Twins sign right-hander Stauffer to 1-year deal

Reliever excited for 2015, expected to help bolster bullpen

Twins sign right-hander Stauffer to 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins strengthened their bullpen on Tuesday as they signed right-hander Tim Stauffer to a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.

Stauffer, 32, posted a 3.50 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 23 walks in 64 1/3 innings with the Padres last season. To make room for him on the roster, the Twins outrighted both outfielder Chris Parmelee and catcher Eric Fryer to Triple-A Rochester. Parmelee was previously designated for assignment for the second time in his career on Dec. 13.

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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.

Sun, sand and Santa: A Suzuki Christmas

Twins catcher shares how he and his family spend the holidays in California

Sun, sand and Santa: A Suzuki Christmas

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki took some time to talk with MLB.com about how he spends the holidays and his expectations for the 2015 season. Suzuki, a Hawaii native, makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Renee, and their two young children, Malia and Kai.

MLB.com: Where do you spend the holidays?

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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.

To celebrate anniversary, Doziers help others

Twins second baseman and his wife will head to Nicaragua on mission trip

To celebrate anniversary, Doziers help others

MINNEAPOLIS -- With their one-year wedding anniversary coming up on Jan. 4, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and his wife, Renee, wanted to plan a memorable trip to celebrate the occasion.

But they also wanted to fit in a mission trip to Nicaragua after spending a week there last offseason through a Georgia-based group called Amigos for Christ. So when it came time to plan their offseason, the couple realized it would mean much more to them if they spent their anniversary helping others in Nicaragua instead of on a relaxing vacation.

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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 extend Hughes through 2019

Deal is most lucrative for pitcher in franchise history

Twins extend Hughes through 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly after his first season with the Twins came to a close in late September, Phil Hughes called his agent, Nez Balelo, to ask him to explore the possibility of an extension.

Hughes enjoyed his first season in Minnesota, and the ball started rolling on an extension in mid-November, when his agent met with Twins representatives at the annual General Managers 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.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Buxton, Sano among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

Former scout takes a look at baseball's future stars with a breakdown of the best in the game

Buxton, Sano among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings? The results are in the eyes of the person compiling the lists. That's exactly why multiple scouts or player evaluation professionals may have different rankings. Prospects are just that -- prospects. The truth of their ability will come between the foul lines of big league ballparks.

Given the landscape of individual difference, I offer my own 2015 Top 10 Prospects list. For me, each has the upside of an impact player.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Twins recognize quality with Hughes' extension

In addition to Santana deal, club is looking to contend in loaded AL Central

Twins recognize quality with Hughes' extension

The Minnesota Twins didn't tear up Phil Hughes' contract and give him a new one because of that amazing gesture at the end of the season. By then, they already knew what they had in Phil Hughes.

Hughes is the type of pitcher capable of anchoring an entire staff. He's also only 28 years old, and the Twins believe he'll perform at a high level for several more years. That's what he did last season, when he made 32 starts and logged 209 2/3 innings.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twins sign trio to Minor League deals

Reliever Ledezma, infielder Peterson and catcher Rohlfing awarded contracts

Twins sign trio to Minor League deals

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins signed three players to Minor League contracts, including former Major League reliever Wil Ledezma, the club announced Monday.

Ledezma, a nine-year big league veteran, last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Blue Jays. The 33-year-old has a career 5.40 ERA with 283 strikeouts and 196 walks in 396 1/3 innings. He pitched last season for Yucatan of the Mexican League, posting a 1.91 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.

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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.