Minnesota Twins Newsbeat
Friday, December 26, 2014
If anyone thought there would be hard feelings about that missed $500,000 bonus from last season, this puts paid to that…literally.
The Twins have locked up a key rotation cog going forward, as the team today announced that they have restructured and extended the contract of Phil Hughes. Originally owed $16MM through 2016, Hughes receives an additional three years and $42MM under his new deal. [...]
The 28-year-old Hughes enjoyed an excellent season with Minnesota in 2014 — the first of a three-year, $24MM pact he signed as a free agent last offseason…Hughes set a single-season record for the best strikeout-to-walk ratio ever (11.63) and posted a 3.52 ERA with 8.0 K/9, 0.7 BB/9 and a 36.5 percent ground-ball rate in a career-high 209 2/3 innings. That innings total fell one out shy of earning him an additional $500K in performance incentives, and though the club offered him a chance to pitch out of the bullpen on the final weekend of the year to reach the milestone, Hughes declined the opportunity.
Posted: December 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The right-hander is guaranteed $54 million over the four years, with a conditional option worth $14 million in 2019 if he throws more than 200 innings, a source said. He will receive a $1 million buyout if the Twins don’t exercise the option.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 and was added to Kelly’s staff in 1991. His record as Twins manager was 1,068-1,039. He won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2010, the last time the Twins not only made the playoffs but had a winning record.
Posted: September 29, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 42 comment(s)
Thursday, September 25, 2014
DETROIT—After Phil Hughes fell just one out short of reaching a $500,000 bonus for reaching 210 innings on the season because of a rain delay Wednesday, the Twins offered him an opportunity to pitch in relief this weekend, but he declined, citing the health risks involved. [...]
So, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan called Hughes into the manager’s office at Comerica Park before Thursday’s game to tell him he could pitch in relief this weekend. But Hughes didn’t take long to come to a decision, despite the amount of money involved.
“They extended the offer for me to pitch in the bullpen, but I just didn’t think it was right,” Hughes said. “If I were fighting for a playoff spot, I’d 100 percent be available. But given the circumstances, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”
Posted: September 25, 2014 at 08:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball’s top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.
The collision occurred on a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning, when Kvasnicka’s knee appeared to hit Buxton near his left shoulder. Buxton was playing in his first game at New Britain after being promoted on Monday.
Play was suspended for more than 30 minutes as Buxton was stabilized on a stretcher and carried into an ambulance at New Britain Stadium. Buxton laid on the ground for several minutes and did not appear to be moving. Kvasnicka left the field under his own power but went with Buxton to the hospital.
Posted: August 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
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