Twins sign architects Derek Falvey, Thad Levine to new five-year deals
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, the chief architects of the Twins’ 2019 American League Central Division-winners, have signed new deals that will keep them under contract through 2024, a source said.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Falvey, 36, will have his title changed from chief baseball officer to president of baseball operations. Levine, 48, will remain the general manager in what has been a leadership tandem since the two were hired after the 2016 season. They already were under contract through 2021 but the new deals begin immediately.
The Twins have been to the postseason twice in the past three years, winning an AL wild-card spot under manager Paul Molitor in 2017, and winning the Central for the first time since 2010 under Rocco Baldelli this past season.
Baldelli, 38, was named AL manager of the year on Tuesday after leading the Twins to 101 victories, second in Twins history to only the 1965 World Series team.
The next step for Falvey and Levine is building a Twins team that can win a playoff game for the first time since 2004. The 2017 team lost a one-game playoff against the Yankees in New York, and this year’s team was swept by the Yankees in three games in the AL Division Series.
Falvey and Levine could not be reached for comment.
Their biggest task in the offseason, which includes the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Dec. 9, will be signing starting pitching. With a young lineup bolstered by veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz, the Twins set a major-league record with 307 home runs and batted .270 as a team. They also have built a promising young bullpen with prospects.
But four of the Twins’ five starters this season can become unrestricted free agents, including Jake Odorizzi, who went 15-7 with a 3.51 earned-run average in 2019. Odorizzi, 29, has until Thursday to accept a one-year qualifying offer of $17.8 million or become a free agent.