Ex-Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson optimistic 2020 MLB season will be salvaged

Now a member of the Texas Rangers, Kyle Gibson told our Darren ‘Doogie’ Wolfson on Monday afternoon that he’s optimistic a 2020 MLB season will happen. The long-time former Twin also talked about moving on, how he’s doing health-wise, and more.

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Gibson signed a 3-year, $28 million deal with Texas in December. The Twins didn’t try to bring Gibson back, but had offered him a 2-year extension worth approximately $17 million prior to the 2019 season.

Gibson, 32, had a 4.84 in 160 innings for the Twins last year. He fought ulcerative colitis, which eventually landed him on the injured list. It may have been connected with him contracting e. coli while doing charity work the previous winter winter in the Caribbean. He reported to spring training underweight and still feeling the effects, and that caused ripple effects throughout the season.

Originally the Twins’ first round pick in 2009, Gibson was solid in 2018, logging 196 2/3 innings and delivering a 3.62 earned run average. Before departing for Texas, the Twins were the organization that Gibson knew intimately.

With Gibson departing, Taylor Rogers has been handling player rep duties for the Twins.

Gibson will be missed both on and off the field in Minnesota. Him and his wife, Elizabeth, have always been very charitable, and Gibson was named the Twins’ 2019 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

The award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.