MLB had its annual Winter Meetings last week in Maryland. While Minnesota didn’t do a whole lot, here are a few notable things that have happened (or not happened) involving the Twins this offseason:
- Recently, there have been rumors of the Twins trading star second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier was at the Winter Meetings for a marketing event and spoke with Twins management about wanting to stay in Minnesota. I think (and hope) that Dozier won’t be traded, at least for now, since Twins management seems to be asking a lot for Dozier. However, the rumors won’t go away anytime soon and will likely continue in the regular season. Click here for more on the trade speculation.
- Prior to the Meetings, Minnesota signed veteran catcher Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million contract. Castro will likely replace Kurt Suzuki, who is a free agent. Click for more on Castro.
- Also shortly before the Meetings, the Twins added to their coaching staff. Three of the new coaches are Torii Hunter, Latroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer (Do those names sound familiar?), who will be special assistants to baseball operations. Click for more on these hires. The team also hired James Rowson, formerly with the Cubs and in the Yankees minor league system, to replace Tom Brunansky as hitting coach.
- In the Rule 5 draft, Minnesota acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Haley via trade. He was in the Red Sox organization last season and had a 3.01 ERA with 126 strikeouts and 45 walks in AA and AAA. Haley must stay in Minnesota for all of 2017 or he will be sent back to the Red Sox. I don’t know much about Haley, but the Twins need all the pitching help they can get!
*Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa, who was ranked the 20th best prospect in the organization by MLB.com, tragically passed away December 10 in an automobile accident. Our thoughts are with the entire Landa family. Read the full article here.
Written by: Sam Graves