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  1. Power Sources

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ID:	2575At a glance, one would think that Minnesota's power output this year was well above the norm. Josh Willingham launched 35 bombs and fellow newcomer Ryan Doumit chipped in 18. Trevor Plouffe's 24 were a pleasant surprise, as were Justin Morneau's 19. Even Joe Mauer delivered 10 long balls – just his third time reaching double digits.

    Despite all of those big power performances, the Twins tied with the Royals for fewest home runs in the American League. While ...
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  2. Could the Twins Sign Zack Greinke?

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ID:	2530The World Series is almost underway, which means that the official start of the offseason is rapidly approaching. When the free agent market opens up, one of the central figures will be Zack Greinke, who is the clear top dog in a deep pitching pack. The former Cy Young winner offers ace-level ability, youth and a durable track record.

    Sure, there are a few question marks surrounding the right-hander, who turns 29 this weekend. He's had some anxiety issues ...
  3. Where Should Payroll Sit in 2013?

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ID:	2508Since they moved into Target Field, the Twins have seen payroll rise and fall, from $96 million in the opening season, up to $112 million the following year, down to $94 million in 2012.

    The rise to $112 million last year was purportedly the result of a push to take the next step after falling short in the 2010 postseason. The subsequent scaling back by nearly $20 million was easy enough to figure; the Twins had lost 99 games which led to reduced revenue ...
  4. Lottery Tickets

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ID:	2486Five spots in next year's rotation. One guy locked in.

    It's hard to look at the daunting uncertainty in Minnesota's rotation as a good thing, but there are some fringe benefits to the situation. One is that it may be easier for Terry Ryan to lure in pitchers who are left without a seat and forced to sign minor-league contracts when the music stops on this offseason's free agent class.

    There could be quite a few of those guys standing around ...
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  5. Estimating SP Contracts

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ID:	2472Each year in our Offseason Handbook, we put together a list of all the upcoming free agents at every position. Beyond the write-ups and statistical breakdowns for each player, we estimate the contract we expect them to get, so that armchair GMs can fit prospective acquisitions into their budgets.

    This is an aspect of the publication that we take very seriously. In fact, every year, we set aside a day for the entire editorial staff to get together and reach ...
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  6. Roster Bookkeeping

    Not that it matters right now, but…

    It’s always nice to know what you’re going to be dealing with going into next offseason. And although teams might say the service clock doesn’t matter… we all know that it does.

    The Twins have 5 pending Free Agents: C Ryan Doumit, SP Carl Pavano, LSP Francisco Liriano, SP Jason Marquis and recently injured RP Joel Zumaya.

    The Twins have options on 2 players next offseason: SP Scott Baker ($9.25m team option or free agency) ...
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