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Twins, Simmons ink one-year, $10.5 million deal

It’s really difficult typing your name, Mr Simmons, but welcome to Minnesota! | Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images


Many Minnesota Twins fans have been waiting on a big-splash signing by the front office this season. They’ve signed deals with J.A. Happ and someone else, not quenching the thirst of fans in an otherwise quiet winter in most of the MLB world. Tonight, Twins fans can rejoice.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement...

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Andrelton Simmons, Twins reach agreement on one-year deal

The Twins have reached an agreement with free agent shortstop Andrelton Simmons on a one-year, $10.5MM contract, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). Simmons would be the third shortstop and fourth infielder to come off the board in the past few hours.

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Twins beef up infield with Andrelton Simmons for $10.5 million

The Minnesota Twins are candidates for the best infield in baseball. The Twins and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed to a one-year contract for $10.5 million on Tuesday, according to reports.

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Twins GM Thad Levine: We are not done improving our team

In terms of specific needs, the Twins are always interested in more arms.

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Twins GM Thad Levine Discusses Offseason

Twins general manager Thad Levine provided some general updates on his team’s winter plans during a podcast interview with SKOR North’s Darren Wolfson (audio link).  With J.A.

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Braves Sign Ehire Adrianza To Minors Contract

The Braves have signed infielder Ehire Adrianza to a minor league deal, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). More analysis to come….

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Matt Monitto

Twinkie Town wordsmith laments lack of “J. A. Happ” anagrams

Good luck. | Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

A Twinkie Town exclusive about Twinkie Town.

1. YOU, the Anagramancer, stare down the invading MANTICORE: Will you ROMANCE IT (turn to 123), give it CREMATION (turn to 213), or summon EROTIC MAN (turn to 312)?
-Stephen Wort, 2017 Lyttle Lytton Contest winner

For year after year, Twinkie Town readers have been delighted by the whimsical amusements of anagrams and spoonerisms of the names of incoming Twins.

This year, that may be thwarted.


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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 6

“I’m number five” - Ryan Jeffers | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Ryan Jeffers wins round five of our poll

Ryan Jeffers wins round five in what is almost certainly his last year on our list. It was a close race but he was able to hold off Jhoan Duran. Duran becomes the favorite for round six.

Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%) Royce Lewis 65% (Larnach 17%, Balazovic 16%, Duran 2%) Trevor Larnach 37%...

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Zach Koenig

Twins baseball on TV shouldn’t be this difficult

Why is it so #@$! hard to just turn on the TV and watch the game?!

Twenty years ago, before the start of the 2001 baseball season, my Dad posed this question to 16-year old me: would I rather be the beneficiary of a cable TV package, or some newfangled concept known as high-speed internet? I chose the former option—though ultimately both were achieved via the magic of “bundling”—and thus began a two-decade Twins TV odyssey.

Photo credit should read DAVE KAUP/AFP via Getty Images ...

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Giants targeting Jackie Bradley Jr., Eddie Rosario for outfield?

The Giants are currently expected to use Alex Dickerson, Mauricio Dubon and Mike Yastrzemski in the outfield in 2021. That could change if they acquire either Bradley, Rosario or both.

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Giants interested in Eddie Rosario, Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Giants are looking to add outfield help, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Eddie Rosario and Jackie Bradley Jr. are two of the names under consideration.

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Brandon Brooks

Rival Roundup, Vol. 14: Rebuilding the past

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Dayton Moore is heading back to the future.

So much happened this week, you’re not going to believe it. In fact, after you read this, you still may not believe it.

Chicago White Sox Straight from the top of the journalistic mountain comes this prophecy from MLB insider Héctor Gómez:

In the next few days there will be very good news for the White Sox's fans.

— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 18, 2021 Now, this could be suspenseful foreshadowing...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 5

Jordan Balazovic at the Futures Game | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Congratulations to Jordan Balazovic for winning Round 4

Round four was a landslide victory for Jordan Balazovic. He takes the honors as the top pitching prospect on our list.

Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%) Royce Lewis 65% (Larnach 17%, Balazovic 16%, Duran 2%) Trevor Larnach 37% (Balazovic 37%, Jeffers 21%, Duran 5%) Jordan Balazovic...

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Eddie Rosario is an impact bat hiding in broad daylight

Across the last four seasons (1,873 at-bats) Rosario has totaled 96 home runs and 306 RBI while posting a combined .281 batting average, an .810 OPS, and a 114 OPS+.

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TJ Gorsegner

Twins move on from Bauer, seek Baurer or Baurest to remain competitive

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a new market inefficiency!

Years ago, the Twins had Joe Mauer, and the Royals countered with Brandon Maurer. Taking the Maur-based superlatives to a natural extreme, the Twins embarked on a failed experiment with Jeffery Maurest, in an attempt to cement themself as the most Mauer-y team in baseball.

While that experiment didn’t work, the Twins apparently did not learn their lesson, as leaked memo from the desk of Derek Falvey is apparently instructing...

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MLB Free Agency: Eddie Rosario is an Impact Bat Hiding in Broad Daylight

Every team in Major League Baseball craves impact bats, yet Eddie Rosario remains a free agent for reasons only known to the sport’s 30 respective ballclubs: he’s an impact bat hiding in broad daylight.

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Jonathan Gamble

Who’s left? Remaining Free Agent Possibilities

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Hot Stove Season

It took awhile, but over the past week, the stove has officially grown hot. Players, perhaps feeling the pressure of a slow off-season nearing its end, have started to sign left and right. The Twins, for their part, made one earth-shaking signing of J.A. Happ; the consensus is that they still have work to do before spring training rolls around.

So who’s even left for the Twins to pursue? Let’s take a look at some...

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Rest In Peace, Hank Aaron

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The *true* home run king has passed at the age of 86.

Not much has emerged regarding the nature of his death, but we do know that the long time Braves legend and Hall of Famer died this morning.

Overcoming racism and death threats as he approached Babe Ruth’s long standing record, Aaron became the home run king on April 8, 1974 with his 715th home run. He eventually retired in 1976 having hit 755 – a record that stood until Barry Bonds hit his 756th in...

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Jonathan Gamble

Gabbing w/ Gamble: Who’s your second favorite team?

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“If you ain’t first, you’re last”

Hello and welcome back to our fun little site for another Friday discussion. We’ve made it through another week, and are now that much closer to spring- and with it, Twins baseball. However, we’re not talking Twins today- we’re talking Rockies, or Athletics, or Dodgers, or Rays, or maybe any other team (besides the Yankees and White Sox, hopefully). Who is your second favorite MLB team?

Now, perhaps, you...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 4

Blue sky (and possibly Trevor) will return to Target Field this summer | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Trevor Larnach wins round three

It was a close election but at the time I wrote this Larnach had a two vote lead so I’m calling him the winner. Congratulations to Trevor Larnach for winning an internet poll!

Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%) Royce Lewis 65% (Larnach 17%, Balazovic 16%, Duran...

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