The Sunday Funnies
via Baseball Outsider December 17, 2017 at 07:43 PM

You may have seen the videos the Twins made this spring titled The Escobar Name Game, in which Eduardo Escobar struggles to come up with the names of his teammates.(If you haven't, visit here and here. It's worth the time.)Escobar is far from being unique in his inability to remember names. Babe Ruth was notorious for that as well.When longtime teammate (and ultimately fellow Hall of Fame inductee

5 teams that have made stealth improvements
via Mlb.com - Twins December 17, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Free agency isn't always about spending the most money. Baseball smarts matter, too. We're reminded of this every season.

Gleeman and The Geek #348: Fernando Rodney is Friday Night Pizza
via Aaron Gleeman December 17, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' optimism surrounding signing Yu Darvish, a summer of The Fernando Rodney Experience, the future-oriented deal for Michael Pineda, the Twins' gains and losses in Rule 5 draft, and their secret admirers in the Nippon Ham Fighters' front office. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode […]

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider December 16, 2017 at 07:43 PM

It's official: ByungHo Park was given his release Friday. He's going back to Korea and the Nexen Heroes.I still think it could have worked here, but he got one chance, and whether it was because of injury or his skill set, didn't take advantage of it. And he never got another.---Former Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is taking his power bat and stubborn approach to Japan. So he's gonna get paid: $1

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Rodney and Rule Five December 15, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Twins officially sign veteran closer Rodney
via Mlb.com - Twins December 15, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Twins found their short-term solution at closer, officially signing veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal on Friday worth $4.5 million with a club option.

Adding Michael Pineda
via Baseball Outsider December 14, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Michael Pineda's season ended in July.The Twins on Wednesday signed free agent pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year deal. They realistically expect something out of that contract in the second year.Pineda had Tommy John surgery last summer. Most of 2018 will be spent rehabbing the rebuilt elbow. He'll spend the winter on the 40-man roster, open the season on the disabled list and will certainly be

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Trade barriers December 13, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Twins sign Pineda to two-year contract
via Mlb.com - Twins December 13, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Twins made their first significant signing of the offseason, but it's a move more geared toward 2019. They signed right-hander Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, despite the pitcher undergoing Tommy John surgery on July 18.

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Twins make rounds but prefer to spend on FAs December 12, 2017 at 11:01 PM
In search of closer No.5
via Baseball Outsider December 12, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Paul Molitor, in his three seasons managing the Twins, has never had a stable back-of-the-bullpen plan.He inherited Glen Perkins, an All-Star, as his closer. Perkins was better than ever for the first half of 2015, then got hurt and kept pitching. His season deteriorated, and by season's end Kevin Jepsen had supplanted him in the ninth inning.Perkins tried again the next year, but one regular seas

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Notes, quotes and comment December 11, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Twins aim to be open-minded, flexible at WM
via Mlb.com - Twins December 11, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Twins mostly met with agents on the first day of the annual Winter Meetings, and a few clubs as well, as they try to acquire pitching help for both the rotation and bullpen.

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Twins ready for pitching market to heat up December 10, 2017 at 08:07 PM
The Sunday Funnies
via Baseball Outsider December 10, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Hall of Famer with the shortest name: Mel Ott.Master Melvin on the advantages of six letters:"Every time I sign a ball, and there must have been thousands, I thank my luck that I wasn't born Coveleski, or Wambsganss, or Peckinpaugh."

Morris gets long-awaited call to Hall
via Mlb.com - Twins December 10, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Former longtime Tigers teammates, right-hander Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell were named to the Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 by the Modern Era Committee on Sunday.

Gleeman and The Geek #347: Zero to 100, Real Quick
via Aaron Gleeman December 10, 2017 at 07:43 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' latest front office addition Josh Kalk, trading spending room for baseball prospects Jacob Pearson and David Banuelos, signing Yunior Severino for $2.5 million, Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, Shohei Ohtani to the Angels, the court battle over sports gambling, Thad Levine being true […]

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider December 09, 2017 at 07:43 PM

A few interesting developments Friday involving the Twins:While he's not on any free agent lists, Josh Kalk is joining the Minnesota Twins, and that's a really big move in the pitching-analytics world. He was on the cutting edge of PITCHf/x analysis, worked with the Rays for eight years and is really well-regarded in the industry.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2017I won't pretend to know

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Notes, quotes and comment December 08, 2017 at 07:43 PM
Twins hit jackpot with Johan pick at '99 Meetings
via Mlb.com - Twins December 08, 2017 at 07:43 PM

The Rule 5 Draft is an afterthought for many teams at the Winter Meetings, but to former general manager Terry Ryan, it was seen as a way for the budget-conscious Twins to cheaply acquire young talent.