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2015 Minor League Transactions

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I should have started this a week ago, and I'm sure I'll miss a few.    Earlier this week, the Twins called up Caleb Thielbar a...
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Article: Twins Sign Dominican SS Wander Javier

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The Twins made a splash early in the International Free Agency signing period by signing 16-year-old shortstop Wander Javier from the Dom...
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Austin Barnes from AAA from the Dodgers organization, Kevin Plawecki from the Mets, Max Stassi from the Astros. Lavelle E Neal indicated...
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2015 Twins win tracking

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I've been meaning to do this for awhile but never got around to it. Watching the Twins win is fun but sometimes, it's like we've forgotte...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/6): Arcia Slams, Go...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:14 AM
A week after nearly pitching a no-hitter, Dereck Rodriguez was honored by the Appalachian League with their Pitcher of the Week Award. In...
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Span's Last Hurrah?

Attached Image: span.jpg Denard Span stepped into the box to lead off Tuesday night's game and turned on the third pitch he saw from left-hander David Huff, driving it into right field for a double and sparking a three-hit night. In six games since returning from the disabled list, the center fielder is now 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored.

His late-season success bodes well for Terry Ryan heading into an offseason where Span will likely be the club's primary trade chip.
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Following what will almost certainly be a second consecutive season with 90-plus losses, there's going to be plenty of pressure on Ryan to shake things up. The emergence of Chris Parmelee makes the Twins motivated sellers, and given that they have not-so-subtly dangled Span in back-to-back trade deadlines, the writing is on the wall.

There's an extremely high likelihood that Span will be dealt this offseason. So the question is: what can they get for him?

When it comes to assessing his trade value, he has several things working in his favor. He's an established leadoff man with a reputation as a strong defender. He'll be coming off a solid season in which he currently holds a .290 average (third among AL center fielders) and .350 OBP (fourth) with a career-high 34 doubles.

It's also very much worth noting that the free agent crop for center fielders this offseason will be quite thin. Unless you count Josh Hamilton, the most appealing options are B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn. Not one of those players is clearly a better bet going forward than Span, whose three-year, $20 million remaining contract looks like a great value compared to what those three are likely to get on the open market.

Then again, Span also has some things going against him. No one views him as the powerful force he was in 2008/09 anymore, and his missed time over the past two seasons has to weigh on the minds of interested general managers. Even if he plays every game the rest of the way, he will have missed 127 games over the past two years.

Fortunately, last year's concussion is now an afterthought and his strong play since returning from this latest shoulder ailment will help erase concerns that this one could linger. That's why carrying his current hot streak through the end of the campaign would be a big positive for the Twins.

Just one more thing to watch here in the final two weeks.


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