Low-key competitions: Outfield
via Baseball Outsider March 16, 2018 at 07:13 PM

When the Twins signed Logan Morrison to be their primary designated hitter, Paul Molitor made a point of telling reporters that he had warned Robbie Grossman -- 2017's primary DH  --  that Grossman would have to make the roster as an outfielder.The issue wth that is that Grossman is a terrible defensive outfielder.There is a prototype for fourth outfielders:fast enough to play center fie

Berrios in favorable position as season nears
via Mlb.com - Twins March 16, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Jose Berrios is in a win-win situation when it comes to his spot in the Twins rotation for the regular season.

Low-key competitions: Catcher
via Baseball Outsider March 15, 2018 at 07:13 PM

The conventional wisdom has it that the Twins bench is pretty much set: infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza; catcher Mitch Garver; outfielder Robbie Grossman. That was the presumption when camp opened, and it's the presumption today.Garver had a big 2017 at Triple A, slashing .291/.387/.541 for Rochester. With Chris Gimenez gone to the Cubs, the job of backing up Jason Castro should fall

Spring additions have altered Twins' roster
via Mlb.com - Twins March 15, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Much has changed with the roster since the Twins arrived for Spring Training.

Spring training trip: Final day
via Baseball Outsider March 14, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Lance Lynn had his introductory press conference in the morning. In the afternoon, he threw three hitless innings inhis first exhibition start. He was clearly laboring in that third and final inning.As advertised, Lynn threw mostly fast balls, and the stadium gun had him at 93 and 94 mph repeatedly.That was the good news on the pitching front in the exhibition The bad news: Fernando Rodney, Trevor

Duffey hasn't given up on being a starter
via Mlb.com - Twins March 14, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Right-hander Tyler Duffey knows the additions of right-handers Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn hurt his chances of making the Twins' roster, but Duffey is trying to focus on what he can control and not worry about what will happen at the end of camp.

Spring training trip: A day off
via Baseball Outsider March 13, 2018 at 07:13 PM

The wife and I take one day of our biannual spring training trip to go to Sanibel, and Monday was the day for that.Really, the Twins highlight for the day for me came in the evening, when my wife was checking out at the Publix on Six Mile Cypress and Tony Oliva strolled by.While I was off on my island jaunt, the Twins were making the Lance Lynn signing official. On Sunday, with the deal not yet of

Lynn jumps right in with competitive Twins
via Mlb.com - Twins March 13, 2018 at 07:13 PM

The Twins welcomed the newest member of their rotation Tuesday, introducing right-hander Lance Lynn in a news conference at the club's Spring Training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

Spring training trip: Day Two
via Baseball Outsider March 12, 2018 at 07:13 PM

After Saturday's rain out, my wife surprised me by suggesting that we go to Port Charlotte on Sunday to see the Twins play the Rays there. Which we did.Miguel Sano played third base, drove in a pair of runs with a hard-hit single in a five-run inning, and had little opportunity to field his position. I thought he might have reacted a tad slowly on one base hit to his left, but I doubt the ball was

Twins thrilled to have Lynn on board
via Mlb.com - Twins March 12, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Lance Lynn officially became a Twin on Monday, signing his one-year, $12 million contract after passing a physical, but he comes in already having prior relationships with several of his new teammates.

Spring training trip: Day One
via Baseball Outsider March 11, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Officially, Saturday's exhibition game didn't happen. The Twins scored nine runs in the first inning, and they all went away when the game was called in the third inning. Which happened a few minutes after I decided we'd been rained on long enough and we left the park. The game was probably called as I was trying to turn left out of the parking area onto Three Cypress Road  Six Mile Cypr

Gleeman and The Geek #359: Lance Lynn
via Aaron Gleeman March 11, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins signing Lance Lynn to a contract no one could have expected at the beginning of the offseason, John Bonnes' two weeks at Twins spring training, releasing Anibal Sanchez, the payroll rising to $130 million, grading the Twins' entire offseason, long-term contracts for Byron […]

Nuttin' to say today
via Baseball Outsider March 10, 2018 at 07:13 PM

I spent Friday traveling to Fort Myers, and I am basically skipping today's post.In further blog programming, Sunday's post will not be the usual Pic of the Week but commentary on today exhibition game, may it not rain. (Rain is in the forecast for the afternoon.)

Twins bolster rotation by striking deal with Lynn
via Mlb.com - Twins March 10, 2018 at 07:13 PM

The Twins made another major upgrade to their rotation, agreeing to terms on Saturday with right-hander Lance Lynn on a one-year deal worth $12 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The Twins, however, have not made an announcement, as the deal is pending a physical.

Rotations, multi-inning relief and spot starters
via Baseball Outsider March 09, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash plans to use what we might call a 'four man-plus" rotation: Four traditional starters, with a "bullpen game" when a fifth starter is needed.It's something of a throwback to decades ago. The long-gone age of the four-man rotation did not involve teams using only four starters. There was always the need for spot starts, and teams generally had "swing men" who would start

Pop at top: Dozier likely to remain leadoff hitter
via Mlb.com - Twins March 09, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Second baseman Brian Dozier hasn't hit anywhere but leadoff in the Twins' lineup since July 30, 2016, and it doesn't appear that's going to change to open the 2018 season.

First cuts are the deepest tiers
via Baseball Outsider March 08, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Almost as soon as I posted Wednesday's thoughts about Zack Littell and the other "Tier 3" pitchers, the Twins sent a bunch of them to minor league camp:The @Twins have optioned:LHP Dietrich Enns (AAA)RHP Felix Jorge (AAA)RHP Zack Littell (AA)LHP Lewis Thorpe (AA)Reassigned to minor league camp:C Brian NavarretoC Wynston Sawyer 53 players left in camp.#MNTwins— Dustin Morse (@morsecode) March 7, 20

Inbox: Vet showdown for fourth rotation spot?
via Mlb.com - Twins March 08, 2018 at 07:13 PM

Who has the edge in the Twins' rotation race? Will the club offer Brian Dozier an extension? Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers those questions and more in the latest Inbox.

Deeper tiers
via Baseball Outsider March 07, 2018 at 07:13 PM

None of the most likely candidates for the fourth starter spot -- or fifth starter when Ervin Santana returns -- seem to have helped themselves the past turn through the spring rotation.Oh, Fernando Romero has opened eyes with his impressive stuff. But he only threw 125 innings last season in Double A  -- a career high -- and staggered to get that many in. I can't imagine the carnage necessar

Three ranked prospects among 6 sent down
via Mlb.com - Twins March 07, 2018 at 07:13 PM

The Twins made their first cuts of Spring Training before their game against the Red Sox on Wednesday, optioning Dietrich Enns and Felix Jorge to Triple-A Rochester, optioning Lewis Thorpe and Zack Littell to Double-A Chattanooga and reassigning catchers Brian Navarreto and Wynston Sawyer to Minor League camp.