HOU .311
    R. Devers BOS .311
  • Home Runs
    J. Soler KC 48
    M. Trout LAA 45
    N. Cruz MIN 41
    A. Bregman HOU 41
    G. Springer HOU 39
  • Runs Batted In
    J. Abreu CWS 123
    X. Bogaerts BOS 117
    J. Soler KC 117
    R. Devers BOS 115
    A. Bregman HOU 112
  • Earned Run Average
    G. Cole HOU 2.50
    J. Verlander HOU 2.58
    C. Morton TB 3.05
    S. Bieber CLE 3.28
    L. Giolito CWS 3.41
  • Wins
    J. Verlander HOU 21
    G. Cole HOU 20
    E. Rodriguez BOS 19
    D. German NYY 18
    (3) Players 16
  • Saves
    R. Osuna HOU 38
    A. Chapman NYY 37
    B. Hand CLE 34
    I. Kennedy KC 30
    (2) Players 30
  • Batting Average
    C. Yelich MIL .329
    K. Marte ARI .329
    A. Rendon WAS .319
    J. McNeil NYM .318
    N. Arenado COL .315
  • Home Runs
    P. Alonso NYM 53
    E. Suarez CIN 49
    C. Bellinger LAD 47
    C. Yelich MIL 44
    (2) Players 41
  • Runs Batted In
    A. Rendon WAS 126
    F. Freeman ATL 121
    P. Alonso NYM 120
    E. Escobar ARI 118
    N. Arenado COL 118
  • Earned Run Average
    H. Ryu LAD 2.32
    J. deGrom NYM 2.43
    M. Soroka ATL 2.68
    J. Flaherty STL 2.75
    S. Gray CIN 2.87
  • Wins
    S. Strasburg WAS 18
    M. Fried ATL 17
    C. Kershaw LAD 16
    D. Hudson STL 16
    L. Castillo CIN 15
  • Saves
    K. Yates SD 41
    J. Hader MIL 37
    W. Smith SF 34
    R. Iglesias CIN 34
    K. Jansen LAD 33
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December 10
The Twins on Tuesday officially announced the signings of pitcher Michael Pineda (left) and catcher Alex Avila.

Twins officially sign Pineda, Avila

Michael Pineda is scheduled to earn $20 million over the next two seasons, although that will be reduced to about $17.6 million after he serves the final 39 games of the 60-game suspension Major League Baseball handed him in September for using a banned substance.
December 10
Twins' Cruz named to All-MLB first team at designated hitter

Twins' Cruz named to All-MLB first team at designated hitter

Cruz has already won the Edgar Martinez Award after hitting 41 home runs as the Twins set a major league record with 307 round trippers.
December 10
Without adding top-end starter, don't expect Twins to hold off Cleveland

Without adding top-end starter, don't expect Twins to hold off Cleveland

Twins management has created payroll flexibility to add to its current top three starting pitchers, and such an addition could be needed to repeat as AL Central champion. RandBall explains why.
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December 10
Among the free-agent pitchers the Twins are looking at for their starting rotation are three NL lefthanders: San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, the Lo

Free agents get down to business but are Twins on their agenda?

Teams are committing more money than expected to lock up top pitching, and it's leading to quicker clarity on the starting pitching market.
December 10
Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals spoke at the White House on Nov. 4 as President Trump hosted the World Series champions.

Neal: Will rising tide from Strasburg deal wash over Twins?

Madison Bumgarner might end up being the winner if he gets above market price as a free agent.
December 10
After letting him go, Twins haven't ruled out bringing back Cron

After letting him go, Twins haven't ruled out bringing back Cron

Bringing back first baseman C.J. Cron, who wasn't offered a 2020 contract last week, is one of their contingency plans, based on how other pursuits wind up.
December 9
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning in Game 3 of a baseball National Lea

Are Twins interested in free agent starter Hyun-Jin Ryu?

The veteran lefthander was second in National League Cy Young Award voting last season, but will be 33 next season and has a history of injury.
December 8
Minnesota Twins bosses Thad Levine and Derek Falvey.

Twins' pitching 'Plan A' might have to change this offseason

So far this offseason, the Twins have been unable to land the impact starter they seek. The winter meetings begin Monday in San Diego, and Minnesota might have to turn its focus to offense.
December 6
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner became a free agent after the season and the Twins are in the market.

Souhan: Twins' options to fill out rotation are plentiful

Signing Madison Bumgarner might be the easiest path for the Twins, but it also figures to be the most expensive.
December 6
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda

Pineda gets new deal with Twins, must complete drug suspension

The Twins agreed to re-sign the free agent righthander to a two-year contract worth $20 million. He'll be sidelined until early May to finish his 60-game suspension.
December 6
Catcher Avila agrees to deal with Twins, will back up Garver

Catcher Avila agrees to deal with Twins, will back up Garver

The left-handed hitting veteran will replace Jason Castro, who is a free agent. He's been with Arizona for the past two seasons.
December 5
Target Field will have expanded netting for the 2020 season.

Twins will extend Target Field netting again for 2020 season

The aim of the netting is to protect fans from balls batted or thrown into the seating area.
December 5
Zack Wheeler was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA for the Mets last season.

Wheeler had $100 million offer from Twins, took richer deal from Phillies

The Twins now will move on with their list of candidates, including lefty Madison Bumgarner, who had a bounceback season in 2019.
December 4
Twins will honor Gophers coach John Anderson at Diamond Awards

Twins will honor Gophers coach John Anderson at Diamond Awards

The longtime University of Minnesota coach has 11 Big Ten titles and 19 NCAA appearances.
December 4
Twins minor-leaguer prospects Trey Cabbage, Alex Kirilloff and Jordan Balazovic pose with the Mighty Mussels mascot on Tuesday.

Miracle no more: Twins team in Fort Myers takes a new nickname

Most minor-league baseball teams used to show off an affiliation to their parent club by taking the same nickname. That's become a thing of the past as more teams try to capture their local roots.

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