The Knoblauch legacy
via Baseball Outsider November 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

We can trace BrianDuensing's presence onthe Twins roster toChuck Knoblauch.A few years ago I wrote a print column on the "Knoblauch tree," in which I traced the impact on the Twins of their 1989 decision to draft Chuck Knoblauch in the first round.As detailed in this Grantland piece by Ben Lindbergh, the Twius still benefiting from that move.Knoblauch's personal travails notwithstanding, he had an

Happy Thanksgiving from Tom Hanson
via Twinkie Town November 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Anoka resident and classic North Metro shit-for-brains Tom Hanson wants to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. (NOTE: Stu is out of town for the weekend, so he asked Tom Hanson if he could step in.  He already regrets this decision.) Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  I don't call it Turkey Day, because why should Joe Mauer get his own holiday!  Ha! Anyway, I'm Tom Hanson, in case nobody said n

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2014-11-27 18:13:24
via Twins Digest November 27, 2014 at 06:05 PM

Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… The White Sox and Tigers have expressed interest in Justin Masterson, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, meaning that all five AL Central clubs have at least checked in on the f...

AL Central Links: Masterson, Ryan, LaRoche
via MLB Trade Rumors November 27, 2014 at 05:17 PM

Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… The White Sox and Tigers have expressed interest in Justin Masterson, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, meaning that all five AL Central clubs have at least checked in on the free agent righty.  Outside of this division, Masterson’s long list of suitors also includes the Braves, Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Marlins. The

Happy Thanksgiving
via Baseball Outsider November 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The years pass along, but my turkey photo lives on.I've been thinking as this Thanksgiving approached of the zero-sum aspects of baseball. Somebody wins, somebody loses. A manager gets fired, another one gets hired. One player gets released, another gets a chance.Thinking about Neil Allen, the Twins new pitching coach, a recovering alcoholic who had 11 years in the majors and almost 20 years of be

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2014-11-27 00:50:06
via Twins Digest November 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Brandon Moss could not help but become aware that the Athletics have made some notable additions that have a bearing on his status with the club, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Moss, who avoided the need for micro-fracture surg...

Scenes from an Offseason: Thanksgiving with the Twins
via Twinkie Town November 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to you, wherever you are, from all of us here at Twinkie Town. SCENE: Just after dark. The exterior of a very nice, large family home, probably in some rich suburb like Edina. Those Edina kids have all the money. Anyway, we zoom in towards a large window as it lightly snows. Inside is a large dining room table, full of traditional Thanksgiving food, surrounded by PAUL MOLI

AL Notes: Moss, Mariners, Lester, Headley, Rays, Twins
via MLB Trade Rumors November 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Brandon Moss could not help but become aware that the Athletics have made some notable additions that have a bearing on his status with the club, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Moss, who avoided the need for micro-fracture surgery on his hip and expects to be ready to go on something close to a normal schedule this spring, says he realizes that the additions of Billy Butler a

2014 Minnesota Twins All-Prospect Team
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 05:29 PM

Know what researching this confirmed? That the Twins still have a kick-ass farm system. In putting this team together for the second year in a row, it was odd not being able to automatically pencil in Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano. Surprisingly, this team still has a sneaky amount of talent, and a good deal of depth - especially on the pitching side. Let's run through how I choose the team.

For Twins, 2014 a year of giving
via Mlb.com - Twins November 26, 2014 at 04:35 PM

This year, the Twins hosted the All-Star Game at Target Field, and with it came numerous charity events that raised a record $8 million for the local community. And that was in addition to the usual charity events the Twins host throughout the year, including Hope Week in May and the upcoming Holiday Week of Giving, which starts Dec. 8.

Twinsights: Terry Ryan on Torii Hunter's leadership, production
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press November 26, 2014 at 03:17 PM

What can Terry Ryan say about the Twins' free-agent pursuit of Torii Hunter? "Not much," the Twins' general manager said with a laugh Wednesday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel. And then, Ryan being an accommodating sort of guy, he expounded a bit to hosts Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette. "I don’t want to get too deep into that other than the fact we could use a right-handed bat," Ryan said. "

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Twinsights: Neil Allen on the influence of Whitey Herzog, Bob Gibson November 26, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Twins outright Swarzak: waiting for the other shoe to drop
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Getting rid of Anthony Swarzak isn't that big of a surprise. Getting rid of him now? It could be a little bit of a surprise. When we spoke about the Twins' seven arbitration-eligible players, there were three who seemed to be potential non-tender candidates: Brian Duensing, Eduardo Nunez, and Anthony Swarzak. Yesterday, the Twins made their call on Swarzak and outrighted him, essentially rem

Twinsights: Ex-Twins coaches Bobby Cuellar, Gary Lucas land on their feet
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press November 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

It will be a happy Thanksgiving for two more longtime Twins coaches who have landed on their feet with new employment opportunities. Bobby Cuellar, whose contract was not renewed after 11 total years with the organization, has accepted a position as a pitching coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Cuellar will work in the Pioneer League with the rookie-level Ogden (Utah) Raptors. Jack McD

A "no" from Korea
via Baseball Outsider November 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

During the night came word from South Korea that the Kia Tigers had rejected the posting bid for Hyeon-jong Yang.While it's unclear if the high bid came from the Texas Rangers or the Minnesota Twins, the Korean team deemed it too low, and now the left-handed pitcher can't be posted again until next winter.I said earlier this week I'd get interested in this one a bit further in the process. Th

Korean club reportedly rejects top bid for lefty Yang
via Mlb.com - Twins November 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang will not pitch in North America next season after a report out of Korea by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday indicated the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization were unhappy with the highest bid and rejected it.

The Case Against Torii Hunter
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Bringing back a fan favorite would be a PR boost to the Twins, but I don't think a reunion would be as positive as we believe. Growing up, my favorite player was Kirby Puckett. Granted, I was just a child so I latched on to the guy that had the biggest smile, the loudest cheers, and the best stats. It was disappointing when he was the recipient of a Dennis Martinez fastball to the eye and t

KIA Tigers Reject Bid For Hyeon-jong Yang
via MLB Trade Rumors November 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM

TUESDAY: The KIA Tigers announced that they have rejected the winning bid for Yang, as was first reported (in Korean) by San Kang on Twitter (h/t: Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). As a result, there may end up being no certain resolution as to whether it as the Twins or Rangers who ultimately posted the highest bid. Regardless of which club won the bidding, Yang won’t be jumping to Major League Base

2015 Category Sleepers: K (Rotoworld)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins November 25, 2014 at 09:35 PM

Seth Trachtman evaluates possible strikeout pitching sleepers for 2015.

Twins Outright Anthony Swarzak
via Twinkie Town November 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM

It's not hard to fill a long-relief role. We learned earlier today that the Twins have chosen to outright Anthony Swarzak instead of paying him around $1.5 million next season, making him a free agent in the process. Jesse listed Swarzak as a candidate to be bounced from the roster earlier this offseason in the Swarzak Stock Market report, though interestingly he was mentioned as someone tha