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  1. Character vs. Production

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ID:	2699In their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays earlier this week, the Marlins acquired a player who has been discussed in some circles as a potential target for the Twins: Yunel Escobar.

    The 30-year-old shortstop is coming off a rather tumultuous year in Toronto, but there's no denying that he's got some legitimate talent, which has been in short supply at the shortstop position here in Minnesota.

    Interestingly, the Marlins won't be using Escobar ...
  2. Quick Notes - Nov. 14

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    I've been out of blogging commission for a while; I've been laptopless (not to be confused with topless -- or lapless for that matter). That's been resolved, so here I am again. Not that there's much shocking news to write about, but here it is anyway.

    New Guys
    The Twins have added a few new players, but no one to get really excited about.

    Infielder Tommy Field (yes, a fielder named Field) and right-handed ...
  3. Thrylos98, Scott Baker, and Twins Daily Leadership

    Before I begin, a quick recap for those who don't know what has been going on.

    A while back, Thrylos started a thread by posting that, according to a source, Scott Baker had signed a 3 year contract with the Twins. The deal had not been announced, but Thrylos said it was signed and done, and it would be announced. A few people responded in disbelief, Thrylos responded in a demeaning fashion. A few days ago, news came out that Baker actually signed with the Cubs. The thread turned ...
  4. Miami's loss could have been Minnesota's gain

    The Marlins continued their long history of selling away star players to meet their bottom line. In a blockbuster deal that was swirling around yesterday, Miami traded away a fifth of their 25-man roster from last Opening Day. The Blue Jays were the lucky recipients of the fire sale in Miami and it now looks like Toronto will be fighting for a spot at the top of the American League.

    Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle are the centerpieces of the trade. Miami did well to get ...
  5. Do the Tigers really have that much more money than the Twins?

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ID:	2690This is back-of-the-napkin type math based on a lot of assumption so please, do not attempt to cite the concluded numbers as final. They are, in essence, an educated guess that is founded from bits and pieces of available public information. But letís use it to attempt to figure out why the Tigers are able to make it rain on the free agent market while the Twins are left counting pennies.

    The Tigers recently signed Torii Hunter to a two-year, $26 million deal. ...
  6. Twins Should Follow Blue Jays Bold Lead

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Iíve been feeling under the weather the past couple of weeks and that tends to make me grumpy. Iím feeling much better, but apparently the grumpiness is not wearing off quickly. The Toronto-Miami trade announced Tuesday didnít help my mood much, either.

    Grumpy blogger

    We really should have seen this coming. Itís ...
  7. Joe Mauer pulled through in 2012

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ID:	2683One of the more notable batted ball tendencies out of Joe Mauerís 2012 season is that for the first time in his career, he actually pulled the ball more often than he went the other way.

    This happened very quietly, perhaps because he still managed to spray the entire field with hits and, admittedly, it was not as if he was launching majestic shots onto the plaza with this new found tendency to make anyone take notice. Rather, the Twins backstop/first baseman/designated ...
  8. Baker Follows a Good Deal

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ID:	2679It didn't come as a surprise that Scott Baker signed a contract just a couple weeks into this offseason. He's not the first recognizable pitcher to come off the board, as Bartolo Colon and Hisashi Iwakuma preceded him.

    Baker is, however, the first to land with a new team. And I think that does come as a surprise to a lot of people, given the Twins' well publicized efforts to bring him back.

    Baker didn't spend much time testing the open market, ...
  9. Scott Baker's Top 5 Games

    The offseason was supposed to mark the happy reunion between the rehabbing starting pitcher and the only team he has ever known. But when Scott Baker reached the free agent market, there was plenty of interest in the right-handed hurler. The Cubs inked Baker to a one-year deal worth a base salary of $5.5 million with some incentives built into the back end. If Baker is healthy and can pitch effectively for the Cubs, it will be a steal of a deal.

    A few weeks ago, the thought of Baker ...
  10. Twin Cities' Georgia Peach

    When I look at how fortunate the Twins were last June in the draft, itís hard to imagine this organization not returning to some level of major league competency soon. The organization picked up two teenagers.....

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    ...with high ceilings with their first two picks of 2012, and both showed extreme promise after signing quickly and making their pro debuts. Byron Buxton was somewhat of a surprise to be available to the Twins at #2 overall. I feel ...

    Updated 11-14-2012 at 01:33 PM by mnfanforlife

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  11. 2012 Review: Twins Rookies

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Last night, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were awarded the Rookie of the Year awards, in the National and American League, respectively. Harper and Trout did amazing things as rookies, and in the case of Mike Trout, had the best season a rookie has ever had. Harper helped the Washington Nationals win their division, and Trout did his part to keep the Los Angeles Angels relevant until the final week of the season. Minnesota ...
  12. Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 5-11)

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    Each week here at Twins Daily, we will be taking a look at how players in the Twins organization are faring in the Winter Leagues. The Twins have players in the Arizona Fall League, in Venezuela, in the Dominican Republic, in Mexico, in Puerto Rico and in Australia. A week of numbers is fairly small sample, but it does give a look at who is playing well of late. So, letís walk through each of the leagues and name a Twins player of the week followed by a ...
  13. The Twins Binary Hope

    In the latest Gleeman and the Geek podcast, Aaron Gleeman and I argued, as we are apt to do. Among the questions raised was one that stuck with me: what is the goal of baseballís regular season? Certainly, it is to make the playoffs, but beyond that, is there an advantage to posting a high win total?

    The answer to that question influences the path one thinks the Twins should travel this offseason. The AL Central champion had only 88 wins last year, the lowest amount for any division. ...
  14. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 67: Trade Rumors and Claire Forlani

    Aaron and John talk about trade rumors, last week's aftermath and "the older gentleman" not paying his bar tab, terrible facial hair, local media moves, which starting pitchers Twins fans should dream about, having a Joe Maddon fetish, Claire Forlani and effective advertising, Denard Span versus James Shields, targeting Braves and Rays, and where to hide the dead prostitutes before next week's episode. Here are:

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