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Twins Bring In Veteran Grove to Bolster Staff
via Twinkie Town February 05, 2016 at 10:07 AM

The late Hall of Famer is expected to add depth to the team's bullpen. The Minnesota Twins, who’ve been roundly criticized for their inactivity in free agency, have made a move towards bolstering their pitching, signing the late hurler and six-time All-Star Lefty Grove. "We think Lefty brings a lot to the table in terms of leadership and versatility, and we couldn’t be happier that he’s on

Fun with anagrams: 2016 Minnesota Twins
via Twinkie Town February 04, 2016 at 08:43 AM

Let's play a game. Do you know why people like Thursdays? It's because if today is Thursday, that means tomorrow is Friday, and Friday is the weekend. Thursday is like the day before the start of the weekend, and that's something worth looking forward to. And in that same spirit of nonsense, I thought it would be good to have a bit of fun this morning. I've gone to the Internet Anagram

Twins, FSN release spring training telecast schedule
via Twinkie Town February 03, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Are you ready for some baseball? Pitchers and catchers report soon, and that means actual baseball games are just around the corner. Dick Bremer's play-by-play will be joined by Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris. If you've enjoyed the simulcasts in the past you'll get five opportunities for it again this spring. FSN cameras, graphics and replays will be accompanied by game calls from Cory Provus

Minnesota Twins 2016 prospect vote: Round 7
via Twinkie Town February 02, 2016 at 06:43 PM

In a mild surprise, Jorge Polanco comes off the board at number six. With the fourth overall pick from the 2013 draft and the sixth overall pick from the 2015 draft still on the board, Jorge Polanco was the one who earned your love. 50% of 860 votes went with Polanco, which is a great sign of how confident people are in his abilities and how close he is to being able to contribute to the Maj

Twins sign Carlos Quentin to minor league contract
via Twinkie Town February 02, 2016 at 06:13 PM

Ladies and gentlemen...we got him. In a move that should bolster the power of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, and bring a little bit of name recognition, the Twins announced today that they've signed Carlos Quentin to a minor league deal. The bare necessities are that the deal includes an invitation to spring training, a $750,000 salary if he makes the roster, and a June 1st opt-out in cas

Tuesday Twins: Miguel Sano lost five pounds, says he is willing to play catcher, and is better than you
via Twinkie Town February 02, 2016 at 09:49 AM

Hey ho, Twins fans! Here are the links: Miguel Sano says he is willing to play catcher. He also lost five pounds and is better than you. In the spirit of "Groundhog Day" MLB.com asked a bunch of GM's what one move they would like to do over, and take a wild guess at Terry Ryan's response. Meanwhile, Kennys "Little Papi" Vargas is playing for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Se

Twins boast six on MLB.com's top 100 prospects for 2016
via Twinkie Town January 31, 2016 at 09:25 PM

There might just be one or two surprises for Twins fans. While Miguel Sano, Trevor May, Tyler Duffey, Eddie Rosario and a number of other young Twins players made an impact and expired their rookie status in 2015, a number of prospects remain eligible for prospect lists. Byron Buxton leads this pack, ensuring that not a great deal of luster has gone from the tantalizing talent that Minnesota

Minnesota Twins 2016 prospect vote: Round 6
via Twinkie Town January 31, 2016 at 08:07 PM

And then everyone voted for Stephen Gonsalves. One of the things I really enjoy about our community vote every year are the sometimes unexpected results. Stephen Gonsalves is absolutely one of Minnesota's best prospects and irrefutably a Top 10 talent down on the farm, but in Round 5 he rallied 1,409 votes. That was good for 59% of your ballots. Consider me impressed. As noted previously, th

Are You a Payroll Whiner, or a Mouthpiece for Mediocrity? TAKE OUR POLL!
via Twinkie Town January 29, 2016 at 09:37 AM

Finally, we know where you stand. You wake up in the morning and hear people talking about payroll whiners on the radio.  Then you slack off work in the afternoon and see people calling the Twins cheap on the Internet.  It's all so confusing! That's why Twinkie Town wants to help you figure out your place in the Twins universe.  Are you a payroll whiner?  Or are you a mou

Ah, The Time-Honored Payroll Argument Again
via Twinkie Town January 27, 2016 at 08:07 PM

We're all talking about it again. Here's my spin on a Twins fan's favorite topic. If you've been on Twitter and follow any number of Twins writers/bloggers/fans over the past couple days, you've probably seen the classic Twins payroll argument get drudged up once again. The Twins are sitting pat, the Tigers are off signing Justin Upton, the Twins are too cheap to even sign lefthanded reliev

Minnesota Twins 2016 prospect vote: Round 5
via Twinkie Town January 27, 2016 at 07:31 PM

Which Twins prospect will round out the top five for 2016? Cast your vote! I was curious to see which way Round 4 went, and the community largely tilted towards 2014 first-round pick Nick Gordon. Baseball America and John Sickels agree with you, as they both rated Gordon the Twins' fourth-best prospect ahead of 2016 as well. Heading into Round 5, we're going to add a trio of player

The Belief Behind The Bullpen
via Twinkie Town January 27, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Relief pitching has been anything but ideal for the Twins, but these two strategies could prove to actually work. This offseason, few areas had more of an emphasis on them than that of the Minnesota Twins bullpen. While the situation as a whole needed addressing, it was the left handed contingent that no doubt left the most to be desired. Having significant deficiencies in late innings a sea

2016 Twins opening day payroll, 2.0
via Twinkie Town January 25, 2016 at 03:01 PM

With all arbitration-eligible players now officially on the books, it's time to take a fresh look at how Minnesota's payroll is shaping up. We took our first crack at the Twins' 2016 payroll way back in the first week of October. They were days of wonder, of excitement and of optimism. And the promise of a season full of pumpkin pie. Now, with most of Minnesota's off-season now in the books

Minnesota's Most Intriguing Prospect
via Twinkie Town January 25, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Without the hype or hoopla or Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano, Adam Brett Walker remains the Twins most intriguing prospect for one reason: His power is real. When you have arguably Major League Baseball's best farm system, your bound to have an abundance of exciting young prospects. The Twins saw one of the best rookie classes in recent history embark upon Target Field during 2015, and there's

Minnesota Twins 2016 prospect vote: Round 4
via Twinkie Town January 25, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Round 3 goes to Max Kepler in an absolute landslide. Just like that we're onto Round 4. Max Kepler ran away with your votes in Round 3, and by garnering 78% of the ballots he may have set the high-water mark for a winner this year. Certainly as we get deeper into this process, winning percentages tend to trend lower. If anyone is going to top 78% this year, I have no idea who it would be. Fo

Twins avoid arbitration with Trevor Plouffe
via Twinkie Town January 25, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Minnesota has now signed all of their arbitration-eligible players. This morning the Twins announced that they had reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Trevor Plouffe, avoiding arbitration and ensuring that all arbitration-eligible players are under contract. Plouffe's one-year deal is for $7.25 million. trevor plouffe, twins settle at $7.25M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 20

Old/New Baseball Movies: Mean Dads Edition
via Twinkie Town January 23, 2016 at 07:43 AM

Those a-holes screaming at kid-game umpires aren't new. Mean Dads have been part of drama since humans invented drama. While the cliche is usually Mean Dads going after sons (for reasons of patriarchy, which I won't belabor here, except to say you shouldn't read Dan Brown novels explaining where patriarchy came from, as they are stupid novels), we all know there are also Mean Moms. And eithe

Friday Afternoon Link Dump: Jepsen, Strong, Burton
via Twinkie Town January 22, 2016 at 03:37 PM

Some...news? What? Three Twins-related news items for you to read after you apply for the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching job: Minnesota and Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration by agreed to a one-year, $5.312,500 deal. He was neither Ron Davis nor Matt Capps after the Twins acquired him last season to bail out the bullpen, so let's give this 8 Gardys out of a possible 10 Gardys. The Twins

Joe Mauer Stares Longingly at Closed Paul Bunyan Land
via Twinkie Town January 22, 2016 at 10:07 AM

"Those rides are pretty neat," he said. Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer looked wistfully out the window of a charter bus on Thursday, and confided the reason with his fellow passengers. "We just drove past Paul Bunyan Land, and it's closed for the season.  Kind of a bummer, I guess." Mauer and other past and present Twins players/coaches are on the northern leg of the team's Twi

Minnesota Twins 2016 prospect vote: Round 3
via Twinkie Town January 21, 2016 at 04:25 PM

The top two spots have been spoken for, and their winners are no surprise. Now, things get interesting. Byron Buxton one, Jose Berrios two; the way it should be and the way you played it out. Now is where the list starts getting interesting, because from here through the end of our list there's no consensus ranking. Let's see what you all think. Twins top 30 prospects for 2016 Byron Buxton,