Let’s talk Twins: Spring Training Is Here

We got about a foot of snow like in the last 12 hours, it seems, yet spring is in the air. Spring camp has started in Florida, and the Twins have acquired some of the pitching help we’ve been asking for the last few years in relievers Fernando Rodney and Addison Reed, as well as starters Michael Pineda, Anibal Sanchez and Jake Odorizzi. I realize two of those three starters likely won’t factor in this season (if Sanchez does at all), but it’s still good to see some transactions happening…

Twins ink Michael Pineda to a 2-Year Deal

The Twins made their first big move of the offseason this morning by signing 28-year-old, starting pitcher, Michael Pineda to a 2-year, $10 million deal, with possible incentives that could add an additional $3 million to his contract. This is an interesting move for the Twins, as Pineda is coming off Tommy John surgery this summer, and he will most likely not be available for the Twins in 2018. This will cause some reservations among Twins fans, but it is exactly the kind of low-risk, high-reward move that could pay…

Why the Twins Should Trade Away Their International Free Agent Money

All of the talk that has dominated this MLB offseason has revolved around which team will sign Japanese sensation Shohei Otani. This two-way star, whom I wrote about last winter, has an opportunity to make an immediate impact as both a pitcher and as a hitter for whichever MLB team he signs for. What makes this 23-year-old free agent so unique, besides his two-way talents, is the fact that he is still subject to MLB’s international free agency rules, as he is under the age of 25. This means that…

Byron Buxton: Fielding Phenomenon

What. A. Season. The Twins lost to the Pinstripes. I don’t care. I wrote the Twins off this year. I thought Mauer was over the hill. I thought the rotation would be the worst in the league. I thought the bullpen would be the worst in the league. I thought Miguel Sano and, maybe, Max Kepler would produce decently on offense. Boy was I wrong. Sure, the pitching was by no means top-of-the-line, but those boys kept the Twinkies in ball games. Ervin Santana was the ace I said time…

Twins Offseason Preview

Now that the World Series has ended, the MLB offseason is now officially underway. So now is a perfect time to take a look at some of the moves that the Twins can make this winter to put themselves right back in the playoff hunt in 2018. The obvious focus for the Twins this offseason should be the same as it has been for that past decade, GET BETTER PITCHING! The Departures Probably the best thing that the Twins have going for them is they are still a very young…

Why the Twins Should Consider Platooning Max Kepler

Since getting called up in June of 2016, Max Kepler has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. He has shown signs of being a good all-around player, as he has produced both at the plate, and out in right-field defensively. However, there is one glaring thing that Max Kepler cannot do, and that is hit left-handing pitching. Since his call to the bigs, Kepler has hit a measly .175 against lefties, with absolutely no power, producing just 12 extra-base hits in 222 plate appearances. Max has also had a…

Jaime to Minny?

By the time you read this, it might be a done deal, or it might be caput, but here’s what I have on the proposition of the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia. Let’s start with some good old fashioned stats. Career: 65-52 record, 3.65 ERA, 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings, 1.288 WHIP. 2017: Keep in mind, this is for the Braves, who have scored 4.64 runs per game (17th in MLB) The Twins are 20th in the category at 4.55. 3-7 in 17 starts, 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 106…

Big Sexy is a Minnesota Twin

I get notified for every single roster move in Major League Baseball. When my phone buzzed a little bit ago, I didn’t think anything of it. Until I read it. Something along the lines of “@Twins sign Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal.” Minnesota just got sexier! #MNTwins sign Bartolo Colón to a minor league deal. #BigSexy pic.twitter.com/kwAL2bmoFm — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 8, 2017 Why not? You can’t not like this guy. He’s just too awesome. I’m not sure he belongs in the American League, though, ’cause he…

Five Takeaways from the Minnesota Twins April

  The Record is Not a Fluke The first half of the season has been a pleasant surprise to many Twins fans. After finishing 2016 with the worst record in baseball, the Twins have gotten off to a good start, posting a 12-11 record through the first month of the season. While it might be easy to think this success will be short lived, there are some good indicators that would suggest that the Twins might be able to keep this up. One of the best signs is the Twins…

10 Things You May Have Missed In The MLB This Week

Just a quick 10 things I saw so far since Opening Day Sunday in Major League Baseball. 1. Twins Sweep? Woah guys. Is this team good? Sorry I titled this article “things you may have missed” and then start with the one thing that you could not have missed if you’re in any way a Twins fan. Minnesota swept the Royals this week. Last year, they finished 4-15 against them and never won two in a row. Overall, the Twins only had winning streaks of three or more four times. That…