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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Twins May Have Weakened a Weakness | FanGraphs Baseball

Do the Twins really need defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, twins

Monday, December 22, 2014

Phil Hughes gets three-year contract extension from Twins


Hughes, who won 16 games in his first season in Minnesota, has been rewarded with a three-year extension that will pay him an additional $42 million, the team announced Monday. The righthander’s $8 million salary in each of the next two seasons has been increased to $9.2 million, and he will earn $13.2 million per year from 2017-2019.

That makes the Twins’ total commitment to Hughes $58 million over the next five seasons. It’s the longest commitment the Twins have ever made to a starting pitcher.

The 28-year-old starting pitcher was considered a mild risk when the Twins signed him to a three-year, $24 million free agent contract one year ago, but he responded with one of the strongest seasons by a Twins starter in the past decade, posting a 3.52 ERA in 32 starts.

He struck out 186 batters and walked only 16, setting a major-league record with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.63.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 02:42 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Twinsights: Terry Ryan on defensive metrics and why the Twins ignore them - Twins Now

Hunter has to be better than Arcia and Willingham.

Just like I do all the time: As soon as you get somebody to explain (advanced metrics) …” said Ryan, who has Jack Goin on his staff for just that purpose. “When you look at the rankings of the defensive side of the game, you shake your head many times. I’m not saying a lot of them aren’t accurate, because some of them are, but a lot of them aren’t accurate either.

“You can use the metrics or you can use the eye, and you should use both. In this instance, I think we’ve seen (Hunter) play probably 30-35 games as an evaluation process this year, and for the most part the lowest grade we had on him was average range. That’s pretty good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Daily Dish: Twins sign Torii Hunter to one-year, $10.5 million deal

One year? $10.5 million? Torii Hunter?

Paging Sandy Alderson. (Sigh.)

Torii Hunter is going home. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hunter has reached a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins.

Hunter has been linked to almost a dozen teams so far this winter, with the Rangers, Royals, Mariners and Orioles among the most aggressive in addition to Minnesota. As we reported in mid-November, the Royals and Twins were being most aggressive in their pursuits of Hunter once his last team, the Tigers, dropped out of the running, The Rangers were said to be making a push earlier today, but Rosenthal reports that the Twins made the higher offer and were able to agree to terms with Hunter.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 02, 2014 at 09:24 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, torii hunter, twins

Monday, November 24, 2014

Josh Willingham to retire

The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.

Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.

“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.

“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to myself, and more importantly to the team that was paying me a lot of money to perform at a high level, if there was a chance my dedication would waver—particularly as the season got longer. I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.’‘

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 24, 2014 at 01:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Arbitration-eligible Twins: Tender or non-tender? » AaronGleeman.com

Aaron Gleeman talks Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Minnesota Twins offer manager contract to Paul Molitor - ESPN

It’s Molitor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says - Twins Now

Joe Maddon certainly won’t end up with the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Friday, October 03, 2014

SBNation: (Satire) Sansevere: Douse Mauer in Gasoline and Chase Him with Matches

Since this blog originally posted, there have been a slew of tweets asking if I’m some kind of maniac for suggesting Mauer be set on fire. News flash: You can catch fire anywhere.  Your kitchen, a forest fire, a place where they make flamethrowers.

Richard Pryor set himself on fire freebasing cocaine in his home. It. Can. Happen. Anywhere.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New manager should have Mauer catch again

What will the Twins’ next manager do about Joe Mauer?

Here’s a thought: Let him catch again.

The reason he was told to pack away his catcher’s mitt was because he kept getting hurt and there was a belief sticking him at first and having him DH would mean fewer injuries and more games played.

Well …

Mauer played in 113 games and had 445 at bats while still a catcher in 2013. This season, no longer catching, he played in 120 games and had 455 at bats. Yep, a difference of seven games and 10 at bats.

He had 11 home runs in 2013, just four this season. He had eight more doubles and a .324 batting average in 2013. He hit .277 in this just-completed debacle of a season and injuries hijacked about a fourth of the games he could have played in if healthy.

Face it, the guy is brittle wherever you play him.

I usually don’t believe in posting bad articles for people to mock… but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

The Ham is no longer Willing.

Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.

However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.

Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.

“I haven’t made a decision yet and don’t know what I’m going to do,” Willingham wrote.

Slowed by a groin injury that has limited him to two starts since Sept. 11, Willingham is closing in on the first postseason appearance in his 11-year career.

Only seven active players have more career games than Willingham (1,146) without a postseason appearance.

Closing out a three-year, $21 million contract signed with the Twins after the 2011 season, Willingham was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 11 after the Royals claimed him on waivers. The Twins received Double-A right-hander Jason Adam in the deal, which saw the Royals pick up the remaining $1.836 million of the $7 million Willingham is owed this season.

A right-handed power hitter, Willingham hit 35 homers and drove in 110 runs in his 2012 Twins debut. Only Harmon Killebrew (eight times) has exceeded that homer total in Twins history.

Willingham was unable to follow that up due to nagging injuries to his knee (2013) and wrist (2014). He had a combined on-base/slugging percentage of .761 in 23 games (83 plate appearances) with the Royals.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record

PHIL HUGHES         2014    11.63
Bret Saberhagen    1994    11.00
Cliff Lee          2010    10.28
Curt Schilling      2002      9.58
Pedro Martinez      2000      8.88
Greg Maddux         1997      8.85
Pedro Martinez      1999      8.46

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: September 24, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, records, twins

ESPN: Phil Hughes 1 out shy of $500K bonus

Phil Hughes likely lost $500,000 because of a persistent rainstorm.

Hughes pitched eight innings Wednesday in the Minnesota Twins’ 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, a game that was delayed 66 minutes due to rain.

It was the final start of the season for Hughes, who fell one-third of an inning short of triggering a $500,000 innings bonus in his contract with the Twins. The right-hander has thrown 209 2/3 innings this season; his contract stipulates that he would receive the bonus if he reaches 210 innings pitched.

 

CraigK Posted: September 24, 2014 at 07:36 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Gleeman: Twins ask fans which brand of luxury car they are

Okay, now I know this data is useless.

Below you’ll find a question included in a “brand survey” the Minnesota Twins’ marketing department just sent out to their fans via e-mail.

The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marketing, twins

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Embarrassing loss, surging Royals add importance to doubleheader for Detroit Tigers

The Twins should be punished for cruelty to animals for what they did Friday night.

The Tigers pitched poorly and made multiple defensive gaffes Friday night in a 20-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers used eight pitchers—well, seven pitchers plus shortstop Andrew Romine—in the loss. The Tigers were charged with two errors and made at least that many additional bad defensive plays. Romine gave up more than 820 feet worth of home runs to consecutive batters.

The Tigers rallied from a 6-1 deficit to make a game of it, but they saw a 6-5 deficit grow to 15-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, which took 42 minutes to complete.

“This was a bad game,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “It was an embarrassing game, really. There’s really not much to say about it. It is what it is.”

Really, it couldn’t have gone much worse for the Tigers. The game took nearly four hours. The Tigers used every available pitcher short of closer Joe Nathan. Ausmus clearly made the decision early in the game to try to use each relief pitcher sparingly rather than burn through one or two guys and then make roster moves to replace them.

“Pretty much every pitcher that went out there, we were being careful with,” Ausmus said. “We have two games (Saturday). We have a young pitcher starting the first game, so we were careful about every single pitcher that toed the rubber tonight because of their pitch count.”


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Twins Triple-A team completes the oddest no-hitter you’ll see this season

Shore ‘nuff!

The Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, completed a no-hitter Monday against the Durham Bulls that was started in a different month, in a different state, by a pitcher who is now in the big leagues.

The no-hitter started on July 24 in Durham, where weather caused the game to be suspended until Monday in Rochester… Trevor May, who made his MLB debut for the Twins on Saturday night, started the game in July for Rochester, throwing three no-hit innings. Logan Darnell resumed the game for the Red Wings, throwing six more no-hit innings.

We’ve heard of combined no-hitters before, but cross-state combined no-hitters are a different matter altogether. Since the Red Wings weren’t traveling back to the Durham, the two teams had to finish the game in Rochester, thus making things even more odd. The Red Wings were “visitors” in their own stadium.

The District Attorney Posted: August 12, 2014 at 01:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: history, logan darnell, minor leagues, trevor may, twins

Byron Buxton promoted to Double-A

Last night, the Twins promoted Buxton to Double-A New Britain. It has to be more off of feel for his development than performance, as a recent slump has saw his numbers dip to .240/.313/.405 in 134 plate appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. A slower start might be expected for any player whose season was as start-stop-start-stop-start as Buxton’s has been, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a concern for the Twins’ brass.

Our favorite quote regarding Buxton is Terry Ryan saying that he’ll set his own timetable. In this instance, the club appears to be helping to set it for him. There are 22 games remaining on New Britain’s schedule, and as Mike Berardino notes, a good performance could merit a September callup.

And that’s pretty exciting, all things considered. How excited would you be to have an opportunity to watch Buxton play Major League games in September?

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, prospects, twins

Monday, August 11, 2014

Royals Acquire Josh Willingham

Hopefully not sharing too much time with Ibanez…

The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).

Willingham was claimed by Kansas City off revocable waivers, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press… 

The right-handed hitter, 35, is set to reach free agency following the season and will therefore be a pure rental for the Royals. He has posted a .210/.345/.402 slash with 12 home runs through 278 plate appearances on the season… Willingham brings some much-needed pop to a Royals lineup that has struggled to score runs at times. He is expected to see many of his plate appearances out of the designated hitter spot, per a tweet from Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, sharing time with the lefty-swinging Raul Ibanez…

The return for Willingham is not insignificant, which is a fair achievement for Minnesota given that the pending free agent was claimed (leaving the Twins without leverage to deal with multiple trade partners). Adam, 23, was a fifth-round pick in 2010. He has scuffled somewhat in the upper minors as a starter (5.13 ERA in 242 1/3 Double-A innings), but has had some success at Triple-A this year in a relief role (2.35 ERA over 15 1/3 frames). Baseball America rated him Kansas City’s 9th-best prospect coming into the year, saying he has a solid heater and average slider but will need to develop a go-to third offering (change or curve) in order to succeed against lefties at the next level. MLB.com also rated him in the ninth slot among KC prospects entering the year, but dropped him to 16th in its mid-season update.

The District Attorney Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:32 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jason adam, josh willingham, royals, trades, transactions, twins

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Powers: Twins need fewer smiles, more snarls

Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!

The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.

If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.

Yes, they need clutch hitters and better starting pitchers, but they also need an attitude adjustment. For 3-1/2 years they have meekly taken their beatings and then trudged off the field. They tip their caps and congratulate their opponents on jobs well done. They put up with all manner of insults.

...When will they stop going so quietly? When will they get fed up?

I can’t imagine any other team taking so much abuse for so long without reacting. The Twins need to deliver the message that, you may beat us but you won’t enjoy it so much. Instead, Twins players inevitably can be seen laughing and gabbing with opposing players on the basepaths. How’s the wife and kids? Great weather today! And they’re often getting hammered at the time.

I’m all for civility. These aren’t the old days when players spit tobacco juice and tried to maul each other. But after 3-1/2 years or being patsies, maybe it’s time to get a bit surly.

How often have the Twins been down by four or five runs in the early innings? When hitters are teeing off like that, they need to be made to feel uncomfortable at the plate. Granted, it’s not right to throw at a hitter, especially above the waist. But those guys should be skipping rope and dancing and playing hopscotch in the batter’s box.

Infielders should consider dropping a knee in front of the bag when guys are running wild. Let them dive headfirst into that. I’ve seen that pulled against the Twins a half-dozen times this season. And slam those tags on, even when someone is diving back to first base.

The Twins don’t need more nice guys. They need snarls, not smiles. This can’t come from the coaching staff.

Repoz Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Dodgers Acquire Kevin Correia

Attention and fame.

The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams.  The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever.  He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s press release.

Correia, 34 later this month, posted a 4.94 ERA, 4.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 0.90 HR/9, and 41.5% groundball rate in 129 1/3 innings for Minnesota… The Twins signed Correia to a two-year, $10MM deal after the 2012 season…

Minnesota has saved about $1.5MM by shipping Correia to the Dodgers.  Additionally, they’ve opened a spot for new acquisition Tommy Milone, who will start Monday night in Houston.  Twins GM Terry Ryan is looking beyond 2014, with his club mired in last place, and Milone will be one of two new faces in Minnesota’s rotation going forward, alongside rookie Trevor May.

The District Attorney Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kevin correia, trades, transactions, twins

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Minnesota Twins sign Kurt Suzuki to two-year contract extension

Apparently hoping no one will notice…

On a busy non-waiver Trade Deadline day around Major League Baseball, the Twins took care of some in-house business.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that it signed catcher Kurt Suzuki to a contract extension through the 2016 season with a vesting option for ‘17.

Suzuki will earn $6 million in 2015 and ‘16.

The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: kurt suzuki, twins

Athletics, Twins Swap Tommy Milone, Sam Fuld

Is “guys who read Moneyball” the new market inefficiency?

The Twins have acquired lefty Tommy Milone from the A’s in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld, the teams have announced.

Milone… lost his rotation spot with the Athletics earlier this month when the team acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel… Milone had pitched to a solid 3.55 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 38.4 percent fly-ball rate in 96 1/3 innings this season. He owns a 3.84 ERA with 6.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 36.8 percent ground-ball rate in 468 2/3 innings for the Nationals and Athletics. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason and can be controlled through the 2017 campaign…

The 32-year-old Fuld has been excellent for the Twins in 2014, slashing .274/.370/.354 with a homer, a dozen steals (in 15 attempts) and standout defense in both left and center field. In addition to platooning with [Jonny] Gomes, he can serve as a center field option for the A’s with Craig Gentry on the disabled list and Coco Crisp currently ailing. Fuld is a career .240/.323/.337 hitter and can be controlled via arbitration through the 2016 campaign.

The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sam fuld, tommy milone, trades, transactions, twins

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zumaya agrees to deal with Twins

Game on!

The Tigers could end up seeing a lot of Joel Zumaya this year after all. It’ll just be in a different uniform, albeit an awfully familiar one.

After throwing for teams in December and holding out for a roster spot and the right situation, Zumaya has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, the reliever told MLB.com. The two sides spent Saturday putting together a deal that could pay him anywhere from $800,000 to $1.7 million if he reaches incentives.

A Twins official would neither confirm nor deny the deal to MLB.com, but said they’ve been in negotiations since December.

Zumaya weighed what he called “good offers” from three other clubs,  but the Twins included guaranteed money rather than a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite. If he’s healthy, they’ll bring him to the same mound at Target Field where he last threw a Major League pitch. He fractured his elbow throwing for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, twins

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