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  1. Position Battles: The Bullpen

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ID:	6572The Twins need to make some decisions about the back end of their bullpen. And those decisions might not be based on merit. To understand why, we need to talk about “options.” And my favorite way to talk about technical baseball transactions is to compare them to my marriage. Even if it means blatantly plagiarizing my own story. So let’s talk about…

    Options
    By the fourth year together, you better be ready for a commitment. At that point, you’re out ...
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  2. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 134: Cribs, Mat Garza and Bathroom Etiquette

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ID:	6564Aaron and John go on a tour of Aaron's new place in Uptown and talk about Matt Garza reportedly turning down the Twins' sizable offer, Pedro Florimon's grasp on the shortstop job, when not to use someone's bathroom, Liam Hendriks' waiver wire tour, investing in a marriage, working from coffee shops, Josh Willingham's future, our survey, mailbag questions from listeners, hanging out at Bar Abilene with Meatsauce, speed dating, and the joys of parking. You can listen by
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  3. Catch Framing Predictability

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ID:	6548There has been more and more talk lately about catcher framing, which is the ability for catchers to impact the runs scored in a game by garnering strikes from pitches outside the strike zone. My initial skepticism around it has largely been due to the huge impact it can have. For instance, last year the difference between the best catch framer (Matt LuCroy) and the worst (John Buck) is estimated at 50 runs. That's a five win difference. That's hard to believe.
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  4. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 133: Pitchers and Catchers Report

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ID:	6507Aaron and John visit Rye Deli on the same day the offseason ends and discuss what we want to see from the 2014 Twins, what to expect from the pitching staff and how to start their own bar with zero experience. You can listen by clicking below, or download us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com.

    Here's this week's breakdown:
    2:00 - Aaron’s moving update
    3:30 – Brunch
    4:20 – Players in the best shape of their life ...
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  5. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 131: Position Battles

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ID:	6474Aaron and John talk about potential spring training position battles, Miguel Sano's timetable, late-signing free agent pitching, new theme songs from New Zealand, a sponsor's resume, bar crawls, Terry Ryan's cancer diagnosis, mailbag questions from listeners, choosing an Olympic sport to pair up in, slumming it on other podcasts, and how to stupidly avoid moving at all costs. You can listen by clicking below, or download us from:


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  6. TD Top Prospects: #4 Kohl Stewart

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ID:	6472The 2013 Draft is going to be judged almost completely on the ascension of pitcher Kohl Stewart. That’s as intriguing as a $4.5 million bet on a roulette ball, hopping red to black. So much reward. So much risk. So little control.

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    Stewart was last year’s first round draft choice, fourth overall. After signing with the Twins, his first couple of months as a professional did not disappoint. He had the mid-90s fastball. He struck ...
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  7. TD Top Prospects: #9 Lewis Thorpe

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ID:	6444A surprise top-notch Twins starting pitching prospect? Yes, please. Let's play five questions:

    Who?
    That’s exactly what I said when Lewis Thorpe’s name started popping up on national prospect lists this offseason. Shame on me - we’ve been tracking him here for months.

    But the rest of you are forgiven. Thorpe has only been with the Twins since the middle of last year and was signed as a 16-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. He's only ...
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  8. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 131: Garza or Nolasco and Buxton Dreams

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    Aaron and John talk about the Twins choosing Ricky Nolasco over Matt Garza, dreaming about Byron Buxton, Matt Guerrier's return, selling Andrew Albers to Korea, recapping the "Winter Meltdown" event, smoking after close, Hebrew school reunions, on-air interventions, Hammerheart's support, swapping wives, and Super Bowl parties.
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