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  1. Terry Ryan: Twins Will Chase "Pretty Darn Good" Pitcher

    In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, weíre including a transcript from a 45-minute meeting "State of the Twins" interview with Terry Ryan. As you can imagine, an 8000-word interview covers a lot of topics, including:

    • the strengths of the new coaching staff,
    • Joe Mauerís future at catcher,
    • additional offseason priorities beyond starting pitching,
    • how Twins approach waiver wire or minor league free agents,
    • thoughts on the state of the Twins minor leagues,
    • his evaluation
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  2. Episode 64: Offseason Primer and Transaction Tutorial

    Aaron and John preview the Minnesota Twins offseason by reviewing possible free agents and then give a quick tutorial on how struggling organizations can take advantage of MLB's transaction rules. Here are:


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  3. Gleeman and the Geek Post Mortem: Episode 63

    After our weekly podcast, Aaron & I are going to try doing a short video that recaps the podcast and gets into other silliness.



    Immediately following episode 63, Aaron evaluates the podcast & comments further on the state of the Twins farm system while John mocks him from behind the iPhone's blinding light.

    Make sure to tune in next week, when we brave the new frontier of landscape mode.
  4. Waiting Impatiently For The Offseason

    Iím having trouble getting into the second round of the playoffs. I donít really want either the Yankees or the Tigers to make the World Series, which means I canít even root for the American League. The official team of The Voice Of Reasonô - the Phillies Ė is also out for the first time in years. But part of it is because Iím ready for the next act.

    The offseason.

    Oddly, I donít think Iíve looked forward to an offseason this much in years. For starters, itíll be nice ...
  5. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 63: SABR School

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  6. On Writing, Coaching and Paul Molitor

    ďIf I want to write about baseball, what should I do?Ē

    It isnít uncommon that Iím asked this question by some well-meaning younger person who is trying to find their spot in what feels like a crowded world. Bluntly, but as tenderly as I can, I usually say:

    ďWrite. Preferably, about baseball.Ē

    Iím blunt, because there are so many ways to write about baseball. Start a blog. (If you want an instant Twins audience, you can used the one you have here.) Or write ...
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  7. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 62: Coaching Changes and Seth Stohs

    The Minnesota Twins blow up their coaching staff, so Seth Stohs joins Aaron and John to talk about Ron Gardenhire's leash, the TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, what the shopping plans are for free agent pitching, casting ballots for team MVP, why no one seems to want Paul Molitor, the futures of Trevor Plouffe and Liam Hendriks, how to lessen the upcoming outfield logjam, and why long podcasts are the best podcasts. Here are:


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  8. Should Twins Emulate White Sox?

    Vegas picked the White Sox to finish fourth in the AL Central this year, pegging them to win about 74.5 games. Chicago's season essentially ended last night when the Tigers clinched the division, but that means the Pale Hose' playoff hopes lasted until October, about four (five?) months longer than the Twins. They also made anyone who bet the ďunderĒ in Vegas look like a fool, exceeding Vegas preseason estimate by 10 games and counting.

    I am one of those fools. In our Gleeman and the ...
  9. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 60: Nishioka No More and Losing Las Vegas

    The Minnesota Twins release Tsuyoshi Nishioka, contemplate coaching changes, and the John and Aaron review the MLB season via their preseason predictions. Here are:


  10. Year in Review: Twins Hitters WPA

    Oddly, a lot of sabrmetric geeks I know donít like the Win Probability Added (WPA) statistic. I donít want to speak for them as to why, but the comment I hear that drives me the craziest is something like ďAll you have to do is see that Erik Komatsu was more valuable then Ben Revere to understand that it is worthless.Ē

    It drive me crazy because 15 years ago, I would hear the same question from baseball traditionalists when Iíd suggest that an on-base machine like Bobby Abreu was more ...
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  11. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 60: Tickle Me Pink

    Aaron sips a pink libation. John begs their listeners to take a quick survery for recruiting sponsors. Then they chat about whether Sam Deduno belong, whether the Twins can and should re-sign Scott Baker, how one characterizes the starting pitching market, Liam Hendriks first "W," the MLB television deal and what it means for the Twins payroll, the switch from Beloit to Cedar Rapids, and honors bestowed by Baseball America on some Twins prospects. Then they answer mailbag about the Minnesota ...
  12. Deep Starting Pitching Market Is A Lucky Break For Twins

    I may have exaggerated a little. I know Ė shocking for a blogger.

    For months Iíve been saying that this free agent class of pitchers is almost historically deep. That might be a little strong, unless you think history only goes back as far as 2007. Because based on the dollars that were thrown around, 2006-2007 was an unbelievably lucrative free agent starting pitching market Ė for the players. It didnít work out nearly as well for the owners.

    The top two contracts given ...
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  13. Should Twins Sign Scott Baker Now?

    Yesterday, teams looking for free agent starting pitching this offseason were dealt a minor blow by the Texas Rangers. Colby Lewis, the solid starting pitcher of the Rangers, re-signed with them at the bargain price of $2 million plus incentives.

    If that sounds shrewd, itís continuing a trend. Lewis has been outpacing the relatively meager sums the Rangers have been paying him since they signed him when he returned from Japan. In the three years since, he has thrown 500 innings for ...
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  14. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 59: Buying Starting Pitching

    Aaron and John talk about Aaron's "healthy" new look, discuss next year's middle infield, tell listeners how they can get a free audiobook, and review the expected free agent starting pitchers and give Aaron's choices, John's choices, and the Twins probable choices. Here are:


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