The Twins started their final road-trip before the All-Star Game on Monday in Seattle. They'll make a stop in Colorado before heading home. As was announced Sunday night, the Twins will be represented by RP Glen Perkins and C Kurt Suzuki in next Tuesday's Mid-Summer Classic.
Ricky Nolasco is heading back to the Twin Cities to get his "bit of a sore right elbow" checked out.
Today's Twins All-Star-related news revolves around two of their top pitching prospects: P Alex
Updated 07-07-2014 at 09:56 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
1. Starting pitching MUCH better...(keep Correa)
Our starting pitching has been much better, we have an ace now..Gibson is pretty much online..but do expect more short outings..but also long outings..he is getting better...Twins will move Nolasco..to pen..drop Swarzak and bring up May. Pino will be decent for remainder of year, Our Starting rotation will be Ok the rest of the way.
2. Collabello - has matured from his exit, look for him to perform above average the
Beyond this season, the Minnesota Twins still owe Ricky Nolasco a total of $37 million over three years. That's something that needs to be kept in mind as we ponder what the best course of action is for the struggling starter.
Ron Gardenhire sounded like he was just about ready to be done with Nolasco during a cranky post-game interview on Sunday, and it's hard to blame him.
"It starts with him," Gardenhire said. "He's got to do a better job. Bottom line is he's got to
Put Nolasco in pen, long relief, let Swarzak go or whatever he can be dealt for..box of donuts etc...call May up...
I was at the Yankees-Twins games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. What I saw during those games showed me that the Twins and Yankees should be in serious talks about Josh Willingham.
One reason why I believe that the Yankees should get Willingham is because Alfonso Soriano was just Designated for Assignment. Willingham would be an upgrade from Soriano as a right-handed power bat in the outfield.
In addition, Carlos Beltran is hitting .193/.226/.341
Updated 07-06-2014 at 12:53 PM by jtkoupal
With his second straight sterling performance yesterday, Samuel, proved he is a valuable resource. Interestingly, Deduno before Slama....hmmm
With all the criticism of Deduno, do you really want him to fail?
I am delighted that Twins have found a way to use him and this might be his optimum role.
His stuff is just so good, remember this, when he is on, he can beat anybody,
We need a few more of those, do we not?
Even though it's summer, and I'm free from teaching for a few blissful weeks, I have to keep going...with that here's my Cliff Notes Guide to June, in case you're joining this Twins season already in progress.
Summary: Ch. 3 "June"Entering the month of June the Twins were still lurking on the fringes of what could be defined as a "dangerous" team. One that didn't know it wasn't good enough to be playing like it was. One that could rely on youthful exuberance,
On the special holiday episode of The No Juice Podcast, Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson bring in guest Aaron Gleeman to discuss how to make it in America as a blogger.
In addition to having Aaron Gleeman discuss his Linkedin profile, you will hear tips on why you should avoid Minneapolis strip clubs if you are a Kansas City Royals pitcher, which baseball analytics websites to use for your ball guy analysis, a comparison between Joe Mauer and
The Twins took an early lead against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka but could not hold as the Yankees came storming back in the fifth inning with a couple of home runs against Phil Hughes. The Twins tried making a game of it, but the Yankees ran the score up to 7-4 and the Twins did not have enough firepower to hang in.
Lots of tight games down in the Minor League system, as every full season affiliate played a one- or two-run game. Let's get to it.
Updated 07-04-2014 at 06:58 AM by Eric R Pleiss
The Yankees have poured millions into international signings this summer. In doing so they will give up the right to sign players to more than $300,000 over the next two years and pay a large tax. Is it worth it? How easy is it to determine the best players to sign at age 16?
In order to help answer that question I went to look at the top signings of the 2007 and 2006 seasons. Players signed in those seasons have now had 7 or 8 years to develop. They needed to be put on 40 man rosters
Updated 07-05-2014 at 08:17 AM by jorgenswest
We have just passed the midpoint of the season and the Twins are a season low seven games below .500. A big reason why the Twins are as good as they are is their second baseman, Brian Dozier. Dozier is currently going through his third slump of the season and the batting average is down to .232. His homers have leveled off and his OPS has sunk to .762. However, I think the first half of the season has been a success for Dozier.
Brian leads the club with 15 homers and is second
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A mailbag on a Thursday? WHAAAAAAA? I know, I know, mailbags are for Fridays, but tomorrow is Independence Day and that day deserves to be free from fake mailbags. In this installment, I have TWO actual questions! One is from a family member, but it still counts. Enough dilly-dallying, let's answer some questions.
Escobar has been one of the most consistent bats in the lineup and boasts the 3rd highest OPS on the team.
As the season progresses and the availability of real live center fielders decreases, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been lowering standards for center field qualifications -- such as "he smells like a center fielder" and "he reminds me of a young John Fogerty". Chris Parmelee has been the latest infielder to play the most defensively significant outfield role.
There is no question that Parmelee is swinging a burning hot bat right now -- having
Twins have proven by now they are going nowhere this year, so what is the plan for the GM going forward.
Most of the posts have suggested getting rid of players that will bring little in return, Willingham, Morales, Correria, etc. These players will bring at most a B- or C prospect and will be looked at a salary clearing.
1. Twins look like they have a surplus of 2B prospects coming so we make Brian Dozier available to the highest bidder. He could easily bring a top 10 prospect or