12:08 PM EST, Tue January 17, 2017
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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 13

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 13

Congratulations to Nick Burdi, our round 12 winner. Two outfielders join us for round 13. Nick Burdi wins round 12. Hopefully he joins the Twins bullpen in 2017. Daniel Palka and LaMonte Wade join us for round 13. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%, Mejia 4%) Alex Kirilloff - 51% (Romero 35%, Stewart 9%, Mejia 6%) Kohl Stewart - 43% (Romero 29%, Chargois 14%, Javier 9%, Mejia 6%) Fernando Romero - 48% (Chargois 32%, Javier 11%, Mejia...
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Tuesday Twins: Status update on Joe Mauer’s legs and other notes

Tuesday Twins: Status update on Joe Mauer’s legs and other notes

Hey all! There’s not much news these days, but I still got the links: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but new reports say Joe Mauer has been spending the off-season trying to strengthen his legs. “I needed some time to rest,” Joe told Mike Berardino. Sure, the Joe Mauer contract has been disappointing, but would it be better for the Twins to just admit that? Derek Wetmore explored the idea. If you’re bummed the Twins haven’t made more signings yet this off-season, Falvey and Levine can break it down for you: There’s just not much available. Randball (as in owner of...
Jan 14, 2017
BREAKING: more hacked Twins emails released

BREAKING: more hacked Twins emails released

TwinkiLeaks hacked emails show it’s worse than we thought The mysterious group from Iceland calling itself, “TwinkiLeaks” has released more emails from David “Dave” St. Peter’s cell phone. This batch is a correspondence between St Peter and the Twins new Viceroy of Baseball Operations, Derek Falvey. From: Dave St Peter [UNDHockeyDave85@minnesotatwins.com] To: Derek Falvey [TheFalveyGuy@minnesotatwins.com] Date: December 9, 2016 9:31 AM Subject: Hej Derek! Hej there, Derek! How’s it going there then? Looks like we're in for more snow, just a couple of inches this time but it...
Jan 13, 2017
HOT STOVE COOKIN’: Twins Avoid Arbitration with Gibson, Santiago, Kintzler

HOT STOVE COOKIN’: Twins Avoid Arbitration with Gibson, Santiago, Kintzler

BUT WHAT ABOUT RYAN PRESSLY. WHAT ABOUT RYAN PRESSLY?!? Friday afternoon’s Twins update has nothing to do with Brian Dozier, who is still a Minnesota Twin. Rather, the news is about other Twins who are also still Minnesota Twins. All the local beats are reporting that the Twins have agreed to terms and avoided arbitration with pitchers Kyle Gibson, Hector Santiago, and Brandon Kintzler. Per Mike Berardino, Gibson and Kintzler are both in the $2.9 million range, while Santiago will get $8 million for 2017. As noted by the Strib’s Phil Miller, this makes Santiago the fifth-highest paid...
Jan 13, 2017
Mauer ‘Doubtful’ He Can Get Curfew Extended for Billy Joel Concert

Mauer ‘Doubtful’ He Can Get Curfew Extended for Billy Joel Concert

“Mom doesn’t like his defiant lyrics,” added the Twins star. Although he was on hand for Thursday’s announcement of a Billy Joel concert at Target Field this summer, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer probably won’t be at the show itself. “Concerts go pretty late,” said Mauer. “And unless I’m working, Mom wants me home at 11:00 sharp.” Mauer, who is married and no longer lives at home, said he is a fan of Joel, but that he has to pick his battles. “I got in dutch with Ma when I went to a rap show at the Myth a couple years ago and didn’t text her when I got home,” said...
Jan 12, 2017
Twins GM Thad Levine downplays rumors around Dozier, Bautista

Twins GM Thad Levine downplays rumors around Dozier, Bautista

Just when you thought the Brian Dozier to Dodgers deal was dead and the Twins were signing Jose Bautista, GM Thad Levine says, “Slow your roll, bloggers.” Remember a couple weeks ago when the Twins said they were asking for final offers on Brian Dozier? It turns out that wasn’t entirely true. Oh—and neither was that stuff about the Twins seriously pursuing Jose Bautista. Twins GM Thad Levine cleared up these points last night when he appeared on the Twins’ weekly radio show “Deep Cuts”. With respect to Dozier, Levine said there was never a true deadline on a deal, and...
Jan 12, 2017
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 12

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 12

Congratulations to Mitch Garver for being voted the #11 prospect. Mitch Garver wins round 11 without much competition. I am not adding anyone for round 12. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%, Mejia 4%) Alex Kirilloff - 51% (Romero 35%, Stewart 9%, Mejia 6%) Kohl Stewart - 43% (Romero 29%, Chargois 14%, Javier 9%, Mejia 6%) Fernando Romero - 48% (Chargois 32%, Javier 11%, Mejia 10%) Wander Javier - 35% (Chargois 33%, Jorge 20%, Mejia...
Jan 11, 2017
Twins sign pitchers Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch

Twins sign pitchers Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch

Twins add some starting rotation depth. Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that the Twins have agreed to minor-league deals with righties Ryan Vogelsong and Nick Tepesch. The deals also come with invites to spring training. The more the merrier, I guess. Vogelsong, 39, had his surprising career year in 2011 when he made the All Star Game and posted an ERA of 2.71 with the Giants. Last year he missed 10 weeks after getting hit in the face with a baseball. In 82.1 innings for the Pirates last year his ERA was 4.81 with a 6.7 K/9 against a 4.4 BB/9. Not sure what he can provide to the...
Jan 11, 2017
Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins join Twins broadcasting team

Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins join Twins broadcasting team

Hunter and Hawkins will join FSN’s rotation of color commentators for Twins games. We learned last fall that Bert Blyleven would be broadcasting fewer games in 2017 and 2018, and that FSN was “considering multiple options” for other game coverage. Turns out those multiple options included Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins, who are officially joining the FSN broadcast team as analyst for Twins games. These aren’t just small time spots, but they aren’t full-time roles either. Blyleven will still be the main guy, broadcasting 80 games a year, which is a little over half. The other 70...
Jan 11, 2017
The Twins can totally sign Jose Bautista

The Twins can totally sign Jose Bautista

Some people are a little concerned about the addition of Jose Bautista to the Twins roster, but I argue that there is indeed room for him. While we’ve been wondering all offseason if Brian Dozier will indeed be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it seemed as if the Twins had put a halt to all other negotiations. After all, nothing has happened since Jason Castro was signed back in late November. Unfortunately, reports have come out lately that the Twins and Dodgers cannot agree upon the players to join Jose De Leon in coming to Minnesota. However, an interesting tidbit has come out from...
Jan 11, 2017
Trevor Plouffe Signs With Oakland A's

Trevor Plouffe Signs With Oakland A's

The former Twins third baseman, released this offseason, finds a new home in the Bay Area. A late Tweet last night from Ken Rosenthal (he is everywhere, and nowhere, shadow and flesh) read as following: Sources: Free-agent infielder Trevor Plouffe to Athletics. Agreement in place. Deal pending a physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2017 Multiple outlets have confirmed the signing, including TT's sister wife Athletics Nation. Their version is here. Trevor will take over at third for Danny Valencia, who was moved this winter, and whom I've never heard of. Plouffe...
Jan 10, 2017
Twins Hot Stove: Team has met with Jose Bautista’s agent, and other notes

Twins Hot Stove: Team has met with Jose Bautista’s agent, and other notes

The latest on Jose Bautista, Jae-gyun Hwang, minor scouting and coaching hires, and (of course) Brian Dozier. No, Brian Dozier hasn’t been traded yet—but there’s some other Twins news and rumors floating around. Here’s the scoop: I don’t mean to get anyone overly excited or anything, but THE TWINS MET WITH JOSE BAUTISTA’S AGENT AND OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, yes: The Twins did meet with Jose “Target Field Killer” Bautista’s agent, according to Rhett Bollinger, but it’s unclear what the actual level of interest is on either side. Bautista could be looking for a short,...
Jan 10, 2017
Quiz: Twins with 30 SB in a season

Quiz: Twins with 30 SB in a season

Back in November I made a quiz about the 13 Twins who have hit 30 or more home runs in a season, and just about everyone did very well on it. It seemed only appropriate to create a sister quiz regarding those who have stolen 30 bases in a season. This list is a bit shorter, at just eight players, and there is no overlap between the two. Since there are fewer correct responses, I put two minutes on the clock as opposed to the three allotted for the home run hitters. As a clue I've listed which year or years each guy stole 30 bases while with the Twins; all told there have been 18 such...
Jan 9, 2017
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 11

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 11

Adalberto Mejia finishes out the top 10. An Australian lefty joins us for round eleven. Mejia finally found enough votes to make the top 10. I added another foreign lefthanded starting pitcher prospect to replace him on the list as we go to eleven. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%, Mejia 4%) Alex Kirilloff - 51% (Romero 35%, Stewart 9%, Mejia 6%) Kohl Stewart - 43% (Romero 29%, Chargois 14%, Javier 9%, Mejia 6%) Fernando Romero - 48%...
Jan 8, 2017
Twins Tidbits: Dozier, Spring training invitees, Berrios, MiLB signings

Twins Tidbits: Dozier, Spring training invitees, Berrios, MiLB signings

Nothing big has happened. A Dozier trade with Atlanta appears to be a longshot, according to Mike Berardino. The Dodgers remain the most likely landing spot. No surprises here, really. Speaking of those Dodgers, they are willing to include multiple prospects in a trade for Dozier, per Ken Rosenthal. The problem is how good those extra prospects are. The Twins have invited 16 non-roster players to spring training. Stephen Gonsalves and Nick Gordon being the most notable. Berardino writes that Jose Berrios will not be pitching in the Puerto Rican Winter League this year. The Twins...