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One of my favorite annual threads on the site. Let’s stay updated on ex-Twins in the news... This is a start of a list, and feel free to add on as they pop up over the course of the season!   Trevor M

I haven't looked at Kyle Gibson's season since his Opening Day start, in which he allowed four hits, three walks and five earned runs in a third of an inning. Since then, he has pitched very well. In

Vintage Rosario moon shot!

31 minutes ago, Vanimal46 said:

Blankenhorn continues to ride the DFA train. He was claimed by the Mets today. For those keeping score, he’s been on the Twins, Dodgers, Mariners, and Mets in 2021. 

At least he should get a chance to hit for their injury-destroyed roster. Clearly teams want Blankenhorn... just not on their 40 man.

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3 minutes ago, Danchat said:

At least he should get a chance to hit for their injury-destroyed roster. Clearly teams want Blankenhorn... just not on their 40 man.

He’s only 45,000 DFAs away from matching Oliver Drake’s 2018 season. I feel for him being in limbo and not able to establish roots anywhere yet. At least he’s getting an MLB check and racking up the frequent flyer miles. 

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Probably not exactly the right place to put this -- but technically they are ex-Twins -  Mauer and Morneau look like they could still fit into their old uniforms.

RandBall on Twitter: "M&M boys. Just like old times https://t.co/aqxJpnlqsL" / Twitter

I think some of these retirees could possibly compete to get on the current Twins' roster.  I need to check my spam folder to see if that is where evite went.

Mauer and Friends Kids Classic | Minnesota Twins (mlb.com)

[Apologies if this has been posted somewhere - I needed to do something to take my mind off the current game....)

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On 6/1/2021 at 5:04 PM, Vanimal46 said:

He’s only 45,000 DFAs away from matching Oliver Drake’s 2018 season. I feel for him being in limbo and not able to establish roots anywhere yet. At least he’s getting an MLB check and racking up the frequent flyer miles. 

That was weird.  Drake's FIP kept enticing everybody, I guess.  He had a nice time with the Twins, though.  Not sure why the Twins cut him at the first opportunity after he finally started pitching to expectations.

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46 minutes ago, spycake said:

LHP Joe Beimel, brief Twin way back in 2004, has signed a minor league deal with the Padres at age 44.

The real story is the guy ahs been pretty much out of ball since 2016 and is nearing 44 years of age. He [pitched in three games for the Twins giving up 8 runs in 1.2 innings as a situational lefty, after a 49 game stint in the minors. Seven teams and 9 organizations between 1998 and 2016.

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32 minutes ago, twinfan said:

Beimel is older than dirt. I don't understand that signing.

Marketing?  A good story the minor league affiliate can play up?  Somebody is somebody else's brother in law?  It probably doesn't move the needle on anything, and I don't spot anything in his bio to suggest a reason for him or for the team in San Antonio.  The Padres probably had a need in their organization and this way of filling it will be fun in some way, I guess.  They do have a couple of bullpen lefties on the IL at the moment, so a depth signing was probably called for, but merely having a pulse still isn't actually enough for a guy to get a call.

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