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What can Minnesota offer Shohei Otani?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:36 PM
If I understand it correctly. The Twins have the third highest amount of International Pool dollars to offer him but it really isn't enou...
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Article: Twins Add Three Players To 40 Man Roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:29 PM
On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins (and teams around MLB) needed to add players to their 40-man roster. By adding these players, they w...
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Article: Part 6: Seth's Updated Top 50 Twins Prospect...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:27 PM
This week, the Twins made some decisions on several minor leaguers. Some were added to the 40-man roster, and others were left unprotecte...
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International signing scandal force Brave FO resignations

Other Baseball Today, 12:18 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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National Writers on Twins Prospects

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:03 PM
Thought it might make sense to start a thread on random notes we come across.
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Part 6: Seth's Updated Top 50 Twins Prospects (11-15)

This week, the Twins made some decisions on several minor leaguers. Some were added to the 40-man roster, and others were left unprotected from the 40-man roster. Others remained on the 40-man roster. Today, we continue this review of my Top 50 Minnesota Twins prospects by looking at prospects 11-15.

While we have seen the depth of the Twins farm system in prospects 16-50, it is in the Top 15 where we can start to see some players with more ceiling. There are a lot of guys in this system that could get to the big leagues and even play a role. But today’s prospects being outside the team’s Top 10 prospects shows just how talented the system is.


Three-Bagger: 40-Man Additions, Paul Molitor & Tyler Jay

The Minnesota Twins shuffled their roster in preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Their manager is riding high after a remarkable rebound. And a potential budding bullpen ace just finished up in the Arizona Fall League.

Here's some food for thought go along with the holiday feasting ahead.


What's Next For Kohl Stewart?

Pitching was the theme of players added to the Twins 40-man roster earlier this week. Stephen Gonsalves, Zack Littell and Lewis Thorpe were all added as the new front office looks to lock in young pitching. Even with a focus on pitching, one name was left off the list.

Former first-round pick Kohl Stewart was not added to the team’s 40-man roster. This means he will be available in next month’s Rule 5 Draft. It’s been a tumultuous Twins tenure for Stewart and now his future is in doubt. So, what’s next for Kohl Stewart?


Twins Prospect Spotlight Series: Zander Wiel

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 seem to be especially high on. First up to step into the spotlight is Fort Myers Miracle first baseman Zander Wiel.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.