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Jack Morris Elected to Hall of Fame

Other Baseball Today, 06:03 PM
Along with Alan Trammel.Congrats to them both.
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Article: Official Winter Meetings Day 0 Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:53 PM
While most of the official Winter Meetings meetings don't start until Monday, baseball people from major league, minor leagues and indepe...
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Article: Thank You Moderators!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:48 PM
Please join me in thanking our moderators for all their work in the Twins Daily forums. Twins Daily has a number of unique aspects that s...
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Bye Bye Stanton - to the Yankees

Other Baseball Today, 05:01 PM
Jeter made it sound very likely that Stanton will be gone, saying that the Marlins are about to make some very unpopular decisions. They'...
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Article: One Year In, Rebuilt Twins Front Office Is Crush...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:58 PM
Major League Baseball is in uncharted waters. Executives around the league are still acclimating to the complicated international bonus p...
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Thank You Moderators!

Please join me in thanking our moderators for all their work in the Twins Daily forums. Twins Daily has a number of unique aspects that separates its coverage from other media entities, and among them is the caring community that provides information, insight and thoughtful opinions in our comments. Our moderators make all this possible. And it is NOT easy.

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Official Winter Meetings Day 0 Thread

While most of the official Winter Meetings meetings don't start until Monday, baseball people from major league, minor leagues and independent leagues are traveling to Orlando, Florida today.

It's been a fairly quiet offseason so far, but the two big puzzle pieces that were holding things up have been resolved in the last 72 hours, so it should be a very busy Winter Meetings.

Please feel free to check this article out all day, and post any rumors that you may see or read or hear. There will be plenty of rumors, I'm sure.

If the Twins make any moves, Twins Daily will have an article on it within moments.

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Reviewing Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospect Rankings

Over the past month, I wrote up quick profiles for my preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects rankings. It’s preliminary because over the last two months, I have been working on profiles, backgrounds and scouting reports for about 170 Twins minor leaguers for the soon-to-be-released 2018 Twins Prospect Handbook. Along with Cody Christie and Tom Froemming, we’ve been putting in a lot of hours to produce the 10th annual handbook. More information will be coming to Twins Daily around Christmas.

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One Year In, Rebuilt Twins Front Office Is Crushing It

Major League Baseball is in uncharted waters. Executives around the league are still acclimating to the complicated international bonus pool system, and now to make matters more jarring, there are two completely unprecedented situations playing out on that front.

With Shohei Ohtani hitting the open market, alongside a dozen freshly released players from the Braves organization, teams are scrambling to get in on the action. Meanwhile, the Twins and their increasingly impressive front office leadership appear to be a step ahead of the pack.

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Twins Acquire Two Prospects For International Bonus Money

Minnesota missed out on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes but there might be some good news on the horizon. There are multiple teams still in the race for Ohtani and they need international slot money to spend on the two-way Japanese star.

On Wednesday night, the Twins struck two deals to send money to teams still in the race for Ohtani. What prospects did the Twins receive? How did Minnesota have this money? Who will get some of their international slot money?

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Twins Mailbag: Kohl Stewart, Mauer Extension, DH Options

With MLB’s Winter Meetings on the horizon, thing have continued to be relatively cold when it comes to the off-season hot stove. Shohei Ohtani has been getting most of the headlines as he has narrowed his list down to a handful of teams. Unfortunately, one of those teams is not the Minnesota Twins.

While we wait for the hot stove to actually star heating up, you asked me questions on Twitter and I’m going to take the time to answer them. Here’s a look into the Twins Daily Mailbag.

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The Impending Rochester Rotation Crunch

Who is going to help move the needle for the Twins rotation? We know it won't be Shohei Ohtani. It probably won't be Phil Hughes.

There are plenty of other options out there to be explored, and I assume they will be. But when I opined it was a myth that the Twins absolutely must add an impact starter, it was for this reason:

The Rochester rotation is overflowing with potential reinforcements. And I don't mean the types of Quadruple-A journeymen that have often occupied the Red Wings ranks in recent years. We're talking legitimate prospects, ready to help.

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Twins Prospect Spotlight Series: Lachlan Wells

As a way to look back at a great minor league season and look ahead toward the release of the 2018 Twins Prospect Handbook, I’ll be writing a series of features on prospects I am especially high on. Next to receive the spotlight treatment is left-handed starting pitcher Lachlan Wells.

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Hopes And Plans For Trevor May

Yesterday, Nick wrote about a forgotten player who hopes to be a factor in the Twins pitching staff in 2018, Phil Hughes. Another pitcher finds himself in a similar boat. Trevor May had Tommy John surgery last March and spent the 2017 season rehabbing. That process continues. We can’t with any certainty know when he will return to the Twins. However, as with Hughes, we can certainly speculate what his role might be for the Twins in 2018 and beyond.

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Johan Santana’s Cooperstown Case: The Koufax Argument

Met’s manager Terry Collins wanted to limit Johan Santana to 110-115 pitches but that wouldn’t be the case on this night. With 133 pitches already taxing his surgically repaired shoulder, Santana reared back for a 3-2 change-up. David Freese swung and missed. Across the baseball world, grown men felt tears build up in their eyes. It took over 8,000 games but the New York Mets had the first no-hitter in franchise history.

In a perfect world, Santana would have pitched into his late 30’s or early 40’s while continuing to be one of the best in the game. That ideal world didn’t play out and he never pitched a big league game after the age of 33. At the height of his career, there is no doubt that he was the best pitcher on the planet.

This year will mark his first chance at being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In this series, I will build up Santana’s case for enshrinement. The following is an opus to the career of the southpaw from Venezuela. A man who should and can be elected into the hallowed grounds of Cooperstown.

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Twins Strike Out On Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is close to picking his first big league team. Unfortunately for Twins fans, that team won’t be in Minnesota. Ohtani, the Japanese two-way player, informed the Twins on Sunday that they had been eliminated from contention. Besides the Twins, the list of rejected teams included the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Brewers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and Mets.

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Can Phil Hughes Surprise Us?

The forgotten man in the Minnesota Twins 2018 pitching blueprint was supposed to be among its centerpieces.

When Terry Ryan signed the right-hander to a reworked five-year contract following his brilliant 2014 campaign, the idea was that Hughes would now be thriving as a rotation fixture entering Year 4.

Instead, as we all know, things have gone a very different direction – a gradual yet consistent downturn ever since. But the veteran is still locked in, lined up as the roster's third-highest earner at $13.2 million; a total afterthought in discussions of a revamped Twins staff.

He'll either be a lost cause or a pleasant surprise. Let's explore the latter scenario, and what it would mean.