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Mauer: Buy or Sell?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:38 AM
Of course, it's with Mauer that things ALWAYS get interesting. Let us reflect for a moment. For his career, his quad slash is: .319/.401/...
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Article: 2015 Twins Daily Top Prospect Summary

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:19 AM
Last month, Twins Daily posted its Top 20 Prospects. In previous years, we had just done the Top 10, but the Twins system is so strong th...
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MN said to have $4 M deal with Wander Javier for July 2

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:01 AM
Kiley McDaniel is reporting that the Twins are said to have a $4 million dollar deal in place for Wander Javier, a 16-yo Dominican shorts...
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Article: How Many Home Runs Can The Twins Hit?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:43 PM
Although the Twins scored more runs than all but four American League teams in 2014, they ranked 11th in home runs.That was par for the c...
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Curt Schilling deals with trolls attacking daughter

Other Baseball Yesterday, 11:22 PM
http://deadspin.com/...ng-h-1688969687   Don't really care about Schilling but this is a good story - he tweeted his congratulations...
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State of the Starting Corps

Attached Image: diamond.jpg Through free agent signings and trades, the Twins have added three names to their 2013 starting pitching mix, along with a couple prospects who can help down the line.

As we assess the progress of this rebuilding unit, can we say with assurance that the three MLB pitchers they've added – Vance Worley, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey – are significantly better than the three that just exited as free agents – Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano and Scott Baker? I don't know that we can, and that is troubling.

Here's a look at how the best-case starting five would shake out if everything stayed the same:
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1. Scott Diamond
2. Vance Worley
3. Kevin Correia
4. Mike Pelfrey
5. Kyle Gibson

It's got the makings of a below-average rotation, with a chance to be respectable but a greater chance to blow up, especially with flimsy defensive support. Keep in mind that the last two on the list won't necessarily be ready to pitch in the majors right off the bat.

Behind these five names, the depth chart is an assortment of major question marks, including Liam Hendriks, Nick Blackburn, Sam Deduno, Cole De Vries and Brian Duensing. It was quite clear last year that none of those players had what it took to start in the majors, so it'd be somewhat surprising if any (save for perhaps Hendriks) suddenly turned a corner and became an adequate piece.

Long story short, the Twins' immediate starting pitching outlook remains dreary. At this point, the addition of even one established quality starter would go a long way toward improving the unit's overall chances at staying afloat next season, but it's unclear Terry Ryan intends to do that.

As things stand, it's impossible for me to believe he could look at his current group and feel confident that they're likely to perform a whole lot better than last year's.


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