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  1. 2014 off-season Minnesota Twins top 40 prospect countdown: 31-35

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    This is the second segment of the 2014 off-season Twins top 40 prospects, counting down prospects 31 to 35. Prospects 36-40 are here and you can find all segments in reverse order here.

    I feel I need to make a couple of clarifications about this list (which is a bit different that others.) First of all, I consider players who have played in the majors, as "graduating" from prospect status. You ...
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  2. Kazmir or Nolasco?

    Recognizing first the possibility that Kazmir had little interest in joining the Twins vs. A's, I'm wondering what the feeling is out there about Kazmir on a 2/22 vs. Nolasco on a 4/48 contract. Personally, I prefer Kazmir and his contract, since he has more upside and the commitment is shorter. In fact, I'd have gone higher (2/24 or 25) for Kazmir if he really did prefer the A's to see if he might think twice.
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  3. 2014 off-season Minnesota Twins top 40 prospect countdown: 36-40

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    I have not attempted a full detailed one of those, but I think that with the Twins getting better this off-season and the possibility of trades of prospects for established players being a true possibility, I thought that it might be a good idea. There are a lot of prospect lists out there and they are all slightly different because different people value different qualities in a player, but they all serve a great singular ...

    Updated 12-02-2013 at 12:25 PM by Thrylos

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  4. kudos to gatg and who the Twins should sign next....

    After my blog complaining bitterly about gatg and their non baseball talk, their last episode was what I want and very enjoyable. I still dont like the drinking references..but it was much improved.

    The next Free agent the twins should sign is Mike Pelfrey. His second half last year was very good. Before the FA signings I said Pelfrey should be number one, now here is what I want the Rotation to Look like.....
    Nolasco
    Deduno
    Hughes
    Correia
    Pelfrey ...
  5. Free Agent Feast: Nolasco, Hughes Stuffed Into Rotation

    The Twins were doing their own shopping over the busy Thanksgiving weekend.

    According to multiple reports, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco will sign a four-year, $49 million contract. When this deal is finalized, it will be the largest free agent contract in the organization's history. Minnesota had been rumored to be pushing hard for Nolasco and they were able to land their man.

    The Twins didn't stop there as reports surfaced on Sunday night of the Twins agreeing to ...
  6. 1999 Offseason in Review

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I haven't posted these here lately because I am comically lazy. Luckily for the both of you who care, I have an archive set up right here. Enjoy!

    State of the Team

    1999 Record: 63-97, 5th in the AL Central
    1999 Overview: At least fans were only subjected to 160 games.
    2000 Outlook: Welcome to the Jay Canizaro era!

    Players Lost - Free Agency

    As has been the case for the last few off-seasons, ...
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  7. Expectations and Phil Hughes

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ID:	6102There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this impending Phil Hughes deal as a coup for the Twins. After all, Hughes is a relatively young pitcher who has potential upside and, as a fly ball pitcher, he finally gets to leave the launching pad in the Bronx (not to mention, away from the beasts of the east). For an average annual value of $8M per year, a value he has eclipsed in three of the past five seasons according to Fangraphs.com, it is hard to find a downside. ...
  8. These Ain't Your Old Twins

    Answering the same question over and over again had to be growing tiresome for Twins officials.

    Because baseball fans in general are becoming increasingly analytic in the way they watch the game (this site serves as a great example), and because the organization has earned a reputation for taking a more traditional, scouting-based approach, seemingly every interview with an exec or front office member has included some query on the Twins' progress in the area of statistical analysis. ...
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  9. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 122: Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes

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ID:	6097Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes for a combined $73 million, a possible A.J. Pierzynski reunion, what the rotation might look like in 2016, how to have a successful first date, rooting against Mike Pelfrey's return, recapping Thanksgiving, secondary stats versus ERA, ranking the best brunch options, mailbag questions from listeners, wearing cardigan sweaters, and crying at Stella's. You can listen by clicking below,download us from iTunes ...
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  10. Fly-ball Tendencies

    I haven't blogged for TD, or anywhere else, but this topic will be too long for a simple thread post. The Twins signed Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes and the world is shocked. As much as the Twins community has turned the 'pitch to contact' theme into a punchline, the philosophy of the team remains. It has always appeared that the Twins were fond of pitchers who could go deep into games by limiting their P/PA. While that theory had brought them success in the early 2000s, the staff had trended so ...
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  11. I like Phil Hughes

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Where were you when the Twins became a completely different franchise? In the last 72 hours or so, the Twins have doled out $73 million in long-term contracts, surpassing their previous off-season record by nearly $300 billion dollars (if you believe some fans). On Wednesday, the Twins signed Ricky Nolasco to a four-year deal, and tonight, they added former Yankee Phil Hughes to an increasingly (and suddenly) talented starting rotation. ...
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  12. According to MLBTraderumors - Twins sign Phil Hughes

    Latest post on mlbtraderumors references an article by LaVelle E. Neal III citing an anonymous source as the Twins have signed Phil Hughes. This is supposed to be a 3/24 contract. If this is correct it is good news. I would rather have a different pitcher, but this signing cannot hurt. Decent price for a pitcher. TR at least is getting decent value for Poland's money.
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  13. Finding Value: Eric Fryer

    There has been a lot of talk about the Twins going after a catcher to stabilize the position, now that Joe Mauer has moved to first base. Suggestions have been made that we should sign a catcher like A.J. Pierzynski or Dioner Navarro to fill the role until Josmil Pinto is ready. Others have suggested that while Pinto had a nice September, he's far from a sure thing, and upgrading the position with a guy like Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be ideal due to his combination of pitch framing and power. ...

    Updated 02-25-2014 at 02:16 PM by JP3700

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  14. Separated at birth?

    I didn't know what Ricky Nolasco looked like until he signed with the Twins and the same photo kept showing up. I had a sense of deja vu but couldn't name it until today:
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