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Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens: Villines Club 4-4-4-4 Life

This week, the team talks about bad luck, trades, and the draft. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. With the HMS Olympic colliding with a British warship and almost sinking- barely escaping the fate her sister ships would have- the team talks about the worst possible luck in a baseball context in Promote, Extend, Trade. After, Steve gives us an update on our adopted CPBL team, the Uni-President Lions, our adopted KBO team, the LG Twins, and our adopted NPB team, the Yakult Swallows. Next, the team discusses the...

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens: So sayth the Neimoidian “Now there are two of them!”

This week, the team tries to figure out what to do with Amed Rosario. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. With the Major League Baseball season having come to a premature end on this date in 1994, the team discusses events that they would’ve liked to have seen in Promote, Extend, Trade. After, Steve gives us an update on our adopted CPBL team, the Uni-President Lions, our adopted KBO team, the LG Twins, and our adopted NPB team, the Yakult Swallows. Next, the team discusses some roster minutia involving Franklyn...

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens, Episode 78: Trade Talk, Catchers, Kurosawa

We hold down the fort without Steve while talking the Mets’ recent trades. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast Amazin’ Avnue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. Forging ahead without Steve (who will be back next week), we start by remembering Akira Kurosawa, who died on September 6th 1985 in Promote-Extend-Trade.\ After that, we check in our adopted NPBL, KBO, and NPB teams. In short, time to give up the Swallows and go all in on the Twins. We then talk about the two (technically three) trades the Mets made at the deadline last week, starting with Miguel Castro and...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Vikings, Twins differ on their approach to trades this season

Vikings' deal for Ngakoue was necessary; Twins could afford to wait for injured players to return.

Twinkie Town

Five reasons standing pat was the right call

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The future will be little like we expect, so we should plan accordingly The end of August was rough. The beat up Twins were in a seemingly endless free fall (it finally ended at 6 straight losses) after losing road series to division rivals Cleveland and Detroit. The rebuilding White Sox looked like they have arrived early and might be a legitimate contender in 2020. The once vaunted Twins bullpen and bomba squad were cratering. The trade deadline came and went without so much as a single trade reinforcement brought in. For fans, it has not been...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

White Sox right fielder Nomar Mazara is confident the home runs will come: ‘Once I hit the first one, everything’s going to take care of itself’

The Chicago White Sox were looking to boost their power production in right field when they acquired Nomar Mazara in an offseason trade with the Texas Rangers. But he had yet to homer in 23 games for the Sox entering Wednesday night’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins,

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins: 4 Reasons why No Trade was the Right Move

With the Trade Deadline Rumors Swirling, the Minnesota Twins made the decision to not make any trades. Here’s why that was the right move. The Major League Baseball Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the Minnesota Twins opted to stay put, making no trade moves, with the only move the team made over the […] Minnesota Twins: 4 Reasons why No Trade was the Right Move - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Twinkie Town

Old Friends on the move

Photo by Bob Levey/ Where did former Twins end up at the trade deadline? Once a player has played for the Twins, even a cup of coffee, we tend to call them old friends. Just like you keep a few folks from high school on your Facebook friends list to keep tabs on them (high schoolers reading this, you too will someday be an old) we too like to keep track of what our old friends are up to. With yesterday afternoon’s trade deadline being the only one this season, no one else will be switching teams via the old swap-er-oo. So now that the dust has settled, where are they now? C Jason...

Twinkie Town

White Sox 8, Twins 5: Things are awful

Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Should’ve made a trade Things are falling apart! The Twins came home to play Chicago and the players were using it as a fresh slate to go win some games. It didn’t start well at all. The game actually had a really nice start for the Twins who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The runs came from a Miguel Sano home run and Luis Arraez line drive single. Things were looking great! Giolito was struggling and Rich Hill was doing alright. Then came the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs the Twins nearly (and should have) got a triple play....

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Byron Buxton set to return as Michael Pineda makes season debut for Twins

Pineda sat out the first 36 games of the season to finish his 60-game suspension for using a masking agent in 2019.

Twinkie Town

Last night was a must-win, now the next two are

In a perfect analogy for this week, Max Kepler literally drops the damn ball. | Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Not for the playoffs, but to keep us believing Derek Falvey and Thad Levine earned the moniker the “Boy Wonders,” but right now its easy to doubt them, and fans will start looking elsewhere for entertainment. The Twins are in the middle of a perfect storm, when it comes to fan support. The trade deadline passed yesterday and the Twins stood pat. There were some rumors, a couple tendrils of smoke, but the fire never burst to life, dying as a cold coal in the stove. Basically, the...

Royals Review

The Royals failed another trade deadline by not trading Whit Merrifield

Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals scores in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on August 9, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Photo by Ed Zurga/ Predictable, but still disappointing The Kansas City Royals suck. Some of you might be a little taken back by the forwardness of that statement, but you should not be for two reasons. First, because there are no true swears in that sentence, and second because the Royals have sucked so bad that they absolutely deserve an entire encyclopedia worth of swears. Put it this way: 2004 through 2006 is widely...

Twinkie Town

MLB.com writers predict Twins will trade Royce Lewis

It’s fairly unlikely the Twins will trade for Xander Bogaerts. But, here he is. | Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports No, the Twins aren’t going to trade Royce Lewis The trade deadline is this afternoon, and folks are in full-on crazy “prediction” mode. The writers at MLB.com did something resembling a roundtable in which each scribe was undoubtedly forced to make a “prediction” for a deadline move. As one might have guessed, this led to a number of outlandish things simply being thrown against the wall to see if anything stuck. There are two Twins-centric trades. Both are...

Twinkie Town

Cleveland trades Clevinger: What does it mean for the Twins?

Photo by Ron Schwane/ Is it a Twins’ addition by (the competitor’s) subtraction? Source: Deal is Clevinger, Greg Allen and PTBN to Padres; Quantrill, Arias, Cantillo, Hedges, Naylor and Miller to Indians.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020 Trade Deadline Morning has started off with a bang, with Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger headed to the Padres in a massive deal. Dealing their second best starter (and a #1 for most teams) means plenty for one of the Twins’ chief competitors, but what does it mean for the Twins? What Cleveland Lost Cleveland lost Mike...

Puckett's Pond

Three reasons why the Minnesota Twins shouldn’t make a trade

The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Minnesota Twins are in thick of the playoff picture. Is now the time they should make a trade? The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Minnesota Twins are in thick of the playoff picture. The Twins are a half a game ahead of the […] Three reasons why the Minnesota Twins shouldn’t make a trade - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Twinkie Town

Twins trade rumors on the eve of the deadline

Is the band getting back together?! | Photo by Dustin Bradford/ Rounding up the current trade rumors that involves Minnesota. The MLB trade deadline is at 3p Central tomorrow, and the Minnesota Twins have been included in a few trade rumors. Here’s a quick summary of what has been reported involving Minnesota: The front office has reportedly been interested in Dylan Bundy of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. If the Twins do acquire Bundy, he would slot into the struggling starting rotation that has seen a cluster of stints on the I.L., bullpen days, and extra days of rest. Bundy is...

Bless You Boys

Monday Tigers News: .500 at the deadline

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via We look at player development and what we might see from the Tigers at the trade deadline What a week to be a Tigers fan. Two of three from the Cubs and a sweep of the Twins puts the team at .500 and a game and a half out of a playoff spot. This team has suddenly become fun to watch again. With the trade deadline looming on Monday, we’ll wait anxiously to see what happens and if anyone comes or goes from the squad while we look forward to a three game tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers. After a relatively quiet week, trades popped off left and...

Twinkie Town

Injured List may grow smaller for Twins by trade deadline

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ A couple of key players might return soon. Many Minnesota Twins fans believe that their favorite club will stand pat at today’s trade deadline, which is at 3p Central today. Why would that be? Minnesota would ideally have some key players returning from the Injured List around the same time. Here’s an update on the players currently on the I.L.: One of those key players is third baseman Josh Donaldson. He’s been sidelined with a calf injury backdated to August 4. General Manger Thad Levine said on Sunday morning’s Insider Twins show...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins not expected to make a splash on trade deadline day

The Twins need their offense to get back on track as the powerful White Sox come to Target Field for a three game series that starts on Monday.

Twinkie Town

Trade deadline roundup and discussion megathread

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports For all the action or inaction of the day. Today at 3:00 PM is the bizarre trade deadline for the bizarre 2020 season and I’m here to inform you nice people of the situation and give you somewhere to chat crankily at each-other. And also because I have a quota to meet and all the games I could recap keep getting canceled. But mostly the for you guys thing. Here’s all the rumors I could find by idly scrolling through MLBTR while eating pizza rolls. Twins Rumors: Minnesota did ask the Brewers about reliever Josh Hader, but all indications point to that not...

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens: The Ballad of Bud Fowler

This week, the team discusses New York native Bud Fowler, the earliest known African American player to play professional baseball. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast from Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. Celebrating Hideo Nomo’s birthday, the team discusses what pitchers with crazy deliveries to Promote, Extend, or Trade. After, Steve gives us an update on our adopted CPBL team, the Uni-President Lions, our adopted KBO team, the LG Twins, and our adopted NPB team, the Yakult Swallows. Next, the team discusses a few Mets minor league roster moves...

Lone Star Ball

Lance Lynn deal “increasingly likely,” per Morosi

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Jon Morosi says that a Lance Lynn is “increasingly likely” to be dealt before tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline MLB Trade Rumors: Lance Lynn is “increasingly likely” to be dealt by the August 31, 2020, MLB trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi on Twitter. Evan Grant previously identified the San Diego Padres, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers as teams that that have “check[ed] in” on Lynn. Jon Morosi says that the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins “have been engaged” with Texas...

Halos Heaven

Angels trade catcher Jason Castro to Padres

Photo by Bob Levey/ Another move before the deadline The Angels continue to make moves ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, as they’ve traded catcher Jason Castro to the San Diego Padres. Padres acquiring catcher Jason Castro from Angels, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 30, 2020 Castro has appeared in 18 games for the Angels this season. He’s hitting .192/.323/.385/.707 with two homers and six runs driven in. This was his first season in Anaheim after spending three seasons with the Twins. It hasn’t been announced yet as to what the Angels...

Twinkie Town

Gabbing w/ Gamble: What should the Twins do at the trade deadline?

Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Let’s hear those hawt takez Hello, happy Friday, and welcome to our weekly discussion. As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, I present you with this: What should the Twins do at the trade deadline? The first-place Twins have achieved one of the best records in baseball thus far this year, despite the best efforts of the injury bug. The squad has largely struggled at the plate (perhaps due to the odd circumstances of the 2020 season), while the pitching staff has been among the best in the league. What should the Twins do to distance...

Twinkie Town

Ranking the Twins’ trade deadline needs

Could Kevin Pillar be a future bench option for the Twins? | Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports What do the Twins need at the upcoming deadline? In case you hadn’t heard, the Twins’ season is more than half over and the MLB Trade Deadline is this Wednesday. Yes, it happened quickly, and no, it’s unlikely that any team in the league feels absolutely comfortable making massive, potentially course-altering decisions based on a month of data in a wonky season filled with more “summer camps” than fans in the stands. Alas, here we are. And since the Twins are one of the five or so teams...

Twinkie Town

It’s crazy trade suggestion season, folks

Photo by Dylan Buell/ There’s already some insanity being thrown around With the short-season MLB trade deadline fast approaching (August 31st) rumors are swirling and trade ideas are being thrown around in abundance. The Twins, expected to be buyers at the deadline, have been the center of some speculation, and while this is the sort of thing you expect from delusional Yankees fans on Twitter, one piece of insanity came from MLB Network today: An idea from @markdero7 on #MLBNCentral right now that he called "a framework." Everybody trying to trade Hader over there. Dan O'Dowd said...

Motor City Bengals

Detroit Tigers: Why Twins matchup is perfectly timed

 With the MLB Trade Deadline looming at 4pm Eastern Time on Monday afternoon the Detroit Tigers sit in a precarious position as they determine their next move forward with the power-laden Minnesota Twins also in town. It’s the question many clubs face. Buy, sell, or hold? The Detroit Tigers are about to hit the halfway point […] Detroit Tigers: Why Twins matchup is perfectly timed - Motor City Bengals - Motor City Bengals - A Detroit Tigers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Matching up a Josh Hader trade: Minnesota Twins

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Hader might make Minnesota the best team in baseball, while Milwaukee could get back a Gleyber Torres-like return The Minnesota Twins are 20-12 and sit atop the American League Central division. They find themselves there because of their devastating lineup. They also find themselves there because of a very good bullpen that has Taylor Rogers, Tyler Clippard, Trevor May, Tyler Duffy, and Sergio Romo. With a fairly solid starting rotation, the Twins are a serious World Series contender. Is there something that might put them over the top? How about a bullpen...

Matt Belisle is set to enter free agency in 2019

After spending last season with the Indians and Twins, Matt Belisie is set to enter free agency before the 2019 season About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consi

Zach Duke hits free agency again in 2019

Zach Duke becomes a free agent for the second year in a row after pitching with the Twins and Mariners in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of

Veteran 2B Brian Dozier enters free agency

31-year-old second baseman Brian Dozier enters free agency after splitting the 2018 season between the Twins and Dodgers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and con