Contact Us

Minnesota Twins Hit a Home Run in Free Agency

The Minnesota Twins don’t spend big money when it comes to the offseason. 

This year, the Twins hit a home run in free agency, and they didn’t sign any big name players, either.

In the pitching staff, Phil Hughes as been the Twins ace, and Ricky Nolasco is starting to find his stride right before the All-Star break. Hughes is 8-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 15 games started. He’s struck out 82 and only walked nine in 95.1 innings pitched. Hughes has won more than 15 games twice (18-8 in 2010, and 16-13 in 2012). Last year, he was 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA. Hughes has had his ups and downs in the Major Leagues; he was a starter, and a reliever in New York. Minnesota may be the perfect home, though. Target Field fits his game, and is a pitchers park.

Nolasco, meanwhile, pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins last season. He was 8-3 with the Dodgers, and 5-8 in Miami in 2013. The righthander is 4-5 with a 5.52 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 89.2 innings pitched with the Twins. Nolasco was 2-2 in the first two months of the season, but saw his ERA climb above six. In May, his record (1-3) didn’t show progress, but he wasn’t allowing as many runs (4.91 ERA). In June so far, Nolasco is has one win, and three no-decisions. So, hopefully he’s starting to be more comfortable out on the mound.

Last week, Jeff Thurn spoke to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter about both Hughes and Nolasco.

In the lineup, Kurt Suzuki was a great replacement behind the plate for Joe Mauer, who moved to first base. Suzuki is hitting .321/.378/.420 with two home runs, 68 hits, 15 doubles, and 32 RBI. He’s never hit over .300 in a season, but with the All-Star break and midseason mark approaching, he’s on pace to do just that.

*For comments, and story ideas, email Sam at tastadsam@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter @samtastad.

Kurt Suzuki, Minnesota Twins vs San Diego Padres
Denis Poroy/Getty Images

 

 

 

More Local News

Latest Music News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://hot1047.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Hot 104.7 - Today's Hottest Music in Sioux Falls, SD quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Hot 104.7 - Today's Hottest Music in Sioux Falls, SD quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!