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  1. Fishing for Holes in the Roster

    When a team has lost 90 games in three consecutive seasons, there can be plenty of finger pointing. For the Twins, there are questions to ask about how this current roster was created and what the team can do as they try and move forward.

    Where are the holes in this roster? What needs to be done this offseason? Are there internal options to help remedy the situation? All of these questions and more need to be answered before the team heads to Florida for spring training.
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  2. Cutting Out Collisions Could Help Mauer

    One of the questions facing the Minnesota Twins and their fans this offseason is the future of Joe Mauer. The All-Star catcher and face of the franchise didn't play a game after August 19th because of concussion related symptoms. With the Twins heading for their third straight 90-loss season, there was no need to rush Mauer back to the field.

    When the Twins head to Florida this spring, there will continue to be questions about how much time Mauer should play at catcher. Catchers are ...
  3. Monday Morning Madness: September 30, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    It's been said that all good things must come to an end. Sadly, this will be the final Monday Madness of the 2013 season. I know. Don't blame me though; I'm not the one who decided against a 12 month MLB season. It's time for a break from Twins baseball. After the month of September that we've all endured, a little break might not be the worst thing. I'll try to infuse some fun and positivity in this final Monday Madness of the 2013 ...
  4. Pinto could ease a Mauer transition

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ID:	5741With Joe Mauerís season cut short due to brain trauma, now more than ever there is discussion to moving the franchise player out from behind the plate to a ďsaferĒ position in the infield.

    TwinsDaily.comís Nick Nelson shared his thoughts and explained in detail as to why the move makes sense for 2014. The crux of Nelsonís pitch is to protect the teamís best offensive player from missing extended time from additional concussions that have been plaguing backstops ...
  5. Roster Realities: Free Agent Starting Pitching & The 2014 Twins Offense

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    tarting Pitching in 2014 - even if the Twins signed 3 Clayton Kershaw's this off-season, they're not going to be able to compete. Way too many holes. We have 2...maybe 3 serviceable pitchers. Maybe a 4th if Scott Diamond/Andrew Albers proves he can pitch something other than in game BP (e.g. x< 4.00 ERA).

    It may be interesting to note if we did actually come across 3 Clayton Kershaw's, with our offense (3.84 runs per 9 innings) - assuming ...

    Updated 09-23-2013 at 01:45 PM by twinsfan34

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  6. Looking Forward at Twins Catching

    The Twins continue to play out the rest of the 2013 season without their $23 million man, Joe Mauer. There is plenty of concern surrounding Mauer's concussion related injury. As Twins fans are well aware from recent incidents with Denard Span and Justin Morneau, head injuries can be tough to solve. This leaves Minnesota with an interesting situation behind the plate as the team looks to the future.

    No one knows when Mauer will be back on the field and if he will ever be able to suit ...
  7. Is Josmil Pinto The Twins Starting Catcher In 2014?

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ID:	5541There is a baseball adage among scouts and evaluators that you get fooled in spring training and in September.

    In both cases, teams are giving opportunity to evaluate younger, inexperienced players to often face other younger, inexperienced players. Have a big Grapefruit League performance, like outfielder Aaron Hicks, and suddenly you may find yourself with a starting position in April. Similarly, have a big September call-up performance, as Chris Parmelee ...
  8. Monday Morning Madness: September 9, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins revived a fun tradition and got swept by the Blue Jays late in the season. It wasn't the traditional stomping we're used to, but the same basic idea. The Twins have also lost a shocking 10 games in a row at home. Where's the home field advantage, Target Field? Maybe it's time to remove that Target dog from the batters' eye. It's very distracting.

    Punto's back?

    I got a random text from my mom earlier ...
  9. 2013 Rock Cats MVP: Josmil Pinto

    Rock Cats, Red Wings, and now Twins catcher,
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    I'll be the first to admit that the bulk of my Rock Cats coverage this season has centered around Miguel Sano. And it's for a reason -- he's the best prospect that ...
  10. Monday Morning Madness: Labor Day!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I'm just going to admit that it is getting harder and harder to watch Twins baseball. First, the lineup and rotation are drab to say the least. With Mauer hurt and now Morneau traded, there isn't a lot of star power. Second, the season is so long and we don't even have the mirage of a possibly competitive team at this point. That being said, I do watch the games and I do enjoy them. There is plenty to look forward to in September, even ...
  11. Waitin' With the Wings: Josmil Pinto

    With the calendar already flipped over to August, there could be some shake-ups coming to the Twins roster. These might not be immediate changes but the club is on the way to their third straight losing season and different players should be given an opportunity at the big league level. In the next couple of weeks, I will look at some of the names on the Triple-A roster that could earn a call-up before the end of the season.

    This series called "Waiting With the Wings" will profile ...
  12. Twins Minor League Report (8/5): Dean Dazzles

    Today's baseball news was focused primarily on 12 players who received 50-game PED suspensions and one other who received a 211-game suspension and has decided to appeal. I haven't turned on ESPN, but I'm sure you could get a more in-depth run-down on these 13 players within 30 seconds on turning it on.

    Fortunately, no Twins were involved. Former Twin Danny Valencia was investigated and cleared. It turns out he had higher-than-normal amount of "swag", but nothing illegal from Biogenesis. ...
  13. The Rundown: Butera Heads West

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    The Twins just managed to avoid the shutout Wednesday afternoon, dealing catcher Drew Butera to the Dodgers for a PTBNL just before the 4:00 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline passed.

    Drafted by the Mets in 2005, Butera has spent the past six years in the Twins organization. He has been up and down with the club over the past four seasons, having played in only 186 major league games in that span (and just two this season). Buteraís value is ...

    Updated 08-01-2013 at 01:49 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  14. Twins Minor League Report (7/24): Vargas Saves the Day

    Since the Twins were playing on the West Coast, their afternoon game with the Angels went into the early evening in the Central time zone. Minnesota won the first two games of the series before things got a little dicey on Wednesday. Jared Weaver looked excellent on the mound but a bad infield fly call might have cost the Twins a chance to sweep the Angels.

    With Joe Mauer on paternity leave for three days, Drew Butera was called up from Rochester. He has spent the entire season at ...
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