Here is a little piece from Keith Laws chat on ESPN.
I know you had mentioned on Twitter that Kyle Gibson looked good when you saw him out there, what kind of ceiling does he have? Is it 2 or 3, or lower?
Klaw (1:15 PM)
Based strictly on that one look, he's no worse than a three. I'd like to see him maintain it, but damn, that was an impressive outing
Wednesday marked the end of a sad love affair between the Twins and relief pitcher Matt Capps. The team turned down his multi-million dollar option for next season and instead decided to pay him a $250,000 buyout of his deal. Capps will become a free agent at age 29 and his time with the Twins looks to be over. It was an up-and-down ride for Capps during his stint in Minnesota but it seemed like plenty of more ups than downs. He came to the Twins in the middle
The 2012 season will be remembered by Orioles supporters as one that would provide plenty of hope, but ultimately end in disappointment.
Though they progressed to the post-season courtesy of a Wildcard victory over Texas Rangers, progress was halted by the New York Yankees in the division series, with a failure to win game four ending their hopes of a World Series push.
Ahead of the pre-season a record of 93-69 had been enough to secure second spot in the
On Wednesday, the Twins started their offseason reconstruction by removing several players from the 40 man roster.
First, they declined Matt Capps’ option for the 2013 season by buying it out. There is no surprise there.
Next, the Twins drooped several players from their 40 man roster. Pitchers PJ Walters, Esmerling Vasquez, Luis Perdomo, Kyle Waldrop, Jeff Manship and outfielder Matt Carson are no longer on the 40 man roster.
The Twins cleared eight players from their 40-man roster yesterday in moves that affected suspects, prospects and Matt Capps. Because there were actually forty-three players on the 40-man roster, the moves left five spots open which will be filled throughout the offseason by free agents and other new players as well as Twins prospects that the organization wants to protect.
Of the eight, the biggest name was former closer Capps, who was acquired by the Twins by trade in 2012 and has
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
1) The Twins will be one of the first teams to sign a pitcher, and it will be a relatively big name.
This certainly wouldn't be business as usual, and I don't actually think it'll be Zack Greinke. But the front office has been frank in its dissatisfaction with the current starting pitching situation, and has expressed an urgency to address that unit during the offseason. In his recent interview with John Bonnes for the Offseason Handbook, Terry Ryan hinted
The worst kept secret in baseball is that teams need an abundance of starting pitching. Like crack, you can never have enough.
Also, pitching, like crack, can be an expensive endeavor – particularly when you need a lot of it. And this is exactly the position the Twins are in so said the team’s general manager, Terry Ryan, during his offseason apology tour.
In a recent interview with Twins Daily’s John Bonnes, Ryan admitted that his financial
As the World Series combatants are now set, and we all start putting together our thoughts for what the Twins offseason should look like, one of the key positions discussed by many is the middle infield. Specifically, people are asking now who the Twins shortstop will be early in the 2013 season. Some will say Jamey Carroll. Pedro Florimon’s name is mentioned. Could the Twins go outside the organization to fill the spot?
One name that is hardly
In last night's do-or-die Game 7 of the NLCS, former Twins pitcher Kyle Lohse was given the ball to take the mound for the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. After one of the best seasons of his career, Lohse will most be remembered for what happened in the last pitching performance of the year. It's been six years since Lohse last pitched in the uniform of the Minnesota Twins and he has played in three different cities since that point. The 34-year
In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, we’re 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 Mauer’s 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
This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.
The Twins announced Monday that they’ve filled their three open Major League coaching positions. As had been speculated, two of those coaches are Bobby Cuellar (bullpen coach) and Tom Brunansky (hitting coach). But the third addition qualifies as a mild surprise, as Terry Steinbach will be stepping in as the Twins bench coach (and catching instructor).
While many Twins fans had wanted Minnesota native Paul Molitor
Updated 10-22-2012 at 10:13 PM by Jim Crikket
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
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.