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Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 08:33 PM
I wanted to start a thread that will include minor league signings. They could come in 3+ forms:   1.) Twins sign a player to a mino...
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Kenta Maeda versus Kris Johnson

Other Baseball Yesterday, 06:54 PM
With the news that Kenta Maeda has asked to be posted, and with Fangraphs speculating teams could spend anywhere between 65 million and 1...
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Having a little fun with the pitching staff

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 02:47 PM
A couple weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing a player’s HOF credentials and noted that the quality of a guy’s Strat-O-Matic card is...
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Article: THANK YOU From Twins Daily!

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:28 AM
As Thanksgiving arrives and we reflect on all of the many things that we are thankful for, our team at Twins Daily has no shortage of gra...
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MLB Rumors: A lot of interest in Plouffe

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:24 AM
Buried deep in the MLB Rumors, Twins section:November 21, 2015 at 6:39pm CST Here’s the latest from The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo…...
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Why I Still Write About Sports at Times Like This

It's been a hard fall for me to write in these spaces. Every evening I try to sit down to write, I find a dozen other things to do. There are papers to grade and recommendations to submit and people to actually be married to. So while I love to write, and even though I want to write, it slips through my fingers more often than I like.

This past week, I had the time, I had the energy, but every time I opened up this page, I stopped and stared. And as the feeds from North Minneapolis streamed into my phone, as people I love and trust engaged in louder and louder protests for more pressing matters than quality sports analysis, I couldn't find it in myself to write.


Twins Give Plenty Of Reasons For Thanks Giving

Whether you're new here or not, a quick glance at a handful of the articles at Off The Baggy should give you a glimpse of what I'm about. Not a full-blown sabremetrician, I find myself using statistics to tell a big story more often than not. In this post however, there's very little reason for numbers to quantify anything. With what the Twins gave us in 2015, and where they appear headed, there're plenty of obvious reasons for thanks.


THANK YOU From Twins Daily!

As Thanksgiving arrives and we reflect on all of the many things that we are thankful for, our team at Twins Daily has no shortage of gratitude.


Looking Back: Twins 40-Man Roster Additions

Since last Friday when the Minnesota Twins announced they were adding seven players to their 40-man roster, there has been a lot of debate. Who was added? Who shouldn't have been added? Who could be lost in next month's Rule 5 draft?

I thought I'd take a look at who the Twins chose to add in recent years, but I'll also look at who the Twins have lost in recent Rule 5 drafts.


Can The Twins Have An Elite Bullpen In 2016?

When the Kansas City Royals won the World Series earlier this month after coming up just short in 2014, it spawned an army of articles on how every other team could learn from their success and implement aspects of their blueprint.

In reality, the foundations of Kansas City's rise to the top have been fairly simple: They get good enough performances from starting pitchers, play roundly excellent defense and consistently execute offensively. Perhaps the defining component of the club, though, has been a phenomenal relief corps that turns virtually every late lead into a victory.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 225: 40 Man Roster Moves

Aaron and John eat Mac n Cheese from Mason's Barre and talk about adding Adam Brett Walker and other prospects to the 40-man roster, losing Josmil Pinto and A.J. Achter on waivers, Aaron's peanut butter preference, Paul Molitor getting Manager of the Year votes, Jacque Jones' new coaching gig, Ron Gardenhire possibly joining a front office, and the dangers of podcasting next to multiple Packers fans.
You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Looking Back: Age Of Twins Players During Great Seasons

The 2016 Minnesota Twins roster should be comprised of a roster intended to win. After taking a big step forward in 2015, the playoffs are certainly the goal for 2016. We so often hear that the team is still young, still building. While it is absolutely true that the team will continue to add players from the minor leagues and give them more prominent roles in 2016, the team is not too young for anything.

Note: Sometimes you write an article with a plan for where it's going to go. Honestly, I wrote this one simply because I was curious. I don't know if there are any great answers in the information below, but 1.) it's interesting, and 2.) Hey, it's fun to read all of the names from those great Twins teams.


AFL Recap Week 6: Twins Prospects Lead Scottsdale To Title

The Scottsdale Scorpions went 2-2 in the final week of the 2015 Arizona Fall League season, to finish with an 18-12 overall record and earn a place in the AFL Championship Game for winning the East Division. They faced off against the West Division winners, the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday.

But before we get to that game, in which the Twins prospects played a big part, Adam Brett Walker went cold; catchers Mitch Garver and Stuart Turner were same old, same old; the bullpen trio of Trevor Hildenberger, Jake Reed, and Nick Burdi continued to shut down opponents; and Taylor Rogers added to his case for MLB roster consideration out of spring training.


Twins' 2016 ROY Candidates

Earlier this week, the Rookie of the Year awards were unveiled. In the BBWAA balloting, Carlos Correa picked up the AL honors. However, it was Miguel Sano who finished in third place with 172 points and seven first place votes. Looking at the BBWAA balloting, Sano once again finished third with teammate Eddie Rosario coming in sixth. An impressive finish for the two however, is merely a foreshadowing of what is to come.


Twins Add Seven To Their 40 Man Roster, Lose Achter, Pinto

Teams needed to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters before Friday's deadline in order to protect them from December's Rule 5 draft. The Twins announced today that they have added seven players from their system to their 40-man roster. They are LH SP Taylor Rogers, RH RP JT Chargois, OF Adam Brett Walker, LH SP Randy Rosario, RHP Yorman Landa, LH SP Pat Dean, LH RP Mason Melotakis.

Also, AJ Achter was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies, and Josmil Pinto claimed by the San Diego Padres.

The Twins roster currently stands at 38 players. Remember the Twins have until December 8th to sign Korean Byung-Ho Park at which time he'll be added to the 40-man roster. They will be able to make a pick in the Rule 5 draft at baseball's Winter Meetings on December 10th, pending further transactions in the meantime.


Are You Saying John Ryan Murphy Can't Hit A Curveball?

When the Minnesota Twins acquired catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees, the Twins’ front office touted his potential to be an impact player both as a defensive catcher and an offensive one as well.

In the aftermath of the deal, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony toldreporters that his staff felt that Murphy had the potential to be a solid “two-way” catcher -- meaning he would be able to contribute both behind the plate and next to it. Sharing that sentiment was Yankees GM Brian Cashman who felt that Murphy had the talent to start but was blocked by Brian McCann and being chased by catching prospect Gary Sanchez, making him the perfect trade piece to a team seeking a catcher with starter potential and nabbing Aaron Hicks, whom Fangraphs.com just determined as one of the game’s most “well-rounded” players, in the process.

So can Murphy be a two-way player? Let’s set aside the catching aspect and focus on the stick.


Bullpen Strategy: What Would You Do?

What should the Twins strategy be for their bullpen in 2016?

All offseason, the Twins have made it clear that they find “The Bullpen” to be a huge priority for improvement this offseason. While the Twins starting staff did improve its numbers significantly in 2015, the bullpen had its ups and downs.

When Parker asked Terry Ryan if the bullpen was his highest priority this offseason (for the Offseason Handbook), the Twins GM said, “It’s pretty close up there. Pitching is always the most prioritized area of any team.”