Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa died Saturday morning in Venezuela, the team announced. He was 22.
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The Padres, after selecting third overall in the Rule 5 draft, traded for the No. 1 selection from the Twins and acquired the No. 2 pick from the Reds as well.
The Twins need starting pitching and are reportedly looking at veteran southpaw Clayton Richard.
The Twins are reportedly intent on acquiring controllable starting pitching in trades and are sticking to that focus at the winter meetings.
Joining the contending Dodgers would be intriguing for Brian Dozier, but he admitted his heart remains in Minnesota.
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Twins 2B Brian Dozier on trade rumors, like those connected to the Dodgers: "That is what fuels you to hopefully remain in an organization because you want to be a part of success there, but at the same time I understand it's a business. Obviously the Dodgers have come up and it's one of those things that is exciting. If you don't embrace the opportunity to let all of this soak in and see how teams value you, then you lose out. I think it's pretty cool."
The Minnesota Twins have promoted Deron Johnson to senior adviser of scouting and Sean Johnson to director of scouting.
The Dodgers reportedly have been aggressive in trade talks with the Twins regarding Brian Dozier, and appear to be piquing Minnesota's interest.
How does the Twins' front office work?
With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters. Jim Bowden explains the chain of command and style for the Twins' baseball operations leadership teams. Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices (Insider)
Former Padres All-Star Tyson Ross, Nationals outfielder Ben Revere and Phillies outfielder Cody Asche are among 35 players who became free agents Friday.
Where do Twins stand for winter meetings?
What are the Twins' biggest needs heading into next week's winter meetings? What free agents could they be interested in? Who could they trade? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams (Insider)
The Minnesota Twins have hired James Rowson as their hitting coach.
The Phillies have hired former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The Phillies have hired former Twins GM Terry Ryan as a special assignment scout. He & team president Andy MacPhail go back a looonnnng ways
Ivan Nova a solid fit for Twins
The Twins won't get involved in a bidding war for the right-hander, but that doesn't mean they should be counted out. Improving the rotation is a must, and there are plenty of young options available in trades if Nova is too pricey. Bowden: Top targets, fallbacks (Insider)
Catcher Jason Castro, who has spent all six of his major league seasons with the Astros, has signed a three-year deal with the Twins.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Another fun tidbit in the Bill James Handbook: Your AL leader in OPS by a LF was . . . the Twins' own Robbie Grossman (of course), at .863.
Former Twins players Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter have all been hired as special assistants to the baseball operations department.
The Cubs aren't just champions, they are a power built to dominate for years. So how can the rest of baseball compete? By following these simple steps.
The Twins are reportedly looking to be "wowed" if they are to trade second baseman Brian Dozier this offseason.
Whom might the Twins draft at No. 1?
The 2017 MLB draft appears to lack the depth of some recent classes but features an above-average group of first-rounders, Keith Law and Christopher Crawford write. Could a five-tool outfielder out of Vanderbilt go to Minnesota with the first pick? Top 2017 MLB draft prospects (Insider)
Could Twins deal Dozier this offseason?
David Schoenfield notes that the trade value for second baseman Brian Dozier, who won't be a free agent until 2019, would be huge following his 42-homer season. Surprising trades
In signing Jason Castro, new Twins baseball head Derek Falvey is bringing in the type of defensive-minded catcher his former employers would like.
The free-agent right-hander last played in the majors in 2015 with the Boston Red Sox.
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New Twins catcher Jason Castro ranked 14th among catchers in called strikes rate above average, a stat that measures the ability to get extra strike calls for your pitcher (pitch framing). The Twins struggled at that last season. They ranked 27th among the 30 teams in that stat.
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