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  1. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 66: Interviewing Terry Ryan

    Aaron and John talk about John's interview with Terry Ryan in the Offseason Handbook, cover lots of minor moves, and argue a lot.Here are:


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  2. Is it too late for Joe Benson?

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    At the end of the 2011 season, Joe Benson had to be flying high. He just completed one of the best seasons of his professional career and he was rewarded by getting a call-up to make his major league debut. There was talk of him fighting for a more permanent role with the club in the future. It looked like the sky was the limit for young Mr. Benson.

    For how great the 2011 season ended, it was hard to imagine how far Benson fell during 2012 campaign. ...
  3. Talk To Contact Podcast: Ep 11, Baby Photos on Twitter and Twins talk too

    Episode 11 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    (This post originally appeared at www.PuckettsPond.com, pictured above is my friend Mondo and his spawn all dressed up for Halloween)

    This week the brothers Pleiss discuss the Gold Gloves and any perceived snubs, the Twins Diamond
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  4. Sewage from Bark’s Lounge

    A lot of folks have high hopes and expectations for what the Twins should do this off season upgrading their roster. Spend money, trade good position players to acquire pitching wealth, and blah, blah, blah.

    My prediction is there will be no big splashes and they will indeed trade Denard Span, getting okay, but not very good pitching prospects in return. When this happens fans will get pissed off, but this is what most have been clamoring for and every organization knows we have Outfield ...
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  5. My offseason plan

    It's no secret as to where the Twins struggled last season. Starting pitching was by far the worst, but the Twins were left lacking up the middle as well as in the pen. The good news is that from a hitting standpoint, the Twins look fairly set going forward. Rochester's OF should consist of 3 decent prospects in Arcia, Hicks, and Benson (though Benson's stock has fallen a bit), and one of them should be ready if/when someone goes down or is traded. The higher minors are bereft of pitching talent ...
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  6. Orioles Claim Alexi Casilla

    Mark it down somewhere. Friday, November 2nd. It is the end of the Alexi Casilla Era as a Minnesota Twins player.

    According to MLB Trade Rumors, the athletic infielder who just never quite met his perceived potential has been claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.

    Casilla came to the Twins in a December 2005 deal with the Angels in which the Twins send then-talented JC Romero to the west coast. Casilla debuted in September of 2006 and was primarily used as a pinch-runner down ...
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  7. End of the Alexi Casilla Era?

  8. The rising cost of relief pitching

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ID:	2605If you were going to create a list of the Twins' offseason needs, you would likely write in big, bold letters STARTING PITCHING and underline it twice and put some exclamation points next to it for safe measure.

    Clearly this area of the team put the Twins in significant default night after night. Shackled to the American League's worst earned run average (5.40), the focal point of the front office will be to beg,borrow and steal anything they can that can ...
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  9. Quick Notes -- Nov. 1

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog.

    Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the World Series. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was surprised that the Tigers weren't able to make a better series out it, especially after they mopped up the Yankees so handily. But it's just as well; the weather wouldn't have cooperated in Detroit for a game 5. Silly old Sandy.


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    Now that the World Series is over, players who qualify have ...
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  10. Did the Twins miss out on Mike Redmond?

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    The biggest news from the Twins universe in the last 24 hours was the hiring of former Twins catcher Mike Redmond as the new Miami Marlins manager. He spent the last two years managing Toronto's Class A Dunedin squad so he will be making quite the jump to the big leagues. He was 40 games over the .500 mark over the last two seasons and he won Midwest Manager of the Year in 2011.

    There had been talk of Redmond's potential to be a manager all the way ...
  11. The Anti-Ozzie

    Originally Posted at www.theunplayable.com

    With a new stadium, a new star in Jose Reyes and new life in South Florida last off-season (not to mention a new “location” as the “Miami” Marlins) the Marlins wanted to make a big splash in selecting a new manager. The splash they made in hiring Ozzie Guillen was akin to Refrigerator Perry doing a cannoball from a ten meter platform.

    I’ll give you a moment to process that image.

    Guillen seemed to be the perfect man ...
  12. State of the Twins Bullpen

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    In the recent Twins Daily interview with Twins GM Terry Ryan, it was surprising to hear him say that his Number Two priority, after starting pitching, was the bullpen. He followed by using the old “You can never have enough pitching” cliché. It is a cliché, of course, because it has proven true over many years of baseball history.

    It was surprising because the Twins bullpen was a bright spot in 2012. However, I wanted to take a look at the ...
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