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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:51 PM
  Feliz cumpleaños Jose Berrios! Jose Berrios was born (only) 24 years ago today in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. You might be curious, as...

Catcher: DFA Wilson and look to AAA?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:47 PM
The Twins, desperately in need of more offense, have two right handed bats at catcher in AAA:  Wynston Sawyer and Williams Astudillo...

Article: Twins Trade Phil Hughes, Draft Pick to San Diego

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:47 PM
It’s been a week full of surprises for the Minnesota Twins. Almost a week ago, he was designated for assignment. It looked like the team...

Should the Twins be sellers?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:40 PM
Long ways to go. We play a lot of AL Central teams so we could bounce back but it’s clear this team is a step below the competition Shou...

Article: SEA 3, MIN 1: Worst Birthday Ever

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:39 PM
It was Jose Berrios’ 24th birthday and all his teammates could get him was one stinkin’ run. He exited this game in the eighth inning wit...

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Why Minnesota Must Trade Brian Dozier

Posted by jtkoupal , 19 December 2016 · 2,232 views

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Why Minnesota Must Trade Brian Dozier Brian Dozier has been a fan-favorite for Twins fans since he started to break out in 2013. Every female in the Twin Cities has a crush on him, and in general, everyone respects the player that he is on the field and the person that he is off the field.

For me personally, Brian Dozier has been my favorite player since Justin Morneau. Those two are my favo...


An Early Look at Potential Offseason Moves

Posted by jtkoupal , 04 August 2015 · 1,278 views

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I know we have a playoff spot to chase and we should worry about what is happening on the field right now, but I think that it's never a bad idea to look ahead a little bit, especially since the Twins are fading fast and the teams competing with us are probably a little bit better, Toronto for example. With that being said, here is a look at some ideas I...


A Look at Positional Needs and Concerns

Posted by jtkoupal , 17 June 2015 · 966 views

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The Minnesota Twins have certainly been a pleasant surprise to their fans thus far, but it seems as though the season is catching up to them. A team that was hotter than a firecracker during the month of May is now seeing a sink back down to earth. While it would be exciting to see this team break out of their funk and stay in the race for the pennant dow...


Bold Predictions for the Twins Offseason

Posted by jtkoupal , 30 October 2014 · 1,359 views

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1. Paul Molitor Will Be the Next Twins Manager

OK, maybe this is not that bold, but it is most likely going to happen. He has received nothing but compliments from Gardy and some players, so let's hope he is the guy.

2. The Twins Will Sign Either Justin Masterson or Brandon McCarthy

Pitching, pitching, pitching.... That has been problem number 1 the...


Is this Finally the Final Straw for Gardenhire?

Posted by jtkoupal , 12 September 2014 · 1,036 views

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Here we are, at the tail end of another lost season. This season, in the beginning, was a different season. The team fought, there was some urgency, and the team was able to keep its head above water for the first two months. After Kyle Gibson pitched a gem in Detroit in early June, I, along with many others in Twins Territory, were starting to become opt...


Moving Forward to 2015: The Roster

Posted by jtkoupal , 24 August 2014 · 786 views

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As the rebuild progresses and our prospects approach readiness, there are a few moves that must be made throughout the organization.

Front Office: FIRE GM Terry Ryan: Terry Ryan is an intelligent GM, but a change at the position is needed for a couple of reasons. We need someone who can better recognize talent and we need someone who doesn't have a frien...


What Can We Expect From Trevor May?

Posted by jtkoupal , 08 August 2014 · 624 views

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The day has finally arrived. It was announced that Trevor May will start Saturday night for the Twins against Jeff Samardzija and the Oakland Athletics at the Overstock.com Colosseum. When the move was announced Friday afternoon, fans in the Upper Midwest rejoiced in anticipation of seeing n important piece of the future take the field for the Twins.



Gardy's Culture

Posted by jtkoupal , 02 August 2014 · 1,930 views

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The day has to be coming, doesn't it? This is the 4th year in a row that could be heading toward 90+ losses. For most managers or coaches in any sport, 1 or 2 poor seasons spells the end of their days with that team. Ron Gardenhire, however, has managed to keep his job during a dark time when a change is necessary. To make matters worse, much of the coach...


Why the Twins Should be in Serious Talks With the Yankees

Posted by jtkoupal , 06 July 2014 · 212 views

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Potential Landing Spots for Josh Willingham

Posted by jtkoupal , 18 June 2014 · 150 views

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5 days ago, Kyle Gibson pitched the Twins passed the Tigers to tighten the gap to only 3 games. Since, the team has endured an ugly, gut-wrenching 5 game losing streak to fall to 6 games under .500, 6.5 games back in the central, and 5 games back in the Wild Card.
What this losing streak showed, especially the 3 game sweep in Boston, was that the Twins are probably done after being relevant for the better part of the first half. With this drop in the standings means in the need to sell off some pieces, something that the Twins have been reluctant to do over the years.
Among the names of guys that should be traded is Josh Willingham. Since returning to the lineup, Josh has played like the Josh Willingham of 2012, driving in runs in key situations and driving the ball out of the ballpark. This resurgence of Willingham has pumped some value into him. Barring a complete collapse at the plate, Willingham will be wanted by someone.
Below are a list of teams that could have interest in the Twins' slugger and why:

Baltimore Orioles: David Lough and Delmon Young have both seen time in Left Field this season. That position has been very unproductive for Baltimore, as Lough is hitting .182 and Young, while the batting average is very good, has only 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 35 games. Willingham would add a clutch bat with power at a position of desperate need for Baltimore.

Oakland Athletics: This is not a terrible likely landing spot, as the A's have stability in LF, but it wouldn't hurt for them to have another bat in the lineup as a DH, a position where everyone plays here and there for Oakland.

Texas Rangers: Texas has a chance to make a run, but I think that they could use a bat. They are set in the outfield with Choo, Martin, and Rios, but they don't have much of anything outside of their positional starters. With Fielder out for they year and Moreland on the shelf, they could use a thumper to play DH, something that they don't have. Guys like Donnie Murphy, Michael Choice, and Brad Snyder are not going to cut it, Willingham will be a nice offensive upgrade for Texas, especially in that ballpark.

Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers don't have a crisis in left field, as Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke are both hitting in the .260's, but the addition of Willingham would give them a power upgrade and drive in more runs for a good price for the Dodgers. He would make their lineup much more formidable.

Of course, I don't expect the Twins to get a harvest in return for Willingham, but the way I see it is that if he leaves in free agency, he goes for nothing. He has missed too much time to garner compensation as well.