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Article: Projecting Minnesota's Optimal Defensive Lineup

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:12 PM
Defense wins championships.In the baseball world, this cliche might not be completely true. Otherwise, there would be teams full of Andre...
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Article: John Hicks Excited To Join The Twins

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:07 PM
On November 11, the Minnesota Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy. Exactly three we...
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La Velle: Sano Lost 5 Pounds This Offseason

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:25 PM
Over at Star Tribune, La Velle has a new article up on Miguel Sano, noting that the young slugger entered this offseason with a plan and...
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Article: Position Battle: Catcher

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:23 PM
Now that TwinsFest and Winter Meltdown are in the rearview mirror and we've flipped the calendar to February, the countdown to spring tra...
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The Outfield Crapshoot

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:38 PM
Rolling an 11 is sometimes called "a Natural".  When I look at the 11 outfielders heading into spring training, I don't see anything...
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Projecting Minnesota's Optimal Defensive Lineup

Defense wins championships.

In the baseball world, this cliche might not be completely true. Otherwise, there would be teams full of Andrelton Simmons-type players. There are a lot of other factors that go into the overall equation. Teams need offense, they need pitching, and sometimes a little luck goes a long way.

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Twins Super (Bowl) Predictions

As we have in recent years, Twins Daily asked past, present and future Minnesota Twins to make their Super Bowl predictions. A lot of the players in the Twins system played football in high school, and are sports fans in general. Find out how some of your favorite players think Super Bowl 50 will go down. (Page will be updated as more players send in their predictions)

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Can Kurt Suzuki Turn Things Around In 2016?

Kurt Suzuki’s 2015 season was the stuff of nightmares. He couldn’t hit. He couldn’t stop anyone on the bases. He couldn’t help his pitchers expand the zone. He was left being a bat flip enforcer from the dugout.

Without many options to push Suzuki internally, the Twins acquired John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees to bolster the position. With at least one year left on his two year deal, many assume that Suzuki has become a lame duck catcher. Yet the Twins have not indicated anything other than expecting Suzuki to play a substantial role in 2016.

Can Suzuki turn it around and provide offensive value?

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Position Battle: Catcher

Now that TwinsFest and Winter Meltdown are in the rearview mirror and we've flipped the calendar to February, the countdown to spring training is under way.

We're a little more than two weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and soon after that a few compelling battles for starting jobs will get underway.

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John Hicks Excited To Join The Twins

On November 11, the Minnesota Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy. Exactly three weeks later, December 2, the Twins claimed catcher John Hicks from the Seattle Mariners. The Twins needed to strengthen their catching depth in the offseason, and I guess they also wanted to keep at least one Hicks on their 40-man roster.

Twins Daily was able to catch up with John Hicks at Twins Fest.

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Lottery Numbers: Projecting The 2016 Twins

While they differ in methodology, the major projection systems -- Marcel, OLIVER, PECOTA, Steamer, ZiPS et al. -- all abide by one central rule: Projections are not predictions. This mantra should be a source of comfort to Twins fans, since most experts are willing to predict that the team will be interesting and has at least some chance of making the playoffs they barely missed out on last year.

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Finally Healthy, Chargois Is Bringing The Heat

Known as “Shaggy” to his teammate, JT Chargois (pronounced Shag-waa) is one of the most intriguing players who will be in Minnesota Twins spring training in Ft. Myers later this month. Blessed with a fastball that reaches into triple-digits, he also throws a slurve and a changeup. “Pretty much just grip it and rip it.”

JT Chargois has pitched in 60 games in his four years of professional baseball. 48 of those games came in 2015. Unfortunately, injury and Tommy John surgery cost him both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He returned to the mound in games in 2015 and earned his way onto the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster. He was invited to Twins Fest last week where Twins Daily was able to catch up with him.

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How Does Carlos Quentin Fit In?

It gets lost in the big posting fee, the long-term contract, the monster numbers in Korea... But at this point in time, Byung-Ho Park should be viewed as a minor-leaguer. A prospect. A total unknown.

Perhaps Minnesota's latest free agent signing is, to some extent, a reflection of that reality.

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Twins Provide Brandon Kintzler With A Fresh Start

In mid-December, the Minnesota Twins announced a group of minor league signings and non-roster invitations to spring training. One of those names was relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler. Despite the fact that he has spent parts of the last six season in the big leagues pitching for the Twins Border Battle opponent in Milwaukee, Kintzler is not a household name.

In an unusual decision for the Twins with a non-roster invite from another organization, they invited him to participate in Twins Fest. Twins Daily had the opportunity to talk to Kintzler and learn a little more about him.

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MIDWEST SWING PODCAST: Twins Payroll

Brandon does a one-hour soliloquy on his thought regarding the Twins and their payroll, with a little help from some of his friends on Twitter and Facebook.

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One To Watch: LHP Mason Melotakis

Bullpen has been the talk in Twins Territory throughout the offseason. It becomes more intensely debated each time a left-handed reliever signs or is traded. Tony Sipp. Antonio Bastardo. Jake McGee. Those are the big names, but one pitcher to watch this spring training is lefty Mason Melotakis.

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The Offseason Of Trevor Plouffe

When the Minnesota Twins 2015 season came to an end after a three-game sweep at the hands of the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals, many fans (here at Twins Daily and all over) immediately started looking to 2016. One common assumption made by most was that Trevor Plouffe would be traded in an attempt to open up third base for Miguel Sano.

On Friday night at Twins Fest, Plouffe was still in a Twins uniform. Literally. He was wearing one of the new, red Twins Friday night uniforms just like all of the other Twins players at the event. He walked into an office, ready to be interviewed by a couple of beat writers, a television station and a Twins Daily writer.

On the desk in that office was the 2015 Kansas City Royals media guide. Plouffe was the first to see it. He immediately flipped it, over and said “I can’t look at that!”