Twins rightly focused on relationship-building at the Winter Meetings
via Twinkie Town December 09, 2016 at 08:38 PM

The new Twins front office didn’t make any big splashes this week, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t get anything done. The 2017 Winter Meetings have come and gone, and the Twins are basically still sitting in the same place they were before the meetings began. The team didn’t make any big splashes, just signed a new minor leaguer or two. There were a lot of Brian Dozier trade rumors, but no

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Rule 5—A One-Act Minnesota Twins Play December 09, 2016 at 10:02 AM
Winter Meetings: Rule 5
via Baseball Outsider December 09, 2016 at 09:38 AM

The first trade of the new Twins regime may well prove to be a minor one, but it was, if nothing else, creative almost to the point of bewildering.And it came with a justification that underlined the difference between Terry Ryan (the former general manager) and "Falvine" (Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, the duo that replaced him at the top of the food chain).The Twins were involved in a three-way t

Dozier creates buzz while front office settles in
via Mlb.com - Twins December 08, 2016 at 01:38 PM

While Brian Dozier's name generated some buzz as a trade candidate, it was ultimately a quiet first Winter Meetings for new Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine.

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Twins trade for RHP Haley in Rule 5 Draft December 08, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Twins get pitcher Justin Haley, lose catcher Stuart Turner in Rule 5 draft
via Twinkie Town December 08, 2016 at 10:26 AM

The Twins got creative with their number one pick in the Rule 5 draft, flipping him for the Angels’ number eight pick. The MLB Rule 5 Draft took place this morning at 8:00 am CT, and was completed less than 40 minutes later. Since the Twins sucked the most in 2016, they got to pick first, and selected RHP Miguel Diaz from the Brewers. But the plan was never to keep Diaz. Instead, the Twins

Winter meetings, Day 3
via Baseball Outsider December 08, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Another yawner Wednesday for the Twins in terms of player moves. The Rule 5 draft is today -- that pretty much concludes the winter meetings -- so there will be some roster action today, however minor it turns out to be. J.J. "#Rule5Fever" Cooper of Baseball America offers this quick look at the top possibilities (the Twins, of course, go first). (Addendum: The Twins are believed to have a tr

Twins gauging interest on more than Dozier
via Mlb.com - Twins December 07, 2016 at 08:50 PM

While the division-rival White Sox initiated their rebuild with two major trades at the Winter Meetings, the Twins continue to listen on their veterans such as second baseman Brian Dozier.

Twins at the Winter Meetings: Day three recap
via Twinkie Town December 07, 2016 at 07:44 PM

The White Sox made another huge trade, the Twins continued to stay pat, and some other notes from the day. Day three of the Winter Meetings has basically come and gone, and the Twins still haven’t made any big moves. There were, however, big moves today that affected the Twins, and some other tidbits of note. Here’s the deets. All of Nats pitching prospects are belong to White Sox If tradin

Molitor on front office: 'It's a change, but it's working'
via Mlb.com - Twins December 07, 2016 at 02:08 PM

With the late start to the offseason for the new front office, the Twins have been using the Winter Meetings as their own mini-organizational meetings to further analyze their roster. Twins manager Paul Molitor has been at the Winter Meetings all week as a result, and he said he's meshed well with chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine.

Winter Meetings, Day 2
via Baseball Outsider December 07, 2016 at 09:38 AM

The Twins had another quiet day Tuesday at National Harbor, Maryland.One thing they did do: Re-sign Yorman Landa, the relief prospect they non-tendered last week to open a spot on the 40-man roster. So the machination to set themselves up for the Rule 5 draft didn't cost them the player -- at least not yet. Landa was added to the 40 last year to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and now he's elig

The Chris Sale trade impact on the Twins
via Twinkie Town December 07, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Looking at the players the White Sox got in return, it appears that two of them in particular may become troublesome to the Twins in just a couple years. The Chicago White Sox. A team that approached mediocrity in a slightly different fashion from the Twins over the past few years. Whereas the Twins seemed to understand they weren’t going anywhere but also weren’t willing to embrace a full

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Twins at the Winter Meetings: Day two recap December 06, 2016 at 08:08 PM
Inward focus keeps Twins busy at Meetings
via Mlb.com - Twins December 06, 2016 at 06:20 PM

With chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine still getting to know their new organization, the Twins have focused more internally than externally in the first two days of the Winter Meetings.

Tuesday Twins: Twins HOFer Tom Mee passes away and other notes on old friends
via Twinkie Town December 06, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Wahoo! Here are the links: As you may have heard, Tom Mee—the first Minnesota Twins employee, and 2013 Twins Hall of Fame inductee—passed away last week. Tom Powers wrote this long retrospective on Mee back in 2007, recounting the time Billy Martin tries to punch him and A.J. Pierzynski tries to kill him. R.I.P. Tom. Remember a few weeks when the Twins tried to take John Ryan Murphy Adam Br

Winter Meetings, Day 1
via Baseball Outsider December 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM

The only news of substance involving the Twins Monday was a reshuffling of titles and responsibilities in the scouting department.Deron Johnson, who had been scouting director, has been named "senior advisor of the scouting department." As expounded here by the Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino, he's to be more heavily involved in international and pro scouting than he has been. Sean Johnson (no relat

Twins at the Winter Meetings: Day one recap
via Twinkie Town December 05, 2016 at 07:56 PM

The Twins have mostly just been fielding questions about Brian Dozier, but there are a few other notes too. The Winter Meetings are here! Today was the first official day and the Twins did... not very much! That’s okay—we don’t want them to make and rash decisions, do we? There have been plenty of rumors and speculation, though, in addition to moves by other teams. Here’s a rundown of the da

Dozier aware of trade talk, wants to stay put
via Mlb.com - Twins December 05, 2016 at 07:32 PM

With trade rumors involving his name swirling, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier got his first taste of the Winter Meetings on Monday.

Beltran, Astros finalize $16 million, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins December 05, 2016 at 06:38 PM

Carlos Beltran has been trying to find a way to get back to Houston for years after spending a remarkable few months with the Astros more than a decade ago. On Monday he finally got his wish when he and the Astros finalized a one-year, $16 million contract.

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Twins promote Deron Johnson to senior adviser of scouting (The Associated Press) December 05, 2016 at 04:32 PM