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  1. Pitching and Playoffs: Through the Farm System, Free Agency, or Trades?

    After seeing the David Price post fly around concerning trading a lot of Prospects for him - which made me quiver and get the sweats to even entertain such a thought when the names of Buxton/Sano and 3-4 other prospects were thrown around so lightly.

    Then other posts still say, "Free Agency" the Twins need to spend to 'be competitive' or to 'be a winner' they need to spend.

    Well, how did the most successful teams of 2013 make it to the playoffs?

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    Updated 10-08-2013 at 12:55 AM by twinsfan34

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  2. Roster Decisions: Lester Oliveros

    While writing an article on the Minnesota Twins upcoming 40 man roster decisions for the Offseason GM Handbook, one name jumped out to me as an obvious choice to add. This name is one that I had not really thought about previously. Based on the title of this article, that one name is that of Lester Oliveros.

    Approximately 13 months ago, the hard-throwing right-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery. His rehab went pretty well. On July 30th, he made his first appearance in a GCL ...
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  3. 1991 Offseason in Review

    Originally posted at K-Slow was Framed!

    YOYOYO everybody! The offseason is upon us and the Twins have a lot of work to do. Coming off of another raging failure, the Front Office will need to pull off some sweet moves in order to make this team a contender. I have no clue what they will do and I have no desire to guess (at least not until later). Instead, I thought it would be fun to head back down Memory Lane and analyze each offseason since the Twins' last World Series. I'm not ...

    Updated 10-07-2013 at 08:19 PM by Brad Swanson

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  4. The Tanaka Factor

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ID:	5799I'll say this much for Masahiro Tanaka: his timing is good. The Japenese star just put together the best statistical season for a pitcher in NPB history, and will be coming to the States just as Major League Baseball is receiving a massive influx of revenue from new media deals.

    Tanaka has been on an incredible run. After starring for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in the spring, he went 22-0 with a 1.23 ERA for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. At season's ...
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  5. Episode 114: Ron Gardenhire Stays

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ID:	5797Aaron and John take the podcast to 612 Brew's inaugural Octoberfest and talk about Ron Gardenhire's two-year contract extension, why no one knows anything about managers, Rick Anderson and the entire coaching staff staying on one-year deals, the first batch of 40-man roster cuts, getting together to watch Francisco Liriano and Justin Morneau, big fish and survival of the fittest, and starting your own craft brewing business.

    You can listen by clicking ...
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  6. How to rebuild the Twins...

    First what is good about the Twins?
    1 Middle infield Florimon and Dozier....No change needed, Florimon needs to hit more but if he doesnt his defense warrants his inclusion

    2 3b- Plouffe didnt have great numbers but I think his hitting is passable...we dont have to make a change here...I would like to see Mauer trained to play 3rd...also Mauer in outfield....would be great, can he play center? I wouldnt bet against him..he certainly can be a lead off hitter

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  7. How to rebuild the Twins...

    First what is good about the Twins?
    1 Middle infield Florimon and Dozier....No change needed, Florimon needs to hit more but if he doesnt his defense warrants his inclusion

    2 3b- Plouffe didnt have great numbers but I think his hitting is passable...we dont have to make a change here...I would like to see Mauer trained to play 3rd...also Mauer in outfield....would be great, can he play center? I wouldnt bet against him..he certainly can be a lead off hitter

    3- C ...
  8. Did You Know?

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ID:	5795This is now the third edition of the year-end mishmash that is the Twins at a statistical glace:

    It was the Year of the Strikeout for pitchers in baseball and more than any team the Twins hitters were their greatest victims. The offense saw strike three 1,430 times – a new franchise record.

    That 1,430 finish represents the third-highest team total since 1961. Only the 2013 Houston Astros (1,535) and the 2010 Diamondbacks (1,529) have finished ...
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  9. October Mailbag!

    Originally posted at The Slow

    I can't believe that October is upon us! The 2013 season went by so quickly. I am already enjoying playoff baseball and I thought that while I enjoy playoff baseball, I could answer a few questions that have been burning a hole in my inbox. As always, these are actual questions from actual readers of the Word documents that I use to compose my rough drafts.

    What is your outlook for the 2014 Twins?

    Brad S., St. Paul, MN
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    Updated 10-03-2013 at 08:27 PM by Brad Swanson

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  10. Message to Twins: Accountability Means Change

    When it came down to it, the folks running the Twins couldn't find it in themselves to make Ron Gardenhire a scapegoat by sending him packing after another 96-loss season that wasn't influenced much by the field manager. Sure, you can argue that Gardenhire isn't a great skipper, and you can argue that the team would benefit from a fresh voice, but at the end of the day there wasn't much Gardy could have done to get significantly better results out of the substandard roster supplied to him this season. ...
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  11. 2013 Twins Rookie of the Year: Who gets your vote?

    During the 2013 season, the Minnesota Twins promoted many players to the big leagues. Many of them were rookies. So, who would get your vote for the top performing rookie on the team in 2013?

    To keep it somewhat limited, I only looked at those rookies that were with the team for long enough that they will not be a rookie in 2014. In other words, Josmil Pinto will still be a rookie in 2014, so he and his impressive September will not be eligible (though, you can choose him as a write-in ...
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  12. Season wrap-up

    It has been a while since I have written a blog on this site, as I have been almost obsessively following the exploits of the Minnesota Vikings over on the Daily Norseman (and if you are a Vikings fan, head over there. The DN writing staff rivals the one here on Twins Daily). I have been popping in here from time to time, but I have found that following a team that has been losing as much as the Twins is hard on my spirit, so I have for the most part stayed away. Now that the season is over, I thought ...
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  13. If I ran MLB baseball in 2015, how I would change baseball.

    by , 10-02-2013 at 11:06 AM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    Bud Selig is leaving as baseballs commissioner at the end of the season in 2014. Good Riddance!!!! I haved spoke about how Bud Selig destroyed some of my modern day baseball. He helped destroy 2 of my favorite baseball players growing up, Jose Canseco and Ken Griffey Jr. I am not going to go into details surrounding those two players, but I thought it would be fun to give me the job for a day and tell you what I would change in the game if I got the chance. Now I don't know all of the details ...
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  14. Walked-on Walker

    Congress is still getting paid, but some 800,000 government workers are left at home to read twinsdaily.com. Hopefully, they paid their wireless bill last month. Speaking of injustice, I argue that Adam Walker’s good name has been walked upon in defiance of production!

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    I was pleased to see that Adam Walker’s official name has been updated on his milb.com player profile. It now reads “Adam Brett Walker II,” which is more fitting for the distinguished ...

    Updated 10-03-2013 at 11:49 AM by mnfanforlife

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