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Article: From The Handbook: Twins Payroll

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:56 PM
Every year we've published the Twins Daily Offseason Handbook, we've included a payroll analysis for the Minnesota Twins, along with sala...
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Twins 2018 payroll

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:55 PM
https://docs.google....0Uergz8/pubhtml   Thought it might be good to put this as its own thread considering some of the other thread...
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International signing scandal force Brave FO resignations

Other Baseball Today, 04:28 PM
The Braves GM and his top assistant have been forced to resign over a major league baseball investigation into the teams international si...
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Mientkiewicz Joins Tigers Organization

Other Baseball Today, 04:04 PM
Jon Heyman announced this morning that Doug Mientkiewicz has been named the manager of the Toledo Mudhens, the AAA affiliate of the Detro...
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2018 HOF ballot

Other Baseball Today, 04:04 PM
https://baseballhall...18-bbwaa-ballot   The important new names are Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Hideki Matsui, Jim Thome, Joh...
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From The Handbook: Twins Payroll

Every year we've published the Twins Daily Offseason Handbook, we've included a payroll analysis for the Minnesota Twins, along with salaries of likely free agents so you can build your own 2018 roster. Even with recent speculation that the Twins purse strings will be loosened, we're publishing this year's story. You can read a lot more by downloading your own copy at your own price, right here.

“Wait ‘Til Next Year!” has been the refrain of optimistic Twins fans for – well, pretty much the entire decade. The hope was that the next year would bring fewer injuries (2011) or new coaching (2014) or new management (2016) or breakthrough young talent (2012-2017).

Eventually, we’ve seen all of those, but there is one piece we have not seen: aggressive spending on free agents. We’ve seen a couple of significant signings – some good (Ervin Santana) and some bad (Ricky Nolasco) – but the Twins’ payroll has been at or below the same level since they moved into Target Field.

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AFL Report – Week 6: AFL Season Comes to a Close

(This report includes the games played through 11/19 and the end of the AFL season)

Week 6 of the AFL season means that the circuit has come to an end, and for the first time in the last four seasons Twins prospects weren’t playing in the circuit’s championship game. The Surprise Saguaros finished their season with a 13-17 record, good for fifth place in the six-team league.

While there wasn’t the same upper echelon talent from the Twins organization that had contributed to those championship runs in the AFL this season, it’s better to know that’s because those players were helping the parent club to a playoff run this season. Mitch Garver, Nick Gordon, Stephen Gonsalves, and John Curtiss were there in 2016. Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers, and Garver won it in 2015. Your 2017 “nothing but raindrops” outfield of Byron Buxton (though he didn’t play in AFL championship due to breaking his finger), Eddie Rosario, and Max Kepler helped win it all in 2014.

The point here is these guys playing in the AFL are all players that have potential to help the Twins in the future in some way. LaMonte Wade will be on the shortlist to play outfield in a pinch in 2018. If Tyler Jay can remain healthy he may remind us of another Big Ten left-hander in a bullpen role soon. Ryan Eades, Tom Hackimer, and Andrew Vasquez all have bullpen potential if they can build on their performances here. There are lots of things to like about the bat of Chris Paul and glove of Sean Miller as well. Plus, these are our guys. We all want them to succeed as it means good things for our hometown team if they do.

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Thome, Santana Get First Shot At The Hall

The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America released their Hall of Fame ballot on Monday. Returning names like relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero are almost assured of election. Hoffman fell five votes short in 2017 and Guerrero was 15 votes shy of induction.

There is a strong crop of first time nominees as well. Third baseman Chipper Jones and shortstop Omar Vizuel each have strong resumes. Two former Twins, Jim Thome and Johan Santana, will also be on the ballot for the first time.

Could Thome or Santana be inducted next summer?

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Twins Add Three Players To 40 Man Roster

On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins (and teams around MLB) needed to add players to their 40-man roster. By adding these players, they will not be eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft next month. They will be at Twins MLB spring training.

The Twins added left-handed pitchers Lewis Thorpe and Stephen Gonsalves and right-handed pitcher Zack Littell.

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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.