Minnesota has reportedly put out feelers regarding a pair of starters and several relievers.
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Rather than regression eating into the Twins' 2016-to-2017 leap, their win projection gets a boost making them a solid prime contender.
The surprising Twins ranked just 22nd in WAR (7.7) for starting pitchers. An affordable free-agent pitcher with high upside looks like a perfect fit.
Twins add three players to 40-man roster
The Minnesota Twins added RHP Zack Littell and LHPs Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe to the team's 40-man roster on Monday. Littell finished the 2017 season with Double-A Chattanooga, Gonsalves with Triple-A Rochester and Thorpe with high-A Fort Myers.
Johan Santana is among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 24.
Berrios' stuff is absolutely electric at times, especially that wiffle ball-like curveball that batters hit .220/.254/.306 against. He needs to work on his changeup, however.
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Minnesota's Paul Molitor wins the 2017 AL Manager of the Year as the skipper of another rebounding team that clawed back to a wild card gets honored.
The Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo has been named the National League Manager of the Year after leading Arizona to its first postseason appearance since 2011. Twins counterpart Paul Molitor took home the award in the American League.
The Twins are reportedly interested in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias among other bullpen options.
Buxton wins Platinum Glove
Twins CF Byron Buxton was honored as the American League's top fielder at Friday's Gold Glove ceremony in New York. Buxton is the first Twins player to win a Platinum Glove, an award established in 2011. He also received 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year honors on Friday. Buxton led all center fielders with 24 defensive runs saved last season.
The Twins reportedly are interested in free agent Brandon Kintzler, who was traded to the Nationals at the July 31 deadline.
After a 26-game improvement this year, the Twins reportedly are considering a pursuit of a higher-priced free-agent pitcher.
Bartolo Colon is 44 years old and posted a career-worst 6.48 ERA last season but reportedly has no plans to retire.
With 76 home runs the past two seasons, Dozier has established himself as the premier power-hitting second baseman in the game. Don't rule out a return to Minnesota.
Twins cut Michael Tonkin
The Minnesota Twins released Tonkin on Wednesday, reportedly clearing the way for him to play in Japan next year. Tonkin, 27, owns a 4.43 ERA in 141 appearances with the club over the last five seasons.
The Rangers, followed by the Yankees and Twins, are in position to pay the most to highly touted pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani as he prepares to enter the market.
An early exit was Cleveland's latest postseason disappointment, but shoring up the lineup could carry the Tribe back to another title shot.
Minnesota made the playoffs in a year it had no business even thinking about it, but ran up against the most talented collection of postseason teams ever and didn't survive the gauntlet for long.
The best and the brightest
The nine 2017 Gold Glove winners from the American League were announced on Tuesday night. The Twins, Angels and Royals each have two players receiving the honor this year.
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Twins CF Byron Buxton wins his first career Gold Glove Award. He joins Kirby Puckett and Torii Hunter as Twins CF to win the award. Buxton's sprint speed (30.2 feet per second, per Statcast) is the fastest of anyone in MLB. He led AL CF in Defensive Runs Saved.
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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier won his first career Gold Glove. He's the first Twins 2B to win one since Chuck Knoblauch in 1997. Dozier rated as the best second baseman in baseball at fielding balls hit up the middle. His defensive misplays and errors total at the position was the lowest of his career.
The construction of the 2018 Twins is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
The Twins made history by going from 103 losses in 2016 to postseason play in 2017. Molitor's competition is A.J. Hinch, who just won the World Series, and Terry Franconca, whose Indians led the league in wins.
Former Minnesota Twins coach Rick Stelmaszek, who helped the team win two World Series championships, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 69.
Wade hits first homer in AFL
Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Monday. The ninth-round pick by Minnesota in 2015 spent this past season at Double-A, where he slashed .292/.397/.408 with seven home runs and 67 RBIs.
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