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  1. Rock Versus Hard Place

    One of the more interesting times in every offseason is when the rhetoric goes away and the choices become, often painfully, clear. Rock, meet Hard Place.

    The Hard Place is where the Twins are: fronting a rotation with Scott Diamond next year. Diamond, by Twins general manager Terry Ryanís own analysis, is a #3 starter. Heís clearly scouring the winter meetings for upgrades. But like Charlie Brown at Halloween, all heís getting is a whole lot of Rock.

    Here are the available ...
  2. Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)

    As the Winter Meetings in Nashvilleís Opryland are now going full tilt, itís time to take or weekly look at what is going on in the Winter Leagues. Dozens of Twins players are spending time getting extra at bats or innings pitched. Although there were a couple of players that had poor weeks, there were a few players who had tremendous weeks. At Twins Daily, we will take a look at all of them.

    Hereís how players from the Twins system did during the week from November 26 through December ...
  3. Jason Marquis off the board

    ESPNís Jayson Stark reported that Jason Marquis will sign with San Diego.


    Now I can breathe a sign of relief.
  4. Looking at the 2013 Twins HOF Candidates

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    At the beginning of last week, the ballot for the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame was released. This year's ballot includes 18 former players including players from five decades of Twins baseball. Since the original class of six was selected in 2000, the Twins have regularly inducted one to two former players or other important people in the club's history. Last season, former pitcher Camilo Pascual was inducted and this followed pitcher Jim Perry and shortstop Greg ...
  5. In Terry I Trust

    If you were surprised in any way by return in the Denard Span trade, you shouldn't have been. Terry Ryan told us this was coming four months ago.

    Back in July, with the trade deadline approaching, Ryan spoke about his approach:

    As desperate as the Twins are to find starting pitching for 2013, a Liriano or Denard Span trade might not even address that specific need. Speaking only generally Thursday, GM Terry Ryan said, "When you're out there looking around, I think it's
  6. Terry Ryan priorities.

    by , 12-02-2012 at 09:39 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    I was eating lunch yesterday, my good friend sends me a text saying, " There is a Yankee fan at my poker table blabbing that the Yanks are trying hard to trade for Mauer. Any word on the Twins side?" (me) "small word on sox, but not yanks, I would love for the yanks to take that $23 million off the books, and get a few players" (buddy) I would think dumping that contract would be priority. If you get useful players as well, its all gravy. (me) I looked at all available for ...
  7. A Little Bit Country

    but not at all rock and roll...that's our prediction for what the Twins will do during this week's Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Every offseason, when there is precious little else to write about, I make prognostications/recommendations for what will/should happen when the Twins' brass heads down to whatever exotic locale has agreed to host the most powerful people in baseball for four days.

    This year, there's a lot that could be done to improve ...
  8. Winter Meetings: Time For Terry Ryan to Step Up.

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Baseballís Winter Meetings get in to gear down at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville on Monday and thatís got me a bit nervous. The Twins, at least at the Major League level, are in a sorry state, having come off a 96-loss season which followed a 99-loss season. It just doesnít get much worse than this, folks.

  9. Does Jim Bowden even watch baseball anymore?

    Jim Bowden is at it again.

    In today's article, he writes about trade candidates for all 30 teams. For the Twins, he lists Justin Morneau. Even though the Twins have said they aren't trading him, and Willingham may be a more likely target. That being said, I can at least swallow that one. The rest of the article is the usual lazy work that he passes off.

    Among the 30 players listed are pitchers:
    Brian Matusz
    Luke Hochevar
    Jeremy Hellickson
    Trevor ...
  10. Examination Time.

    The front office surprised Twins fans earlier this week by trading outfielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Span is an excellent leadoff hitter, solid player on both sides of the diamond, and has a dirt cheap contract for another two seasons. He also has a $9 million team option for 2015. Most people expected the Twins to trade Span for an experienced pitcher or at the very least a major league ready one. Meyer looks like a very intriguing prospect. ...

    Updated 12-02-2012 at 11:42 AM by Fanatic Jack

  11. 12 Questions With... David Hurlbut

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    Before the Arizona Fall League began, we had our first 10 Questions With posting with RHP Kyle Gibson. Iím hoping to do much more of these, and I have a few in the works. Today, Iím coming back with a 12 Questions With Q&A with a Twins minor league pitcher. Frankly, 10 questions is not enough to get to know some of these guys.

    Todayís 12 Questions interview is with LHP David Hurlbut. He was the Twins 28th round pick in 2011 out of Cal State-Fullerton ...
  12. Some Interesting Non-Tenders

    I wrote this last night at PitchersDuel.blogspot.com, but decided it was relevant here as well. Should the Twins go after any of these guys?

    Midnight tonight, the final day of November, is the last chance for teams to tender contracts to eligible players. Eligibility is based on service time and generally includes any players with less than 6 years in the major leagues.
  13. Talk to Contact, Ep 15: Getting Denarded with Seth Stohs

    Episode 15 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    This week Eric and Paul are joined by Twins prospect guru, Seth Stohs (@SethTweets), of TwinsDaily.com to discuss the Twins trade with the Nationals, his blogging career and Travis Harrison. After Seth departs we take a quick look at the Rule 5 draft, Twins HOFer Brad Radke ...
  14. 25 Million left for 3 starting Pitchers

    After the trading Span the other day we now have 70 million or so in commitments for next year. That should leave around 25 million to sign 3 pitchers. Since the Twins have announed they are unlikely to trade for a pitcher at this point. They can really only look through FA at this point for next season. The Twins have talked to 20 plus pitchers this offseason to guage what it would take to sign them and their interest level in comming to Minnesota. Several more pitchers are now on the market ...
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