Notes, quotes and comment (manager edition)
via Baseball Outsider October 21, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Washington Nationals announced Friday that Dusty Baker won't be back as manager next year.That's a mistake on the Nats' part.Baker may not be regarded as a tactical genius, but there are few better at handling a clubhouse of star egos. At 68, he probably isn't a good choice for a rebuilding team, but the Nats are in win-now mode. The Nats have a really good roster, and they have Bryce Harper f

More updates from Baseball Outsider
Gardy in Detroit October 20, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Goodbye, Perkins (maybe) October 19, 2017 at 07:43 PM
A unique scouting hire October 18, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Garver, Slegers net Twins' organizational honors
via Mlb.com - Twins October 18, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Twins named catcher Mitch Garver and right-hander Aaron Slegers as the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, the club announced Wednesday.

Mauer and a Gold Glove
via Baseball Outsider October 17, 2017 at 07:43 PM

For some reason the subject of Joe Mauer and a possible Gold Glove award for him at first base kept popping up on my Twitter timeline Monday.One ignornamus insisted that Craig Biggio won one of the big ugly trophies during his catching days and might have won one in the outfield. Not true. All four of Biggio's came at second base.Reality: Only two players have won Gold Gloves at two different posi

Twins hire Baseball America editor Manuel
via Mlb.com - Twins October 17, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Twins continue to make additions to their front office and scouting staff, and they hired long-time Baseball America editor John Manuel to their pro scouting department. Manuel's last day at the publication will be Oct. 31, and he'll join the Twins on Nov. 1.

On Duensing and the Cubs bullpen
via Baseball Outsider October 16, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Joe Maddon, the manager of the defending champs, is taking some criticism in the wake of Sunday's game, which was decided without the participation of Wade Davis, the Cubs' best reliever and closer (the two concepts are not identical). #OldFriend Brian Duensing opened the bottom of the ninth for the Cubbies, and John Lackey ended it with a gopher ball. Duensing took the loss.Maddon, postgame, on D

More updates from Baseball Outsider
Pic of the Week October 15, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Gleeman and The Geek #339: Molitor Extension and Twins Payroll
via Aaron Gleeman October 15, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Paul Molitor's three-year contract extension, projecting how much the Twins will have to spend this offseason, debating Brian Dozier's future with the Twins, and discussing whether or not Miguel Sano should play third base next year. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 339 In addition to […]

Brandon Kintzler, free agent
via Baseball Outsider October 14, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Brandon Kinzlerpitched in threegames in the NLDSwith an ERA of5.40.I suggested Thursday in my final KMSU segment of the season that the Twins might focus more on building their bullpen depth this winter than on the starting rotation.That thought might have been overly influenced by the bullpen-crazy postseason so far, but there is, or should be, little doubt that a lot of the teams playing in Octo

More updates from Baseball Outsider
A great and terrible game October 13, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Ron Gardenhire and the Red Sox job October 12, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Bringing Molitor back, the conclusion October 11, 2017 at 07:49 PM
Wade, Jay among Twins' AFL standouts
via Mlb.com - Twins October 11, 2017 at 07:49 PM

A quartet of Twins prospects stood out during their Arizona Fall League debuts on Tuesday with the Surprise Saguaros, who lost their season-opener to Salt River, 4-3.

Molitor stays, Allen departs
via Baseball Outsider October 10, 2017 at 09:21 PM

Neil Allen willnot return aspitching coach.The Twins announced Monday that Paul Molitor had accepted a three-year extension as manager. Also Monday, pitching coach Neil Allen told reporters that he had been fired.I can imagine that Derek Falvey relented on salary and/or contract length for Molitor but not on replacing Allen. Remember, Falvey's area of proported expertise at Cleveland was developin

Core in place, Twins to seek arms in offseason
via Mlb.com - Twins October 10, 2017 at 09:21 PM

By virtue of having such a young team, the Twins don't have any major impending free agents, and they have a solid core already in place that can be supplemented this offseason, especially on the pitching side.

Molitor watch, Day Four
via Baseball Outsider October 09, 2017 at 09:21 PM

Paul Molitor, whose status remained unresolved through the weekend, is not the only postseason manager on an expiring contract.Others in the same position: Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals and Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees.Presumably Molitor and the Twins front office will come to an agreement today or Tuesday. But the mere fact that Baker has the Nats job is evidence that an agreemen

Twins give Molitor three-year deal as manager
via Mlb.com - Twins October 09, 2017 at 09:21 PM

After leading the Twins to a surprise run to the 2017 AL Wild Card Game one season after losing 103 games, Paul Molitor signed a three-year contract to remain Minnesota's manager through the 2020 season, the club announced Monday.

Gleeman and The Geek #338: What’s Up With Molitor?
via Aaron Gleeman October 08, 2017 at 09:33 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included whether anything can be learned from the Wild Card game, John Bonnes' trip to New York, the rumors and reports about an extension for Paul Molitor, and setting up the offseason, all from the "Rock 4 Rescues" event at Sociable Cider Werks. Gleeman and The […]