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  1. Gathering The Pitching Rumors For The Hot Stove

    This weekend is the unofficial start of the Hot Stove Season, because this weekend the MLB General Managers are having their annual offseason meetings in Indian Wells, California. It's not the more hyped "Winter Meetings" that take place next month, but it's still 30 GMs and their assistants, all in the same place, and rumor-mongering galore. Irresponsible, glorious, rumor-mongering.

    Twins fans have more reason than most to pay attention. Terry Ryan indicated in his TwinsCentric interview ...
  2. The Case For Trading Span

    We're approaching the time when a long-time Twins player is going to be traded away. It will likely be Denard Span.

    In our interview for the 2013 Offseason Handbook, Terry Ryan was careful, but stated the obvious. When talking about Chris Parmelee being a regular, Ryan admitted "We're going to try and fit [Chris Parmelee] in there somewhere, without tipping my hand too far."

    Fitting Parmelee into the lineup as a regular means playing him at first base or in right field. ...
  3. Twins Will Seek Competition For Trevor Plouffe

    In the TwinsCentric interview with Terry Ryan last week, (the 9-page entirety of which you can find in the 2013 Offseason Handbook), we asked about his confidence in Trevor Plouffe.

    John Bonnes: Are you comfortable with [Trevor] Plouffe at third base?

    Terry Ryan: Well, he needs some work too. Defensively, heís a work in progress.

    JB: He hasnít played that much at third base in the minors, right?

    TR: No, he hasnít, but heís and ex-shortstop
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  4. Contemplating bringing Scott Baker back

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    The Twins held their organizational meetings last week and there are plenty of decisions for the club to make about the pending offseason. Some of those decisions might have already been revealed as the club announced the new members of their coaching staff and the readjustment of the men that were left after the firing frenzy. Phil Mackey from 1500 ESPN has the complete rundown of some of the items discussed by the organization but one of the most interesting ...
  5. Terry Ryan: Twins Will Chase "Pretty Darn Good" Pitcher

    In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, weíre including a transcript from a 45-minute meeting "State of the Twins" interview with Terry Ryan. As you can imagine, an 8000-word interview covers a lot of topics, including:

    • the strengths of the new coaching staff,
    • Joe Mauerís future at catcher,
    • additional offseason priorities beyond starting pitching,
    • how Twins approach waiver wire or minor league free agents,
    • thoughts on the state of the Twins minor leagues,
    • his evaluation
    ...
  6. 2012's Teachable Moments: Money Changes You

    This post was originally published at Peanuts From Heaven

    The playoffs are in high gear, but those who cling to hope for the underdogs might be forgiven for tuning out early this year. The league championship series featured the past three champions (Cardinals, Giants and Yankees) and a preseason favorite (the Detroit Tigers). Gone are the plucky upstarts: the Nationals, the A's, the O's, the Reds. In short all the teams who haven't sniffed the World Series in over 20 years, and in
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  7. Paul Molitor's coaching snub is puzzling

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    When the Twins announced the retooling of their coaching staff at the conclusion of the regular season, one of the first names to come to mind for most Twins fans was former Twins player and Twin Cities native Paul Molitor. The Hall of Fame player is currently employed by the organization as a roving minor league instructor and he served as bench coach for Tom Kelly from 1999 to 2001. In interviews since the Twins cleared out their coach staff, Molitor expressed interested in coaching with the team if he was asked. ...
  8. Waiting Impatiently For The Offseason

    Iím having trouble getting into the second round of the playoffs. I donít really want either the Yankees or the Tigers to make the World Series, which means I canít even root for the American League. The official team of The Voice Of Reasonô - the Phillies Ė is also out for the first time in years. But part of it is because Iím ready for the next act.

    The offseason.

    Oddly, I donít think Iíve looked forward to an offseason this much in years. For starters, itíll be nice ...
  9. Examining the Twins Offseason Checklist

    The big wigs in charge of the Twins organization will be gathering in Florida next week to go through the paces of the team's organizational meetings. From there, the men in charge of the franchise will try and make a plan to dig the Twins out of the hole they have been in for the last two seasons. Some of the items on the team's checklist have already been crossed off in the weeks following the end of the regular season. Now it's time for the Twins to continue making some of the changes that will ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Ryan and Gardenhire speak to season ticket holders

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    One of the benefits of being a season ticket holder with the Minnesota Twins is the opportunity to participate in conference calls with current players, coaches, and front office personnel. Earlier this season, Scott Diamond and Trevor Plouffe discussed their breakout seasons with fans. It's fun to hear their answers to unique questions that might not pop up in a regular interview setting with reporters in the Twin Cities. There are also prizes handed out including ...
  12. The killer speed of Byron Buxton

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    World came out on Tuesday morning that Byron Buxton had been named by Baseball America as the top prospect in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Last year's first round pick for the Twins didn't spend the entire season in the GCL but it was long enough to make his mark on the league. In 27 games for the GCL Twins, Buxton hit .216/.324/.466 with 11 extra-base hits including four home runs. He would spend the rest of the season with the Elizabethton Twins as they ...
  13. Orioles Provide Hope for the Hopeless

    The Baltimore Orioles celebrate after a victoryMany believe there's no way the Twins can possibly turn things around quickly enough to be a competitive team next season. They're on their way to a second straight 90-plus loss season, their starting rotation is an absolute mess and their best prospects are still probably a couple years away from making an impact.

    To those people, I present the 2012 Baltimore Orioles.

    A year ago, the O's finished last in the AL East for a fourth straight season, ...
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  14. The Curious Case of Anthony Slama

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    The last two seasons have been rough for the Twins as the team has posted back-to-back horrible win-loss records. But some positive things came out of this madness. For instance, in this past June's amateur draft, the Twins selected Byron Buxton, arguably the best player in the draft.

    Originally posted at http://www.NoDakTwinsFan.com

    Also, all of the losing and injuries to pitchers have allowed the team to get an in-depth look ...
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