Jason Castro will be paid $24.5 million over the next three seasons, and not because he's going to put up big numbers at the plate. It's because of his defensive skill set, with pitch framing at the forefront.
After a rocky start to his spring training, Phil Hughes induced five straight ground balls. That's a good sign for a player who lost much of 2016 to injury.
All the worry last season about whether Byung Ho Park could catch up to a major league fastball was silly, Twins manager Paul Molitor believes.
Trevor May pleased with his outing in his bid to be a starter.
Twins righthander was a reliever last season but prefers to be a starter.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said recently that regardless of what has happened in the past few years, he still sees the 2009 American League MVP as a player critical to his team's success.
Questions - and answers - about pitch framing, with video examples.
Twins righthander Phil Hughes says he felt "a little shaky" at the start of his spring debut Saturday, but was pleased to be back on the mound after eight months.
Byung Ho Park and Kennys Vargas are the acknowledged leading candidates for a role as the Twins' designated hitter and Joe Mauer's backup at first. But all Ben Paulsen wants is a chance.
If there's anyone who needed a fresh start this spring training, it was Byung Ho Park.
Twins righthander liked how his arm felt after tinkering with his delivery during the offseason
Kyle Gibson on Friday night pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings during the Twins 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in the spring training opener for both teams.
Paul Molitor is choosing to stick with the lineup he projected Thursday, one that looks like the Opening Day lineup with a couple of exceptions:
The Twins' first baseman holed his second shot on a par 5 from 236 yards away while golfing with teammate Glen Perkins.
Competition in Fort Myers for spots in the Twins rotation and bullpen, along with DH and bench roles, could be fierce. The team opens Grapefruit League play Friday vs. the Rays.
Watch a slow motion video of Minnesota Twins players working out during spring training in Fort Myers, Fl.
The Twins might be better off throwing Danny Santana into the shortstop competition rather than have him chasing fly balls this spring.
Full uniforms, last-minute haircuts, and a spell-your-name request help players fulfill their media obligations.
Ehire Adrianza is in Twins camp to kick off spring training - his third organization in a month after being released by San Francisco and Milwaukee.
The Vikings and Twins must ponder the worth of Adrian Peterson and Joe Mauer as their mighty contracts come due.