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Article: Out Of Options But Not Out Of The Plans

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:49 PM
Heading into the offseason, the Minnesota Twins had six players who would be out of options heading into the 2016 season. Two were traded...
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Austin Jackson

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:40 PM
We apparently aren't going to spend any money on relievers this year. Why not throw 8 or 9 million dollars at Austin Jackson as a 4th out...
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Article: Draft Blog, Entry 1 (2/9/16)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:36 PM
The draft kicks off exactly four months from today, so what better time to start a draft blog series? Don’t even really think of this as...
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Article: What's Left On The Market?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:07 PM
The offseason started off with a bang for the Minnesota Twins, whose winning bid for Korean star Byung Ho Park was announced just a week...
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2015-2016 Offseason Thread

Other Baseball Today, 09:54 PM
I sadly have to post this with my favorite player leaving my favorite team.   The Braves traded Andrelton Simmons and Jose Briceno t...
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Position Battle: 4th & 5th Starters

The Twins have a firmly established trio of starters in place that they will build around. Barring injuries, you can bet that Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Kyle Gibson will all be in the rotation when Minnesota heads to Baltimore to open the season in April.

Behind them, things are unsettled.


Draft Blog, Entry 1 (2/9/16)

The draft kicks off exactly four months from today, so what better time to start a draft blog series? Don’t even really think of this as a starting point though, few players even have seen their season get underway; consider this more of an appetizer. People love to talk about the draft and speculate about who might be available when the Twins come to the podium. Today, we’ll look at four players with ties to the Twins franchise.


Out Of Options But Not Out Of The Plans

Heading into the offseason, the Minnesota Twins had six players who would be out of options heading into the 2016 season. Two were traded (Aaron Hicks, Chris Herrmann). One was DFAd (Josmil Pinto). There are three players who will report to spring training in two weeks needing to make the 25-man roster or potentially be lost on waivers. Will any of those three make the team, and what type of impact can they have in 2016?

Prior to Twins Fest, General Manager addressed the media. Among several other comments, he mentioned the three guys who will be out of options.


Position Battle: Center Field

From Denard Span to Aaron Hicks to Jordan Schafer, the Opening Day center field assignment has been a bit of a revolving door for the Twins in recent years. There will be a new name added to that list in 2016, and several contenders are lined up to take a shot at it in Ft. Myers.

This figures to be the most compelling battle that will unfold in spring training.


Projecting Minnesota's Optimal Defensive Lineup

Defense wins championships.

In the baseball world, this cliche might not be completely true. Otherwise, there would be teams full of Andrelton Simmons-type players. There are a lot of other factors that go into the overall equation. Teams need offense, they need pitching, and sometimes a little luck goes a long way.


Twins Super (Bowl) Predictions

As we have in recent years, Twins Daily asked past, present and future Minnesota Twins to make their Super Bowl predictions. A lot of the players in the Twins system played football in high school, and are sports fans in general. Find out how some of your favorite players think Super Bowl 50 will go down. (Page will be updated as more players send in their predictions)


Can Kurt Suzuki Turn Things Around In 2016?

Kurt Suzuki’s 2015 season was the stuff of nightmares. He couldn’t hit. He couldn’t stop anyone on the bases. He couldn’t help his pitchers expand the zone. He was left being a bat flip enforcer from the dugout.

Without many options to push Suzuki internally, the Twins acquired John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees to bolster the position. With at least one year left on his two year deal, many assume that Suzuki has become a lame duck catcher. Yet the Twins have not indicated anything other than expecting Suzuki to play a substantial role in 2016.

Can Suzuki turn it around and provide offensive value?


Position Battle: Catcher

Now that TwinsFest and Winter Meltdown are in the rearview mirror and we've flipped the calendar to February, the countdown to spring training is under way.

We're a little more than two weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and soon after that a few compelling battles for starting jobs will get underway.


John Hicks Excited To Join The Twins

On November 11, the Minnesota Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy. Exactly three weeks later, December 2, the Twins claimed catcher John Hicks from the Seattle Mariners. The Twins needed to strengthen their catching depth in the offseason, and I guess they also wanted to keep at least one Hicks on their 40-man roster.

Twins Daily was able to catch up with John Hicks at Twins Fest.


Lottery Numbers: Projecting The 2016 Twins

While they differ in methodology, the major projection systems -- Marcel, OLIVER, PECOTA, Steamer, ZiPS et al. -- all abide by one central rule: Projections are not predictions. This mantra should be a source of comfort to Twins fans, since most experts are willing to predict that the team will be interesting and has at least some chance of making the playoffs they barely missed out on last year.


Finally Healthy, Chargois Is Bringing The Heat

Known as “Shaggy” to his teammate, JT Chargois (pronounced Shag-waa) is one of the most intriguing players who will be in Minnesota Twins spring training in Ft. Myers later this month. Blessed with a fastball that reaches into triple-digits, he also throws a slurve and a changeup. “Pretty much just grip it and rip it.”

JT Chargois has pitched in 60 games in his four years of professional baseball. 48 of those games came in 2015. Unfortunately, injury and Tommy John surgery cost him both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He returned to the mound in games in 2015 and earned his way onto the Minnesota Twins 40-man roster. He was invited to Twins Fest last week where Twins Daily was able to catch up with him.


How Does Carlos Quentin Fit In?

It gets lost in the big posting fee, the long-term contract, the monster numbers in Korea... But at this point in time, Byung-Ho Park should be viewed as a minor-leaguer. A prospect. A total unknown.

Perhaps Minnesota's latest free agent signing is, to some extent, a reflection of that reality.