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Article: Long-Term Deals Highlight Key Truths

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:03 AM
Yesterday, we discussed how the Twins’ and Max Kepler’s unusual long-term contract was a result of him being a somewhat unusual candidate...
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Article: A Guide To (And Plea For) Attending Twins Spring...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:00 AM
I don’t remember which year I first attended spring training, but I remember the exact date when I decided I would never miss it again: F...
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Plenty of money

Other Baseball Today, 09:57 AM
The Braves made 100 million, with a bad tv deal and a 130MM payroll......there is plenty of money for the actual players to get more........
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Sano Enters Camp Injured

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:54 AM
I'm not sure anyone has touched on this yet at TD, but mods should feel free to delete this if I'm wrong.    Following an off-s...
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Article: TD 2019 Top Minnesota Twins Prospects Recap

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:53 AM
The Minnesota Twins have made it clear: they're relying on their own internal pipeline, rather than transformative outside additions, to...
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TD 2019 Top Minnesota Twins Prospects Recap

The Minnesota Twins have made it clear: they're relying on their own internal pipeline, rather than transformative outside additions, to turn things around.

Fortunately, their system is widely viewed as one of the best in the game. We've been counting down our rankings of the Top 20 Twins prospects over the past few weeks, and today we'll recap the full list, zeroing in on trends and key takeaways.

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What Might a Jose Berrios Contract Extension Look Like?

The Twins locked up outfielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco to long-term contract extensions this past week. The logical question is Will there be other more young core players extended before the season starts? Specifically, will they be able to sign All Star pitcher Jose Berrios to an extension? If so, what might it look like? For that, we may have been given a couple of clues this week of what range a Berrios contract could approach.

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A Guide To (And Plea For) Attending Twins Spring Training

I don’t remember which year I first attended spring training, but I remember the exact date when I decided I would never miss it again: February 28th, 2014. I remember that date because we all remember the winter of 2013-14, or as Minnesotan’s refer to it: “that really awful winter a few years back.”

That doesn’t sound especially harsh, but when Minnesotans single out one winter as really awful, that’s high praise. They’re all really awful. But 2013-14 had the coldest average temperature of any winter since 1978, plus a ton of snow. And it saved the worst for last. February, which is when you’re just looking for a little hope, was an all-time crummy month.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 412: Live from Fort Myers! (And Minneapolis)

Aaron and John talk about one of them being in Fort Myers for Twins spring training, contract extensions for Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler, the odds of Jose Berrios soon joining the extension club, news that Fernando Romero is headed to the bullpen, Miguel Sano showing up in better shape, and Rocco Baldelli's timeline for turning this thing around. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Who's on First? Cron's No Sure Thing

We never expect players signings not to work - but some of them just don’t. Last year was a lesson for Twins fans in that sense, with big splashes like Lance Lynn, Logan Morrison and Addison Reed underperforming. A lot of people would include Jake Odorizzi in that category too, though he was acquired via a trade. So, in a way, sometimes it's wise to lower expectations about new players, in order to be pleasantly surprised down the road.

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The Twins and Their Brothers In Arms (or xwOBA)

It was brought to my attention the other day that, by xwOBA, the unluckiest hitter in all of MLB in 2018 was Logan Morrison. Let me back that up a little because I’m sure my dad just had an aneurysm trying to read “xwOBA”. Let’s start with the wOBA part before x gives it to ya. wOBA stands for weighted on-base average and it does what slugging and OPS try to do, it calculates the value of a hitter with the understanding, as the opposite of what Thomas Jefferson once proclaimed, that not all hits are created equal.

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Long-Term Deals Highlight Key Truths

Yesterday, we discussed how the Twins’ and Max Kepler’s unusual long-term contract was a result of him being a somewhat unusual candidate to receive a long-term deal. The Twins also announced a long-term deal with Jorge Polanco. The deals' similarities and differences reflect a few truths about the Twins plans and tendencies.

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Kepler's Unusual Contract

The Twins announced long-term deals with Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco yesterday. Both are somewhat unusual players with whom to sign to a long-term deal, and thus required an unusual deal, which is fantastic, because truth is often found at the edges. Let’s look at how these contracts usually are structured, how Kepler’s is different, and what it says about the Twins and Kepler.

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Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #1 Royce Lewis

We have spent the last two weeks counting down the Twins Daily Top 20 Minnesota Twins prospects heading into the 2019 season. Today, we arrive at #1. It will surprise no one that shortstop Royce Lewis fits the top spot. The first overall pick in the 2017 draft had a strong 2018 season between Cedar Rapids. He didn’t turn 19 until early June. He is a consensus Top 10 prospect among national publications. This weekend, he will report to Ft. Myers for his first big-league spring training.

All of that, and it is important to note that it was not an easy decision for any of the voters. Alex Kirilloff had an incredible return to the diamond in 2018, putting up some of the best offensive numbers in all of minor league baseball. Brusdar Graterol has a triple-digit fastball and potentially three above-average pitches. He could give the Twins a true ace in the not-too-distant future. The Twins drafted a College World Series hero in the first round in 2018, and he had a solid professional debut.

The Twins have a Top 5 minor league system, so it is meaningful and well-considered that we continue to rank Royce Lewis as the #1 Twins prospect. Below you will find out more about the future star. Hopefully you have enjoyed this Top 20 series and have renewed hope that there are several future stars in the system. With this information, we certainly encourage you to share your thoughts on Lewis, but also consider how you would rank the Twins top prospects.

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Hot Spring: 9 Twins Takes to Rev You Up for Baseball

Spring is here! You wouldn't know it from looking out a window in Minnesota, but fortunately, beat reporters and Twins writers who have arrived on the scene in Fort Myers (including our own John Bonnes, who lands on Friday) are serving as our windows to warmth and workouts in sunny southwest Florida.

As spring training gets underway, I've got nine red-hot (or at least moderately warm) takes on the 2019 season.

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Twins Extend TC Bear Through 2023

In the wake of relatively low-risk contract extensions given to Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler, some wondered if this meant the Minnesota Twins were ready to make a bigger splash with a veteran contributor.

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What Can Duda Do for You?

When the Minnesota Twins' non-roster invitees to spring training were unveiled, there was a previously unreported name among the bunch. Long time New York Met, and former MVP candidate, Lucas Duda was heading to Fort Myers for the beginning of his 2019 season. Having signed C.J. Cron and with Tyler Austin already in tow, the minor league deal was the avenue for Lucas to get his chance with the Twins. The question is, will it work and should it?