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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

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

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

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

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

2015 Twinkie Town community prospect vote: rules and stuff
via Twinkie Town December 15, 2014 at 04:59 PM

Y'all ready for some votin'? Last time I checked this was America, and in American we vote. Welcome to the introduction to the Twinkie Town community prospect vote for 2015! This is something we've done every year for as long as I can remember. Our good friend Roger introduced the idea and refined it, and now that he's enjoying the finer aspects of retired life we do our best to fill his sho

Ervin Santana contract details
via Twinkie Town December 15, 2014 at 02:53 PM

Here's everything you need to know about the newest Twins pitcher's deal. Handing out big contracts to free agent pitchers is the new sexy thing for the Minnesota Twins. One year after the organization handed out $84 million to three different pitchers, they set the franchise record for the biggest free agent contract in the history of the organization by inking Ervin Santana to a four-year,

Suggested gifts for the LaTroy Hawkins Farewell Tour
via Twinkie Town December 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

After twenty years in the big leagues, former Minnesota Twin LaTroy Hawkins announced that 2015 would be his last season. It's the end of an era. Ancient bullpen pitcher LaTroy Hawkins told the media last Friday that he plans to retire after the 2015 season. Hawkins, the only active player to have been teammates with Kirby Puckett, will turn 113 years old later this month. Hawkins has played

Twins weekend notes: Chris Parmelee, Jack Hannahan, Ervin Santana
via Twinkie Town December 14, 2014 at 05:35 PM

At the time of this writing, the Vikings are ahead. I can't promise what happens next. But I've been enjoying the silence in Detroit so far. As the White Sox continue to make a play for 2015, the Twins have relatively few options for making themselves better in the short term. Colby Rasmus is the best center fielder still available in free agency who can also contribute with his bat, but he

A Twins fan reviews the new Disney Channel show, "Kirby Buckets"
via Twinkie Town December 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

You may or may not have heard the Disney Channel debuted a new show called "Kirby Buckets" a month or so ago. If the name made you raise an eyebrow, you are not alone. As a life-long Twins fan, and Kirby Puckett fan, I had to see what this new Disney Channel show, "Kirby Buckets" (not to be confused with Curby Bucket), was all about. I watched an episode and recorded my thoughts accordingly.

Area Twins Fans Stunned to Learn They're Both Right
via Twinkie Town December 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"How can these two schools of thought, seemingly at cross purposes, be reconciled?" Jack Nyhus, 33, can’t understand why the Twins are still getting ripped for not spending on free agency, in the wake of the Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco signings of the last two off-seasons. Alex Goodman, 47, can’t understand why everyone is so excited that the Twins are just now moving to the middle of th

Twins 2015 payroll, post Winter-Meetings
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Jesse runs the numbers. In the last few days, the Twins have added Torii Hunter and Ervin Santana to the payroll. Hopefully Terry Ryan and company aren't done - there's too much winter left. Here's how those numbers have the club's payroll looking as we head into 2015. Pos Player Salary SP1 Phil Hughes $8.00 MM SP2 Ervin Santana $13.50 MM SP3 Ricky Nolasco $12.00 MM SP4 Kyle Gibso

Twins sign Ervin Santana
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 05:59 PM

Here's all of our analysis on Santana.

How much better does Ervin Santana make the Twins?
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 04:23 PM

Santana immediately projects to be the second-best starter in Minnesota. How much better are the Twins as a result? Coming out of 2014, the Minnesota starting rotation boasted a little bit in the way of promise but less in the way of reliable performance. The acquisition of Ervin Santana will balance the present and the future out a little bit more, although it should also force the Twins fr

Rule 5 Draft: Twins select J.R. Graham, lose Sean Gilmartin
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 01:41 PM

Not much of a surprise in either case. Here's what you need to know. With the fifth pick in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft (that doesn't sound half as good as when it happened in June), the Twins selected right-hander J.R. Graham from the Atlanta Braves. Sean Gilmartin, on his way out, was acquired from the Braves for Ryan Doumit. Losing Gilmartin, 24, was expected. The lefty was a first-round pick i

Twins to sign Ervin Santana to four-year, $54 million contract
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 01:29 PM

The Minnesota Twins have made their big splash. Multiple sources are reporting that the Twins and Ervin Santana have agreed on a contract that will pay him $54 million over four years. Santana, who will be 32 in very short order, will receive $13.25 million per season through 2018. For those of you who wanted Terry Ryan and company to make a splash, they accomplished that with this move. Whi

Minnesota Twins Winter Meetings Review, Day 3
via Twinkie Town December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Winter Meetings hot stove is finally heating up for the Minnesota Twins Ervin Santana Be sure to check out what Bryz had to say last night, as well as what I posted this morning. Here's just a little bit more before we move onto other topics. #MNTwins meeting with Ervin Santana camp is over. No offer extended. Word is Twins waiting on someone else first. Royals also met on Ervin. — Darr

Twins and Ervin Santana Nearing Deal?
via Twinkie Town December 10, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Very interesting... It sounds like the Twins were nearing a deal with Ervin Santana, according to Joel Sherman. However, Sherman later deleted that tweet and replaced it with this. Going to rephrase on Ervin Santana: Hearing #Twins pushing to get deal with Santana. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2014 Then Chris Cotillo chimed in... Source: #Twins do not have deal with

Twins interested in Kyle Kendrick
via Twinkie Town December 10, 2014 at 01:47 PM

I don't get it. We all know a Twins pitcher when we see it. Kyle Kendrick, for better or worse, is exactly the type of pitcher you would expect the Minnesota front office to target. He doesn't strike anyone out (14% strikeout rate in 2014), his average fastball doesn't crack 90 mph, and he induces ground balls. Told #MNTwins have interest in FA starter Kyle Kendrick, and had a meeting about

Winter Meetings: Twins Day 2 Review
via Twinkie Town December 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Tuesday didn't bring a great deal of concrete news, but we did have a few drips and drabs by the end of the day. Do you ever get the sense that the job of a Twins beat writer at the Winter Meetings is to beat their heads against a wall? I think so, too. Anyway, here's what we've skimmed off the top of what went down yesterday. Relief Pitching Via LEN III, nothing is happening with former clo