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Article: The Twins Are Going to Win 80 Games in 2017

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:17 PM
I wrote for Cold Omaha today that I think the Twins will win 80 games this season. Discussion, as always, appreciated:    http:...
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Dozier Trade Discussion Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:06 PM
Let's discuss the impending trade of Brian Dozier here:
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Article: Don't Sleep On Phil Hughes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:35 PM
Can the Twins compete this year?The general response to this question is going to be no, given that Minnesota finished as baseball's wors...
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Article: Running Down The Hall (Of Fame Ballot)

Other Baseball Today, 02:05 PM
The winds of change are blowing through the hallowed grounds of Cooperstown. Debate has swirled over which players, if any, from the ster...
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Article: Forecasting Mauer's Remaining Years

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:49 PM
When the Twins signed Joe Mauer to the largest contract in team history, fans were excited to see what the future could hold. He was comi...
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Don't Sleep On Phil Hughes

Can the Twins compete this year?

The general response to this question is going to be no, given that Minnesota finished as baseball's worst team in 2016.

However, one thing that would vastly improve their odds would be a return to form – of any sort – from Phil Hughes, who could join Ervin Santana to form a quality veteran tandem atop the rotation if his surgery proves to be smashing success.

That, of course, is an enormous "if."


Join Twins Daily At The Diamond Awards

Join Twins Daily writers in fighting some terrible diseases by attending the 2016 Diamond Awards. Seth, Jeremy and John will host as many tables as we can of Twins Daily members for this fantastic fundraiser inside Target Field.

First, buy tickets to the 2016 Diamond Awards. It’s awesome, truly a bucket list item for Twins fans; just check out the photos and video. It’s the night before Twins Fest (January 26th), so it’ll be a star-studded affair including an awards dinner celebrating the Diamond Awards winners, including Brian Dozier, Ervin Santana, Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Terry Ryan.


Get To Know: Lookouts Outfielder Edgar Corcino

Born in Puerto Rico, Edgar Corcino was drafted in 2009 by the Detroit Tigers. In 2012, he played at four different levels, including a handful of games at AAA. However, after the season he was released. He spent two seasons in independent leagues. Before the 2015 season, Corcino signed with the Twins. He began the season at extended spring training before spending the final four months of the season in Cedar Rapids. Last year, he began in Ft. Myers, but after a slow start, he came on strong and by midseason, he was promoted to Chattanooga.

Overall, he hit .273/.337/.420 (.757) with 20 doubles, 11 triples and eight homers in 124 games. He also stole seven bases, and he is a tremendous outfielder at all three positions.


Running Down The Hall (Of Fame Ballot)

The winds of change are blowing through the hallowed grounds of Cooperstown. Debate has swirled over which players, if any, from the steroids era should be elected. Mike Piazza was elected as part of the class of 2016 and there were steroid rumors surrounding him. Other top players from the steroid era, like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, have been forced to wait their turn.

Within the last few months, it was announced that former MLB commissioner Bud Selig will be enshrined in Cooperstown. This is the man who oversaw the growth of baseball to the level that it is today. He also allowed the steroid era to continue longer than it should have gone on. If the architect of the steroid era is being let into the Hall, players of that culture will soon follow suit.


In His Words: Tanner English's 2016 Season

Twins minor league outfielder Tanner English has always been a star on the baseball field. Like many in professional baseball, he was a great high school player. Following his career at St. James High School in Murrell Island, South Carolina, he was drafted in the 13th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. After a lot of deep thought and long nights, English decided to stay in-state and attend the University of South Carolina. Following three seasons there, the Twins used their 11th-round pick to take the speedy center fielder.


Forecasting Mauer's Remaining Years

When the Twins signed Joe Mauer to the largest contract in team history, fans were excited to see what the future could hold. He was coming off an MVP season where he rewrote the record books when it comes to offense from the catching position. Minnesota was annually in the playoff hunt and optimism was running high.

Flash forward six seasons and that optimism has run out. Mauer is no longer behind the plate and Minnesota is in the midst of one of the franchise's worst stretches. So what can fans expect from Mauer with two years left on his monster deal?


How Does Keeping Dozier Fit With Long-Term View?

Ever since first stepping into their roles leading the Minnesota Twins baseball operations department, both Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have been talking about the big picture.

So how would keeping Brian Dozier, whose value is at a high point, align with the future-focused approach that this regime has espoused?


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 192: Miscellaneous Moves & Meltdown

Aaron and John visit Brothers Bar & Grill, home of the 2017 Winter Meltdown, and examine the three veterans the Twins signed this week, arbitration agreements, Winter Meltdown speaker LaTroy Hawkins' extended career, where the Twins payroll ranks, bone-in vs boneless wings and Aaron's pint glass collection. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the link or play button below.


NOW AVAILABLE: 2017 Twins Prospect Handbook

Whether you knew it or not, this is the moment you've long been waiting for: You can now get your hands on the 2017 Twins Prospect Handbook.

Just shy of 170 minor leagues are profiled in the now-available book. But that's not all! Prospect rankings, a wide-variety of articles and more are also included.


Catching Up With Catcher Dan Rohlfing

Dan Rohlfing was the Twins 14th round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in St. Louis. He played a lot of third base in high school, but the Twins had him mostly playing catcher. Because he is such a good athlete, he played some in the outfield as well. After three years of rookie-league ball, Rohlfing skipped the Midwest League and jumped right to Ft. Myers in 2010. He split the 2011 and 2012 seasons between Ft. Myers and New Britain and finished the 2012 season with some time in the Arizona Fall League. His 2013 was split between New Britain and Rochester, and he spent the 2014 season with the Red Wings.

Though he could have left earlier as a minor league free agent, he signed with the Mets before the 2015 season and spent the summer in Las Vegas (AAA). In 2016, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and spent most of the season in AAA Reno.


Ready Or Not, Twins Have Turned To Prospects

Each offseason, baseball's front offices put forth a painstakingly detailed effort to build an organization of hundreds of players across a number of levels. Each element of the organization is agonized over. Every possible weakness is intimately inspected.

Like a painter expertly applying each brushstroke, front offices attempt to create their own masterpieces. Sometimes they'll make one broad stroke, then take a step back and measure up their next move. Other times, they'll make a series of smaller strokes with a fine brush all in one flurry of action, obsessing over some minute detail until it's just so.



Are the Twins and Dodgers moving on from Brian Dozier trade talks? It's beginning to look that way. Let's break down the latest developments and potential ramifications.