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Article: The Twins Almanac for February 18–24

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:16 PM
This week's Almanac features Wayne "Big Fella" Hattaway, "Home Run" Joe Marshall, Dick Siebert, Kevin Tapani, Roy Smalley, Al Newman, Cha...
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Article: Is This Front Office Truly Enlightened About Pit...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:13 PM
We're about to find out.When Derek Falvey was hired to run Minnesota's baseball ops, he brought with him a rep as a pitching guru, partia...
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Article: Twins Acquire Jake Odorizzi From Rays For Jermai...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:34 PM
According to multiple reports, the Twins have acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop prospect Jerma...
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Article: Minnesota and Mauer Facing Important 2018

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:13 PM
In the season ahead, Joe Mauer may be looking at one of the most important campaigns of his entire career. Yes, he’s got three batting ti...
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Article: Twins Daily Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:06 PM
Nick Gordon might be one of the most polarizing prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. All of the national prospect rankings have him i...
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Is This Front Office Truly Enlightened About Pitching?

We're about to find out.

When Derek Falvey was hired to run Minnesota's baseball ops, he brought with him a rep as a pitching guru, partially responsible for constructing the enviable staff in Cleveland. That group, of course, wasn't assembled through big-money free agent signings, but through savvy trades and superior development strategies.

So it comes as no surprise that he's attempting to apply this same model with the Twins. It's why he was hired.

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Twins Daily Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon might be one of the most polarizing prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. All of the national prospect rankings have him in their top-100 lists but he comes in all over the board. Two of the rankings have him at 80 or lower. Meanwhile, two other rankings have him in the top-40.

Gordon hit very well in the season’s first half but he struggled in the closing months of the year. Earlier this off-season, Tom wondered if Gordon’s second half turned him from a prospect to a suspect. When it comes to Twins’ prospects, Gordon is still one of the best in the organization but why are there such differing opinions on the former first round pick?

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Twins Acquire Jake Odorizzi From Rays For Jermaine Palacios

According to multiple reports, the Twins have acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios.

Michael Pineda moved to 60-Day Disabled List to make room on the 40-man roster to make room for Odorizzi.

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Gleeman & The Geek: Ep 356: Jake Odorizzi & Anibal Sanchez

Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins signing Jake Odorizzi and Anibal Sanchez, not signing Yu Darvish, Jermaine Palacios' scouting report, the value of reverse splits, old friends Trevor Plouffe and Hector Santiago finding new MLB homes, projected payroll levels, the impact of Josh Kalk, and the state of the Twins' starting rotation. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel Wear and Casper Matresses. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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The Twins Almanac for February 18–24

This week's Almanac features Wayne "Big Fella" Hattaway, "Home Run" Joe Marshall, Dick Siebert, Kevin Tapani, Roy Smalley, Al Newman, Charley "Shooter" Walters, and 1993 Apple Valley grad Dave Maurer.

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Twins Sign RHP Anibal Sanchez... No, Really

News came out late Friday afternoon that the Twins have reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez. The veteran will be 34-years-old before the calendar changes.

Jon Heyman reported the agreement - which, of course is pending a physical - and later said it was a $2.5 million deal with incentives that could make him another $2.5 million.

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Twins Weekly for Feb. 9-15: Darvish Derby Depression

Saturday evening, Twins fans were dealt a heavy, albeit not all too surprising blow. News broke that Yu Darvish, the prize of the offseason, was signing with the Cubs and Twins Territory was left to wonder “what now?” Several voices at Twins Daily tried to answer that question this week

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Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #4 Stephen Gonsalves

A couple of the pitchers that you have already read about in our Twins Top 10 prospect series. One is known for a killer curveball. Today’s pitcher isn’t known for either of those things and yet he was likely the easiest choice to make when the front office was considering who to add to the 40-man roster in November. He is on the cusp of what many believe could be a long major league career.

Find out today why Stephen Gonsalves finds himself securely among the Top 5 Minnesota Twins prospects.

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Minnesota and Mauer Facing Important 2018

In the season ahead, Joe Mauer may be looking at one of the most important campaigns of his entire career. Yes, he’s got three batting titles and an MVP to his name, but it’s 2018 that has some very real story lines awaiting their resolution. What will Mauer bring to the table? Will he be back? Should the Twins want him? All are very real questions, and the answers could go a long way to cementing the living legend’s legacy.

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Minnesota's Winter Of Discontent

At various points in the offseason, Twins fans have had ample reason for optimism.

Shohei Ohtani? Not unthinkable. Yu Darvish? The stars felt aligned. Trade rumors have alternately connected Minnesota to Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi and Chris Archer.

But up to this point, each rising balloon of hope has popped and deflated with a whimper.

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The Wall Of Ground Ball Prevention

What follows is not a Twins article -- more on that topic at a later date -- but rather a story about how the game is changing below the surface. This is a story about a bunch of screens set up around a baseball diamond. It is a story about how, just as the number crunchers influenced the front office changes over the last decade, a new wave of coaches are making significant changes in the player development systems.

Unless you are a real Baseball America stan, you may have missed this trend happening across baseball right now. More and more, teams have increased in the number of college coaches hired to help with player development. The Minnesota Twins added several coaches this offseason from that rank including, but not limited to, Tanner Swanson, Pete Maki and Dan Ramsey among others. In some cases, the Twins hired for a newly created position (catching instructor) and others they replaced long-time coaches with someone with newer ideas.

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Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff

Tommy John surgery can be a scary proposition especially for young players going under the knife. Luckily, the Twins have seen players successfully return from surgery and have a major impact at the big league level. One needs to look no further than Miguel Sano to find a Twins position player who was able to rehab and return with a vengeance.

Minnesota’s top pick from the 2016 MLB Draft will be looking to follow a similar path. Alex Kirilloff has multiple hoops to jump through but Tommy John surgery might have allowed him to become an even better player. That being said, he has a lot to prove in his age-20 season.

What’s next for Mr. Kirilloff? I’m glad you asked…