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Article: From The Handbook: Free Agent Starters

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:03 AM
This year's Twins Daily Offseason Handbook included profiles of 22(!) free agent starting pitchers that the Twins could pursue. Below are...
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40 Man Roster prior to Rule 5 Draft Deadline

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:58 PM
Here's my take on the 40-man roster, blueprint, rankings or whatever you want to call it   This leaves room for a Rule 5 pickup if t...
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Article: Three Bagger: Darvish, Marte & Otani

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Even though it is the offseason, the Twins have been making news. Last week, Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier were honored for their outstan...
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Article: Miguel Sano And The Dread Of 'What If'

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:27 PM
It can be hard not to get caught up in 'what ifs,' especially if you're a Minnesota Twins fan.What if Joe Mauer didn't shred up his knee...
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Article: The Lost Ones

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:27 PM
Trying to pretend like your word is your bondBut until you do right, all you do will go wrongNow some might mistake this just for simple...
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Miguel Sano And The Dread Of 'What If'

It can be hard not to get caught up in 'what ifs,' especially if you're a Minnesota Twins fan.

What if Joe Mauer didn't shred up his knee meniscus in his second major-league game, setting the stage for a career hampered by chronic leg issues?

What if Francisco Liriano didn't tear his UCL as a rookie? What if Justin Morneau didn't suffer that career-altering concussion in 2010 while charging toward MVP honors?

And now? What if Miguel Sano is in the process of becoming this franchise's next painful 'what if' case study?

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Gleeman & the Geek, Ep 344: MOY

Aaron and John talk about Paul Molitor winning Manager of the Year, targeting right-handed hitters for an outfield role, giving up a draft pick to sign a free agent, voiding Jelfrey Marte's contract, the odds signing Shohei Otani, playing poker in Vegas with Lou Piniella, and doing your holiday shopping with our sponsors. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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From The Handbook: Free Agent Starters

This year's Twins Daily Offseason Handbook included profiles of 22(!) free agent starting pitchers that the Twins could pursue. Below are a few examples. You can still download your own Offseason Handbook AND name your own price right here.

Acquiring starting pitchers through free agency is a fickle endeavor. Sometimes it goes right (Ervin Santana). Sometimes it goes wrong (Ricky Nolasco). Sometimes it goes very right, and then very wrong (Phil Hughes). Assessing these arms and how they’ll progress over the life of a contract will forever be an inexact science. But aiming higher typically yields better results.

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The Lost Ones

Trying to pretend like your word is your bond
But until you do right, all you do will go wrong
Now some might mistake this just for simple song
And some don't know what they have 'til it's gone


Incredibly, we are coming up on the 20-year anniversary of 1998's classic 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.' The song quoted above, titled Lost Ones, was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 greatest hip-hop tracks of all time – justifiably so.

It's a scornful blast on someone who left her behind (Wyclef Jean, probs). It'd be no surprise if that song, still relatively fresh back in the winter of 2002/03, was banging in the headphones of David Ortiz while he steamed about his release from Minnesota.

He'd go on to make his former team pay for its mistake, and as we all know, he hardly suppressed his frustration with the way things went down over the years.

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Falvine Ready To Flex Muscles

The Minnesota Twins made a tough, but necessary move following a 103-loss season a year ago. In firing Terry Ryan, the team that calls Target Field home was going to be the business residence to new front office personnel for the first time in quite a while. Although both Derek Falvey and Thad Levine went through their first offseason with Minnesota last year, it’s now that seems to be the time they can show of their true acumen.

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Three Bagger: Darvish, Marte & Otani

Even though it is the offseason, the Twins have been making news. Last week, Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier were honored for their outstanding defense. Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year after the Twins tremendous turnaround in 2017.

Here are three other stories that have ties to the Twins. Could the Twins sign one of baseball’s biggest free agent pitchers? What happened with Jelfry Marte? Would Minnesota consider signing one of Japan’s biggest baseball stars?

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Part 5: Seth's Updated Top 50 Twins Prospects (16-20)

Today we enter the Top 20 of my postseason Minnesota Twins Prospect rankings. Since we started, two ranked players are no longer in the organization. Dereck Rodriguez signed with the Giants, and the Twins voided their deal with Jelfry Marterecently.

The group below contains a couple of players that we saw in a big league uniform and likely will again in 2018. The other three players are infielders who have several levels to go, but the talent needed to get there.

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What's Next For Kennys Vargas?

The Twins have already been busy trimming down their 40-man roster, but the shuffling has only just begun. As we approach a couple of important dates on the MLB transaction calendar, we should begin to get some clarity in regard to the future of one player in particular: Kennys Vargas.

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Paul Molitor Wins American League Manager Of The Year

On Tuesday night, Minnesota Twins Manager Paul Molitor was named the 2017 American League Manager of the Year.

Cleveland's Terry Francona and Houston's AJ Hinch, who each led their teams to 100-win seasons, were the other finalists. However, it was Molitor leading the Twins from 103 losses in 2016 to the playoffs in 2017, the first team in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

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AFL Report – Week 5: Power From Paul, Wade Injured

(This report includes the games played through 11/12)

Week 5 of the AFL season saw the Surprise Saguaros compile a 2-3 record, with two of their losses coming in the final at-bats of their opponents. At 11-15 on the season, they sit in third (last) place in the West Division.

Twins prospects had a mixed bag in week 5. One pitcher gave up his first earned run of the season, while the others all had scares but came out unscathed. One hitter racked up five RBI’s on the week, and another may have had his season cut short due to a scary outfield collision.

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Part 4: Seth's Updated Top 50 Twins Prospects (21-25)

The countdown continues. Today I’ll share my postseason choices for Minnesota Twins prospects ranked 21-25. (You can find a link to the previous rankings at the bottom.) Injuries were a factor for several of the guys in this group of five. There are a couple of first-round picks, a second-round pick, an international signing (not for big money) and a later-round draft pick.

At the end of the day, one of these guys has reached the big leagues and the other four all have a chance to get there as well.

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Minnesota’s Best Defensive Seasons

Byron Buxton has been bringing home quite the hardware collection over the last week. After taking the American League Gold Glove, he was named the Platinum Glove Winner and Wilson’s award for the best defensive player in baseball. It might be time to expand his trophy room at home.

His diving catches and crashes against the wall helped him fill up highlight reels. Buxton joins the ranks of Torii Hunter and Kirby Puckett as the team’s only center fielders to win a Gold Glove. With that in mind, how does Buxton’s season rank in Twins history? Did fans just witness the team’s best defensive season?