MLBPA rejects MLB’s offer on a shortened season:
Late last week MLB submitted a proposal to the MLB Players Association that would delay the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. See below tweet from Tim Brown at Yahoo Shorts on details of MLB’s proposal.
However, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the MLBPA is likely to reject the MLB’s offer, thus meaning the regular season and spring training will start as scheduled. He indicated there would be a final decision coming sometime early this week. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for the Minnesota Twins on Feb. 18th. Their first Grapefruit League game is Feb. 27th.
Tonight, news broke that the MLBPA officially rejects.
So, game on?
Alex Cobb traded to the Angels
Although the deal has not yet been made official by the clubs, it appears that the Orioles have traded RHP Alex Cobb to the Angels in return for 2B Jahmai Jones. Jones was the Angels second round pick in 2015 and their #8 rated prospect.
Cobb is in the last year of his 4/$57M deal signed in 2018 and at the time, was a free agent target of the Minnesota Twins. The Twins ended up going in a different direction acquiring Cobb’s former teammate, Jake Odorizzi, and signing Lance Lynn to a one-year deal.
In 2020, Cobb had a 4.30 ERA in 10 GS. He projects to fill out the Angels rotation that now includes Dylan Bundy, Jose Quintana, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, and Shohei Ohtani.
This takes another trade target off the board for the Twins and perhaps rules out the Angels as a landing spot for Trevor Bauer?
Jordan Yamamoto traded to the Mets
Late last week it was announced that the Marlins DFA’ed RHP Jordan Yamamoto to make room for new free agent acquisition Anthony Bass. In a somewhat surprising move, Twins fans took to Twitter and instantly made the connection that he could be a fit to fill out the 2021 rotation. One Twins Daily writer (*cough* Cody Pirkl), was a little more than excited that Yamamoto might end up in Minnesota. So much so, that I counted twenty (20!) tweets from him that mentioned the words “Yamamoto” dating back to Oct. 2020. I will give him credit, he identified Yamamoto as a target early.
However, it was announced today that Yamamoto has been traded to the Mets for minor league infielder, Federico Polanco.
It’s unclear whether the Twins were “in” on Yamamoto.
A Red Sox Icon Retires
After 14 MLB seasons, Dustin Pedroia has announced his retirement. In 74 career games vs the Twins, Pedroia batted .363/.410/.536 with eight HR. He won the 2008 MVP award with 16 first place votes beating out Justin Morneau, who finished second, and Joe Mauer, who finished fourth.
As a Twins fan, I was shocked to see that Pedroia ONLY batted .363 in his career vs Minnesota ... it seemed worse.
MLB The Show has its poster boy!
Rightfully so, Fernando Tatis has earned himself the cover spot on this year's version of MLB The Show -- and he is bat flipping nonetheless!
XBox owners can finally rejoice as this is the first year it will be available on this console.
The countdown begins as The Show hits stores on 4.20.21.
Happy PECOTA Projection Day
Baseball Prospectus has announced that their PECOTA projections are now available for download (subscription required).
PECOTA, which stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm is BP’s model that projects individual and team performance for the upcoming year.
I have not had the opportunity to dig into the numbers myself, but I am sure there will be plenty of Twins specific content coming to Twins Daily very soon!
Here’s a nice piece from Matthew Trueblood to get you started.
2021 Carribean Series in Full Swing
Yesterday marked the first day of the Carribean Series. A 63-year-old international competition featuring the champions of the Latin American Winter Leagues. This year, competition includes six teams and concludes Feb. 6.
Some games can be found on ESPN Deportes.
#OldFriend Oswaldo Arcia and current Minnesota Twin, Willians Astudillo are playing for the Caribes de Anzoátegui representing Venezuela.
Some other notable players in the tournament include Yadier Molina, Carlos Martínez, Robinson Canó, and Melky Cabrera.
Hanser Alberto signs with Kansas City
I’ve made no secret about my infatuation with a certain free agent middle infielder over the last week on Twitter. Even after signing Andrelton Simmons, moving Polanco to 2B, and Arraez to the flex role, the Twins still have a need for a second utility player.
Alberto seemed to have checked a lot of boxes. He was affordable, could play multiple positions and mashes LHP. Since 2019, Alberto has posted a .942 OPS vs southpaws.
However, on Sunday night, it was announced he was signing a minor league deal with the Royals.
The 2nd utility position remains open for the 2021 Twins.
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