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Game Thread: Twins @ Pale Hose, 8/1 @ 7:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:47 PM
Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy with a 50-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature aro...
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Eduardo Nunez

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:32 PM
Does he look like a guy the Twins should keep on the 40 man roster? At 27 years old and nearly 1000 major league plate appearances, this...
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Your Lineup/rotation The Rest Of The Way

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:32 PM
The Twins obviously aren't going to be making a playoff push, so what regular lineup and rotation would you like to see from here on out...
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September's Predicted Team

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:32 PM
Here's what I'm guessing the Twins will look like on or about September 1 (when rosters expand):   Lineup: Santana SS Mauer 1B Dozie...
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Article: Welcome to the new Twins Daily!

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It has been two long months of project outlines, software testing, design, development, testing, and finally… migration.Welcome to the ne...
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Five Things to Know About Tommy Milone

On the morning of Thursday's trade deadline, the Twins announced that they've acquired left-hander Tommy Milone from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld.

There's really no room for criticizing this move. Although Milone isn't likely to be quite as good as his 3.84 ERA in four big-league seasons might suggest, any time you can get a 27-year-old proven MLB starter with multiple years of team control in return for an expendable fourth outfielder, you've done well.

Should the Twins Consider a Six-Man Rotation?

The following question is asked in jest. Well, maybe in jest. Alright, maybe it is a legitimate question. Is the AAA Rochester starting rotation better than the Minnesota Twins starting rotation?

Right now, the Twins rotation is in a state of flux.

Will Kurt Suzuki's Offense Continue?

At Twins Daily, the discussion regarding what to do with catcher Kurt Suzuki leading up to the trade deadline was a highly debated topic.

On one hand, the Twins have a commodity that is having one of the best years of his career and his trade value might never be greater. For an organization trying to rebuild, capitalizing on this value would be beneficial by potentially bringing in new talent with the option of finding a new catcher in free agency again this winter if need be (though, admittedly, the trade market for Suzuki never seemed to materialize after the Cardinals and Orioles appeared uninterested in the backstop). On the other, you have a player who is well-respected on the team and provides a stable presence in a vital position. While not necessarily a defensive whiz some would like you to believe, pitchers like Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins and Kyle Gibson have all touted and benefited from his abilities.

Leaving those elements aside, let us simply focus on the question of whether or not Suzuki can sustain his offensive output over the duration of his extension.

Minor League Report (7/31): Minor Leagues With A Major Deadline

The Twins had a busy day, but not as busy as some fans had hoped. They moved Sam Fuld back to Oakland in return for the soft-tossing lefty Tommy Milone. Milone will report to AAA for now, but should be up with the Twins before the end of next week. The Twins tried hard to find a buyer for Kurt Suzuki, but finding no suitors, the Twins bought high on Suzuki themselves, signing him to a two-year $12 million dollar extension, with a vesting option for a third year. To replace Sam Fuld on the 25-man roster, the Twins have promoted monstrous switch hitter Kennys Vargas from Double-A.

Twins Hangouts, July 31: Deadline Special

Deadline Day was filled with a whirlwind of activity, which included the Twins. Did the team make the right moves? Did they make enough moves? We'll cover it all later tonight, right here at Twins Daily.

Kurt Suzuki Signs Extension With Twins

Up against the trade deadline and facing limited interest from other teams, the Minnesota Twins signed a last minute contract extension with Kurt Suzuki that will $12 million over 2015 and 2016 and includes a vesting option for 2017. One's opinion on the deal likely reflects one's opinion of Kurt Suzuki's future.

Kurt Suzuki signed with the Twins this offseason for just $2.75 million after they failed in their pursuit of more expensive free agents, including AJ Pierzysnki and John Buck, both of which have since been released by their teams. It was initially assumed he might be the backup catcher, since he had less than 300 at-bats over the last two seasons, hitting just .234 with a .614 OPS while being traded twice.

Twins Acquire Tommy Milone

Trade Deadline Day is here, and the Twins have already made a trade. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Minnesota Twins have acquired soft-tossing left-hander Tommy Milone from the Oakland A's. The Twins sent outfielder Sam Fuld to the A's in return.

In potentially related news, hearing that the Twins are going to call up Kennys Vargas.

Today's Official Trade Deadline Discussion

Betting house Bovada has set 10.5 as the over/under on MLB trades today. Could there be 10 MLB trades and NONE that involved the Twins? Possibly, but I wouldn't bet on it.

The rumor mill is working to convince us otherwise. Yesterday Twins Pioneer Press beat reporter tweeted that Josh Willingham appears to be "staying put (for now)." This after hitting a home run against one of the teams that was supposedly interested in him, the Kansas City Royals. His value has apparently been hurt by that severe July slump, though he has bounced back to a .563 slugging percentage in the last two weeks. It appears the Mariners are the likeliest suitor.

Twins Minor League Report (7/30): May Day Approaches

The Trade Deadline is at 3:00 CST today. For the farm system, this could mean promotions or additions. Trevor May put himself back in line for a promotion with a tremendous performance for the Red Wings on Wednesday while Josmil Pinto homered in the game (video below). There were also a couple of walk-offs in the Twins farm system. Unfortunately, the parent club was unable to come up with a big hit and ended up falling to the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

Here is the Minor League Report for Wednesday:

Kernels In A Dogfight For MWL Postseason Spot

In mid-June, after a brutal first half to their Midwest League season, the Cedar Rapids Kernels limped in to the MWL’s All-Star break with a 31-39 record, not only 14 games behind Western Division leader Kane County, but also 7.5 games behind the Burlington Bees.

The latter is important because, in the world of Class A minor league baseball, seasons are split in to two halves, with the first and second place teams in each division, each half-season, earning berths in the postseason playoff series.

Kane County and Burlington snatched the MWL West spots in the first half, leaving Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, Clinton, Beloit, Peoria and Wisconsin to slug it out in the second half for two more spots, with each team starting with fresh 0-0 records on June 19.

Twins Minor League Report (7/29): Berrios Injured

For fans of the Twins minor league system, there were three of the organizations best pitching prospects all on the mound in one night. This is about as exciting as it gets, folks.

Rochester starter Alex Meyer had pitched five straight starts of six innings by allowing two earned runs or less. New Britain starter Jose Berrios was making his fourth start at Double-A and he combined to pitch 13 innings of two-run ball in his last two starts. Lewis Thorpe has been showing signs of improvement even though his season numbers might not show it.

One of these pitchers would have one of his best starts of the year. At the same time another pitcher would unfortunately be pulled early with an apparent injury.

Five Players to Watch Over the Next Two Months

On his excellent RandBall blog, the Star Tribune's Michael Rand wrote Tuesday that despite being out of contention, the Twins' approach at the deadline isn't as cut-and-dry as "trade anyone with a pulse." There is value, Rand argues, in working toward a better finish and changing a culture of losing.