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Twins, Avila ink one-year deal

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The signing fills another need for the 2020 campaign.

Did you need some good news this Friday morning? If you didn’t already know, Michael Pineda is reportedly back with the Minnesota Twins for two years (pending a physical), and you can read that here. The Twins are starting to make some more headway to fill off season needs as they have also reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal with free-agent catcher Alex Avila.

Avila will be entering...

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Twins reportedly re-sign Michael Pineda to two-year, $20M deal

The Twins have re-signed right-hander Michael Pineda to a two-year deal, Pierre Noujaim of Fox 9 Minneapolis reports.  The Athletic’s Dan Hayes reports that Pineda will earn $20M on the deal, which will become official after Pineda passes a physical.  Pineda is represented by ISE Baseball. Pineda will exactly double the two-year, $10M deal he originally signed with Minnesota in the 2017-18 offseason, a contract that was really a one-year pact given that Pineda had undergone Tommy John...

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Twins re-sign SP Michael Pineda to two-year, $20 million contract

The Minnesota Twins entered the offseason needing starting pitching. Now, they’ve welcomed back another familiar face after re-signing Michael Pineda to a two-year contract. According to The Athletic’s Dan Hayes, Pineda’s two-year deal is worth $20 million and will become official pending his physical. Pineda’s 2019 campaign with the Twins ended on a rough note after serving a 60-game PED suspension, which cost him most of September and the entire postseason. While Pineda’s 4.01...

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Twins to sign Pineda to two-year deal

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Big Mike is back!

The Minnesota Twins’ most glaring need this off season is starting pitching, and the front office started the quest to fill that need this evening. Righty Michael Pineda is coming back to Target Field on a two-year deal worth $20 million, pending a physical. This was first reported by Pierre Noujaim of FOX 9 Minneapolis, followed by a confirmation from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.

Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million contract with...

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Blue Jays checked in on Michael Pineda amid PED suspension

The Blue Jays have at least checked in on right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN (Twitter link). The precise level of interest isn’t known. If the Blue Jays are indeed taking an aggressive stance on open-market arms, Pineda would be a good place to start. He’s not expected to secure anything like the big money destined for the very top options, so inking him shouldn’t be overly committing. At the same time, Pineda comes with a blend of recent durability,...

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Twinkie Town Talk: The Twins Should Do Something Because I’m Bored Edition

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Happy Wednesday. Click on some links.

Hello, I have not done one of these in a long time. I’ve missed you.

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Tawny wrote the famous Monday Morning Minnesota to brighten up everyone's Monday. The Twins had to non-tender a couple players. Do not click if your favorite player is C.J. Cron or Trevor Hildenberger. I finished off my predictions for the top 30 free agents this off season. I have the Twins signing them all. You wont...

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TJ Gorsegner

Fort Myers did a terrible job of rebranding

Their mascot is a dirty joke now, but I’m not laughing

For years, the Twins High-A affiliate has been the Fort Myers Miracle. Its a very logical pairing, as the Twins spring-training home is in Fort Myers, and the Miracle could use the same facilities, which include world-class player amenities, and a much nicer complex than a typical MiLB team at that level can boast. The partnership will be continuing, but today the Fort Myers team announced a rebranding on their twitter. It is quite...

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Twins non-tender 1B C.J. Cron

The Twins have non-tendered first baseman C.J. Cron, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (via Twitter). Righty Trevor Hildenberger was also not tendered a contract, the club announced. MLBTR had projected Cron to earn a $7.7M salary in his final season of arbitration eligibility. Hildenberger was not yet eligible for arbitration. That already seemed like a fairly hefty rate of pay. Any uncertainty in the decision may have been resolved when Cron underwent surgery on his thumb at the tail...

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2019 Free Agency Predictions Part Six: Landing Places for Players 1-5

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Where will the five best players land for 2020?

The MLB off season is underway and free agency is the hot topic all around baseball. Today I will be wrapping up my six part series highlighting the top thirty free agents— five players in each part. Today, here are the five best free agents, and my prediction for their landing spots. The ranking of free agents comes from Fangraphs.

Part 1: Players 26-30

Part 2: Players 21-25

Part 3: Players 16-20

Part 4:...

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Tawny Jarvi

Twins Non-Tender Cron and Hildenberger, Tender Adrianza

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Say goodbye to the Cron Bone and Hildenboiga.

With the Non-Tender deadline coming and going Monday night, the Twins have made decisions on some of their more fringe arbitration eligible players, and also painted a clearer picture of next year’s roster and the work yet to be done.

C.J. Cron’s status was much debated in the seemingly infinite baseball-less days since the Twins exited out of the playoffs like a bird flying into an airplane rotor, and now...

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Tawny Jarvi

Monday Morning Minnesota: Sign Wheeler already edition

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You cowards.

Work off all those Thanksgiving pounds with some rigorous link clicking with Tawny’s patented Bunch-o-Link technology! Yours for only 12 easy payments of $9,999. Here’s a free sample!

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Jon assembled the Minnesota Twins all-decade team, which also drove home just how good the current roster is. The Twins are the only good thing about the current timeline. Sandwichlad dropped some expertly crafted satire that...

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Jonathan Gamble

Minnesota Twins 2010’s All-Decade Team

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As the 2010’s come to a close, let’s look back at the best

As this decade of Twins baseball has come to a close, I thought I’d take a look back at the best seasons at each position from the past 10 seasons. Instead of forming a team from the best players (over the whole decade) at each position, I decided to use a single-season approach. Inspired by Bill Simmons’ “The Book of Basketball”, each position will have a player...

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Cooper Carlson

2019 Free Agency Predictions Part Five: Landing Places for Players 6-10

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Where will these players land for 2020?

The MLB off season is underway and free agency is the hot topic all around baseball. Today I will be continuing my six part series highlighting the top thirty free agents— five players in each part. Today, here are the 6th-10th best free agents, and my prediction for their landing spots. The ranking of free agents comes from Fangraphs.

Part 1: Players 26-30

Part 2: Players 21-25

Part 3: Players 16-20

Part 4:...

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Lets go get Dylan Bundy

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The former first-round pick still has plenty of upside

The Minnesota Twins are no doubt looking high and low for starting pitching help, and there’s a former No. 4 overall pick who just might be available as somewhat of a reclamation project.

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly shopping Dylan Bundy, who was the top pitching prospect in baseball less than six years ago. Injuries, followed by a few...

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Cooper Carlson

2019 Free Agency Predictions Part Four: Landing Places for Players 11-15

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Where will these players land for 2020?

The MLB off season is underway and free agency is the hot topic all around baseball. Today I will be continuing my six part series highlighting the top thirty free agents— five players in each part. Today, here are the 11th-15th best free agents, and my prediction for their landing spots. The ranking of free agents comes from Fangraphs.

Part 1: Players 26-30

Part 2: Players 21-25

Part 3: Players 16-20

15. Yasiel...

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Twins announce new all-Kasota gold uniform

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If you loved the all-powder blue unis, you’ll LOVE these!

With Nike taking over the uniform responsibilities for Major League Baseball, a number of teams have announced new uniforms, whether it be an alternate or an addition to the standard uniform rotation. Minnesota Twins fans got to experience one those announcements this past week as the team revealed that the powder blues from the ‘70s and ‘80s are back as an alternate both at Target Field and on the road. In...

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Jorge Polanco undergoes arthroscopic surgery on right ankle

Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is expected to need six weeks of recovery after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle last Friday, according to an announcement from the team. The surgery was intended to fix what was described as a chronic issue for Polanco, and the All-Star should be fully recovered by the start of Spring Training. Polanco was a major part of the Twins’ 101-win season, hitting .295/.356/.485 with 22 homers over 704 plate appearances. Only six players in all of...

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Your Minnesota Twins as Thanksgiving dinner

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Make sure to have an extra helping of Jorge Polanco (smothered in Marwin Gonzalez) next to your Byron Buxton or Eddie Rosario

This afternoon, you’ll likely sit down at a long table with your extended family to argue about politics, disappoint older relatives with your life choices, and reconcile those two depressing scenarios with copious amounts of food. A few hours later, you’ll fall into a tryptophan sleep-coma in front of the...

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Twinkie Town Talk: Thanksgiving Day Edition

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Here’s some links for you while you gnaw on some turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone who is celebrating it today, and over the weekend. Hopefully everyone gets to spend some time with family and friends (or stay snuggled in your residence if you’re in southern Minnesota). If you’re not celebrating - happy Thursday!

Either way, here are some links for you to peruse...

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Potential Twins offer to Zack Wheeler reportedly 'only a matter of time'

Minnesota’s among the teams chasing free agent Zack Wheeler, but the Twins haven’t made the right-hander an offer yet, Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News reports. However, Wolfson suggests it’s only a matter of time before that will change. The club reportedly met with Wheeler’s representatives earlier this month. Whether it’s Minnesota or another team that winds up signing Wheeler, it may have to fork over a nine-figure contract for the former Met. An executive told Dan Hayes...

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