Twins extend Hughes through 2019

Deal is most lucrative for pitcher in franchise history

Twins extend Hughes through 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins finalized a contract extension with right-hander Phil Hughes through the 2019 season on Monday.

The extension is a three-year deal worth $42 million, as first reported by the New York Daily News. Hughes, who was slated to make $8 million in both 2015 and '16, will now make $9.2 million each of those years before making $13.2 million per season from 2017-19.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Buxton, Berrios among 18 non-roster spring invitees

Buxton, Berrios among 18 non-roster spring invitees

MINNEAPOLIS -- Top prospects Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios headline the list of 18 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training for the Twins, the club announced Friday.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, is one of 12 position players on a Minor League contract invited to Spring Training. Berrios, ranked as the No. 33 overall prospect, is one of six non-roster pitchers invited to camp.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

Milone, Pelfrey, May and Meyer among candidates

Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the signing of right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million deal last week, the Twins appear to have just one spot open in the rotation for this upcoming season.

Santana is expected to join right-handers Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco and Kyle Gibson in the rotation, while the fifth spot is up for grabs. Hughes was undoubtedly the club's ace last year, while Gibson showed promise in his first full season as a starter. Nolasco struggled with a 5.38 ERA in 27 starts, but he dealt with an elbow strain throughout the season and the Twins expect him to bounce back in 2015.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins name Quade as Triple-A manager

Baseball vet has Majors experience, 17 years helming Minor League clubs

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Cubs skipper Mike Quade was named the manager at Triple-A Rochester to replace Gene Glynn, who was promoted to be the Twins' third-base coach under new manager Paul Molitor.

Quade, 57, brings plenty of coaching and managerial experience and served as skipper of the Cubs for parts of two seasons from 2010-11. He took over for Lou Piniella when he retired during the season on Aug. 22, 2010, and managed the Cubs through the '11 season. The Cubs went 24-13 under Quade in '10, and 71-91 in '11. Quade most recently served as a roving outfield and baserunning instructor for the Yankees in '14.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hammond Stadium renovations enter final stretch

Improvements made with players, fans in mind

Hammond Stadium renovations enter final stretch

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In just over two months, Twins pitchers and catchers will arrive at Hammond Stadium. What they'll find is a dramatically upgraded Spring Training complex currently nearing the final stages of construction.

The revamped, rebranded CenturyLink Sports Complex will be mostly complete by Jan. 31 and completely ready by the time the Twins show up for Spring Training. The team and Lee County have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Feb. 22, the same day pitchers and catchers report.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

Tigers are reigning champs, but pennant-winning Royals, Indians, White Sox eye top spot

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

The Tigers are the king of the American League Central, and the king is always given his due. They would probably be the division favorites if the 2015 season began today.

But in this case probably is a big word.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins gear up for 55th annual Winter Caravan

Expansive midwest event will make 40 stops beginning Jan. 12 in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins on Monday announced details for their 55th annual Twins Winter Caravan, which will feature more than 40 stops throughout the Upper Midwest from Jan. 12-22.

The Twins Winter Caravan, presented by AmericInn Hotels and Suites, is one of the longest running and biggest team caravans in professional sports. It's set to feature four different legs that head throughout Twins Territory over a two-week span. It includes visits to schools, hospitals, local businesses and more, while also featuring a Hot Stove night program where fans can interact and ask questions.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

9 ways to love baseball other than #SmellBaseball

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9 ways to love baseball other than #SmellBaseball

Having recently signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins, Ervin Santana had to explain his personal motto: Smell Baseball.

But just like in a relationship with a human being, sometimes you need to change things up to keep it exciting. So if you've been smelling baseball for a while and are ready to try out something new, here's a few ways to show your baseball love:  

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Santana ready to get started with Twins

Right-hander officially introduced, looks forward to helping rotation

Santana ready to get started with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Intent on bolstering a starting rotation that owned the American League's highest ERA in 2014, the Minnesota Twins opted to make a major splash in the free agency market this offseason.

The result was the largest deal given to a free agent in franchise history as the Twins locked down right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract on the final day of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

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Nate Sandell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins select righty Graham in Rule 5 Draft

Minnesota also loses left-hander Gilmartin to the Mets

Twins select righty Graham in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins added a pitching prospect on the last day of the Winter Meetings, as they selected right-hander J.R. Graham from the Braves with the No. 5 pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. MLB.com ranked Graham as the Braves' No. 13 prospect.

Graham, a hard-throwing right-hander, has dealt with shoulder issues in his career, but the Twins believe he's past those injuries. The 24-year-old split time between starting and relieving at Double-A Mississippi last season, posting a 5.26 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings as a starter and a 7.88 ERA with seven strikeouts in eight innings as a reliever.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins don't leave Winter Meetings empty-handed

Club agrees to four-year deal with veteran right-hander Santana

Twins don't leave Winter Meetings empty-handed

SAN DIEGO -- It took until the final day, but the Twins finally made their big splash at the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

Minnesota agreed to a deal with right-hander Ervin Santana worth a guaranteed $55 million over four years, which the club officially announced on Friday. Santana will earn $13.5 million per year for four years and also has a vesting option for 2019 that's worth $14 million and includes a $1 million buyout. The maximum value of Santana's contract is $68 million over five years.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Of course two Johan Santanas would play for the Twins

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Of course two Johan Santanas would play for the Twins

There were once two Johan Santanas playing for MLB organizations. (What can we say, it was the early-00s -- a crazy time for everyone.) One broke into the Majors first, and so the other changed his name. But the similarities don't end there.

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Buxton, Rosario named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Buxton, Rosario named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molitor plans tweaks to Spring Training for Twins

New manager wants Santana to compete for shortstop job

Molitor plans tweaks to Spring Training for Twins

SAN DIEGO -- Despite a 21-year Hall of Fame playing career and several years of experience coaching and instructing players at the Major League and Minor League levels, Paul Molitor had never been to the Winter Meetings before this year.

But the new Twins manager is in San Diego representing the organization at the Winter Meetings this week and said Monday that it's been a valuable learning experience to be able to sit in on meetings along with general manager Terry Ryan and his staff.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Absorbed lessons will serve Molitor well as manager

New Twins skipper learned much by being a 'sponge' as young player

Absorbed lessons will serve Molitor well as manager

SAN DIEGO -- Paul Molitor's image as manager of the Minnesota Twins will be calm, but intense. 

And if everything goes as planned, the Twins club will play baseball in exactly the same way. 

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

General manager Ryan staying put with Twins

Exec won't leave 'dream job' for position with Blue Jays

General manager Ryan staying put with Twins

SAN DIEGO -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday that he's not interested in leaving the organization to join the Blue Jays.

Toronto is reportedly looking to find a replacement for longtime club president and chief executive officer Paul Beeston, and Ryan's name surfaced as a candidate, according to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. But Ryan downplayed those rumors, as he said he's not going anywhere.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oliva disappointed in HOF Golden Era ballot results

Former Twins star falls one vote short; no one selected by committee

Oliva disappointed in HOF Golden Era ballot results

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Oliva had everything planned out in case he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Golden Era Ballot on Monday.

He had family and friends over to his home in Bloomington, Minn., to watch the press conference, and if he received the necessary 12 votes, he'd hold a conference call with reporters and hop on a plane to San Diego for a press conference at the Winter Meetings.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colabello claimed off waivers, heading to Jays

Twins set at first base with Mauer, at DH with Vargas

Colabello claimed off waivers, heading to Jays

SAN DIEGO -- The Twins' first move of the Winter Meetings was a subtraction instead of an addition, as first baseman Chris Colabello was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Monday. The move opens up a roster spot for Minnesota, which now has 39 players on its 40-man roster.

Colabello, 31, hit .229/.282/.380 with six homers, 13 doubles and 39 RBIs in 59 games with the Twins last season. He started off the year hot with an impressive April, but cooled down, and wasn't called back up to the Majors after being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 9.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Terence Moore

Hunter's homecoming is latest in great baseball tradition

For years, ballplayers find way to end careers where they began

Hunter's homecoming is latest in great baseball tradition

If you're into logic, Torii Hunter isn't your guy. That's because it didn't make sense for this 39-year-old outfielder to sign this week as a free agent with the Twins, especially since they are several line drives away from respectability. Remember, too, that he is rounding third base during his career, and he has yet to capture his first World Series championship ring.

This is a baseball thing, and this is a splendid thing.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torii calls it 'no-brainer' to come home to Twins

Outfielder signs one-year, $10.5M deal, excited about club's prospects

Torii calls it 'no-brainer' to come home to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- For Torii Hunter, Wednesday's news conference at Target Field wasn't an introduction to the Twins' organization, it was a reintroduction.

Hunter, who played the first 11 years of his career in Minnesota, officially returned home, as the 39-year-old outfielder signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Twins on Wednesday. The deal, initially reported Tuesday, had been pending a physical and includes full no-trade clause protection.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Torii's return to Twins about loyalty, character

Drafted by Minnesota in '93, veteran brings leadership, experience to youth-laden club

Torii's return to Twins about loyalty, character

Some things are just right. Torii Hunter returning to the Twins qualifies as one of those.

There will be a lot more significant moves made this Hot Stove season, no doubt. But there may not be a cooler decision than Hunter declining interest from the Rangers, Blue Jays, Royals and others to return to his original organization.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With new deal, Hunter brings back the '90s

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With new deal, Hunter brings back the '90s

Fire up that P. Diddy song that every TV show in America has played and bust out the yearbooks because Torii Hunter is coming home to Minnesota. 

As reported by MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, though not confirmed by the club, Hunter will be returning on a one-year contract to the team that first drafted him in 1993 and where he played 11 Major League seasons. Now we'll just have to see if his return brings back other '90s hits like "All That" and Ace of Base."

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Twins tender six players at deadline

Duensing, Plouffe, Schafer in second year of arbitration

Twins tender six players at deadline

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players before Tuesday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline, the club announced shortly before the deadline.

It's the second year of arbitration for third baseman Trevor Plouffe, left-handed reliever Brian Duensing and outfielder Jordan Schafer, while it's the first year for left-hander Tommy Milone, infielder Eduardo Nunez and right-handed reliever Casey Fien.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Target Field getting new bar, multipurpose suite

Destination spot in left-field corner to include video element, TVs, drink rails

Target Field getting new bar, multipurpose suite

MINNEAPOLIS -- More additions are coming to Target Field next season, as the Minnesota Ballpark Authority unanimously approved $2.5 million in upgrades to the ballpark Tuesday.

A new bar will be created on the main level of the ballpark in left field, while the Twins will also create a super-sized suite in left field that will essentially combine three existing suites into a multipurpose suite for corporate events.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis named first-base coach for Twins

Former outfielder rounds out Molitor's first staff

MINNEAPOLIS -- The coaching staff under new Twins manager Paul Molitor is now complete.

The Twins added their seventh and final coach on Monday, as Butch Davis was officially named first-base coach. Davis joins hitting coach Tom Brunansky, third-base coach Gene Glynn, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez, pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and bench coach Joe Vavra.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chasing Tigers, not much tinkering for most of AL Central

White Sox add LaRoche, Duke, but Tribe, Twins, Royals yet to make big offseason splash

Chasing Tigers, not much tinkering for most of AL Central

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

After re-signing the American League MVP runner-up and picking up club options on some complementary pieces, the Tigers are the AL Central team that everyone is looking at, as they must decide if they will spend big to bring back Max Scherzer in their quest to win their fifth straight division title. The rest of the division has remained relatively quiet thus far, save for the White Sox, who added a slugger and a key bullpen arm.

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Chesney, Aldean add second show at Target Field

Country music stars Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean will play a second concert at Target Field next July.

The two musicians are combining their respective tours at 10 different stadiums over the course of the summer, and they have now added a July 19 show to accompany the concert already scheduled for July 18 in Minneapolis.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Twins, 2014 a year of giving

Club raises $8 million during All-Star week in addition to annual events

For Twins, 2014 a year of giving

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bryan Donaldson has been working in the Twins' community relations department since 2000, and he can't remember a busier year than 2014.

The Twins hosted the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field, and with it came numerous charity events that raised a record $8 million for the local community. And that was in addition to the usual charity events the Twins host throughout the year, including Hope Week in May and the upcoming Holiday Week of Giving, which starts Dec. 8.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Hall of Fame Case: Eddie Guardado

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The Hall of Fame Case: Eddie Guardado

Eddie Guardado. Everyday Eddie. The newly-appointed Twins bullpen coach totaled 908 games in the Majors over the course of a 17-year career with the Twins, Mariners, Reds and Rangers. That, dear friends, is how you spell reliable, but if you need more than those 908 reasons to elect Guardado to the Hall of Fame, here are five others:

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