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  1. I like Phil Hughes

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Where were you when the Twins became a completely different franchise? In the last 72 hours or so, the Twins have doled out $73 million in long-term contracts, surpassing their previous off-season record by nearly $300 billion dollars (if you believe some fans). On Wednesday, the Twins signed Ricky Nolasco to a four-year deal, and tonight, they added former Yankee Phil Hughes to an increasingly (and suddenly) talented starting rotation. ...
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  2. According to MLBTraderumors - Twins sign Phil Hughes

    Latest post on mlbtraderumors references an article by LaVelle E. Neal III citing an anonymous source as the Twins have signed Phil Hughes. This is supposed to be a 3/24 contract. If this is correct it is good news. I would rather have a different pitcher, but this signing cannot hurt. Decent price for a pitcher. TR at least is getting decent value for Poland's money.
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  3. Finding Value: Eric Fryer

    There has been a lot of talk about the Twins going after a catcher to stabilize the position, now that Joe Mauer has moved to first base. Suggestions have been made that we should sign a catcher like A.J. Pierzynski or Dioner Navarro to fill the role until Josmil Pinto is ready. Others have suggested that while Pinto had a nice September, he's far from a sure thing, and upgrading the position with a guy like Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be ideal due to his combination of pitch framing and power. ...

    Updated 02-25-2014 at 02:16 PM by JP3700

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  4. Separated at birth?

    I didn't know what Ricky Nolasco looked like until he signed with the Twins and the same photo kept showing up. I had a sense of deja vu but couldn't name it until today:
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  5. Twins Make Statement With Nolasco Signing

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Size:  94.0 KBLooking over the front page of the Star Tribune's sports section on Thanksgiving morning, I couldn't help but notice the irony.

    The top story: Pat Reusse's annual "Turkey of the Year" column, in which the longtime scribe called out Terry Ryan as the top goat in Minnesota sports for the past year.

    Just below, also above the fold, was the headline, "Pitcher Nolasco headed to Twins," with a subhead indicating that the pitcher had been signed to ...
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  6. Twins still in for Saltalamacchia

    The Minnesota Twins are reportedly still discussing a contract with free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who would fill the position left vacant by Joe Mauer who has announced he is moving to first base.


    The speculation in the MLB betting news comes just after the Twins agreed to sign the former LA Dodgers righthander Ricky Nolasco on the biggest contract Minnesota have ever offered to a player.


    The record previously belonged to outfielder Josh Willingham, ...
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  7. What Ricky Nolasco Really Brings to the Twins

    News broke yesterday that former Marlins/Dodgers pitcher, Ricky Nolasco will be signing with the Twins (reportedly for a four/five year deal worth between 49 and 62 Million dollars).


    There are many things to consider in this signing: the sudden acquisition of a (relative) strike out artist for a "pitch-to-contact" team; the commitment through 2018 (making Nolasco one of only 3 Twins guaranteed that long a deal); the degree of responsibility and position of "leader" ...

    Updated 11-28-2013 at 03:20 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  8. Are the Twins Missing Out on Starting Pitchers?

    We've seen a lot of rumors. We've seen a lot of quotes. We've been on this road before, right? Show me the proof, we say. Show me a capable starting pitcher standing in front of a press conference who has penned his name to a new, free agent contract with our local squad that is worth more than most of us will earn in a lifetime.

    There's been no shortage of skepticism in Twins Daily-land -- and probably rightfully so. Some voices have said, "Keep calm and carry on." But why ...
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  9. Wednesday Graphic in Technicolor: The Twins pitchers and human rain delays in 2013

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    For most of the fans who watched the Minnesota Twins play in 2013, one thing was fairly obvious: the pitchers were taking their sweet time on the mound between pitches. I suspect that the collective gut feeling of the Twins' Territory is that it was bad, but how bad exactly was is?

    Mike Hargrove in his playing days was nicknamed the human rain delay because of his elaborate routine at the batter's box ...
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  10. Early Signs Point to Unprecedented Aggressiveness

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ID:	6079Despite the acknowledgement of Twins officials that the club has plenty of financial flexibility this offseason, many fans have understandably been reluctant to believe that truly aggressive measures are in the offing. A lack of early activity has only served to magnify that skepticism, but as we've often noted, this isn't at all unusual in the weeks prior to the Winter Meetings, especially in a shifting marketplace.

    While we haven't seen any bold moves yet, ...
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  11. What? The Twins considering Mike Pelfrey again?

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ID:	6077When the New York Mets drafted Mike Pelfrey out of Wichita State with the ninth overall pick in 2005, their scouting department was obviously enamored by his big body, big fastball and big projectability. He would develop a breaking ball and become the ace Flushing’s had not seen in a while.

    Of course, the latter never happened for Pelfrey, instead he struggled to find a semblance of swing-and-miss pitch, became the embodied disappointment of Mets fans, had ...
  12. Sending the Wrong Message

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    It has been 79 days since the last time I wrote about the Twins. There are several reasons for this hiatus, a new job and a move to OKC chief among them. But it also had a lot do with the team itself, and the fact that there is only so much you can say about a team that has racked up 291 losses over the past three seasons (!!!). In a world where seemingly every baseball fan has his own blog, there are only so many articles to write about Byron Buxton and ...

    Updated 11-27-2013 at 07:47 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  13. John Bonnes, Alex Meyer and a Turkey: Talk to Contact

    Episode 61 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
    No news is good news. Not a lot of Twins news coming out this week, lots of rumors and rumblings about free agent starting pitchers and catchers, but nothing concrete. This week Paul and Eric are joined by Twins Geek, John Bonnes (@TwinsGeek) from Twins Daily to discuss the origins of both the site and the Gleeman and the Geek podcast, more of look into ...
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  14. Twins Top 65 Prospects (21-30)

    30. Aderlin Mejia, SS/2B/Util, SH, DOB: 5/12/92
    2013 A+: 328 plate appearances, .308/.359/.349 (.708, .664 career), 10 doubles, 1 triple, 0 homers, 26 walks, 30 strikeouts, 14 stolen bases, 10 times caught stealing

    Mejia has been fortunate to be in the right place (Fort Myers) at the right time when that team suddenly needs a player due to injury. Mejia ran with the opportunity this year at Fort Myers, even though he basically jumped from the GCL. That's a big jump, but Mejia ...
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