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Twins manager Rocco Baldelli noted that J.A. Happ is doing well after testing positive for COVID-19. Happ will begin the screening process on Monday. (Source: Betsy Helfand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: J.A. Happ is a boring veteran with an ERA ranging from 3.18 to 3.65 in four out of the past five seasons. Monitor the news on how much COVID-19 impacts J.A. Happ, but his ADP past pick 380 makes him a solid streaming pitcher.

Category: Injury Updates


Twins top prospect Royce Lewis underwent successful ACL surgery on Friday. (Source: Betsy Helfand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a brutal development for the 21-year-old, former No. 1 pick. Lewis was widely considered a top-25 prospect entering spring training. While he'll miss the entire 2021 campaign, it's likely that he'll be ready to go for 2022.

Category: Injury Updates


Shaun Anderson was acquired by the Twins for LaMonte Wade Jr., according to beat writer Dan Hayes. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson put up a 3.52 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 18:12 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings in the Giants bullpen in 2020. He'll likely serve as a reliever for the Twins in 2021 as well.

Category: Transactions


The Giants have signed RHP Matt Wisler to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old was non-tendered by the Twins last week. He appeared in 18 games last year, which included four starts. Wisler posted a 1.07 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He won't begin the 2021 campaign with any fantasy value, though.

Category: Transactions


Jon Morosi of MLB.com is reporting that the Red Sox have "some interest" in signing free agent OF Eddie Rosario. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rosario was non-tendered by the Twins on Wednesday. He was projected to earn $9.6 million in arbitration. Rosario enters the free agent market and Boston has shown "some interest" in signing the RF. It's worth noting that "Alex Cora (current Red Sox manager), as GM, selected Rosario for Team Puerto Rico at the 2017 for the WBC," Morosi added. The 29-year-old slashed .257/.316/.476 with 13 home runs, 42 RBI, 31 runs scored and three stolen bases over 210 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Rumors


The Twins and LHP Taylor Rogers agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract to avoid arbitration. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rogers should once again be the Twins' primary ninth-inning man in 2021. His ERA rose from 2.61 in 2019 to 4.05 this past season, but it was obviously a small sample. The lefty once again averaged over a strikeout per inning.

Category: Transactions


Catcher Mitch Garver signed a one-year contract with the Twins on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a breakout 2019 campaign that saw him bat .273 with 31 home runs in just 93 games, Garver batted .167 with two home runs in 23 games in 2020, limiting his leverage in arbitration. Garver isn't as good as he was in 2019 or as bad as he was in 2020, but the two extremes make him a difficult projection for 2021 in Minnesota.

Category: Transactions


The Minnesota Twins and outfielder Byron Buxton agreed to terms on a one-year deal on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2020, Buxton batted .254 with 19 runs scored, 13 home runs, 27 RBI, and two stolen bases in 39 games. Buxton turns 27 in a couple of weeks and possesses elite athleticism but has had trouble with injuries and consistent production throughout his career. For fantasy managers, he offers both a high ceiling and a low floor for 2021.

Category: Transactions


Jose Berrios signed a one-year, $6.1 million deal with the Twins on Wednesday to avoid arbitration. The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Berrios was solid for the Twins once again, posting a 4.00 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 68:26 K:BB over 63 innings. He is expected to be in the top of the Twins' rotation in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Twins have avoided arbitration with RHP Tyler Duffery by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Duffey was sharp in 2020, posting a 1.88 ERA to go along with a 0.79 WHIP in 22 appearances. He also earned 12 holds, so he'll have value in fantasy leagues that count this stat come 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Minnesota Twins declined Sergio Romo's club option for 2021. (Source: Do-Hyoung Park on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Romo boasts a career 2.95 ERA, the veteran righty was average in 2020, going 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA. This move comes as no surprise, but Romo could still potentially re-sign with the Twins at a lower price in the offseason. Even if he doesn't end up back in Minnesota, expect him to be on an MLB roster come 2021.

Category: Transactions


La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nelson Cruz is seeking a two-year deal this offseason. (Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz had a fantastic age-40 campaign this past summer, hitting .303 with 16 homers and a .992 OPS in 53 games. It's unclear if a team would be willing to pay him into his age-42 season, but he would likely have a lot of interest if he was willing to accept a one-year contract. He would have even more of a market if the National League sticks with the universal DH next season.

Category: Rumors


SS Jorge Polanco underwent surgery to remove a mild bone spur and a small bone chip on his right ankle Monday. (Source: Dan Hayes on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Polanco’s ankle bothered him throughout the season and underwent surgery to correct the issue. He is expected to be ready by spring training. Polanco slashed .258/.304/.485 with four home runs, 19 RBI and four stolen bases over 209 at-bats this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff is hitting sixth and playing right field in his major league debut in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Kirilloff becomes the first player in MLB history to make his big league debut in a playoff game. Max Kepler is sliding over to center field and Byron Buxton is on the bench in this win-or-go-home matchup with Houston.


Twins starter Kenta Maeda tossed five shutout innings on two hits and three walks while striking out five in Tuesday's no-decision against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.

Fantasy Impact: Maeda left with the lead on Tuesday but watched the bullpen allow four runs en route to a 1-4 loss. Maeda finished a strong season with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts and did not disappoint in his first postseason start for Minnesota.

Category: Game Recaps


Josh Donaldson (calf) is not included on the Twins' roster for their Wild Card series versus the Astros. (Source: Minnesota Twins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit of a surprise. Donaldson left Friday's game with a calf cramp and just didn't have enough time to get healthy. The 34-year-old took batting practice on Monday and will aim to get ready for the Divisional Round, should Minnesota advance.

Category: Injury Updates


Minnesota Twins left-hander Rich Hill allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday. Hill struck out four and walked three in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: He managed to escape with a no-decision. Hill finishes the 2020 regular season with a 2-2 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings of work. He will not be a part of the team's rotation in the Wild Card round of the playoffs but he could rejoin if they advance.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Kepler scores once

Mon, Sep 28th 5:51am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run in a 5-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Kepler finishes the 2020 regular season with a .228 average, nine homers, 27 runs, 23 RBI, and three steals. He wrapped up the season on a high note, hitting .345 over his final seven games. He will face the Astros in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, starting Tuesday.

Category: Game Recaps


Luis Arraez drives in three

Sun, Sep 27th 8:20am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Minnesota second baseman Luis Arraez went 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs, and three RBI in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Arraez had just been activated off the injured list earlier in the day after overcoming tendinitis in his knee. The young infielder is hitting .315 with 16 runs and 13 RBI in 108 at-bats this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Minnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda allowed two runs over four innings in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Saturday. He struck out four and walked three.

Fantasy Impact: Pineda struggled a bit with his control, throwing 48 of 80 pitches for strikes. He finishes the 2020 season with a 2-0 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 25 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps