Gophers Give Kill Raise And Extra Year On ContractMinnesota has given football coach Jerry Kill a raise and another year on his contract. The university announced Saturday that Kill's deal was extended through the 2018 season and that he'll make $2.1 million in 2014, a big spike from his previous salary of $1.2 million. That was the lowest in the Big Ten. Athletic director Norwood Teague had promised for months the contract would be restructured.
Twins Agree To Contract With SwarzakThe Minnesota Twins and right-hander Anthony Swarzak have agreed to a $935,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Swarzak went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 games for the Twins last season. He made all of those appearances out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year career. In years past, Swarzak was often used as a spot starter when the rotation faltered or someone went down with an injury.
AP Source: Twins, Pelfrey Agree For 2 Years, $11MA person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins have agreed with right-hander Mike Pelfrey on an $11 million, two-year contract.
AP Source: Twins Agree With Phil Hughes The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with right-hander Phil Hughes. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides came to agreement late Saturday night.
Timberwolves Pick Up Option On Williams The Minnesota Timberwolves are picking up the option on Derrick Williams' contract. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that the Wolves will exercise the option for 2013-14 on the former No. 2 overall pick's deal.
Wild Sign F Pominville To 5-Year Extension The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension. The Wild announced the signing on Thursday in advance of the team's season opener against the L.A. Kings. Terms were not disclosed.
Dayton, Rybak Sound Off On Minn. Orchestra DisputeAs the lockout of musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra nears a year in duration, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say it's time for the sides to bury any grudges and return to the bargaining table for face-to-face talks.
Lynx Sign Star Guard Whalen To Contract ExtensionThe Minnesota Lynx are making sure point guard Lindsay Whalen stays home for a while. The Lynx signed Whalen to a multi-year contract extension on Friday. The 10-year veteran is having one of her finest seasons. She is averaging a career-high 14.7 points and 6.0 assists to help the Lynx to the best record in the WNBA (23-7).
5 Weeks & $60M Later, Pekovic Re-Signs With MNFlip Saunders said his top offseason priority was to bring back Nikola Pekovic on a long-term deal. It took weeks of negotiations, but they got it done, with a five year, $60 million contract. Why did it take so long?
An NFL Rarity, But Fullback Felton Is Crucial For MN's Run Game Jerome Felton bounced around the NFL, with four different teams the last four years. But when he signed a one-year contract with the Vikings before last season, something clicked. The journeyman has now found a prominent place in Minnesota.
Cook Has Yet To Get An INT, And Truly Step Into His RoleThe one area where the Vikings are lacking so called veteran leadership is in the secondary. The departure of Antoine Winfield to Seattle took care of that, which creates an opportunity for Chris Cook to assume a new role after needing to grow up off the field more than on it.
Timberwolves Finish 2-Year, $3.2M Deal With TuriafThe Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent center Ronny Turiaf. The deal was announced by the team on Thursday. The 30-year-old Turiaf agreed to terms last week on a two-year, $3.2 million contract.
AP Sources: Kahn Out As Wolves President, Flip InDavid Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in.
SPCO Musicians Ratify Agreement, Call For New LeadershipThe musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra ratified a three-year agreement with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Society on Monday, calling for the search of a new SPCO leader.
American Crystal Union Members Head Back To Work Union members who have been locked out of American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota for 20 months are heading back to work.