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Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
Yesterday, I outlined six starting pitchers who I think the Twins should target in an effort to boost their rotation. If you missed it, you can find it here. I am focusing on pitchers who are far from free agency, but maybe not household names. I want to find another Vance Worley, but this time, I'd like for it to work out a bit better. Instead of a flood of sadness, perhaps a geyser of effective innings?
My one question
Tuesday night at 8:30 marks the 3rd (regular) episode of our off-season Google Hangout sessions. Seth and I are pleased to have the Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino hanging out with us.
We've got some things on the agenda. But will there be a signing to talk about? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
If you have questions, leave them in the comments below or tweet @jeremynygaard or @sethtweets with them. Mike is as plugged
Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
I think that it is fair to say that Brian Dozier's 2013 season (especially his power numbers) was not expected by many based on his fairly disappointing 2012 rookie season and his fairly flat minor league career. But was there anything is his path through the minors that could have acted as a leading indicator potentially predicting his 2013 breakout season?
After he was drafted in the 8th
One of the benefits of being a bad team for multiple seasons is the fact the Twins have been able to replenish some of their farm system with high draft picks the last two years. Add these players into a group that already included some top-notch talent, and the future of the Twins organization continues to look bright.
Throughout the offseason there will be plenty of prospect lists released by a variety of media outlets. There are always differences between how people view the particular
The list of “needs” for the Minnesota Twins is a long one this off-season. After winning back-to-back American League Central titles in 2009 and 2010, they have now suffered three consecutive losing seasons, finishing 30 games under .500 (66-96) for the second season in a row.
The batting line-up is full of veterans but the whole franchise is threatened by the lack of quality in the starting pitching rotation and that has to be the biggest need for the Twins this off-season.
There is no doubt that the internet changes how we consume sports, both positively and negatively. But does it also change the way we think?
In the October 2013 issue of Wired, Clive Thompson examines the benefits of blogging and online posting for the writers, the readers and the world. Essentially, he argues that the deluge of information to which we are exposed everyday is changing how we think for the better.
And it is a deluge:
While I expect this is a different view than most of the people frequenting this site hold, I don't really care which free agent pitchers the Twins sign this offseason. I expect the Twins to sign 2 free agent pitchers, and perhaps even a 3rd "flyer" of some sort. I have no favorites and really don't think it matters who the Twins sign or necessarily, for how long.
First of all, I don't think there are any difference makers out there(With the possible exception of Tanaka).
In the heat of the chase, it's easy to lose your head. Auctioneers know that the trick is to just get people in the door. Once that happens, the investment, the competition, the excitement and above all the urgency, take care of the price all by themselves.
And free agency is an auction. And Twins fans are feeling the urgency. And so, apparently, are the Twins.
In his latest story on the Twins offseason, Mike Berardino reports that the Twins have showed a willingness to at least consider offering a 3-year contract to 36-year-old right-hander Bronson
Episode 60 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
60 is a number worn my several Twins throughout the years, including current "closer" Glen Perkins from 2006-2007, and most recently by Pedro Hernandez (2013) and Jeff Gray (2012), but most notably by Jon Rauch and his terrible neck tattoo in back to
Updated 11-20-2013 at 10:40 PM by Paul Pleiss
Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
Yesterday, I started to delve into starting pitchers who I want the Twins to target in potential trades. I outlined five starters, three from the Cincinnati Reds. If you missed it, click here. Today, I have five more pitchers for you, free of charge! There are two legitimate "aces" on this list and both are almost certainly pipe dreams. That being said, it's fun to aim high. I hope the Twins aim high, because I'd love to
The early weeks of the offseason have not been particularly eventful for the Twins. We've seen them connected to a few different pitchers and catchers in free agency, but like many other teams, they have been slow to act here in November. That's not unexpected; with the market going through a significant shift, both agents and team execs are still feeling things out.
Once a few major contracts are signed, we will likely begin to see the dominoes fall at a fairly rapid pace.
Welker , 27 , was dealt for a fringe lefty-starter Kris Johnson , 29 Today.
In doing, so the Twins get an emergency starter, if things get ugly...
Man, seems like a lot of confidence in the bullpen to let Welker go for almost nothing.
Word is slowly starting to trickle out about a 50-game suspension that will be handed down to Twins second base prospect Eddie Rosario. He apparently told the manager of his winter league squad that he wouldn't be able to play because of his pending suspension. The official suspension won't be announced until the league can resolve an issue on their end.
Rosario is a converted outfield who by most accounts is top ten prospect in the organization. His quick wrists have helped him to