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Are you sure you want to spend big money on the bullpen?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The data shows the ‘pen is not the place to splurge in free agency The bullpen was a major strength of the 2020 Twins. The reliever group performed at one of the highest levels in baseball — tying with Tampa for the major league lead in fWAR (3.6), finishing fifth in FIP (3.85), strikeout rate (27.4%), and win probability added (2.26); and sixth in ERA (3.62). Fast forward to the middle of this frigid offseason, though, and the bullpen is now one of the Twins’ position groups most in need of strengthening before the 2021...

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Rival Roundup, Vol. 13: Gimme Hendriks

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Minnesota Twins/ News and notes from a ramping-up divisional market. The year - 2021. The date - January 17th. The article - Rival Roundup, Vol. 13 on Twinkie Town. This has been an up-to-the-minute recap of your life! Spooky, no? Chicago White Sox This week, the South Siders stoked the flames of our rivalry by announcing a major free agent signing one day after the release of a Rival Roundup issue. There’s no other reason they would have waited until a Monday to do this, and I will hear no arguments that contradict this opinion. The White...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Teenage Venezuelan shortstop Danny De Andrade tops Twins' list of international free agents

Danny De Andrade and seven others set to join the Twins organization, although signings wont be official until players pass physicals.

DRaysBay

Rays sign top 2021 international free agents

Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Colmenarez and Dominican outfielder Jhonny Piron are big gets. Today officially begins the 2020-21 International Free Agent signing period. In typical years this period begins on July 2, but this year it was delayed until January 15. The Tampa Bay Rays have a $6,431,000 signing bonus pool that is matched only by the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Minnesota Twins. Unlike most recent seasons teams will not be able to trade for additional pool money. This is a practice the Rays have routinely participated in. Any...

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Minnesota Twins: Breaking down the Odds of Stars Landing in Minnesota

Minnesota Twins fans want big names to land in the Twin Cities, whether it comes through trade or free agency. We break down the odds for each star. The MLB offseason is a slow moving beast. From November to the middle of December, very little happened. In the last month, things have exploded. Blake Snell, […] Minnesota Twins: Breaking down the Odds of Stars Landing in Minnesota - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hey Twins, what are you waiting for?

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Time to get the show on the road Well, it’s the middle of January and the only thing the Twins have done is sign Hansel Robles for $2 million. Meanwhile, the division rival Chicago White Sox have signed Liam Hendricks and traded for Lance Lynn. It should feel like the Twins are about to make their moves as the Sox sit back, but instead it’s the opposite. While Chicago has made some big moves, they’re not done. They are still in on the biggest free agents like Bauer and Springer while it feels like the Twins have no shot. All rumors...

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Minnesota Twins: Why the best time to make a move is Right Now

The White Sox have now officially made their move, bringing in Liam Hendriks. It’s time for the Minnesota Twins to stop waiting it out and do the same. The shoe has finally dropped, and the moves are beginning to come. Two days ago, Cleveland announced their trade sending Francico Lindor away to the New York […] Minnesota Twins: Why the best time to make a move is Right Now - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hendricks to ChiSox for 3/$54M per reports

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Multiple reports indicate the Chicago White Sox and free agent reliever Liam Hendricks have agreed to terms on a $54 million deal MLB Rumors: Liam Hendricks and the Chicago White Sox have agreed on terms on a three year deal with a fourth year club option that guarantees Hendricks $54 million, per reports. Hendricks, who turns 32 next month, had a remarkable journey to becoming the most highly sought after free agent closer this offseason. Signed as a free agent out of Australia by the Minnesota Twins in 2007, Hendricks came up as a...

Twinkie Town

The Twins haven’t done anything yet this winter, and that’s okay

Photo by Harrison Barden/MLB Photos via The headline is a little deceiving. The Twins signed a reclamation project for the bullpen and a quadruple-A utilityman. That’s not nothing. But its close enough for government work. Still, its totally okay for the Twins to have been quiet this offseason—twenty-four other teams have as well, while two teams have gotten markedly better (Padres, Mets) and two have gotten markedly worse (Cleveland, Cubs.) I’d include the Rays in that latter category, but I’m convinced they’re crazy like a fox, and this Snell trade will...

Red Reporter

2021 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings: Jose Garcia is your #4 prospect!

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Toolsy as it gets, and perhaps the SS of the future. Jose Garcia struggled mightily when called up to the big leagues in 2020, and there’s no denying that. Still, he’s 16 months younger than Jonathan India, 20 months younger than Tyler Stephenson, and would’ve been plying his trade for AA Chattanooga had the MiLB season not been canned last year. His glove is clearly ready, and in spurts we’ve seen the tremendous offensive talent he possesses when he recognizes the breaking pitches coming his way. Plenty of glove-y...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins' Nelson Cruz waiting out a slow-moving free-agent market

There might be 15 more major league teams in need of a DH, impacting his decision.

Amazin Avenue

If the Mets extend Francisco Lindor, Mets fans should be ecstatic

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The Mets have one of the best, most exciting players in baseball now—and the opportunity to make him a Met for a very long time. It’s been a couple of days since the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, and one of the first questions that Sandy Alderson and Jared Porter were asked in their press conference announcing the move on Thursday afternoon was about a potential contract extension for Lindor. Considering the 27-year-old switch-hitting superstar would be eligible for free agency following the 2021...

Twinkie Town

What the Lindor trade means for the Twins

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ Say goodbye to a Central contender Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Cleveland has traded away a beloved All-Star in an effort to pinch pennies. The past several times(!!!) this happened, Cleveland has been able to hang around, re-tool, and make the playoffs anyway. However, I don’t anticipate this being the case this time around. Cleveland’s return for the latest trade included an average to below-average young veteran shortstop (Amed Rosario), a second-year starting-caliber shortstop with limited upside (Andres Gimenez), a starting...

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Minnesota Twins: Who’s Left in the Free Agent Rotation Market?

The Minnesota Twins have a need for starting pitching in 2021, and with the market beginning to move, we take a look at the players remaining. The market for starting pitchers is beginning to move with the Yu Darvish and Blake Snell trades opening up the pitching market on their way to San Diego. This gives […] Minnesota Twins: Who’s Left in the Free Agent Rotation Market? - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox Among Teams Pursuing Free-Agent Closer Alex Colome

The Red Sox need bullpen arms for late-inning roles, and they might have identified a potential fit. Boston is among a handful of teams pursuing free agent reliever Alex Colme, Fansided’s Robert Murray reported Saturday. The Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, whom Colome spent the last two seasons with, also […] The post MLB Rumors: Red Sox Among Teams Pursuing Free-Agent Closer Alex Colome appeared first on NESN.com.

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Astros Rumors: Alex Colome a strong fit for Houston’s bullpen?

The Houston Astros are looking to upgrade their bullpen in a big way, and are showing interest in another top free-agent reliever. The Houston Astros are interested in free-agent reliever Alex Colome, a source told FanSided’s Robert Murray. Among the other teams interested include the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins. The Chicago […] Astros Rumors: Alex Colome a strong fit for Houston’s bullpen? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Minnesota Twins: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Twins in 2021

The calendar year is finally turning to 2021, and the Minnesota Twins have a chance to improve themselves with their own New Year’s Resolutions. 2020 is heading out the door, and the Minnesota Twins had a pretty good year. They added an ace in Kenta Maeda, made their biggest free agent signing in team history, […] Minnesota Twins: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Twins in 2021 - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Twinkie Town

Twinkie Town’s top stories of 2020

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ As we ring in our new year, and wave goodbye to the accursed 2020, lets look back at the top stories on this-here-baseblog-site over the last twelve months. I’m not going to lie to you, most of these are variations on two topics, but its totally worth a look back and seeing how innocent and naive we once were. With no further ado, ranked by total page views, your top ten: 10: What might happen to the Graterol-Maeda trade? 9: Report: Red Sox want another top prospect from Twins 8. Reactions to the Donaldson signing 7. Willians Astudillo was in...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Rich Hill

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ After more than $58 million in career earnings, he’s certainly Rich, but on the heels of his worst season in recent memory, is he over the Hill? He turned 40 before last season, he’s thrown almost 1,000 innings across 16 major league seasons, and he’s looking for at least one more payday before hanging ‘em up. Most recently a Twin, Rich Hill threw 38.2 innings across eight starts in 2020, suffering just a single setback of a sore shoulder, and evading a recurrence of the myriad blister issues from seasons past. His...

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Minnesota Twins: Grading the Hansel Robles Signing

The Minnesota Twins made their first free agent signing of the 2020-2021 offseason and it’s…Hansel Robles? We grade the new deal. For the Minnesota Twins fans looking for a big signing, keep waiting. For Twins fans looking for a savvy, inexpensive move that should be a big lift for the bullpen, the team made a […] Minnesota Twins: Grading the Hansel Robles Signing - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Minnesota Twins Shortstop Trade Rumors: Hope, Hysteria or Hype?

The Minnesota Twins are kicking the tires on possible shortstop replacements. We break down if those rumors are hope, hysteria, or hype for 2021. In 2020, the Minnesota Twins’ vaunted offense disappointed greatly, forcing the team to rely on the pitching staff. Among the most disappointing players was shortstop Jorge Polanco. Polanco followed up a […] Minnesota Twins Shortstop Trade Rumors: Hope, Hysteria or Hype? - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Shopping for pitching in the NL Central

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Three NL Central teams are looking to shed salary and rebuild — which pitchers might make sense for Minnesota? Aside from the Padres post-Christmas trade aggressiveness, the offseason has gotten off to a slow start, much like last year. To this point, a lot of the offseason rumor mill has centered on three teams in the National League Central division where the Cubs, Pirates, and Reds have all publicly signaled they are looking to trade away established veterans. Each of the teams has completed a significant trade thus far...

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Evaluating the AL Central: A look at the offseason plans for the Chicago White Sox’s division foes

The Chicago White Sox have had an active offseason, trading for pitcher Lance Lynn and signing free-agent outfielder Adam Eaton. Here's a look at some of the offseason moves and priorities for of their AL Central rivals — the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians.

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Colorado Rockies rumors: Could the Minnesota Twins be a trade partner?

If the Colorado Rockies decide to trade All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, could the Minnesota Twins be a potential destination? According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic in this article (subscription required), the Twins could potentially move shortstop Jorge Polanco to second base, freeing up a spot at shortstop. If that were to happen, the Twins […] Colorado Rockies rumors: Could the Minnesota Twins be a trade partner? - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Gabbing w/ Gamble: Which Twins are you most excited to watch in 2021?

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Who can’t you wait to see on the field? Welcome back to another edition of our weekly discussions! Personally, I couldn’t wait for this particular week to end (finals week), and I hope this discussion will send us all into the weekend on a high note. Here’s the prompt: Which Twins players are you most excited to watch in 2021? The Twins have no shortage of exciting established players already on the roster, and there is likely going to be at least a couple fresh faces coming from the farm (or free agency). Here’s a few of my picks. Byron...

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