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Twins Notes: Castro, Sano, Gibson

The Twins aren't yet sure how Miguel Sano's lacerated right heel will affect his availability in camp over the coming days, but headed into the team's first full-squad workout set for Monday, manager Rocco Baldelli isn't worried about Kyle Gibson and Jason Castro, two other players recovering from ailments.

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New-look Sano fully committed ahead of 2019

What a difference a year makes. As Miguel Sano made his entrance to the Twins' clubhouse Sunday morning and was greeted by teammates and staff members, the consensus was clear: His body looks good.

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Zach Koenig

Fightin’ Words: The Startling Similarity Between MLB & UFC

A look at post-Moneyball baseball through the lens of the Ultimate Fighting Championship

The word analogy is defined as: “A comparison of two otherwise unlike things based on resemblance of a particular aspect”. I can’t think of a better way to describe this somewhat odd post.

For a short time growing up, I was a rabid fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This was in the early days of the sport, when it truly was “anything goes” and the entire enterprise was based on a clash...

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Baldelli tabs Romero as relief weapon

Fernando Romero had expected to compete for a starting role this spring, but manager Rocco Baldelli sat down with him in Fort Myers and told him that the Twins planned to use him as a reliever. The Twins have long thought that Romero and his fastball, which touched 97 mph in the Major Leagues last season, could be an effective bullpen piece.

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Astudillo's unique skill set talk of Twins' camp

Willians Astudillo was late getting to Spring Training for the second straight year due to visa issues, but as he tends to do, manager Rocco Baldelli said Astudillo unwittingly stole the show upon his arrival in the clubhouse Saturday.

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Maija Varda

Twins are moving Fernando Romero to the bullpen

The team feels that the once very promising starting pitcher has a better MLB future in relief.

Fernando Romero was once considered among the Twins’ top pitching prospects as little as a year ago, and was also considered a starting pitcher at the time. He made his MLB debut on May 2nd, 2018, as a starting pitcher for the Twins. He lasted 5.2 innings, and gave up zero runs on four hits and three walks. It was an impressive start for a pitching-starved team.

In total, Romero made eleven...

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Maija Varda

Willians Astudillo cut his hair

Everybody calm down, because the magic didn’t even come from the hair in the first place.

Saturday was a big day for Twins Territory, as our anointed holy son arrived at spring training camp in Ft. Myers, Florida. Of course, I’m talking about one of the best catchers and overall baseball athletes of all time, Joe Mauer Willians Astudillo.

Oh, and he cut his hair.

Willians got a haircut a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/80eCXH5DRN

— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) February 16, 2019

Now...

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Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote 2019: Round 17

Grab some maple syrup (get it, last round’s winner is Canadian) and join us for round seventeen!

Jordan Balazovic won round sixteen handily. He has been generating a lot of “sleeper” buzz in prospect reports.

2019 Twinkie Town Prospect Voting Results Royce Lewis 52% (Kirilloff 44%, Graterol 4%) Alex Kirilloff 90% (Graterol 4%, Gordon 4%, Larnach 2%) Brusdar Graterol 56% (Gordon 19%, Larnach 12%, Thorpe 8%, Gonsalves 5%) Trevor Larnach 42% (Thorpe 25%, Gordon 21%, Gonsalves 12%) Lewis...

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Twins commit to core, extend Kepler & Polanco

The Twins' focus this season will be continuing to develop their young core, and they moved to secure two of those key pieces for the long term on Friday, officially inking shortstop Jorge Polanco and outfielder Max Kepler to five-year extensions.

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Twins Spring Training 2019: previewing the roster battles

A more in depth look at who’s who in camp, and who is most likely to go North with the big club.

If you’re not a huge nerd of a baseball fan, or have been living under a rock (or huge pile of snow), Spring Training is finally getting underway! The light at the end of the tunnel? That’s baseball season, thank goodness, and I thought it would never come. Most of the Twins’ pitchers and catchers have reported as of Thursday and the full squad will start arriving this weekend in...

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Gibson open to extension talks with Twins

The Twins are set to announce five-year extensions for both Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler on Friday morning, and right-hander Kyle Gibson is among several other players on the roster that could also be interested in extension talks of their own.

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Tawny Jarvi

Twins to extend Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler

The Twins lock up some young talent and finally post 2019 money on the books

Our dear Twinkies have started throwing cash at the young-ins, all but finalizing extensions with infielder Jorge Polanco (25) and outfielder Max Kepler (26) Thursday morning. These signings will likely be announced on Friday during a scheduled press conference at 10:00 AM. Let’s look at both the moves individually, because that’s easier for weak human brains like yours to understand.

Jorge Polanco deal with...

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Twins nearing extension with Max Kepler

The Twins are nearing the completion of a new contract with right fielder Max Kepler, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. If and when the deal is completed, it’d be the second long-term deal hammered out by the Twins this week, as the team is also reported to be finalizing a five-year pact with shortstop Jorge Polanco. The Twins, notably, have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Friday morning. Kepler is represented by Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon. Kepler has already agreed...

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Twins, Jorge Polanco finalizing contract extension

The Twins and shortstop Jorge Polanco are nearing the finalization of a contract extension, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (via Twitter). La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported earlier this week that Minnesota was optimistic about reaching perhaps multiple contract extensions in the near future. The 25-year-old Polanco is represented by Octagon. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweets that the contract will cover a total of seven seasons, at least five of which are guaranteed....

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Sources: Twins, Polanco finalizing extension

The Twins are nearing an extension with shortstop Jorge Polanco, sources have confirmed to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

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Twins Spring Training 2019: By the numbers

From 1 to 82, everyone who will don a uniform in Fort Myers is listed for your convenience.

With all the Twins players reporting to camp by Monday, the team website has been updated with the jersey number of every roster player, non-roster invitee, and coach. Since fields full of unknown players wearing unknown numbers can be confusing, here is a quick guide to this year’s February Twins personnel, number by number.

There is also some fun to be had here, as we take the metaphorical...

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Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote 2019: Round 16

Because voting for prospects is better than shoveling snow Catcher and 2018 second round draft pick Ryan Jeffers is our winner in round 15. As the numbers go higher and the players get more difficult to assess we should expect close elections. 2019 Twinkie Town Prospect Voting Results Royce Lewis 52% (Kirilloff 44%, Graterol 4%) Alex Kirilloff 90% (Graterol 4%, Gordon 4%, Larnach 2%) Brusdar Graterol 56% (Gordon 19%, Larnach 12%, Thorpe 8%, Gonsalves 5%) Trevor Larnach 42% (Thorpe 25%,...

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Twins announce TV broadcast schedule

All 162 regular-season Twins games will be televised for the second straight season, as announced in the television broadcast schedule released by the Twins and FOX Sports North on Wednesday.

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TJ Gorsegner

So you’re telling me there’s a chance: Twins World Series Championship odds are 50:1

Pre-Spring Training gaming odds project the Twins to be a mid-pack finisher

Just like it says in the headline, the Twins currently have 50:1 odds to win the World Series, according to betonline, which as the name implies, is a gambling website. There are two other teams who have been given the same odds, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Seattle Mariners.

Betonline currently gives the New York Yankees the best odds, at 6:1, and follows them with two more AL teams; recent World Series winners...

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Athletics sign Robbie Grossman

The Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Robbie Grossman, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a major-league deal that lands in the $2M range and also comes with some incentives, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Grossman, a 29-year-old switch-hitter, was non-tendered by the Twins last fall after projecting to earn $4.0M. He has turned in above-average offensive numbers for the Twins, though hasn’t replicated his breakout 2016...

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