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The Minnesota Twins have signed free agent starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, it's a one-year deal worth $4 million that also comes with an $11 million for the 2023 season. Also, according to Heyman, that option has a $1 million buyout. The right-hander spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. This past year he pitched to a 6.06 ERA and a 5.51 FIP in 90.2 innings while registering 84 strikeouts and surrendering 34 walks. He'll join a Twins rotation that could also include Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober, and Randy Dobnak.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with the team on Sunday, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. With this extension, Buxton will also have full no-trade protection. While Buxton now is set to remain with the Twins for the next seven years, the question will be whether or not he can stay on the field long enough to provide good value for the team. He got off to a hot start last season, as he slashed .306/.358/.647 with 19 homers, nine steals, 32 RBI and 50 runs scored over 61 games, but injuries derailed his season once again. Buxton has got great upside when healthy, but he has played in 100 games only once in his seven year career. At this point, Buxton should be considered a potential high-upside middle-round pick.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers could be of interest to the New York Mets, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Rogers is eligible for arbitration, but given that he is due a raise from his 2021 salary of $6 million dollars, the Twins could choose not to tender the left-hander a contract. With the loss of Aaron Loup to the Angels today, the Mets would then be positioned to make Rogers their primary lefty out of the bullpen. Rogers was an All-Star in 2021, recording a 3.35 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with nine saves and 59 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He is a perennial value in fantasy leagues that reward holds.
Minnesota Twins second baseman/shortstop Jorge Polanco ended his excellent 2021 campaign with a home run and three RBI in his team's win over Kansas City on the season's final day. Polanco slashed .269/.323/.503 with a career-high 33 homers and 98 RBI, 97 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. Ankle injuries sapped Polanco of his power during the shortened 2020 season, though he had no such trouble in that department this year, posting career bests in barrel rate, exit velocity, launch angle, and hard-hit rate. A late-round discount this year, Polanco will see his ADP rise quite a bit heading into 2022.
The Minnesota Twins placed starting pitcher John Gant (groin) on the 10-day injured list on Saturday. He is dealing with a right mild groin strain. The team called up fellow pitcher Charlie Barnes from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Gant struggled in his last outing of the year on Friday, pitching four innings against the Kansas City Royals and giving up eight hits, two walks and six earned runs. The 29-year-old split his 2021 season with the Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals. He made a total of 39 appearances this year (21 starts) and went 5-11 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.