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  1. What should Twins response be to Yankees attempt to control the internation market

    According to a post I saw yesterday on mlbtraderumors the Yankees were quoted as saying money was no object to them in the international market.
    Teams are given a set amount to spend in the international market and then a 100% luxury tax kicks in along with other penalties. The Yankees have I believe somewhere around 2 million to spend and they are talking in the range of 12-15 million not including the luxury tax.
    Do the small market and mid market teams need to stand up and make ...
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  2. The Twins' New Year's Resolutions

    It's been a while since our last post (blahblahblah job, blahblahblah earning salary, blahblahblah spending holiday time with friends and loved ones). But we're back with a very special post as we consider the 2014 resolutions of your Minnesota Twins.


    Joe Mauer
    Baseball Resolution: Hit like a boss now that defense doesn't crush my legs.
    Life Resolution: Be hospitable while hosting my fellow all-stars this summer, maybe even say multi-syllabic words to them!
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  3. Minnesota Twins' Top 10 Moments of 2013 [Video]

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ID:	6246With the calendar flipping to 2014 tomorrow, Twins fan must be eager to hurry that process along. After all, the previous season was mired with yet another 90 losses on the ledger.

    Although no one should be criticized for having their attention wander from the team before the summer months, there was still plenty of entertaining moments to remember - little things that make the entire sport of baseball beautiful.

    Below is the Top 10 moments
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  4. Twins Top 65 Prospects (11-20)

    I am continuing my countdown of the top 65 (now 66) prospects in the Twins system. Newly acquired Sean Gilmartin makes an appearance. This is not for effect, this really is where I think he belongs on the Twins prospect list.


    (new) 21. Sean Gilmartin, LHS, DOB: 5-8-90

    2013 Rk/A/AAA (AAA statistics): 91 innings pitched, 5.74 ERA, 65 strikeouts/33 walks (7.0/2.3 career K/BB)

    Gilmartin was acquired in a trade for Ryan Doumit, and it is another successful move ...
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  5. Top '13 Stories: #6 - Justin Morneau Traded

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ID:	6229August 31st marked the end of an era for the Minnesota Twins. Justin Morneau had been a cornerstone for perennial contenders, and although those days were long past by the time of his departure, the fans never forgot.

    In the big picture, the decision to trade Morneau was essentially a no-brainer. Still, one got the sense that it didn't come easily.

    The Twins were going nowhere, and dealing the impending free agent allowed them to recoup some ...
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  6. Top '13 Stories: #11 - Kubel Returns, Doumit Exits

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ID:	6222In efforts to repair the damage of three straight 90-loss seasons, the Twins front office acted decisively this offseason. And, sure, maybe part of this decisively plan was to steal an idea from the Blues Brothers and get the band back together, adding a name that (at the very least) will remind fans of happier times.

    Following a two year hiatus of not having a player named Jason Kubel on the roster, Terry Ryan rectified that by signing one to a minor league ...
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  7. Top '13 Stories: #12 - Drew Butera traded

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ID:	6219It’s possible that Minnesota Twins fans, and Twins Daily fans in particular, got a little too worked up about Drew Butera’s Twins career. I’ll grant you that. Nevertheless, it was big news when the Twins lone “trade deadline” move was trading Butera to the Dodgers. The immediate announcement was for a “player to be named later” who ended up being Miguel Subran, an A-ball pitching prospect.

    Certainly Butera hadn’t impacted the Twins much in 2013 – he had ...
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  8. The Hall of Fame Ballot Gets Crowded

    It’s time. There are only a couple days left before Hall of Fame ballots are due in. Yes, those holy guardians of all that is right and just in baseball (voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America) must soon stop writing about how hard it is to perform their duties as HoF voters and just vote, already.

    As I’ve written several times, I don’t believe the writers have any business sitting in judgment of anyone else’s morality. If they would just vote based on players’ ...
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  9. Looking at the Twins SO/9 ratio

    Originally posted at http://wp.me/p1YQUj-2D6


    Minnesota Twins pitchers have finished dead last in the American League in strikeouts the last three years and you all know where the team has finished in the standing during that time frame. When the Twins came into existence in 1961 the SO/9 average in the American League was 5.2 SO/9 and it slowly climbed to 6.1 SO/9 in 1967 but then started sliding down to under 5.0 SO/9 from 1974 to 1983. Since then it started climbing and for ...
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  10. Twins 40-Man Roster Analysis: Infield

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Over the last week or so, I've been investigating the Twins' 40-man roster to try to determine who will contribute to the next good Twins team. I've reached the end of this short journey and will cover the infielders today. However, I did complete this activity in four parts, so if you missed the first three, you can find them here:

    Starting Pitchers
    Relief Pitchers
    Catchers/Outfielders

    Now that we ...
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  11. Tiger just cant change its stripes....

    Recently I complained about GATG and their lack of baseball, so I downloaded their recent podcast. Dont bother, it was wayyy worse than the one I complained about. I wonder what their goal is, comedy? ouch...Cant be baseball, remotely touched on...my advice to you, watch for Seths podcast or any other but GATG unless you for some reason need to listen to senseless drivel....avoid or completely waste your time. I am aware that Bonnes can ban me and you never have the benefit of my opinion again..but ...
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  12. By the numbers: a body count of the Twins' pitching depth for 2014 and myth busting

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    The major priority of the Minnesota Twins' General Manager, Terry Ryan, has been to re-build a rotation that has been at the bottom of the major leagues in pretty much every statistical category in 2014. There is a general agreement that the rotation was pretty much "a mess" in 2013 and needed fixing. There is also the general impression that the Twins' pen was one of the strengths of the team and it is better left ...
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  13. Kubel, Doumit and Designating a DH

    The more I think about the swap that the Twins have made at the designated hitter position, the more I like it. By signing Jason Kubel to a non-guaranteed, incentive-laden contract and trading away Ryan Doumit's guaranteed $3.5 million salary, they have made a sound financial decision that could pay dividends on the field.

    But in doing so, they're also committing to a plan at the DH position that is shaky at best. Maybe that's not such a bad thing.

    While Kubel has never ...
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  14. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 125: Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Doumit & Kurt Suzuki

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ID:	6208Aaron and John meet for happy hour at Summit and midst tasting beers review the wisdom behind giving Mike Pelfrey a two-year deal, the impact of trading Ryan Doumit to the Braves and whether Kurt Suzuki will cost Josmil Pinto a roster spot. In between, they taste a Nate Dog, try a firkin, wonder about Danny Valencia's legacy, battle over double-dipping, forecast a move to Uptown and wish Byron Buxton a happy birthday. You can listen by clicking below, download us from ...
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