Twins still a year away? David Schoenfield continues his pre-spring training rankings with a look at teams that fall closer to the middle of the pack.
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Eric Karabell ranks his top rookies for fantasy purposes, with Twins young and older toward the top.
Byron Buxton No. 2 prospect in 2016
The Twins' enviable crop of rising youngsters includes early 2016 Rookie of the Year favorite Buxton, Jose O. Berrios (No. 26) and Max Kepler (No. 33). They rank seven total prospects in Keith Law's Top 100. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)
Terry Ryan excited about prospect duo
The Twins' GM revealed to 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson that he hasn't made any moves for lefty relievers this offseason because prospects Taylor Rogers and J.T. Chargois could be internal options. MLB rumors roundup
Minnesota has No. 3 farm system in 2016
The Twins have high ceilings, probability, starters, relievers and lots of position players. For a team that runs low payrolls, it's in excellent shape. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)
Miguel Sano to be AL's Kris Bryant?
Sano will be the league's best young right-handed power hitter. His sophomore campaign could bring 30-plus homers and even 100 RBIs if he has enough traffic on the basepaths in front of him. Breakout hitters in 2016 (Insider)
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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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)
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.
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
When the Minnesota Twins start spring training later this month, Miguel Sano will trot his muscular frame out to right field for an audition at his new position.
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
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."
Former players Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Rick Aguilera will rejoin the Twins for spring training as guest instructors.
Recently retired outfielder Torii Hunter and former radio announcer John Gordon have been elected to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
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
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
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)
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract with the Twins to avoid arbitration.
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.
The Minnesota Twins say Hall of Famer Rod Carew is healthy enough to attend the team's annual fan festival next weekend.
The AL Central is a balanced division that could feature a five-team race in 2016. Here is a look at some key players for each team this season.
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