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Article: Not-So-Premium Velocity

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:43 AM
Not so long ago, hard-throwing pitchers were in high demand. As triple-digit readings became increasingly common, the Minnesota Twins not...
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Mike Napoli

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:28 AM
In Darren Wolfson's latest podcast, he reported that the Twins have expressed interest in Mike Napoli. He is not someone I had pictured o...
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Article: Official Winter Meetings Monday Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:43 AM
Today, the Winter Meetings officially begin. There was an awards banquet on Sunday night, but the full slate of meetings begin today.Use...
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What does your *perfect* Brian Dozier trade look like?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:59 AM
Here's what mine would look like. How about yours?   http://coldomaha.com...n-dozier-trade/
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Article: Official Winter Meetings: Sunday Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:59 AM
The Winter Meetings are set to begin later today in Washington D.C. No time during the year, with the exception (maybe) of the July trade...
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Official Winter Meetings Tuesday Thread

Brian Dozier came to town on Monday. The power-hitting second baseman was in DC at the Winter Meetings for a marketing, promotional event for Under Armour. However, with his name mentioned in all kinds of trade rumors, it certainly brought about reason for more talk.

But on Monday it appears it was all talk for the Twins new front office, and throughout baseball. There weren't any major transactions announced on Monday, but there was plenty of talk, and much of it was in the American League Central.

As always use this thread to share rumors and transactions throughout the day as you hear new information. Of course, if the Twins do make a transaction, we'll post that in an article as quickly as we can.

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Not-So-Premium Velocity

Not so long ago, hard-throwing pitchers were in high demand. As triple-digit readings became increasingly common, the Minnesota Twins notoriously lagged far behind. The organization put no shortage of effort into correcting that issue, but with mostly subpar results.

Now, the Twins have fireballers to spare. And so do the rest of the league's teams.

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Official Winter Meetings Monday Thread

Today, the Winter Meetings officially begin. There was an awards banquet on Sunday night, but the full slate of meetings begin today.

Use this thread as the official Twins Daily rumor mill. If you read or hear some Twins-related rumors, post them in the comments. If you are hearing big player movement, post them here. Obviously if the Twins make any major league moves, we'll post that in its own article, but let's let the discussions begain.

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A Road Well Traveled: Rebuilding The Twins

When it was leaked that the Twins had hired 33-year-old Derek Falvey to oversee their baseball operations, it was easy to make comparisons to 1985, the last time the Twins went outside their organization to hire a new leader. That time, they found 32-year-old Andy MacPhail. But parallels between the two situations don’t end at the winning candidates' ages, and the challenges and solutions that MacPhail faced and came up with provide some interesting insight as to what we might see next.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 287: Unpacking Dozier Rumors

In the light of rumors regarding the Dodgers piquing the interested of the Twins, John is joined by Nick Nelson and Parker Hageman at Iron Door Pub to evaluate possible trade returns for Brian Dozier, the new Twins hitting coach, Aaron's Casper mattress infatuation, the Twins arbitration decisions, Rule 5 draft pick options and John's insane wingspan. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Get To Know: Twins LHP Bo Hellquist

Bo Hellquist grew up in Savage and went to Burnsville High School where he helped his team to a state championship. The left-hander went to the University of Minnesota, in Duluth, where he was a two-way player until he began to focus solely on pitching. He was the Opening Night starter for the Duluth Huskies of the summer, college Northwoods League. UMD had an incredible 2016 season, and Bo Hellquist was a big part of it, posting a 7-2 record. However, he went undrafted. It wasn’t long after the draft the Hellquist got a call from the Twins. He spent the summer in Ft. Myers, pitching about once a week for the GCL Twins.

Today, we are pleased that Hellquist was willing to take time to answer some questions for Twins Daily on his path to the Twins organization. It gives us an opportunity to Get to Know the left-hander. Feel free to ask questions and comments below.

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Official Winter Meetings: Sunday Thread

The Winter Meetings are set to begin later today in Washington D.C. No time during the year, with the exception (maybe) of the July trade deadline, are there more rumors. Some are real. Some are baseless. But it is a fun time of the year for baseball fans.

Each day, we'll have an official thread for the day. Use this as an area to discuss any rumors you hear or read, or a place to mention transactions as they happen. Obviously if (or when) the Twins make any transactions, we'll have a full article on it, but this is a good place to discuss moves and rumors from around the league. Be sure to check back frequently.

Let's get to the rumors:

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Catching Up In A Stream Of Consciousness

On Sunday afternoon, executives from all of the major league teams will descend upon our nation's capital for the annual Winter Meetings. It is just one, four-day stretch in the middle of the Hot Stove season, but it is a busy time for transactions.

The Twins go into the meetings with some questions and some things that need to be done. Some moves have already been made. Some are part of the bigger picture and some are short-term issues.

Today, I'm going to just start typing and see where it goes. I'll cover several topics from the past week and some things to consider as the team heads to the Winter Meetings.

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Get To Know: RHP Jordan Balazovic

Jordan Balazovic was one of the youngest players selected in the 2016 MLB draft when the Twins used their fifth-round pick in the right-handed pitcher. The youngster from the suburbs of Toronto is likely several years from potentially getting to the big leagues, but he is going to be one to watch in coming years. In September, I ranked him as my #38 Twins prospect, and frankly, after several conversations I will likely rank him higher in the 2017 Twins Prospect Handbook. Already 6-4, Balazovic has plenty of room to grow and gain strength. He only turned 18 after the season concluded.

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As The Defense Goes, So Goes The Twins

The first big addition of the Derek Falvey era was done in design to improve the team's defense, an area that had gone serially overlooked in recent years. Let's hope the defensive upgrades continue, as there has been a strong correlation between team defense and success for the Twins.

Take a look through the more than 220 comments on Parker's article and it becomes obvious there is not a consensus among Twins Daily readers on whether or not it was wise to sign Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million deal. Only time will tell, but an upgrade at catcher, particularly in terms of defense, was a huge need. It's a good start, as Nick noted, but there are still plenty of areas of improvement. And it's worth noting that defense has been a huge factor in the team's successes and failures over the years.

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Arbitration Decisions Looming

December is upon us. If you’re from the Upper Midwest, you have recently felt winter’s wrath. Some have had more snow than others. Some have had freezing rain. And temperatures have finally fallen. The calendar has changed. Baseball’s Hot Stove is upon us.

December 1st was the deadline for reaching a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. On Wednesday evening, news came out that the players and the owners had reached an agreement on a new, five-year deal. There has not been a work stoppage in MLB since games resumed early in the 1995 season. It’s good to know it’s not something we need to worry about again until (at least) after the 2021 season.

On Sunday night, executives from nearly all of the professional baseball teams - Major League, Minor League, Independent teams and more - will head to Houston. On Monday, baseball’s annual Winter Meetings will commence. You’ll definitely want to keep up with Twins Daily for any trade rumors or transactions. And you’ll want to familiarize yourself with our Free Agent Tracker.

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Above and Beyond: Creatively Improving Run Prevention

Derek Falvey has inherited an organization that allowed the most runs in the American League. Hopefully he is a person who enjoys a good challenge.

The Twins hired Falvey, in part, because he was analytically inclined and also carried a reputation as a pitching hawk while with Cleveland, two significant deficiencies of the previous regime. Although Jack Goin has done a good job establishing the analytics department it seemed obvious that the growth of that department was handcuffed by budgets and the prior leadership’s skeptical view toward the data. With Falvey in charge, he might be able to give Goin’s team the necessary support to take full advantage of the science of baseball.

Falvey’s vision for his team may already include something similar to what these two clubs have been doing. However, in terms of improving run prevention, both short-term and long-term, the Twins may want to consider creating at least two new positions.