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Article: Official Winter Meetings Wednesday Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:03 AM
Crickets...That's the sound coming from Minnesota Twins camp so far at the Winter Meetings in Washington DC. There has been some Brian Do...
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Article: Dead Of Winter

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:51 AM
Just outside the nation's capitol, the Hot Stove is fired up at baseball's Winter Meetings. The biggest bombshell of the offseason droppe...
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Sale to the Red Sox

Other Baseball Today, 08:51 AM
While this could be discussed in today's Winter Meetings thread, I think that the Chris Sale trade warrants its own thread.   Chris...
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Article: Twins, Please Don't Trade Brian Dozier!

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With the offseason in full swing, the refueling begins on Minnesota Twins fans hope-tanks. The only notable decision thus far this offsea...
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Where the Twins can make a real difference. Learning to s...

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Initially, when the Twins organization blew up the front office and went an exciting and entirely different direction with Falvey and Lev...
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Official Winter Meetings Wednesday Thread

Crickets...

That's the sound coming from Minnesota Twins camp so far at the Winter Meetings in Washington DC. There has been some Brian Dozier talk, though some of that was because he was scheduled to be at the meetings for other reasons. They promoted a couple of guys in the scouting department. They signed Ben Paulsen to a minor league deal.

Traditionally, Wednesday is the busiest day at the Winter Meetings. The first few days involve a lot of discussions, and then the GMs (and Chief Baseball Officers) take what they've heard and start to reach agreements, be it with free agents or with other trade partners.

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Dead Of Winter

Just outside the nation's capitol, the Hot Stove is fired up at baseball's Winter Meetings. The biggest bombshell of the offseason dropped on Tuesday when the White Sox shipped ace Chris Sale to Boston in exchange for Yoan Moncada, arguably the game's best prospect.

The Minnesota Twins, however, have yet to take part in the festivities.

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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.