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  1. Any given year, the Twins Diamond Awards are fantastic, but the event this year has some special meaning: it’s the return of Carlos Correa who will be collecting a whole slew of awards at this annual fundraising banquet.

    You can join Correa, Twins Daily writers, Twins beat writers, and Twins players and executives in fighting some terrible diseases by attending the 18th Annual Diamond Awards. John, Nick, and other Twins Daily writers will host exclusive Twins Daily tables. It is the big kickoff to Twins Fest weekend! But you have to get them by Friday!

    First, buy tickets to the 18th Annual Diamond Awards. It’s usually awesome, but this year’s banquet got a whole lot more interesting last week when Correa re-signed with the Twins. He was voted Most Valuable Twin and Defensive Player of the Year, and will also receive the “Media Good Guy” Award and Carl R. Pohlad Outstanding Community Service Award.

    But he’s not the only Twins player who will be collecting awards and rubbing elbows. Nick Gordon, Jhoan Duran, Matt Wallner and Louis Varland are also award winners.

    It’s the night before Twins Fest, Thursday January 26th starting at 5:00 at The Depot. You can get all the information, here. Tickets are $250 each but the proceeds go to the University of Minnesota to cure some pretty terrible diseases, like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), ataxia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease. It is a great cause and a fantastic time and Twins Daily wants to share it with you.

    We would love to get a big group together and talk a lot of baseball or get your thoughts on the site. If you already have your ticket, don’t despair. Just shoot me an email (john@bonnes.com), or DM me via Twitter (@TwinsGeek) and I’ll make sure we add you to our group.

    This is truly a special opportunity to attend one of the Twins premier annual events that celebrates their team and their fans. Plus, it’s an exceptional cause and a chance to see the best of the Twins on one of the coldest weekends of the year. Let’s recharge our batteries and get ready for a great weekend and an exciting year together.

    If you have any questions or concerns, use the comments. But please click the link below and give it a try this year. You won’t regret it.

    BUY TICKETS HERE


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  2. Third time's a charm?

    The Minnesota Twins, against all odds, have come to an agreement with superstar shortstop Carlos Correa on six-year contract per ESPN's Jeff Passan. The deal brings to a close one of the oddest free-agent pursuits in MLB history and represents a financial commitment greater than any the historically frugal Twins have offered.

    Carlos Correa's wild offseason journey has led to agreements with both the Giants and Mets that fell through over concerns about his physical. Now, it has led him back to where he started. 

    This time last year, Correa was one of the top names on the free agent market, so much so that he reportedly turned down a 10-year, $270M offer. However, he had to wait out MLB’s lockout, which is when he switched agents to Scott Boras. The market for superstars was less robust when the lockout ended in early March. So, he opted to sign a three-year deal with the Minnesota Twins for $35.1M per year, but the contract also allowed him to opt out after each of the first two years.

    That agreement couldn’t have worked out better for both parties. Correa thrived offensively and defensively, becoming the Twins MVP and earning rave reviews for his leadership and mentorship. He opted out of his contract, again positioned as one of the top free agents available. 

    But the usually thrifty Twins declared their intention to pursue him, eventually offering a 10-year $285M contract. Alas, that appeared to be nowhere near enough. Correa agreed to a deal with the San Francisco Giants for 13 years and $350M, but that deal fell apart a week later when the Giants expressed concerns about a plate in Correa’s right leg from a 2014 injury. 

    It didn’t take long for Correa to find another suitor. The same night, he agreed to a 12-year deal with New York Mets' owner Steve Cohen for $315M. However, shortly thereafter, the Mets had a similar concern, jeopardizing that deal.

    Correa and the Mets worked on resolving that concern for more than two weeks, with varying levels of optimism that a deal would get done. Thursday night, that optimism was shaken when Jon Heyman revealed that Boras had engaged with at least one other team. The talks stalled when the two sides could not agree on language protecting the Mets if Correa’s career or production were cut short due to the old injury. Lenient terms on a team opt-out midway through a 12-year deal can quickly turn a guaranteed contract into a not-so-guaranteed contract.

    Enter the Twins. They had re-engaged with a similar contract to the one they previously offered, though the guaranteed amount is unclear. Also, while Correa's old injury surely could provide some concerns, they had the advantage of having already observed Correa and his right leg up close for the last year. Their offer was less dependent on a physical, a key component Boras needed before walking away from the Mets’ offer. 

    It was unclear to the Twins whether they were truly a serious contender or were being used as leverage for Boras against the Mets. Correa may have enjoyed his time with the Twins, but the Mets have a loaded roster, an owner willing to spend whatever it takes, and the City that Never Sleeps. Were the Twins just being used to drive up the dollars? Or to get the Mets to bend on contract language regarding the opt-out? Or did they really have a chance to land Correa?

    The Twins and Boras traded multiple offers over the weekend, and confidence their status varied from hour to hour and executive to executive. They knew that Boras was also doing the same with the Mets, and it should be obvious that negotiations with the super agent Boras can be intense. Several times, the pendulum swung from “optimistic” to “pessimistic” and back again, even over the last 24 hours. 

    With that said, this is obviously a stunning turn of events in terms of optics. The Mets and Giants are among the most free-spending, impulsive, uninhibited franchises in baseball regarding free agency. The Twins are on the exact opposite end of that spectrum.

    Correa has quickly become one of the most publicized high-risk free agents at this level of caliber/price we've ever seen. Minnesota's front office – despite its litany of existing injury concerns – said ‘screw it’ and bypassed the inhibitions that held back big-market titans. Why? Because they feel the shortstop is everything their team needs to take the next step.

    The only times the Twins have even approached swimming in waters this deep financially was when they were previously faced with losing longtime Twins fixtures like Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer, and Byron Buxton. In 1992, Puckett was the top free agent on the market but re-signed with the Twins for 5 years and $30M. In 2010, entering his last year of team control, Mauer agreed to an 8-year, $184 million contract extension to stay with the team. Finally, last year, also entering his final year of team control, Buxton agreed to a 7-year, $100M contract with almost another $100M in possible incentives.

    While Correa was with the team for only one year, he has this in common with those players: the organization didn’t want to lose him. 

    Correa's impact on the team was clearly evident in 2022, when he put forth stellar production on the field and earned rave reviews of his wide-reaching impact on the organization. He’s a Gold Glove caliber defender at a premium position. He’s averaged 28 home runs over 162 games while getting on base at a .359 clip. He’s also just 28 years old, entering the prime of his career. Like those previous players, he is now positioned to be the face of the Twins franchise. 

    In terms of his future fit, obviously, Correa is lined up to play shortstop for now, which pushes Kyle Farmer into more of a utility role while giving Royce Lewis plenty of time to work his way back from knee surgery. It's interesting that the Mets were planning to immediately shift Correa to third base (and he seemed totally open to it), so that could be the plan somewhere down the line for Minnesota. 

    But as a 28-year-old former Platinum Glover still fielding short at a high level, there's no rush for now. The Twins got their shortstop. And more than that, they got their guy and turned around a wayward offseason with the biggest and boldest contract in franchise history.

    The Twins are in it to win it. Let's go.

     


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  3. The Twins' pursuit of Carlos Correa continues today with growing evidence that Correa’s agreement with the Mets is in trouble. The latest? Mets’ owner Steve Cohen took to Twitter to “like” Mets fans' tweets expressing their indifference to Correa joining the Mets.

    Image courtesy of Brad Perner -USA TODAY Sports

    The ongoing Mets negotiations with Carlos Corea and the agreed upon 12-year, $315M deal have dragged on for weeks after the Mets expressed concerns about Correa’s surgically repaired right leg. But there has always been optimism from both sides that a dea would get done because Cohen tends to get what he wants. And Cohen wanted Correa.

    His attitude might have changed. 

    Cohen is not active on Twitter; his last tweet was back in November. Before today, the last tweet he liked was a Mets fan espousing signing Carlos Correa almost a month ago. But today he found a few that he liked that have a little different slant.

    “Met fans? Don’t panic. In the event this isn’t a ploy remember, the Mets have options in either Escobar or a young gun in Baty. I want Carlos, but he needs the Mets more than they need him. Plus his options are shrinking. Stay the course. #lgm #nymets #MetsTwitter”

    That was posted by @Adrian16010, discussing a story about how the Mets had grown “very frustrated” with the weeks-long negotiations they’ve had with Correa’s agent, Scott Boras. But Cohen wasn’t done. He also liked this one:

    “We are already a better team than we were this time last year. Remember... We won 101 games last year. That's because of the commitment Steve Cohen has made to the team and fans. Whether the Correa deal works out not, it's great to have an owner willing to do anything to win!” - @BruceGamsey

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    This isn’t the only evidence that the chances of the Mets and Correa reaching an agreement could be fading. The aforementioned SNY’s story by Andy Martino yesterday claimed that a Mets source said the team was very frustrated and considering walking away. Later yesterday, Jim Bowden insisted that the Twins have again become a legitimate candidate on MLB Network Radio. 

     


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  4. Aaron and John talk about the ongoing Carlos Correa saga, the Twins possibly adding a veteran right-handed bat, what to make of interest in starting pitchers, why the trade market is suddenly very important, and how more bullpen help is warranted as options dwindle. You can listen by downloading us from iTunesSpotify, StitcheriHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link


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  5. Aaron and John talk about the latest in the ongoing Carlos Correa contract saga, the Twins signing Joey Gallo and why it makes a trade likely, what's left on the free agent market to even spend on, and how Taylor Rogers and Willians Astudillo got paid. You can listen by downloading us from iTunesSpotify, StitcheriHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link


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  6. The calendar says it's Christmas Eve, but for the Twins, it's Groundhog Day.

    Image courtesy of © Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

    Stop me if you've heard this before - but Carlos Correa 's new team has concerns about his physical. This morning Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes reported that the Mets, who agreed to a $315M 12-year deal with Correa earlier this week, have medical concerns about Correa.

    Can this open the door for the Twins? Rosenthal reports that the two parties are trying to work through the news. But that news also means the agreement is in question. 

    The Mets only have that agreement because a similar drama played out earlier this week between Correa and the San Francisco Giants, who had a 13-year, $350M deal with Correa. On the day the Giants were officially scheduled to introduce Correa to their fans, they delayed the press conference due to medical concerns. As a result of those concerns, the deal fell apart, and Correa signed with the Mets later that same night. 

    Those medical concerns surrounded Correa's right leg, which has a plate due to surgery on a broken fibula in 2014 when he was a minor leaguer with the Astros. It has never landed him on the Injured List in his major league career, but there are concerns it will reduce his lateral mobility as he ages. That becomes increasingly important when signing someone for 12 years of hundreds of millions of guaranteed money.

    The Twins pursued Correa before his deal with the Giants and reportedly were also interested after that deal fell apart, but declined to raise their final offer to him, which was $285M over ten years. They also wanted to learn more about the medical concerns raised by the Giants. The Twins, however, likely have a different perspective on Correa's health, as he played 136 games for them just last year. 

    As a result of his exceptional play and the leadership he showed to their team, the Twins pursued him for the last several months and seemed to be one of the finalists for his services. But they lost him - and then lost him again. We'll see if the third time is the charm. 


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  7. In a nearly unheard of reversal, Jon Heyman of the New York Post is reporting that the Carlos Correa has agreed to a 12-year, $315M contract with the Mets, after his 13-year, $350M deal with the Giants fell through.

     

    The middle-of-the-night deal was struck after an unknown medical concern caused the Giants to postpone their scheduled press conference to introduce the superstar shortstop. The new deal is one-year and $35M short of the deal that was in place with San Francisco.

    It is also $30M and two years more than the Minnesota Twins final offer to Carlos Correa last week, which was for 10 years and $285M. Mets owner Steve Cohen revealed that last week the Mets made an offer last week of $300M, but talks with the Giants had already advanced, so that offer was rejected. 

    The Mets had not been identified as a suitor for Correa’s services throughout most of his time on the free agent market, mostly because they are currently paying fellow superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor $341M to man the position. But last week, Lindor publicly welcomed the pursuit of Correa. It is not clear which player will play where in the infield. 

    There were never any reports of the Twins exceeding $300M of guaranteed money in any of their offers to Correa. However, the new amount that Correa excepted is seemingly much closer to the level the Twins were willing to pay. Adding $15M per year over two years (perhaps on a player option?) for Correa when he would be 38 and 39 years old is still a significant risk. But by 2033 and 2034, even the Twins' payroll could be well north of $200M given MLB’s rising salaries. It might have been risky, maybe even silly, but $15M of dead money for those two years should not have been crippling to a franchise. 

    Whether the Twins decided not to take that risk, or whether the Mets, Correa and agent Scott Boras never game them that chance, is unknown. 

    How much “risk” the contract represents to the mega-rich Mets are taking is certainly debatable. What is not debatable is just how much it is going to cost them, and it far exceeds the value of the contract. Next year, the Mets will also need to pay a 90% “tax” on the average annual value (AAV) of the deal because they are over the highest threshold of MLB’s luxury tax level for the second year in a row. 

    That means that while the Mets are paying Correa and AAV of $26.25M ($315M/12 years) they have to contribute another $23.625M to be distributed to other MLB clubs. That means their true cost is almost $50M per year for Correa, and will be for as many years as their payroll exceeds that luxury tax threshold. 

    That illustrates the difference the Twins (and all mid-market team) are having competing for top-end free agents compared to large-market (or in this case, deep-pocket) owners. While the Twins offer wasn't so much less than the Mets winning bid, Correas was worth twice as much to the Mets. Enough, in fact to overcome the severe luxury tax penalty imposed by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

    In reality, things haven't change much for the Twins since their situation 48 hours ago. They still are sitting with $30-40M worth of payroll room, but also with a free agent market devoid of top-end talent. But what looked like an unforeseen gift - similar to Correa falling into their laps last offseason - now looks like just another lost opportunity.  

     


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  8. Update - Sorry, Winter Meltdown tickets are now sold out. We'll see you on January 28th!

    Glen Perkins. Patrick Reusse. The Utlimate Bobblehead collection door prize. Our 2023 Pint Glass. 612 Brew craft beer. And all the Hot Stove you can  handle. We are only able to release a very limited number of $40 tickets to the public, so grab yours right now, right here and use the password "MeltdownIsBack" if prompted. 

    These tickets will sell out. And then on January 28th right after Twins Fest, you’ll be all mopey, and like “Why am I not drinking craft beer with Glen Perkins and Seth Stohs?” and you’ll make the mistake of saying that out loud and someone will point and laugh at you. Nobody wants that.

    So here are the details, with links to even more details, and below are the tickets.

    So grab a friend or come by yourself. This is your tribe and we can’t wait to see you again.

    Get Your Tickets
    (and use the password "MeltdownIsBack" if prompted. )


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  9. How has this hometown kid and Twins All-Star never been to the Winter Meltdown? We blame ourselves. We’re going to remedy that.

    Image courtesy of © Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    We’re SO excited to announce that this year’s special Twins guest at Twins Daily’s Winter Meltdown will be Glen Perkins, who needs absolutely no introduction. (But we’ll do one anyways.)

    If you grew up in a cave, Glen “Perk” Perkins pitched for the Twins for his whole MLB career, from 2006 through 2017. That included serving as the Twins dominant closer from 2011 through 2015. During that five-year stretch, he made the All-Star team three times and compiled 120 saves with a 2.84 ERA. (That is not a typo.)

    But that isn’t his only connection to Minnesota. He also attended and played for Stillwater High School and the University of Minnesota. And he still lives in the Twin Cities and is a television analyst for the Twins and Bally Sports North. And now, of course, he’s coming to our party.

    If you want to learn even more about him, just come to the Meltdown. He’ll be on stage along with Patrick Reusse at the event, which takes place at The Pourhouse in Downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, January 28th from 5 – 8. It’s just a couple blocks from Twins Fest, where you’ll likely be anyway. You’ll be joined by 300+ Twins fans, media members, Twins execs and many more to celebrate the upcoming season.

    All week we’ve been unveiling the great stuff your $40 ticket gets you, including these goodies:

    We’ll only have 300 tickets available, with a base price of $40 apiece. The public has to wait until Monday to grab them, but our Twins Daily Caretakers can buy them TODAY through Sunday. If you're a Caretaker, you can see a story with the the instructions right now on our home page. Plus, Caretakers get other advantages:

    1. Each caretaker gets a free ticket to the Meltdown.
    2. Caretakers (who sign up by Thursday 12/15) can buy up to three additional tickets early, on Friday 12/16.
    3. Those additional tickets will be available at a discount price of $20.
    4. Caretakers get early access to the event, starting at 4:00 for a “thank you” happy hour with Twins Daily’s writers and founders.
    5. Finally, you can pat yourself on the back for supporting writers that bring you Twins stories every day, all year long, both during the season and the offseason. 

    If there are still tickets available when the Caretakers are done getting tickets for themselves and their friends, we will release them to the general public on Monday, 12/19. Will there be any tickets left? We don’t know. We hope so?

    We know that our Caretakers take care of us, and we want to take care of them, so if you want to guarantee you get tickets, you need, join Twins Daily’s Caretakers. You can do so for as low as $4/month and you get exclusive content and other benefits too, as well as support our hard-working writers, moderators, and tech guys. Plus, of course, you can go claim your free ticket and buy some discounted ones through Sunday. We would LOVE to have you join us.

    Become a Caretaker!

    Otherwise, reserve the date, cross your fingers, and check back on Monday. If we have tickets available, they’ll be on sale at 8AM right here at TwinsDaily.com!


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  10. Join us and have Uncle Pat entertain you with his baseball recollections and insight. Please, for the love of gawd, find a way to not miss this. 

    Last winter, when we all still couldn’t gather, Patrick Reusse joined the Gleeman and the Geek podcast to discuss the biggest fights in Minnesota Twins' history. The response from our listeners was amazing - because the discussion was amazing. So we’re getting the gang back together.

    Reusse, of course, is a legend in this state. He was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in October 2019. He’s written for both the Pioneer Press and currently writes for the Star-Tribune. He’s done radio and podcast work with KSTP-1500 since 1980. He was also a 20-year panelist on The Sports Show which aired on WUCW-TV, Fox Sports North, and Victory Sports One.

    You can join him and 300+ Twins fan media members, Twins execs, and many more at The Pourhouse in Downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, January 28th from 5 – 8. It’s just a couple blocks from Twins Fest, where you’ll likely be anyway.

    We'll talk about tangent after tangent after tangent, as only Reusse can do. We’ll also be joined by a Twins alum who we’ll announce tomorrow. Plus, you’ll get a Twins Daily Winter Meltdown Pint Glass (with this year’s fantastic design), two complimentary local craft pints from 612 Brew, a chance at winning our Twins Bobblehead collection door prize, and all the Hot Stove chatter and camaraderie you can handle.

    So how do you get tickets? The plan is to offer them to the public on Monday, 12/19, for $40 apiece. However, it’s possible Twins Daily’s Caretakers, who get first dibs, could snap them up first. If you want to guarantee a ticket for you and three friends, you can become a Twins Daily Caretaker. Caretakers get special perks for supporting Twins Daily and our writers.

    1. Each caretaker gets a free ticket to the Meltdown.
    2. Caretakers (who sign up by Thursday 12/15) can buy up to three additional tickets early, on Friday 12/16.
    3. Those additional tickets will be available at a discount price of $20.
    4. Finally, caretakers get early access to the event, starting at 4:00 for a “thank you” happy hour with Twins Daily’s writers and founders.

    If there are still tickets available after that, we will release them to the general public on Monday, 12/19. But if you do join, you can do so for as low as $4/month and you get exclusive content and other benefits too, as well as support our writers, editors, moderators and tech team. We would LOVE to have you join our exclusive little club.

    Tomorrow we’ll announce our headlining guest, and Caretakers will be able to start snapping up tickets at 8 AM. So stop by tomorrow for sure, and maybe follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news as it’s released.


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  11. If you’re a bobblehead collector, let me introduce you to heaven. If you’re not ... well, you are now.

    Door prizes have never been the focus of the Winter Meltdown. Usually, they're something we like to include in between our great guests. There’s just so much more: meeting Twins greats, craft beer, the collectable pint glass, camaraderie, Aaron Gleeman’s bubbly personality … the list goes on and on.

    But this year is different. This year we have the ultimate Minnesota Twins bobblehead collection. It includes all 34 members of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame who were inducted through the 2021 season. It's no longer for sale; you’ve got to attend the Winter Meltdown to get your mitts on it.

    It’ll be just a couple blocks from Twins Fest at The Pourhouse in Downtown Minneapolis, just a couple blocks from Twins Fest, on Saturday, January 28th from 5 – 8. We’ll be joined by a Twins player (who we're announcing Friday) and 300+ Twins fans, media members, Twins execs and many more to celebrate the upcoming season.

    Not only will you get to gather with Twins Daily writers and members and talk Hot Stove, but we’ll include a Twins Daily Winter Meltdown Pint Glass with this year’s fantastic design, and two complimentary local craft pints from 612 Brew.

    Tickets could be tricky. The plan is to offer them to the public on Monday, 12/19, for $40 apiece. However, it’s possible Twins Daily’s Caretakers, who get first dibs, could snap them up first. If you want to guarantee a ticket for you and three friends, you can become a Twins Daily Caretaker. Caretakers get special perks for supporting Twins Daily and our writers.

    1. Each caretaker gets a free ticket to the Meltdown.
    2. Caretakers (who sign up by Thursday 12/15) can buy up to three additional tickets early, on Friday 12/16, starting at 8 AM.
    3. Those additional tickets will be available at a discount price of $20.
    4. Finally, caretakers get early access to the event, starting at 4:00 for a “thank you” happy hour with Twins Daily’s writers and founders.

    If there are still tickets available after that, we will release them to the general public on Monday, 12/19. But if you do join, you can do so for as low as $4/month and you get exclusive content and other benefits too, as well as support everyone who works on the site. We would LOVE to have you join our exclusive little club. We’d also suggest you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news as it’s released.

    Tomorrow, we announce the first of our special guests. It’ll be his inaugural visit to the Meltdown, and I guarantee he’ll entertain you. In the meantime, set aside the date, gather your Twins friends, and get a plan together for tickets. We’ll see you tomorrow.


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  12. It’s been a long winter. It was also a long season. We’re commemorating that (I guess?) with an inspired Winter Meltdown pint glass design.

    You’ll get your free pint glass at Twins Daily’s 2023 Winter Meltdown. As we announced yesterday , it’ll take place at The Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, just a couple blocks from Twins Fest, on Saturday, January 28th from 5 – 8.

    But not only will you get the free glass, but you’ll also get two free 612 Brew craft beers, and entry into our door prize raffle, including the greatest grand prize we’ve ever given, which will be announced tomorrow.

    But that’s not all. We’ll have some special guests who we’ll be announcing later this week, including a Twins alum who will answer questions from Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes, and then will stick around a bit to meet our community. Plus, of course, there will be loads of Hot Stove give-and-take as we get geared up for the start of the 2023 season.

    The $40 tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, 12/19, provided we still have some. However, if you want to guarantee a ticket for you and three friends, you can become a Twins Daily Caretaker. Caretakers get special perks for supporting Twins Daily and our writers:

    1. Each caretaker gets a free ticket to the Meltdown.
    2. Caretakers (who sign up by Thursday 12/15) can buy up to three additional tickets early, on Friday 12/16.
    3. Those additional tickets will be available at a discount price of $20.
    4. Finally, caretakers get early access to the event, starting at 4:00 for a “thank you” happy hour with Twins Daily’s writers and founders.

    If there are still tickets available when the Caretakers are done getting tickets for themselves and their friends, we will release them to the general public on Monday, 12/19. Will there be any tickets left? We don’t know. This is the first year we’ve had Caretakers.

    If you would like to join Twins Daily’s Caretakers, you can do so for as low as $4/month and you get exclusive content and other benefits too, as well as support our hard-working writers, moderators, and tech guys. We would LOVE to have you join us. We’d also suggest you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news as it’s released.

    Plus, we’ll see you tomorrow when we reveal our grand door prize. I honestly didn’t know something like this existed. If you’re a Twins fan, you won’t want to miss it.


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  13. We've missed you all SO MUCH. Let's light this candle.

    Image courtesy of Twins Daily

    It’s been three long years since we were able to gather in true Twins Daily Hot Stove fashion, so yeah, we’re jonesing a little. Judging from all the DMs asking about the event, so are you. So we’re going big – but tickets are limited, so read to the end to find out the best way to get them.

    We'll be talking about the Winter Meltdown all week! 

    • Today – We’ll tell you where and what and when and how you can get tickets.
    • Tomorrow (Tuesday) – We reveal the (truly inspired) 2023 Winter Meltdown Pint glass design
    • Wednesday – We reveal the greatest raffle grand prize we’ve ever given at a Winter Meltdown.
    • Thursday – We reveal our first guest speaker.
    • Friday – We reveal our Twins alum guest speaker AND tickets to on sale for Twins Daily Caretakers only.
    • Next Monday – Tickets are available to the public. 

    When and Where
    The event will be Saturday, January 28th from 5-8 PM at The Pourhouse (10 S 5th St) in downtown Minnneapolis. That is the weekend of Twins Fest, and it's just three blocks from Target Field, so you can attend Twins Fest and walk over for the icing on the cake.

    What
    Each guest who has a $40 ticket gets:
    1.    Two free craft beers from 612 Brew.
    2.    A free Winter Meltdown pint glass with our 2023 design.
    3.    Entry into our door prize raffle, including the greatest grand prize we’ve ever given. 
    4.    Just loads of Hot Stove camaraderie (or commiseration) as we get geeked up for the start of the 2023 season. 
    5.    Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes will interview at least two guests on stage, who will also take some time to visit with our community. The most recent previous guests included Kent Hrbek, Trevor Plouffe, Joe Nathan, Michael Cuddyer, and Latroy Hawkins. 

    We’ve been throwing this event since 2012. It started in a nearby bar, but it’s grown so much that we’re actually having trouble finding spaces big enough to accommodate us, so let’s get to the ticket conversation.

    How/Tickets
    We’ll only have 300 tickets available, with a base price of $40 apiece. However, we’re giving our Twins Daily Caretakers four advantages in securing them:
    1.    Each caretaker gets a free ticket to the Meltdown. 
    2.    Caretakers (who sign up by Thursday 12/15) can buy up to three additional tickets early, on Friday 12/16.
    3.    Those additional tickets will be available at a discount price of $20.
    4.    Finally, caretakers get early access to the event, starting at 4:00 for a “thank you” happy hour with Twins Daily’s writers and founders. 

    If there are still tickets available when the Caretakers are done, we will release them to the general public on Monday, 12/19. Will there be any tickets left? We don’t know. This is the first year we’ve had Caretakers and we have well over 100, so we’ll see. 

    The Caretakers take care of Twins Daily, and we want to take care of them, so we are guaranteeing all of our Caretakers will get the tickets they need, provided they get them before they go on sale to the general public. If you would like to join Twins Daily’s Caretakers, you can do so for as low as $4/month.  You get exclusive content and other benefits too, as well as support our hard-working writers, moderators, and tech guys. We would LOVE to have you join us. 

    Become a Caretaker here!

    We are absolutely stoked to reveal the logo, grand prize, and both guest speakers throughout the rest of this week. Make sure to set aside the date, gather your Twins friends, and get a plan together for tickets. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news as it’s released. Plus, stop by tomorrow for our pint glass reveal!


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  14. Aaron and John talk about MLB's wild, billion-dollar Winter Meetings, what it all means for the Twins and Carlos Correa, the ongoing search for a veteran catcher, Dansby Swanson, Carlos Rodón, and other fallback plans, and which Twins could be on the trade block. You can listen by downloading us from iTunesSpotify, StitcheriHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link


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  15. 1 hour ago, jdgoin said:

    I believe Joe will be a very good leader for the club going forward. He is smart and listens well. He never believes or acts like he is the smartest in the room. He will ask questions and questions that need to be asked. He has been involved in a lot of the more aggressive change in Pohlad businesses in recent years. I believe he will continue to push for innovation as necessary throughout the business. Joe wants to win.

    Jim was/is very involved and wants to win. My observation is he wants to operate the club in a smart manner, but he's a fan and wants to win. He's been a very good owner. Owners who get overly involved in player personnel are usually the issue. You can look around all 4 major sports leagues and identify them. He has understood that he is not a talent evaluator, but he doesn't get in the way of something that makes sense and baseball people believe will help the club. I think look at the Correa signing as one example. The Donaldson signing is another. There are many more examples, some behind the scenes. 

    Those are some good insights.

    Attaching "innovation" to Joe seems spot on. It seems like a value that drives him.

    I also appreciate the insight about Jim. From the outside, we only seemed to hear from him once or twice per year. I guess your point that "he doesn't get in the way" seems to be about right, but I also didn't get the sense that he was driving change, as much as managing the organization (effectively, I think.)

  16. In a letter today, Jim Pohlad informed Minnesota Twins team employees that he will be stepping down from day-to-day operations of the team. Joe Pohlad, his nephew, will be taking over those responsibilities effective immediately and the role of Executive Chair. So where does that leave the Twins?

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    Joe Pohlad has been involved with the Twins since 2007, working in areas of the organization that were preparing him for this leadership role. Most recently, as Executive Vice President, he was involved in the rollout of the new Twins branding, logo, and uniforms, including introducing the changes to the media and fans at the Mall of America earlier this month. He has also been involved in marketing and ticket sales areas within the Twins, and oversaw the Pohlads' media company Go Media. He's also been on the Pohlad Foundation's Board of Directors.

    Joe Pohlad has been more visible as a fan of the team than Jim Pohlad, who was viewed as generally hands-off. Joe Pohlad even attended Twins Daily's Winter Meltdown several years ago, and has confessed to being a Gleeman and the Geek podcast listener. He has discussed Twins Daily with me as well, admiring the passion and detail that is contributed by our writers and community.

    Joe Pohlad has often been involved in several of the Pohlads' and Twins' more aggressive initiatives, such as Go Media, which included acquiring two radio stations and BringMeTheNews.com. He served as the Executive VP of Brand Strategy and Growth for the Twins, which explains the involvement with the recent rebranding. In that role, he also oversaw the launch of the Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars, an effort to develop startups in technology, sports, and entertainment. 

    What this means for the direction of the team is anybody's guess. In his letter, Jim Pohlad said he will remain involved as the Control Owner, which suggests at a high-level (including budget, cough, cough), he'll still be involved. However, Joe Pohlad's track record with the Twins suggests he is more likely to be focused on growth than status quo, perhaps aggressively. 


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  17. Aaron and John talk about the Twins' ongoing efforts to re-sign Carlos Correa, why they're also making a push to bring in a veteran catcher, and the belief that the AL Central looks as winnable as ever right now. You can listen by downloading us from iTunesSpotify, StitcheriHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link


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  18. We're starting to get hints of exactly how expensive a contract Carlos Correa might sign this winter, and how unrealistic his return to the Twins might be as a result. However, Twins fans' hopes have been bolstered by talk of the team being willing to work out a "creative" contract with Correa. What might that look like?

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    In a recent story on his substack, Matthew Trueblood laid out an excellent example of what a creative contract entails, and I'd like to unpack that. But before we do, it's essential to understand what a baseline contract looks like for comparison purposes. Fortunately, Trueblood speculates on that, too.

    It's intimidating: nine years at a $37M average annual value (AAV) totaling $333M. That deal is a "Bryce Harper" contract, meaning it has a no-trade clause for the player and no player opt-outs for the team. Both sides are making a long-term commitment that also gives Correa and his agent, Scott Boras, a record-setting contract AAV for a position player.

    Is that too much? I like the way Trueblood responds to that concern:

    "Those numbers sound gaudy. Tough. Get used to it. That's the reality of the sport right now, and Correa is going to get that kind of payday somewhere."

    (There is one additional factor that raises Correa’s price tag beyond just being a great, young player: unlike many other premier free agents, the Twins can't give him a qualifying offer. So there are no draft picks attached to signing him.)

    Even if the Twins have indeed offered Correa the biggest contract in Twins history - say, a 10-year, $270M deal - it would come nowhere close to that deal. It would likely finish in third place. Hell, he turned down a deal like that last year before he even signed with the Twins.

    So what about something more creative? That's a route Boras has gone before. Trueblood (you can sign up for his free newsletter here) lays out a somewhat complicated contract structure that gives Correa a record-setting deal but contains less guaranteed money overall. Here's an overview:

    1. It starts with a 4-year deal for $175M, which gives him a record-setting AAV of $43.75M.
    2. After that third year, there is a team option. Either the team can extend the contract for another five years, paying Correa $25M annually through his age 36 season. Or they can be on the hook for just the fourth year, but then….
    3. At some point after the team decision, Correa has a player option. He can choose to extend the contract for three years for $60M or become a free agent. Similar to Correa's deal with the Twins, this provides him with insurance.

    There's a lot to unpack here. One way to break this down is to parse what the contract looks like on the extremes and in the middle, and compare it to the baseline contract.

    Worst-case scenario - Correa goes downhill fast.

    With $175M up front, and a $60 player opt-in, Correa gets $235M guaranteed in this deal. That's worse than he would get with the baseline contract, but he ends up with a seven-year deal that averages about $33.5M AAV. Meanwhile, the team has protected itself on the back end by committing more money on the front end.

    Best-case scenario – Correa thrives and continues to increase his value.

    Odds are the team opts to extend him, meaning they have him for $300M over nine years, which is also a little bit better than the baseline deal for the team (and worse for Correa) but still is worth ~$33M AAV over nine years.

    Middle Scenario – Correa thrives in his prime and then gradually falls off.

    Then both sides have decisions to make. The middle ground is that Correa makes $175M and then gauges the free agent market again after his 31-year-old season to see how it values him. He knows he's worth at least $60M over three years by opting back into his contract.

    We can diddle about the details; the structure is the most exciting aspect of it to me. I'd suggest that Correa should probably get more AAV up front and try to make the final numbers closer to an average AAV of $36M, but we can debate that in the comments.

    But the biggest takeaway is that even if the contract is "creative," it's still likely to be painful to those who are fiscally conservative. The Twins can be aggressive. They can be creative. But ultimately, they will have to be borderline crazy to land a prize as big as Correa. 

    OK. Then call me crazy. I'm in. But let's not kid ourselves about what the Twins will be signing up for.


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