Twins Weekly for Feb. 9-15: Darvish Derby Depression
The Darvish Contingency Plan | Cody Christie
The Twins Almanac for February 11–17 | Matt Johnson
Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 355: General Malaise | John Bonnes
Don't Panic Over Bad Breaks For Twins Rotation | Nick Nelson
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #8 Blayne Enlow | Nick Nelson
Trade Target: Collin McHugh (McWho?) | Seth Stohs
Spring Training Storylines: Pitchers And Catchers | Cody Christie
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #7 Brent Rooker | Seth Stohs
Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 6) | Seth Stohs
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #6 Wander Javier | Nick Nelson
Scouting Target Field’s Biggest Games of 2018 | Tom Froemming
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff | Cody Christie
The Wall Of Ground Ball Prevention | Parker Hageman
Minnesota's Winter Of Discontent | Nick Nelson
Minnesota and Mauer Facing Important 2018 | Ted Schwerzler
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #4 Stephen Gonsalves | Seth Stohs
Twins Daily Bloggers on the Darvish Fallout
State of the Twins - Pitching Rotation edition
So, where does that leave us? Well, there was always an opportunity for in-house competition for the 5th starting pitching spot, we'll start there. Phil Hughes, off of his second rib surgery, will be in the mix, along with a post-Tommy John Trevor May. Among those who had a cup of coffee in the majors last year, Aaron Slegers and probably to a lesser extent Felix Jorge, and exciting young pitchers Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero and Zach Littell. Adalberto Mejia, who had a fairly up and down 2017, also projects to be competing for a spot - he would be the lone left hander in the rotation, with his experience in 2017 and flashes of ability, I expect him to be among the favorites.
We should Be Happy Darvish Signed Elsewhere
By Twins in 6
Now that we Twins fans have had a few days to take in (and get over) the fact that Yu Darvish signed with the Cubs we can start thanking the Falvey and Levine brain-trust for saving the Pohlad dollars. It’s easy to say “Darvish was never going to come here” or “the Pohlads were never going to cough up what it takes to sign a real star” but let’s think about this for a moment… Not signing Darvish was the smart move.
To Trade or not to Trade? That is the Question
Adding 1 or better yet, TWO, starters no doubt helps this team try to get back to the postseason in 2018. Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs on Saturday left Twins fans shattered, as their #1 option went off the board. This leaves Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb as the top remaining free agents. While there are many blogs that have speculated on how those three would contribute to the team, I will be focusing on the Twins trade options.
Video of the Week
Good news: Actual Baseball things are happening!!!
Item of the Week
Single-game tickets for all the Twins home games become available for purchase tomorrow morning, and there are some sweet bobblehead giveaways.With that in mind, check out this sweet lot of three Twins bobbleheads from the early 2000s: Corey Koskie, Doug Mientkiewicz and Cristian Guzman. At the time of posting, these babies could be had for just $19.99. Free shipping even!
That’s it for this edition of Twins Weekly. Have a wonderful weekend.
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