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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Twins trade for Jake Odorizzi | MLB.com

The Twins took a major step toward solidifying their rotation late Saturday night, acquiring right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Rays for shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios, the club announced.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2018 at 12:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, trade, twins

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Adalberto Mejia: High Floor or More? - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

Adalberto Mejia under the sabermetric microscope.

Finally, it’s interesting to note exactly when Mejia got himself into his biggest messes on the mound. You might think that a pitcher struggling with control would walk more hitters with men on base, but these situations were actually where Mejia clamped down. His greatest struggles came in low leverage situations in which he had a BB/9 of 5.34, as opposed to 1.29 in high-leverage situations. To put this another way, Mejia had a BB/9 of 5.73 when the bases where empty, as opposed to just 2.67 with men on base.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2018 at 07:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adalberto mejia, twins

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ervin Santana out 10-12 weeks after surgery | MLB.com

This certainly doesn’t help the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ervin santana, injuries, twins

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Betsy on Twitter: “This is not easy for me to share, but I feel I need to share it. This is my story.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor are named NL/AL MOY by BBWAA

2007 Bob Melvin wins MOY, fired May 2009.  2011 Kirk Gibson wins MOY, Fired end of 2014. Hope this does not become trend for AZ.

shoewizard Posted: November 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, diamondbacks, manager of the year, twins

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fanrag: Alex Cobb Destinations

Gotsulias can tie him to three clubs.

Plenty of teams need a solid starter but won’t break the bank — Cobb fits the bill. He’s also younger than some of the other more expensive free agents such as Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, which makes him an attractive target. MLB Trade Rumors sees Cobb getting a four-year deal worth $48M.

fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, rangers, rays, twins

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Minnesota Twins Top 20 prospects for 2018 - Minor League Ball

John Sickels starts his off-season with the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, twins

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

frJohn Manuel - Leaves BA and Joins the Twins Organization

BA loses one of its best prospect gurus.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, twins

Friday, October 13, 2017

Next Twins pitching coach must find ways to miss bats

“Certainly swing-and-miss percentage has become even more of a focus as you watch postseason games and you see pitching staffs that are top to bottom capable of doing that,” Levine said. “So, we’re going to be attentive to that as well in trying to round out our staff with a little bit more means of missing some bats.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Monday, October 09, 2017

Minnesota Twins, Paul Molitor agree to 3-year extension

After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: paul molitor, twins

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Heyman | Real Wild-Card Loser Is Pace Of Play

When they were just finishing the third inning around 10 PM, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end. I don’t need the games done in two hours. Somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 hours would be fine. 4+ hour games with 8 PM start times means I’m missing the end. That bites. Tonight I have an extra incentive to stay late. I’ve been rooting for the D’Backs all year since I put $100 down on them at 100-1 odds back before Spring Training started. Unfortunately, I might have to find out if they won Thursday morning.

The wild-card game is a wonderful, fantastic, stupendous idea… in theory, anyway. The games are always energizing and almost always riveting.

Now if only someone could stay up to see them.

For those who didn’t make it to the conclusion of the playoff season opener (just about everyone on the East Coast, I assume), the Yankees beat the Twins, ending Minnesota’s gloriously surprising season, in a game that ended on Wednesday on the East Coast after beginning squarely on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, twins, wild card, yankees

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins - StarTribune.com

“The reality is, there are cycles to this game,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “You want to avoid significant valleys, the long downturns, and unfortunately, we’ve been unable to do that. But the good news is, it feels like that’s behind us now. We believe we are on the cusp of an upturn that could result in some great things — including, hopefully, bringing another world championship here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the percentages and have very, very thick skin.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

Monday, October 02, 2017

Bartolo Colon wins, doesn’t plan to retire | MLB.com

The Energizer Colon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, twins

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Big turnaround leads Twins to Wild Card | MLB.com

What a season for the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, twins, wild card

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Buxton makes 5-star catch, steals base in win | MLB.com

This Buxton kid is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Electronic device speeds Byron Buxton’s hand recovery

Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand.

“That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon as he sat at his Comerica Park locker.

In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his hand and letting the electronic stimulator work its magic.

“You don’t feel anything” while it’s on, Buxton said, but that changes once he removes the patch and holds his hand down by his side.

“I feel a rush of blood,” Buxton said. “It’s like a tingling feeling but it feels good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryon buxton, twins

Monday, September 04, 2017

Souhan: On Twins and cowardly trolls - StarTribune.com

I’m not sure about the background on this but it’s clear Aaron Gleeman thinks it’s aimed at him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Friday, September 01, 2017

Area woman realizes how many of her kids she likes less than Byron Buxton - Twinkie Town

“I’ll be honest with you, my kids can be pricks,” said the Cottage Grove human resources administrator. “Cale’s got a busted arm from doing skateboard tricks on the stairs at the middle school, which I’ve told him 100 ####### times not to do. Buxton is carrying this team. He needs to be healthy, especially if (Miguel) Sano is still hurt.”

Hauser said her relationship with her children is far from strained, but Buxton’s injury has clarified some things.

“When I heard the news, I thought, ‘Why not Tyler? He’s a little #### sometimes.’ Same thing goes for Brendan, my youngest. Kid can’t stay out of detention. All three boys take after their dad (Hauser is divorced), so I assume they’ll just leave home for the next redhead who’ll give ‘em a beej in the Friday’s parking lot. Buxton seems he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

“That’s when I realized that I was pretty invested in this team. And that my boys, God love ‘em, are…”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton exits with hand injury | MLB.com

A possible left hamate bone injury. MRI was done this morning. Bummer.

Update: Bone contusion and not a break.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Hall Of Fame Case For Johan Santana

I think the high-level data does show that Sandy Koufax was a little better statistically in his era during his peak than Santana was. Looking at their full careers, the argument could certainly be made that Santana had the better career.

 

DanG Posted: August 24, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, johan santana, mets, sandy koufax, 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

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


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