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Treading Water while the MLB trend points toward disparity

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:10 AM
In the ESPN article below, MLB has begun a trend back towards disparity. Teams have begun taking a more clearly defined rebuild/push to W...
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Article: Twins Must Get Creative To Lure Darvish

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:36 AM
If you're having a hard time wrapping your head around this, I can't blame you. But there is mounting evidence that the Minnesota Twins a...
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What will it take to get Gerrit Cole?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:23 AM
The NY Post reported the Yankees are working on a deal to acquire a Gerrit Cole. Players mentioned include Clint Frazier and Chance Adams...
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Article: Twins Sign RHP Michael Pineda

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:50 AM
The Twins announced this morning that they have signed right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal. The former Ma...
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Article: Twins Select RHP Tyler Kinley In Rule 5 Draft (L...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:34 PM
See updates below...The Twins lost two players in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft and added a right-handed pitcher. In the m...
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Winter Meltdown Presale Is Right Now Thru XMas Eve

Twins fans, Twins writers, Twins executives, Twins prospects and Twins players all have joined Twins Daily's Winter Meltdown. And thru Christmas Eve you can reserve your spot for, well, kinda for free.

This week only, through 12/24, you can buy presale tickets to January 20th's Winter Meltdown at Brothers Bar & Grill (4:30-7:30 PM). It's the Saturday of Twins Fest, so you can just walk over; it's only two blocks from Target Field.

This week ONLY, we charge $15, but it's basically free. That's because the $15 is just a prepayment on two 612 Brew craft beers and the Winter Meltdown pint glass you'll get at the event. (We have to charge something up front, because we need to know how many people are really coming.) This deal ends this week and this event has sold out every year. When we offer tickets again in 2018, along with details of who our guests are, the cost will be $30. But we are offering this deal to people that visit the site in the dead of winter, or follow us on email or Twitter. That's our tribe.


Twins Must Get Creative To Lure Darvish

If you're having a hard time wrapping your head around this, I can't blame you. But there is mounting evidence that the Minnesota Twins are indeed very serious about trying to sign Yu Darvish.

Yes, the Twins – notoriously risk-averse in free agency – are making a run at the top name on the market. In their first full offseason at the helm, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine seemingly have the go-ahead to make an historical splash.

But landing Darvish will take more than that.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 348: Fernando Rodney Is Friday Night Pizza

Aaron and John talk about the Twins optimism surrounding signing Yu Darvish, a summer of the Fernando Rodney Experience, the future-oriented baseball deal for Michael Pineda, the Twins gains and losses in MLB Rule 5 draft and their secret admirers in the Nippon Ham Fighters front office. Sponsored by Sota Stick Co. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.


Get To Know Twins Outfield Prospect Jacob Pearson

When the Minnesota Twins found out that they were not going to get a meeting with Shohei Otani, they decided to trade some of their international bonus pool money to add talent to the organization. They traded $1 million to the Seattle Mariners for catcher David Banuelos. Moments later, it was announced that they had traded another $1 million to the Angels in exchange for outfielder Jacob Pearson, their third- round pick in 2017.

Recently, Twins Daily was able to chat with the talented outfielder about a variety of topics including learning he had been traded.


Twins Sending Relief Messages

As the Winter Meetings came to an end, the Minnesota Twins found themselves mentioned often and making just a few waves. In signing Michael Pineda to a two-year contract, while handing out a one-year deal to Fernando Rodney, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine may be asking us to read through the tea leaves.


Twins Sign Closer Rodney To One-Year Deal

The Twins headed into the Winter Meetings with almost zero closing experience on their roster. They will exit with a wealth of it.

On Thursday the team agreed to terms with veteran reliever Fernando Rodney, who ranks third among active major-league players with 300 career saves. Craig Mish reports that it’s a one-year, $6 million deal.


Twins Select RHP Tyler Kinley In Rule 5 Draft (Lose Burdi to Phillies, Bard to Angels)

See updates below...The Twins lost two players in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft and added a right-handed pitcher. In the minor league Rule 5, they added two players without losing anyone.

On Thursday morning, the 2017 Winter Meetings will come to a close with the annual Rule 5 draft. Last month, the Minnesota added three players to their 40-man roster, but they left several very talented players unprotected. The Twins could potentially lose a couple of players (at least tentatively) to the Rule 5. However, they currently have just 37 players on their 40-man roster, so in theory, they could make a Rule 5 pick (or three!).

Below you'll find a brief preview of the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, but as the draft takes place, this article will continue to be updated if the Twins lose or gain players. So be sure to check back often. The draft starts at 8:00 a.m. central time.


Johan Santana's Cooperstown Case: The Missing Cy Young

In the spring of 2004, Johan Santana left his native Venezuela as one of baseball’s brightest stars. He would return to a hero’s welcome the next fall after being named the first Venezuelan-born Cy Young winner. He went on national TV with the country’s president, he received medals and honors, and his hometown held a parade in his honor. He was a living legend in his homeland.

In a perfect world, Santana would have pitched into his late 30’s or early 40’s while continuing to be one of the best in the game. That ideal world didn’t play out and he never pitched a big league game after the age of 33. At the height of his career, there is no doubt that he was the best pitcher on the planet.

This year will mark his first chance at being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In this series, I will build up Santana’s case for enshrinement. The following is a paean to the career of the southpaw from Venezuela. A man who should and can be elected into the hallowed grounds of Cooperstown.


Twins Sign RHP Michael Pineda

The Twins announced this morning that they have signed right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal. The former Mariners and Yankees starter had Tommy John surgery July 18, so he is likely to miss the entire 2018 season.


Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

'Baseball research' in modern circles tends to be seen solely in the analytical sense. However, the group for which sabermetrics was named (by Bill James), the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), is so much more than analytics. In fact, they are a research society focused on every aspect of baseball research which includes committees ranging from ballparks and the Black Sox to statistical analysis and Women in Baseball. Not currently researching anything or not really planning on researching anything? No worries, most of us are just there because we enjoy talking about baseball. You don't need to be a researcher to be a member and take part.


Winter Meetings: Reliever Roulette

The free agent relief market is finally beginning to take shape at the Winter Meetings. The Minnesota Twins, for now, are biding their time. And while they clearly have a need, early developments on this front are proving them wise to wait things out.


Twins Prospect Spotlight Series: Ben Rortvedt

As a way to look back at a great minor league season and look ahead toward the release of the 2018 Twins Prospect Handbook, I’ll be writing a series of features on prospects I seem to be especially high on. Next to receive the spotlight treatment is catcher Ben Rortvedt.