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Spring Training - February 18, 2019 The first full squad workout for the Twins in 2019.

Pineda hopes to return with Twins after 1½-season layoff - Michael Pineda thinks he'll be ready to return to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins after a layoff of 1½ seasons. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery in 2017 while with the New York Yankees. He signed with the Twins in December 2017 and as he neared a return late last season, he tore the meniscus in his right knee.

Willians Astudillo puts on BP show for Twins All 59 players reported on time for Monday's first full-squad workouts at Twins camp, which were punctuated by a pair of homers in live batting practice by. who else. Willians Astudillo, drawing murmurs and whoops from his teammates in the dugout. "It's amazing, isn't it?" manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Twins coach Stu Cliburn navigates Venezuelan political climate Cliburn also looked past the ongoing societal and political upheaval in Venezuela to return to that league as the pitching coach for the Magallanes Navigators in Valencia this winter. He has been a pitching coach for five Venezuelan teams and a total of 10 winters.

Could Minnesota Twins add another top free agent? The Minnesota Twins were active at this point of last offseason and could make a big impact in the market this offseason and impact their 2019 roster.

Martin Perez eyes success with Twins in 2019 New pitching coach Wes Johnson and assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner were on their first day of the job together when Twins general manager Thad Levine walked by and asked if they had any reason to believe free-agent left-hander Martin Perez could rebound from a difficult 2018.

'The new Miguel Sano' trim, optimistic as Minnesota Twins camp opens "The new Miguel Sano. We've got a great team. We look at the positive stuff. The negative we leave in the past." In 2017, Sano was one of the AL's big sluggers. He made his first All-Star team and finished with a.264 average, 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games.

The Twins need to sign Dallas Keuchel But things will have to break favorably for it to be anything better than an average rotation; one that wouldn't just be average enough for the offense to drag the carcass of the pitching staff into the postseason, but a staff that would actually help raise the Twins' ceiling for the 2019 season.

Minnie and Paulcast, Episode 5: Central Intelligence Hayden previews the AL Central with help from other AL Central SB Nation contributors on the most recent Minnie and Paulcast.

Contemplating Fernando Romero The Twins made it known during the weekend that henceforth Fernando Romero is a relief pitcher. While this may be disappointing to those who hoped to see him emerge as a top-of-the-rotation starter, it seemed inevitable. Romero, 24, has never shown much durablity, either within games as a starter or over the course of the long season.

Monday Morning Minnesota: Stop Sign Also your yearly Miguel Sano’s bod update.

Twins' day at camp: Nelson Cruz shows up ready to work right away "Nelson Cruz? That was impressive," said Phil Roof, a retired minor league coach and manager who, at 77, still helps out during spring training.

Slightly smaller Miguel Sano aiming for big gains with Twins this year After taking a look at the lighter and hopefully nimbler Sano, Baldelli reaffirmed his commitment to Sano as his third baseman. “One hundred percent. People like to focus on the fact that he’s a big, strong guy. The guy is an incredible athlete, ” Baldelli said.

Minnesota Twins' Spring Training Storylines To Watch One of the first pieces of news out of Fort Myers is that Fernando Romero, as had been rumored, will be looked at as a bullpen option. Romero is just one pitcher who will have plenty of eyes on him.

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano reports to camp in a good mood The slugger might be the key to the Twins' season. He's spent the offseason working on his conditioning.

Twins' Cruz: We've got good shot at playoffs Twins DH Nelson Cruz, who reported to camp on Sunday, says he believes his new team "has a good shot to take it to the next level — playoffs."

Spring training continues for Twins The Twins continued their first weekend of spring training workouts at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

What Might a Jose Berrios Contract Extension Look Like? Stands to reason Berrios would have a lower AAV than both Severino and Nola.

Minnesota Twins: Who will hit first and second? The Twins will be breaking in new bats at the top of the lineup following the departures of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer.

The ‘new Miguel Sano’ arrives at camp slimmed down - For years, Miguel Sano's conditioning has been the focal point of plenty of chatter. Often, it wasn't good chatter. It has picked up again this offseason and carried into the spring, but this time it's for all the right reasons as a noticeably slimmed-down Sano arrived at Twins camp Sunday.

Spring Training - February 17, 2019 Spring Training — February 17, 2019” is published by Brace Hemmelgarn in Twins Pics.

Who's on First? Cron's No Sure Thing It's too bad that Austin is out of options. Cron is definitely a stop-gap type of player, but I think he can contribute, for sure. Falvey basically tabbed him as the starter in his interview with MLB Network. I wonder how much the front office believes in Brent Rooker in comparison to Austin.

The Twins and Their Brothers In Arms Slugging and OPS attempt this also, but both stats assume that the value of hits is linear, which is to say that OPS believes a homer is exactly twice as valuable as a double or a triple is exactly three times as a good as a single.While OPS th…

Fightin' Words: The Startling Similarity Between MLB & UFC A look at post-Moneyball baseball through the lens of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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