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  1. Twins should be proactive with Sano and his contract

    Now that Sano is in New Britain I thought we start speculating on how the Twins should handle him. I would love to see the Twins be proactive with him like the Rays were with Longoria. I think you go this agent next Spring and offer something like this.

    8 years 40 Million
    3 Million signing bonus up front
    Year 1 500K
    Year 2 500K
    Year 3 1 Mil
    Year 4 3 Mil
    Year 5 5 Mil
    Year 6 7 Mil
    Year 7 9 Mil
    Year 8 11 Mil

    4 option s ...
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  2. Yesterday's Kernels Game

    Anyone know where to find the whole game footage...is it out there somewhere?
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  3. Twins Birthdays--June 11

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    Danny Morris (1946)
    Bobby Keppel (1982)

    ​Right-hander Danny Walker Morris pitched a total of six games for the Twins from 1968-1969. Born in Greenville, Kentucky, Morris signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1964. He had an excellent year in Class A Wisconsin Rapids in 1965, going 16-8, 2.16 with a WHIP of 1.00 in 225 innings. He struggled for a while as he went up the minor league ladder, but had a good year in 1968 at AAA Denver, ...
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  4. Beyond Buxton

    For all who watched The Byron Buxton Show on Fox Sports North on Monday, there is no question who the top prospect on the Cedar Rapids roster is. Buxton was the clear-cut focus of the broadcast, and for good reason. Not only was he 3-4 with a single, bases-clearing double and triple, but he made one of the best catches you will see all year. He is also hitting a robust .350/.444/.578 (1.022) with 14 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs 60 runs scored, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has earned ...
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  5. Talking Minor Leaguers With Paul Molitor

    Hall of Famer Paul Molitor was in Cedar Rapids over the course of most of the past homestand in his capacity with the Twins organization.

    Molitor was gracious enough to answer some questions last Thursday, the first day of his stay in Cedar Rapids, as well as a few follow-up questions Monday afternoon after the final game of the Kernels’ homestand.

    I used several excerpts from the Thursday interview in an article posted at MetroSportsReport.com last week, but there ...
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  6. Twins center field depth to be tested

    At the end of last season, the Twins had plenty of options to play center field for the club. Denard Span and Ben Revere spent most of the year manning that position. Darin Mastroianni made a good fourth outfielder because he could play center field when it was necessary. Joe Benson and Aaron Hicks were on the 40-man roster but there wasn't much room for them with three other players in front of them.

    Things have certainly gone from crowded to scarce in a hurry. As most fans know, ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/10): Buxton Shines

    (This post will be updated after the completion of tonight's games.)

    Since last night’s podcast/minor league review there have been a few more moves.

    The Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the DL with a strained hamstring and recalled Oswaldo Arcia.

    The Red Wings, who had a full roster following the addition of James Beresford and re-addition of Chris Colabello, placed Danny Lehmann on the 7-day DL with right elbow neuritis. You can Google it like I did and you’ll ...
  8. PODCAST: Sunday Minor League Report and Draft Thoughts

    On Sunday night, Twins Daily's draft expert and myself put together a 35 minute podcast in which we dove into several topics. First, we discussed all that happened in the Twins minor league system on Sunday. You may have heard that a certain 3B prospect was promoted to New Britain, as were Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales, but Kyle Gibson and DJ Baxendale also were on the mound. Cedar Rapids moved one game closer to clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs which likely would signal yet another ...
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  9. Twins Birthdays--June 10

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    Ed Palmquist (1933)
    Scott Ullger (1955)

    Right-hander Edwin Lee Palmquist appeared in nine games for the Twins in 1961. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he signed as a free agent with Brooklyn in 1951. He was with Class C Santa Barbara through 1952, then served in the military for two years. He returned to organized baseball in 1955, but either still had a military obligation or was battling injuries, because he played very little until 1957. ...
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  10. Winning Two Out Of Three: Future Prospects May Make the Difference

    The old adage is that a baseball season can be broken into three columns. All teams win one third of their games--even the lousyteams. All teams lose one third of their games--even the best teams. It is the other third that makes the difference.
    The series with Washington is a perfect example. Minnesota took game one on the strength of their bullpen and a hot backup catcher/dh. The Nats blew out the Twins in game two. Then, in that all-important third game, our Twinkies lost by one run as ...
  11. Monday Morning Madness: June 9, 2013

    The Scott Diamond Matrix?

    I made you a matrix:

    Plus Command Average Command
    Plus Stuff Jordan Zimmermann Sam Deduno
    Average Stuff Scott Diamond Rich Robertson

    I chose to use the word "average" to be kind to all stakeholders. By average, ...
  12. Prospects on the Move

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ID:	4388The Twins dropped two of three in Washington over the weekend, widening their deficit in the AL Central to 7.5 games. For the big-league club, things are looking rather grim.

    That was to be expected, however, and fortunately things are considerably brighter down on the farm, which is where fans should be focusing their attention for signs of positivity this year.

    Immediately after slugging his 15th and 16th homers of the season for Ft. Myers ...
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  13. Trilogy of Error (Twins at Nationals -- Games 57-59)

    Twins at Nationals

    A Small Amount of New Hope (Twins 4 Nationals 3 - Game 57)

    Thanks to rain that wouldn’t go away, this Nationals series will be played in a space of barely over one day.

    Condensing things makes this interleague series into a neat little three part trilogy. Like Star Wars or The Godfather.

    Well, it will be for anyone in the Land of Lakes still sporting a TC on their hat, at least.

    Tonight’s game had the underdog ...
  14. 2016

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    Miguel Sano: Probably a cornerstone to the 2016 Twins

    This year's Twins are better than the 2012 edition, who thankfully were better than the 2011 edition (well, it was hardly possible to be any worse). All signs indicate that the 2014 edition will continue on that track of improvement. The trend is slow. Painfully slow. But the direction
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