Wild buys out Vanek’s contract

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has bought out the final year of forward Thomas Vanek’s contract.   “In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility we needed to make this difficult decision,” said Fletcher. “We thank Thomas for his time with the Minnesota Wild and wish him the best going forward.”   Vanek becomes an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Minnesota. He collected 93 points (39-54=93) in 154 regular season games with the Wild and tallied four … Continue reading Wild buys out Vanek’s contract

Twins trade Arcia to Tampa

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have traded outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.  Arcia was designated for release or assignment on June 16. Originally signed by the Twins in 2007, Arcia played in parts of four seasons with the Twins hitting a career .240 (212-for-884) with 40 home runs and 120 RBI in 251 games.   Continue reading Twins trade Arcia to Tampa

Q&A with Twins OF Robbie Grossman

When the Twins signed Robbie Grossman on May 16, you probably yawned. If you noticed at all. Grossman had the kind of nondescript, journeyman resume typical of a player that would be available to a bad team midseason. Instead, the outfielder has become a mainstay in a Twins line-up showing some signs of life. Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008, Grossman was dealt to Houston as a minor leaguer in 2012. He debuted with the Astros in 2013 and hit an uninspiring .240/.327/.341 in 190 games over three seasons with the club. Grossman inked a minor league deal with Cleveland … Continue reading Q&A with Twins OF Robbie Grossman

Q&A with Twins Reliever Buddy Boshers

When Buddy Boshers stepped onto the mound in Seattle on May 28, it marked the end of an improbable baseball odyssey that spanned nearly three years and included stops in Double A Arkansas, Triple A Salt Lake, independent ball in Somerset and, finally, Triple A Rochester. The 28-year-old lefthander had been last seen in the big leagues with Anaheim in 2013, where he posted an uninspiring 4.70 ERA in 25 games. Since being recalled by the Twins last month, Boshers has been stellar, allowing just one earned run in eight innings over 11 appearances. He even picked up his first … Continue reading Q&A with Twins Reliever Buddy Boshers

Twins OF Max Kepler Unfiltered

Max Kepler attended John F. Kennedy High School and, despite showing great promise in tennis, chose baseball to channel his athletic ambitions. JFK and America’s Pastime travel well. Kepler was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. The German native had done little distinguish himself in his brief big league career before today’s walk-off homerun versus Boston, but he was ranked as the 30th best prospect by Baseball America prior to this season and figures prominently in the Twins long term outfield plans. With the team hopelessly buried in the cellar, Kepler should get an extended look this summer. The 23-year-old … Continue reading Twins OF Max Kepler Unfiltered

Vikings make Harrison Smith NFL’s highest paid safety

Eden Prairie, MN (June 6, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced Harrison Smith has signed a contract extension with the club.  Smith will get a 5-year/$51.25 million extension that includes a $10 million signing bonus and $15.27 million fully guaranteed. Smith’s deal includes $28.578M guaranteed against injury and his contract runs through 2021. Smith was already scheduled to play on his fifth-year option this year. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, a year after he tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions In his first 4 seasons, Smith has totaled 402 tackles, 27 PDs, 12 … Continue reading Vikings make Harrison Smith NFL’s highest paid safety