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Gibson has tools to dominate hitters

Kyle Gibson prefers to pitch to contact, meaning his strikeout numbers tend to suffer. However, his off-speed pitches all deliver above-average strikeout rates and could lead to a notable increase in K's with the right pitch mix. Sarris: Hidden aces (Insider)

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Jonrón de tres carreras de Kennys Vargas pone a Puerto Rico 5-0 sobre Cuba en segundo inning de partido de Serie del Caribe en Santo Domingo.

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Sano has potential to carry Twins

Minnesota's lineup has several notable contributors, but nobody has the capability to do damage like Miguel Sano can, Buster Olney writes. The Twins are hoping for big things from the 22-year-old. Linchpin players for 2016 (Insider)

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Slugger Quentin to attempt comeback with Twins

Outfielder Carlos Quentin and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the 33-year-old a chance to revive his career.

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What will the Twins do with Nolasco?

Coming off a season in which he posted a 6.75 ERA, Ricky Nolasco won't be guaranteed a rotation spot in 2016, according to Minnesota manager Paul Molitor. The 33-year-old will need to compete for his job. MLB rumors roundup

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First Hall class still reigns supreme

When it comes to baseball's Hall of Fame, no class tops the inaugural 1936 group that included five of the sport's greatest legends: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson. Schoenfield: Top 5 HOF classes

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Twins confirm Joe Mauer is done catching

GM Terry Ryan said Mauer will stick to first base as "there isn't a physician, especially concussion experts, that could trust he's not going to take another bop in the head on a foul tip or a collision at the plate."

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Twins, Plouffe keep contract deal short

Trevor Plouffe and Minnesota agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million deal on Monday to avoid arbitration. While it was a 51 percent bump up from Plouffe's 2015 paycheck, Darren Wolfson reports that a long-term offer likely wasn't a part of the contract discussion. MLB rumors roundup

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Twins keep lower payroll budget for 2016

Minnesota's projected 2016 payroll is down almost $5 million from last season, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The projected figure, just shy of $99 million, comes following the Twins' relatively quiet offseason (aside from their deal with Byung Ho Park, of course). MLB rumors roundup

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How should Twins handle Mauer?

He turns 33 in April and has had a slugging percentage under .400 in each of the past two seasons. So where does Joe Mauer belong in Minnesota's order, according to Buster Olney? Key lineup questions (Insider)

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Twins, Jepsen avoid arbitration

Right-hander Kevin Jepsen has avoided salary arbitration with Minnesota by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $5,312,500. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is the Twins' only remaining unsigned player for 2016.

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Twins could use Jonathan Lucroy

If Milwaukee is willing to trade its catcher, Minnesota would be a good fit. The Twins already have a veteran leader in Kurt Suzuki at catcher, but Lucroy can bring that same status to the table and is much better defensively. Potential options for Lucroy

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Twins putting their faith in Buxton?

As the 2016 season nears, Byron Buxton looks like he'll begin the year as a starting outfielder in Minnesota. "It will make things a lot smoother if hes the guy," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. MLB rumors roundup

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Twins agree to deals with Escobar, Nunez

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to one-year contracts with infielders Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez, right-hander Casey Fien and lefty Tommy Milone, averting salary arbitration.

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All-time great bullpens: 2000s

The 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers had the decade's most dominant bullpen, led by closer Eric Gagne, who didn't blow a save in 55 opportunities.

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Twins' lineup just misses cut

Minnesota's offense, which will get a full season from young slugger Miguel Sano this year, fell just short of cracking Buster Olney's list of the game's best. Top 10 lineups (Insider)

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All-time great bullpens: 1970s

The Pirates, Phillies and Twins make our list of top bullpens from the 1970s.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs696Tied-12th
Batting Average.24726th
On Base Percentage.30528th
Slugging Percentage.39918th
Earned Run Average4.0719th
Quality Starts7620th
WHIP1.3322nd
BAA.26928th

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