Quick Hits: Johnson, Twins, Rasmus, Correia
via MLB Trade Rumors December 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The Braves have reportedly been trying to package Chris Johnson or B.J. Upton along with one of their more desirable trade targets, and the Royals at least had some interest in Johnson, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports.  Kansas City’s greater interest was in Justin Upton, though the Royals were considering using Johnson as a platoon partner with Mike Moustakas at third base.  Now that K.C

Restaurant Review: Spoon and Stable
via Aaron Gleeman December 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I'm not and will never be a "foodie," but I like to eat (a little too much of late, unfortunately) and since moving to Minneapolis last winter I've gone to a lot of restaurants for the first time, so when one stands out as an especially good dining experience I thought it would be worthwhile […]

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 2
via Twinkie Town December 18, 2014 at 03:23 PM

I'm letting Berrios face off against Sano for spot number two. Merry Christmas! After multiple discussions with knowledgeable folks I respect on the Twins farm system, I'm calling an audible and changing things up. While Byron Buxton topped Miguel Sano for the number one overall spot in our 2015 prospect rankings, 72% to 28%, a couple of the people I spoke to said they'd at least considered

Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter
via Mlb.com - Twins December 18, 2014 at 01:35 PM

With the recent signing of Ervin Santana, the Twins have plenty of starting pitching depth now with several candidates to take the fifth spot in the rotation.

Waste as a business model
via Baseball Outsider December 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are under new management, and the new management is unloading a lot of the previous management's commitments.This involves writing off some pretty substantial contracts:Reliever Brian Wilson, designated for assignment Tuesday, is owed $9.5 million for 2015.The Dodgers will pay the Miami Marlins $12.5 million to take starter Dan Haren off their hands.They will pay the San Di

Twins show interest in Asdrubal Cabrera?
via Twinkie Town December 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Could Minnesota find a place on the roster for the 2011-2012 All-Star? When we heard early in the off-season that Paul Molitor's preference was to let Danny Santana play his natural position of shortstop in 2015, I think most of us wrote off the potential for the team to add a starting middle infielder. At least I wrote it off, especially considering the success that Eduardo Escobar last yea

Twinsights: Hand injury sidelines Oswaldo Arcia
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press December 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yet another nagging injury has cropped up for Oswaldo Arcia. The Twins' projected starting left fielder hasn't played since Dec. 10 for Caribes in the Venezuelan Winter League. According to local news reports, Arcia is dealing with a tendon issue in his right hand, suffered while grounding out to second in the sixth inning of a 9-8 loss to Aragua. X-rays taken the following day were negative, and

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2014-12-18 00:49:59
via Twins Digest December 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM

The White Sox, Yankees and Astros have spent heavily on relief help this offseason, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wonders if they’ll end up regretting their expensive contracts for veteran relievers. “In the last couple of years we’...

Quick Hits: Braves, Ross, Cabrera, Kang, Aoki
via MLB Trade Rumors December 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

The White Sox, Yankees and Astros have spent heavily on relief help this offseason, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wonders if they’ll end up regretting their expensive contracts for veteran relievers. “In the last couple of years we’ve lost a lot of games late in the eighth and ninth inning,” says White Sox manager Ventura. “After a while you sit there and think, 

2015 Twins Steamer projections
via Twinkie Town December 17, 2014 at 05:35 PM

How many runs will the Twins score in 2015? Jesse takes a first crack at it. Even if you don't buy into metrics like Wins Above Replacement or Runs Created, you can't deny that baseball games are won and lost based on a team's ability to score and prevent runs. The 2014 Minnesota Twins scored 715 runs (5th in the AL) and allowed 777 (last in the AL), which should have won them 75 games by py

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division
via Mlb.com - Twins December 17, 2014 at 04:35 PM

Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.

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Hammond Stadium renovations enter final stretch December 17, 2014 at 02:35 PM
What was different about Phil Hughes in 2014?
via Baseball Outsider December 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Amid the awful starting pitching numbers for the 2014 Twins, Phil Hughes shone.In truth, he was better than his 3.52 ERA indicates. Depending on what metric you care to use, the Twins cost him at least a half run a game with their poor defense (particularly in the outfield).After the Twins signed him last winter, I noted how his pitch selection had changed between 2012 and 2013. It changed some mo

Target Field: A Pitcher's Paradise No More
via Twinkie Town December 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Target Field is often cited as a safe haven for pitcher's, but that narrative is no longer true. When Target Field first opened in 2010, everyone was excited. The fans were happy to have an outdoor ballpark that wasn't the Metrodome, the players were happy to be playing on grass, and ownership was happy to have a venue that would increase revenue. After that first season though, it became c

Twins Notes: Parmelee, Graham, Gilmartin, and Morales
via Aaron Gleeman December 16, 2014 at 09:53 PM

• Needing to make room on the 40-man roster for Torii Hunter and Ervin Santana the Twins first dropped Chris Colabello--who was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays--and have now designated Chris Parmelee for assignment. Parmelee was previously dropped from the 40-man roster during spring training, but passed through waivers unclaimed, stayed in the […]

Morales finalizes deal with Royals (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins December 16, 2014 at 04:59 PM

Kendrys Morales missed out on a postseason appearance last season when his Seattle Mariners fell just short of a wild card.

The Brady Aiken fiasco revisited
via Baseball Outsider December 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

You may remember that last summer there was a brief storm of controversy when the Houston Astros backed out of at least two, maybe three, contract agreements with draftees Brady Aiken (the No. 1 overall pick), Jacob Nix (fifth-round pick) and Mac Marshall (21st round pick).The Astros insisted the pre-signing physical on Aiken uncovered something wrong in his elbow. aike and his advisors are equall

AP source: Rios, Royals agree to $11 million deal (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins December 15, 2014 at 08:35 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday.

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Twins welcome their latest Santana (The Associated Press) December 15, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 1
via Twinkie Town December 15, 2014 at 07:05 PM

It's a rematch of the first round of the 2014 community project! Just over 13 months ago, 84% of you chose Byron Buxton over Miguel Sano for the top prospect in the Minnesota farm system. Both players had very good years, but it was just impossible to ignore the fact that Buxton made it look like he was playing a video game with the difficult level set to 'Rookie.' Will it be a closer