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Article: Kurt Suzuki Signs Extension With Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:48 PM
Up against the trade deadline and facing limited interest from other teams, the Minnesota Twins signed a last minute contract extension w...
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Article: Today's Official Trade Deadline Discussion

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:46 PM
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? P...
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Price To Detroit For Smiley And Jackson

More Baseball Today, 06:44 PM
was watching the wsox-detroit game this afternoon  (being the lowlife sox fan i am) when in the top of the 7th inning  (i thin...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Royals, 7/31 @ 7:10Pm Ct

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:41 PM
Game-time forecast: Sunny. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 80. TWINS: SP, Correia Danny Santana CF Ed...
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Fangraphs: Dozier's Slump

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:33 PM
Interesting little piece on Fangraphs about Dozier's decline in July:   http://www.fangraphs...o-brian-dozier/     [P]itch...
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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.

Sponsored: Touch ‘Em All Pub Crawl Signup Has Started!

Signup has begun for the Touch 'Em All Pub Crawl, sponsored by Proximo Spirits, and you can join us by clicking on this link. Tickets are $60. The event starts August 23rd at noon and includes a $27 Twins ticket, a t-shirt, and a whole lot more as described below. Last year was legendary and we expect a much bigger crowd this year. Grab your tickets right now.

Lewis Thorpe Improving

Over the past year, Lewis Thorpe has exploded on the scene. An unknown commodity heading into the GCL last season, he was so dominant as a 17 year old that he has appeared on various preseason Twins’ top 10 prospect lists. He has made even more news this year, skipping the Appalachian league and going straight to A ball from extended spring training. However, the Midwest league has not been kind to Thorpe, who has posted a 5.40 ERA with a 31:15 k:bb ratio in 35 innings over 8 GS. Despite these struggles, Thorpe is showing sign of improvement.

Twins Hangouts, July 29: Episode 35

As is the Tuesday night tradition, Seth and Jeremy will flood your ears (and eyes, if you're viewing live) with Twins information at 9 pm. We try to keep it to 90 minutes, but fail every time. But we promise: It's all baseball. All the time.

Gary Lucas on JO Berrios

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Gary Lucas, former big league pitcher and currently the pitching coach of the Ft. Myers Miracle. When asked to write about JO Berrios a few weeks ago, I thought Lucas would be the perfect person to talk to. The following gets into the mind of a man who have been in and around the game of baseball for a long time.