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  1. Winter Trades

    I think everyone would agree that the Twins greatest need is starting pitching.

    In order to get major league starting pitching, the Twins probably need to offer starting pitching prospects. Look at all of the Oakland deals where they traded established pitching for pitching prospects. The Twins don't have starting pitching prospects to offer.

    Conversely, the most attractive way to get starting pitching prospects is to trade major league ready starting pitching. Twins certainly ...
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  2. The killer speed of Byron Buxton

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    World came out on Tuesday morning that Byron Buxton had been named by Baseball America as the top prospect in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Last year's first round pick for the Twins didn't spend the entire season in the GCL but it was long enough to make his mark on the league. In 27 games for the GCL Twins, Buxton hit .216/.324/.466 with 11 extra-base hits including four home runs. He would spend the rest of the season with the Elizabethton Twins as they ...
  3. Quick Hits: Perkins saves, Burton under pressure and Hendriks struggles

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ID:	2400Since assuming the closerís role for good, Glen Perkins has been absolutely brilliant, now converting 11 consecutive save opportunities.

    There was one semi-minor hiccup Ė allowing a solo home run to Andruw Jones to bring the Yankees within one of the Twins. The pitch was clearly a slider which was intended to be buried at Jonesís feet but rather hung belt high over the plate. It wound up being the third home run Perkins has surrendered on his slider this ...
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  4. Homer-Happy Hendriks

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ID:	2397It is easy to despair over Liam Hendriks after starts like the one he turned in on Monday night against the Yankees, when he coughed up four homers en route to his eighth loss in 15 tries for the Twins this year.

    Certainly the right-hander has offered little cause for encouragement here in his first extended exposure to the majors, but we shouldn't let these rocky outings completely sour us on his long-term outlook.

    Earlier this month, Aaron ...
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  5. Year in Review: Twins Hitters WPA

    Oddly, a lot of sabrmetric geeks I know donít like the Win Probability Added (WPA) statistic. I donít want to speak for them as to why, but the comment I hear that drives me the craziest is something like ďAll you have to do is see that Erik Komatsu was more valuable then Ben Revere to understand that it is worthless.Ē

    It drive me crazy because 15 years ago, I would hear the same question from baseball traditionalists when Iíd suggest that an on-base machine like Bobby Abreu was more ...
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  6. Significant Date in Twins' History - November 21, 2007

    2007 was a rare poor season for the Twins in the first decade of the 21st Century. They finished under .500 and in 3rd place. A long-time Minnesota Twin was heading for free agency after the season as well. Torii Hunter was likely the fourth or fifth best player on the team at this point, behind Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Johan Santana and possibly Joe Nathan (I think Hunter was better). In addition, he was 31 years old and slipping defensively from a great centerfielder to an aging centerfielder ...

    Updated 09-25-2012 at 08:36 AM by Brad Swanson

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  7. Matt Capps and his looming option year

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    In last night's loss to the New York Yankees, Matt Capps made his return to the field after missing almost the entire second half of the season. It was the first action for Capps after not appearing in a game since the middle of July. The season has been injury plagued for the 29-year old relief pitcher and his time with the Twins has been full of plenty of ups-and-downs. Fans seem to hold a grudge against Capps for his poor play in the last couple of years but ...
  8. What Would You Do? Jared Burton

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    On Sunday night, it was Glen Perkins who got the final three outs in the tenth inning to record the save in game two of a double-header sweep of the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park. However, with a tied score in the bottom of the ninth, Jared Burton came into the game to face the Tigers 3, 4 and 5 hitters. Burton got MVP-candidate Miguel Cabrera to pop out for the first out. He then made Prince Fielder look silly, striking him out. Finally, he got Delmon Young ...
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  9. Cabrera vs. Trout: The MVP Debate for the Ages

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    Over the weekend, the Twins got a first-hand look at one of the front-runners for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Miguel Cabrera is trying his best to be the first Triple Crown winner in the American League since Carl Yastrzemski won it back in 1967. There are other deserving candidates in the American League and it looks like the main competition for Cabrera will come in the form of standout rookie Mike Trout. The debate has been swirling over ...
  10. Where Does Carroll Fit In?

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ID:	2382During the first half of the season, Jamey Carroll seemed to be showing his age. By the All-Star break, he was hitting .234 with a brutal .597 OPS, and he had long since lost his job as the team's starting shortstop. He was certainly making his two-year, $6.5 million contract look like a poor investment.

    Since the break, Carroll has looked more like the player the Twins thought they were getting. After finishing 2-for-5 in the nightcap of yesterday's doubleheader, ...
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  11. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 60: Tickle Me Pink

    Aaron sips a pink libation. John begs their listeners to take a quick survery for recruiting sponsors. Then they chat about whether Sam Deduno belong, whether the Twins can and should re-sign Scott Baker, how one characterizes the starting pitching market, Liam Hendriks first "W," the MLB television deal and what it means for the Twins payroll, the switch from Beloit to Cedar Rapids, and honors bestowed by Baseball America on some Twins prospects. Then they answer mailbag about the Minnesota ...
  12. MicroThoughts - Detroit Tigers

    I have had the honor of watching the Detroit Tigers play 23 innings in about the last 24 hours. Wait, honor is the wrong word. What is the opposite of honor? The Tigers are brutal. I know their record is much, much, much better than the Twins' record, but they are brutal. They have 3 great starting pitchers: Verlander, Fister and Scherzer (who can be pretty hit or miss). They have three great hitters: Cabrera, Fielder, and Jackson. They have one player who is regularly in the lineup that ...
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  13. Arcia, Hermsen receive Twins minor-league honors

  14. This is the Zodiac Speaking (Entry #1)

    Leadership

    Being a leader can be a pain in the ass. One can subscribe to this term as an added amount of pressure that makes the execution of oneís tasks or job much more difficult. It is not a job for the majority of us. The Twinsí lack a leader who is a player. Maybe all Free Agent efforts need to be put in that basket, whether it be a pitcher of position player.

    The Twinís need good starting pitching, much like a severely stricken diabetic needs dialysis. That does ...
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