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Twins Become First Team To Make Playoffs After 100-Loss Season

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The Minnesota Twins have plenty to celebrate as their Wild Card playoff berth clinch made Minnesota the first team to lose at least 100 and then make the postseason the following year.

The Twins earned an AL wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Angels lost in extra innings to the Chicago White Sox.

Minnesota will play either Boston or New York in the Wild Card round.

“It’s been awesome watching this team come together all season,” Twins’ first baseman Joe Mauer said as the team celebrated. “This is the best sound in the world. It’s been one of the most fun years that I’ve ever had.

“I like our guys. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last few years.”

“This is gonna be a fun couple of days getting ready for what’s next,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “I like our chances. It means a lot to all of us.”

“It’s part of your job as a manger to imagine what could happen,” Molitor said. “This year, it came to fruition. I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

“Just to be able to come back and do this is incredible,” Minnesota center fielder Byron Buxton said. “We’re just going to take it one step at a time, just like we’ve been doing.”

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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