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Scenes from an Offseason: Thanksgiving with the Twins
via Twinkie Town November 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to you, wherever you are, from all of us here at Twinkie Town. SCENE: Just after dark. The exterior of a very nice, large family home, probably in some rich suburb like Edina. Those Edina kids have all the money. Anyway, we zoom in towards a large window as it lightly snows. Inside is a large dining room table, full of traditional Thanksgiving food, surrounded by PAUL MOLI

2014 Minnesota Twins All-Prospect Team
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 05:29 PM

Know what researching this confirmed? That the Twins still have a kick-ass farm system. In putting this team together for the second year in a row, it was odd not being able to automatically pencil in Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano. Surprisingly, this team still has a sneaky amount of talent, and a good deal of depth - especially on the pitching side. Let's run through how I choose the team.

Twins outright Swarzak: waiting for the other shoe to drop
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Getting rid of Anthony Swarzak isn't that big of a surprise. Getting rid of him now? It could be a little bit of a surprise. When we spoke about the Twins' seven arbitration-eligible players, there were three who seemed to be potential non-tender candidates: Brian Duensing, Eduardo Nunez, and Anthony Swarzak. Yesterday, the Twins made their call on Swarzak and outrighted him, essentially rem

The Case Against Torii Hunter
via Twinkie Town November 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Bringing back a fan favorite would be a PR boost to the Twins, but I don't think a reunion would be as positive as we believe. Growing up, my favorite player was Kirby Puckett. Granted, I was just a child so I latched on to the guy that had the biggest smile, the loudest cheers, and the best stats. It was disappointing when he was the recipient of a Dennis Martinez fastball to the eye and t

Twins Outright Anthony Swarzak
via Twinkie Town November 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM

It's not hard to fill a long-relief role. We learned earlier today that the Twins have chosen to outright Anthony Swarzak instead of paying him around $1.5 million next season, making him a free agent in the process. Jesse listed Swarzak as a candidate to be bounced from the roster earlier this offseason in the Swarzak Stock Market report, though interestingly he was mentioned as someone tha

Twins hire Joe Vavra as bench coach
via Twinkie Town November 25, 2014 at 05:23 PM

Is this guy dating the boss's daughter, or what? In what you might call an unexpected turn of events, the Twins have announced that they have brought back Joe Vavra as the team's bench coach. This move comes out of left field, an analogy that works well since we're a baseball website (although I admit to not knowing why "left field" means "nowhere"), since it seemed that no other coach besid

2015 Stock Market Report: Lester Oliveros
via Twinkie Town November 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The Twins have a bullpen that will have opportunities for new additions. Lester Oliveros is an interesting player. He came to the Twins along with Cole Nelson in the trade that sent Delmon Young to the Tigers, way back in August of 2011. Nelson actually played with the St. Paul Saints in 2014, which is fun, but he obviously played no role after coming over from Detroit after floundering in Fort My

Trade target: Dexter Fowler
via Twinkie Town November 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Twins need at least one outfielder this winter, and ideally one that can also provide value on offense. A lot of us would like to see the Twins get involved with free agent outfielders Colby Rasmus or Nori Aoki. Instead, the focus seems to be on Torii Hunter and, to a lesser extent, Alex Rios. The trade market has already seen speculation revolving around Peter Bourjos. This morning, I w

Good night, sweet prince: a Shakespearean tribute to Josh Willingham
via Twinkie Town November 24, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Josh Willingham is retiring. Jesse hijacks a little bit of Hamlet to say goodbye. WILLINGHAM Please, give me that baseball bat, if you love me. Let go of it! I'll get it from you, Billy Butler, I swear. Oh God, Horatio, what a damaged back I'm leaving, it's so bad that no one knows the truth. If you ever loved me, then please postpone the sweet relief of death awhile, and stay in this dugout

Rangers, Not Twins Appear To Have Won Rights To Hyeon-jong Yang
via Twinkie Town November 23, 2014 at 09:29 PM

It appears that we prematurely shot our wad... C.J. Nitkowski is reporting that the Texas Rangers actually won the bid for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang, not the Twins. Texas is perpetually looking for pitching thanks to their home ballpark being a launching pad, so it makes sense that they're exploring all avenues around the world to find cheap, quality pitching. Well keep this updated but it

Twins Win Bid For Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang (Maybe?)
via Twinkie Town November 23, 2014 at 09:23 PM

Who had this in their office "Twins offseason transactions" pool? Pardon the pun, but this sure came out of left field. So left, it's coming out of Korea. It was just announced that the Twins won the bid for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang according to Mike Berardino and they now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with him. Reports project Yang as a mid-rotation starter and he throws in the lo

Meet: Your new Minnesota Twins coaching staff
via Twinkie Town November 23, 2014 at 06:05 PM

Need to point someone in the direction of a quick-and-easy Who's Who for the new Twins coaching staff? Twinkie Town has you covered. With the appointment of Neil Allen, Paul Molitor's staff is just two coaches shy of a full complement. With the pitching coach's role filled, the Twins are looking for a first base coach and a bench coach. Here's a brief run-down for the six guys who are fillin

Twins Have Interest In OF Wily Mo Pena
via Twinkie Town November 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

He's destroyed Japanese pitching for a couple years and is considering a return to MLB. Mike Berardino apparently has the Far East covered right now. After reporting yesterday that the Twins won the bid for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang, today he's announced that the Twins and outfielder Wily Mo Pena are both interested in each other. Pena originally debuted for the Cincinnati Reds in 2002 and

Twins Win Bid For Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang
via Twinkie Town November 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Who had this in their office "Twins offseason transactions" pool? Pardon the pun, but this sure came out of left field. So left, it's coming out of Korea. It was just announced that the Twins won the bid for Korean LHP Hyeon-jong Yang according to Mike Berardino and they now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with him. Reports project Yang as a mid-rotation starter and he throws in the lo

Guardado's First Job As Bullpen Coach: Make 9th Innings Terrifying Again
via Twinkie Town November 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"Perk has been really steady and reliable. But what if we changed that?" Although he hasn't offically been named the bullpen coach, former Twins closer Eddie Guardado has already made it known that he plans to make some big changes in how the Twins approach save situations. "We're gonna make 'em exciting again," vowed Guardado in a Thursday interview with local reporters. Guardado said he p

Carl Willis and Neil Allen finalists for pitching coach; Guardado in as bullpen coach?
via Twinkie Town November 20, 2014 at 02:41 PM

The Twins are closer to filling two of their most important remaining coaching roles. Eddie Guardado: bullpen coach? Per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, Guardado could be the Twins' new bullpen coach. Guardado doesn't have any coaching experience, but he's been a pitching instructor in spring training for Minnesota the last few years. He saved 116 games for he Twins and was the club's primary closer i

Twins add Meyer, Rosario, Sano, and Wheeler to the 40-man roster
via Twinkie Town November 20, 2014 at 02:11 PM

Meyer, Rosario, and Sano were all guaranteed to be added. Wheeler is a deserving candidate, but a number of worthy players have been left exposed. Coming into this morning, the Minnesota Twins had four spots open on their 40-man roster. They added Alex Meyer, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, and Jason Wheeler, removing no one. As we discussed on Monday, Meyer, Rosario, and Sano were all guarantee

Minnesota's return for Johan Santana officially reaches zero
via Twinkie Town November 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Deolis Guerra has signed a minor league contract with the Pirates. When the Twins finally traded Johan Santana on February 2, 2008, it was the culmination of a lot of things. Minnesota was coming off of a 79-83 season, its worse record since 2000. It's Opening Day payroll had been roughly $71.5 million, by far the highest number in franchise history, and the young-ish core of the team was on

Doug Bernier re-signs with the Twins
via Twinkie Town November 19, 2014 at 07:35 PM

And the cat came back, the very next day. Back on October 13th, the Twins outrighted minor leaguer-ish infielder Doug Bernier, and he elected free agency. But GUESS WHAT? Heeeeee's back! Doug Bernier re-signed with the Twins organization on Wednesday. He's mostly been a minor league player, but has high hopes of making it to the big league team. "I feel I have an opportunity to play in the

Twins "aggressive" in pursuit of Torii Hunter and need to stop
via Twinkie Town November 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

A mainstream splash does not a good signing make. Let's say the Twins beat the odds and sign Torii Hunter. Maybe nobody with a chance of a division title wants him; maybe the Twins' offer is too good to refuse; maybe Hunter knows he won't get many offers this winter and just wants to take a job so, hell, why not take one to bookend the career. Whatever the circumstances, what happens if the