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  1. Twins Punting 2013? Not So Fast

    Ben Revere swingsTrading established players for prospects is the sign of a rebuilding team, and that is certainly what we've seen from Terry Ryan with his first few major moves this offseason. Many casual fans have expressed outrage over trades that sent Denard Span and Ben Revere – cornerstones in the Minnesota outfield – to the NL East for young pitching geared more toward the big picture than immediate improvement.

    The two prizes acquired in these deals, Alex Meyer ...
  2. Twins, Burton Near Agreement for a Contract Extension

    According to Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (via twitter), he has learned that the Twins and the representatives for Jared Burton have reached an agreement on a contract extension. It sounds like it would before for 2013, 2014 and that there would be an option for 2015. Terms of the deal have not yet been announced. We will update them here as soon as we get them.

    Last week, the Twins tendered him a contract. This is the final year of arbitration-eligibility so the contract would buy-out ...
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  3. Does Ben Revere’s Departure Portend Justin Morneau Trade?

    It was the second big trade of the offseason for the Minnesota Twins, and the second concrete indicator to the league and to fans that General Manager Terry Ryan is looking beyond 2013. Indeed, it was the second time in which a trade likely made the Twins worse for the 2013, instead of better.

    Which is odd, because it was a great trade. Ben Revere has plenty of value, but was not without question marks and could be replaceable as early as the second half of this year. The pitchers the Twins received in return, ...
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  4. Sacrificing Shirseys.

    I drive by Target Field nearly every day. In the off-season, it looks like a brand new piece of playground equipment. The next time I go past it, it'll look broken-in.

    Target Field's not Yankee stadium, but it deserves history. And what's history without a few ghosts?

    Revere was a player with a future. Moving him is smart. Giving up winter dreams about his potential will still hurt.

    I was as ready as I could be to lose Span. Losing Revere came as a surprise. ...
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  5. Revere Traded to Philly for Worley

    Sources are reporting that the Minnesota Twins have traded CF Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for RHP Vance Worley and a prospect. The prospect is Trevor May.

    Revere was the heir apparent for the Twins Center Field job going back to when Denard Span was dealt to the Washington Nationals for RHP Alex Meyer. He will go to the Phillies where he and Span will compete (with BJ Upton) for NL East (CF) supremacy.

    Vance Worley has spent parts of the past three ...
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  6. Shift In Free Agency Strategy Doesn't Favor The Minnesota Twins

    The Minnesota Twins might be looking back to the good old days wistfully for a reason other than wanting to relive their decade of glory. For instance, signing free agents used to be a relatively orderly business:

    1. Teams that needed a great pitcher would chase the best (or best remaining) pitcher, hoping to get him.
    2. One team would get him.
    3. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.


    That’s oversimplifying a little, but in general, free agents would sign from the top down. In fact, free ...
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  7. Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

    With the 4th overall pick in the 2012 Rule 5 draft, the Minnesota Twins drafted RHP Ryan Pressley from the Boston Red Sox organization.

    John Manuel reports that he throws up to 95 mph. The 22 year old split the 2012 season between Hi-A and AA.

    More to come.
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  8. Looking Ahead: Future Pitching Rotations and a "Forgotten" Prospect

    
    Alex Wimmers: Let's Not Forget About Him
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's no secret now that the Twins are essentially punting in 2013. It's disappointing. I felt it coming months ago (as did many of you). Make no mistake ...
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  9. Where would Twins be with trade of Morneau or Revere?

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    There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the Twins over the last couple of days at the Winter Meetings. The team still has plenty of holes to fill in their starting rotation and there is talk of adding a third baseman to challenge Trevor Plouffe for the starting role. It would be nice to see the team add some middle infield depth since there are plenty of question marks at those spots. Even with all of this talk, there hasn’t been much action on the home front. ...
  10. Former Rule 5 pick is most underrated player in Minnesota Twins history

    This morning at 9:00 a.m. the annual Rule 5 draft will begin. First will be the Major League portion. It will be followed by the minor league portion. The Twins have had some successes in each. The nabbed 3B Brian Buscher from the Giants in the minor league portion. In the major league portion, they have added names like Gary Wayne, who was a solid lefty reliever for the Minnesota Twins for a few seasons, including 1991. The most recent success was Scott Diamond.

    Today, I want to write ...
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  11. Wooing Free Agents May Be Harder Than We Think

    by , 12-05-2012 at 10:12 PM (The Blog Formerly Known as Undomed)
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    Imagine, for a moment, you are looking for a job. You’re a pretty hot commodity and you have offers on the table from two companies:

    Company A has spent the last two years floundering and has seen massive layoffs. Based on the company's history there is optimism for the current year, and they aren’t just hiring, but talking big about the future. The company offers you a competitive salary, a little higher than others perhaps, with great benefits ...
  12. What if the Twins chose not to sign a name pitcher?

    There is one aspect of this off season that I don't think anybody has touched on, so I will give it a shot:

    What if the Twins stand pat with pitching this off season?

    An argument could be made for standing pat. The reasons for spending money have been discussed ad nauseum, lets look at some reasons not to spend:

    - The Twins are expected to be at or near the bottom in the AL Central this year. If the Twins brass believe this, then spending any money on any ...
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  13. 2012 Rock Cats Memories: Throwing a Ceremonial First Pitch; Meeting Terry Ryan

    
    Steely Determination
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This past spring, when I attended the Rock Cats' annual welcome home dinner, where I was seated with (a pre-Tommy John) Alex Wimmers, I purchased $5 worth of raffle tickets ...

    Updated 12-05-2012 at 08:53 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  14. If 2013 isn't realistic, Twins' focus turns to 2014

    In an interview with reporters on Monday night at the Winter Meetings, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan wanted to make sure to tame expectations. When asked if the Twins will be competitive in 2013, he said, "We will try to have that happen... We have to be realistic on all fronts." This most likely means that the Twins won't be handing out buckets of cash to front-line starting pitching but that could be expected from the start of the offseason. There could be some other deeper meanings that are ...
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