Twins manager Paul Molitor has been busy planning for the upcoming season, but he said it’s still important for him to make time for offseason events such as the Twins Winter Caravan and TwinsFest.
Byron Buxton was caught off-guard when he heard the news that fellow center fielder Aaron Hicks was traded to the Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy in mid-November.
Despite subzero temperatures throughout Minnesota on Monday, the first day of the annual Twins Winter Caravan witnessed huge crowds to see Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, top prospect Byron Buxton and reliever Casey Fien.
After left-hander Tommy Milone agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million to avoid arbitration on Thursday, the Twins avoided arbitration with reliever Casey Fien and infielders Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez on Friday. The Twins, however, have yet to reach agreements with third baseman Trevor Plouffe and reliever Kevin Jepsen.
It’s been an intriguing offseason for Miguel Sano, who has been working on transitioning to the outfield after the third baseman served primarily as a designated hitter as a rookie with the Twins last year.
After their breakout performances with the Twins in 2014, Oswaldo Arcia, Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas were expected to be a big part of the club’s future. But the three failed to replicate their strong showings in 2015.
The Twins had six players file for arbitration on Tuesday, with the deadline to exchange salary figures coming Friday.
Major League Baseball released the first workout dates for every club in advance of Spring Training 2016. They are as follows:
It’s been quiet for the Twins recently, as they’ve yet to make any major moves after trading for catcher John Ryan Murphy and signing Korean slugger Byung Ho Park early in the offseason.
One of the top priorities for Twins general manager Terry Ryan in recent years was to help bring rotation depth to the organization.
Byung Ho Park said goodbye to South Korea on Wednesday with a farewell news conference. The slugger is set to join the Twins for his first season in the United States.