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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Can the Pirates find a trade partner for Josh Harrison? | FOX Sports

Team president Stan Kasten, however, said that the Dodgers are not facing any payroll restrictions or any pressure from baseball.

“There is no mandate. There is no problem with our debt,” Kasten said. “We are continuing to operate on the same program we have since the day we walked in here in 2012. That’s building through our minor-league system while continuing to aggressively put the best team on the field that we can each year.”

Baseball issued a statement:

“The Commissioner’s Office works with all clubs to monitor compliance with the Debt Service Rule. Non-compliant clubs are asked to submit a plan demonstrating a path to compliance. Clubs are evaluated on an ongoing basis relative to that plan.

“The rule is intended to ensure the financial health of clubs relative to their ability to service their indebtedness, not to influence decisions on the player market. There are various ways to achieve compliance and there is no mandate to cut payroll.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, notes, pirates, twins

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves, shortstop Nick Gordon lead Minnesota Twins Organization All-Stars | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Has Gonsalves really moved ahead of Berrios?

Left-handed starting pitcher—Stephen Gonsalves, Fort Myers (11 games, 11 starts), Chattanooga (13 games, 13 starts): The 6-foot-5 southpaw followed a breakout season with an equally impressive 2016, holding opponents to a .179 average over 140 innings across two levels and going 13-5 with a 2.06 ERA.

“I think he’s progressing,” said Lookouts pitching coach Ivan Arteaga, who also worked with Gonsalves at Cedar Rapids in 2014 and Fort Myers in 2015 and is paired with him again in the Arizona Fall League. “He’s very competitive and he’s very deceptive. He’s always got a pitch in mind. He understands hitters and he knows himself and he knows how to get people out. He did everything we asked him to do and more.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, twins

Monday, November 14, 2016

Twins’ catching prospect Mitch Garver makes his case

With the Twins’ new regime in place, pitch framing should play a larger role than ever in the club’s evaluation of catchers. Here, again, Garver believes he’s making progress.

“I have a heat chart of pitches I missed or pitches I caught well and I stole,” he said. “That’s getting bigger and bigger. I like the heat maps more than percentages. I think those help me out a lot. It’s been a process because the strike zone’s changing.”

With Alford at the plate, Garver was able to present a fastball up in the zone well enough to earn a called second strike. One pitch later, the dangerous Alford swung through another elevated fastball to end the inning.

“The higher strike is becoming way more relevant this day and age, so we’re working on getting that one,” Garver said. “It’s just that the high strike’s not usual. If a ball’s up there, either a guy hits it or they don’t swing at it. Now it’s becoming more relevant and guys are starting to study it. That’s where a lot of guys are pitching these days. They’re pitching up in the zone.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch garver, twins

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Scott Boras praises MN Twins’ new front-office combo

“I’ve met with them,” Boras said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. “As far as the brain trust part of it, I think they’re well intact.”

Boras has far more experience negotiating contracts with Twins GM Thad Levine from his days with the Texas Rangers than with fast-rising chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, formerly the assistant GM with the Cleveland Indians. But as a combination, they seemed to hit it off with Boras here this week.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting new process, a very different process than what’s been before,” Boras said. “I think they’re men that have a very clear idea of what they want to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Monday, November 07, 2016

Twins GM Thad Levine listens closely, acts ethically

Mike Berardino seems smitten.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: thad levine, twins

Falvey: Twins’ goal is building ‘a sustainable, championship-caliber team’ - StarTribune.com

How will they be better than other front offices?

Falvey and Levine, who both got five-year contracts, were introduced at a news conference later Monday morning. The two are part of the wave of baseball executives who place an emphasis on analytics, but Falvey said, “We will have a commitment to understanding metrics but we’ll always be making human decisions.”

Said Levine: “In the healthiest decisionmaking cycles, analytics plays a meaningful role but not a decisive role … [analytics] will be infused in every decision we make. It’s something we will infuse throughout our organization. It’s a piece of the puzzle.”

Falvey added: “We want to be evidence based. It doesn’t just come from analytics or numbers … also scouting information, medical information … it’s a marriage of all that information.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Heyman: Twins’ hiring of Falvey raising eyebrows

Derek Falvey has a lot going for him as a well-regarded young executive with the Indians, but his impending hiring to lead the Minnesota Twins’ baseball ops department as its new chief baseball officer is raising eyebrows around the league.

Falvey is indeed the choice, with the Twins believed just to be doing final background checks. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the hiring. Of course no one should blame Falvey, a very bright exec by all accounts, but it’s questionable how qualified he is to run an entire baseball ops department when he’s never run any department and has only been an assistant GM for one year.

The Twins tried to interview a few GMs (word is Ben Cherington and David Forst turned them down, and they heard through back channel sources that Jed Hoyer also preferred to stay in Chicago) and may have gotten discouraged about their chances to find anyone qualified.

“They should have tried harder for Cherington or Hoyer,” one rival GM opined, and it’s hard to argue with that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, derek falvey, jed hoyer, twins

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Will the Minnesota Twins trade Brian Dozier?

Everyone is available *in the right deal*.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 07:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, twins

Friday, September 16, 2016

Twins to interview Chaim Bloom of Tampa Bay Rays

“Chaim is great,” says one longtime baseball man and former department head. “Unlike a lot of those analytics guys, he can actually carry on a conversation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 05:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Miguel Sano to have back injury examined | twinsbaseball.com

Back injuries are the new rage.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, miguel sano, twins

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Minnesota Twins set to interview Cubs exec Jason McLeod

The search expands.

A few hours before Dozier connected off a Daniel Norris fastball in the third inning, the Twins formally requested permission to interview Chicago Cubs executive Jason McLeod for their top baseball operations job. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed the request, telling reporters he expected the interview to take place.

“There’s probably not a better scouting and player-development guy out there,” Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune. “He has all the skills to do every other part of the job. He’s got a great way about him as a person. He manages people very easily. They love working for him. He deserves a shot at some point soon.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2016 at 12:01 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bunting continues to vex Minnesota Twins hitters

Their problem has been identified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Friday, September 09, 2016

Experience could be key in Minnesota Twins search

Breaking down a few potential candidates for the Twins job.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, twins

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Monday, August 29, 2016

Blue Jays’ MVP Josh Donaldson hits 3 home runs | MLB.com

Josh Donaldson brought the rain with his first career three-homer game, and the Blue Jays brought the brooms, completing a sweep of the Twins, 9-6, and handing Minnesota its season-high 10th straight loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Toronto’s third come from behind victory of the series was fueled by the reigning American league MVP. Donaldson’s two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh put the Blue Jays in front for good, and his second solo home run of the day in the eighth put the icing on the cake.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, twins

Friday, August 26, 2016

Minnesota Twins’ Byung Ho Park has wrist pain examined

Disappointing so far.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, twins

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Minnesota Twins using village to help struggling Jose Berrios

The Berrios Project.

For a rookie pitcher with an astronomical earned-run average, Jose Berrios seems remarkably upbeat.

“The numbers don’t look good, but I feel great,” the Twins’ young right-hander said. “I’m trying to keep working every day, keep learning from the veteran guys. That’s the most important thing right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Reusse: Mishandling of Sano more of his making than the Twins’ - StarTribune.com

Miguel’s main problem is not that he’s been mishandled by the Twins. Miguel’s main problem continues to be mishandling himself, by not preparing for today’s game – today’s one of 162—at anything close to the maximum of his abilities.

And those abilities remain immense, if he ever chooses to exploit them to the fullest.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Twins consider sending Miguel Sano to Triple-A | twinsbaseball.com

“I think it goes along the lines with young players who get to the big leagues and they either subconsciously, or their agents, someone’s telling them they’ve got everything figured out and go enjoy the life,” Molitor said. “It’s contrary to what’s real in terms of you don’t want to ever get too comfortable. And there are other guys we’ve had discussions with as young players to keep their focus on how they got here, why they’re here and [doing] what they need to do to stay here.”

Molitor said he’s continued to talk with Sano this year to help him get better, and that though sometimes he has the right intentions—like when he tried to advance to third as the trail runner during a rundown on Wednesday, only to make the inning’s final out—he needs to improve his decision-making.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations this year,” Molitor said. “He’s trying to make the changes he needs to make so he can walk out of here knowing he did what he could do to be a better player. It doesn’t happen every day.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 01:28 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, paul molitor, twins

Monday, August 01, 2016

Red Sox acquire Fernando Abad from Twins - Todays Knuckleball

The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Pat Light, a right-handed reliever and the 14th-ranked prospect in the Red Sox system.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando abad, pat light, red sox, trade, trade deadline, twins

Friday, July 29, 2016

Eduardo Nunez deal win-win for Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants - SweetSpot- ESPN

This is exactly the kind of trade an organization like the Minnesota Twins has to make: Cash in on a veteran player having a career year and obtain a prospect who should be able to help in the future.

Eduardo Nunez, a career utility guy who had become the Twins’ starting shortstop this season as much by default as anything, is hitting .296/.325/.439 with an AL-leading 27 steals and represented the Twins in the All-Star Game. He’s under team control through 2017, but the Twins traded him to the San Francisco Giants for left-handed pitcher Adalberto Mejia, who has reached Triple-A and is No. 91 on Baseball America’s midseason top 100 prospect list.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, twins

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM? - StarTribune.com

Souhan thinks Pohlad is a bumpkin.

Hiring the next big thing is an exercise in research and perceptiveness, and it is difficult. When MacPhail left the Twins after the 1994 season to run the Cubs as one of baseball’s most respected bosses, he wanted to hire a general manager to work below him. On the flight to Chicago, he showed me a list of potential candidates that included Sabean, who has won three of the past five World Series with the Giants. Then he hired Ed Lynch.

On Monday, Pohlad did not sound like someone who is ready to hire the next big thing. He sounded like someone who would need a lot of help to avoid hiring the next Ed Lynch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sources: Dodgers are open to trading struggling Yasiel Puig | FOX Sports

It’s easy to forget how young he still is.

Perhaps the Dodgers will keep Puig, buying into his latest surge and banking on the fact that he is only 25. Or perhaps they finally are at wit’s end with his performance if not his personality, and will try to sell relatively high, assuming Puig does not regress in the next two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, nationals, notes, padres, twins, yankees, yasiel puig

Monday, July 18, 2016

Twins dismiss Terry Ryan | MLB.com

Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as Twins executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis.

“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest baseball community.
“The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious. We are extremely grateful and very thankful to Terry, his wife Karilyn and their family for being a part of the Minnesota Twins.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, terry ryan, twins

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