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  1. Brewers sign Garza to deal similar to Twins' Nolasco

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ID:	6381Sources indicate that the Milwaukee Brewers have now signed pitcher Matt Garza to the tune of four years, $52 million.

    This is notable for several reasons. The first being that this is a substantial savings from what he was originally projected as being worth going into the free agent season. At Twins Daily, we estimated that Garza would reach five years and $75 million in the Offseason Handbook. Instead, teams shied away from him. The second interesting ...
  2. More Dingers for Dozier?

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ID:	6291Letís just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.

    After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the teamís top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineupís surprising lack of offense overall.

    That said Dozierís in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the ...
  3. Winter Meetings Primer: Talk to Contact Ep 63

    Episode 63 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    This week we delve into the winter meetings, or rather, we get together and speculate wildly about things that may or may not happen. Will Bronson Arroyo or Mike Pelfrey end up in a Twins uniform in 2014? What about Stephen Drew? We also attempt to discuss
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  4. Expectations and Phil Hughes

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ID:	6102There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this impending Phil Hughes deal as a coup for the Twins. After all, Hughes is a relatively young pitcher who has potential upside and, as a fly ball pitcher, he finally gets to leave the launching pad in the Bronx (not to mention, away from the beasts of the east). For an average annual value of $8M per year, a value he has eclipsed in three of the past five seasons according to Fangraphs.com, it is hard to find a downside. ...
  5. What? The Twins considering Mike Pelfrey again?

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ID:	6077When the New York Mets drafted Mike Pelfrey out of Wichita State with the ninth overall pick in 2005, their scouting department was obviously enamored by his big body, big fastball and big projectability. He would develop a breaking ball and become the ace Flushingís had not seen in a while.

    Of course, the latter never happened for Pelfrey, instead he struggled to find a semblance of swing-and-miss pitch, became the embodied disappointment of Mets fans, had ...
  6. Ron Gardenhire discusses Joe Mauer's decision

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ID:	6012The Twins surprised everyone yesterday but announcing that Joe Mauer has made the decision to relocate to first base after spending his career as one of the gameís best two-way catchers.

    Comments from Twins general manager Terry Ryan in October made it clear that the team was not totally anticipating Mauerís move as they entered the planning season for 2014. In his address to the media yesterday, Mauer mentioned that there were occasions that he would take ...
  7. Thoughts on the Twins? One baseball agent's perspective on Minnesota's front office

    Josh Johnson will be one of the game's more sought after free agents.Baseball agent Matt Sosnick speaks strongly of loyalty, honesty and trust in his industry.

    His agency, Sosnick Cobbe Sports, was grown from scratch in the hills above the San Francisco Bay and relies on building relationships, sticking with clients regardless of on-field performance and adheres to principles such as automatically dropping players who engage in detrimental activity like domestic violence. He discusses his clients as friends rather than means ...
  8. Hot Stove - Starting Pitching, Talk to Contact style.

    Episode 57 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    This week Eric and Paul are joined by Jay Corn (@jay__corn, that's right, two underscores!) to talk Twins baseball. This will be our fist dive into the post-season hot stove, and this week we talked about available starting pitching and which pitchers we thought, if ...
  9. Baseball: A Love Story

    Originally posted at my Wordpress site "Growing in Greenwood"

    My dad washed dishes while I stood on a chair rinsing to the rhythm of the crackling radio play-by-play for Twins games. My focus was on the way my fingertips looked like raisins, on the enormity of the blue veins in dadís arms, on perfecting my drying rack Jenga strategy. Baseball was just background noise.

    My grandparentís house a few blocks away was my one source of television. There, the ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Terry Ryan Discusses Ron Gardenhire's Future

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ID:	5573Ron Gardenhire is well on his way to his third-straight 90-loss season but Terry Ryan is not tipping his hand on whether or not the gameís second-longest tenured manager will be back in Minnesota in 2014.

    On with MLB Network Radioís Power Alley show, Ryan suggested that injuries to key players played a substantial role in the Twinsí third consecutive losing season but he also shouldered a lot of the blame for the current state of the team.

    ďItís ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. The Late Summer of My Discontent

    When Target Field opened, I was living in Connecticut (as I do now), but harbored a dream of moving back to Minnesota. I was naive. I thought -- even though I was an attorney licensed to practice in Connecticut only, even though I owned a home in Connecticut, and even though many of my professional ties to Minnesota had dwindled -- that I could somehow easily move across the country and re-establish things back home. For many, many reasons (the prolonged economic crisis being one of them), that ...
  14. Interview with Red Wings Centerfielder Aaron Hicks

    Entering his sixth professional season, Aaron Hicks has been one of the biggest prospects in the Minnesota Twins system for the past five years. After having a strong season with New Britain last year, Hicks was given the opportunity to compete and win the starting center-fielders job for the Twins. But after hitting just .192 in 281 at-bats in Minnesota, he was sent down to Rochester to continue to develop his swing and to ensure that he will be ready for the 2014 season in the majors. After batting ...
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