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Luke in MN

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Is Joe Mauer a good defensive catcher?

One of Twinkie Town's community members runs through masses of historical and yearly defensive metrics on catchers to determine whether or not Joe Mauer truly is a good defensive catcher.

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Battle at third.

  If there’s one thing White Sox fans hate, it’s a fair fight.  (Although basic hygiene is pretty low on their list too...)  But we just might have one on our hands at third base this year.  Our...

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Twins starters on the DL in 2011

More warm, cozy projections to fill these bitter January days. 

Carl Pavano and the Twins are expected to have a two-year deal by the middle of this week. It could...

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Carl Pavano and the Twins are expected to have a two-year deal by the middle of this week. It could be delayed a day or two by the team's arbitration distraction (Tuesday is the day figures are exchanged by all teams and players), but baseball people read no negative inference into the fact the talks have taken awhile. The Pirates in particular have made a run at Pavano, but the Twins' advantage is that they are a contending team where Pavano could be the ace and they are also the team that provided a comfortable environment for the pitcher to thrive in the last two seasons.

Jon Heyman, SI

Twins #9 farm by Sickels rankings

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Believe it or not, there are still some people out there using the Internet for the forces of good. One of them is this dougdirt, who posted on Minor League Ball a valuation of each team's minor league system based on the letter grades given by Sickels. So just to be clear, this is not Sickels's personal rankings of the systems, but some other guy's ranking based on the letter grades Sickels dished out. The Twins are #9. Not too shabby.

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Best 200 Twins of All Time!

The Top 200 Twins of All Time are back...Betta. Than. Eva. I did this last year and it was really awesome. The internets literally got all tingly about it for months. And I mean literally...

"I'm not exactly sure what direction they're going," Crain said. "They like to build from within,...

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"I'm not exactly sure what direction they're going," Crain said. "They like to build from within, but with that said, I don't know what they will do. There are a couple of prospects coming up, but they don't have a lot of experience. It will definitely be interesting to see how it will play out. Losing me and (set-up reliever Matt Guerrier to the Dodgers as a free agent) will hurt them. The Twins were never really in the running—surprisingly or unsurprisingly. They weren't looking to sign a guy for more than $3.5 million a year. They were out from the beginning, and we didn't even negotiate with them. They have been smart with the way they do things, but we'll see."

Jesse Crain, reported by John Perrotto at Baseball Prospectus. (not pay article)

Heyman "No" on Bert...again.

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I actually like Heyman's old-school defense of his "no" vote. If you accept wins above replacement or something similar as a pretty good measure of overall value, Bert's a slam dunk. If you don't (Heyman doesn't), it's a harder case in large part because Bert simply was not revered as one of the giants of the game when he played. (Although I suspect that if Bert had been a Yankee his whole career, Heyman and others like him would have remembered him much differently.) I've heard Bert say that he himself was essentially convinced of his hall worthiness after he stopped playing. I think he'll get in, and I certainly think he should, but Heyman does a good job putting out the nay side of a very interesting argument.

Pirates kicking tires on Hardy

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Haven't convinced the Twins yet. Pretty brilliant be trying to trade the only decent shortstop in the organization...amiright?

K. Theiser on Pavano, Thome

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Interesting tidbits in that both the Twins & Thome and the Twins & Pavano have mutual interest in teaming up for 2011. According to Theiser, with Pavano the issue is whether the Twins will meet his price. With Thome, the issue is whether he will return instead of retiring.

Top 10 Twins prospects by Baseball America

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1. Kyle Gibson, rhp 2. Aaron Hicks, of 3. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss 4. Joe Benson, of 5. Ben Revere, of 6. Liam Hendriks, rhp 7. Alex Wimmers, rhp 8. Adrian Salcedo, rhp 9. Oswaldo Arcia, of 10. Carlos Gutierrez, rhp There is other juicy content there too, but I don't have the subscription:(

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BEWARE the Royals

"one of the most dangerous 3-4 combinations in the game by the second half of the decade" "not just the best minor-league system in baseball, it's the best by a wide margin" "I had [trouble]...

BP on Twins offseason

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This series is much better done than most national media looks at offseason planning (although unfortunately it's a pay article). Heck, it almost could have been written by someone here at Twinkie Town! It suggests the Twins already have a "true ace"--Liriano--and as far as the need for a "second ace" to back him up: "Greinke’s 3.70 SIERA, as well as his walk and strikeout rates, were a dead ringer for another pitcher the Twins already have: Scott Baker. Sure, Greinke is probably a better pitcher than Baker, but given the $6.5 million difference in their salaries I wouldn’t trade Baker for him straight up, let alone put together a package of Delmon Young (of whom I’m no fan), Kevin Slowey, and top prospect Aaron Hicks, the rumored starting point for negotiations regarding Greinke." Instead, the article suggests targeting an undervalued mid-rotation type like James Shields to instead bump Blackburn off the back of the rotation. I also liked this part: "Mission Statement: Win enough games to make the playoffs, then bring along enough talent to beat the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, or whatever other expensive coastal show pony we meet there, and in doing so play deep enough into October to distract the honest, hard-working citizens of Minnesota from their cringe-inducing local football teams."

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Home runs at Target Field, pt. 2

With Justin Morneau's comments on the Target Field fences, I thought it would be a good time to update this , which I wrote after looking at the early-season Hit Tracker data on homers at Target...

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Bill James projections for the Twins

Bill James is the first major prognosticator to release 2011 forecasts. I don't know much about the details of the Bill James method or how it has stacked up against other systems over the years,...

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The "Do Nothing" Plan

Thing is, our team won 94 games last year. We added a trio of players last offseason that either plugged gaping holes (Hardy & Hudson) or proved highly useful in an unusual role (Thome). Now...

Twins pick up Kubel's option, not Punto's

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Kubel will make $5.25 million in 2011. Punto gets a $500,000 buyout instead of his $5 million option, but could return to the team at a vastly reduced price.

"Ben Revere, OF, Twins (AFL: Saguaros): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB. Hitting .413 while 7-for-7 in the...

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"Ben Revere, OF, Twins (AFL: Saguaros): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB. Hitting .413 while 7-for-7 in the stolen base department; could be due for longer big league look next year."

Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=12330
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Phillies vs. Reds Game Thread: NLDS Game #1

No one gives the Reds a chance, so I'm inclined to pull for the underdog here.  I guess you wanted Halladay to get his chance with a contender after being burried for so long in Toronto, but hell,...

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Rays vs. Rangers Game Thread: ALDS Game #1

I'll be following the Rays and Rangers this afternoon when I get a chance so I thought I'd post a game thread.  I'm rooting for the Rangers, although it's pretty close for me.  The tie breakers end...

You ever watch 'The Brady Bunch' and they had that phony football playbook? If you're advance...

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You ever watch 'The Brady Bunch' and they had that phony football playbook? If you're advance scouting us here in September, I think we're holding back all our big plays. We're saving hopefully our best for October, and we've played possum here in September.

—Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Ben Shpigel, The New York Times)

BP on Yankees vs. Twins

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Jay Jaffe does a great job doing an accurate and in-depth break down of the two teams. His conclusion (Yankees in 4) is way off and it's a pay article, but otherwise good stuff.

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The upside of the losing streak (Twins = geniuses)

Lower draft picks for our division foes!  The Royals are now a game better than the Diamondbacks, putting them in line for the 5th pick instead of the 4th.  5th instead of 4th?  Why that's the...

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The Uncanny Extwins

Wasn’t every player move the Twins made over the last decade was really stupid? Ever wish that they’d just get rid of all the bums on today’s team, and bring back everyone they got rid of? Do you...

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Let's play Player A and Player B (Swimsuit Edition)!

2010 plate appearances Player A: 224 Player B: 483 Triple slash numbers, wOBA Player A: 332/375/447, 363 Player B: 265/333/485, 351 (more below the jump)

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White Sox blowing save in bottom of ninth [edit]...but end up winning anyway

Valbuena gets a base hit, game tied, no one out, runner at second.Valbuena gets a base hit, game tied, no one out, runner at second.Valbuena gets a base hit, game tied, no one out, runner at...

Big League Stew on Mauer's first TF homer

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Fun article all-around, but I especially liked: "Over the past 28 days, Mauer is batting .482./.545./.747. Seven-four-seven. He's hitting like the biggest airplane in the world, people."

Will Carroll on Morneau

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Baseball Prospectus's resident injury expert, Will Carroll, on Justin Morneau (pay article): "I realize that when ESPN says "indefinitely," that sounds like "OMG done for the year!" It just means "we don't know, but not today." ... "There's no reason to think that Morneau is out for the season, but it's looking more like September."

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Saturday Twins Happythink

Stats to make you smile.  I'm going to the game today, so hopefully these will all look even better tomorrow morning!  (parenthetical ranks show rank in MLB) POSITION PLAYERS AVG: .281 (1st) O...

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Poll: Your favorite non-Twins team.

Following up on P.Harv.Fav.'s post in Twins4life's poll about everyone's least favorite team, I thought it would be interesting to find out which teams are Twins fans' next-favorite (or least...

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