This offseason the Minnesota Twins found themselves with the difficult task of attempting to replace something irreplaceable.
When Joe Mauer made his decision that he would not be returning to the tools of ignorance, the front office and manager reviewed their options. Internally, they were high on Josmil Pintoís bat but felt that his defense needed further refinement before being the full-time catcher. The search led them to the realization that they needed
Based on what has been seen this spring, if Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still had hair on top of his head he would likely scratched himself bald trying to figure out how to score runs with his lineup.
For an entire week leading up to the season, it has felt like a broken record (or skipping iPod or whatever): How is this lineup going to score runs? There has been little demonstrations of power before Sundayís three home run binge. Timely hitting
When it was announced that Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Diamond went unclaimed through waivers and would not be named the fifth starter, the left-hander doffed his cap to his competition in Kyle Gibson.
The decision was tough numbers crunch based on the left-hander being out of options, but Gibsonís strong spring showing ultimately won him the job. What solidified his spot in the rotation, the managerís mind, was a combination of his stuff and his demeanor.
When the Minnesota Twins unloaded Denard Span and Ben Revere in one offseason, they envisioned Aaron Hicks being the bridge in center field to their super prospect in Byron Buxton. The torch, for the time being, was being passed along from Kirby to Torii to Denard to Hicks.
ďI would love to be the next in line,Ē he proclaimed in the Twinsí clubhouse on Opening Day last year before everything went awry.
Perhaps in hindsight it was unfair of the
The Twins clubhouse had a vibe to it that can only be appropriately summarized by a line from the movie, Major League: You donít want to celebrate too hard in front of guys who just died.
After news broke yesterday that Scott Diamond was on waivers, he learned he cleared today and faces a career decision of either accepting an assignment to Rochester or find another organization that will take him. In addition to Diamond, Chris Parmelee and Alex Presley were
There have been few examples of teams having their Opening Day starter the previous season then having the pitcherís value deflate to the point where he clears waivers and is traded for a stack of dollar bills.
But thatís exactly what the Twins did with Vance Worley when they traded him to the Pirates for cash considerations.
The interest was understandable minimal, said Twins assistant GM Rob Antony, after the 26-year-old right-hander passed
Greetings from the surprisingly chilly Hammond Stadium. I know that it is below freezing back in Minnesota but for the locals here, this means breaking out the heavy gear. The good news is that it is sunny and the team has had an opportunity to have a full-day of workouts.
The Twins traded Vance Worley to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash after last nightís game (and there will be more on that later). Interest in the right-hander who
The Twins have 29 listed on the roster as of this morning with the four cuts coming. Among those remaining, the team has 13 pitchers, 7 infielders, 6 outfielders and 3 catchers. At some point this week, four of those guys will be gone.
The obvious subtraction is the third catcher, Dan Rohlfing, which would leave Kurt Suzuki and Josmil Pinto as the pair of backstops heading to Chicago. The other position player moves may be interesting. Manager Ron Gardenhire
The starting catcherís job is almost a forgone conclusion that the position belongs to Kurt Suzuki to start the year. Josmil Pinto, with his impressive September campaign, will be in the passengerís seat when the season begins on March 31 in Chicago.
1500ESPN.comís Phil Mackey outlines a few of the reasons why the Twins are going that route:
1.) The Twins have had some atrocious starting pitching lately, and they feel like Suzuki can help squeeze the most out of the current
Phil Hughes has been somewhat of an indecisive pitcher over his career when it comes to his repertoire.
Year in and year out, there has been an inability to choose a secondary pitch. While it has mainly been a big, slow curve, it has seen several variations followed by an abandonment in 2013 in favor of a slider. Hughesí Year of the Slider produced mixed results with the pitch as opponents struggled against his new weapon in the seasonís first-half, hitting