Read on and we'll try to answer any questions you might have.What is this [Dr. Evil air quotes] "Offseason Handbook"?
It's a digital guide we've been creating annually since 2009, long before this site even launched. Back then we were a dorky bunch of bloggers (how far we've come?) who obsessed over every offseason and its infinite possibilities. Free agents. Trades. Roster shuffling. Payroll constraints. We wanted to bottle up that mystique, so we created a product framed as the general manager's handbook.
Free agent dossiers, trade recommendations, payroll breakdowns, organizational depth charts: everything a head decision-maker would need to take stock and formulate a plan for success.
Anyway, we loved making it, and people seemed to like reading it, so we kept doing it. Eventually Brock (Twins Daily's resident tech/graphic wiz) joined the team and turned it from a crappy Word doc into a beautifully designed PDF.
This year's edition is going to be our best yet, by leaps and bounds. I mean, I know, what else am I gonna say, but... seriously. Trust me. You can check out last year's to get a taste.
Wait, I had the option to download it free last year. Why am I paying $10?
We used to have a fixed price for the Offseason Handbook but last year we decided to make it totally donation-based. We appreciate the support but wanted everyone to be able to enjoy something we worked so hard on. So it was a name-your-price system.
That'll still be the case this year, when the Handbook officially releases after the World Series concludes. But those who preorder for $10 (or a higher number of their choosing, should they wanna rattle the tip jar) will get it at the beginning of the Fall Classic. We've also got another perk or two in mind for the preorder crowd. Stay tuned.
But, to reiterate: you can download the Offseason Handbook for less than $10, even for free, after the World Series ends. Just please, make sure you grab it one way or another.
Can I buy a physical copy?
Afraid not. We dabbled with that option in the past but it was not remotely cost-effective; at our scale, we had to charge wayyy too much just to break even. The Offseason Handbook comes in the form of a downloadable PDF file, which is very tablet/smartphone-friendly and can easily be printed.
You can also discreetly read it at work with a spreadsheet open in its vicinity... I hear.
What's different this year?
Well, first and foremost: this might be the most intriguing offseason in Twins history. I don't think I'm hyperbolizing. This front office has finally uprooted the final vanguards of the previous regime, with the dismissal of Paul Molitor and the departures of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine will be charting a completely new course for the franchise in hiring a new manager, spending up to $60 million in available funds, and potentially swapping out key assets.
It's a vast world of possibility. We hope to do it justice with stories, lists, charts, blueprints, and more. Oh, and in addition to the usual cast of Twins Daily stalwarts – Seth, Tom, John, Parker and myself – we're also enlisting several guest writers for this year's edition that you are gonna know and love.
If you enjoy the content on this site, you are going to eat it up. That's a promise.
~~~I want to make this an open forum. If you have any questions in addition to those above, please leave them in the comments section and I will add them into the article with an answer.
If you're sold, and ready to lock up your copy, head on over to the preorder page. We can't wait to get it to you.
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