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DaveW: Dodgers trade for Dozier to be completed within th...

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Have a source within one of the two teams listed above. I was just texted that the deal is all but done, just a couple questions on the 4...
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Article: Rule 5 Results: Twins Take Miguel Diaz, Likely T...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:49 PM
With the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft, the Twins selected RHP Miguel Diaz from the Milwaukee Brewers. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo n...
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2016-2017 MLB Off-season Thread

Other Baseball Today, 01:42 PM
We had a regular season thread... Might as well make an off-season thread to track signings, firings, trades, etc. 
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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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Eaton to the Nationals for Giolito and more

Other Baseball Today, 01:21 PM
Again, I encourage people to discuss transactions and rumors and such in the daily Winter Meetings thread, but this one is so crazy, I'm...
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Arbitration Decisions Looming

December is upon us. If you’re from the Upper Midwest, you have recently felt winter’s wrath. Some have had more snow than others. Some have had freezing rain. And temperatures have finally fallen. The calendar has changed. Baseball’s Hot Stove is upon us.

December 1st was the deadline for reaching a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. On Wednesday evening, news came out that the players and the owners had reached an agreement on a new, five-year deal. There has not been a work stoppage in MLB since games resumed early in the 1995 season. It’s good to know it’s not something we need to worry about again until (at least) after the 2021 season.

On Sunday night, executives from nearly all of the professional baseball teams - Major League, Minor League, Independent teams and more - will head to Houston. On Monday, baseball’s annual Winter Meetings will commence. You’ll definitely want to keep up with Twins Daily for any trade rumors or transactions. And you’ll want to familiarize yourself with our Free Agent Tracker.


Above and Beyond: Creatively Improving Run Prevention

Derek Falvey has inherited an organization that allowed the most runs in the American League. Hopefully he is a person who enjoys a good challenge.

The Twins hired Falvey, in part, because he was analytically inclined and also carried a reputation as a pitching hawk while with Cleveland, two significant deficiencies of the previous regime. Although Jack Goin has done a good job establishing the analytics department it seemed obvious that the growth of that department was handcuffed by budgets and the prior leadership’s skeptical view toward the data. With Falvey in charge, he might be able to give Goin’s team the necessary support to take full advantage of the science of baseball.

Falvey’s vision for his team may already include something similar to what these two clubs have been doing. However, in terms of improving run prevention, both short-term and long-term, the Twins may want to consider creating at least two new positions.


Twins New Front Office Off To Strong Start

Less than three weeks after being formally introduced in a press conference at Target Field, Derek Falvey and Thad Levine made their first major acquisition as heads of the Minnesota Twins baseball department.

The Jason Castro signing was a bold stroke from the new front office, and one that sends some very positive signals regarding what we can expect from this new era of leadership.


Bringing Back The Band... And That's Just Fine

On Monday morning, the Minnesota Twins made it official that Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins were coming back to the organization. No, they aren’t going to come out of retirement. Though all three could probably still contribute in some way on the field, they are going to attempt to help the Twins off the field and in the front office.

I’m not sure when the “bringing back the gang” saying became a negative thing. I believe it was when the Twins decided to bring back Jason Kubel and Matt Guerrier on minor league deals before the 2014 season. Both were veterans who had solid MLB careers but were both coming off of injuries. The Twins took a chance on both, hoping they might be back at 100% and able to contribute. In both cases, it really didn’t work.

A year later, the Twins brought Torii Hunter back for one more season. He had his ups and downs on the field that season, but few can question the impact he had in the clubhouse, even if you struggle to believe in the value of veteran leadership.

The negative tone some chose to take for such signings went to a ridiculous level in the last year or so. When the Twins were looking to hire a manager, some didn’t want Paul Molitor. Maybe those people were right, but if the reasoning was because of his previous time with the Twins, then that just isn’t right.

Even worse, Chip Hale was also considered a candidate early in the process. Some didn’t like that because he played for the Twins, about 20 years ago. Or, when the Twins were looking for a pitching coach two years ago, some said that Frank Viola shouldn’t be considered because he played for the organization, 25 years ago. Forget that he helped develop the likes of Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and the like.

How about when the Twins were looking for a new GM (which became a new GM and Chief Baseball Operator)? I remember reading somewhere that the Twins probably shouldn’t consider someone like Randy Bush because he played for the Twins for several years in the 1980s and was on two championship teams. It would be Bringing Back The Gang, right? Again, ignore the fact that he hasn’t played in the organization for 25 years, and he’s not only coached in college but has been an assistant GM with the Cubs since long before the Theo Epstein reign began.


Dozier Trade Talk Heating Up?

If history is any indication, then our likelihood of seeing the first trade executed by Minnesota's reconfigured front office within the next couple of weeks is pretty good.

So let's sift through the latest rumors and rumblings.


Twins Winter League Report (through 11/26)

Hopefully everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, and maybe even a long weekend from work. We are back here with our weekly Twins Winter League Report. We waited until Sunday this week so that we would have the complete weekend of games in Australia, including Sunday afternoon games (Saturday evening in the States).

In some other Winter League and International news, Mike Berardino wrote that Miguel Sano would not be playing in the Dominican Winter League. Instead, he will be working out in the hopes of playing in the WBC.

While not Winter League news "Dan KBO" tweeted that lefty Pat Dean has signed with the KIA Tigers in the KBO for 2017. The deal is believed to be for $900,000.


To Our Readers: Thank You!

On Thursday, friends and families across the country will come together to give thanks for their blessings and express appreciation for one another.

Here at Twins Daily, we wanted to get it started a day early by giving you all some serious props.


Falvey Has Seen The Value Of Patience

Since Derek Falvey has taken the reins in his new job as Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Operator, he has been asked many questions from local media and fans. As you would expect coming off a 100+ loss season, he’s been asked about his pitching philosophy and on player development. He has been consistent in his responses, as he should be.

When asked about pitching, he talks about finding it in any way possible, through the draft, player development, free agency and other means. When talking about player development and players struggling early in their careers, he discusses the need for patience. He talked about how it’s not at all unusual for players to come up and struggle for a while before figuring it out.

Jose Berrios came up through the Twins minor league system and dominated in the lower levels and in the upper levels. Finally given an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues in 2016, he struggled mightily. Some fans chose to question if he really was a prospect. Some questioned if the Twins were capable of developing a front line starter. A few even chose to give up on the idea of Berrios as a big league starter.


Turning Trevor May Into Andrew Miller

Bullpen usage is one of the most scrutinized parts of a managers job. This scrutiny is only heightened in the stress of the playoffs. With pitchers like Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, and Aroldis Chapman being used for multiple innings, a new era for bullpens has been thrust on the baseball world.


Life After Plouffe

"Don't get too attached to your favorite Twins" was the leading advice in Phil Miller's column for the Star Tribune late last week, his primary takeaway from an annual question-and-answer session between the front office and season ticket holders.

It didn't take long for the warning to ring true.


Twins Add Six Players To 40-Man Roster

As is necessary every year at this time, the Twins had to add players to their 40-man roster today or potentially lose them in the Rule 5 draft. The Twins today added six players to the roster. They were pitchers Fernando Romero and Felix Jorge, outfielders Zack Granite and Daniel Palka, shortstop Engelb Vielma and catcher Mitch Garver.

Earlier in the day, we learned that Trevor Plouffe was placed on outright waivers and has become a free agent. Also, Juan Centeno was outrighted. Adam Brett Walker was also placed on waivers and claimed by his hometown Milwaukee Brewers. In a message to me, he called the news “Bittersweet, but exciting to be going home for sure.”


Report: Twins Place Trevor Plouffe On Outright Waivers

According to a tweet from Mike Berardino, veteran infielder Trevor Plouffe has been placed on Outright Waivers. He should clear and become a free agent soon.

He was the Twins first of five first-round picks in the 2004 draft out of high school in California. 2016 was his 13th season in the organization.