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What Kind of Return Would You Need to Trade Byron Buxton?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:34 AM
Let’s drink a cold dose of reality as an 11-17 ball club. Unless Falvey and Levine zag compared to past history, it doesn’t look like our...

Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield a...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:35 AM
Despite unfortunate outcomes, the Twins saw a wealth of breakout performances across the organization on Thursday night. Let’s dig in.Tra...

One Twins Prospect to Watch at Each Minor League Level

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:10 AM
It’s been a long time since there has been real minor league action to follow and Twins fans might feel a little disconnected from the te...

Trade Value

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:11 AM
With a disappointing series against a bottom three team in baseball, and an 11-19 record 30 games into the year, it's hard to not ask the...

Game Thread "Get Away" Twins vs Rangers 12:10pm c...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:24 PM
Down 2-1 in the series, a win would earn us a split.   And a theme that should be obvious for every get away game i could introduce:...

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Roster, financial flexibility says no to Cruz reunion

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 30 January 2021 · 2,183 views
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Right now, I'd project the opening day lineup to consist of Sano at 1b, Polanco at 2b, Simmons at ss, Donaldson at 3b, Arraez in LF, Buxton in CF, Kepler in RF, and Garver catching. Assuming a 13-man position player active roster, that leaves 5 spots open. Ryan Jeffers is one. Jake Cave is another. At some point, sooner rather than later, Alex...


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"Winning" the offseason

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 07 January 2021 · 1,985 views
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There have been several excellent "how would you spend $x?" articles written this off-season. There is some point in the winter when the ice breaks and teams start signing players; there are often several points at which these occur, and I've often wondered how that math gets done, realizing that one would be criticized for either moving too quickly (gros...


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Seeds of Truth

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 11 September 2020 · 2,715 views

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It is universal that you have to beat everyone to win the World Series. I get that. But is there a playoff seeding that might be more preferable than even one or two seeds higher? That is the question.

As it stands (games through September 10, roughly 15 games to go), the AL standings show:

Rays
A's
White Sox
Twins
Blue Jays
Astros
Indians
Yank...


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Bullpens, usage, options, and rosters

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 05 June 2019 · 1,335 views

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There has been a steady drumbeat in Twins Territory regarding upgrades to the bullpen. The purpose of this article is not to disagree with them, so much as it is to discuss reasons why delaying such a move is best for the club over a long season.

First, the facts: Twins have 5 pitchers on their existing 25-man roster who have options remaining. Berrio...


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Playing The Game: CBA and Competitive Balance

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 03 March 2019 · 1,774 views

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When players and owners put pen to paper on the last collective bargaining agreement, the hope seemed to be that a combination of revenue-sharing and a luxury tax would work in concert to allow all organizations to field competitive teams. The players went along with the traditional formula of underpaying minor leaguers, and locking up younger players...