Target Field is covered in snow and the Twins play tomorrow

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Here in Minnesota we’re known for living with some pretty brutal weather, but heavy snow in the middle of April is a bit much even for us.

Luckily the Twins are off today, but they begin a three-game series with the Mets at Target Field tomorrow night and … well, this is what the ballpark looked like this afternoon:

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It’s currently 34 degrees and still snowing here and the forecast for tomorrow is a balmy 36 degrees with more snow. Because the Mets won’t be coming back to Minnesota again this season canceling the game could be tricky and it’s not supposed to be a whole lot warmer over the weekend.

(Photo courtesy of Twins president Dave St. Peter on Twitter.)

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.