The Twins ended their arbitration cases today by agreeing to a 1-year contract with third baseball Trevor Plouffe worth $7.25 Million. Plouffe hit .244 with 22 homeruns and 86 RBIs and a career high 140 hits in 2015.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor in his first year with the Twins finished 3rd in the American League Manager of the Year voting. Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers won the award with 112 points followed by Houston Manager A.J. Hinch (82 points) and Paul Molitor of the Twins with 33 points.
The Twins have traded center fielder Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy. Hicks batted .256 with 11 homeruns, 33 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 352 at bats in 2015. The 26-year old was the 14th overall pick in the first round by the Twins in 2008.
Torii Hunter and the Twins held a press conference today where Torii thanked the fans and expressed how tough it is to talk away from the game he loves. Hunter said the fans pumped him when he took the field.
Twins right fielder Torii Hunter has announced his retirement. Hunter thanks the Twins and Twins fans for the memories after 19 years in the Major Leagues. He played his first full seasons with the Twins before signing a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2008.
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