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The Royals. What Am I Missing?

MLB Baseball Today, 07:11 PM
I just saw that the Royals gave Johan Pino a major league contract.  That doesn't mean that he will definitely make the team, but af...
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Can Twins match the Royals in preventing runs?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:03 PM
2014 fWAR of Twin starters Hughes 6.1 Santana 2.8 Gibson 2.5 Nolasco 1.2 May/Milone/Pelfrey - The Royals 5 starters combined for 12.5 fW...
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Twins Check In On Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:19 PM
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Minnesota Twins have looked into the recently posted Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang:  ...
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Check Out Joe Mauer's Scout School Video

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:11 PM
MLB Scout School is advertising on MLB.com that they are trying to attract new students. As part of the announcement, they have posted se...
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Article: Purchasing A Rotation, And What It Means

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:33 PM
In the past two offseasons, the Twins have signed four free agent pitchers to multi-year contracts. Four! When you think about that -- re...
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Latest News


Get to Know: RHP J.R. Graham

On Sunday, I posted a Q&A with Twins minor league Rule 5 draft pick Greg Peavey. It was fun to get to know a little about him. Today, I’m happy to provide an interview with the Twins Major League Rule 5 draft pick, JR Graham. You can learn much more about Graham in the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2015.


TD Mailbag: Center Field, Meyer's Role and More

Earlier this week we put out a call on the forum and on Twitter for mailbag questions. You guys came through in a major way. So many great submissions. We've grabbed a bunch of them to feature below.

Let's get to it:


No Juice Podcast #34: Baseball's Winter Meetings

On this week's No Juice Podcast, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman rehash the happenings that came from Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings, including the signing of pitcher Ervin "#SmellBaseball" Santana, exploring quotes from Paul Molitor and possibly saying farewell to Chris Parmelee.

Click to listen below.


Young For Their League

When developing prospect lists, one of many criteria that goes into the thinking is Age-to-Level data. High-ranking prospects are often guys with great tools who are performing at a level where they are very young. If you look near the top of the Top 30 prospect lists that Jeremy, Cody and I put together for the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2015, you’ll see a lot of players who were very young for their level.


Purchasing A Rotation, And What It Means

In the past two offseasons, the Twins have signed four free agent pitchers to multi-year contracts. Four! When you think about that -- relative to their past tendencies and against the backdrop of an internally facilitated rebuild -- that's kind of crazy.

What motivated the club to enter into lengthy commitments with so many outside pitchers, and what does it mean for the young arms already in the organization vying for their own spots in a suddenly crowded rotation?


Gleeman & the Geek, Ep 174: Ervin Santana

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing Ervin Santana for $55 million, picking J.R. Graham in the Rule 5 draft, revisiting the Ricky Nolasco signing, using Harry's Razors for your holiday shopping, incident-free press conferences, full rotations, dropping Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello, signing Shane Robinson, payroll debates, and Eduardo Escobar rumors.


Get To Know: RHP Greg Peavey

Greg Peavey is one of the newest members of the Minnesota Twins organization. On Thursday, the Twins took the right-handed pitcher from the Mets organization in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft. I had the chance to catch up with Peavey and ask him a few questions. He was kind enough to respond and today I present the Q&A.


NOW AVAILABLE: Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2015

The Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook is now available. You can purchase the book in two ways, paperback ($14.99) or immediately download a pdf version of the book ($9.95). It’s hard to believe that this is the seventh annual Twins Prospect Handbook, but it just keeps getting bigger, and hopefully better. This version is 78,005 words on 205 pages. Get your copy today! Continue to get a taste of what you’ll get.


What To Expect From Ervin Santana

The Minnesota Twins appear to be on the verge of announcing the signing of 32-year-old Ervin Santana.

Once he passes his physical, he will be a Twin for the next four years, for better or worse.

If you are looking his recent track record, you may find similarities in his numbers to those of Twins' pitcher Ricky Nolasco in that same time span. Behind the pile of numbers is a slightly different story for Santana. After the dreadful 2012, over the past two seasons he has been an above average pitcher.

Here is why this is a good trend.


Santana Signing Signals Shifting Mindset

His signature pitch may be that nasty slider, but the Minnesota Twins have thrown us a major curveball with the signing of right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract.

Beyond the addition of a quality veteran arm, the move signifies a continuing shift in organizational philosophy and a major shakeup to the long-term look of the rotation. It also may indicate that ownership is taking a more active role in roster construction.


Report: Twins And Ervin Santana Agree To Four-Year Deal

Last night reports began to be circulated that the Twins and Ervin Santana had a deal. It proved premature. However, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reported just before 1:00 central time that the Twins and Santana were finalizing a four year deal worth around $54 million with a vesting option for a fifth year.


Torii Hunter: Filling the Attitude Gap

On paper the Minnesota Twins' reunion with 39 year old Torii Hunter last night seems a bit puzzling. Rational thinking suggests that a team coming back from seasons of 99, 96, 96 and 92 losses, and lacking primarily in pitching and defense, would want an aging 39-year-old outfielder with diminishing defensive skills as the marquee transaction of the off-season as much as a painful communicable disease.