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Article: Standing Pat as a Strategy

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:58 AM
'As we speak cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.' – HoraceBy all appearances, this is go...
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Cruz, Ramos, Cahill, and Soria

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:58 AM
I guess the Twins are trying damage control after upsetting their fan-base     https://www.mlbtrade...vor-cahill.html
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Article: Rundown: Cruz, Cahill, Soria and Ramos

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:57 AM
FanCred's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Twins were in the mix for Nelson Cruz. New Twins beat writer for MLB.com Do-Hyoung Park con...
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Mauer/Sano: Double Standard on Strength/Conditioning?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:39 PM
According to the Star Tribune, Miguel Sano's workouts this off-season are being viewed by the Twins' front office, in an effort to more c...
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Derek Falvey Interview on 1500 ESPN

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:04 PM
Falvey discusses Sano, payroll, etc. http://www.1500espn....an-mackey-judd/
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Rundown: Cruz, Cahill, Soria and Ramos

FanCred's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Twins were in the mix for Nelson Cruz. New Twins beat writer for MLB.com Do-Hyoung Park confirmed and added that there was mutual interest between Cruz and the Twins. Darren Wolfson of KSTP also revealed that the Twins were kicking the tires on Joakim Soria, Trevor Cahill and Wilson Ramos.

So that's four names we've got to dissect, let's get into it.


Award Winners on Award Winners (Prospect Handbook Excerpts)

In coming days, you will see much more information about the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Tom Froemming, Cody Christie and I have been putting far too many hours in over the last couple of months to put together a quality product that can recognize the efforts of so many talented young Twins prospects. Below, you will see some excerpts from the soon-to-be-released Twins Prospect Handbook.

Each year, we write feature articles on the three Twins Daily minor league full-season award winners. I had the chance to have phone interviews with the three winners recently. One question that I asked each of them was their thoughts on each other.


Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 402:

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop and utility infielder Ronald Torreyes, what the current payroll looks like, what's next on the offseason to-do list, agreeing with Ricky Nolasco about late-night pizza, and arguing about really dumb stuff. Click here to listen.


Standing Pat as a Strategy

'As we speak cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.' – Horace

By all appearances, this is going to be a low-key winter for the Minnesota Twins. Coming off a season full of setbacks, the front office is reluctant to make firm commitments or chart a new course, with so much uncertainty permeating its existing core.

And you know what? I get it. It's a logical approach in the scope of long-term strategy. But that doesn't make coming to terms with this reality any less of a bummer.


Join Twins Daily At The Diamond Awards; Get A Free Meltdown Ticket

Any given year, the Twins Diamond Awards are fantastic, but the event that is just a few months after Joe Mauer’s retirement is sure to be special. We don’t want to miss it, and we don’t want you to either.

So join Joe, Twins Daily writers and Twins players and staff in fighting some terrible diseases by attending the 2019 Diamond Awards. John and other Twins Daily writers will host exclusive Twins Daily table(s), PLUS each attendee gets a VIP ticket to the Winter Meltdown two nights later. Yes, you can assure you get your Winter Meltdown ticket now, before they go on sale. Here’s how.


Replicating the Relief Success in Minnesota

Prior to the 2018 season the Minnesota Twins acquired a few free agent relief arms on one-year deals. Needing to shore up the bullpen, and close the widening gap in that area, the goal was to give Paul Molitor a better arsenal. Fast forward to 2019 and relief help is a necessary target once again. While bringing in some sort of top tier talent isn’t something to shy away from, Minnesota has had two very strong revelations play out in relief. Both Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers have developed nicely from within, but the question is can that be replicated and who’s next?


Is Mitch Garver Still a Catcher?

In a dispiriting 2018 season that was direly short on bright spots, Mitch Garver was unequivocally one of the best stories, progressively improving over the course of the summer and posting an .814 OPS in the second half.

But a concussion suffered in September casts a cloud of uncertainty over the 27-year-old's future. For Twins fans, the familiarity of this feeling makes it all the more unsettling.


Twins Sign Infielder Ronald Torreyes

The Minnesota Twins announced the signing of infielder Ronald Torreyes to a Major League contract. Jon Heyman has reported that the deal is believed to be for about $800,000.

The former Yankees and Dodgers utility man puts the Twins at 39 on their 40-man roster.


Twins Sign 2B Jonathan Schoop

The Twins appear to have found their second baseman. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Twins are finalizing a one-year deal with recently non-tendered second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The deal will be worth $7.5 million, plus incentives.


Rundown: On Trading Kepler, DRC+, LeMahieu and More

Dan Hayes of The Athletic wondered if the Twins might trade Max Kepler to address some other areas of need. It’s a good piece, as Dan hashes out all the reasons to believe the best is yet to come for Max, but he also writes that the Twins would find the possible returns enticing. There is Aaron Hicks-like disaster potential for the Twins in any deal that sends Kepler away, but might it be worth it?


Carlos Santana Is a Perfect Fit for the Twins

Nick did a nice job highlighting the Twins’ need for OBP in a piece earlier this week. His focus was on potential upgrades among the free agent options. I’d like to add a potential trade target for consideration: Carlos Santana.

But wait, didn’t Santana just get traded? Yup, to the Seattle Mariners. That means he essentially got traded straight to the trade block. The M’s just dealt away Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz and Jean Segura, so it’s not like they’re gearing up to have a competitive season.


What's There to Say About Ehire?

There are some players who are simply around to fill out a roster. The technical baseball term for these kind of players would be replacement level, but let’s be real, they’re basically the Major League definition of blah.

Ehire Adrianza is one of those players. He's not going to help the Twins sell tickets, nobody's clamoring for his baseball card, but you know what? Players like that are still important.