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2014-2015 MLB Offseason Moves Thread

MLB Baseball Today, 02:34 PM
First "big" trade of the offseason went down today with Adam Lind moving from the Blue Jays to the Brewers for Marco Estrada in a move th...

Check Out Joe Mauer's Scout School Video

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:32 PM
MLB Scout School is advertising on MLB.com that they are trying to attract new students. As part of the announcement, they have posted se...

Twins Check In On Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:34 PM
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Minnesota Twins have looked into the recently posted Korean shortstop Kung-Jo Kang:  ...

Article: Get to Know: RHP J.R. Graham

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:32 PM
On Sunday, I posted a Q&A with Twins minor league Rule 5 draft pick Greg Peavey. It was fun to get to know a little about him. Today,...

Mid Offseason Grades for AL Central Teams for on paper im...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:21 PM
A lot of moves have taken place in the AL Central so far this offseason.  Chicago has made a lot of noise and Detroit and Kansas Cit...

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Santa(na) Comes Early, Now What?

Posted by Cody Christie in North Dakota Twins Fan, 15 December 2014 · 395 views
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Santa(na) Comes Early, Now What? "Making a list, checking it twice.

Terry Ryan got what he thought was nice."

Even though the Twins are coming of four straight 90-loss seasons, there wasn't a ton of things the club needed to accomplish this off-season. The team seemingly had one one position player spot in the corner outfield. Terry Ryan also wanted to add depth to the starting p...
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25 man roster 2015

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 15 December 2014 · 684 views

Unlike any year in recent memory, I believe at this point in mid-December, the Twins likely are done with any meaningful acquistions that could contend for the 25 man roster. I just don't see the gaping roster hole that would make for a constant concern in the coming months. Sure, the Twins could sign another pitcher, another OF, and another catcher, but...
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Episode 112: Eric Hates Ervin Santana, and Other Lies

  Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 11 December 2014 · 385 views

<img src="http://assets.podomatic.net/ts/19/ad/da/paulpleiss/1400x1400-400x400+194+0_10179941.jpg " alt="itunes pic" /><br />This week the gang talks about Ervin Santana, the Rule Five Draft, and what the Twins rotation will look like to start the year. The guys were joined by TwinsDaily's Jeremy Nygaard to talk about who JR Gra...
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Ervin Santana Newest Member of Twins’ Crowded, Mediocre Rotation

Posted by GoGonzoJournal in The Go Gonzo Journal Twins Blog, 11 December 2014 · 686 views
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Ervin Santana Newest Member of Twins’ Crowded, Mediocre Rotation Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins made their one move of the Winter Meetings, reaching an agreement with Ervin Santana on a four-year, $55 million deal that features a vesting option that goes into effect if Santana tosses 200 innings in 2018, which would make the deal worth $68 million. It’s the biggest free agent deal in Twins’ history, which says a lo...
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The Intriguing Case for Rick Porcello

Posted by bwille in Wille's Way, 10 December 2014 · 570 views

The Intriguing Case for Rick Porcello With the holiday season upon us and the Hot Stove burning as hot as ever at this week’s Winter Meetings, it is no wonder why they call this the most wonderful time of the year. The presumable free agent waters should finally be flowing now that the major barricade that was Jon Lester has chosen his new home for the next six years. While the Minnesota Twin...
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$200 million is the new $100 million

Posted by Jon Marthaler in Marthaler, 10 December 2014 · 468 views

Forbes.com reported today that Major League baseball league-wide revenues jumped from $8 billion in 2013 to $9 billion in 2014, mostly due to the league's new national TV contracts and to revenue from MLB Advanced Media, the league's online streaming arm.

A look back: In 2001, revenue was $3.6 billion; adjusted for inflation, $4.66 billion in today's do...
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Why I am excited to see Miguel Sano as a Twin...and why you should be too

Posted by AJPettersen in AJPettersen's Blog, 08 December 2014 · 418 views

Hopefully this story can bring you a little cheer for the holiday season, baseball season is right around the corner, hang in there!

While we all expected Miguel Sano to debut last season, we are still waiting to see him at Target Field. Having played with him for about 250 games, I have seen him do some incredible things. Here is why I am excited to se...
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Intangibles

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 06 December 2014 · 420 views
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The signing of Torii Hunter has brought off-the-field issues back to the fore for the Twins. Part of the reason for signing Hunter has been for clubhouse leadership, mentoring of young players, and also bring back fans to the park. Hunter's pros and cons in these areas have been analyzed more than the break on Phil Hughes' spike curve.

I weighed in on...
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Connect With Baseball History Through SABR

Posted by Sarah in Blog Sarah, 05 December 2014 · 194 views

Connect With Baseball History Through SABR While the dark, cold days of winter can be an ideal time to dive into research on baseball history, as a lifelong baseball fan I have to ask...is there ever a bad time to talk about baseball history? I serve as co-chair of the research committee for the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research and invite other Twins Daily readers to ge...
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Where Are They Going? A Look at the Future of the Twins 40 Man Roster

Posted by RealTwinsFan357 in Random Thoughts About Baseball, 04 December 2014 · 508 views

The Twins are in an interesting place. The 40-man roster is, yet again, full. The Twins definitely have a lot of players, but they don't have a lot of great (or arguably even a lot of good) players. It is obvious the Twins won't win a championship with their current team, but that's not to say there aren't bright spots. I'd like to take a quick look a...
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Poker night with Terry Ryan

Posted by ashburyjohn in Nevada Twins Fan, 04 December 2014 · 289 views

One of the interview questions with Terry Ryan at the Torii Hunter introduction press conference was, "are you surprised it [he?] took a one year contract?". Terry twitched and suppressed a smile and basically used every single one of his facial muscles before replying "no".

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The Battle over Torii Hunter

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 03 December 2014 · 229 views
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He's back. Torii Hunter is back, and in the 7 hours of his official presence in a Twins line-up again there are two clear camps in response to his return.


In the blue corner, weighing in at 140 characters, 140,000 grey hairs in the last four seasons and 140 million liters of digital ink are the analytically minded, podcast savvy, SABR-metrical, writers,...
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The signing of Torii Hunter might close a big hole for the Twins

Posted by Thrylos in Thrylos' Blog - select Tenth Inning Stretch posts, 03 December 2014 · 523 views

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On paper the Minnesota Twins' reunion with 39 year old Torii Hunter last night, seems a bit puzzling. Rational thinking and looking at records and results of games, would suggest that a team coming back from seasons of 99, 96, 96 and 92 losses and hurting primarily in pitching and defense, would...
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What are they thinking

Posted by Secondary User in Twin's Organizational News, 03 December 2014 · 262 views

Can someone please explain to me what Terry Ryan is thinking? For three years we've been rebuilding. Guys like Correia, Marquis and Pelfrey were brought in as payroll was slashed. And now, in the past 3 hours, two pieces of news have convinced me that they have absolutely no clue what they're doing.

First, we signed Torii Hunter to a 10.5 million dollar...
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Blueprint Evolution

Posted by NoCryingInBaseball in NoCryingInBaseball's Blog, 28 November 2014 · 428 views

My blueprint evolution
Constructing Twins off-season blueprint has been an interesting exercise the past couple of years. There have been many needs to fill and the team tried to fill those needs with multiple trades and acquisitions. It is my humble opinion that the Twins limit their FA acquisitions & trades to one big transaction for each year for t...
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Swarzak Outrighted

Posted by tobi0040 in Blog tobi0040, 25 November 2014 · 568 views

Swarzak outrighted to AAA and off the 40 man.

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Hicks

Posted by docsillyseth in docsillyseth's Blog, 24 November 2014 · 650 views

I think it's time to either pull the plug on Hicks as an OF and make him a pitcher or trade him to say like the Red Sox now for one of their "failed prospects". The Twins drafted Hicks as an everyday player but some in the organization thought he'd be a better pitcher out of HS. I think he was clocked in the upper 90's with a good CB. I think you could...
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The Curse of the Trees

Posted by AM. in Blog AM., 23 November 2014 · 364 views

After the inaugural season at Target field, the Twins brass made the fateful decision to remove the 14 black spruce trees from centerfield. When viewed in retrospect, this decision, it seems clear, has placed a curse on the franchise. Consider:
The Twins won 58% of their games in the first season in which they called Target Field their home, including a...
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Hot Stove League

Posted by curt1965 in curt1965's Blog, 23 November 2014 · 352 views

This is a fun time of year when everyone looks ahead to the possibilities of their team adding new personal by trades, free agency, or the farm system. The Twins and their fans are no different. If you are a re-building team (see Minnesota), this is a time for hope. New players, new coaching staff-everyone is excited.
Please tell me how Torii Hunter, Wi...
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Twins Minor League Report (AFL Week 6 and Final Recap): Kepler Finishes Season Strong

Posted by Steve Lein in The Hanging SL, 18 November 2014 · 488 views

It was about a week ago where the Minnesota Twins AFL team, the Salt River Rafters, clinched their spot in League Championship game, but they still had a few games left to play before that.

Eddie Rosario entered the season’s final week with a chance at a batting title, and two relief pitching prospects had yet to allow a run in a league play. How would t...

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