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Twins manager Paul Molitor fired

A national baseball writer for USA Today is reporting the Minnesota Twins have fired manager Paul Molitor in the wake of a 78-84 finish. KSTP Sports' Darren Wolfson has confirmed the news. Molitor, who has 2-years and $3.25 million on his contract, has been offered a different position within the organization.

It comes just one year after Molitor was named AL manager and signed a three-year contract extension. Twins officials are expected to meet with the media Tuesday afternoon. 

The 2017 Twins made the playoffs after losing 103 games in 2016, leading to higher expectations this season.

But the team was not in contention at the trade deadline and dealt away a number of key contributors.

Molitor was hired in November 2014 as the 13th manager in team history. The St. Paul native was a seven-time All-Star during his playing career and was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Check back for more on this developing story.